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.
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!
I absolutely must have all of the senior CAS draft portfolios by tomorrow. As I explained to the first and fifth period TOK classes, I will be holding the CAS portfolios at home over the break, when I will be reading all of them carefully and marking demonstrated learning outcomes on the rubric. At the end of the break, I will bring the portfolios back to school, and Mrs. Kraft will read them. You will have the CAS portfolios back by the end of January. You will need to update the portfolios through March as you complete your CAS.
For students who neglected to copy materials needed for Bright Futures applications, I will have the portfolios at school for the rest of the week, but the portfolios themselves will not leave my classroom. As of Friday afternoon, I will be taking the CAS portfolios home, and they will be unavailable until Mrs. Kraft is finished reading them in January.
The junior CAS plans are due tomorrow by 2:30pm. Slug lists will go up in all IB classrooms on Wednesday. Remember, something is better than nothing. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got planned for the next 18 months!
This is for the juniors. I have uploaded an updated version of the junior fall CAS plan assignment on my CAS website. There are no changes to the assignment, but I have expanded the explanation of the CAS teams in response to some student confusion, some of which is bordering on the edge of panic. As was explained more briefly in the older version, the teams are first and foremost intended for you to provide each other with mutual accountability and advice. I have seen great results in CAS in the past when students engage in “crowd-sourcing,” as groups of students who are volunteering in the community often receive information about new activities and opportunities before the CAS coordinators. It is also an opportunity for students with stronger CAS programs to mentor students who are having problems. The CAS team may also serve the secondary role of providing a launching pad for your collaborative group project. This is not mandatory though, and you may fulfill the requirement of a collaborative long term project elsewhere. Some students have been frustrated with the amount of latitude offered here, and seem to desire a clear, definitive and authoritative command on my part that the team must be one or the other, either a “support group” or a “project group.” The purpose of CAS is for the student to creatively design and implement his own plan, and set and meet his own goals. Therefore, I am allowing you a degree of freedom in how you set up your team to best meet the needs of your own personal CAS program. I also ask that you read any instructions I have provided and the JSRHS CAS Handbook thoroughly before proceeding with your plan, asking questions, giving advice to others, or jumping to conclusions. After this has been done, questions by email (please observe the professional standards of courtesy and respect) or in person are welcome.
Seniors, this is a reminder that the CAS portfolios are due Friday by 2:30. I am not accepting late portfolios.
Mrs. Kraft and I have finished reviewing the senior draft CAS portfolios. You may pick them up in my classroom immediately.
The final deadline for the CAS portfolio is 1 March, at no later than 2:30. I have notified all of the activity sponsors and supervisors that you are aware of this deadline, and that there is no excuse for procrastination in submitting your supervisor evaluation forms to them to complete and sign. Supervisors are under no obligation to make themselves available more than would be usual at the end of February or on March 1 because you have delayed completing this necessary task.
Mrs. Kraft and I are expecting complete CAS portfolios from the entire senior class by 1 March. That is all.