Welcome to the January edition of the MYP Minute for Richard Montgomery High School! The goal of this newsletter is to keep you informed of the events and activities that are taking place in the school with a focus on our MYP students. All 9th and 10th graders at Richard Montgomery participate in the IB Middle Years Programme. If you’re new to the MYP, the MYP Guide for Parents is a brief summary of the hallmarks of the program.


Upcoming events

  • January 24 - Half day for students (end of first semester)
  • January 27 - No school for students
  • January 28 - Semester 2 begins
  • January 30-31 - 9th Grade English and ESOL 4/5 field trip to Rockville Little Theater
  • February 4 - First Semester Report Card Distribution (Homerooms)
  • February 18 - Personal Project Collection in RocketTime (Homerooms)
  • February 28 - Career Day (Interested parent and community presenters can sign up here)

Learner Profile of the Month

The IB Learner Profile is a set of ten traits that are the focus of students’ personal development in all IB programs. In the month of January, the Richard Montgomery community is focusing on activities and events that support the IB Learner Profile trait of being “open-minded.” We particularly encouraged students to develop this trait through our January community meetings. As IB learners:


We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


Classroom Spotlight

All 9th grade English, ESOL 4 and 5 classes will be attending a production of Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun at the Rockville Little Theater on January 30 and 31. Students will attend with their first semester English classes, and all are encouraged to attend. If you’re interested in being a chaperone for this field trip, please contact Molly Clarkson. We will leave school approximately 9:45 AM and return by 2:00 PM.


In the final week of the semester, teachers are available to assist students in finishing the semester strong. In addition, there is a daily administrative study hall, which students can attend to make up missing work or complete end of semester assignments. All students are encouraged to attend for help as needed in order to do their best work at the end of the marking period.


Personal Project Information

At this stage in the process, students should have completed their final products of have met their final goal. If they have not done so already, they should plan to complete this by the end of first semester. At the start of second semester, students will be completing their final reflections. In order to prepare for this, students should complete the required reflections that are posted on Canvas. In the first two weeks of second semester, students will receive instruction on how to assemble their final reflections through English classes. Personal Project Reflections (along with completed final products) will be collected in Homerooms on February 18. Please mark your calendars for the Personal Project Exhibition, which will be held on April 16. All Personal Project materials are posted on the Personal Project website. A copy of the student handbook is posted there as well.


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The IB Middle Years Programme at Richard Montgomery High School

Building successful, engaged students and citizens

through collaboration, communication and critical thinking

Molly Clarkson, Coordinator


Phone (301) 610-8157

Twitter - @RMHSMYP