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New iBoosters group to boost SMHS IB program

To help parents understand the sometimes complicated world of an International Baccalaureate school, Signal Mountain Middle/High School has organized the iBoosters group, which recently held its first meeting focused on grading and assessment.

“We want to let the community know what the IB program is and what it offers,” said principal Robin Copp.

The next presentation given by the iBoosters will be directed at fifth-grade parents at SMMHS Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

In addition to clarifying the program for parents through meetings and newsletters, iBoosters communcations director Lisa Crowder said the group will also serve as a support system for students in the program by providing assistance such as facilitating study groups.

The group will also aid in spreading information such as important changes set to occur with the IB program in the next academic year, including opening IB courses to all juniors and seniors.

SMMHS IB coordinator Janet Brodsky explained that all students in grades 6-10 at SMMHS participate in the IB Middle Years Programme, but juniors and seniors can choose to opt out of the IB Diploma Programme, an intensive track which rerequires students to take six IB courses per year.

Currently the only students permitted to take IB courses are those in the IB Diploma Programme, which this year includes 38 percent of juniors and 40 percent of seniors, said Brodsky. Starting next fall, students will be able to enroll in one to three IB classes on an individual basis.

“We didn’t have the staff to offer upper-level math along with IB,” she said. “[Next year] a kid who wants to take just IB math can do that.”

Future iBoosters meetings will cover a range of topics and will be geared toward parents of students at different grade levels. Find a list of upcoming meetings and programs on the group’s website at www.ibsignal.com or contact Lisa Crowder for more information at 322-7615.

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To find out more about iBoosters visit ibsignal.com or email ibsignal@gmail.com. To learn about International Baccalaureate visit ibo.org.

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