Mr. Rhett Smith

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Mr. Rhett Smith

As a SSS alum, class of 2005, I am ecstatic about the opportunity to serve as the school’s IB Middle Years Program Coordinator!  Smithfield is home to me and my family, so the opportunity to serve my community in this role is important. I received my undergraduate degree from NC State, completed NC Teach through ECU, and earned my masters degree in education policy and leadership from American University.  I enjoy traveling, I’m a sports fan (go pack!), and I love finding excuses to get outside to ride my bike, run, play golf or tennis, hike, you name it, I’m happiest in the sunshine!


The Middle Years Program, or MYP, is part of Johnston County Schools’ investment in Smithfield.  Currently, IB programs are being implemented at South Smithfield Elementary School, Smithfield Middle School, and here at SSS.  These programs are intended to provide all students at these schools with access to rigorous instruction that will prepare them to be globally engaged life-long learners, whether they choose to pursue a college education or enter the workforce, and I believe in this program!  Prior to coming home to SSS, I worked as a science teacher at an MYP school in Washington D.C. where our students traveled the globe after studying Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese; served their communities on a regular basis through food banks, clean-ups, and advocating for the homeless on Capital Hill; and, when tragedy struck they organized peaceful protests that advocated for the rights of under-represented individuals throughout the US.  I’m excited to see what Smithfield’s children will do as part of these programs!

  • TOK Course Updates

    Posted by Rhett Smith on 10/26/2020

    This year, the IB has updated the TOK course for first assessment in 2022.  One of the updates that I am most appreciative of is the shift away from "formulating" knowledge questions and instead focusing on analyzing and answering them.  I think there is plenty of value in knowing how to write a good question that causes people to pause and think about how they know something, but the course is definitely benefitting from the time we have saved learning how to write the questions.  I've been very impressed with how quickly this year's students have been able to start investigating the knowledge framework and how it can help break down a question!

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  • Theory of Knowledge

    Posted by Rhett Smith on 3/26/2020

    The Theory of Knowledge class is part of the core programming of the IB Diploma Program and there are 2 major assessments that students complete as part of the course.  The first of those two assessments is the TOK Presentation.

    Currently, TOK students are sharing the presentations they have been working on since January.  These presentations are based on a "Real Life Scenario" of the students choice that is analyzed through a "Knowledge Question," a TOK based way of looking at a situation through an open-minded lense.

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