Welcome to the September 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.
- September 30 - Personal Project Introduction and Brainstorming (through Chemistry classes)
- October 12 - Personal Project Proposal Lesson (through Homerooms following PSAT).
- October 21 - First Personal Project Meeting (10th graders at lunch)
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 September, the Richard Montgomery community is focusing on activities and events that support the IB Learner Profile trait of “caring.” As IB learners:
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
Teachers and students are enhancing our focus on this Learner Profile trait by engaging in activities in all classes in the first week of school that build caring and compassionate relationships in our classrooms.
School Spotlight - IB Evaluation Process
As a part of our status as an authorized IB school, we go through a periodic process of reviewing our program implementation and assessing the direction of our future growth. This is an 18 to 24 month process that concludes with a visit from a team of IB educators who work with the school to evaluate the school’s IB programs. At Richard Montgomery and Julius West, the early stages of this process has been ongoing for the past six months, and will continue throughout the school year.
As a part of the process, we will engage parents and families to gather feedback on our current efforts and to focus our future direction. Be on the lookout for opportunities to participate in this process this year if you’re interested in doing so.
Personal Project Information
All 10th graders at Richard Montgomery work on a project of independent inquiry called a Personal Project. The purpose of this project is for students to set an independent goal that they wish to achieve in the course of the school year and to document their process of learning along the way. Students should choose topics in which they have a personal interest.
This year, this is being supported by structured lessons in content area classes and through Homerooms. Parent information is located on the Personal Project website, and there is an introductory video to give you a sense of what the project is, how we support students through the process and how you can support them further at home.
These messages are being sent through the school’s Synergy communication system, which is linked to the information in ParentVue. If you did not receive this email directly, please make sure that your information is correct in the Parent Portal.
Building successful, engaged students and citizens
through collaboration, communication and critical thinking
Molly Clarkson, Coordinator
Phone (240) 740-6165
Twitter - @RMHSMYP