Dear IAM Community,
Please be aware that the enrollment period is now upon us. Any current eighth grader within one of the participating consortium districts is welcome to make application to come to the IAM. We would encourage all interested parents and students to attend one or both of our enrollment evenings to take place this Thursday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 19, both at 6:00 PM. Please see our website for more information (https://www.iamacomb.org/admissions/).
While the IAM has featured numerous activities for students this fall, one of the most interesting was the Talent Show that took place on November 28. Student talent in the form of song and dance was on display and every entry was impressive. The Talent Show is an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit abilities that might not otherwise be able to be explored in the classroom or through several of our mainline clubs and activities. More student talent will be on display at our Band and Choir Winter Concert to take place on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 PM in the Chippewa Valley High School auditorium. We hope to see you there!
Everyone should plan on attending the Ten-Year Celebration of the IAM on January 4 at 1:15 PM in the Chippewa Valley High School Auditorium. It is hard to believe that our school has been in existence for ten years. If it were not for the bright idea and enterprising spirit of Ms. Meyer, Ms. Searing and Ms. Demas to provide an IB education for all students in Macomb County, our school would simply not exist. Our celebration on January 4 will be a chance to thank everyone involved in the formation of our school, as well as to celebrate what a wonderful opportunity the IAM is for all students.
One of the more fascinating aspects of an IB education is interdisciplinary learning, or the meaningful combination of subject material and concepts from more than one subject discipline. Usually this style of learning is based on discovering how real-world issues involve multiple disciplines. One of the more recent units I had the chance to observe involved poetry and physics, or more specifically how the physics of nature is reflected in American poetry, notably that of Emily Dickenson. Students in Mr. Kilpatrick’s Physics class and Ms. Demay’s English class uncovered some of the conceptual connections between the two disciplines when they explored ideas like “Biomimicry.” Students find this style of learning interesting and meaningful as it helps to connect subjects where links might not at first be readily evident.