Quarter 4 2020

Greetings from the IB!

Hello, parents and students! This is not the newsletter that I had planned to write, but I am still grateful for our school and students and for all of the initiatives in place to keep our community healthy and safe.

I hope that you are finding moments of beauty and creating art and joy and family connection during this uncertain time. I hope that when we all return to life as we know it, we will be more grateful but also more balanced and seek out some of the space that this this time has required from us.

May 2020 IB Exams

The May 2020 IB exams have been cancelled. Students will still have the opportunity to be awarded a diploma, and that determination will be made by the IB and based off of complex formulas that they have developed over the years for when a paper goes missing (mail loss, etc.) The IB is requesting all internal assessments with teacher scoring but will also be externally assessing each one. They are also still requiring teachers' predicted grades for each student.

Please make sure that all IB students are attending to their work. Our teachers may create assignments/assessments that will help them in their final determination of a predicted grade for the IB.

There has been no announcement regarding exam fees or refunds.

Please keep up with the latest IB news at this link: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/

Class of 2020 Colleges and Scholarship Monies Awarded

Every year parents ask where our students have applied and been accepted, so here it is! Scholarship monies include total awarded/student from multiple universities and will be reduced based on where students attend.


This unprecedented time is giving many students extra opportunities to participate in CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service.) CAS is required for juniors and seniors but suggested for freshman and sophomores as a balanced way of life.

Our family has enjoyed watching Mo Willem's Daily Doodle lessons on Youtube(creativity), going for daily walks (activity), doing Just Dance and Wii Sports (activity), yoga videos (activity), and making sidewalk chalk greetings and window decorations for the little ones in our neighborhood (creativity). It's harder to do service right now, but we have been writing cards to shut-ins and delivering groceries to families in need. This is an ideal time for the Class of 2021 to design and submit their CAS project for approval as we had recommended that all students develop a plan by the end of spring break.

Parents of Class of 2020/21, please ask to see your child's CAS log and ManageBac account. Seniors should be finished, and juniors should have 3 Key experiences completed (with reflection) and a CAS log that has 1-2 hours recorded (with evidence) each week.

For the Class of 2021, the next due date (CAS log + Key Experience 4) is May 15, 2020.

Students, if you have photos of yourself being creative, active, or serving others while we are out of school (March 3- present) and you would like to be on the IB website or Twitter, send them to Ms. Stanton at karen.stanton@pisd.edu. Include your name and a caption so that others can see you and get inspired! Or- if you want to send an inspiring message to your fellow IB students, take a photo of yourself with your message (sign? computer paper?) and we can share it on the website or our IB Twitter account.

Our rats Teddy and Gus have been home with Ms. Stanton since spring break, and they are doing well but miss their teenage friends and keepers! Please help keep them healthy and fed by purchasing items off of our "IB ratties wish list."

For Sophomores and Juniors

We will be using the Extended Essay Course Companion and have copies in our TOK and English classrooms, but if your child would like his/her own copy for marking/highlighting, etc, it's available through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Extended-Essay-Course-Diploma-Program/dp/0198377762/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=extended+essay+companion&qid=1585689236&sr=8-5

As you know, no student can begin an extended essay until the fall of his/her junior year.

IB Cancellations and Delays

Unfortunately, the IB Arts Showcase on April 3 and IB Senior Showcase scheduled for April 15 are cancelled, and the Stole Ceremony scheduled for April 30 and the IBSSA banquet scheduled for May 8 have been indefinitely postponed. We are entertaining the possibility of combining the banquet and a stole ceremony or diploma pick up and will keep you posted.

Hopefully our seniors are hard at work creating our traditional senior videos that have been shared at the IBSSA banquets!

The future of our Extended Essay summer camp, originally scheduled for the Class of 2021 on May 28 & 29 and June 1 & 2, is unknown.

About the IB World School

The IB World School has existed at Plano East since 1995. This year we proudly serve over 600 students at four grade levels.