By Dr. Jon Milleman, Assistant Superintendent
MSDWT continues on our successful journey as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School District. During the 2016-2017 school year, each of our elementary schools hosted an evaluation team. These teams measure each school’s successes in delivering instruction and creating a learning environment that is consistent with the IB expectations. IB expects to find evidence that our schools are actively working to develop what the IB calls Learner Profile Attributes. These attributes strive to shape students who are: Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Open-Minded, Inquirers, Communicators, Reflective, Caring, Principled, Balanced, and Risk Takers.
All of our schools were successful in meeting the IB criteria, a distinction that is a point of pride for our entire community. In addition to our
elementary IB successes, North Central High School embarked on the IB Personal Project. Over 400 sophomores participated in the Personal Project, which saw students selecting areas of research, creating original art, original research, providing community service, designing and building go-carts, creating poetry and prose, researching careers, and many other examples. The students showed off their projects to the school community in an exhibition. These self motivated and varied projects show our district’s commitment to allowing students to pursue their individual interests and passions as they consider their college and career choices.
Students, over the course of the 2016-2017 school year also excelled academically. We continue to have one of the highest number of students taking and succeeding on Advanced Placement exams in the state. Our students accumulated thousands of credit hours to four year, two year, and technical colleges saving parents hundreds of thousands of dollars in college tuition and positioning students for success early in their chosen college or career pathways.
Our student organizations and individual students logged thousands of hours of community service as we continue to connect our students to the world and life outside of school.
We continue to offer courses, design curriculum, and maintain extra and co curricular activities that engage students, bring subjects to life, and shape our students into life-long learners and productive adults.