Letter from Cathey Goodgame – September 12, 2018

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

As many of you know, the ANCS Middle Campus is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) candidate school. Over the past two years we have been in engaging in the work toward IB MYP authorization and in just over a month a team will visit the campus for two days for our Verification Visit to determine authorization as an IB World School. The teachers and staff, under the leadership of our MYP Coordinator and Instructional Coach, Somer Hobby, have worked hard to integrate the framework of MYP while staying true to what makes ANCS unique.

When we started our MYP journey some years ago, one of the things we noticed was the existing alignment between the philosophy of the ANCS and that of IB MYP. While much of the terminology is different, what is at the heart is largely the same. At ANCS we focus on the whole child, we want students to learn to use their minds well, and we want students to leave us as informed citizens of a global society. The IB Learner Profile aligns beautifully with this mission as it “describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success”. . We started our work with the Learner Profile attributes last year and have begun to include this work in our weekly commitments during Morning Meeting as well as throughout the day in classes. The ten Learner Profile attributes are:

  • Inquirers – We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
  • Knowledgeable – We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  • Thinkers – We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators – We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
  • Principled – We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
  • Open-minded – We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience
  • Caring – We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
  • Risk-takers – We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
  • Balanced – We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
  • Reflective – We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

If you have a child at the Middle Campus, ask him/her which attribute they think is strongest for them right now and which they hope to work on as they move forward. It’s fun to ask yourself the same question; take a minute to read the descriptions and decide which one you think best describes you and share this with your child.

Finally, it’s another busy week/weekend for ANCS Athletics. The Ultimate Frisbee team’s first match was rained out last weekend so they will begin play this week with a girls match on Thursday vs. High Meadows at 4:15 at Grant Park and both girls and open play at Henderson on Saturday morning at 11:00. The Flag Football team won their first game last Friday, 26-8, over Westside Charter and they take on The Rise Schools Friday at 6pm and KIPP South Fulton Saturday at 7:15pm. All Flag Football games are at Badgett Stadium in College Park. The Cross Country teams continue their season this Saturday with a very early start at the Big Peach Mustang Stampede in Acworth. Girls will race at 7:30am and boys at 8:00am. Go Wolves!

Wishing you well,

Cathey