MYP Minute - December 2018


Welcome to the December 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

  • December 20 - RM International evening performance - 7:00 PM (auditorium)

  • December 21 - RM International assemblies (in school)

  • January 7 - Fifth Personal Project Meeting for Sophomores (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 December, the Richard Montgomery community is focusing on activities and events that support the IB Learner Profile trait of being “knowledgeable.” As IB learners:


We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.


Classroom Spotlight

Winter concerts for the RM Fine Arts classes have been ongoing over the past few weeks. Both the Choral and Instrumental Music students performed the Vivaldi Gloria together in October and are proceeding with a busy schedule of winter performances.

Ms. Carrie Eyler’s choral music classes have been learning and performing a host of winter favorites, many of which will be on display at the winter Cluster Concerts on December 17 and 18 at 7PM in the auditorium. The RM choral music classes will join in with our local cluster elementary schools and students from Julius West as well.

The instrumental music Winter Showcase on December 6. It featured six of the seven Instrumental Ensembles here at Richard Montgomery - the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Concert/Advanced Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz ensemble, and Marching Band all performed. The evening featured a variety of musical styles and types—from Movie music, Jazz, to the 1812 Overture and Handel. Dr. Peter Perry is also welcoming Chris Vadala, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Maryland to present a clinic to our Jazz ensemble on Jazz performing techniques.

Coming in January and February

Although it hardly seems possible, preparations are beginning for scheduling and course selection for the 2019-2020 school year. Course registration begins in January and continues through the beginning of February. Start looking for course registration materials in the first week of second semester.

Personal Project Information

During the months of December and January, students should be taking action to complete their final product or meet their final goal by January 7th. Once students complete their final product, they will be collecting up evidence of their They should also be completing the required checkpoints on their Canvas classroom. All Personal Project materials are posted on the school website. A copy of the student handbook is posted there as well.

These messages are being sent through the school’s Blackboard communication system, which is linked to the information in the MCPS Parent Portal. If you did not receive this email directly, please make sure that your information is correct in the Parent Portal.


September 2018 MYP Minute

October 2018 MYP Minute

November 2018 MYP Minute


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