Herbert Ammons IBMYP Program

4/3 PORTFOLIO UPDATE:  Herbert Ammons Middle School has decided to waive the portfolio, for current 8th graders only, as a requirement in order to receive their IB Certificate. The students must still meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for the IB Certificate: community service hours; all components of the service and community project; and satisfactory grades, effort and conduct for three years. 6th and 7th graders should continue to work on portfolios and service hours. Teachers will grade them at the beginning of next year. If they do not have work samples, students should still complete reflection forms for the work. They will have access to student folders upon return to school. It is our sincerest hope that this small gesture will help to relieve some of the stress of these uncertain times.


The Purpose of the Portfolio

With the fact that every school has a responsibility to maintain evidence of students’ learning, the Herbert A. Ammons Middle School Portfolio acts a source for collecting, recording and storing the evidence. It is particularly important that the children, right from the very beginning, understand the purpose and value of their portfolio. We want them to understand that this is an on-going, working document that is specifically used to document their learning, progress, accomplishments and challenges. It is more than simply a task to be completed at the end of every school year. Equally important, is the children’s understanding that they are very much a part the building of this document. Their choice and voice is tantamount to the fidelity of the content.

Our aim for the portfolio is to:

  • celebrate the child and their journey through the MYP

  • enable the child’s voice and choice

  • give the children a sense of ownership of their learning

  • give the children space to reflect on their learning

  • provide a place for the children to monitor and record their progress

  • show the progressive development of their ATL skills and Learner Profile

  • showcase evidence of their learning and conceptual understanding over time

  • share the children’s work with their learning community- teachers, specialists, family and peers.

Principal: Maria Costa

Assistant Principals: Maria Masso & Francisco Sauri

Magnet Lead Teacher / IB Coordinator: David Wilson