Westside schools: International Baccalaureate leader visits Midland

       Jeffrey Beard, the director general of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Switzerland, paid a visit to Midland Elementary May 16.
       He toured the school - the only IB Primary Years Program in District 11 - and met with students, staff and parents.
       Beard, who left a corporate executive position to become the IBO director general Jan. 1, has been traveling to different schools “to meet as many people and to learn as much as I can about the IBO,” according to information on the IBO website.
       Afterward, he said he found Midland to be a “very positive” school in which diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds provide a “galvanizing force” for educational advancement. “From the students I've met here, it seems to be working,” Beard said. “You can be very proud.”
       IB is an educational program in which students are encouraged to ask questions and then work to find the answers. Midland has been an IB “magnet” school since 2002 and was officially accredited by the IBO last year.
       Children from ages 1 to 18 can eat breakfast and/or lunch for free this summer at Washington or Pike schools (as well as several others in District 11). The Summer Food Program is based on the concept that “children who aren't hungry learn better, act better and feel better,” according to a District 11 press release.
       No identification is required to receive a meal. The program dates, which coincide with those of summer school at Washington and Pike elementaries, are as follows:

  • Washington, 924 W. Pikes Peak Ave. - June 5-30 (breakfast 8:10-8:30 a.m., lunch noon-12:30 p.m.).
  • Pike, 2510 N. Chestnut St. - July 10-Aug. 4 (breakfast 8:05-8:35 a.m., lunch 12:10-12:40 p.m.).

           For more information, call the District 11 Food and Nutrition Services office at 520-2924.
           Two Westside teachers were recently honored by Wal-Mart, earning money for their schools in the process.
           Receiving $1,000 checks for their schools were Jackson Elementary PE teacher Robert Morris and Buena Vista fourth-grade teacher Marilyn George.
           Previously this year, Wal-Mart had given Morris $3,500 for Jackson's PE program and $1,500 for its literacy program. “Wal-Mart has been awesome to us,” he said.

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