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Senior Chiara Collinet having a discussion with classmates in IB History of the Americas Nov. 21. The class satisfies one of the requirements on her path to the IB diploma.

IB or not to be

Taylor Voigt November 29, 2023

Every five years, Park’s IB (International Baccalaureate) program is evaluated to ensure the school is allowing students to reach their full potential within IB classes. This especially affects students...

Superintendent Osei address students at the Principal Award breakfast. The breakfast was to honor students graduating with a 4.0 GPA or the IB diploma.

Pancakes with Paddock

Hanna Wilsey May 27, 2023

On May 25, Principal LaNisha Paddock hosted Park’s annual breakfast to honor seniors graduating with a 4.0 GPA or the IB diploma. Students received a golden tassel to symbolize a 4.0 GPA and those who...

Zero options for zero hour

Zero options for zero hour

Anya Panday May 16, 2023

Park offers more than 160 courses in 12 different academic departments. With so many options, it’s hard for students to pick just three to six a year to pursue, especially when many electives take up...

AP US History and AP Macro/Micro Economics teacher Scott Miller wanders his room during lecture April 12. Miller teaches three of Parks many AP class options.

Staff Editorial: It’s time to free the APs

April 12, 2023

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Park is described as, “‘A program for all students that focuses on how one learns… and creates world citizens who ethically strive to make the world...

IB diploma – two years in review

IB diploma – two years in review

Tenzin Gyaldatsang May 18, 2022

After nearly two years of being a candidate in the International Baccalaureate (IB), I can truly say I’ve experienced the highs and lows of the program, from cramming for history tests to passing exams...

In a practice room, junior Greta Runyon and Gretchen Huebsch study sheet music May 9. In order to keep up with an IB course-load, the Independent Study Wind Ensemble allows students to practice band on their own time.

Study hall aims to help IB diploma candidates

For several students, balancing the responsibilities of being a full-time band student and achieving the IB diploma has become increasingly difficult.  Resulting from the blow the band program took...

IB Extended Essay advisor Jane Dorn talks to senior Ella Runyan about the Extended Essay during Park Connections Nov. 13. IB Diploma candidates are required to write a 4,000 word essay called the Extended Essay.

Decreased enrollment in IB diploma program

Lily Nugteren, Katie Nelson, and Elena Ortiz-Fishman November 13, 2021

After having lost all previous International Baccalaureate diploma teachers to retirement, diploma candidates are having a hard time re-adjusting. Senior Ilhan Abdi said the whole program feels unfamiliar. “All...

Senior IB candidates look forward to celebration

Senior IB candidates look forward to celebration

Johanna Kaplan February 8, 2021

Every year, students who complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) program are tasked to write an “extended essay” which spans over a year-long process. To celebrate its completion, seniors have...

Senior and junior IB buddies meet over Zoom Nov. 17. The buddies meet every other Monday during Park Connections.

IB buddy program helpful for budding candidates

Jacob Khabie November 18, 2020

As junior Semona Robel starts her path to become an IB diploma candidate, she said she was concerned about the workload that would come with the courses, as well as lack of free time. “My main concern...

Graduate Cole Beaton speaks during the IB Diploma presentation Aug. 12 in C350. Recipients introduced themselves, thanked those who helped them and spoke about what IB has done for them.

IB Diploma recipients honored

Noah Orloff August 21, 2019

From the moment class of 2019 graduate Katie Hardie found out she had received the International Baccalaureate Diploma, she said she knew she had to thank those who helped her along the journey.  “My...

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

William Phelan May 31, 2018

On May 16th, my IB testing concluded with the Spanish B SL exam. 22 hours of sitting in a desk over the course of the last two weeks, taking some of the highest pressure tests of my life thus far. However,...

Senior Mitchell Vortherms participates in a dodgeball game during Snodaze week. Seniors Mahamed Mahamed, Megan Perkins and Hanna Schechter are hosting a fundraiser in the form of a dodgeball tournament April 18 in the old gym.

IB Diploma candidates to hold dodgeball tournament

Nicole Sanford April 6, 2018

As the school year comes to a close, senior Mahamed Mahamed said he, alongside seniors Megan Perkins and Hanna Schechter, are organizing a fundraiser in the form of a dodgeball tournament to complete the...

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