August 2018

Dear IBPO Parents,

I have always considered back to school in late summer my New Year, and attending the recent IBPO incoming freshman gathering reminded me why. You could feel the excitement and hope for the things to come in this fresh school year. I imagine this exists elsewhere, but I think it is particularly special here at a school steeped in a history of great community involvement. At this event, wide-eyed freshman mingled, veteran parents shared their wisdom with new families and dedicated administrators gave their free time to answer questions and get to know the students. Current IB upperclassmen and recent graduates welcomed the new class with icebreakers and tips on making the most of their next four years. This is IB at Woodrow. This is why I am so excited for the 2018-19 school year.

The IB Parent Organization was formed a few years ago by dedicated parents who realized advocacy and support was needed as this program was the first of its kind in our large urban school district. Our purpose is simple. We exist to support the amazing administrators and teachers so that they can offer an enriching educational experience to our students. We have done this through reaching out to the district and/or school board when needed. The IBPO also offers fun events to encourage students during IB class selection or beginning their extended essays, and by celebrating the completion of tasks in this rigorous curriculum. We support our faculty with meals at meetings and drives for needed supplies.

Our general meetings have evolved into a “Speaker Series,” which offers opportunities for members to hear from experts in education and college planning. These meetings also give IB parents time to socialize. This year we hope to expand with a drive to raise funds to purchase some laptops and calculators that can be checked out by students who do not have these resources because IB students need them to write their many essays, do research, or work on their math.

As an alum, I love all things Woodrow. There are so many wonderful options here, and the IB program added the right academic fit for my kids. If you’ve stayed with me this far, it is for yours, too. The IBPO needs you to help make it the best experience for all. Please explore our new website at to learn about the organization, donating, and volunteer opportunities. Renew if you are a veteran member, or join us for the first time! As a parent with a rising senior I can assure you time is precious and you won’t regret sharing in this exciting journey with your student.

Wishing you and your Wildcat a wonderful year,

Francie Hansen
IBPO President

Membership Drive and Website

It’s time to renew your IBPO Membership for the 2018-2019 year!

Please support your child’s exceptional IB Education and consider what contribution you are able to make when choosing your IBPO Membership level. 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.

We are excited to announce improvements this year to make it extremely easy and painless to join the IBPO by going to the brand new Woodrow Wilson IB Parent Organization website at! As a member you will have access to EVERYTHING you need for Woodrow IBPO in one place: 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.

IBPO Welcomes Class of 2022

The IB Parent Organization organized meet-and-greet mixer for IB freshmen at Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ on August 12th. This annual kick-off event is a way for 9th grade families to get acquainted and meet experienced IB-ers before starting classes.

IB juniors, seniors and alumni were there to mix and mingle with the 9th graders and they orchestrated several fun icebreaker activities for them to interact with new classmates. Dr. Kelly Ritchie, IBPO President Francie Hansen and our new Woodrow Principal, Mr. Moran were all there to enjoy the fun and get know our newest IB families.

Thanks to IBPO Board 9thgrader parents Elizabeth Furrh and Nicole Loper for organizing this fun night and also to Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ for providing such an awesome venue!

IB Class News

Freshman (Class of 2022): This incoming Freshman class is made up of 100 students coming to Woodrow from many different Dallas-area middle schools, plus some who are new to the Dallas area from other states and a few who have been living abroad. Welcome to our newest IB Academy class and have a great first year at Woodrow!

Sophomore (Class of 2021): Sophomores begin their second year of pre-IB classes and will take the PSAT at Woodrow in October. HINT: Students will need a TI Inspire calculator for the PSAT. Look for one now during Back-to-School sales (and buy extra batteries).

Junior (Class of 2020): IB Juniors are returning for a challenging and very full year. With schedules loaded with IB classes, this year they will also begin working on their Extended Essays, planning their CAS projects, and preparing for college SAT/ACT entrance exams. Go, Juniors, go!

Senior (Class of 2019): In addition to college searches and campus visits, IB Seniors have been working this summer on their Extended Essay drafts and will be polishing them up for final turn-in in November. The first few six weeks will be especially busy as they prepare for upcoming college application deadlines while also keeping up with their classes and extracurriculars.

Teacher Appreciation

IBPO provides refreshments to teacher meetings each six weeks. To kick off the year Woodrow’s IB teachers were treated to refreshments during their professional development days just before school started on August 16. Thank you Carrie Fisketjon and Nancy Wilson for coordinating!


Parents are needed throughout the year to contribute and coordinate teacher appreciation and refreshments at student events. We are looking for some IB Parents to take charge of some class-specific events next year:

  • Freshman Breakfast
  • Sophomore Lunch
  • Junior Class Extended Essay lunch
  • Senior Send-off Luncheon (traditionally organized by parents of the Junior IB Class)

There are several committees that can use helpers, too. If you are interested in taking one of these jobs or helping out, contact Carrie Fisketjon, our IBPO volunteer coordinator to find out how you can help!

Make a Gift

If you are able, any donation amount goes a long way towards funding our programs and events for this year. IBPO provides financial support to Woodrow IB student programs, events and materials that are not covered by DISD.

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