March 26 is the IB Project Expo, STEAM Symposium, and Literacy Night. We’re excited to reveal our plans…. There’s something for everyone!
• 8th graders share their IB Projects with the community.
• There will be hands-on STEAM explorations in some classrooms.
• We will jump into our next whole-school read, For Everyone by Jason Reynolds.
• There will be stations for adults to learn about tools to help students at home.
• There will be members of various professional communities sharing their expertise, including JTM parents/guardians. Have something to share? Click here.
• A few JTM faculty and administration will give short presentations on their professional learning and passions as educators.
Dinner: We’ll kick off the evening with dinner starting at 5:00pm. Thanks to our outstanding PTO, they’ll be providing hotdogs and a vegetarian option, and they ask that you contribute to the feast by bringing a veggie or fruit tray, chips and salsa, or some cookies. We’ll eat in the cafeteria and break out into classrooms for presentations at 6pm. We might even have a few table-side student entertainment acts, so don’t miss out!
Presentations: At 5:45pm I will explain the logistics of the presentations, and help you get going in the right direction. From there, students and adult presenters will have a 10-minute time slot to share their learning with the community in classrooms throughout the building. Presentations will be 5-8 minutes long, with time for questions, wonderings, and conversations with presenters.
Please make plans for students and families to attend this event. In years past, this has been a great experience for families to see the outstanding work of learners of all ages. We as adults can learn a lot from our kids, and we have a chance to model for them what lifelong learning looks like. We will wrap up the event around 7pm.
Onward & upward,
IB Coordinator & Instructional Coach
JT Moore Middle Prep, an IB World School
Q: Is this only for 8th graders and their families?
A: No! Please join us! We want to bring together our community to showcase the 8th graders’ work and some other themes from our school. We highly encourage all families to attend so that you can see the extended service projects our students do in 8th grade and engage in literacy and STEAM activities as a family.
Q: Are only 8th graders presenting projects?
A: In years past, we’ve had 5th, 6th, and 7th graders ask for time slots to present their work, too. This year, we’ll be showcasing a select few projects from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade, but we’re highlighting the 8th graders’ IB projects, hands-on STEAM engagement, and literacy-based activities.
Q: 5pm seems early. What if, as an adult, I can’t get there at 5pm?
A: Students can remain at school 4-5pm in a structured activity with a teacher, or be putting the final touches on their presentations with their groups in the library with Ms. Dark. Families can arrive any time after 5pm or arrange transportation for their students accordingly. The event will wrap up at 7pm.
Q: What about dinner?
A: Thanks to our outstanding PTO, they’ll be providing hotdogs and a vegetarian option, and they’d ask that you contribute to the feast by bringing a veggie or fruit tray, chips and salsa, or some cookies. We’ll eat in the cafeteria and break out into presentations at 6pm.
Q: What if my kid isn’t finished with their 8th grade project?
A: We are not expecting all projects to be 100% finished or 100% “successful” because there is learning in the journey more so than the outcome sometimes. Student presentations will outline their struggles and challenges, and reveal the learning about student work habits, thinking, and maybe a bit about… procrastination.
Q: What else is going on that evening?
A: We will have several short sessions that are focused on literacy or hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and/ or math). Come plant something with our greenhouse crew! Come explore rockets with Mr. Paxton, Dr. Wesby, and the Fisk rocketry lab. Come learn about reading opportunities for the whole family! We also want to feature parents and community members’ talents, interests, experiences, and/or hobbies. Have something to share? Click here to sign up for a 10-minute time slot.
Q: What if my 8th grade kid doesn’t want to do this or if a group member cannot be present?
A: Giving a presentation like this is a crucial component to students’ learning. Audiences are very welcoming and generally very thoughtful in their questions and wonderings. Our students have gotten great press from this event, too! If a group member cannot be present, the rest of the group should present anyway.
Q: I’m a parent/guardian/community member and want to share my talent, skills, hobbies, or expertise. What do I do?
A: Have something to share? Click here to sign up for a 10-minute time slot. Consider this like a TED talk. If you’d like to have a PowerPoint or other digital support, please feel free, but it isn’t required. So that everything runs smoothly, we’d suggest you bring a local copy of your presentation on a laptop or flash/thumb drive. If you’d like to bring your own laptop, please bring any adapters that you might need also.