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  • 02 Jan 2018 8:42 PM | Jessica Gilcreast (Administrator)

    Excellent article about an IB School in Connecticut. Read the article here.

  • 18 Jun 2017 9:13 AM | Jessica Gilcreast (Administrator)

    Each year GIBS holds a drawing at the GIBS Annual Conference for a scholarship to the IB Student World Conference.   The criteria for participation in the drawing is that the IB World School must be an active member of the GIBS organization and an attendee from the IB World School must be present at the GIBS annual conference at the time of the drawing.   The scholarship provides full-tuition and a $500 travel voucher.  GIBS invites the diploma candidate to present at the next GIBS annual conference or to submit a presentation about his or her experience at the IB Student World Conference. The winner of the drawing for the January 2016 conference was:  Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ.  The recipient of the scholarship was Niko Fotopoulous. 


  • 13 Jun 2017 9:01 AM | Jessica Gilcreast (Administrator)

    Long Beach High School congratulated graduating seniors who successfully completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program during a recognition ceremony held on June 6. The sixth annual event featured an open mindedness theme, which is one of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits. 


  • 13 Jun 2017 9:00 AM | Jessica Gilcreast (Administrator)

    Forty Northport students were awarded during the high school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Recognition Ceremony.


  • 02 Mar 2017 10:23 PM | Jessica Gilcreast (Administrator)

    Dear GIBS Member,

    Thank you to those schools who participated in the recent survey sent by GIBS to gauge interest in the formation of a New York Association.  The intent of this letter is to provide information about the results of the survey and to outline the process to be followed to ensure that the needs of all GIBS constituencies are met as a reorganization plan develops.

    The survey results showed that:

    • Of the 46 schools responding to the survey, there were 28 responses from NY schools;

    • Overall, the NY respondents showed interest in either joining or learning more about a statewide association;

    • Some Metro Hub schools in NY expressed concerns about the geographic logistics of a whole state association;  

    • Some Metro Hub schools in NJ and CT expressed concerns over losing access to GIBS professional development events like round tables, sharing sessions and collaboration with NY colleagues; and

    • There was consensus among PYP and MYP schools (residing mostly in the Metro Hub) that a new association must ensure their inclusion and thorough representation.

    After the conclusion of its January 27 Board meeting, GIBS contacted organizers in Western New York who are already engaged in preliminary steps to explore the formation of a separate NY association. We proposed a plan that supports the formation of a new association and which ensures collaboration and careful consideration of the needs of all New York schools, particularly those in the Metro Hub. To facilitate a smooth transition, Sumara Case, the current GIBS DP board member from the Western Hub, will serve as the point person for the New York state organizers, a move that will promote ongoing, effective communication between GIBS and a New York Association during its application and candidacy phase.         

    In order to meet the requirements set out by the IB organization, the following steps must be taken before a New York association becomes a reality:

    • Support from a significant number of New York schools, determined through a vote;

    • A constitution reflecting not only governance of the association but also inclusion of provisions to deal with geographic challenges and program representation;

    • Legal review by IB;

    • A transition period of Candidate Association status during which events and activities occur;

    • Final approval by IB.

    As the process moves forward, GIBS will provide ongoing updates with specific details about each of these steps, including the vote process, the structure for representation and inclusion, and measures to support established collaboration with GIBS schools outside New York. We will continue to serve and support our New York state membership until official recognition of the new association is granted by IB. After that time, GIBS will work closely with the new organization to ensure continued regional collaboration.

    This initiative is an exciting one, a sign that IB programs are continuing to grow and flourish in the region.  As a Board, we are committed to doing what is necessary to support this growth and the establishment of a new IB association.

    Please direct any questions you have to your area Hub Vice President or to me personally.

    Tracey Wood
    GIBS President

  • 15 Nov 2016 8:35 AM | Jessica Gilcreast (Administrator)

  • 29 Oct 2016 11:44 AM | Jessica Gilcreast (Administrator)

     We are pleased to announce the 2016-17 IB History Roundtable sponsored by GIBS (Guild of IB Schools of the Northeast) and organized by WNYCBS (Western New York Consortium of Baccalaureate Schools).  This year's roundtable will be held on November 8th from 9:00 -2:00 at the East Irondequoit Operations Center (25 Kane Drive) in Rochester, NY.

     WNYCBS has secured the services of Elissa Banas, IB History teacher at City Honors and certified IB trainer in History of the Americas. Elissa will design the roundtable for teachers who have not already been trained in the new IB History curriculum.  The following year, after the first exams are given on the new curriculum, WNYCBS will sponsor a History roundtable that focuses on the new grading system, implementation, and what teachers can do to improve student performance.

    To register, please click on the following link (or copy the URL into a browser):


     You can also register via the WNYCBS website by clicking here.

     Attendance at roundtables is free for all up to two (2) teachers from any schools who are members in good standing of GIBS.  Additional teachers from GIBS member schools may attend for a fee of $25 per person.  If your school is not a member of GIBS, you may still attend the roundtable for a fee of $75.  GIBS will invoice your school for any amount owed after verifying your school’s membership status.  If you are not sure if your school is a member of GIBS for the 2016-17 school year, please contact your IB Coordinator.

     Light breakfast refreshments and a full lunch will be provided.

     For more information or if you have questions, please contact Candace Black (Candace_Black@eastiron.monroe.edu).

     Thank you and we look forward to working with you this year.

     Candace Black


  • 12 Oct 2016 1:54 PM | Jessica Gilcreast (Administrator)


    This year's International Baccalaureate® (IB) Higher Education Symposium will take place at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA, from 09-10  November 2016.

    For the first time, the Higher Education Symposium will feature two distinct strands: one geared toward university admission officers, and an exciting new strand focused solely on research on IB student outcomes.

    The annual IB higher education symposium brings together university admissions staff and IB World Schools, in order to network and share best practices in recognizing IB students, showcase and promote their institutions, and learn about latest research into the college readiness of IB students.

    Attendees will hear from a range of inspiring and informative speakers and panels, and discover new tools and services from the IB to connect universities, students and schools.

  • 14 Sep 2016 2:04 PM | Jessica Gilcreast (Administrator)

    The GIBS Handbook can be accessed here

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