Category Archives: CAS

Senior CAS Checks

Mrs. Kraft and I will be conducting senior CAS interviews over the next two weeks. Sign up sheets for appointments will be made available in Mrs. Bell’s TOK class.


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Two New CAS Opportunities

There are new volunteer opportunities at Oak Ridge Elementary School, which is not too far from RHS.  Please let me know if you are interested.

A group of IB juniors is also organizing tutoring for the AP US History class.  Any junior or senior who passed the AP US History exam is eligible.

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CAS Announcement: ManageBac Up and Running!

We have liftoff!  I am already seeing benefits, as I can respond to proposed activities with comments and approve acceptable projects quickly and without stacks of paperwork.  Congratulations to those students who have already added CAS activities for approval and the one student who has successfully uploaded a CAS plan.  You now need to be adding CAS activities–all CAS activities now require my approval before you begin them, or else ManageBac will not let you add reflections.  In order to seek approval, you need to add the activity to your portfolio on ManageBac.  You need to include the activity supervisor, with relevant contact information, timeline for the project, and what category/categories the activity fulfills.  In the description and notes, you need to indicate the frequency of the activity, what it entails, and how you plan to reflect on your learning.  Finally, you must indicate what learning outcomes you plan to achieve.  You will either receive notice that I have approved the project, or a note requesting more information.  Starting this week, I am requiring at least one thoughtful reflection every two weeks from all IB Diploma Programme students.  Reflections can include a variety of pieces of evidence, including journal entries (which can be typed into ManageBac), photo journals, video, web sites or blogs, presentations, etc.

Seniors: From now on, in order to reflect on your CAS activities, you will need to add them on ManageBac and await my approval.  Starting this week, I am now expecting at least one thoughtful reflection on your CAS every two weeks.  Meanwhile, you can work on scanning and uploading documents related to last year’s CAS activities.

Juniors: I would like the junior CAS plans to be uploaded on Managebac, which means you will not need to submit it in “dead tree” format. First, you will need to start adding CAS activities. After you do this, you will see your name and your CAS activities listed. Under this you will see a list of learning outcomes, and under this you will see a box labelled “CAS Documents.” Here, ManageBac will give you the option to upload CAS documents. Please upload your CAS plan here. This is were you would also upload additional application material needed for a fundraising project.

This is very exciting, and I look forward to being able to exercise closer supervision of all the great things you are doing for CAS!



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Senior CAS Exit Interviews and Portfolios

I am completing my review of the draft CAS portfolios over the weekend, and will have all of them available for pickup by Tuesday. Mrs. Kraft and I will be holding the CAS exit interviews after school from April 14 through April 25. On the week of April 21-25, we will also be holding a limited number of interviews during lunch. Mrs. Bell has the sign-up sheet in her room, and you can make an appointment during TOK. Please bring your CAS portfolio, which we will briefly review before the interview. Usually, these meetings last from five to ten minutes.

The final CAS portfolio will be due to me on Tuesday, April 29, no later than 4:30pm. This portfolio will include your 500-550 word final reflective essay.

I look forward to our meeting and finding out all the great activities you have been pursuing.

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Junior CAS Updates

I hope your spring semester is going well as you prepare for your IB and AP exams. As you complete your 3-4 hours of CAS each week, don’t forget that the time allotment includes planning and reflection. Also, don’t forget to complete the reflection sheets and supervisor evaluation forms as soon as an activity is over. Our end of year CAS check will be here before you know it. I will be doing the meetings in my classroom, Room 523, after school May 19-27. Be sure to bring your up-to-date CAS portfolio. See you then!

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CAS Information Updated!

I have updated the CAS Handbook and the CAS Paperwork on my website. I am still reading senior CAS portfolios, which will be returned before spring break. Final portfolios, including the reflective essay, will be due no later than 2:30 on March 28.

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CAS and Bright Futures Opportunity!

Applications should be available today for a summer course on entrepreneurship and sustainability at UF. It includes 80 hours of community service applicable to Bright Futures and CAS.

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