Summit Academy K-6 IB Quarterly Newsletter October, 2015 1st Quarter Learner Profiles we are recognizing at Summit Academy: Summit Academy Mission Statement Summit Academy is an International Baccalaureate school. In the Primary Years Program, the IB curriculum focuses on helping children learn how to learn. Summit Academy emphasizes the development of personal attitudes toward people, environment and learning; attitudes that contribute to the well-being of their community and world. It requires a positive approach toward learning and challenges students to solve problems, show creativity and be resourceful. There will be a continuous emphasis on depth of learning, not just coverage. At Summit Academy, it is our goal to challenge all students to use critical thinking skills, and to empower students to utilize what they have learned in real world applications. Caring, Principled, and Communicator According to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program: Caring people show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Principled people act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. Communicators express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. They collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. (IBO, 2013) What is the Primary Years Programme? The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for young learners, ages 5-12, designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB). This philosophy recognizes a child’s natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect, the PYP generates a stimulating challenging learning environment to nurture those assets and foster a lifelong love of learning in every child. The PYP is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas.