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Learn about the middle school IB program this week

You are invited! On behalf of the schools of Summit School District, I am inviting all interested community members to join us in our ongoing journey toward caring and learning about our world. While it may sound simple, it is sometimes a challenging task (isn’t it, parents?) to help our students want to become inquiring and compassionate individuals. As educators, this is our charge, and we are passionate and committed to it. It is an exciting experience, and we need you.Summit School District is always in the process of seeking the best educational policies and practices for the students of Summit County, and it has embraced the International Baccalaureate Organization, or IBO, as one of the best vehicles available to promote and inspire student learning. The IBO offers three separate programs, all of which are expanding in our district and opening new doors for students. The Primary Years Program (PYP) extends to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The Middle Years Program (MYP) is offered to sixth- through tenth-graders, and the Diploma Program (DP) is an option for our high school juniors and seniors. As one of your hosts, I should introduce myself. My name is Julie Fishman. After teaching for several years and then taking a hiatus to be with my daughter, I have now been given the opportunity to help coordinate the IB Middle Years Program at Summit Middle School. I am unabashedly taking advantage of the position to express my fervent support of the IB philosophy and to extend the request for you all to accept this invitation.But why the celebration, you may ask? Whether you have school-age children or not, there is a component of all three IB programs that has to do with you.That component is our students’ extension into our community. We recognize that one of the best ways to develop knowledgeable and compassionate citizens is to emphasize and nurture their connections to the world: to their family, their school, their town, their state, their nation and ultimately to humanity around the globe. Summit County is truly international. Our residents have come from six continents, from dozens of different countries, to settle here in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Many of us have special challenges or disabilities that color our lives. What a gift to live in this wonderfully diverse population with so much to offer.As an IBMYP Coordinator, I want to give our teachers and students access to people who can share a perspective that they might not otherwise encounter. We want our students to see who you are, to hear about your backgrounds and experiences, to discover how our own Summit County community is rich in its multicultural variety.We would like you to be our guests. Please come to our schools and share with us your stories, your traditions, your heritage. Help our young future citizens to understand that appreciating a different perspective leads to a broadening of their own.If you would like to speak as a guest at the middle school, I hope you will contact me at (970) 668-5037, or at jfishman@summit.k12.co.us. I will gladly answer your questions and put you in touch with teachers who will warmly host you in their classrooms.Wednesday receptionSummit Middle School is having a reception for parents and community members on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6-7 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our IBMYP program and the current state of the middle school. We hope you’ll join us – bring your party hats.Julie Fishman is a coordinator for the IB Middle Years Program at Summit Middle School. She can be contacted at (970) 668-5037, or at jfishman@summit.k12.co.us.


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