June 2018

 Dear IBPO Parents,
It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but what a wonderful, full year it has been for our IB Parent Organization (IBPO) and our IB program. It has been a time of growth for our IB program and for our IBPO as we work together to make the experience as enriching and encouraging as possible for our students and staff.  It has also been a year that our IBPO board has included parent support through our first educational meeting and social gathering. We heard from many of you that this was something you would like to continue, and we hope to be able to offer more of these events in the coming year.  Please know that your membership dollars support these events and make teacher appreciation, student celebrations and parent gatherings possible. Our IBPO is thus far, the first organized parent organization for an academy at Woodrow, and I think it adds an additional sense of community and support for all of us. 
 One of the meaningful traditions IBPO has offered is the senior luncheon.  This was our 3rdannual event and, although it is not a mandatory event, all but three of our graduating seniors attended; giving the class one last time to be together with their friends, IB teachers, and Dr. Ritchie. I am always struck by the strong relationships the students have built with Dr. Ritchie, their teachers and each other, and it is always emotional as they share parting memories and hear words of support and guidance one last time. We are excited for our graduating seniors, knowing that they are well prepared for this new chapter in their lives, and hope they will keep us updated on their new adventures and experiences. 
Thank you all for the honor of serving as President this year of our IBPO. I know that it will be an organization that will continue to grow and provide a meaningful community for our program. 
Have a wonderful summer!

Kathy Watson
IBPO President

WELCOME Class of 2022!

This year Woodrow Wilson’s IB Diploma Program received over 250 applications for the 2018-2019 school year!  IB Academy acceptance letters were sent in February and in March the incoming IB freshman made their course selections. We look forward to welcoming 100 new IB Academy students in the fall!  

  • We are planning a kick-off social for these new IB Freshman families in August, so look for more details to come this summer!

Senior Send-off Luncheon

Wednesday, May 23rd the IBPO organized the traditional IB Senior Luncheon for our graduating seniors and IB staff. Thank you to Clay and Karin Deniger for opening their beautiful home up for this event.  The IBPO provided Raising Cane’s chicken and we are so appreciative to the IB Junior parents who provided the sides, beverages, desserts, serving items and to those who came to set up, serve and clean up.  It was delicious and everyone enjoyed spending this special time together in the final days before graduation.


Here is the list of IB Summer assignments.  Students should only complete the assignments for the courses in which they will actually be enrolled!

IS English I-- part 1  and  part 2

IS English II--  part 1  and  part 2

AP English III-- click here

IB English year 1--  click here

IB English year 2, IB History year 2 and IB TOK year 2 Integrated Reading-- click here

AP Human Geography and AP World History--please contact Mr. Sim (Geography) or Ms. Khan (World History) to obtain any required assignments.

IB Environmental Systems and Societies--  please contact Ms. O'Connell if you did not pick up your supplies from her before leaving campus for summer.

IB History year 1-- Read Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions by Caitlin Fitz.  Click here for assignment.

IB French years 1 & 2-- click here

IB Film years 1 & 2-- click here

IB Psychology year 2 only--  Ms. Joyal gave you an assignment before you left for summer.  Please make sure you have this completed.



Freshman (Class of 2021)
Our Freshman have finished their first Woodrow IB year.  No eggheads, these kids are playing golf, running track, kicking it up on Sweethearts, singing in musical, competing on Robotics, marching in Band, etc., etc.   Next year they will be taking more pre-IB courses before transitioning to the official Diploma Programme as Juniors.  We’ll celebrate that transition in the spring!
Sophomore (Class of 2020)
Sophomores successfully wrapped up their second year of pre-IB classes and have made their course selections for next year.  The upcoming Junior year is an important and challenging one.  Students will have a heavy schedule of IB courses and begin their Extended Essays.
Junior (Class of 2019)
This was a tough, challenging and very full year for our IB Juniors.  In addition to their heavy IB class load, they began working on their Extended Essays, planned their CASS projects, prepared for college entrance exams, and conducted their college searches. All this in addition to excelling in all of the varied extra-curricular activities they participate in!  Gearing up for the final year of the program, they will work on Extended Essay drafts this summer and prepare to send in college applications in the fall!

Senior (Class of 2018)

Congratulations to our 2018 Woodrow Wilson IB Academy graduates!  The IBPO provided a wonderful Send-off Luncheon on Wed. May 23rdfor these students and IB faculty.  We had 49 IB Seniors this year who are already starting the next phase and off to college!  We want to recognize each of them and share where they will be next fall:
Name   College Intended Major
Isabella Albert   UT Austin International Affairs and Relations
Victoria Eugenia Arenas De Avila   UT Austin International Relations
Arroyave Monsalve   Harvard Physical and Chemical Biology
Liyat Assefa   SMU Biological Sciences & Human Rights
Brandon Baylock   Houston Baptist University Mass Media Arts
Tiara Benedetto   Texas State University Undecided (public health or anthropology)
Audrey Rain Blumenstock   Washington and Lee University Political Science and Chemistry
Christina Marie Canellos   University of Georgia Environmental Science
Gillian Chapman-Browne   Austin Community College Interior Design and Architecture
Noemi Lucero Cortez   Texas State University Digital Media Innovation
Katherine Marie Deniger   Bucknell University Liberal Arts
Charlotte Faith Devine   Texas Tech University Marketing
Daniela Diaz-Castillo   Texas Woman's University Nursing
Harrison DuBose   UT Austin Political Science
Claudia Edgeworth   UT Austin Early Childhood Development
Vernon Flowers   Mountain View Undecided
Annabelle Furrh   UT Austin Plan II Honors and Business
Hannah Geiser   Loyola University, Chicago Marketing
Emma Gill   UT Austin Pharmacy
Claire Louise Gustafson   University of Puget Sound Exercise Science
Alyzza Hernandez   UT Arlington Criminal Justice or Psychology
Emily Marie Honeybone   University of Georgia Undecided
David Bennett Hurt   Colorado State University Biology
Annelise Gwyn Hutchison   St. Edward's University Behavioral Neuroscience and Biochemistry
Charli Kerr   Bradley University Game Design
Calvin Lark   University of North Texas Media Arts
Joshua Khalil Levy   UT Austin Chemistry
Henry John Lloyd   UT Austin McCombs School of Business
Rosa Isela Loredo   Mountain View College  Business Administration and Management
Elizabeth McPherson   SMU Biomedical Engineering
Madison McStay   University of Arkansas Business
Camille Miranda-Estrada   Coe College International Relations
Christian Mosley   Houston Baptist University Business management
Jon Hase Overman   University of Arkansas Walton School of Business
Janet Perez   University of North Texas International Studies
Mareli Faith Porras   Texas State University Environmental Science
Amariz Puerta   St. Mary's University Political Science (pre-law track)
Dylan Rasbridge   UT Austin Journalism
Emily Rosas   UT Arlington Nursing
Kathleen Soch   UT Dallas Chemistry
Amelec Soto   Dallas Baptist University Criminal Justice
Michael Joseph Thomas   Regis University Communications
Sawyer Thompson   University of Denver Business
Julia Isabella van Witzenburg   UT Austin Environmental Engineering
Sophia Walker   UT Austin Sociology
East Walkington   University of North Texas Biochemistry & Forensics
Michael Hathaway Watson   Colgate University Sociology and Economics
Carly Dale Williams   University of California - Santa Barbara Political Science
Jarius Williams   Austin College Business Entrepreneurship


IBPO provides refreshments to teacher meetings each six weeks.  An Ice Cream Sundae bar was organized or the all of Woodrow’s teachers in the teacher’s lounge just before the 3-day Easter weekend.  The teachers loved it and appreciated this yummy surprise.


Parents are needed throughout the year to contribute and coordinate teacher appreciation and refreshments at student events.  
We are looking for some IB Parents to take charge of some class specific events next year: 
  • Freshman Breakfast
  • Sophomore Lunch
  • Junior Class Extended Essay lunch
  • Senior Send-off Luncheon (traditionally organized by parents of the Junior IB Class)
If you are interested in taking one of these jobs or helping out, please contact Carrie Fisketjon, our IBPO volunteer coordinator to find out how you can help!

IBPO Membership

Thank you all for your continued support of the IB Program and the IB Parent Organization this year.  Your support and involvement allow for our students to have the very best experience possible here at Woodrow. 

If you have not yet joined for this year, please do so to continue to receive this newsletter and other IBPO emails.  There are opportunities throughout the year when your skills and talents will be greatly appreciated. 
If you are able, a suggested donation of $25 per IB student would go a long way towards funding our programs and events for this year. DISD does not provide funds to Woodrow IB and the IBPO makes up that gap to ensure these program events can happen.
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Dr. Kelly Ritchie

Senior Class - Kathy Watson
Junior Class - Francie Hansen
Sophomore Class - Nancy Wilson
Freshman Class - Julie Broberg


President - Kathy Watson 
Vice President - Nancy Wilson 
Secretary - Nicole Loper
Treasurer - Julie Broberg
Membership - Francie Hansen
Volunteer Coordinator – Carrie Fisketjon  
Teacher Appreciation – Elizabeth Furrh


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