IB Highlights: Vegetarian Diet & Sports

November 16, 2020

An SGS senior has used the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to explore a topic of particular interest to him -- vegetarian weight lifting!

EE Highlight: For his Extended Essay, senior Nico Morales wanted to test how a vegetarian diet affects his recovery time in an area of sports.  His research question is: Will a vegetarian diet improve recovery time during a weight lifting program?  In the time of COVID-19, he was able to find a subject matter that interested him and occupied his summer when he was missing summer basketball.  We can’t wait to read about his findings.  Remember the EEs live in our school library for our full diploma students from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.  Please talk to Sara Smith or Elizabeth Tender if you want to read any of them.

CAS Project Highlight: Junior Alyssa Zhao is helping Qingqing Ji teach classes for her CAS project.  She is just starting this.  She says she "will create several lectures and activities for the SGS IB Chinese learners.  The purpose is to help them have a better understanding for Chinese and provide some useful tools, materials and additional help.”  When asked what new skills or skill levels she hopes to develop, she responded with "Public speaking, leadership, and event organizing ability."

CAS Experience Highlights: CAS experiences for all of our Upper School students (in the US and in China) this week included making “SGS obituaries and impact plans” (where students think about the things they have done and the things that they would like to do in their remaining time at SGS), having a weekly yoga meeting for mental health, participating on the Blood Drive Committee, annotating classical Chinese literature, skating, clearing yard waste, participating in a fellow IB student’s IA for Psychology class, playing tennis, creating a self-care menu, making letters and helping with Everlasting Envelopes, running in a 5K, learning the 4x4 cube, volunteering at LIVE House, practicing yoga, donating blood for the blood drive, teaching basic English to persons in China, and starting an Etsy shop.  

IB Question of the Week: How has the IB as an organization adapted its requirements for COVID-19?  The IB Organization is addressing the loss of instruction time through targeted removals and/or amendments of assessment components or submission requirements.  These adaptations aim to empower teachers to address each subject’s aims and objectives with flexibility and fairness in preparation for the May and November 2021 session.  Learn about all of the ways the IB is responding to the extraordinary challenges ahead at  

IB Overview:  The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE).  Please refer to our IB webpage and to the IB Resources page in PowerSchool Learning for detailed IB information.