We had a wonderfully productive and successful first quarter. All three MYP classes studied under the umbrella topic of water usage and the water crisis in Africa. For the second quarter, the content will shift. Sixth graders will be examining how music influences lifestyle and will create a musical instrument, seventh graders will examine the nutritional values of snacking food items and will create an advertisement to encourage people to make healthier choices, and the eighth grade students will create multi-purpose furniture in response to the growing space constraints in major urban cities throughout the world.
Hello, and welcome back! I am looking forward to another great school year!
All IBMYP students have started off the year examining the water crisis in Africa. The 6th grade students have been researching the water crisis in general and some possible solutions. They will be creating a Prezi to share their new-found information. The 7th grade students are focusing on the choices we make that impact water usage. They will be informing others via a public service announcement. The 8th grade students are examining water purification methods and will create a water purification system.
We have watched videos, researched on computers, gone on a water walk, and have been visited by a guest speaker. All three classes will be participating in a walk-a-thon on October 20th to raise money to rehabilitate a well in a village in Kenya. Our goal as MYP students is to raise $1000!!
Check back in soon to see our progress!
The 4th quarter has begun! We have completed the career unit, and will start off the new quarter with new units.
The sixth grade will examine advertising techniques and create a PSA to improve voter turnout.
The seventh grade will look at trash and how to repurpose discarded items to cut down on landfill.
The eighth grade will examine living spaces and will design a piece of furniture to serve multiple purposes.
The Robert Crown Health Center will be coming to Kellogg School on Tuesday, April 25 to present programs about puberty, the beginnings of life, teen sexual choices, and the science behind drug prevention to grades 5 through 8, respectively. Field trip forms and the $5 fee should be turned in by Monday, April 3. The form is on the downloadable page if it was lost and needs to be reprinted.
The seventh grade class was invited to attend the We Day Celebration at the Allstate Arena on March 1. It was a wonderful sharing of the amazing works being done by teens across the city and surrounding suburbs.
The 7th grade students were given a "shout out" for their random acts of kindness as well as the upcoming blood drive in April. Way to go, Kellogg!
We were fortunate enough to have a visit last week from Marijus Gudynas, Consul General of Lithuania. He spoke to all IB Middle Years Programme students about the history of Lithuania and about his responsibilities working for the consulate.
We will be having a member of the Lithuanian Consulate here on February 9 to share about Lithuania's culture, history, and politics. This will be a nice follow-up activity to our Multicultural Fair.
As we begin the second semester, we will continue working to complete the career unit. Each student in the IBMYP will need to determine how he/she will present the material learned about careers, degrees needed, and possible college choices. I look forward to seeing the finished products by the beginning of March.
Please check your progress in Design class, which is under the category "Learning Technology" in the student/parent portal. Any missing or incomplete work, as well as any assignments, both formative and summative that you wish to do over for a higher grade, should be completed by Tuesday, January 31. Email Mrs. Pajkos at email@example.com if there are any questions.
All IBMYP students are currently working on a unit to explore career aptitudes. The students have completed a Cluster Finder activity through the Naviance Program. Based on responses to questions about activities that interest them, personal qualities they possess, and subjects they most enjoy, students were given a list of career clusters that may be a good fit for them to pursue in their futures. In addition to this, each student created a SMART goal for their immediate future (specific, measureable, achievable, relevant, and timely).
The level one (sixth grade) students will begin this week to explore careers associated with one of the suggested clusters from the results of their survey. They will then find specific information about a chosen career such as the skills necessary,, educational requirements, job outlook, average salary, etc. Students will then research a college that specializes in that course of study and find out admission requirements as well as cost, student life, demograohics of student body, etc. This information will be presented in the format of each student's choice.
The level two (seventh grade) students will take their results further. They will explore two different career options and will find out additional career information such as connections to other professions, societal benefits of the job, setting for the job, etc. Like the level one students, they will do research on a college or university, but will find more information than was required of their younger peers. The format for presenting the information learned will be the choice of each level two student.
The level three (eighth grade) students will complete all that the level two students are required for two chosen careers, including the college/university study. These students will then explore the Road Nation section of the Naviance Program related to one of those careers. Based on what they've learned, they will create a mock interview (both questions and answers) from a person having one of the two careers they have chosen to research. It will be the decision of each level three student as to how the information will be presented.
The IBMYP students are now working on a career unit. The students will be exploring their career aptitudes, setting goals, investigating differences between the different types of college degrees, etc.
Stay tuned: more to follow.
I am excited to be beginning my second year as the IB Coordinator at Kellogg School. In addition to coordinating, I am teaching Design to all Level 1, 2, and 3 students.