The IB Booster Club
Who we are:
We are a non-profit charitable organization run by a volunteer board of parents. All parents with students in the IB program and encouraged to join and participate in the IB Boosters. Parent participation, whether on an occasional or routine basis, contributes to the success of our students in the IB program. During the school year the IB Boosters hold open monthly board meetings.
What we do:
The IB Boosters help sustain the high quality of Nease’s International Baccalaureate program by providing both volunteer and financial resources. The IB Boosters’ provide volunteer support for the IB staff, financial support for program enrichment and community service support for IB students.
Carrie Schultz and Becky Patel
Our Yearly Initiatives
IB Pinning Ceremony:
Each year during the fall semester, IB juniors take part in the IB pinning ceremony. This ceremony is a rite of passage for all IB diploma students and formally recognizes the students’ commitment to the IB Diploma Programme. During this ceremony, each IB junior is “pinned” by a senior member of the IB program. The IB Boosters organize the ceremony and host a reception afterwards.
One of the primary objectives of the IB Boosters is to raise funds to benefit the needs of our teachers that are not otherwise addressed by the school or county funding resources. IB Boosters strive to identify and fund classroom and educational needs that will enhance our students’ learning. Periodically, the IB Boosters partner with the Nease PTSO to provide special equipment or supplies to our teachers and staff.
In the past, the IB Booster’s have been able to help fund the following curriculum support requests:
- 10 electronic balances for the Pre-IB/IB biology and chemistry teachers(including 5 draft shields)
- License for the chemistry teacher to access online materials related to IB chemistry
- License for the music teacher to access materials to help students prepare for their IB Music exam
- Map of Spain in Spanish and flags of Spanish speaking countries for the Spanish teacher
- IB specific course materials for the Theory of Knowledge, Spanish, Music, Biology
- A class set of dry erase boards and markers for the 9th grade Pre-IB English teacher
- Paid for the Theory of Knowledge teacher to attend the local TEDx conference, for which the topic was "knowledge."
- Class sets of How to Read Literature Like a Professor and A Streetcar Named Desire for 12th grade IB English
- A CD of materials to help students prepare for Spanish orals.
- Instructional course books
- Educational software
- High definition speaker for IB Music
- Tripods and movies for IB Film
- Magazine subscriptions for the art and foreign language departments
- Supplementary lab materials
- Anatomical biological models for IB biology
Each year the IB Boosters sponsor the Nease High School College Fair. The College Fair provides an opportunity for St. Johns County high school students to receive firsthand information on post-secondary educational opportunities. More than 60 colleges, universities, armed services and trade schools participate. The college fair is free and open to both public and private schools students and their parents. At the college fair, students can access information SAT and ACT testing, financial aid, Bright Futures Scholarship Program and college planning and admissions. The college fair is typically of special interest to juniors and seniors and provides a convenient way for students to meet several college representatives without incurring the expense of travel.
IB Senior Banquet:
To celebrate the completion of the program, at the end of the senior year, the IB Boosters organize a senior banquet for graduating seniors and their families.
As a means to enrich the perspective and broaden the understanding of our IB students, each year the IB Boosters hosts a speaker. In previous years, the IB Boosters have hosted:
- Ernie Weiss: author of “Out of Vienna: Eight Years of Flight from the Nazis.” During his presentation, Weiss discusses his father’s arrest and incarceration in the Dachau concentration camp, his family’s flight from Nazi persecution and his eventual arrival in America.
- J. T. Johnson: a backstage organizer who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement. Mr. Johnson shared his experience as part of a group of black and white protestors who jumped into a segregated pool at Monson’s Motel in St. Augustine in 1964. Acid was poured into the pool to get the protestors out.
- Climbing Poetry: a performance group focused on promoting social and environmental justice through a multi-media format including images, lyrics and music.
In order to raise funds the IB Boosters rely on memberships, contributions and volunteers. The IB Booster’s also raise funds by selling IB t-shirts during the school the year.
Six times a year, the IB Boosters host a pizza lunch for all the IB students. Weather permitting, this event is held in the outside amphitheater. IB students enjoy the break from the school cafeteria and the time to gather and eat with the other IB students.
Student Service Projects:
Dedication to community service is a hallmark of the IB Diploma Programme and a commitment to service is required to qualify for an IB Diploma. The IB Booster Club helps organize service projects which help the students earn their requisite service hours. The IB Boosters conducts 3 service projects each year to help assist the IB students in achieving their community service requirements. These projects revolve around the two following charitable organizations:
- Habitat for Humanity: (Seniors) Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to the belief that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to reside. This organization mobilizes and organizes volunteers to build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.
- Seamark Ranch: (Juniors)
- Beach Cleanup: (Freshman/Sophomores): Cleaning all 39 miles of coastline together as a group.
In addition, to help foster awareness of the importance of community service, the IB Boosters help organize and sponsor a beach clean-up project for the freshmen and Relay-For-Life for sophomore students.
The IB Boosters recognize that teachers play a key role in our students’ success. Accordingly, the IB Boosters hosts several “teacher appreciation” events throughout the school year to express thanks and recognize the efforts they expend on behalf of our students.