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Coordinator: Kevin Jackson


The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

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From: Sarah Mason
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 11:04 AM
To: Jackson, Kevin
Subject: Week 4 of college...I'm SO glad I did IB 


Sarah Mason

I just wanted to write you all and let you know how much IB has prepared me for my first semester of college! Even though over the past two years I questioned (on multiple occasions) why I did IB...I am so thankful that I signed my life away to the program two years ago.

This is my fourth week of classes at York College. In my 8 am Biology class, we have gone over a lot of material already. The material is gone over very quickly and we are expected to understand everything we take notes on at 8 am. While this class would probably be challenging for many, I find it to be one of my easier classes. Why? It’s easy because last week we went over macromolecules...information that I already know. Today we started learning about DNA and how Helicase unzips the DNA strand when it is being replicated and how Polymerase Chain Reactions occur- all of which I already knew. THANK YOU SO MUCH MS. FRAKER.

Another important aspect of my Biology class is analyzing articles and finding the strengths/weaknesses of the experiment described. A lot of my classmates were having trouble identifying these aspects. Me? I already had a list of strengths and weaknesses that typically occur in experiments. IB Psychology greatly prepared me for this aspect of my Biology class. THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. RIDER.

One of my more challenging classes this semester is my Perspectives in Literature class. The majority of the class is writing assignments on readings. Right now, we are reading Hamlet (which we were expected to completely read and understand on our own outside of class). My roommate is also in this class and is constantly asking me what different scenes in the play mean. When I got my syllabus and saw we would be studying Hamlet, I had my mom mail me my Hamlet book from last year, which is completely annotated and has too many post it notes to count sticking out of the pages- this has been a life saver. Speaking of annotations, my first year seminar class involves analyzing and annotating various texts. While my peers were struggling to come up with 10 of the required 15 annotations, I ended up with 16 great annotations- and received all of the possible points! THANK YOU SO MUCH MS. JANIFER.

Mr. Jackson- Thank you so much for 4 years of incredible support. I know I would not be here today without all that you have done for me. Even though my junior and senior years were extremely busy, stressful, and a lot of hard work, I am so, so thankful that I completed the IB program. It has fully prepared me for college so far and has made my transition here incredible. I’m sure my other IB courses will come in handy with my spring semester.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your Tuesday and that the school year is going well. I should probably get back to my written response of Hamlet that is due by 2 - some things never change.

Thank you all so much, Sarah Mason