IB Updates

The International Baccalaureate Organization is turning 50! City Honors School has been a part of the IB for the past 29 of these years! Take a moment to view this brief 50th anniversary video and timeline explaining the evolution and goals of the IB.


Middle Years Program (MYP): This year’s grade ten IB Personal Projects are off to a great start. Our students are working hard on their projects with their supervisors as they now begin to move from the research phase to the actualization of their physical projects! If you are the parent of a grade ten student and would like “Remind” group message updates from Mr. Moses, Project supervisor, please join by doing the following:

  • Text this number: 81010
  • Text this message: @7g928a
  • When confirming, please choose “parent” and reply with your full name!

Diploma Program (DP): The IB DP seniors have turned in their extended essay drafts and their supervisors have received them. Students are now making appointments to meet with their supervisors BEFORE winter break. Their final extended essay papers are due January 17-19, 2018.

All juniors and seniors, and their parents, are reminded to consult the Grade 11 & 12 Assessment Calendars to confirm when major assessments are due. To view the calendar, go to: cityhonors.org, click on Academics, click on Grade Level Assessment Calendars.

City Honors use uses online Grade Level Assessment Calendars at all grade levels to post important assessment dates in each class (research papers, tests, IB internal assessment due dates, and other types of summative assessments). Assessments, but not regular homework assignments, are notated in each grade level’s respective assessment calendar. As an International Baccalaureate World School, City Honors is required to have an assessment calendar that is accessible to students and parents. The implementation of these calendars does not mean that students do not have two or more assessments on a particular day. Learning to navigate some of these hurdles and organizing time are important skills for students to develop prior to college and the working world. However, the calendars will assist faculty in gauging student workload when planning assessments for a particular day. It will also build student and parent awareness of upcoming days where they should be prepared in advance for greater demands. The following link will take you to the assessment calendars for each grade level. We have also added a link to this page under the “Parents” tab of cityhonors.org: http://www.cityhonors.org/page/grade-levelassessment-calendar/

Grade 10 Parents: This fall, your child will be participating in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Personal Project. By design, this project is largely student driven, and consists of the student choosing a goal which they will work toward over the course of 7-8 months under the careful supervision of myself and a faculty supervisor.

This new goal or skill can include anything from learning a new language, writing a song, creating a piece of art, etc…The goal should be challenging but achievable. Each month, the students check in with their supervisor for feedback and assistance, and can also check in with me at any time.

The Personal Project emphasizes growth, process, and values the overall experience. The grade, though important, should not be the sole focus of this project. The project encourages students to look at their own developmental process, and allows them to examine themselves as learners in a reflective, metacognitive, and meaningful way. The project also provides a a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about themselves as well.

The Personal Project is the culminating experience of the MYP; it is a required component needed in order to complete the Middle Years Program. A student’s status is reflected as “complete” or “incomplete” on their transcript. Every effort is extended to help all of our students arrive at completion.
As coordinator, I strive to be incredibly proactive throughout the year, and I will notify parents and guardians at the slightest sign of a student falling behind. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions or concerns. I so look forward to seeing the amazing projects our grade 10 students create this year!

Best to you, James Moses. jamoses@buffaloschools.org 716.816.4248

A big congratulations goes our to Brianna Mutsindashyaka (class of 2019), as a film she created has been selected for the Seattle International Film Festival. Brianna created this film last year as part of her IB Middle Years Personal Project at CHS. Her film, “The Race Project” examines race and culture, and how minorities are treated locally.

Next Spring will be our 5 year review from the International Baccalaureate for our Middle Years Program for grades 5-10. As part of our commitment to the IB and creating an environment where the MYP can thrive, Mr. Moses is seeking out parents out who be interested in participating in a sit down meeting this fall about the MYP at our school and what can be done to improve it/how your child has benefitted from the program.  If interested, please contact James at Jamoses@buffaloschools.org.

Attention all grade 10 families: the deadline to submit applications for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28th. All forms can be found at the CHS IB Diploma Program webpage: https://cityhonors.org/page/ib-diploma-program/ Please contact our IB DP coordinator, Mrs. Banas, with any questions you may have about the program:ebanas@buffaloschools.org or 816.4235.

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, City Honors has many requirements that must be adhered to in addition to those set forth by the State of New York and the Buffalo Public Schools. One of these requirements involves having an Academic Honesty policy in place. One component of that policy is that we “have calendars for assignments/assessments properly planned and communicated to students and parents/guardians. These assessment schedules should be agreed upon with the teachers in each grade level, so teachers do not have unrealistic expectations of the students and work is distributed reasonably.” (International Baccalaureate guidance on academic honesty policies for IB schools).

City Honors has IB at every grade level (IB Middle Years Program for grades 5-10 and the IB Diploma Program for grades 11-12). Therefore, there are assessment calendars for every grade level at the school and all teachers have been asked to use the calendar. Parents/guardians can find these grade level assessment calendars on our webpage (https://cityhonors.org/page/grade-level-assessment-calendar/). All City Honors faculty have the ability to enter their assessments (defined as tests, papers, projects, essays, “big” quizzes, and any other assessments which are more than just a regular homework assignment) into these grade level calendars. Our teachers are asked to consider moving an assessment if they notice that there are two or more of them already listed for their chosen due date, but sometimes multiple assessments on the same day will, of course, be unavoidable. These calendars are advantageous to both students and teachers for many reasons. They also help parents to know what is going on in each class so they can support their child.

-A reminder that grade ten students should be working diligently on their MYP Personal Project over the holiday break, and be prepared to set up a third meeting with their supervisor when they return. Students should provide their advisor evidence of their physical project and have completed journals 9-12.

-This video explains the value of the IB Middle Years Personal Project from the perspective of real, live CHS students! All CHS students undertake the Personal Project in grade 10 at CHS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhcX2VBUIoQ

-Here are four videos featuring college admissions officers explaining to students and parents how to leverage each aspect of the IB Diploma Program core and individual IB courses in college applications: http://blogs.ibo.org/discussing-the-ib-core/

Questions about IB at CHS?:

IB Diploma Program (grades 11 & 12)

Mrs. Banas: ebanas@buffaloschools.org
Coordinator and Theory of Knowledge Teacher

IB Middle Years Program (grades 5-10)
Mr. Moses: jamoses@buffaloschools.org
Coordinator and Theory of Knowledge Teacher

Grade 10 Parents: Please be sure to read this very important letter from Mr. Moses, IB Middle Years Coordinator- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfDi0QYE5G4

– A reminder to full IB Diploma Candidate Seniors (and their parents) that the final draft of the Extended Essay must be uploaded to Turnitin.com by 11:59 pm on Monday, 11/21. A hard copy is due in ToK on 11/21 (Mrs. Banas’ classes) and 11/22 (Mr. Moses’ class).

-All students in grades 5-10 at CHS are a part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) at CHS! Whether your family is new to CHS or you need a refresher, be sure to check out this quick video summarizing life in the MYP from the student and teacher perspective!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfDi0QYE5G4

Parents- did you know that in keeping with IB requirements, CHS teachers participate in Grade Level Assessment Calendars?  These calendars include major tests and deadlines for each grade level as submitted by teachers (they do not include minor deadlines like homework and quizzes). Every teacher publicizes the calendars with their students but please share this resource with your child if for some reason they are not aware of it! Here is the link- https://cityhonors.org/page/grade-level-assessment-calendar/.

The IB Learner Profile of the Month at CHS is “Reflective”: Reflective learners give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience.  They are able to assess and understand their limitations and strengths in order to support their learning and personal development. Visit this link to see the entire IB Learner Profile: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/fd82f70643ef4086b7d3f292cc214962/learner-profile-en.pdf 

The IB Minute is a new regular feature to Hilltop Notes to keep the school community in touch with everything IB.

Take a moment to view this brief clip from Stanford University’s Assistant Dean of Admissions (also a former IB parent) on the value of an IB education: https://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2016/04/26/stanfords-assistant-dean-of-admissions-on-the-value-of-an-ib-education/ 

See additional clips from Stanford about IB and college admissions: http://blogs.ibo.org/think-like-an-admissions-officer/

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