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High Level IB English Students Inspired to Achieve Perfect 7s
Posted 09/06/2017 09:48AM
Inspired by her 7th grade English teacher and recalling a feeling of "loving English class," Ms. Jamie Bacigalupo decided to follow in her favorite teacher's footsteps. Now in her 12th year of teaching, Ms. Bacigalupo's high level IB students have clearly been inspired and last year's graduating class earned top scores. 92% of the high level students scored a 6 or a 7. And even more notable, 50% of the high level students merited a 7, the highest score possible.

Emulating her own middle school experience, Ms. Bacigalupo has created a learning environment that is open and fosters communication between students and between students and the teacher. "It's not just about the environment in the classroom that leads to student success, but also the collaboration between teachers. This is the best professional environment that I have been part of," explained Ms. Bacigalupo. "Our teachers are involved with students after school. It gives us an opportunity to see how students may be leaders outside of class but not in the class and gives us insight into how to help kids achieve their full potential. Last year, I was involved with track and this year I am working with TASSEL and MUN."

IB English is divided into four parts and the course covers 2 parts per year. "All 4 parts require strong analytical skills and last year's graduating class had a strong path of critical thinking and vocabulary from previous teachers." Ms. Bacigalupo went on to explain that all three IB English teachers also teach younger children which helps to prepare students once they join the IB program. "We have common preparation time and we meet every other day to plan and align curriculum from the lower grades to the higher grades. This is unique to SIS and really allows us to plan as a team from early grades through graduation."

When not in school, Ms. Bacigalupo writes a health and fitness blog, A Sweat Life, two times per month. She also finds time to practice yoga and is even planning on running a 10k through Angkor Wat this year. Remarkably, in between writing and running, Ms. Bacigalupo, keeps in touch with that 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Moroz, who inspired her all those years ago.

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