Oahu Middle School top rated: Niu Valley Middle School First on Oahu to get "IB World School" designation!
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My 13 year old daughter Sophia goes to Niu Valley Middle School near Hawaii Kai.
Recently her school became an IB World School which means that they are an International Baccalaureate school, and there are not many IB schools on Oahu. Niu Valley had to wait 3 years to become an IB school and change the way they teach. Being an IB school prepares kids for future generations with new standards of teaching.
Being IB students makes you a more rounded person. For example: usually on test students are asked what they have learned, but now they give you many educational tools and you have to use them. There are different skills that you have to learn in different subjects. The program helps you to become a critical thinker in which you have to think about facts not just except them. Not only do you work with a team and practice sportsmanship but you also do a lot of community service. The service gets you in touched with the society and helping the environment. It pushes a better vision for education and it emphasizes the students to becoming a more knowledgeable person.
“It Takes the educational part of learning and makes it fun and creative” say’s my daughter. “ You use all of your IB standards in any project you do. Being an IB school will prepare me for my future. The most enjoyable part for me in the IB program is just simply the challenge!” In the IB program you learn to expand your skills and write extended essays. Personally I am glad that my daughter is going to an IB school, I really see the difference in how the school has changed her in a better way.
Lately my daughter had an environmental service project for science. She was asked to pick an environmental issue. She has chosen trash pollution because this topic concerns her the most. Not only did she had to read about it, do research and wrap the project with an essay, but she had to get creative and think of ways they can help out the world. Then in the end she actually had to fix the solution or at least take action!
My daughter made a page on face book telling about trash pollution, she went to her old elementary school Kamiloiki, cleaned her favorite beach Blowhole and painted a mural for her school. Please visit her page at: http://www.facebook.com/Preventing.Trash.Pollution.In.Hawaii
Sophia says that painting the mural for her school expanded her organization skills. From a small school project it became a community event! The mural says “Lancers say E Mālama 0 ke Kai” which means care for the ocean in Hawaiian.
“I want to thank all of my teachers who helped, Mrs. Lai, Mr. Black and Mr. Chang for supporting me and helping me throughout my project! I really appreciate everyone’s patience and hard work! Thanks to all my friends who came paint and thank you Mr. Mew (Principal) for giving me approval. I had lots of fun and hope people will appreciate our environment more and understand that this is our home.” Said Sophia.
We are so proud to be part of the Niu Valley Middle School Community!
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