Mount Mourne Middle, an IBO World School
Mount Mourne School exists to inspire its students to become compassionate, lifelong learners who are responsible, global citizens. Our students will use various modes of communication in order to promote peace by learning to accept cultural differences and to respect our world.
Mount Mourne Honor Code
IB World Schools create Honor Codes for academic honesty that support learners and safeguard the integrity of the International Baccalaureate Programmee. In the 21st century, opportunities for misuse of resources are significantly greater than in the past. Developments in communication, technology, and information management have enhanced student academic opportunities but as well as pose potential threats to academic commitment and focus.
Mount Mourne students are expected to display academic honesty at all times. These include a set of values that promotes personal integrity and good practice in learning and assessment, as an approach to learning in MYP. We realize that academic honesty is influenced by many factors, such as peer pressure, parental/teacher expectations, role modeling and taught skills. Students should display at all times honesty, use of all forms of resources appropriately, and follow teacher procedures when dishonesty is observed or discovered. Academic honesty is the responsibility of all, including teachers, students, administration and parents.
The staff at Mount Mourne support academic honesty by stressing the role of the approaches to learning skills, problem solving, and being responsible for ones’ choices. Academic honesty at Mount Mourne looks like the following:
acting with integrity, working with confidence and independence, evaluating self, meeting deadlines, determining to achieve one’s potential
working collaboratively, contributing to a group, acknowledging the work of group members, evaluating peers
recognizing the work and ideas of others, citing and referencing text and online sources appropriately, understanding plagiarism
Academic Honesty Offenses and Actions
Offenses include but are not limited t copying classmates’ homework, allowing parents/guardians to complete assignments, talking/cheating on tests, using calculators improperly, plagiarizing text or online sources, informing classmates about assessments
Action for First Offense:
alternate assignment & resubmission, parent contact, and disciplinary referral
Action for Second Offense:
alternate assignment & resubmission, parent contact, and one-day suspension
Action for Further Offense:
alternate assignment & resubmission, parent contact, and extended suspension or removal from Mount Mourne, an IBO World School
IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers They 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.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded They 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.
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.