Authorized International Baccalaureate Programme at VMMS

Vista Magnet Middle School earned their Authorization in April 2012 and marked a journey that began in 2007. The process was extensive and our work instructionally challenged us to THINK creatively and globally.IBMP

With Common Core National Standards are being released in most states, VMMS is proud to say that our staff dedication with implementing the IB philosophy, curriculum and organizational structures. Now, we our high schools and VMMS who offer IB recently (January 2013) presented on the alignment, click HERE for the presentation.

You will often see your son or daughter engaged in discussion about what it takes to be an "IB Learner," a person who is a thinker, an inquirer, a communicator, a risk-taker, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, reflective and balanced. These are the qualities of a VMMS Viper that we cherish and celebrate. Please watch this website for updates about IB news at VMMS, and for more information about the International Baccalaureate and the Middle Years Programme, please proceed to the following links, IB brochure, click HERE & MYP Flyer, Click HERE.

The IB Philosophy:

coman core The IB philosophy is contained within the IB Learner Profile, which aims to" develop internationally-minded people, who, recognizing our common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world."

Community & Service:

So, Why Should I Become Involved In Our Community?

Community and Service projects will give you
opportunities to serve your local and global
communities and toCommunity & Service:develop into
a responsible, caring
citizen. Volunteering
provides you with a
chance to change the
world and discover how
you can contribute your unique talents and energy
to those in need. You will soon find that practicing
selflessness in your community will make you a
happier person, too. As you see what you are
accomplishing in your world, you will feel terrific
about yourself!

Think about how a Community and Service project
brings these Mission Statements to life!

What Opportunities Are There For Me?

Independent Projects:

As you look at the community around you, and the
greater global community, you will begin to see
many interesting opportunities to become involved
in. Here are just a few that you may already know

  1. Recycling projects
  2. Tree planting events
  3. Volunteering at a senior center
  4. Tutoring younger children
  5. Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts programs
  6. Reading to younger children at the public
  7. Helping at the animal shelter
  8. Working at the local homeless shelter
  9. Helping out at your old elementary school
  10. Participating in local government
  11. Working with organizations like Special
    Olympics or Angel's Depot

If you are not certain your idea would count for an
independent project, drop by and have a chat with
Mrs. Jacobsen.

School Projects:

VMMS will be providing many opportunities for
Community and Service this year. Some of these
events are off-campus, supervised events, and
some are right here at VMMS! The attached
calendar lists our planned events, but watch and
listen for additional announcements in our daily
bulletin and on our website

Think about how Community and Service
events/projects will make you a more principled

What Does Not Count For Community And Service?

Community and service events/projects are
activities that help the greater community. So,
chores that you do for your family and activities
that you are paid for (like babysitting) do not count.
Remember, you are giving away your talents and energy!

How Many Events Do I Need To Complete Each Year?

Each year, you must complete at least 3 events.
They will look like this:

6th grade 3 events

7th grade 3 events; one must be at least 4 hours

8th grade 3 events; one must be at least 4 hours
long; one must support your 8th grade Capstone
Project Area of Interaction

What Do I Need to Hand In?

  1. First, complete the Community and Service Plan.
    Please talk with your parents as you create a plan,
    so that they can help you and maybe join in!
  2. When you finish an event, complete an
    Event/Project Reflection online using Moodle.
    The purpose of this is to have you spend
    some serious time thinking about the value of
    your experience, so please write thorough
    reflections. By the end of the year, you will
    have 3 completed reflections.
  3. Lastly, you will complete the Final Reflection.

All the forms you need are right here. Please keep
all the forms together in and submit them on

As you plan your events, think about how you can
be a risk-taker and try something completely new!

Where and When Do I Turn in My Community Service Reflections?

  • ALL of your events are DUE on Thursday, May 1
    6, 2013.

What If I Owe Community and Service From Last Year?

If you did not do all your Community and Service
events last year, you must make them up this year.
Please drop by the office if you are not sure how
much you still need to complete.

Where Do I Find Answers If I Have Questions?

Check out Moodle for fast answers. Ask any adult
on campus or come see Mrs. Jacobsen in the office.