School is officially back in swing! The last two weeks at ROMS and ROHS have been filled with building relationships and discovering new experiences. Every step of the way, our students have demonstrated the IB Learner Profile traits as they embraced any challenge set before them.
ROMS started the year with Dawg Days lessons, a series of lessons all students partake in to learn valuable skills that they in and beyond school. Some lessons included learning about digital safety, how to access school digital resources, how to manage conflict, how to stay organized, etc. (For a full list of descriptions of all lessons by grade level, please click here). Many students took away many profound insights, such as one sixth grader who while discussing the Learner Profile trait of being a risk-taker noted, “Comfort is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
Our 9th graders used several of these same skills as they transitioned to the high school this month, making new friends, trying new activities, and experiencing new environments. While many things are new for them, many remain the same. At their class meeting during the first week of school, we discussed the things they are familiar with that continue at ROHS, such as: using MYP rubrics for summative assessment feedback, using inquiry questions to guide their learning, and developing their Learner Profile traits.
While our 9th graders were getting familiar with ROHS, our sophomores were getting back into the swing of things with their personal projects. In the second week of school students met with their project supervisor during their seminar and reviewed their project topic and where they were in their project timeline. Based on this, Mr. McMann, Personal Project coordinator, and seminar teachers will be helping tailor support for students based on their individual needs. Mr. McMann also met with sophomore parents during Curriculum Night to discuss the project and its timeline for completion (For more information about the project, deadlines, etc., please see the RO MYP website and RO Personal Project website). Students are off to a great start, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish this year.
Our students are not alone with trying new things and experiencing changes. This year our grade book is able to report achievement levels for MYP criterion. Many of our teachers, as a result, are working to report these levels through the grade book so parents and students can track their progress on each of them. Some teachers are reporting a letter grade and the MYP criterion for assessments, while others are starting to use a standards based grading approach, reporting only MYP criterion which will be translated to a letter grade at the end of the term (For more information about how this looks and how MYP marks work, please click here). Our students are constantly building their reflective abilities and growth mindsets as they work with the feedback communicated through these achievement levels.
This is just a taste of the many great things happening in our MYP grades, and there is more happening all the time. Like last year, to learn more about what is going on with MYP at each school, as well as to answer any questions, Coffee with the Coordinator (CWC) will start up again in October (For the list of dates, click here). Every other month the school hosting CWC rotates. This year, the time is also rotating to make it possible for more parents to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
Ms. Belzyt is the MYP Coordinator for the Royal Oak Middle and High Schools, an IB educator, and life-long learner
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