International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
GMS Vision Statement “We are a community empowered by diversity, inspired by our success, and committed to life-long learning.”
Recognized around the world as a premier program of study, the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program focuses on thematic instruction where learning is part of an integrated whole. Important concepts that support global thinking, civic-mindedness and service learning are fundamental to the program. Students in the MYP are bright, passionate young people who thrive on challenges and real-world problem solving. Involved in school and in their communities, these leaders of tomorrow know they can make a difference. We promote intercultural understanding and respect as an essential part of life in the 21st century.
GMS Mission Statement Glasgow middle school’s mission is to build a community of life-long learners who are active, knowledgeable, and caring. Staff members teach young people as they prepare for the future by reaching new heights of academic achievement, growing in personal responsibility, and by making global connections, creating a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Glasgow’s work is grounded on the fundamental principles of holistic learning, the importance of all forms of communication (including foreign languages, and the arts), and multicultural education. Innovative programs, personal and group interventions, and networks of parent and community support help students to succeed to their highest level of ability and prepare them for advanced high school studies and beyond that for college, careers, and the real world.
The IB philosophy is contained within the IB Learner Profile, which aims to develop learners who are:
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:
- Language acquisition.
- Language and literature.
- Individuals and societies.
- Physical and Health education.
Service as Action at Glasgow Middle School
What is Service Learning in the MYP: Service-learning is an important component of the MYP Program. Experiences both during class and outside of school are appropriate in the MYP. The goal is for students to understand their ability to make meaningful contribution to their local, national, and global community. Through service learning, students develop and apply academic knowledge, personal skills, and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility, and accountability for their actions.
- There are no minimum number of hours (6th graders are expected to record and reflect on at least 10 hours of service activities, 7th graders are expected to record and reflect on at least 15 hours of service activities, and 8th graders are expected to record and reflect on at least 20 hours of service activities).
- Students must complete a reflection relating to their service- learning outcomes
- Students can engage in the service learning either in or outside school
- GMS Service and Action Reflection Sheet
How can parents help?
Parents are encouraged to support their children in getting involved in community engagement activities. Parents are also welcome to bring resources, information and service learning ideas to the IBMYP coordinator or to their child’s teachers. Activities coordinated at Glasgow will be regularly advertised through the principal’s weekly Gazette and Keep-in-touch, and on the school’s website. Parents can help draw their son or daughter’s attention to these activities. Parents can also collaborate with their children in investigating and taking part in community service opportunities together. Although the school will organize a number of service learning opportunities throughout the year for student, it is hoped that parents will supervise their student’s involvement in suitable community service activities outside the school. Reflection of the experiences in service learning and or community service is the most important requirement of the IBMYP.