The Compass

IB MYP Parent & Community Newsletter for Meade High School

Quarter 2: January 2020

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"This course offers a safe place where they can bounce ideas off each other and discuss some things they might not have otherwise gotten to discuss."

New Global Community Citizenship Class

This year all Meade High School 9th graders have the chance to take the Global Community Citizenship (GCC) course, a new graduation requirement.

"The goal of the course is to give our students the opportunity to explore communication styles and their identities and consider how they fit into their community," explains Ms. Godsey, who teachers GCC and American Sign Language.

This course provides the opportunity for students to develop skills needed not just for success in all high school courses, but also skills that they can use in their futures. It also gives them the chance to discuss issues in our local and global communities. Additionally, it helps students build communication skills in small and large group discussions.

Mr. Hopper, facilitator of our Homeland Security Program at Meade, shares what he notices when he visits the GCC classes: “I see students understanding what makes each individual unique and the value of diversity to the community. I see teachers not leading a classroom but participating in the development of the community created within a classroom.”

"The class makes people come out [of] their shells," says Kyrell Hebron-Greer, a 9th grader currently enrolled in the course.

"My favorite thing about the course is the discussions that we have as a class," says Mr. Nixon, who teachers both music and GCC. "They're different than the discussions we have in my other classes. We get to know each other more."

The course is a semester-long class with 4 units. At Meade, an IB world school, we start by focusing on the individual and eventually invite students to look beyond themselves and their community to consider global issues. The culminating project is for students to create a plan to address a global problem they have investigated and create a solution.

"My favorite lesson was the infographic summative assessment in which students had to research an issue and present their findings with graphics and data," says Mr. Nixon. "Students did great research and used technology really effectively."

9th grade Ysabelle Ochida shares how the course asks students to identify and challenge their own biases, and points to her teacher's style as something she really likes.

"Personally, my favorite thing about the class is the way Coach Glick teaches the topics; he makes it stuck in your mind," she says.

As IB students, the 9th graders also get a chance to learn about what makes classes in an IB school different. For students who did not come from an IB middle school, they learn more about the Learner Profile, the rubrics teachers use to grade, and internationalism. The lessons are student-centered, allow students to be creative, and encourage collaboration with others.

In the first semester of offering this new course, there is a lot of excitement from students and teachers, and many see the benefits.

"Students get to know each other and their community more," shares Mr. Nixon. Meade High School welcomes 9th graders from 3 major feeder schools as well as a number of other communities, both here locally, nationally as families relocate to the area, as well as international students. This is a great opportunity to create unity within the 9th grade.

"I liked the About Me project because I got to show everyone where I’m from and who I am," says Kyrell. "I think it brought most people out [of their shells] because they got to tell people about themselves."

"It makes people more open-minded because we had to judge our [how comfortable we were] with different situations…and consider how respectful or nice I should be in certain situations," explains Ysabelle.

"This course offers a safe place where they can bounce ideas off each other and discuss some things they might not have otherwise gotten to discuss," shares Ms. Godsey.

When asked what advice he would offer to students taking the course next semester, Kyrell says, "Try to participate as much as you can. It's not based on how much you write…it's more on how you have grown. Talk and learn how to be a better citizen from it."

International Visitors from the IB Organization Visit Meade High School

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On December 12th visitors from the IB organization came to Meade High School to tour the building, visit classrooms, and meet with school leaders about our two IB programmes. Educators and marketing representatives from the IB headquarters in The Hague, IB Asia and IB Americas in Bethesda spent the morning talking with students, teachers, and our IB coordinators.

Meade High School has been authorized by the IB Organization for over ten years to offer the IB Middle Years Programme to all students in grades 9 and 10. This is a programme all students are a part of while in their first two years of high school. Students can decide to apply and continue into the IB Diploma Programme, a rigorous course of study, in grades 11 and 12.

Visitors spent time in some of our 11th and 12th grade Diploma Programme classes. "We were so excited to be chosen by IB Americas to host visitors from IB Asia and IB headquarters at The Hague," said Ms. Quinn, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator. "Our visitors were able to see a variety of DP classes and were excited to see our students in action."

Also, during their visit, they visited a number of our 9th and 10th grade courses, all of which are IB Middle Years Programme courses.

"It was great to get the perspective of educators from all over the world," said Ms. Lerro, IB Middle Years Programme coordinator. "They were really impressed by our teachers and in particular our students. My favorite part of the visit was when one of our native Chinese speaking visitors talked in Chinese with our Chinese class. Students were engaged and interested to talk with her."

"Overall, I think that the visiting team was pleased with the level of school-wide IB MYP implementation," said Mary Austin, IB District Coordinator for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. "I was proud of the evident commitment to the students and the program that was shown that day by the staff."

During their visit the IB team asked for feedback on ways the IB organization can further support schools such as Meade High School.

"I was impressed that the IB team was so open to our thoughts and suggestions," said Ms. Austin.

"As a result of the visit, IB Americas sent a team back the following week to interview IB graduates from the class of 2019 to learn more about how they feel participating in the IB Diploma Programme benefited them in their first semester in college," said Ms. Quinn.

As an IB World School, Meade is part of a network of schools worldwide that offer the same programs. The mission of IB schools is to develop "inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people" to make "a better and more peaceful world."

What important academic dates should parents know?

The end of the quarter is designated as time for students to demonstrate their mastery of what they have learned. The following are the testing windows for each content. Teachers will give their assessments on 1-2 particular days, but we have included them here so you have an idea of when assessments will be given and can remind your student to prepare and study:
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Spotlight on Personal Project:

All 10th graders at Meade High School complete a culminating project called the Personal Project. Each quarter, we will share some of the inspiring work our students are doing. Read below about the amazing projects of our inquiring scholars.

A Parent's Guide to Who's Who

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Community Events

JAN11 2020 Morning Star Pow Wow

Sat 10 AM · Morning Star Pow Wow · Bel Air, Maryland

All are welcome to celebrate American Indian Culture during our 20th Annual Benefit for St. Labre Indian School Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 Location: John Carroll School GPS Address: 703 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air, Maryland 21014 Time: Doors Open at 10 a.m. (Grand Entry at 1 p.m.) Cost: Donation for Admission is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Proceeds benefit St. Labré Indian School in Ashland, Montana

JAN11 Harbor Point Ice Festival 2020

Sat 12 PM · Harbor Point · Baltimore, Maryland

* The event is FREE and open to the public. Central Plaza in Harbor Point will come alive for the Ice Festival on Saturday, January 11, 2020! The plaza will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with ice sculptures lining the walkways, DJ's, food vendors, family activities, and more! Watch the excitement as award-winning ice sculptors use chainsaws and chisels to create spectacular ice sculptures. NEW this year, come play in the Disney On Ice Kids Zone! Featuring: ❄️ Frozen Bounce House with Slide ❄️ Strolling Princess Performers ❄️ Interactive Disney Ice Sculptures ❄️ Face-painting ❄️ Kids crafts and Hot Chocolate Bar by Macaroni Kid

JAN19 Battle on the Mat Wrestling Tournament

Sun 9 AM · Archbishop Spalding High School · Severn, Maryland

“Battle on the Mat” Novice/Intermediate Wrestling Tournament

JAN20 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Mon 12 PM

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is proud to present the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade alongside the City of Baltimore. The parade commemorates the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020 starting at noon. Spectators are welcome to view the parade along the route on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Eutaw Street and Baltimore Street. New for 2020, BOPA invites nominations for an Honorary Grand Marshal to walk in the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Through a nomination and voting process, this individual will be selected by the public whose work exemplifies Dr. King’s life and legacy in Baltimore City.

JAN20 MLK Jr. Service Day

Mon 5 PM · CrossFit ReVamped · Columbia, Maryland

In honor and recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day we will be serving the homeless in the Howard County community again this year by stuffing baggies full of non-perishable food, toiletry items, baby wipes, hats, gloves, and socks. Please bring your donations to the gym on or before Monday, January 20th. We will be packing baggies at 5pm on January 20th. The Howard County Police Department and representative Officer Russ will be delivering the baggies to the homeless in our area. PLEASE COMMENT BELOW WITH WHAT YOU’LL BE BRINGING. OUR GOAL THIS YEAR IS TO FILL 150 BAGGIES. We will provide ziplock bags. What to help stuff baggies? Just show up at 5pm on the 20th! We will need your help! In Dr. King’s last major speech before his assignation, he delivered a powerful message about a challenge engulfing our nation, poverty.

JAN24 Celebrate India's 71st Republic Day

Fri 6 PM · Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center · Columbia, Maryland

Join us in celebrating India's 71st Republic Day with Dance, Music, Food, and more! Free Admission with Free Parking. Registration recommended.

JAN25 DC Transit Day

Sat 12 PM · National Capital Trolley Museum · Colesville, Maryland

Saturday, January 25, 2020 Commemorate 58 years since the end of street cars in Washington. The historic DC Transit System No. 1101 should be in service. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

JAN26 Lunar New Year Celebration

Sun 11 AM · The Walters Art Museum · Baltimore, Maryland

This event is free! Celebrate the Year of the Rat during our 11th annual Lunar New Year Celebration, one of the Walters’ most popular events. Enjoy performances by the Baltimore Chinese School, Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe, and more. Make paper flowers to add to our giant floral rat sculpture, explore zodiac animals through a scavenger hunt of the Arts of Asia galleries, participate in art-making activities, snap your picture in a photobooth, and share a fortune for good luck in the New Year! More info:

Jenna Lerro

IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator

Meade High School, IB World School