Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Parent Association. If you have a student in the Desert Mountain IB program, you are automatically a member. Check back here frequently for announcements and programs that will help you navigate the world of IB.

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TO CONTACT THE IBPA:  Please use the “Contact” tab at the top right or email admin@dmibpa.org directly.

There are three main ways to volunteer in the IB Program at DMHS:

The IBPA Board

Proctoring IB Exams

The Annual Recognition Event

IBPA Board:

Minimum 1 year commitment. The Board meets one day per month from August through May or June, depending on the needs of the Board. This is the best way to learn what IB is all about…get first-hand knowledge of everything that’s happening in the program! Email admin@dmibpa.org to learn more.

Board positions include:

Chairs -Michelle Frisch

Official heads of the organization with ultimate responsibility for its actions. Convene all Board meetings, members of all committees ex officio, meet with school administration and staff with Liaison.

Vice Chair – Marlo Kaminsky

Assistant to the Chair and the Board

Treasurer -Maggie Wu

Maintains financial records, pays bills, reports financial status to the Board.

Secretary -Leslie Jones

Takes minutes of all Board meetings and maintains the official record for the organization.

Fundraising – Christine Jensen

Coordinates the fall Direct Appeal and the 3 Barnes & Noble book fairs each year.

Liaison – Alicia Knipp

Point of communication between IBPA Board and the school administration and staff.

Hospitality – Maryanne Tetlow

Provides refreshments for IB Staff meetings, coordinates holiday (Dec.) and staff appreciation (May) gifts.

Communications -Sheela Hota-Mitchell and Reena McCarthy

Maintains website and sends out meeting/event notices and newsletters via email and other relevant social media.

Purchasing -Diane Ursprunger

Solicits requests from teachers, presents them to the Board and fulfills granted requests.

Proctoring Coordinator -Sumana Mandala and Celine Greenbaum

Signs up volunteer parents to proctor IB exams.  Creates schedule of exams, sends reminders and instructions to parent volunteers.  Actively recruits new parents to proctor.

Parent Education-Jenny Rymarcsuk

Organizes the parent education events for the IBPA, approximately 3 times per school year.

Members-At-Large –

Duties assigned as necessary, usually to assist other board members in their tasks. Many new Board members start here to “learn the ropes.”

DMIBPA Board members, 2016-17

2016-17 IBPA Board (L to R): Michelle A., Leslie J., Alicia K., Michelle F., Sheela H., Maggie W., Marlo K., Jenny R. Missing: Diane U., Karla C., and Rosann Z.

IB Exam Proctors:

(March and May) – Time commitment: one or more 2-hour session

The IBPA provides parent volunteers to help proctor the IB exams. About 25-35 people are needed to help teachers and administrators proctor the IB exams given in the spring. It is a wonderful way to become familiar with the exam process. Parents may not proctor tests that their children are taking, so we especially encourage the parents of freshmen and sophomores to fill this need. Volunteers will be contacted when the exact schedule of the exams becomes available, usually about a month before the exams are to be given.

For the safety of our students, if you volunteer as a proctor you will need to register with SUSD and undergo a background check.   SUSD has an online procedure to become a volunteer.  (Note:  if you are already registered as a volunteer you do not need to re-register.  Registrations last for 3 years.)  Please click here to go directly to the application.

Once you’re clicked on the link above, click “Apply For This Position,” located in the top, right corner.  Then click under I am a new applicant, “Create New Account and Apply.”  You will create an applicant profile, then click Save and it will begin the application.

Within this application please indicate that you are applying to Desert Mountain High School IB Program, and the type of volunteer from the drop down menu is Classroom: without teacher supervision, requires background check.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY THE $45 FEE.  The IB program pays this fee.

IMPORTANT:  You will still need to contact the school at 480-484-7000 to let them know you have filled out an application online. Volunteer/Chaperone applications cannot be processed without approval from the school office.

Please contact admin@dmibpa.org or the school if you have any questions or concerns about the  procedure.

IB Recognition Event:

(Planning starts in January for the event in May) Time commitment: as little as 2 hours!

This honors our outstanding students, faculty, and administration of the DMHS IB program. As you might imagine, many volunteers work to make this event a success. Various subcommittees will be formed and we will send you more information on how you can help. Jobs range from stuffing invitations in envelopes, to updating print materials, or working the day of the event on set-up/clean-up or organizing groups of students for their roles on the day of the event. There is a lot of accumulated knowledge and organization from past events, so stepping up is easy to do! Email admin@dmibpa.org to sign up to help.

IBPA Needs Your Support

The IBPA works with the Desert Mountain IB faculty and administration to gift equipment and instructional materials to enhance the IB program. This is the primary purpose of our fundraising efforts. The IBPA also orchestrates and pays for the year-end recognition event, in which we honor every grade level and the faculty in the IB program.  We ask every parent to help support the Desert Mountain IB program in whatever way they can.

You may make a charitable donation directly to IBPA  online via PayPal.  Alternately, you may pay in person at one of our events and use cash, check, or credit card.

Checks should be made payable to “DMB Inc – IBPA” and mailed to the IBPA Treasurer – 11307 N 118th Way, Scottsdale, AZ  85259. Donations by credit or debit card may be made online via a secure PayPal account. Click on the Donate button below.

Please note that IBPA is a sub-entity of the Desert Mountain Boosters, Inc. which is a tax exempt 501C3 non-profit organization. As such, all donations made to DMB Inc – IBPA are fully deductible for tax purposes to the extent allowed by current laws. For questions contact treasurer@dmibpa.org.
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Barnes & Noble Fall Book Fair: May 25-June 7, 2017

Please visit the Barnes and Noble store at Shea Blvd and the 101 Freeway and pick up all of your student’s summer reading books and school material, as well as other reading and personal items you may need. Simply give the cashier our Bookfair ID# 12093621.   You may also make purchases online (May 25 through Jun. 12) and [...]

Recognition 2017–Please RSVP!

Our 2017 IB Recognition Event is just around the corner!  It will be on May 5th, in the DMHS Auditorium. Registration will be at 5:30 pm, and the event will start at 6 pm and be wrapped up with a reception in the Mall. All pre-diploma and IB students and teachers/staff are honored that evening, so please plan [...]

SAVE THE DATE: Recognition, Friday, May 5, 2017

Please save the date for the 2017 IB Recognition Event, which will be held May 5 in the DMHS Auditorium. Registration will be at 5:30 pm, and the event will start at 6 pm and be wrapped up with a reception in the Mall. All pre-diploma and IB students and teachers are honored that evening, [...]