I always think of May as a bittersweet time of year. While we prepare to close out the school year and say goodbye to our eighth graders, we also look to the next year and to welcoming our new sixth graders. As the IB coordinator, I find that this “double view” brings out both my reflecting and thinking skills, two of the characteristics of an IB Learner.
I reflect when I consider our departing students. As our eighth graders prepare to leave us, I know they take with them the skills and lessons learned from their IB education at The Bay. Over the course of their three years here, we have made every effort to instill in them the fundamental concepts of the IB Middle Years Programme: to approach learning in a holistic way, to be aware of other cultures, and to communicate in an effective and positive manner. Through their daily lives as Wildcats, they were encouraged to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. As they move into high school, I am confident that all of our alumni will continue their efforts to be the well-rounded students they became within our halls.
Likewise, I think to the future when I consider our rising sixth grade. As this new group of students prepares to join us in August, I know that through our Middle Years Programme, we will continue the tradition of creating inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people. Every student at Pacetti Bay is an IB student. Unlike the Diploma Programme at the high school level, our MYP is a way of approaching teaching and learning. Our teachers work to instill the IB Learner Profile characteristics into our students, who in turn strive to display those characteristics in their daily lives. Like individual pieces of a puzzle, the Learner Profile characteristics fit together to guide all of us as learners in that we work to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. From their first days with their sixth-grade teachers all the way to their final days in eighth grade, our Wildcats learn to embody the principles and practices most important to being both an IB learner and a good citizen of the world.
In closing, I’d like to wish good luck to our eighth graders who, as a matter of fact, entered Pacetti Bay the same year I began my IB journey here. I’ve watched them grow along with me in our knowledge of what it means to be an IB learner. I’d also like to give an early hello to all those students who will join us in August. I hope you’re as excited as I am about your entrance into the fun and challenging world of the IB MYP.
IB MYP Coordinator