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Our Mission...
"Cache La Poudre Middle School is a school where respect, rigor, relevance, responsibility and relationships drive learning."

Our Belief...
"Every student has the right and the responsibility to learn, every teacher has the right and the responsibility to teach."

What this means to us...

International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program (MYP)

Learn about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and follow our progress as we move towards becoming an IB school.

MYP-IB Quick Links
Learner Profile Subject Areas  Mission Statement Approaches to Learning
Global Contexts  Key Concepts Assessment Criteria Fundamental Concepts

Cache La Poudre Middle School began its consideration of the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program (MYP) in May of 2010.  The faculty began training in June of 2010 and implementing MYP strategies throughout the 2010–2011 school year.

The MYP, for all students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world and become critical and reflective thinkers. The curriculum includes Mathematics, Science, Visual and Expressive Arts, Humanities, English, Spanish or French, Technology and Physical Education. The MYP is guided by the three fundamental concepts that are rooted in the IB mission statement.  The six global contexts create co-curricular links that allow the student to best express themselves and their academic achievement within the ten facets of the learner profile.

For questions about IB please contact:
Ms. Richmond (mrichmon@psdschools.org)

IB Updates - September 2014

CLPMS has identified five central components of the IB-MYP Program; Fundamental Concepts, Learner Profiles, Global Contexts, Subject Areas and Approaches to Learning Skills. Each month there will be a short description of a central concept. For September, Fundamental Concepts is the focus.

From its beginning, the MYP has been guided by three fundamental concepts that are rooted in the IB mission statement. These three Fundamental Concepts are:

 Holistic Learning: representing the notions that all knowledge is interrelated and that the curriculum should promote the development of the whole person, whose attributes are described by the IB learner profile.

 Intercultural Awareness: representing the notion that school communities should encourage and promote international-mindedness by engaging with and exploring other cultures, a key feature of international education as reflected in the attributes of the IB learner profile.

 Communication: representing the notion that schools should encourage open and effective communication, important skills that contribute to international understanding as exemplified by the attributes of the IB learner profile.

IB Updates - August 2014

Cache La Poudre Middle School has been authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate.  We are very excited to become part of the global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world.

Several of our staff attended authorized IB training, including Dale Jackson for Math, Alisa Hicks for Science and Chris Walz for Language Acquisition. In addition many staff also attended a district IB-MYP training at Poudre High School the first week of summer break. 

Each month, starting in September, we will be recognizing a student from each grade that demonstrates characteristics of the ten IB Learner Profiles. The ten Learner Profiles are Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective. 

IB-MYP Site Visit News - April 2014

Our site visit was April 21-22, 2014. In the two days the IB-MYP site visitors talked with every staff member, visited many classrooms, met with parents and students. They had lunch with Sandra Smyser, Ph.D., PSD Superintendent, Jan Borman, Executive Director of Student Achievement and Professional Development, Edie Eckles, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, PSD Board of Education members Susan Gutowsky and Tom Balchak, and administrators from other IB schools in PSD. The staff at CLPMS has done a lot of work to preparing to become an IB-MYP authorized school, and it was demonstrated at the site visit.

The IB-MYP site visitors had many good things to say about CLPMS and our work at becoming an IB Authorized School. They also had recommendations on how to continue to improve our program. They will report their findings to the IB Americas office in Maryland. Once the report is submitted, the IB Americas office will review it, and make their decision. We will know final results of our authorization status by summer 2014. As soon as we know, we will let you know!

IB Updates - March 2014

Students and staff have been involved in a school-wide book read, A Long Walk to Waterby Linda Sue Park. A Long Walk to Water is based on the true story of Salva, one of some 3,800 Sudanese "Lost Boys" airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid-1990s. http://www.lindasuepark.com.  Students have been reading the book during their ELO time, watching videos, reading articles, and attending assemblies related to the topic.  In addition during the week of February 24th-28th students will be doing subject-specific activities and reflections that will be presented at the Water Expo on May 13, 2014 from 5pm-7pm.

Mr. McReynolds has put together a website to coordinate with the book.  Included in the website are movies, readings and subject specific activities. The website is: http://www.clpmsmedia.org/a-long-walk-to-water.html

There is a group of parents who have also been reading the book and if interested in reading the book, please let us know and we can get you a copy. Parents are invited to the Water Expo on May 13, 2014 from 5pm-7pm. 

We are hopeful that all who read the book will find it compelling.  Mr. McReynolds has created a blog so all can contribute.  The guidelines for blogging are included on the website.  http://www.clpmsmedia.org/a-long-walk-to-water-blog.html

IB-MYP Updates February 2014

Students and staff are getting ready for the school-wide book read, A Long Walk to Waterby Linda Sue Park. A Long Walk to Water is based on the true story of Salva, one of some 3,800 Sudanese "Lost Boys" airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid-1990s. http://www.lindasuepark.com.  The staff has already received their copies of the books, and the students’ copies have been ordered and are on their way! All students will be receiving copies of the book to read during their ELO time in February.

This is the first time that CLPMS has done a school-wide book read, and there are many activities planned for students during their Green ELO days on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  During the week on February 3-7, students will be introduced to the book with videos and readings relating to the topic.  The week of February 10th-14th students will be reading the books.  There are assemblies planned for the week of February 17th-21st and finally during the week of February 24th-28th students will be doing subject-specific activities that they will be presenting at the Water Expo in May. 

Mr. McReynolds has been putting together a website to coordinate with the book.  There are movies, readings and subject specific activities that students will be working on during the week of February 24th-28th.
The website is: http://www.clpmsmedia.org/a-long-walk-to-water.html

There is a group of parents who are also reading the book and if interested in reading the book, please let us know and we can get you a copy. Parents are also invited to the assemblies on February 18th and 20th from approximately 1:30pm-2:15pm and the Water Expo on May 13th from 5pm-7pm. 

We are hopeful that all who read the book will find it compelling.  Mr. McReynolds has created a blog so all can contribute.  The guidelines for blogging are included on the website.  http://www.clpmsmedia.org/a-long-walk-to-water-blog.html

 

IB Updates - January 2014

The staff at CLPMS are looking forward to 2014 as a year that we on planning on becoming an authorized IB-MYP school. We are tentatively scheduled for our site visit in April 2014 and planning in in progress.

We had an IB-MYP Parent Night on December 5, 2013 to inform parents about the IB-MYP program at CLPMS. A copy of the presentation can be found on the CLPMS website under the IB Updates on the Home Page. At the Open House on January 14, 2014 the IB Coordinator, Mary Richmond, will be available to answer any questions that you may have about the program at CLPMS.

Mr. McReynolds and Ms. Richmond are continuing to plan for the school-wide book read, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. A Long Walk to Water is based on the true story of Salva, one of some 3,800 Sudanese "Lost Boys" airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid-1990s. http://www.lindasuepark.com. All students will be receiving copies of the book to read during their ELO time in February 2014.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org. The IB-MYP site coordinator is Mary Richmond and her email is mrichmon@psdschools.org.

IB Updates - November 2013

The Application for Authorization is complete!!! On October 1, 2013 we submitted our IB-MYP Application for Authorization, and we have received confirmation that it has been received and we are now waiting to hear when we will be receiving our visitation.  We have asked for two days in April 2014 for our visit.  CLPMS is on track for receiving our IB Authorization by Fall 2014.  We appreciate all your support as we navigate through this process. 

There are several other dates that you can put on your calendar about the IB program at CLPMS.  On December 5, 2013 from 6pm-7pm we will be having a Parent IB Information Night.  We are planning this event to be both interactive and informative. In February 2014 all students and staff will be doing a school-wide book read, “A Long Walk to Water.” As more information is available it will be on our website.  Lastly, on May 13, 2014 from 5pm-7pm we will be having our “Water Expo.” This event will culminate our yearlong interdisciplinary unit around the topic of Global Water Quality, Sustainability and Stewardship. 

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org. The IB-MYP site coordinator is Mary Richmond and her email is mrichmon@psdschools.org.

IB Updates - October 2013

The deadline for our Application for Authorization is October 1, 2013.  On September 16, 2013 the staff at Cache La Poudre Middle School worked collaboratively to develop IB unit plans around the five Areas of Interaction. The Areas of Interaction provide the contexts for learning the identified concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes.  The Areas of Interaction are Environments, Human Ingenuity, Health and Social Education, Approaches to Learning, and Community and Service.

The Areas of Interaction are an important part of unit planning and instruction.  Each unit of instruction includes at least one Area of Interaction.

IB Updates - September 2013

Cache La Poudre Middle School is continuing to move forward with our Authorization to become an IB-MYP School by Fall 2014.  Our Application for Authorization is due October 1, 2013 and we are planning on our Authorization Visit in Spring of 2014. 

Many new items have been implemented this year to continue to incorporate IB-MYP across the school.  Our PBIS team has joined with the IB Team to link our three R’s of Respect to the 10 Learner Profiles.

Respect Others
Inquirers
Risk-Takers
Reflective
Thinkers

Respect Others
Open-Minded
Communicators
Principled

Respect our Environment
Balanced
Knowledgeable
Caring

Mrs. Bono, Mrs. Himlie and Mrs. Silva attended IB-MYP workshops this past summer and we are continuing to in-service teachers here at CLPMS on IB-MYP strategies and unit plans.

For further information about the IB and its programs, visit www.ibo.org. The IB-MYP site coordinator is Mary Richmond and her email is mrichmon@psdschools.org

IB Updates - August 2013

Several exciting items are happening with IB-MYP this school year.

1. IB-MYP Application for Authorization: On June 1, 2013, Cache La Poudre Middle School received approval to proceed with our APPLICATION FOR AUTHORIZATION. This is the third key stage in becoming an authorized IB-MYP School. The Application for Authorization is due on October 1, 2103. During this school year we will continue to implement the program, train additional teachers and prepare for our IB-MYP Authorization visit in Spring 2014. The purpose of the IB-MYP Authorization visit is to:

  • consult those who will be involved in the implementation of the programme,
  • evaluate the school's preparedness to implement the programme, and
  • complete a report on the school's commitment and ability to deliver the programme.

We are currently on track to be a fully-authorized IB-MYP School starting Fall 2014.

2. School Innovation Program Grant: In May 2013, CLPMS received $23,520.00 to focus on education of the” whole child” by developing a school-wide interdisciplinary project. The innovation is centered on the topic of GLOBAL WATER QUALITY, AVAILABILITY AND STEWARDSHIP. This proposal is innovative, as students will be developing a student and community-friendly expo, complete an interdisciplinary school-wide book study, and then raise funds to support local and global water education programs. This program will begin with a focus on local water quality, availability and stewardship, and, as the school year progresses, it will move to a more global perspective.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org. The IB-MYP site coordinator is Mary Richmond and her email is mrichmon@psdschools.org

IB Updates - May 2013

IB-MYP Parent Information Night is on Wednesday, May 15th from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the CLPMS Media Center.  Topics to be discussed will be:

  • IB mission statement
  • What are the IB programmes?
  • Learner profile
  • Fundamental concepts
  • Middle Years Programme definition
  • Programme model
  • Areas of interaction
  • Assessment
  • Overview 

 Please plan on coming to learn more about the IB-MYP Program at CLPMS.

Personal Project Open House:
As our 8th graders register for Poudre High School, many are choosing to continue with their IB experience.  As 10th graders they complete the Middle Year Programme and prepare for the Diploma Programme.  Part of the transition to the Diploma Programme is completing a 10th grade IB Personal Project.  Each year Poudre High School has an open house for the community to view the personal projects.  This year the IB-MYP Personal Project Open House is Wednesday, May 1st from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Poudre High School. This is a great opportunity for parent and community to view what the students have been creating. This event was rescheduled from April.

School Innovation Program Grant:
Each year, $300,000 is designated from the 2010 Mill Levy for School Innovation Program grant funds. Per the Mill Levy ballot language, these funds are to be used to “maintain excellence for student academic achievement and interventions and provide resources for preschool, whole child, career awareness and wellness.”  This year CLPMS applied for funds to focus on education of the” whole child” by developing a school-wide interdisciplinary project. This proposed innovation would be centered on the topic of GLOBAL WATER QUALITY, AVAILABILITY AND STEWARDSHIP. This proposal is innovative since students will develop a student and community-friendly expo, complete an interdisciplinary school-wide book study and then raise funds to support local and global water education programs.  This program will begin with a focus on local water quality, availability and stewardship, and as the school year progresses, it will move to a more global perspective. The budget for the grant is $23520.00.

IB Updates – March 2013

IB-MYP - Authorization Timeline

May 15, 2012:

  • Cache La Poudre Middle School was accepted as a IB-Middle Years Program Candidate School.

2012-2013 School Year:

  • Begin School-wide Implementation of the IB-MYP Programme.
  • Work with IB-appointed consultant

2013-2014 School Year:

  • Submit IB-MYP Application for Authorization
  • IB-MYP Authorization visit

2014-2015 School Year:

  • CLPMS authorized as an IB-MYP School

IB Updates – January 2013

The staff and students at Cache La Poudre Middle School are continuing to embed the ten IB-MYP Learner Profiles across the school.  The students are learning how to become internationally minded people who, recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. At the 1st semester assembly on December 21, 2012, students from each grade were recognized for demonstrating the learner profiles. 

Inquirer: Mitch Quaintance, Moana Sargent, Israel Quezada-Cordova
Knowledgeable: Max Condell, Griff Bibbey, Josephine Hennessy
Thinker: Janessa Chenot, Jana Jones, Sam Willkomm
Communicator: Kelsey Golden, Carley Clagett, Walden VanArsdale
Principled: Braadin Antillon, Venezia Mumford, Tanner Pierick
Open-Minded: Ellie Pritchett, Kenna Turner, Connor Smoyer
Caring: Jacob VanDress, Alex Reynolds, Kayla LaMar
Risk Taker: David Ivers, Zane Schroeder, Taelor Hansen
Balanced: Dakota Clark, Matti Bannister, Dalton Jackson
Reflective: Charlie Discoe, Bryce Smith, Kayla Goddard

IB Updates – December 2012

Second quarter is in full swing and the IB-MYP team has been continuing to work on requirements for authorization.  At the collaboration day on November 26, 2012 the team worked on setting up a timeline for completion of recommendations by IB-MYP.  The team is also working with staff members on embedding IB-MYP Learner Profiles into every classroom.  The ten learner profiles are: principled, caring, reflective, knowledgeable, reflective, balanced, risk-taker, inquiry, communicators, and open-minded. All students at CLPMS have received information on the Learner Profiles, and students in Approaches to Learning are learning how to become internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

Poudre High School is having one more IB 8th grade informational meeting for parents and students of current 8th graders interested in the PHS-IB program.  The meeting is at Poudre High School in the Event Center from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

For further information about the IB and its programs, visit http://www.ibo.org. The IB-MYP site coordinator is Mary Richmond and my email is mrichmon@psdschools.org.

IB Updates – November 2012

First quarter is over and second quarter is beginning and many items have been worked on regarding our IB-MYP authorization.  The staff has put together an IB-MYP team to look at the Application for Authorization and begin to complete the requirements for authorization.  We received information back from our IB-MYP consultant about our Application for Candidacy and the team is working on the recommendations that were suggested.  The team will be meeting twice a month to work on the Application for Authorization. The application process is very thorough and will provide clear guidance so that CLPMS can become an authorized IB-MYP school by Fall 2014.
Poudre High School is having IB 8th grade informational meetings for parents and students of current 8th graders interested in the PHS-IB program.  The meetings are at Poudre High School in the Event Center from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Those interested need attend only ONE meeting as the agenda is the same at all the meetings.  The dates are:
Tuesday, November 13
Thursday, November 15
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Letters will be going out to the feeder middle school 8th grade parents and students letting them know about these meetings.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org. The IB-MYP site coordinator is Mary Richmond and my email is mrichmon@psdschools.org.

IB Updates – September 2012

Cache La Poudre Middle School was accepted as a IB-Middle Years Program candidate school on May 15, 2012.  There are several required activities that will be accomplished this year as a candidate school.  We will begin trial implementation of the program, work with an IB-appointed consultant for both on-site and remote hours, set-up teacher accounts with IB, continue to develop an action plan and prepare our Application for Authorization. 

Several teachers attended workshops this summer, and both the principal, Alicia Bono, and assistant principal, Abigail Himlie will be attending workshops this September in Denver.

On the September 17th PSD Middle School Collaboration Day, the staff will work with our IB-appointed consultant in a one-day in-school workshop for the IB-Middle School Program. 

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org. The IB-MYP site coordinator is Mary Richmond and my email is mrichmon@psdschools.org.

April 2012 - CLP Middle School Accepted as a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

Cache La Poudre Middle School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Our school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Cache La Poudre Middle School believes is important for our students.

January 2012 - Consideration Phase

To become an International Baccalaureate (IB) school requires several phases over a three year period. We are currently in Academic Year 1. This is the Consideration Phase/Request for Candidacy. During this phase, schools prepare the Application for Candidacy, designate a coordinator, and send staff to IB authorized workshops. We have already sent several staff members to workshops and will are planning on sending additional staff to workshops in the spring and summer of 2012. The Application for Candidacy is due April 1, 2012.  Next year (2012-2013) is Academic Year 2.  This is the Candidate Phase/Request for Authorization.  During this phase we begin trial implementation of the program and work with an IB-appointed consultant.  Also, during this phase we prepare an Application for Authorization.  Academic Year 3 will occur during the 2013-2014 school year.  This is the Candidate Phase/Verification Visit.  The Application for Authorization is submitted.  Upon acceptance of the Application for Authorization, a visit from IB is made to verify that the school has taken all the necessary actions and is prepared to become an IB World School. 

December 2010 - Staff IB Certifications

Staff Training Updates: The following staff have traveled to official IB Workshops in Los Angeles CA , Lake Tahoe, NV and Cincinnati, OH and completed their Level 1 Teacher IB Certification.

Language A - Terri Berger (English)
Sciences - Mary Richmond
Mathematics - Megan Pule
Technology - Bob Steketee
Humanities - Rob Denise (Social Studies)
Administration - Skip Caddoo
Administration - Mark Barnes

Staff training will continue this year with teachers attending certification workshops in Language B (Spanish), Physical Education, and Arts.

The staff at Cache La Poudre Middle School is also working closely with the other IB schools in the Poudre School District.  We are collaborating with our neighbors at CLPE, Lincoln and Lesher Middle World IB Schools and have received trainings from the IB staff at Poudre High School.  This is an exciting time for us and we are glad to have you and your family join us.

May 2010 - CLP Schools Moving Forward With International Baccalaureate (IB)

We would like to thank all of the staff, parents and community members who attended our Branding Committee meetings and community information nights this spring. After reviewing our community survey data and discussing the outcomes of our meetings, the CLP staffs have unanimously decided to begin the process of becoming a Primary Years International Baccalaureate Program at CLPE and a Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program at CLPMS. Staff trainings will begin this summer and we are excited to begin this journey to continually improve the teaching and learning at CLP Schools. This year we began creating a PreK-8 campus through various student and staff activities and will continue that pursuit in the years to come. We look forward to this process as we facilitate the 21st Century learning for our students.

The IB authorization is a three to five year process which has been started, and those strategies will be implemented as we work toward formal authorization from the International Baccalaureate Program.

This is an exciting time for us and our school community. We look forward to becoming a part of the Poudre School District IB community, as it has proven to provide the highest levels of instruction and learning for all students. Please join us as we begin our next journey as Pirates on our voyage to Educate Every Child, Every Day.

Roxann Hall (Principal - CLP Elementary School)
Skip Caddoo (Principal  - CLP Middle School)

What is the Middle Years IB Program (MYP)?

April 2010 - LaPorte Schools Envision New Collaborative Future

In our quest to continue providing the highest quality education to the students in the community of LaPorte and outlying areas, the administrators and staff at Cache La Poudre Elementary and Middle schools are considering significant changes in the way the schools operate. This is an exciting process as both school communities investigate various educational options and opportunities to address the needs of each school. We are coming together to address three important issues: 1) providing rigorous, competitive curriculum and instruction. 2) reducing expenses, and 3) increasing enrollment.

An option at the forefront of discussion is increased collaboration between the elementary and the middle school to create a more unified K-8 campus. This unique partnership may allow us to share facilities and staffing, to create efficiencies in transportation, food services, and office space, to streamline instruction and provide improved special education support. We are currently in the process of garnering input from the community as we research and discuss several instructional and curricular programs such as Project – Based Learning (PBL), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Core Knowledge.

This is a challenging period of transformation in public education. Our staffs are excited as we look forward to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of the children in LaPorte and neighboring areas. Cache La Poudre alumni have always gone on to serve our country in ways we cannot count, and we plan to continue preparing students to be productive citizens and community leaders in perpetuity.