IB News and Press
5/2/14 Old Mill Senior Wins Gates Millennium Scholarship
MILLERSVILLE -- Old Mill High School senior Kirellos Abou Elsaad has been named a winner of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which will pay the bulk of his expenses for undergraduate, graduate school, and post-graduate education.
Kirellos, a student in Old Mill’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, is the fifth county student in the last three years and third IB student over that same time to claim one of the 1,000 scholarships awarded nationwide annually by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. [Read More]
4/26/14 Evan Broennimann of Severn had a bit of a puzzle to put together on Wednesday.
He was piecing together a sculpture he created to be on display in the media center at Meade High School that was made up of buckets, buoys, crab pots, glass bottles, cans, a propane tank, saw blades, pieces of tires — all trash he found on the banks of the Patapsco River near Harbor Hospital in Baltimore. [Read More]
4/21/14 OMHS IB Junior Aditya Maddali, this week’s Capital Teen of the Week. [Read More]
March 7, 2014 IB graduate takes home Oscar for performance as best supporting actress
Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o celebrated the success of her deeply moving and evocative portrayal of an abused slave in pre-Civil War America by walking away with a coveted Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave. In her acceptance speech, she acknowledged her training in Theatre Arts at Yale University; she was accepted to Yale as a graduate student following studies at Hampshire College. Her successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at St. Mary’s School in Nairobi, Kenya, was foundational to her academic success. (Read more...)
Students practice compassion through mathematics
As an arts integration consultant and Executive Director of Creating Communities, I receive incredible opportunities to use the arts to affect real change and provide meaningful learning experiences. Recently, I had the pleasure of working with the 7th grade math students and teachers Ms. Poynton, Ms. Moore and Mr. Mangold at Annapolis Middle School March 13-17 to create scale drawings and models of affordable apartments for senior citizens. The program was funded by a generous grant from The Target Corporation. (Read more...)
Art integration teaches students different methods of learning
Friday, April 11, 2014
Slowly, students at Annapolis Middle School dipped their paint brushes in black paint and painted one black circle on rice paper. It wasn't just a circle -- it was an ensō, which embodies the ideals of Zen Buddhism. "You have to have a careful hand," said Shy'Yon Frazier, 13, of Annapolis. He and other students tried their hand at painting as part of a three-day learning session with Artist in Residence Rob Levit. Over three days at Annapolis Middle School, students in seventh grade social studies learned how the three predominant religions in Southeast Asia differ through art.
Students made idols of animals when learning about Hinduism. They made geometric cut-and-paste style sheets of paper when learning about Islam. Wednesday for the final day, students created ensōs. Performing tasks about a specific culture opens their eyes, Levit said. "Anybody could intellectualize that information, but until you do it, you're not embodying that information." Anna Cooper, the teacher for the seventh graders, hopes to include more art in her social studies classes. "It's a way of learning without reading," she said.
Levit said he teaches the class in conjunction with the teachers. Many teachers don't have the confidence to put together an art-oriented lesson plan by themselves, he said. A week in advance, Levit sits down with the teacher to brainstorm. He makes the lessons purposely simplistic by involving items teachers could get from an art supply closet.
April Nyman, the executive director of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County awards grants to schools through the Arts in Education. Last year 50 schools received grants for artists to give demonstrations to an auditorium of students, she said. An additional 30 schools received grants for residency programs. Last year $54,000 in grants were awarded to schools.
Jasmine Caffee, 12, of Arnold, said she really enjoyed making the animal idols when learning about Hinduism. While she wanted to mold a dance shoe, she ended up choosing a turtle -- her favorite animal. Maria Jesus Morales-Mendez, 13, of Annapolis, said the art projects were more interesting than reading, writing and watching videos in class. "I wish we could do this every single day," Maria said.
Olde Mill / Millersville: Sochi comes to South Shore - sort of
South Shore Elementary School recently held its own opening ceremonies to commemorate the 2014 Winter Olympics taking place in Sochi, Russia.
Principal Rachel Amstutz thought of the idea in order to celebrate the Olympics and create interest in international awareness for her students. As a Primary Years Programme Candidate school, which is part of the International Baccalaureate Programme Organization that educates students in international cultural awareness, Amstutz felt the celebration was fitting. (Read More...)
Three county elementary schools have reached the top of the International Baccalaureate ladder by earning designation as IB World Schools. Germantown, Manor View, and Southgate elementary schools have each received the official authorization, marking the end of a lengthy process of self-study and extensive preparation by the schools and their communities. Read more...
Teen of the Week: Globe-trotting teen is organizer of International Night
Not many area teens can claim their first name was inspired by a Bollywood movie heroine. Nisha Seebachan’s parents watched a movie during their honeymoon and were wowed by one of the main characters — Nisha.
The 17-year-old is descended on her father’s side from immigrants who left northern India four generations before her birth. Her great-great-grandparents settled in Trinidad, working as laborers while the island was still under British rule. Family members later migrated a short distance to Tobago. In the 1970s when Nisha’s dad was 3 years old, her grandmother moved to the chillier climate of Minnesota. Read more...
Annapolis elementary school student finds hero in Mandela (Article on a PYP student at Germantown Elementary and her PYP assignment)
She has straight black hair down to her waist, stands around five feet tall and speaks in a quiet yet confident manner. And she can assume the persona of the late Nelson Mandela on command. Katherine Hernandez Marroquin, a fifth grader at Germantown Elementary in Annapolis, shakes her fist in the air as she slips into character. (Read more)