January 20, 2020

Dear IBPO families,

It was a very busy fall semester for the IB students, teachers and the IB Parent Organization. The IBPO hosted a Freshman breakfast and an Ice Cream Social for Seniors on Extended Essay turn-in day. They were both fun and very well attended events. Our Fall IBPO general meeting was an amazing parent evening at Times Ten Cellars in November with a speaker who was an expert on financing your student’s college education. We all learned so much while enjoying great company, food and drink. If you had to miss it, please join us for our upcoming spring semester general meeting on February 25th featuring a great program called “College 101.” Look for details about that event in this newsletter and in emails coming soon. A huge thank you goes out to our parent volunteers who work so hard and make it look so easy!

Now we are off and running with an exciting spring semester for the IB students: Lunch will be provided for the Juniors on their Extended Essay workday at the end of January. A celebration luncheon will be provided in February for the sophomores as they make their diploma program course selections. And lastly, a send-off party to celebrate our seniors’ end-of-school is being planned for late spring.

I wish you all good things as we begin the new semester, the new year and the new decade. The best is yet to come!

Go Wildcats!

Elizabeth Furrh
IBPO President 2019-20

IBPO General Meeting & Speaker Series

IB parents, staff and community members gathered at Times Ten Cellars on November 5, 2019, to hear TCU's Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, Mike Scott, give a detailed and informative talk about college financial aid. Many, many thanks go to Betsy Healy and Francie Hansen for organizing this event.

Please mark your calendars for the next IBPO Meeting & Speaker Series, Preparing for College in High School, on February 25, 2020, 7 p.m. at Times Ten Cellars.

IB Applications For 2020-2021

Applications to the International Baccalaureate academy are due by January 31. Acceptance letters will be issued by February 21.

**In order for the campus and District to gauge interest in the IB program, Woodrow will be accepting applications from all interested students, regardless of attendance zone. Transfer students may be admitted if all seats are not filled by zoned students. Seats are limited.**

Successful IB students will:

  • Be motivated. Parents and students should be aware that a critical element for success in Pre-IB and IB courses is the student’s desire to grow intellectually and succeed. The motivation must originate within the student and be supported by the parents.
  • Be able to manage their time. Students and parents must be willing to make the sometimes difficult time management decisions that will maximize the student’s performance in advanced classes.
  • Be proficient readers. Most IB courses require intensive reading at increasingly challenging comprehension levels. Students and parents should realize that advanced reading abilities will be essential to success in the program.
  • Be proficient writers. Students in IB courses are required to regularly demonstrate and improve their writing skills. Across the core areas, IB assessments generally require that a student be able to express, clearly and academically, their learning in written form. Further, this assessment method is prevalent in collegiate coursework, which is the future academic path of IB students.
  • Be critical thinkers. Much of the IB curriculum requires investigative and discovery learning. Analytical and critical thinking skills are essential.
  • Be people of character. The IB program allows for the full development of a student by focusing on 10 expected attributes within the Learner Profile. This holistic approach to education allows students and teachers to focus on personal development as well as academic development.
  • Understand that they are making a 4 year commitment. Acceptance into the WWHS IB program means that we are committing staff and resources to offer a world class education in conjunction with all the benefits of a comprehensive high school. The IB Diploma is a highly coveted achievement and space in the program is limited. We are looking to identify the students most focused on attaining the goal an IB Diploma.

IB Class News

Freshman (Class of 2023): Our Freshman have completed their first semester and are starting to get the rhythm of IB high school life. Most teachers have lots of tutoring hours available if your student needs some extra help with any classes. The freshman have all just enjoyed their first Woodrow Wilson Homecoming as well. There will be meeting on Thursday, January 30 from 6-7 p.m. in the Woodrow auditorium to inform parents about course selections for the upcoming school year. It has been an exciting and full year for all our Freshman IB students!!

Sophomore (Class of 2022): Sophomores (and some Freshman) took the PSAT on October 16 and should have received their results in December, including your student's score, their strengths and weaknesses. A trip to Khan Academy online can give your student additional practice in weaker areas. Taking the test as a sophomore is great preparation for the test next year, when a great PSAT Score as a high school junior can qualify a student for National Merit Scholarships. Sophomores will be choosing their IB courses for Junior/Senior years at school with guidance from IB teachers and counselors on February 7th!

Junior (Class of 2021): The class of 2021 returned for their second semester with a trip to SMU to begin their extended essay work. They have been assigned their mentors and will have a second workshop in the library on January 27-28 with a pizza lunch provided by the IBPO. This is a long term project requiring lots of research, mentorship from their advisor, and high level writing with the final revision due in their Senior year!

Senior (Class of 2020): It's the final countdown! The Seniors are staring down the barrel of their last semester in high school and it's a doozy! CAS projects are due soon; IA's are due soon; IB test prep begins soon followed by IB AND AP tests, and then BAM ... GRADUATION! Help your students stay focused and healthy. And remind them to take breaks for all the fun Senior activities planned at Woodrow. IBPO will also celebrate our Seniors at the end of the year. Be on the look-out for the IB Senior Send-Off Party. Don't forget: May 1 is National College Decision Day! Best wishes to everyone for a successful and somewhat-stress-free spring semester!

IB Film Students Go to Paris

In September Woodrow's IB Film Teacher, Michelle Briggs, began researching how to enter her IB Film students in an International film competition in Paris. Within four short months Ms. Briggs worked tirelessly to make this trip a reality for our students. She persevered behind the scenes to secure almost $18,000 in donations so that two teams of five students each could travel to France for the January event! Our public, comprehensive DISD high school had this incredible opportunity to compete IN PARIS against some of the most prestigious IB Film schools in the world!

The students had 48 hours to write, produce, and edit a film for the competition. Their films were shown at a theater near Paris. There were eight categories of awards and only three nominees were selected for each of the categories. Out of 13 teams from all over the world, Woodrow’s blue team was nominated in 5 of the 8 categories. They missed winning the Best Film award by only 2 points!

Please congratulate these students for their nominations in the following categories:

  • Best Film: WWHS Blue (Gus Arenas, Annabelle Toe, Ashton Bryson, Lugardo Marroquin, Quincy Farris)
  • Best Directing: Gus Arenas
  • Best Cinematography: Annabelle Toe
  • Best Sound Design: Lugardo Marroquin
  • Best Actress: Sara-Ann Sullivan (from the American School of Paris. The students from ASP’s theater program served as actors in the films and the young lady assigned to our blue team’s film was nominated for and won the category of Best Actor.)

This was a phenomenal showing by our students and we couldn’t be prouder of them and of their talented and dedicated teacher, Michelle Briggs. Kudos to Mr. Lundberg and Dr. Ritchie for helping to chaperone this talented group through the streets of Paris. What an amazing experience! We’re already looking towards 2021 to hopefully take another group back to compete!

Teacher Appreciation

  • Woodrow Staff Holiday Party: IBPO co-sponsored the WWHS staff holiday party with PTA for all of Woodrow's fabulous teachers, counselors and staff on Dec. 10th at St. Pete's Dancing Blue Marlin. We are grateful for all they do!
  • IB Teacher Holiday Gifts: Holiday gift cards for Trader Joe's were distributed to all IB and IS teachers in December to help them have a joyous holiday season!

Volunteer Opportunities

Parents are needed throughout the year to contribute and coordinate teacher appreciation and student events. To sign up or questions, contact Carrie Fisketjon, IBPO volunteer coordinator! All volunteers need to be approved through the VOLY.

2020-2021 IBPO Board & Committee Positions

We are in the process of slating next year's IBPO board and committees! The IBPO needs many parents to help coordinate and organize the various IB events for the students, teachers and parents throughout the year. If you are interested in serving on the executive board, chairing a position or a committee, please let us know! Contact IBPO nominations below to nominate yourself or someone else, or to find out more about each job.

IBPO Executive Board Positions

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

IBPO Chair Positions

  • Webmaster
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Newsletter
  • Public Relations

IBPO Class Liaisons

  • One per grade

IBPO Committees

  • General Membership Meeting & Speaker Series (Fall & Spring)
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Freshman Breakfast (September)
  • Sophomore DP Kick-Off Lunch (February)
  • Junior Class Extended Essay lunch (January)
  • Senior EE Ice Cream Social (December)
  • Senior Send-off Luncheon (May - traditionally organized by parents of the Junior IB Class)
  • August Freshman Mixer

IBPO Membership

Thank you for supporting your child’s exceptional IB Education! IBPO bridges the gap from parent contributions to enrich Woodrow’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for our students and staff. Your IBPO funds are used to underwrite annual student events (freshman breakfast, sophomore DP luncheon, junior extended essay writing workshops, senior essay celebration, senior send-off), IB staff appreciation and needs, parent informational guest speaker series, freshman summer social and the IBPO website. Without generous contributions from our IBPO members, this program as it is would not be possible.

As a member you have access to Woodrow IBPO website, which provides important dates and IB events, IB Newsletters from Dr. Ritchie, IBPO Newsletters, member contact directory, volunteer opportunities and signups, membership registration, and convenient click-and-pay Paypal options for membership fees/donations.

IB Diploma Program Coordinator

  • Dr. Kelly Ritchie

Class Liaisons 2018-2019

  • Senior Class : Carrie Fisketjon
  • Junior Class: Francie Hansen
  • Sophomore Class: Susan Schweizer
  • Freshman Class: Alison Willard


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