The Communicator

PYP and MYP Update

January 2017

The Current State of IB at Peirce

Primary Years Programme (PYP) - Candidate School - Authorization Visit Spring 2017

**The Application for Authorization has been ACCEPTED!

**The Verification Visit is going to be May 25-26, 2017.

Middle Years Programme (MYP) - IB World School - Evaluation Fall 2017


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The Learner Profile


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

SPELLING BEE 2016-2017

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The PYP at Peirce

Supporting the Inquiries

How can you support your students inquiries in the New Year

**Ask about what your child is learning in class

**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.


How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: People play different roles in society that impact our community.

Key Concepts: Responsibility, Function, Causation

Lines of Inquiry:

1. The responsibilities members have in a community.

2. How a community functions

3. How our actions impact the community.

Kindergarten's Current Unit

Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Animals and plants interact to create a system

Key Concepts: Change, Causation, Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

1. How plants and animals affect each other

2.The role environment plays in the lives of plants and animals

3. What living things need

1st Grade

Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Structures and the relationships of natural and designed objects are related to their functions.

Key Concepts: Causation, Connection, Function

Lines of Inquiry

1. How offspring are similar to adults

2. How humans/plants/animals protect themselves

3. Patterns in behaviors of offspring from parents

2nd Grade

How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: Organizations have structure and function

Key Concepts: Function, Connection, Causation

Lines of Inquiry

1. How we govern ourselves

2. Purpose of rules and laws

3. How society affects change

3rd Grade

How the World Works

Central Idea: People apply their understanding of forces and motion to invent and create

Key Concepts: Form, Causation

Lines of Inquiry

1. The natural laws of motion

2. Magnetism and static electricity

3. How understanding forces and motion help mankind

4th Grade

How the World Works

Central Idea: Energy may be converted, transformed and used to support human progress

Key Concepts: Function, Form, Change

Lines of Inquiry

1. Physical and chemical weathering of rocks and minerals

2. Composition of rocks and minerals

3. The patterns in rocks and the explanation of changes in a landscape

5th Grade

How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Key Concepts: Reflection, Form, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry

1. How appearance influences our perception

2. Arts as a form of expression

3. Influence of cultural and societal norms on the appreciation of things

PYP Behind the Scenes


Focus on Social Emotional Learning and Inquiry

The MYP at Peirce

Happy New Year from the Peirce MYP

These New Year's Babies are stopping by our January Newsletter to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. Can you guess who is who?

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Here's what MYP students will be Jumping into this January!

Ms. Brugman- Language and Literature

The classes will be switching units. 2nd period will begin studying the Holocaust and reading Maus. 3rd and 4th periods will begin The House on Mango Street. All 3 classes will be on their 3rd novel and reading unit of the year.

Mr. Skvarenina- Physical and Health Education

All grades will begin their unit basketball unit.

6th grade - Skill building vocabulary pick up

7th grade - Skill building and beginning of team play

8th grade - Game plan and design planning. Students will work to create a tournament and crete team strategy to use within tournament.

Mr. Greenwell- Spanish

6th grade- Students will talk about their classes and schedules.

7th grade- Students will study Ecuador and the house.

8th grade- Students will study technology and learn about Argentina.

Ms. Hopkins- Mathematics

Our new unit "Can you Speak Geometry?" will begin in January.

Key concept: Logic

Expression (Through accurate measurement, we can begin to appreciate the aesthetics in buildings and nature.)

Statement of inquiry: Logic is a powerful tool for justifying what we discover through measurement and observation.Common Core State Standards 7.G.5 Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure.

Ms. Hernandez- Science

In January, students will consider whether an extinct species should be brought back to life as they examine fossils, consider the lines of evidence for evolution, natural selection, and the role of genetic mutations. Students evaluate the impact of humans on the extinction/evolution of species.

Ms. Keiner- Year 2 Math &Year 3 Science

Classes will begin their 3rd unit, “Blow It Up!” where students will scale up or down small items and large items like a famous landscape from around the world. Look for final projects to be on display throughout the building at the end of January.

Ms. Lawrenz- Year 2, Language and Literature

Classes will finish up with their argument-based seminars. Students will examine the three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic. We will be reading The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. In January, we will start class novels.

Ms Jetton- Year 1 & Year 3 Science

6th: The students will explore erosion and deposition and its effect on the changing landscape of Earth.

8th: The students will explore energy, including energy transformation and the various forms of energy we use in the United States and around the world.

Ms. Kerkstra- Year 1 Mathematics

We will continue our exploration of rates and unit rates by extending our understanding to percents. Students will express a fraction as a percent, and find a percent of a quantity in real-world contexts. Students will learn to express a ratio using the language of percent and to solve percent problems by selecting from familiar representations, such as tape diagrams and double number lines.

Ms. Puente-Year 1, Language and Literature

6th grade has begun their Abracadabra MYP unit in Language and Literature. This unit focuses on the elements of nonfiction and interpretation of figurative language within the Houdini biography. We continue to learn and develop a deeper understanding of all reading material with the support from Argument Centered Education.“My Brain is the key that sets me free.” Harry Houdini.

Ms. Mangas- Years 1-3, Individuals and Societies

6th: The students will begin to explore Ancient Greece and compare the culture to other civilizations we have studied.

7th: The students will be studying Reformation

8th:The students are exploring reconstruction after the Civil War. The students are going to be preparing for tabletop debates through the use of argument centered education.

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What does it mean to Think Globally?

Check out this article on developing a global contexts for critical thinking.

Move Over, Science Fair.... Hello, Energy Fair !

In place of a traditional Science Fair, this school year, Peirce will host its inaugural Energy Fair.The Energy Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 28th from 4:30-6:30 PM . Students will be on hand to deliver presentations to inform the Peirce Community of energy sources currently available, and how these sources compare to one another. Students will also be identifying trade offs or advantages to using the energy source they have researched.

Field Trip Forecast

  • On Thursday, January 19, 2017 the 8th grade is going to see The Hunter and the Bear, a play through Writers Theatre, our arts partner.

  • The 6th graders will be heading out to Indiana to explore the Dunes Nature Center February 2-3, 2017.

  • January 18-20, 2017, the 7th graders will enjoy an outdoor education at the Lorado Taft Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University.

  • On Friday, February 17, 2017, Peirce MYP students will going to Village Crossing Theater in Skokie for a private showing of Hidden Figures, the story of the three African American women who made NASA's moon landing possible.

  • On Friday, June 9th,201, the 7th graders will also be visiting our Springfield during the third quarter to learn more about the history and government of the state of Illinois.

  • Both 7th and 8th graders will invited to attend Peirce School's trip to our Nation's Capital, Washington, DC from May 10-12, 2017.

Fundrasing: Support needed

To help defray some of the cost of the DC trip ($1189 per student), and to enable us to offer full and partial scholarships for students, fundraising effort are currently underway. In the meantime, you can donate to our DC Trip fund by writing a check to Peirce School, and dropping it off in the main office. Every little bit helps.

For questions, contact Talyia Riemer, IB MYP Coordinator @ (773)534-2440.

T-Shirts for Sale

We have new PEIRCE SWAG for sale. Brand new T-shirts in all sizes are available for $10! Look for order forms that will be going home with students next week.


International Dance Night

Friday, Jan. 27th, 4:30pm

1423 West Bryn Mawr Avenue

Chicago, IL

Save the Date: International Dance Night is coming January 27th. Peirce Students and parents will have the opportunity to choose three different dance styles from around the world, from the plethora that will be offered by Perice students, teachers, and friends. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, t-shirts, and refreshments for sale. Cost of Admission

$3 for kids and $5 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Washington D.C.Trip Scholarships.

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies

Kimberly Lebovitz - PYP Coordinator


Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer - MYP Coordinator


PYP Disclaimer for Being A Candidate School in the International Baccalaureate

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Peirce Elementary School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit