PERSONAL PROJECTS PRESENTED

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February 12, 2021

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The IB-MYP Personal Project course for sophomores continued this year as an elective.

Notre Dame sophomore Alec Dimovski presented his IB-MYP Personal Project, "Restore a John Deere side delivery rake for Cranberry Lake Farm," on Feb. 11, 2021, in the school's main library. More photos below.


The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme's Personal Project is the culmination for many sophomores of their time spent with the MYP curriculum. Last year at Notre Dame Prep, the school's approach to this IB component was to offer it as an elective to sophomores vs. a requirement, and this year was the same. 

Last night, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, the Notre Dame sophomores celebrated and presented their projects to a small gathering of parents in the main school library.

When Notre Dame Prep changed the basic requirements of the Personal Project course last year the approach was designed to reaffirm the school's commitment to helping students better manage stress in general and the rigor sometimes associated with the Personal Project. 

Melissa Archer, an English teacher at ND Prep and IB-MYP coordinator, said the smaller group of sophomores doing Personal Projects leads to celebrations and presentations that was much more relaxed and engaging. 

She said COVID-19 further reduced those present at this year's celebration.

"We had a great night despite the restrictions and social distancing," she said. "The intimate setting allowed for very interesting discussions. All the students expressed appreciation for the event and the chance to share the fine details of their many months of effort."

The IB-MYP Personal Project is an independent project task that allows students to achieve a goal or dream while also developing valuable project skills of time management, critical and creative thinking, research, collaboration, and more, Archer added. Students are able to show principled action as a result of sustained inquiry and critical reflection over an extended period. 

"In short, students involved in the Personal Project act upon a natural curiosity in a topic of self-directed interest," she said.


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While Notre Dame Prep cannot change the basic requirements of the Personal Project course, the newer approach to more fully support students reflects our school's commitment to helping students better manage stress, Archer noted. 

She also noted that the Personal Project provides a nudge for some to finally put time toward a hobby, which could range from learning 3D modeling, building tap shoes, designing a website, perfecting a hand spring, or exploring cancer research.

"Last night, the small group of parents viewed the presentations and engaged the students in conversation to further understand the process toward the goals," Archer said. "With great pride, the NDPMA community honors these students for their achievements."

Archer said that every year she is blown away by the creativity of the sophomores and their projects. She said this year was no different. 

"I believe that with the course now being an elective and the fact that we are more flexible with certain requirements, the kids have come up with projects that better reflect IB's inherent focus on time management; independence and responsibility; critical and creative thinking; communication, research, and reflection."

She said probably most important is that students get valuable experience in the soft skills needed for success in higher education and beyond.

"These skills in the short term also build the competency necessary for other courses at Notre Dame such as our Engineering and Empathy course offered in grades 11 and 12."

The sophomores who participated in the elective Personal Projects component of IB-MYP this year are listed below with their projects.

Thomas Belej: Create a map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth from the classic Lord of the Rings trilogy

Alec Dimovski: Restore a John Deere side delivery rake for Cranberry Lake Farm 

Bella Gates: Create a video to express my interest in skateboarding

Luke Hogan: Create a film blog

Zach Hogan: Create and execute a four-week boxing workout program

Madeline Lawrence: Create, direct, compose for and edit a short film over the summer

Tommy Marvin: Volunteer during a global pandemic

Aaron Palardy: Learn archery

Luke Scheer: Start his own own podcast show

Mackenzie Scherle: Repaint and refinish the cabinets and drawers in my kitchen

Grace Yaklin: Invest in the stock market to benefit those in need

 

Aaron Palardy: Learn archery

 

Luke Scheer: Start his own own podcast show

 

Luke Hogan: Create a film blog

 

Bella Gates: Create a video to express my interest in skateboarding

 

Zach Hogan: Create and execute a four-week boxing workout program

 

Grace Yaklin: Invest in the stock market to benefit those in need

 

Thomas Belej: Create a map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth from the classic Lord of the Rings trilogy

 

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.