Drive for the Humane Society

Upcoming Community Service Opportunity  

Student Council and the Bee Kind Club will be sponsoring a drive for the Humane Society during the month of February. Items can be dropped off in Ms. Hollis’ room (390) or in the front office with Mrs. Gillis. All students who donate to the drive will receive community service. The Humane Society is asking for the following items: blankets, dog treats (pupperoni), rawhide treats, peanut butter, cat treats, cat toys, metal food & water bowls, towels, dish detergent, paper towels, laundry detergent, Playtex rubber gloves, hard rubber dog toys, Walmart and PetSmart gift cards.


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Upcoming Events

October has already been a busy month here at Pacetti Bay! Here are some highlights…

Unity Day
During the entire month of October Pacetti Bay will be participating in PACER’s (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) National Bullying Prevention Month. This is a time when our school can unite with other schools and communities nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention. Mrs. Laura Granados, head of Pacetti Bay’s Unity Day, is getting the student’s excited and actively involved in all of our initiatives to raise awareness about bullying. Every day the week of October 12-15th students can sign a link on Pacetti Bay’s anti-bullying chain which will be hung at the top of our hallways to show the students’ unification against bullying. On Unity Day, Wednesday, October 21st all staff and students here at Pacetti Bay will “make it ORANGE and make it end!” Along with other schools nationwide, we will wear orange to send a message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Breast Cancer Awareness
On October 23rd staff and students will all be showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by wearing pink! All collected donations from Pacetti Bay will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week, a campaign founded by the National Family Partnership in 1985, aims to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities, as well as serve as a symbol to raise awareness of the destruction drugs can cause. Ever since, the campaign has been a staple in schools all across the United States, reaching millions of children and families. Please see the activities Pacetti Bay will be participating in during this week.

Monday, October 26th – “Be Smart! Say No to Drugs!” Student dress like a “nerd”.
Tuesday, October 27th – “Use your Head, Wear Red!” Students wear red.
Wednesday, October 28th – “Team up Against Drugs!” Students wear their favorite sports team jersey.
Thursday, October 29th – “Sock it to Drugs!” Students wear crazy, mismatched socks.
Friday, October 30th – “Put a Cap on Drugs!” Students can pay a dollar to wear a hat.

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Back into the Swing of Things

The 2015-2016 school year has gotten off to a great start!!!  By today, most of our students have already worked through several IB units in their classes!  The inquiry they’ve engaged in has ranged from how Spanish was spread from one culture to another to why so many perished in the original Jamestown colony.  From Math to Science, Music to Language Arts, our students are expanding their knowledge of the world every day!

In other IB news, our IB coordinator, Kate Houston, begins her maternity leave next week.  She’ll be absent from campus for the next several months, but has left our IB programme in good hands.  Ms. Hollis, one of our 7th grade Civics teachers, will be coordinating our campus-wide community service program, while Mrs. Cooper, one of our 8th grade social studies teachers, will keep the 8th grade community project going strong.  IB units are being taught regularly, our students are striving daily to meet the IB learner profile characteristics, and strong inquiry is happening in our classrooms every day.  Rest assured that our IB MYP will run smoothly while Mrs. Houston is gone.

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Goodbye and Hello

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.


Kate Houston

IB MYP Coordinator

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PBMS Teachers Learn How to Filter a Lesson through the New IB Lenses

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This year, the International Baccalaureate launched a new vision of the Middle Years Programme. Called “The Next Chapter,” this re-visioning of the IB MYP was done in the hopes of setting up for 21st century success both IB MYP schools … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking Students Are Raising Awareness to Help Eliminate Ebola

Ebola Awareness_Freeman_CT 7 (1)A grassroots student campaign that grew out of class discussions in Mrs. Mariam Freeman’s Critical Thinking class has really taken off. Calling themselves the Ebola Eliminators, these students have worked both inside and outside of class time to help raise awareness about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and what we can do here to aid healthcare workers fighting the disease. With Mrs. Freeman’s help, the group has partnered with Map International, an organization that sends medical supplies to the West African countries suffering from the horrible disease. For every dollar donated to Map International, the organization sends $60 worth of medicine to the front lines!

In order to raise money to support this worthy cause, the Ebola Eliminators came up with the idea to host the Ebola Walk on Friday, January 30. From 2-3 pm, any and all students are invited to join them as they walk to raise awareness about Ebola. In addition, group members are making and will be handing out ribbons for a $1 donation. Not willing to stop there, Mrs. Freeman’s students have also written letters to local businesses (using our school-wide SRES writing format, of course) to ask for their help in funding the Ebola Eliminators efforts.

If you’d like to help, please consider making a donation to the Ebola Eliminators or coming out to participate in the Ebola Walk! Please note that Non-school board employees must be registered volunteers to take part in the Walk. Contact Mrs. Freeman at [email protected] for more information.

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Eighth Grader Exemplifies the IB Learner Profile

In December, eighth grader, Nicole Jones, showed what it truly means to be an IB student when she selflessly donated $78 of her own money to our school chapter of the Dreams Come True Organization. Dreams Come True is a national organization that raises money so that seriously ill children can realize a dream, whether that dream be meeting an NFL football player or being a Disney Princess for a day! Mrs. Beth Verez, one of our sixth grade Science teachers, sponsors our school chapter. She reports that their goal is to raise $1000 by the end of the school year. Nicole certainly helped in this mission with her donation. She raised the money by completing chores around the house, as well as for her neighbors (she walked a lot of dogs!). It took her almost four months to make the money, which she said she knew she wanted to donate to a charity. When she heard about Dreams Come True, she thought it sounded like just the right fit for her efforts. “I realize how privileged we are, and I want to be able to help others who aren’t as lucky as me,” she said of the reason why she set out to raise money for a good cause. It is because of awareness and work like this that Nicole demonstrates what we hope all of our students learn to be— caring and inquiring young people who help make the world a better place.

If you’d like to donate to the PBMS Dreams Come True fund, please contact Mrs. Verez at [email protected].

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Nicole was recognized for her efforts with a certificate and a visit from Mrs. Verez and Mrs. Hemingway.

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Busy Learning!

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The school year is in full swing here at Pacetti Bay and our students are busy stretching themselves as they learn new material. Year 1 students are working on facing their fears in Language and Literature, testing out their IB … Continue reading

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Welcome to our improved website!

Hello PBMS Wildcats!  We hope you find our new and improved IB MYP website more informative and easier to navigate.  Check back often for updates and stories about the IB MYP at Pacetti Bay!!

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