The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) announced that Pacetti Bay Middle School (PBMS) has been named an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The school has earned official authorization to offer the Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) for all students.
“I am extremely proud of the forethought and effort that Principal Sue Sparkman and the PBMS teachers, support staff, students and parents put into achieving this outstanding accomplishment,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “By continuing to foster critical thinking and rigorous academic standards, our students will be better prepared both for high school and life beyond the K-12 school system.”
IB programs, often considered the Gold Standard of academic programing, are helping students to be competitive in the global marketplace. The values and beliefs of the SJCSD and PBMS are consistent with the IBMYP learner profile which encourages students to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. In addition, students are taught to act locally with a commitment to the community and to be internationally minded in regard to issues that have no borders.
“This is a tremendous honor for our students, faculty and community,” said Principal Sue Sparkman. “The IBMYP represents the innovation, collaboration, and high standards that have been a foundation for PBMS.”
Melissa Lime who served as IB coordinator during the authorization process states, “I could not be prouder of the dedication on the part of the outstanding staff of PBMS. I am honored to have been a part of this life-changing process.”
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is unique because it focuses on each subject area through the five areas of interaction: Environment, Health and Social Education, Community and Service, Human Ingenuity, and Approaches to Learning. These five areas of interaction support active learning through interdisciplinary units that help students engage in critical thinking and reflection.
“My students love communicating with other students from around the world using Skype and Epals to promote perspective and understanding,” commented St. Johns County Teacher of the Year and faculty member Emily Senko.