IB Students Excel at Hauppauge High School
The Hauppauge School International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator, Dr. Ellen Ryan, received an email about a contest on the theme of World Peace sponsored by the Denver Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. The contest was open to all IB Schools around the globe.
Ruthy Wexler, President of the Denver Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) wrote, “in collaboration with IB World Schools, the NLAPW is sponsoring a contest on the theme of World Peace. If your school wins, you will receive a 24-foot long, five-foot high section containing six beautiful, inspiring panels from the original 264-foot Tapestry for Peace-which has an amazing story and which is linked to IB schools in a special way.
Please, go to www.ibarms.org to see a video about the Tapestry. To enter, students must design a Peace Project that will impact their community. We know that the Peace Tapestry will affect the world ... we just don't know how yet.”
Dr. Ryan forwarded the email to Leann Barone, the Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) Coordinator, who in turn posted it as a potential CAS activity for the diploma candidates. All diploma candidates must fulfill CAS requirements as part of the diploma program. CAS is designed to develop a student’s learning outcomes beyond the classroom, often times through collaborative and meaningful engagement within the community. Jinju Lima and Ilona Kaydanov, IB Diploma Candidates, submitted a proposal to the contest that described their idea for a Peace Project in Hauppauge High School. The ladies designed and posted posters around the school reaching out to students feeling stressed out or in pain with contacts for those seeking help, helpful hints on getting better sleep and general stress relief techniques. There were even posters with “free compliments.” The feedback from students was enthusiastic and very well received. Ilona and Jinju won the contest and were awarded a beautiful peace tapestry that is on display on the second floor of the high school across from the library.
Ilona Kaydanov is currently a senior at Hauppauge High School. She is looking forward to attending college next year. Ilona has applied to five local schools where she hopes to major in English with a minor in Journalism and Russian studies. She is the Editor of the school newspaper and the Captain of the HHS Cross-Country Team. The team is looking forward to the State Qualifiers this week.
Also, a current senior, Jinju Lima is looking forward to attending a city school next fall where she hopes to study Foreign Language and Biology, while keeping her options open to explore many avenues before deciding on a major. Ms. Lima is manager of the Cross-Country Team and runs on the Track Team in the spring.
The IB Diploma Program is an academically challenging and balanced program of education, with final examinations, that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success in college and in life. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. The Diploma Program prepares students for success in higher education and to be active participants in a global society. The IB continuum of international education is unique because of its academic and personal rigor. Students are challenged to excel in their studies and in their personal development. The program aims to inspire a love of learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy. The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.
Binghamton University recognizes schools offering the International Baccalaureate program saying, “The International Baccalaureate curriculum is the most challenging and comprehensive curriculum available and IB participation is recommended, taken into account and considered during the application process.”