Parents' Association Minutes - December 2014
Posted 01/04/2015 01:00PM

The St. Paul's School

Parents' Association Board Meeting

Monday, December 1, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Attendance:Roster attached

School Prayer

Guest:Dr. Joel Coleman, Upper School Head, addressed the group concerning the IB (International Baccalaureate) Program.This program is problem-based, hands-on and student-centered; it fits our kids and the school.The IB Program is based on an international view of the world.It tests what the students know, not what they don't know.The IB is a program, not just a series of tests.There are higher level and standard level courses, with a balance between them.Theory of Knowledge – thinking about thinking – is the closest thing to philosophy.There is an extended essay between junior summer and senior year; past topics included invasive crab species in the Delaware Bay and private school tuition and the cost of living.Colleges like these projects.Generally speaking, IB is as well known by colleges as AP, but that depends on the school.Colleges want kids to take the most difficult courses they can and for us that is IB.These courses are harder than regular classes, however they make the boys able to think and that is what college teaches.An IB schedule consists of six subjects, one being in the arts; or a student can double up without the art.Some boys are taking AP classes at SPSG; there are no girls doing the full IB.Every junior and senior take some IB courses.Exams are 50% of the grade but there are other components – essays, projects.Exams are not generally multiple choice, they are thinking exams and given in May.The IB can help a student get into an international school.College credit for IB courses depends on the school.Anyone wanting more information on the IB may contact Dr. Coleman or find further information on the school website.

Committee Reports

Committee reports are attached, with further discussion on the following:

Middle School – December is quiet; the MS Concert is on December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

Fundraising – The deadline for ordering banners has been extended to December 12; also banners can be personalized with a last name or number all for only $30 total.The order form is on the website.Banners will again be sold after the holidays for spring sports.

Luggage handle wraps will be sold as soon as they arrive, hopefully by December 12.We will have both blue and yellow.Look for an e-mail.

We are still looking for Bull Roast auction items.

A fundraiser at Nalley Fresh is in the planning stages.

Fallapalooza – Parent surveys are out; MS and US surveys are completed.

International Block Party – To be held March 27; we still need people to help on the committee and will be asking for food donations soon.

Park School PA – A meeting of local school parent associations was held at Park School to exchange ideas.Information on the next meeting will be disseminated.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 p.m.The next meeting is on January 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Fisher Hall.