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Primary Years Academy of International Education is a K-5 International Baccalaureate World School. We are a public school using an inquiry model of teaching and learning. Our students learn how to question and explore the world around them while using the skills necessary to be a successful internationally-minded citizen in the 21st century. Students work in an environment which supports their academic, social, and physical needs through a rigorous program of study. Primary Years Academy is a community of students, parents, teachers, and administrators working together as a team.

 

It's Official! PYA is authorized as an IB World School

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 was a red-letter day for Primary Years Academy. We received notification that we have been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School. This means we successfully met all IB standards and practices and PYA is being welcomed into the ranks of the global school network.

Thank you to all the parents, teachers, staff, and students who have worked tirelessly for the past three and a half years to build our school community from the ground up. It is through dedication and a willingess to strive for the best for our students that we have met this milestone.

We would also like to thank the SUSD Board of Trustees, Directors, and Dr. Steve Lowder for supporting us through the daunting process of building a world class program.

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Contacts

Primary Years Academy

1540 N. Lincoln Street

Stockton, CA 95204

 

(209) 933-7355

(209) 941-4580-fax

 

Jean Segura, Principal

Jeanne Ross, IB Coordinator

Kim Marlow, Secretary

Judy Melton, Account Clerk

Coordinator's Corner

March 31, 2014

Hello Families! Our next Parent Cafe Internacional is on Friday, April 11th at 8:15 a.m.  This is the SAME DAY as the Honor Roll Assembly so please plan on having a cup of coffee before it begins. Watch for more information in the next parent newsletter.

If you haven't already done so, go to ibo.org and check out the parent section. You have the opportunity to connect with other IB parents through the site.

Can you believe it's already the fourth quarter of the school year? The Learner Profile trait for April is REFLECTIVE. Please take some time to reflect on your child's accomplishments. This could lead to a great dinnertime conversation about successes and goals.

If you have questions or concerns please let me know. 

Thanks.

Ms. Ross, jross@stockton.k12.ca.us

 

 

 

 

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Teachers: We're hiring!

Please consider joining our dynamic community of PYA teachers, families, and staff.

Primary Years Academy of International Education is growing and we are looking for energetic SUSD teachers to join our staff in 2014-2015. We have a third grade teaching position open as well as a fifth grade position. Not a fifth grade teacher, but love fourth grade? We anticipate looping a fourth and fifth grade.

Not sure what IB is all about? You have several avenues of inquiry available:

  • Stop by for a tour. Our next public tour is scheduled for Monday, April 14th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Google Primary Years Academy and browse through our Schoolloop webpage.
  • Visit the International Baccalaureate webpage at ibo.org.

Thinking about applying in the first round, but unsure about being asked to do a short lesson segment?  Here’s a bit of advice:

  • Don’t sweat doing a short lesson segment. We’re looking for teachers who are willing to be courageous and show us just a bit of what they can do. You do this every day in real classrooms.
  • Trans-disciplinary teaching is often what you already do. Instead of focusing on skills in isolation, students are learning skills as they study big ideas in our Units of Inquiry in science and social studies. In fact, IB Units of Inquiry were one of the models used for CCSS Units of Study.
  • Check out our Program of Inquiry on the PYA web page. It will give you an idea of how we organize our teaching and learning at each grade level.

Here are a few other bits of information you may find helpful:

  • PYA is public school. We are a Magnet School so students must apply and go through the lottery process, and we don’t pick and choose who gets in.
  • PYA is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School. We serve Kindergarten through fifth grade students. The IB program continues with both the Middle Years Program (grades 6-10) and the Diploma Program (grades 11 and 12) at Franklin High School.
  • We require parent participation…and we get it.
  • Be prepared to collaborate with others if you join PYA; it’s an important aspect of IB teaching and learning. We have dedicated collaboration time during school hours every week.
  • Developing our Units, curricula, and assessments takes time and energy; plan on working hard, but plan on working together.
  • All students have music and Spanish language classes, as well as art and physical education.
  • IB training is required after being hired. If you want to know what training is all about, go to ibo.org and search for the workshop catalog. It gives a good overview of what IB is all about.
  • We are currently located on the same campus as El Dorado School. The district is looking for a permanent site for us, but we anticipate being at this campus for the 2014-2015 school year.

Interview Statement for Teacher Candidates when they call our PYA secretary.

Please create (or use) a lesson that integrates reading and/or math strategies in social studies or science. You will present only a short segment of your lesson to the interview committee, but will need to bring copies of the complete lesson and the supplies necessary to teach the lesson segment to six people acting as students. Consider the good teaching practices you already use to engage students in relevant learning. There is helpful information for teacher candidates on the PYA website. This is listed under ‘schools’ on the SUSD web page, or Google the school name. After the lesson segment, the committee will ask a few questions and give you the opportunity to tell them about yourself. Thank you for considering teaching and learning at Primary Years Academy of International Education.

If this sounds like a good match for you, please take action and apply.

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