Outreach: Community Involvement
School to School Partner: The American School of Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Through the auspices of the Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. Department of State and their School to School Partnership Program, Sturgis has a student and faculty exchange program with the American School of Tegucigalpa in Honduras. Each year a group of Sturgis students travel for a week to Honduras to visit the American School of Tegucigalpa, explore cultural and historical sites throughout the country, and participate in community service endeavors at an orphanage and in the school's Operation Smile program. Sturgis reciprocates the visit by hosting students and faculty from Honduras for a week of exploring historical and scientific sites on and near Cape Cod plus visits to college campuses.
Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS)
The IB Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) is a requirement for the IB Diploma and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of school, providing a counterbalance to academic studies. Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities for the equivalent of at least three (3) hours each week during the two year IB Diploma Programme. Creativity is interpreted broadly to include a wide range of arts activities as well as the creativity students demonstrate in designing and implementing service projects. Action can include not only participation in individual and team sports but also taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects. Service encompasses a host of community and social service activities. Some examples include helping children with special needs, visiting hospitals, and working with refugees or homeless people There is a CAS coordinator who is responsible for providing a varied choice of activities for students. A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation to themselves and to others, and to evaluate the understanding and insights acquired.
Sturgis students describe some of their most meaningful CAS experiences in the following article: "CAS! Creativity, Action, Service" Sturgis Soundings Magazine, (Spring 2012).