Friday, October 28, 2016

IB Core Newsletter - October 29, 2016

FOR ALL
Exam Registration Update:
I’m happy to report that over 160 BHS Juniors and Seniors have signed up for at least one IB Exam.  That’s the highest total in BHS history.  I am currently processing all of the exam fee payments, and I hope to have payment confirmation receipts back in students’ hands by November 1.  After that I will begin inputting registrants into the IB database.  That process should be complete by November 10.  If you missed the registration deadline you can still register with me in-person.  If you still have not paid for IB exams, please get that money in as soon as possible to avoid late-registration fees.

IA Season:
Now that the Nov. 1st ‘early action’ deadline for colleges and university applications has passed, students in ‘terminus’ IB classes will start the process of completing Internal Assessments.  Some have already begun, many start in December.  It is important that students do not get behind in their studies, as the workload is due to ramp up shortly.

FOR SENIORS
EE Update (what you ‘nEEd’ to know):
The first complete draft of EEs are due Oct. 31, 2016.  EE Supervisors have been encouraged to offer frank feedback.  It is important that students recognize the value added to their Diploma scores, and that writing a quality EE is worth the time and effort.  Supervisors will take approximately two weeks to review the drafts.  Final final drafts will be due in early December.

CAS Corner:
Please remember that experiences for CAS need to be logged, and if students have not done so already, they need to arrange a time to meet with Ms. Woods in C114 regarding their proposal for their CAS Project. If students feel as though their CAS project is done, and they are not sure if the CAS Coordinator (Ms. Woods) is of the same understanding, students should arrange a time to meet in C114.
woodsa@sau25.net is the CAS Coordinator Amy Woods’ email address for any additional questions or concerns.

FOR JUNIORS
If you weren’t able to make it to Junior Orientation, you can view the presentation here.  Extra copies of the handout can be picked up in the Library/IB Office.  The presentation and all of the handout documents can be found on the IB at BHS website.

CAS Corner (for Juniors):
Junior IB Diploma students can already begin thinking about their CAS Projects and logging CAS experiences.  Details on CAS experience parameters and expectations can be found on the CAS page on the IB at BHS website.  Students who want to get more information or who want to discuss a CAS Project proposal can arrange a time to meet with Ms. Woods in C114 by sending an email to woodsa@sau25.net.

Monday, October 10, 2016

IB Core Newsletter - October 14, 2016

FOR ALL
Exam Registration:
This applies to all Seniors but also for some Juniors.  IB Exam registration is open but the registration window is closing next Friday (Oct. 21)!  All of the details about registration can be found on the Registration Letter.  The preliminary Exam Schedule has also been posted.

Some important details regarding registration are:
  • It is now open.  It will close on October 21, 2016 at 6pm.  
  • The direct link to the registration form is bit.ly/IBExamReg2017.  
  • It is up to the students and their teachers to make sure students sign up for the right exam.It is also important that students know all of the exams they are registering for since they will be registering for all of their exams at the same time.
  • Registering for and taking exams incurs the following costs.  
    • Exam fees are $116 per exam.  
    • There is also a one-time $168 registration fee.  
      • Diploma Candidates who took at least one exam last year do not have to pay the registration fee.  I have a list of who these students are, and I will follow-up with them.
If you are a Junior, and aren't sure if you should be signing up for exams, please speak with your classroom teachers.  The only instances in which you might be taking one or more exams is in Science and/or World Language.

Website Update:
I am nearly done renovating the IB at BHS website.  While some pages are still “under construction,” most of the pages are done.  Once the website is complete, I will let you know.

Save the Date:
Our very own IB Visual Arts teacher, Catherine Tuttle, has an exhibit at McGowan Fine Art in COncord beginning today and running through November 11.  The Opening is this Friday, October 14 from 5:00-7:00pm.  In Catherine’s own words: “Over the last 3 summers and during vacations I have been painting and documenting landscapes in a portfolio of work I am calling Hikes and Travels.  The 24 paintings vary from large to small, all in oil paint, most done on location, and the subject matter is the White Mountains, Tuscany, Glacier National Park, farms and fields around Concord, and scenes of Maine.”  McGown Fine Art is located at 10 Hills Ave. in Concord, NH.

All students in IB Bio II, IB Chem II, and/or IB Physics II will need to attend school on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (Teacher Workshop Day) to complete the Group IV Project unless they completed a Group IV Project last year.


FOR SENIORS
Diploma seniors are continuing to work on their Extended Essays (EE) and their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) hours/projects.  Mrs. Gilcreast (EE) and Ms. Woods (CAS) will be visiting Theory of Knowledge classes in the next two weeks to remind students what the requirements are, upcoming deadlines, and other helpful information.  

CAS Corner:
Please remember that experiences for CAS need to be logged, and if students have not done so already, they need to arrange a time to meet with Ms. Woods in C114 regarding their proposal for their CAS Project. If students feel as though their CAS project is done, and they are not sure if the CAS Coordinator (Ms. Woods) is of the same understanding, students should arrange a time to meet in C114.
woodsa@sau25.net is the CAS Coordinator Amy Woods’ email address for any additional questions or concerns.

EE Update (what you ‘nEEd’ to know):
Below are some upcoming dates:
  • Oct. 31, 2016 — EE first complete draft due
  • Early December — EE FINAL complete draft due


FOR JUNIORS
If you weren’t able to make it to Junior Orientation, you can view the presentation here.  Extra copies of the handout can be picked up in the Library/IB Office.  The presentation and all of the handout documents can be found on the IB at BHS website.

CAS Corner (for Juniors):
Junior IB Diploma students can already begin thinking about their CAS Projects and logging CAS experiences.  Details on CAS experience parameters and expectations can be found on the CAS page on the IB at BHS website.  Students who want to get more information or who want to discuss a CAS Project proposal can arrange a time to meet with Ms. Woods in C114 by sending an email to woodsa@sau25.net.

Friday, September 30, 2016

IB Core Newsletter - Sept. 30, 2016 - REGISTRATION

FOR ALL
Exam Registration:
This applies to all Seniors but also for some Juniors.  IB Exam registration is open!  I've visited close to a dozen classes spreading the word about IB Exam registration and I think most students are pretty well-informed of the procedures and expectations.  All of the details about registration can be found on the Registration Letter.  The preliminary Exam Schedule has also been posted.

Some important details regarding registration are:
  • I is now open.  It will close on October 21, 2016 at 6pm.  
  • The direct link to the registration form is bit.ly/IBExamReg2017.  
  • It is up to the students and their teachers to make sure students sign up for the right exam.It is also important that students know all of the exams they are registering for since they will be registering for all of their exams at the same time.
  • Registering for and taking exams incurs the following costs.  
    • Exam fees are $116 per exam.  
    • There is also a one-time $168 registration fee.  
      • Diploma Candidates who took at least one exam last year do not have to pay the registration fee.  I have a list of who these students are, and I will follow-up with them. 

If you are a Junior, and aren't sure if you should be signing up for exams, please speak with your classroom teachers.  The only instances in which you might be taking one or more exams is in Science and/or World Language.

Friday, September 23, 2016

IB Core Newsletter - Sept. 23, 2016

Greetings IB Diploma Students, Parents, Guardians, and Teachers,

Below you will find updated information about IB at BHS.  As was the case in my previous newsletter, I’m breaking up the content into three sections:
  • Useful information for all Diploma Candidates
  • Useful information for Seniors
  • Useful information for Juniors
Jessie Gilcreast (EE Coordinator) and Amy Woods (CAS Coordinator) will also be contributing to this newsletter regularly, so look for EE and CAS updates as well.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email.  Scroll down to see what’s going on!

- Jon Cannon, IB Coordinator


FOR ALL
Exam Registration:
This applies to all Seniors but also for some Juniors.  IB Exam registration is going to start next week, and I have begun meeting with Senior IB English classes to talk with students about registration.  I hope to reach as many classes as possible either directly or through classroom teachers.  Some important details regarding registration are:
  • I will open the registration form on September 30, 2016, and it will close on October 21, 2016 at 6pm.  
  • On September 30th, I will email a link to a Google Form that students will use to input what exams they will be taking.  
  • It is up to the students and their teachers to make sure students sign up for the right exam.  
  • For advanced planning purposes, bear in mind that registering for and taking exams incurs a cost.  
    • Exam fees are $116 per exam.  
    • There is also a one-time $168 registration fee.  
      • Diploma Candidates who took at least one exam last year do not have to pay the registration fee.  I have a list of who these students are, and I will follow-up with them.  
  • These details will be sent out with the registration instructions as well as on the registration form as well.

Website Update:
I am still in the process of updating and streamlining the IB at BHS website.  The home page and “About IB” pages are up and running while others are still being reworked.  While it is “under construction,” links may not work and things may be moved around, so please forgive the mess!  Once the website is renovated, I will let you know.

Save the Dates:
All students in IB Bio II, IB Chem II, and/or IB Physics II will need to attend school on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (Teacher Workshop Day) to complete the Group IV Project unless they completed a Group IV Project last year.

Students in IB Business Management SL who plan on taking the exam should know that IB has scheduled the exam for Friday, April 28, 2016.  This date falls during April Vacation, and so families of students testing in IB Business Management should adjust their travel plans accordingly.


FOR SENIORS
Diploma seniors are continuing to work on their Extended Essays (EE) and their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) hours/projects.  Mrs. Gilcreast (EE) and Ms. Woods (CAS) will be visiting Theory of Knowledge classes in the next two weeks to remind students what the requirements are, upcoming deadlines, and other helpful information.  

CAS Corner (for Seniors):
Please remember that experiences for CAS need to be logged, and if students have not done so already, they need to arrange a time to meet with Ms. Woods in C114 regarding their proposal for their CAS Project. If students feel as though their CAS project is done, and they are not sure if the CAS Coordinator (Ms. Woods) is of the same understanding, students should arrange a time to meet in C114.
woodsa@sau25.net is the CAS Coordinator Amy Woods’ email address for any additional questions or concerns.

EE Update (what you ‘nEEd’ to know):
Below are some upcoming dates:
  • Sept. 22-23 — EE 3,000 words due - please share it with Mrs. Gilcreast
  • Oct. 31, 2016 — EE first complete draft due
  • Early December — EE FINAL complete draft due


FOR JUNIORS
IB Junior Orientation and Information Night was last night and we had a great turnout.  Students and parents heard from the IB Core Team (Jessie Gilcreast, Amy Woods, Robby Zeller, and Jon Cannon) about the benefits of IB, how IB works at BHS, and tips for planning ahead.  If you were unable to make it, you can view the presentation here.  Extra copies of the handout can be picked up in the Library/IB Office.  The presentation and all of the handout documents can be found on the IB at BHS website.

CAS Corner (for Juniors):
Junior IB Diploma students can already begin thinking about their CAS Projects and logging CAS experiences.  Details on CAS experience parameters and expectations can be found on the CAS page on the IB at BHS website.  Students who want to get more information or who want to discuss a CAS Project proposal can arrange a time to meet with Ms. Woods in C114 by sending an email to woodsa@sau25.net.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

IB Core Newsletter - Early September 2016

Greetings IB Diploma Students, Parents, Guardians, and Teachers,

As the new IB Coordinator at Bedford High School, I’d like to offer a regular email newsletter to keep you updated with what’s going on in the world of IB at BHS.  To make it more user-friendly, I’m breaking it up into three sections:
  1. Useful information for all Diploma Candidates
  2. Useful information for Seniors
  3. Useful information for Juniors
Jessie Gilcreast (EE Coordinator) and Amy Woods (CAS Coordinator) will also be contributing to this newsletter regularly, so look for EE and CAS updates as well.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email.  I may not know the answer right away, but I will find it.  Scroll down to see what’s going on!

- Jon Cannon, IB Coordinator


FOR ALL
Exam Registration:
This applies to all Seniors but also for some Juniors.  IB Exam registration is just around the corner! Some important details are:
  • I will open the registration form on September 30, 2016, and it will close on October 21, 2016 at 6pm.  
  • On September 30th, I will email a link to a Google Form that students will use to input what exams they will be taking.  
  • It is up to the students and their teachers to make sure students sign up for the right exam.  
  • For advanced planning purposes, bear in mind that registering for and taking exams incurs a cost.  
    • Exam fees are $116 per exam.  
    • There is also a one-time $168 registration fee.  
      • Diploma Candidates who took at least one exam last year do not have to pay the registration fee.  I have a list of who these students are, and I will follow-up with them.  
  • These details will be sent out with the registration instructions as well as on the registration form as well.

Website Update:
I am in the process of updating and streamlining the IB at BHS website.  It will take some time, and while it is “under construction,” things may be moved around.  Once the website is renovated, I will let you know.

Save the Date:
All students in IB Bio II, IB Chem II, and/or IB Physics II will need to attend school on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (Teacher Workshop Day) to complete the Group IV Project unless they completed a Group IV Project last year.


FOR SENIORS
Diploma seniors are continuing to work on their Extended Essays (EE) and their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) hours/projects.  Mrs. Gilcreast (EE) and Ms. Woods (CAS) will be visiting Theory of Knowledge classes in the next two weeks to remind students what the requirements are, upcoming deadlines, and other helpful information.  

CAS Corner:
Please remember that experiences for CAS need to be logged, and if students have not done so already, they need to arrange a time to meet with Ms. Woods in C114 regarding their proposal for their CAS Project. If students feel as though their CAS project is done, and they are not sure if the CAS Coordinator (Ms. Woods) is of the same understanding, students should arrange a time to meet in C114.
woodsa@sau25.net is the CAS Coordinator Amy Woods’ email address for any additional questions or concerns.

EE Update (what you ‘nEEd’ to know):
Below are some upcoming dates:
  • Sept. 22-23 — EE 3,000 words due
  • Oct. 31, 2016 — EE first complete draft due
  • Early December — EE FINAL complete draft due


FOR JUNIORS
IB Junior Orientation and Information Night is a few weeks away!  This event officially kicks of the Diploma Programme experience for the Class of 2018.  Details:
  • Date: Thursday Sept. 22, 2016
  • Time: 6:00-7:30pm
  • Location: BHS Theater
The purpose of Junior Orientation Night is to inform Junior Diploma Candidates and their families to learn more about IB, the Diploma Programme at BHS, and the requirements and expectations therein.  The presentation should last about 45 minutes, and then time afterwards for Q+A will be provided.  The school calendar lists it as going from 6-9pm, but it likely will not last past 7:30.  If you are unable to attend, the evening’s presentation will be posted on the IB at BHS website the next day.  Feel free to follow-up with me if you have any questions.