SMA Prep Works with Water for South Sudan to build a Well in Africa

Last year, the SMA Prep Interact Club embarked on a journey to make a real world, positive impact as part of their service learning. This Interact International Project was inspired by SMA Prep 6th grade cadets who read A Long Walk to Water which is based on a true story by Linda Sue Park. Based on that inspiring story, they wanted to do something about the water crisis in parts of Africa. The Water For South Sudan project presented the opportunity and along with the help of the entire school began raising the $5,000 needed to sponsor the building of a well.

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SMA Prep Interact Cadets request well donations outside of their classroom.

Everyone involved was excited to hear the announcement today that the well is complete and families can now access clean water within a closer distance to where they live. SMA Prep Interact Club, led by SMA-CPT Neff, SMA-MAJ Pelletier, and SMA-CPT Clancy along with the Sarasota Southside Rotary Club and cadet leaders are proud to know their hard work has created an opportunity for people in remote, rural areas in South Sudan to change their lives.

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In South Sudan, millions of women and children trek for up to eight hours a day to collect water from marshes, ditches, or hand-dug wells where water is often contaminated with parasites and bacteria. The results are sickness, even death.  This Interact International Project was also part of an interdisciplinary unit for SMA Prep 6th grade cadets inspired by reading A Long Walk to Water which is based on a true story by Linda Sue Park.

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Thanks to the passion of the teachers and cadets at SMA Prep and in working with the community through the Interact and Sarasota Southside Rotary Club, the original journey to make a real world, positive impact came to fruition. Students will remember the experience because of their first hand interaction which offered a deeper understanding of empathy and the power they have to improve the lives of others.

About Sarasota Military Academy

Founded in 2002, Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) is a public charter, International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with two campuses located in Sarasota, Florida. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multi-cultural and globalized world. Sarasota Military Academy High School is located at 801 N. Orange Avenue and Sarasota Military Academy Prep Middle School, is located at 3101 Bethel Lane. To learn more about SMA, visit http://www.sarasotamilitaryacademy.org/.

SMA Prep Cadets of Month Show the IB Learner Profile of Inquirer

Congratulations to SMA Prep Cadets of the Month for showing the IB Learner Profile of Inquirer. Katherine Ries, John Sabin,  Colton Wilson, Maria Urbina Knuth, and Mark Serebryanskiy are the recipients for the month of January.

Inquirers develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning, and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Nominating Department: World Languages

Katie always participates in class and loves to help other cadet who is struggling in Chinese. She is also a self motivated learner. It’s a pleasure to work with her in class.

John is always showing interest in new things, expressing his opinion or asking for one.  He is a pleasure to have in class because he is constantly making connections outside of the classroom as well.  He is curious, likes to seek for new information and never gives up! Even trying to use the Spanish vocabulary in creative ways.

Nominating Department: Science

Colton is incredibly curious.  He approaches every class period with a renewed sense of interest, and he pursues the acquisition of new knowledge with admirable vigor.  As Colton continues as a leader, he is certain to maintain his inquisitive nature, and to foster that same drive in others.

Maria has maintained her enthusiasm for learning throughout the year.  She asks thoughtful questions, and she encourages others to do the same.  Maria can always be relied upon to participate, not just with answers, but through her thoughtful, reflective interest in science as well.

Nominating Team: Wrestling

Mark has a great work ethic is always up for a challenge. He asks questions useful to inform everyone not just himself. He consistently shows curiosity and interest in learning more about the sport.

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The aim of all IB Programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile are a set of 10 attributes cadets are encouraged to “try on” to explore different ways of thinking about themselves as leaders to have a positive impact on the work they do and on those around them. Click here to learn more about IB MYP and the IB Learner Profiles. We encourage SMA Prep cadets to consider: “What IB Learner Profile will you become today?!”

 

SMA Prep Cadets of Month Show the IB Learner Profile of Thinker

Congratulations to our Cadets of the Month!

The IB Learner Profile for December is Thinker:

Thinkers use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. They also exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Nominating Department: Language & Literature

Seth Howard

He has always responded with deep philosophical responses that show thought, extraordinary vocabulary and understanding of concepts. He participates in class discussions frequently and helps to facilitate engaging discussions based on the current content. He has shown his skills as a writer and is working on writing his own content for a possible blog or book in the future and is also helpful to peers.

Caleigh Patterson 

During our recent debate, Caleigh went above and beyond doing research for her group’s topic, and then was able to quickly think on her feet during the debate to give excellent counterclaims and rebuttals. Also, during our recent essay summative, Caleigh wrote with creative depth, sentence complexity, and advanced structure for someone her age. She is the epitome of a deep thinker.

Nominating Department: Theater/Choir

Reagan Chevalier 

The positive attitude Reagan has is infectious. Reagan always comes to class prepared and has a deep understanding of what Theater is all about. She showed bravery by helping encourage the shy students by being a role-model and never trying to outshine them. She was always caught working together as a team each class to accomplish an almost impossible performance. Her kindness and compassion will forever be a part of the students she was in class with as she helped make the entire semester for 5th Period an enjoyable experience they will never forget. Great Job Reagan.

James Dowling 

When it comes to leadership and knowledge James has truly been one that helps the entire class work together. His strengths came in many different ways. His commercial was extremely well thought out and executed perfectly. He has a well balanced intellect mixed with a great sense of humor. He has great ideas and was communicated them to the class while also integrating the ideas of others. He was kind and thoughtful to the students that were shy acting their parts and offered his support to help them open up and shine.

Nominating Department: Athlete of the Month- Cross Country

John Sabin 

John was an outstanding individual runner. I told him on the first day of practice that I expected his team to place, not just him but his team. He stepped up week after week developing a plan with me and the team, getting faster, improving and coming together. His determination and dedication paid off, as the team went from 5th place to 2nd ending the season as champs! An outstanding approach to thinking about how to motivate other athletes!

Taja Medeiros 

Taja’s strong personality and dedication, never missing a practice or meet, and reliability made her an amazing leader for cross country. She grew as a runner, motivating others to follow her. She arrived before every practice, especially on fun run days and offered creative ideas for her fellow team mates to excel. She implemented and initiated a lot of interesting fun run games and skills building activities to keep these runners interested, having fun and motivated throughout the season to have that determination to improve and give 100%.

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The IB learner profile. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

SMA Cadets Explore Empathy and Upstanding at the Florida Holocaust Museum

SMA Prep cadets visited the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg as part of their Holocaust Survivor Literature unit in SMA-MAJ Carol Peletier’s 8th grade IB MYP Language and Literature course. This was a moving and engaging experience for these cadets because they had taken the time throughout the unit to dig deeper into the true impact this horrific event left on the world and those who survived the nightmare.

Cadets were privileged to listen to the story of a survivor which becomes even more valuable when considering the rarity of a 1st person account of something that occurred 80 years ago. In short, many still alive to tell the story experienced it as children. This was the case for Mr. Ed Herman, who was just 11 years old when he was moved into the Warsaw Ghetto with his mother and sister in October of 1940. It was from there his harrowing journey began which he recounts on PBS’ Frontline in Never Forget to Lie. Read his story at this link: My Warsaw Ghetto Memories.

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SMA Prep cadets discover parallels between discrimination based on religion and race.

The museum curation was chronological and showed the full history of antisemitism dating back to ancient empires and explained how more intense propaganda developed overtime sustaining the harmful stereotypes and tropes that still exist today. there were examples of upstanders as well who risked their own lives to save the lives of Jews who would have been otherwise murdered in the camps.

Cadets shared reflections on their experience at the museum below:

“The museum was very emotionally draining. It is sad to know that such a horrible event happened not that long ago.”

“We also got to see an old cattle car that transported Jews to the camps. Just knowing that people had died in that car or were driven to their deaths blew my mind.”

“I learned about how Mr. Herman traveled throughout Europe as an 11 year old boy alone. When he told us to imagine being in another country all alone at that age it really got to me and I could feel like he felt at that moment.”

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The field trip also offered an opportunity for cadets to bond and relax with each other eating lunch and playing games in a waterfront park close to the museum. Cadets mentioned they would gladly go on a field trip like this again.

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SMA Prep Cadets of Month Show the IB Learner Profile of Caring

Congratulations to SMA Prep cadets, Naveah Harmon, Logan Claybrooke, Lilia Mosquera, Avery Alexander, Emily Brooks, and Jason Lockwood as the recipients of the November IB Learner Profile Recognition for Caring. Those that are Caring show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Comments from their teachers explain how these cadets exhibit Caring:

“Emily is a truly wonderful cadet that continually goes above and beyond in helping her teammates on a daily basis, always patient and thoughtful to those she interacts with. She sets a great example for other cadets.”

“Jason might be the single most compassionate person I’ve ever met.  He constantly scans his environment for people who might need encouragement and goes out of his way to help them in tangible ways, like opening doors or offering to carry items for them.  Jason’s words and actions stem from a genuine compassion for his peers and can be noticed on a daily basis.”

Lilia quietly helps the other cadets at her table during art class when they are struggling.  I have seen her confidence grow and with it, the willingness to assist others.

Avery is a member of the Eco Team as well as being in AgriDesign and has demonstrated the trait for other cadets, the campus and the environment. He constantly helps others, picks up trash on the Prep campus without prompting.

Naveah supports her teammates verbally and emotionally. Whether she is in the game or not see offers support for her teammates and brings positivity to everyone she 

Logan is always the first one to step up and lead the team in getting everyone organized for warm-ups and drills.  He is a person who takes the blame when he is at fault, while not putting down others when it isn’t his fault. When Logan is not in the game, he is the leader on the bench in cheering on his teammates, and being emotionally invested in the game. Overall, he is just a caring person, and he shows it with his actions.

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SMA Prep has transitioned its “Cadet of the Month” program to focus more directly on IB Learner Profiles as a fundamental part of the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). The new program “IB Learner Profile Recognition” selects 6 cadets monthly who display that month’s learner profile. December will focus on the IB Learner Profile of Thinker.

The aim of all IB Programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB Learner Profiles are a set of 10 attributes cadets are encouraged to “try on” to explore different ways of thinking about themselves as leaders to have a positive impact on the work they do and on those around them. Click here to learn more about IB MYP and the IB Learner Profiles. We encourage SMA Prep cadets to consider: “What IB Learner Profile will you become today?!”

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SMA Prep Cadets Explore the IB Learner Profile of Open-Mindedness

Congratulations to SMA Prep cadets, Ethan K., Sara D-R, Lucas S., Bryanna L., Illiana W., and James D. (not pictured) as the recipients of the October Ib Learner Profile Recognition for showing Open-Mindedness. Open-Minded learners understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.

Comments from their teachers explain how these cadets exhibit Open-Mindedness:

Ethan takes the opportunity in class to reach out to others to help his fellow classmates work out ideas with an open mind in order to complete their work. He is always eager to engage with others to explore questions and problem solve searching for a more effective or useful outcome.”

Sara has been in this country less than a year and is eager to help other students become more open-minded. She often points out that math is done differently in her country.  She volunteers to show the class different ways of doing math. Sara is also interested in learning new ways to do math from her classmates and teacher as well. She loves to help and work with others so everyone can understand new math concepts.”

Lucas is new to our country from Brazil and shows his open-mindedness every day as many things are different in the US. For example, Brazilians write their numbers differently.  Lucas speaks Portuguese and English and often explains to his classmates about life in Brazil. Lucas volunteers to answer questions and is always interested in learning new concepts. Lucas is a good self and peer advocate.”

Brianna shows her open-mindedness excelling when collaborating with others to develop ideas and problem solve. She also displays this attribute because she is a very good listener and she uses this to work effectively with others. Brianna will offer to help other students understand things from a new perspective and she enjoys listening to everyone’s ideas as well.”

Illiana approaches working with other always with an open mind. She is respectful and helpful and genuinely wants to hear what others have to say. Illiana shows confidence through sharing ideas with others as well. She thinks of her classmates, teachers, family and SMA Prep always with a positive perspective.”

James is an exceptional student who often demonstrates open-mindedness. He is always open to other people’s opinions and values their input.  He enjoys having a healthy debate on almost any topic and he finds it extremely important to understand all viewpoints related to the topic. His ability to keep an open mind allows him to have a more complete understanding of the topic being discussed. James values the importance of understanding all viewpoints before forming his final opinion. Through his open-mindedness, he helps other students around him to develop a similar attitude, which has had a very positive impact on our class as a whole.”

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SMA Prep has transitioned its “Cadet of the Month” program to focus more directly on IB Learner Profiles as a fundamental part of the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). The new program “IB Learner Profile Recognition” selects 6 cadets monthly who display that month’s learner profile. November will focus on the IB Learner Profile of Caring.

The aim of all IB Programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB Learner Profiles are a set of 10 attributes cadets are encouraged to “try on” to explore different ways of thinking about themselves as leaders to have a positive impact on the work they do and on those around them. Click here to learn more about IB MYP and the IB Learner Profiles. We encourage SMA Prep cadets to consider: “What IB Learner Profile will you become today?!”