The Global Gladiator

Promoting a Culture of International Mindedness at CCHS

Happy New Year, ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année!

Happy New Year 2016, Global Glads!

The New Year is in full swing, and we are all anticipating what this year brings for us a community of learners. Our brand new Media Center, and the newest renovations to our school bring a sense of anticipation and excitement for all that this new year holds for the Clarke Central Community. As our campus expands, we are confident that the conceptual based teaching from all of our MYP teachers is expanding the minds of our students as well. MYP students are creative, critical, and reflective learners. Here's to another year of meaningful learning experiences for our students in the MYP!

The globe on my mind,

Ms. Jean

World Language Department
International Baccalaureate Coordinator

Gifted Coordinator

Ready, Set, ASSESS!

As MYP teachers, we are continuously pushing our students to be critical, creative, and reflective learners. However, how do we assess the conceptual learning taking place within our classrooms? The IB MYP provides four strands of criteria for each of the eight subject areas: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and Health Education, and Design. Within the educational system here in the United States, student progress is traditionally reflected with a score based out of 100 and associated with a letter grade.

Although letter grades do provide how well a student may be performing in a particular subject, letter grades do not fully capture how well a student is understanding the content. Therefore, the criteria-related grading in the MYP provides teachers and parents with the opportunity to see a student's level of growth and progress in all criteria/subject group objectives. Each content area in the MYP has Subject-Specific Assessment Criteria. Each criteria must be assessed at least twice in a school year. Scores for multiple tasks are used to determine a final performance level for each criteria.

There are 4 criteria for each subject and each are weighted out of 0-8 criteria range. IB scores can be converted to percentage grades, however percentage grades cannot be converted to IB scores.

At the end of each MYP Unit, teachers and students need to complete a reflection of the learning. Reflection is a major component of the IB Middle Years Programme. Students and teachers are encouraged to take the time to reflect on their growth, their strengths and their weaknesses throughout the learning process. All MYP teachers are encouraged to refer to the Subject Guide for their respective subject areas to find all the criteria descriptors and additional information on assessment in the MYP.

MYP: Assessment FAQ1 (What do MYP grades mean?)
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How can IB...a RISK TAKER?

This month's IB Learner Profile focus is RISK TAKER. As an IB World School, we want to cultivate a learning environment where our students are not only challenged to take risks during the instructional period, but that they feel safe, equipped, and comfortable, to take those risks. When we provide a positive learning environment that supports both the emotional and social well being of our students, we will see more of our students take those risks in the classroom. Let's help each student soar to their fullest potential this year!

Clarke Central High School

For information, please feel free to contact Ms. Larissa D. Jean, CCHS's IB Coordinator at or EXT 17242. GO GLADS!

As of January 8, 2016, there are 70 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE MYP PERSONAL PROJECTS ARE DUE! March 18, 2016 IS THE FINAL DEADLINE!!!