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IB Highlights: Beware The Ides of March!

Teachers have internal dates for assignments, but the International Baccalaureate has dates that are set in stone when certain items must be uploaded. March 15 is the upload date for Written Assignments in the Language A Literature HL courses, the essays from the Theory of Knowledge course, and the 4,000-word Extended Essays. They will be uploaded by Tuesday, March 15 for our current seniors who are in these courses!

Congratulations to teachers and students for this first benchmark! The next due date is April 20, where subject teachers upload predicted grades for students and the internal assessments from each course. Then IB exams for seniors begin April 28.

IB Question of the Week: How has SGS created a CORE class so that some of the extra work to earn a full IB Diploma can be completed within the school day?

The CORE class meets three times a week for full diploma candidates and is built into their schedule. TOK, CAS and EE share time in this CORE class, so students can get a lot of the work done during school hours.

o CAS Project: Our full diploma students complete Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) projects that follow an 18-month portfolio, full of reflections. The CAS coordinator (Melanie Mildrew) begins meetings with the students in Semester 1 of junior year during the CORE class time.
o EE: Starting second semester junior year, full diploma students meet during the CORE class time and begin researching and writing a 4000-word Extended Essay (EE) on a topic of their choice. Deadlines are set, and students are given time in this class to do their work. The EE will culminate at the end of Semester 1 in senior year.
o TOK: Starting second semester junior year, full diploma students begin meeting for the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class during the CORE class time. The TOK essay and exhibition will culminate at the end of Semester 1 in senior year.

CAS Experience Highlights: Recent CAS experiences for our Upper School students include running, picking up trash, and playing tennis.