Class of 2017 Officially Registered in IB Diploma Program
This week, the class of 2017 was officially registered in the IB Diploma Program. Of the nine students in the class, seven have opted to attempt the full diploma. Those not attempting the full diploma will seek certificates in four of their courses as well as Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay. In the spring semester, the two students will conduct professional internships in place of their other two IB courses. Throughout the year, students will be completing internal and external assessments, submitting their extended essays and publicly defending them, and concluding the theory of knowledge course. The IB final exam period takes place in May.

8th Grade Visit Days
Last Thursday, November 3rd and this Tuesday November 8th, 8th grade students moved upstairs and spent the day shadowing a 9th or 10th grade student. The purpose is to allow current 8th grade students to experience a day as a 9th or 10th grade students and begin to form a clearer idea of what it is like to be a Journeys high school student.

High School Information Night
This Thursday, November 10th, rising 9th grade students and their parents were invited to visit Journeys High School and learn more about the program. The schedule for the information evening includes an overview of practices in the high school, a panel of current students and parents present to answer questions, and a chance to participate in mini-lessons orchestrated by faculty in their respective subjects.

Student Leadership Committee (SLC) Representative Speeches and Voting
The SLC held elections this week for class representatives which included the presentation of speeches by those students interested in being a part of the SLC. The vote is still out so check back next week for a summary of which students will serve as representatives for their class.

Journeys High School Students Preparing for 11th Annual Model United Nations
The 9-10 Individuals and Societies classes will join over 200 other students from around Wyoming and Idaho to participate in the 11th annual Teton County Model United Nations (TCMUN) conference hosted at Jackson Hole High School on November 14 and 15th, 2016. The two-day event will be an educational and challenging experience for all those involved. Students have been preparing themselves to represent different countries as they sit on committees debating a wide range of international topics.
 
TCMUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, current events, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. Students take on roles as diplomats (delegates) and participate in a simulated session of this intergovernmental organization. Participants research a country, write position papers, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. The underlying goal of the TCMUN is to expose students to a diversity of perspectives, parliamentary procedure and the process of international resolution making. Students often come away with an understanding of both the strengths and weaknesses of United Nations structure, yet feel empowered by the potential of a global approach to the many issues facing humans today.

This conference cannot be pulled off without a lot of volunteer help.  Perhaps your child is participating this year, or has in the past.  Perhaps you are a community member interested in global issues and increased understanding. We hope that you will volunteer by signing up to help this year so we can continue to hold this extraordinary conference right here in Jackson.
 
Follow the link to Signup Genius to see what kind of volunteer help is needed, go to:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044da9ae2aa75-20161
If you have any questions about the conference or are interested in making a donation to the Teton County Model UN program, please email InterConnections 21 at info@ic21.org
Check back next week for a report on how Journeys School students performed and what they learned in the process.