General Information

Look at the 2016-2017 Student Community Service Requirement Here!

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The Aim of Student Action and Service at CIMS:

Service is an essential component of the International Baccalaureate Program. The emphasis of service at CIMS will be on the quality of service, rather than just the practice of counting hours. Students are no longer required to track or turn in hours of community service. The goal of service is to embrace the learner profile attributes and help our students look outward at the world and their impact on it. 

      Community Service at CIMS will take place in three ways. Students will receive opportunities to learn about and take action in the classroom through units of inquiry, to focus on global themes and issues through MYP Advisory or PYP-IB Connections class, and finally, students are encouraged to take action outside of school as an extension of what they are learning. As a reflection, students will be asked periodically to participate in the online form located below to process the activities they are participating in. This will happen through advisory and IB connections, but students are encouraged to look at and reflect on the questions provided whenever they get a service opportunity. 

Students are no longer required to track or turn in hours of community service

Advisory/IB Connections Focus By Month

 Month Monthly Global ThemeGlobal Context(MYP)
Transdisciplinary Theme(PYP)
Learner Profile Focus
 August The Power of One: 
Can one person make an impact on the world?
 Identities and Relationships
Who We Are
 September World Peace:  
Who will you make peace with? How will we live together in peace?
Fairness and Development
Sharing the Planet 
 October Anti-Bullying:  
Be a part of the WE WILL generation and eradicate bullying!
 Fairness and Development
Sharing the Planet
 November Poverty:  
How can we end extreme poverty?
Scientific and Technological Innovation
How The World Works 
 December Humanitarianism:  
What responsibility do we have to each other?
Orientation in Space and Time
Where We Are In Place And Time 
 January New Year, New You: Diversity
How can we cherish cultural diversity?
 Personal and Cultural Expression
How We Express Ourselves
 February Citizenship
What are our rights and responsibilities as a citizen of my community, state, world?
Globalization and Sustainability
How We Organize Ourselves 
 MarchATL Skills
How do I learn Best? 
How can I show what I know?
Personal and Cultural Expression
How We Express Ourselves
 April Environment
How should we power the world?
Scientific and Technological Innovation
How The World Works
 May Health Awareness:  
How can you maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health?
 Identities and Relationships
Who We Are 
What Could Service Look Like Outside of School?
Raising Self Awareness
  • Researching more about a topic or issue
  • Traveling 
  • Standing up for someone in need
  • Informing others about a topic or issue
  • Giving your time, talent, or treasure to help those in need
  • Donations to support a cause
Choosing to act/not act
  • Taking a pledge
  • Making good choices

Nature of Action and Service According to IB

 Specific learning outcomes for service are:

Undertake challenges that develop new skills

Become more aware of their own strengths and area for growth

- Discuss, evaluate and plan student initiated activities

Persevere in action

Work collaboratively with others

- Develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multiculturalism an intercultural understanding

 - Consider the ethical implications of their actions (MYP From Principles into Practice)

Action in the MYP

Action, or learning by doing and experiencing,  is a key component of all IB programmes. Service is a part of Action and has always been a shared value of the IB community. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Corwin International Magnet School values service with others as an important way to engage in principled action across a range of overlapping local and global communities (MYP From Principles into Practice).

 Action in the PYP

In the PYP, action has a specific meaning as an element of the programme. There is an expectation that inquiry with in the classroom curriculum will lead to responsible action, initiated by the student as a result of the learning process. PYP schools can and should meet the challenge of offering all learners the opportunity and the power to choose to act; to decide on their actions; and to reflect on these action in order to make a difference in and to the world.

It is believed that in the PYP every student has the right and should have the opportunity to be involved in action. This action may be taken by an individual student or by a group of students working collaboratively. The action component of the curriculum is a cycle of involvement that provides students with opportunities to engage in purposeful and beneficial action (Making the PYP Happen)