The International Baccalaureate Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We encourage students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

ib (1)As IB learners, we strive to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Risk Takers, Balanced, and Reflective.

All JT Moore students are automatically enrolled in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). This period in children’s lives is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a program that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts. The IB MYP Programme uses researched based Approaches to Learning that are scaffolded to reflect students’ developmental stages. The MYP obliges students to do volunteer, community based service as a part of their learning. Any activity that requires students to serve someone outside their home is considered to be community service. They must not get paid for their service for it to count. Many students participate in service activities organized by their religious institutions, scouting events, and/or other events sponsored by charitable organizations. Students turn in THIS FORM indicating completion of service hours.

REQUIREMENTS

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10 action hours are required by 5th graders per school year
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10 action hours are required by 6th graders per school year
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10 action hours are required by 7th graders per school year
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10 action hours are required by 8th graders per school year

Forms for completion of IB hours are available HERE.

In addition, 8th grade students complete a “community project” consisting of a presentation to the school based on a year’s worth of investigation, research and implementation of an idea on how to improve their community. Recent projects can be seen HERE.

Ms. Carly Price leads the JT Moore International Baccalaureate Programme. In the spring of 2013, Ms. Price was voted as Middle School Teacher of the Year for the entirety of Metro Nashville Public Schools (out of 10,000 certificated staff). More information about IB @ JTM is available at her website HERE.

Both the International Baccalaureate and MNPS have encouraged service learning for our middle school students.  It is exciting to see that a few of our students have already completed their required 10 hours of service, they’ve taken some time to reflect on their service through this form, and they’ve returned the form to Ms. Carly Price.

 

Here are the types of activities our JT Moore students have done so far this year:

  • Helped our new 5th graders during orientation in July.
  • Participated in the school beautification day in September.
  • Babysat for a family in need.
  • Volunteered at a Music City festival at the Fairgrounds.
  • Worked after school to help in the greenhouse.
  • Helped a teacher set up for a lab activity, clean her classroom, and organize supplies.
  • Helped the PTO with City Saver books and Boxtops.
  • Worked concession stand for Mr. Cannon during volleyball matches.
  • Delivered food to elderly with a scouting group.
  • Served meals for people at a church potluck.

 

Here are some benefits of service:

  • Increase your understanding of a class topic.
  • Gain hands-on experience (possibly leading to an internship or job later).
  • Explore or solidify values and beliefs.
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference.
  • Have opportunities to act on your values and beliefs.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities.
  • Learn more about social issues and their root causes.
  • Improve your ability to handle ambiguity and be open to change; become more flexible.
  • Develop or enhance your skills, especially in the areas of communication, collaboration, and leadership.
  • Test out your skills, interests, and values to help you make choices for future classes or career paths.
  • Grow a network of people you might connect with again later for projects, jobs, or internships.
  • Satisfy your urge toward public service or civic participation.

 

What our JT Moore students are saying about their service experiences:

  • “I learned that our community can be stronger if we all pitch in and help.”
  • “The most challenging part of this was knowing that I’m helping, but there’s so much more that can be done.”
  • “I practiced being caring and principled by thinking of other people and making sure my behavior was right for the situation.”
  • “I feel part of something good when I help.”
  • “I felt that I had to be open-minded, because we had to listen to each other’s ideas.”
  • “I actually had to use math. OMG.”

 

A few more ideas: