IB Handbook


    Shepard Mission Statement

    James E. Shepard IB MYP is a premier school that offers opportunities for global awareness, an appreciation for education, collaboration and communication to prepare students for an ever- changing world.


    Shepard Vision Statement

    “Shepard IB School, International Middle Years Programme, is a premier educational environment where all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to live enriched lives as productive and enlightened members in a global community”.





    International Baccalaureate (IB)



    The IB is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.

    We value our hard earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. We achieve our goals by working with partners and by actively involving our stakeholders, particularly teachers.

    We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.


    IB Mission Statement

    The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

    These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.




    The IB Learner Profile


    The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet; help to create a better and more peaceful world.


    As IB Learners we strive to be:





































    They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


    They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.


    They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.


    They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


    They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


    They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.


    They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


    They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.


    They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


    They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.



    MYP Fundamental Concepts

    The MYP is guided by three fundamental concepts: Holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and communication.   The concepts are defined in MYP: From Principles into Practice in the following manner:

     Holistic Learning: “Whereas traditional curriculum frameworks have usually described the curriculum in terms of a body of knowledge only, the MYP views the curriculum as meeting the needs of the whole person. […] The MYP places great emphasis on the understanding of concepts, the mastery of skills, and the development of attitudes that can lead to considered and appropriate action.”

    Intercultural Awareness: “A principle central to the MYP is that students should develop international-mindedness. They should be encouraged to consider issues from multiple perspectives. […] Whatever the school, opportunities will exist to develop students’ attitudes, knowledge, concepts, and skills as they learn about their own and others’ social, national, and ethnic cultures.”

    Communication: “The MYP stresses the fundamental importance of communication, verbal and non-verbal, in realizing the aims of the programme. A good command of expression in all its forms is fundamental to learning. In most MYP subject groups, communication is both an objective and an assessment criterion, as it supports understanding and allows student reflection and expression.”

     These three concepts, along with the IB learner profile and the areas of interaction, help to guide MYP schools as they implement the programme in the eight subject areas.


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    The Middle Years Programme (MYP)


    Shepard IB Magnet Middle School is a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).  This organization is recognized the world over as a leader in the fields of International education, encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens.




    The eight IBO required courses of study include:

    • Language Acquisition (French, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish
    • Language and Literature (English Language Arts)
    • Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
    • Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Arts
    • Physical and Health Education
    • Design
    • Approaches to Learning

    Shepard Middle School offers a Law and Forensics course to MYP 2 and MYP 3 students.


    The Middle Years Program (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages  students to make practical connections between their studies and real world, the MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academics abilities can benefit from their participation.


    The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.  The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally, and globally.  The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.


    The focus of the MYP is to help students develop their personal understanding, their sense of self and responsibility in their community. MYP teachers organize the curriculum with appropriate attention to:


    • Teaching and learning in context. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced.  Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally-minded.
    • Conceptual understanding. Concepts are big ideas that have their relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas.  MYP students use concepts as a vehicle  to inquire into issues and ideas fo personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.


    How do I learn best? How do I know? How do I communicate my understanding?


    • Approaches to Learning (ATL): Through ATL in IB programmes, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”. ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the process of learning.


    How do we live in relation to each other? How can I contribute to the community? How can I help others?


    • Service as action (community service): Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service-making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.
    • Language and identity: MYP students are required to learn at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice). Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.





    Action and service have always been shared values of the IB community.

    Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.  Community and Service benefit the development of the student in several ways:

    • Enables students to increase their awareness of the world around them
    • Increase the students sense of responsibility and self-esteem
    • Gives insight into different social patterns and way of life
    • Provides students with the opportunity of participating directly in activities outside the school using talents and skills developed in school and elsewhere.


    Shepard Middle School challenges each of our students to become well-rounded citizens with a passion for giving and serving to improve the communities in which we live. As an IB World School, students at Shepard are required to participate in at least one school related community and service experience each academic quarter.  Throughout the year, grade level teams will sponsor community and service projects for their students. In addition students are expected to participate in 4 community and service experiences outside of the school community.  Opportunities for service may be found through local organizations, such as scouting or church groups, or independently. In choosing an community and service experience be sure that it meets the following criteria:


    • There is no monetary or other personal compensation (pay)
    • The person(s) helped extends beyond one’s family (completing normal household chores is not action and service)


    Upon completion of the action and service experience, students are required to document the experience on a Community Service log and through a written reflection. The reflection should include:


    • Service description: What type of service did you do; when and where did this service take place; how long did you serve; did you serve as an individual, part of a family, club or group
    • Share how this service benefitted the community
    • Share how this experience affected you (feelings, growth, and awareness)
    • Explain how this service enhanced your growth as an IB Learner (specifically outline characteristics for the IB Learner Profile)
    • If possible, obtain the signature of a supervising adult to further document your participation


    This reflective writing should be typed (double-spaced, no bigger than 12 font and at least one page in length. Guidance in writing will be provided by your Language and Literature teachers.



    Rewarding you for Community and Service Participation
    Shepard students who complete the community and service requirement (2 per quarter) and turn in their completed reflections by the due date will be rewarded. Rewards include but are not limited to:

    • Community and Service certificate
    • Photo on the Community and Service Board
    • Photo on Social Media as our Community and Service leaders
    • Community and Service Luncheon
    • Extra Homework/Classwork grade in ELA for Reflection submission


    Examples of Community and Service

    • Feed the homeless
    • Highway/Community clean-up and beautification
    • Rake/cut elderly neighbor’s yard or volunteer to take their trash cans to the curb
    • Peer tutoring or younger children; serving as a teacher’s assistant or classroom helper
    • Grocery shop for a person who is sick and shut-in
    • Recycle newspapers, can, plastic
    • Volunteering at a local nursing home/rehabilitation center, hospital or animal shelter
    • Serving in your place of worship (ushering, nursery volunteer, singing in choir, dancing, miming or playing an instrument)
    • Participate in a walk-a-thon that is giving to an worth cause
    • Collect and deliver items for the need (mobile market, meals on wheels)
    • Participating with your Boys or Girls Scouts group with an environmental project
    • Help with a fund-raiser for a good cause
    • Volunteer to work at a cultural event


    For more opportunities here in Durham visit www.thevolunteercenter.org where students can become involved with the Student Action Corps. This organization will connect your student with age-appropriate volunteer opportunities. 


    Additionally students can visit the HandsOnTriangle.org search engine. Click advanced search, then "appropriate for." You can then select the age of the volunteer and search for opportunities. To narrow your search further, put in your zip code, select specific dates, and even select specific causes to easily locate things that match your skills and interest areas.



    Shepard IB Community and Service Log


    Student Name: ______________________________                                                 Student Grade: _________

    Language and Literature Teacher: ________________________                     Core: ________




    Name/Place of Service






    Total Hours

    Supervisor’s Name (please print)

    Supervisor’s email/phone/

    Supervisors Signature



    Durham Animal Rescue Mission

    Helped cleaned animal kennels.




    Name: Pat Stewart

    Email/Phone: pat@gmail.com/919-123-4576

    Signature:Pat Stewart



















































































    James E. Shepard IB Magnet Middle School’s

     IB Ambassadors Description


    IB Ambassadors are a group of students, from grades 6-8 who represent our school in various ways. Some of their responsibilities are to:

    • serve as ushers at school sponsored events
    • work at the DPS Magnet Fair
    • speak at elementary schools to encourage students and parents to apply to attend Shepard
    • serve as tour guides when guest visit our school
    • lead the charge on school-wide community service projects


    Our Motto: WHENEVER, WHEREVER, and HOWEVER Shepard needs representation our IB Ambassadors lead the way!


    If you are a student who:

    • values your school and would like to share the good news of Shepard IB with others
    • are able to speak in front of strangers,
    • enjoy serving your school,
    • have a willing disposition,
    • can handle great responsibility,

    You have what it takes to be and IB Ambassador. Do not delay. Apply today.


    Specific requirements to qualify as an IB Ambassador are:

    1. You must maintain a “C” average or above in all classes.
    2. You must have outstanding behavior in all situations.
    3. You must be able to stay after school for trainings, meetings, etc.
    4. You must be able to work outside of school hours if needed.
    5. You must be friendly, positive and eager to serve
    6. You must take PRIDE in attending Shepard.


    If you think that you would like to serve as an IB Ambassador, please complete an application. Applications can be picked up from Student Services beginning on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Completed applications must be turned into the IB Coordinator, Ms. Bradford, by Friday, September 23, 2016.




    Shepard Magnet Middle

    The International Baccalaureate/Middle Years Program Contract


    Shepard Middle School promises to: 

    • deliver a rigorous, challenging education, to prepare students for high school, college, and the 21st century workplace
    • implement the International Baccalaureate program and support the mission of IB, which is “to create critical and compassionate thinkers and informed participants in local and world affairs.”
    • maintain an open line of communication


    Our teachers promise to:

    • participate in IBO training
    • incorporate the philosophy, strategies and assessments of the IBO while teaching the outlined curriculum of the North Carolina Common Core Standards
    • provide varied learning experiences which are rigorous, relevant, interesting and allows for students to be challenged intellectually
    • teach in a manner that allows students to transfer knowledge through a creative, critical and reflective thinking processes
    • provide clear expectations and instructions for assignments and proper techniques for citing sources
    • maintain grades, provide progress reports according to the school’s academic policy


    Shepard students’ families promise to:

    • actively support students in the IB program
    • reinforce the IB Academic Policy and Student Code of Conduct policy
    • actively support all school activities and initiatives
    • provide the supplies students needed to be successful
    • make sure students arrive at school on time
    • make sure students study at least one hour each school night
    • monitor students’ progress
    • maintain an open line of communication
    • support school activities, initiatives and with their involvement.(volunteering, donate, parent conferences)


    Students promise to:

    • come to school on time, each day with a self-motivate commitment towards learning
    • complete all assignments and participate in all approved class activities and school-wide events
    • complete the required community service activities and reflections
    • be committed to learning; be self-motivated
    • do your best in all classes
    • work diligently to learn a second language
    • behave in an appropriate manner at all times: follow all classroom and school rules
    • demonstrate a respectful and positive attitude towards all in the school community



    • If students fail to uphold their promises as outlined above they will be placed on IB Probation for second semester.
    • IB Probation includes a parent and student conference with the IB Coordinator to review IB expectations, and mandatory attendance in the IB Saturday Academy.


    Our signatures indicate that we fully understand the expectations and requirements of being a part of the Shepard IB Magnet Middle School.


    Parent Signature____________________________________________                      Date___________/2016


    Student Signature___________________________________________                        Date___________/2016


    Homeroom Teacher’s Signature _______________­­­­­­­____________                                        Date __________/2016




    Student Pledge

    As a student of James E. Shepard Middle School, I pledge to follow the Code of Student Conduct, to respect others and myself, and to treat everyone in my school community with fairness and consideration. I understand and agree that school must be a positive and cooperative environment so that everyone can learn. I understand that my daily attendance is the key to my success. I understand that violence, disruptive behavior, and abusive language are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. By signing this pledge, I understand and accept the responsibility of the Code of Student Conduct, for as long as I am a student of James E. Shepard Middle School.

    Student’s Signature: ______________________________________________________


    District Pledge

    As a member of Durham Public Schools, I understand that I play a critical role in providing a safe and positive environment for all students. I pledge to follow the Code of Student Conduct, to respect others and myself, and to treat everyone in my school community with fairness and consideration. I commit to celebrate learning. I commit to support teaching and learning by creating and maintaining a safe, orderly, and engaging environment. I commit to promote respectful two-way communication with all school and community members. I pledge to enforce the Code of Student Conduct in a fair and consistent manner.

    Administrator’s Signature:


    Parent/Guardian/Caregiver Pledge

     As a member of my child’s school community, I have read and understand the Code of Student Conduct, and agree to support its purpose for as long as I am a member of this school community. I understand that I play a critical role in maintaining an environment where learning is celebrated. I will emphasize to my child the importance of good behavior and the possible consequences if he or she violates the Code of Student Conduct. I understand the importance of, and expect open communication with James E. Shepard Middle School when my child’s behavior and discipline at school are involved. I pledge to provide positive supports for my child to encourage his/her daily attendance, and to promote a positive learning environment for all.

     Parent/Guardian/Caregiver’s Signature: ______________________________________


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