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Notes from the Teranga Center: Almost the End of Quarter 1

It is hard to believe we are already past the half-way mark in November. As we begin to look towards Phase 3 of our Covid-19 plan, we would like to congratulate our students and faculty body on their ongoing displays of leadership, collaboration, engagement, and resilience in these challenging times.

Our Grade 10 students are now fully immersed in conversations both at school and at home in order to complete their IB Diploma course choices for next year. This work is being supported by our counseling team who are engaging students in conversations to support these important decisions.

Grade 11 students continue to become more conversant with the different elements of the IB Diploma program and are now well into the first experiences of Theory of Knowledge. They will be the first ISD cohort to embark on a new assessment piece in Theory of Knowledge being introduced for the May 2022 exams sessions. Up until this year, students have completed a formal internally assessed TOK presentation. The IBO has now adapted and changed this to become a TOK exhibition. Students will choose everyday objects to curate and visually as well as verbally answer the question:

Does the exhibition successfully show how Theory of Knowledge manifests in the world around us?

This will then lead to work on the externally assessed TOK essay which remains unchanged from previous years.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is also an important part of the IB Diploma program as well as a graduation expectation for all ISD students. With Covid-19 stalling a number of our initiatives, students are still working to develop their portfolios and manage the information of what they are and also are not able to do. The timeline for the due dates is listed here for information. Mr. Crumpton is leading this work alongside Mr. Gaucher and there are a number of sessions planned to support students in the ongoing work.

Timetable of CAS Due Dates

  • November 18, 2020 (Next Service Session): Must show some progress toward future deadlines (CAS aims & goals, experiences logged, etc.)

  • November 24, 2020: At least 3-5 experiences logged into ManageBac. These should cover each of the Learning Outcomes at least once. Remember no more than three Learning Outcomes per CAS experience.

  • December 11, 2020: CAS Design Proposal must be submitted to CAS Coordinator (Mr. Colin) or DP Coordinator (Mr. Lennon).

  • February 5, 2021: 1st CAS Interview

  • By June 2021: A variety of CAS experiences and at least one CAS project must be completed. These activities should cover all seven Learning Outcomes at least twice.

  • June 4, 2021: Second CAS Interview.

Grade 12 students are deep into the process of college applications and in a number of cases, college acceptances. The internal assessment requirements for IBO continue to come in a regular fashion and we encourage students to continue managing their time as well as prioritizing work in order to manage requirements. There have been no further formal announcements from IBO regarding examinations and so we are pleased that the content modifications and reductions of exam expectations in a number of subjects mean ISD students will be in an excellent position come May to demonstrate to the best of their ability what has been learned in the last two years of High School.

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