Parents get updates on World School programs _lowres

Photo provided by DESHEA JOHNSON -- The Hammond Eastside community gathers during the Hammond Eastside Elementary Showcase on Nov. 11 at the school to learn more about the International Baccalaureate World School programs, which challenge students to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and academic achievement, according to www.ibo.org.

The Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet Showcase was held recently, an event during which International Baccalaureate World School practices are showcased exclusively, a news release from the school said.

International Baccalaureate World School programs, for ages 3-19, challenge students to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and academic achievement, according to www.ibo.org. Parents were told more about Hammond Eastside’s progress with the International Baccalaureate programs. For example, Darlene Hammer, acting principal, presented parents with the school’s vision for the International Baccalaureate programs and said the school successfully gained authorization as an International Baccalaureate World School and will offer the Primary Years Programme starting in July for prekindergarten through fifth-grade students. The school is entering the consideration phase of the authorization process for the Middle Years Programme for students in sixth through eighth grades .

After Hammer presented the school’s vision for the International Baccalaureate, coordinator DeShea Johnson presented parents with the results of the official International Baccalaureate report . Stephanie Ciresi, coordinator designate, talked about the school’s plan for the Middle Years Programme verification timeline and said she will submit the application for candidacy in April.