November 23, 2016
Litchfield Middle School is officially an International Baccalaureate World School


It’s official. Akron’s Litchfield middle school has completed the authorization process and can call itself an International Baccalaureate World School.

The school was notified last week in a letter from the International Baccalaureate Governing Board, school board member the Rev. Dr. Curtis T. Walker Sr. said at Monday night’s school board meeting.

Walker recognized Principal Dyan Floyd and IB coordinator Sandy Cline for their work in bringing about the middle years program, which will offer enriched curricula to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Litchfield is a feeder school for Firestone High School, which has an IB diploma program. Unlike the high school program, which students must apply to get into, the Litchfield program will be schoolwide. 

“As an IB World School, you are part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world,” Walker read from the letter. 

The designation is awarded after a rigorous on-site review, said Karen Gegick, Akron Public Schools’ director of teaching and learning. It took from 2013 until this fall to go through the preparation, including professional development and adding programs such as French and Spanish and arts integration. 

The school is implementing some of its study units now, and the process should be complete by this time next year, Gegick said.

“It’s a way to connect the learning with what’s happening in the real world,” she said. “We really think that this is a world-class standard that will help increase the academic achievement of students.”

Other news

Case Elementary School also had its authorization visit in October and could be receiving its approval letter soon, Gegick said.

Also Monday, Superintendent David James updated the board on the status of a group of 40 Akron high schoolers who were visiting Columbus when an attack occurred on the Ohio State University campus. The students from Buchtel, East, Firestone and Kenmore high schools were at the convention center for a career education program and were unharmed. 

James also informed the board about a fire in the boiler room at East on Thursday. Insulation caught fire and the sprinkler system went off after an issue with the damper on the flue. 

Monica L. Thomas can be reached at 330-996-3827 or mthomas@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLThomasABJ  and https://www.facebook.com/MLThomasABJ.

Litchfield Middle School Grant Approved
From:  the GAR Foundation
For:  Be the Change Program
Grant Amount: $13,634

We THANK the GAR Foundation for their trust in the vision of our students, teachers and especially right now, our principal, Dyan Floyd.

...A parent recently used the word 'tenacity' while speaking of Mrs. Floyd and her accomplishments 'for' and 'with' our children in the past 2 years... I think it is appropriate.
As a community we owe great thanks to the person who fights for our kids in such a big way, thank you Mrs. Floyd.

#GARFoundation  #LMS

* the information below was posted February 4, 2014 *

Progress Report
International Baccalaureate Program Application
Litchfield Middle School

April 2014
Principal Dyan Floyd will be submitting an application on behalf of Litchfield Middle School to become an IB World School.

Mrs. Floyd has applied for a grant from the GAR Foundation.
If received, funds will be used to further prepare staff and facilities for the day we become an IB World School.

* To learn more about the GAR Foundation please click the icon below *

International Baccalaureate Workshop
October 2013
Portland, Oregon

* LMS Principal Dyan Floyd attended *

Heads of School/IB coordinators 'partial' Agenda
Implementing the Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum
Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Access for all students in the MYP (special needs)
Dynamics of authentic assessment for the 21st century learner
Integration of MYP Technology, Language
Managing Assessment in the MYP
The Role of Physical Education
Language: French, Spanish
Combined Music
a theoretical approach to developing links between TOK and CAS.
   (Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action, Service)