IB Coordinator's Message:
Dear Parents & Ogden Community,
I’ve been a part of the OHS IB family for three years. In those three years I have come to love the IB program and passionately believe in its mission and purpose. As IB teachers we “aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” In today’s world of growing national and international tension, this mission becomes even more relevant and significant. Every lesson, text and assessment is created to help students embody this mission.The IB Learner Profile asks our students to be not only knowledgeable, and inquirers, but also caring and open-minded. I love the International Baccalaureate program because it encourages students to find their best selves. It’s an honor to be part of that journey.
I included the picture of the Class of 2017 in this issue because, second to graduation, the IB Senior Celebration is my favorite event of the school year. I love to see the proud friends and family come to celebrate the hard work of their student. There is laughter, smiles and even tears - much like the IB journey. This photo reminds me why students, families and teachers commit to the this program. At the moment seniors are finishing their Extended Essays, considering college applications, and searching for scholarship opportunities. Juniors are just starting their IB journey. They’re grappling with the work load, the new ways in which they are asked to think and communicate and trying to decide on their Extended Essay topic. It’s stressful and, at times, overwhelming. In both cases, it’s important to keep the end goal in mind. We’re not just here to earn college credit, though it is a perk of the program. We’re here, teachers, students and families, to learn and to grow.
I look forward to the coming year and witnessing the wonderful accomplishments of our students.
Kelly Boren, IB Coordinator