Profiles in Learning Set for RMMS Unveiling

RMMS to Unveil Photo Exhibit Embracing Global Themes and Diversity
Posted on 01/30/2019
Profiles in Learning Set for RMMS Unveiling

Regional Multicultural Magnet School’s values of diversity and global citizenship will come to life through a new photo exhibit set for unveiling on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Inspired by the school’s near completion of becoming an accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program, “Profiles in Learning” presents a series of student portraits and interviews, shot through the lens of professional photographer Kelley Norcia. The vivid photos highlight the individual stories and experiences of each learner, with an emphasis on the international themes and cooperation that are key to the Regional Multicultural Magnet School (RMMS) curriculum.

English language teacher and bilingual specialist Sue Goldstein collaborated with Norcia to create the new exhibit. It will be unveiled to the public at RMMS on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m.

“Profiles in Learning” comes at an exciting time for RMMS. The school has been an IB candidate school for several years as it undergoes rigorous self-assessment and curriculum revision to meet the criteria for official status as a K-5 Primary Years Program (PYP). Evaluators will visit the school in late February to make an assessment and could grant full IB recognition in the spring. If successful, RMMS would be the only elementary school in the region to earn IB status.

Lynne Ramage, IB coordinator at RMMS, said that the students in the exhibit embody the ideals of an IB world school, which seeks to create “inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people.”

“Since its founding, RMMS has believed that our students' actions can make the world a better place,” Ramage said. “As an International Baccalaureate Candidate School, we now use the attributes of the learner profile to fulfill our mission of creating positive change in local and global communities.”

Principal Dr. Sue Iwanicki is pleased to bring the exhibit to RMMS and is proud of the students involved.

“This exhibit demonstrates the students’ understanding of the 10 Learner Profile Attributes that IB defines as needed for global citizenship,” Iwanicki said. “We are inspired by our students understanding of how their actions make difference.”

Norcia and Goldstein teamed last year on the predecessor to “Profiles in Learning.” The collection called “Beauty in Diversity” has hung in the school lobby for the last year and is also on display at LEARN headquarters in Old Lyme. LEARN is the Regional Educational Service Center that runs RMMS and six other magnet schools throughout the state, including five in New London County.

RMMS is located at One Bulkeley Place in New London. It is the oldest magnet elementary school in the country, with more than a quarter century of educating children. RMMS accepts students from throughout southeastern Connecticut to learn in a diverse and nurturing environment.

The school is accepting applications for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested parents can apply at www.rmms.k12.ct.us. The application deadline is March 31.

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