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 thoughtfully consider the world and our won ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
WHAT AN AMAZING GROUP OF 5TH GRADERS
"Economics contribute to personal and societal decision making."
It's Summer - How to Keep the Inquiry Going
Museums to Visit
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago Children's Museum
National Museum of Mexican Art
DuSable Museum of African American History
Chicago History Museum
Smart Museum of Art
International Museum of Surgical Science
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Museum of Broadcast Communications
Museum of Science and Industry
And Many Many Many More! Just do a Google Search for Museums in Chicago
Visit a Park, Zoo, Farm, or Garden
Lincoln Park Zoo
Emily Oaks Nature Center
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Historic Wagner Farm
Chicago Botanical Gardens
Have you looked at the Peirce PYP Documents lately?
You will find:
PYP Assessment Policy
PYP Language Policy
Peirce PYP Programme of Inquiry
Peirce Specialists Programmes of Inquiry
...And Much More!
The Specials SCOOP!
Here's what's been going on in Specials at Peirce:
Music: Ms. Thompson & Ms. Pedtke
After finishing their 5th grade musical in April, students explored the development of Jazz music throughout the last century and a half. We also focused on musical elements: Tempo & Dynamics.
This year MYP students had elective classes. The students got to choose one for quarter 3 and another for quarter 4.
In quarter 4,
The music elective for 6th grade was Soundtrap, a computer-based composition class. Mrs. Thompson had 40 students (split into two classes) who used the mixing software to compose original music. We used Google Classroom on Chromebooks.
This class was also available to 7th and 8th graders and Ms. Pedtke taught those grades. Final projects were selected and played during the Spring Concert and the Parent Volunteer Celebration. This class provided an unique and relatable platform for musical expression.
Another music elective for 7th grade was World Percussion taught by Ms. Thompson. The students learned about African drumming and hand-held percussion. We also went on field trip to the Chicago Cultural Center to see a Steel Pan orchestra and learn about music of Trinidad and Tobago. Each class began with a drum circle in which the participants listen to the other players and and come up with complementary rhythms to play together. All of the students from both classes performed for the Parent Volunteer Appreciation breakfast and were led by one of the students.
For the last 20 years the whole 8th grade class presented their graduation song. This year since we instituted electives, Ms. Thompson created a Vocal Production class which allowed students who were interested in learning to sing better the opportunity to develop their voices. These students chose the graduation song, The Climb, and learned to sing it beautifully in three parts. We then invited other 8th graders who want to perform for graduation to sing with them. Almost 60% of the 8th grade class will be singing. They sound AWESOME!
MYP Art- Alicia Zapata
For fourth quarter, eighth grade will also be focusing on sculpture. Students will be learning relief sculpture and also creating three dimensional works out of found objects.
All MYP art classes will be working on the bricolage starting at the end of April.
Spanish- Ms. Sandoval and Ms. Lenihan
This quarter MYP year 1 students learned about school schedules and how to describe what they do in each of their classes. Students started forming longer sentences and even paragraphs by learning the -AR verb conjugations.
MYP Year 2 students continued their work with verb “rule breakers” or verbs that change spelling. We are also working on a unit on “fiestas” in which students plan a hypothetical party for their family and friends.
MYP Year 3 students have continued working on speaking in the past tense. They just completed a research project in which they talked about a fictional vacation that they took to a Spanish speaking country. The students really enjoyed learning about other countries. They’re also looking forward to their field trip with the 4th grade that will take place after spring break!
This quarter MYP year 1 students learned how to talk about food. They also learned how to conjugate ‘er’ and ‘ir’ verbs so now have a thorough understanding of most present tense verbs. Their summative project for this quarter was to write an opinion letter to Ms. Zaimi about the school cafeteria.
MYP Year 2 students continued their work with present tense “rule breaking verbs”. Right now we are finishing up a unit on sports where our summative projects are a sports radio announcement in Spanish!
MYP Year 3 students worked on using the present progressive tense to talk about what people are currently doing. They also took a very exciting trip to Pilsen with the 4th graders where they learned about Mexican art and culture. We had a great time!
The MYP at Peirce
Step Up to MYP
Note; This information will be presented again at the Back to School Fest. Handouts that were distributed are available below.
Middle Years Programme Orientation
Thursday, Aug. 29th, 4pm
Helen C. Peirce School Auditorium
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Perice returns to Washington D.C.
To make this trip possible for more of our students, we are fundraising to provide travel scholarships. Scholarship Applications will be available September 6,2019 and due on October 5, 2018. Winners will be announced on October 28th. Before students can apply for a Peirce Scholarship, they must first register for the trip on Worldstrides.com (TRIP ID 178489) , and apply for the FLAG Scholarship/Financial Assistance. .
If you would like information about the trip or would like to contribute to our scholarship fund, please contact Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies
Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer - MYP Coordinator
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org