Important 2015-16 Information for IB, CAS, and NHS, Students and Parents

Welcome Back!  After one of the highest total exam pass rates in our school’s history (83%) we’re looking forward to a rewarding school year.  Below is some of the information you need to know to stay informed and prepared, including the costs of this year’s IB Exams.  At the very bottom is the opportunity to receive text updates.  I will use these to remind students and parents of important dates and deadlines.

NHS AND CERTIFICATE (COURSE) VOLUNTEER WORK

Mr. Long is the Advisor for students in NHS and Course or Certificate students in the IB program.  NHS students need to complete at least 25 hours of community service.  Hours and reflections need to be submitted to iblong.org or kept in a journal or blog format.  We will be meeting individually and in small groups during the semester.  CAS students will work with Mr. Long during the year and complete hours based on each student’s individual plan.  This is an exciting and fun time of your high school experience to try new things, take risks, and experience your community through service.  I have already heard amazing stories of students making a difference.

DIPLOMA CAS

Senior and Junior IB Diploma Candidates can continue and/or get started on their CAS work through the CAS Coordinator’s website.  Here is a note from Mr. Higuera:

Please join our blog community where you will post reflections on your Creativity Action Service activities. Why a blog community? The ibo states clear and specific expectations for CAS outcomes. These include both interpersonal development and collaboration. Sharing your CAS experiences in our blog community will aid in fostering these exemplary essentials that result from both your service and reflection. In addition, you will have an opportunity to share your life-enriching experiences in a unique way while also having the ability to read what your fellow Chargers are doing during their CAS experiences. Moreover, I will be able to closely monitor your progress, offer resources that will be readily available to each of you, and communicate in an efficient manner with individuals and groups of individuals as you complete your service. Below is the join URL and group code. If you have any issues getting on board, please let me know right away either by stopping by E1 or emailing shiguera@cousd.net. Stop in anyway to say hi if, and when, you get a chance. Looking forward to hearing more about each of your CAS experiences!!! Happy blogging!!! –Mr Higuera
Edmodo Join URL: https://edmo.do/j/x9vg7v
Edmodo Group Code: 3ny5i6

IB EXAM REGISTRATION

Here are the costs for this year’s IB Exams.  We will follow the same policies regarding financial aid and payment plans as last year.  All financial aid questions should be directed to the Administration.  The school’s phone number is 626 915 5841.  Please email me (Mr. Long) with any questions or concerns.  clong@cousd.net.

Registration Fee:  $164.00

Each Exam Fee:  $113.00

If you took at least 1 IB Exam last year AND you were registered to be a Diploma Candidate AND you’re still going to be a Diploma Candidate, you do not need to pay the registration fee of $164.00.  I will publish a list of those students.

Registration will take place in the middle of September and continue through the month of October.

TEXT UPDATES:

Subscribe to updates via text using the numbers below.

Ib class of 2016

TEXT:  @ib2016

to (424) 789-8749

Ib class of 2017

TEXT:  @ib2017

to (424) 277-2146

2016 List of IB Exam Fees

Here are the costs for this year’s IB Exams.  We will follow the same policies regarding financial aid and payment plans as last year.

Registration Fee:  $164.00

Each Exam Fee:  $113.00

If you took at least 1 IB Exam last year AND you were registered to be a Diploma Candidate AND you’re still going to be a Diploma Candidate, you do not need to pay the registration fee of $164.00.  I will publish a list of those students.

Registration will take place in the middle of September and continue through the month of October.

Please email me with any questions:  Mr. Chris Long, clong@cousd.net

Look What’s Flying Proudly Over CO!

  

Class of 2015’s Exam Results (Highlights)

It’s my last day of vacation!  I can’t wait to get back and see everyone.  The teachers and students I’ve spoken with over the summer are thrilled with results of their hard work last year.  Here are some of the highlights:

9 f the 17 students who received an IB Diploma scored higher than a 30 and the average score of all passing students was a 32.  This is significant because many UCs give in-coming freshmen sophomore-status when they score above a 30.  One student received a 38 and another a 39.  Consider this – there are a few colleges who will waive a student’s undergraduate work if they score a 40 or higher!  Our overall pass rate for the Diploma was 70%.

Congratulations to Mrs. Wilcox, Mrs. Shockey, the HL Art students,  Mrs. Archer (2 years in a row!!) and Sra Bernal’s SL Spanish students for posting pass rates of 100%!

Congratulations to Mrs. Grund and the HL Bio students who had a pass rate of 86%.

Congratulations to Mr. Harte, Mr. Higuera, and the SL English students who passed with a rate of 83%!

Congratulations to Sra. Bernal and the HL Students who passed with an 80% pass rate.

Our SL Spanish students scored nearly a full point higher than the international average.

Felicitations to 2 of the 3 French SL students passed!

The APUSH pass rate exceeded the national pass rate and the AP CALC AB exam pass rate was 69%!  The national average score was a 2.9, ours was a 3.1 with 20 of 29 students passing – congratulations to Mrs. Plecas!! Charter Oak’s total AP pass rate was 53%

Special congratulations to Luis Gonzalez who was the one student who took and passed the Math SL exam and to Diana Manosalva who was the only one to take the AP Spanish Language Exam and scored a 5!

In many of the courses only 1 student, or just 3 or 4 didn’t pass – but they still left with the skills needed to succeed beyond Charter Oak.  Beyond these scores are the gains made in the Extended Essay, the additions of a new CAS Advisor and second TOK Teacher last year.

Our Math Studies students and HL English students also averaged higher scores than the international averages.

The class of 2015-16 has the potential to be the largest IB Diploma class in the school’s history.  That’s impressive but it’s not the most important measure of success.  One of the most important aspects of our success is consistency. Charter Oak boasts one of the most rigorous academic settings in which students consistently choose rigor!  Growth in size isn’t as important as who are students are when they leave our campus.

Thank you to each of the teachers who makes sure this happens every day!!

If you would like clarification or specific data on courses and exams, send me an email at clong@cousd.net

Clarification From Sra Bernal

SraB appologizes for not making it clear that the summaries in the summer work should be written in SPANISH. ALSO: please attach your files as Word Documents so she can make corrections and comments directly on your summary. Thanks!

Time For Senior Diploma Candidates to Meet With Mr. Higuera For CAS

From Mr. Higuera:

IB Diploma Senior Students–

It’s that time of year! I hope your have enjoyed your summer and that you are busy with summer homework and CAS hours. A couple of details for you as we move toward the beginning of the school year: 
a. Please schedule an appointment to meet with me in August, either during Charger Time (any day), lunch (any day), or before first period on Wednesdays. This meeting is mandatory if you are to receive credit for CAS, and it’s essential that you contact me asap for a date you prefer. When we meet, you will update me on your CAS activities and on your progress. We will discuss deadlines and will get answers to any questions you may have about finalizing your final CAS submissions. You can email a time request to me at shiguera@cousd.net, or complete a conference request form on my website: higueracohs.weebly.com. 
b. Here’s a link to the COHS CAS website which may have answers to questions and which may offer you direction in any areas where you may be having trouble.
https://sites.google.com/a/cousd.net/creativity-action-service-charter-oak-high/
c. I would like to have you as a part of our blog community so I am able to monitor the group’s progress and so we can share our experiences during our CAS work. Here is a link in case you haven’t had a chance to join the site: 
Join URL: https://edmo.do/j/x9vg7v

Group Code: b7e4y4
Please email me right away if you need direction or have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you in August. 

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