The Communicator

PYP and MYP Update

The Current State of IB at Peirce

Primary Years Programme (PYP) - IB World School

Middle Years Programme (MYP) - IB World School

The Learner Profile



We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and int the world around us.


On September 21, 2018 Peirce celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace. This we made our wishes for peace know by creating classroom Peace Poles

The first part of the IB mission statement reflects beautifully what we hope for our students to understand by celebrating this day:

"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect."

We hope that you have a peacful day, week, month, and year.

“Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.” ~ Hafsat Abiola

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Preschool's (Room 123) wishes for peace and Peace Pole.
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"Planting" the Peace Pole

Inquiry in the PYP

How can you support inquiry at home?

Ask about what your child is learning in class - "Here are 30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of How Was Your Day."
  • Support and encourage interest and curiosity by following up with activities at home.
  • Encourage and practice good communication skills such as starting conversations and debates about current events.
  • Help your kids develop research skills online and from text.
  • Enjoy building projects together in the home.

Here are "50 Fun Questions to Get Your Kid Talking"

Have you looked at the Peirce PYP Documents lately?

Check them out on the Peirce Website!

You will find:

PYP Assessment Policy

PYP Language Policy

Peirce PYP Programme of Inquiry

Peirce Specialists Programmes of Inquiry

...And Much More!

The MYP at Peirce

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MYP students were asked how they demonstrated CARING and your commitment to SERVICE during the month of September. Read below to find out what they said...

A'Kayah Harshaw, MYP Year 1

I have shown my commitment to service by helping to clean up trash at the beach. I show that I am caring because when my friend was crying because she got picked on, I told her that we could resolve her problem by telling the teacher and everything would be OK.

Muriel Briggs-Scalzo, MYP Year 3

This year I have shown my dedication to service by helping my friends with their homework and by volunteering at the Back to School Picnic.

Willa Kennedy- MYP Year 1

The way I’ve demonstrated caring by helping out at my brothers birthday party and I helped my friend when she fell down at the park and skinned her knee. I helped her tell a coach and get a Band-Aid.

Raquel Reyna , MYP Year 3

I have shown that I’m caring by helping my friends with stuff they are going through. For service, I am volunteering to help raise money for the New York City scholarship by babysitting so that parents can go on a date.

Jontavious Barnes, MYP Year 2

I have shown caring for my friends and others because when they are feeling down, I come over and try to encourage them so that they will feel better. An example of a service I have have done for my school is picking up pieces of paper, gum from under tables, and washing the tables in the lunchroom.

Denis Ulrikas, MYP Year 2

I have shown my dedication to service by helping Ms. Andrade to fix Chromebook Carts. We already fixed one cart pretty much. I showed caring today by cheering up my friend in Science.

Samantha Huicab, MYP Year 2

I’ve shown caring by helping out my friends when they’re having the roughest times. My dedication to service is by helping make the homeroom better so that Mr. Meallet, a new teacher at Peirce will feel welcome.

Kennedy Chavez- MYP Year 2

I have shown caring when a friend of mine was really down one day. Some people were making fun of her. I didn’t want that to continue happening, so I confronted them and I told them to stop. To show my commitment to service, I’m trying to live a Zero Waste lifestyle. I’m already starting to compost and to be really conscious of the waste im putting into the environment.

Danya Mussie. MYP Year 3

I have shown caring and service by helping anyone i see who needs help, even teachers. I tell my peers to be quiet when they need to listen.

Olivia Smith, MYP Year 3

I show caring my taking my cousin to school everyday and taking her home everyday. My service is helping people in my debate class after school. I mentor the students who are younger than me and don’t have as much experience, so that they can understands the ins and outs of debating.

Aidan Segura- MYP Year 1

I am caring because I helped my little sister with her homework because she didn’t understand it that much. I Demonstrate my commitment to service. by volunteering to help clean the tables in the lunchroom.

Olivia Eichenseer- MYP Year 1

I show that I am caring because one of my classmates was having trouble with understanding inequalities, and I showed her how to do it. I showed my commitment to service when my little sister didn’t really get her homework. I helped her to catch up by showing her different strategies.

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IT's student Council Election TIme!!! CHeck out a few of the MYP Campaign POsters....

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Get dome NEW Peirce Gear!!!

This fall Peirce has partnered with FanCloth to bring you some brand new Peirce apparel. The items for sale can be found HERE. Many of the items can be customized (name and a favorite number) and are available in both youth and adult sizes. Orders are to be placed online, and are available until October 15, 2018. All merchandise will be delivered to the school and then distributed.

Purchasing Peirce Gear through FanCloth will also help to provide funds for our MYP Student Travel Scholarship. This year, Travel Scholarships will be used to send students to New York City, May 8th -10th. Our goal is to raise $16,000 in order to award six full scholarships and six partial scholarships.

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Peirce's THIRD Annual International Family Dance Night

Friday, Nov. 9th, 4:30pm

1423 West Bryn Mawr Avenue

Chicago, IL

Plans are in the works for our THIRD annual International FAMILY Dance Night at Peirce. This year’s International family dance night will include an International Foods Tasting as well as numerous dance classes offered throughout the building, in three different blocks of time. We need volunteers to support us in the following ways:

  • Volunteers to teach dance classes and recruit dance teachers (students and/or adults)

  • Volunteers to help secure food donations

  • Volunteers to donate and/or help sell beverages.

  • Volunteers to help with set-up & breakdown of the event

Want to help? Sign-Up HERE!

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies

Kimberly Lebovitz - PYP Coordinator


Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer - MYP Coordinator


For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit