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Welcome to the Desert Mountain International Baccalaureate Parent Association, IBPA! We are non-profit organization of parent volunteers focused on supporting the IB program students, teachers and administration.

We believe being involved and staying connected is important for the nearly 350 IB students and their families. To facilitate this, the IBPA has been hosting social and educational events for both the students and parents for over 17 years. Please stay tuned for what we have planned for 2020-2021!

To be informed and stay involved, please consider volunteering and/or donating.

Join the IBPA and get all IB news and events in your inbox by subscribing to our email list!

CONTACT THE IBPA! Please use the “Contact” tab at the top right or email us directly at “admin@dmibpa.org” with any questions or to join the IBPA!

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 general Board members meet every two months, from August through May or June, depending on the needs of the Board; Executive Board members may meet more frequently. 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.

Executive Board positions:

Chair – Miyako Ichikawa

Official head of the organization with ultimate responsibility for its actions. Convenes all Board meetings, member of all committees ex officio, meets with school administration and staff.

Treasurer -Rebecca Smith

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

Communications – Sara Persson

Maintains website and sends out meeting/event notices and newsletters via email and other relevant social media. Member of the Executive Board.

Secretary – Regina de Jong

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

Board Positions:

Fundraising – Allison Heron

Coordinates the fall direct appeal, the Barnes & Noble book fairs, and any other fundraising efforts for IBPA each year.

Hospitality and Purchasing- Dina Cohen

Coordinates hospitality for events and purchasing of classroom enrichment tools as per teacher’s requests.

IB Recognition – Charu Kaiwar

Provides coordination and support for IB  events including the annual recognition event in May.

Proctoring Coordinator – Sara Persson

Sign up volunteer parents to proctor IB exams.  Create schedule of exams, send reminders and instructions to parent volunteers.  Actively recruit new parents to proctor.

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 school, care of the IBPA Treasurer – 12575 E Via Linda, 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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This is NOT a drill!

This is NOT a drill!

CBCB First Tuesday is BACK! Dine-in or Take-out all day and night on Tuesday 6 April at the 116th and Shea location and support the IBPA in the process.

Volunteers needed!

Volunteers needed!

Come join the great team of IB Parent Volunteers. We are looking to fill a variety of long- and short term positions. Our biggest event of the year is coming up: THE IB RECOGNITION EVENT. Mark the date: 21 May, 2021. For this event we are looking for volunteers on the day of the event [...]

Parent Coffee

Parent Coffee

Grab your favorite morning drink and join us for a parent coffee on Friday 19th March at 7:45am. An open forum with a focus on the IB recognition event and and an informal discussion about next school year. DMHS IBPA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: DMHS IBPA’s Personal Meeting Room Join [...]

Hello March!

Hello March!

It’s CBCB Day again! Skip cooking and eat in or take out on Tuesday March 2nd all day and support IBPA in the process. Thank you! We appreciate you!

Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Starting this Tuesday, February 2nd, every first Tuesday of every month is CBCB fundraiser day! Plan on NOT planning your lunch and/or dinner and support DMHS IBPA while you’re at it! Available at the 116th and Shea location. Thank you for supporting IBPA and you are welcome!

Life after IB – thoughts from IB alumni

Life after IB – thoughts from IB alumni

Welcome to our next IBPA virtual event: Life after IB – thoughts from IB alumni. Date: January 21, Thursday @ 6:00pm Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86811304420?pwd=eldkUVZnMFErS3RpOXBhRXMzZkxrQT09 Meeting ID: 868 1130 4420 Passcode: 362484

IBPA Virtual coffee

IBPA Virtual coffee

Mark your calendars and join us on Wednesday December 16 @ 6pm for an informal and informative coffee. Dr Hirsch will join us and address the latest in the DMHS IB community. If you have questions for Dr. Hirsch, kindly send them to dmibpa@gmail.com. Topic: Dec 16th IBPA Parent CoffeeTime: Dec 16, 2020 06:00 PM [...]

Calling new MYP students

Calling new MYP students

DMHS is now accepting registrations for our newly authorized IB MYP Program. Use this link to learn more about the IB DP and IB MYP Programs offered at DMHS, as well as for registration information.https://www.susd.org/Page/555 To jump straight to the registration forms; click here https://www.susd.org/Page/572

Come join us!

Come join us!

The IBPA wants you! When our kids graduate, so do the parent volunteers! Join us now and see how you can be a part of the IBPA next semester, next year and onwards. Email us on dmibpa@gmail.org.

IBPA fundraiser!

IBPA fundraiser!

Wednesday, November 18th, from 11am until closing, dine-in our take out. Come support our kids and the IB program all the while not having to cook lunch or dinner. Spread the word, bring friends, post it on your FB or Insta or why not Next Door. Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers, 116th and Shea location.

CAS explained

CAS explained

Join us Monday, November 16th for yet another informative parent ed. This virtual evening event will feature Laura Kamka, IB DP coordinator, and Lisa Zaragoza, CAS administrator, as guest speakers. Zoom details to follow.

How to Speak IB

How to Speak IB

Thank you everyone who attended our first parent ed talk of the year; How to Speak IB. We had great questions and discussions and it was great seeing you all. Do you still have questions? Email us on dmibpa@gmail.com or connect on our Facebook page, Desert Mountain IB Parents Association or in our Facebook Group [...]

How to Speak IB

How to Speak IB

IBO, MYP, DP, CAS, HL, SL – what does it all mean? On October 22 @ 7:00pm we will unscramble the acronym soup for you. Lookout for Zoom login details coming your way in an email.

Fall Break!

Fall Break!

Thank you all for attending our very first Virtual Parent Coffees. We hope you found it informative and fun. If you want to help out and have a more active part in IBPA don’t hesitate to reach out. Easiest by email to dmibpa@gmail.com or connect on either our Facebook Page, Desert Mountain IB Parent Association, [...]

Virtual Parent Coffee!

Virtual Parent Coffee!

September 21, Monday @ 7:00-8:00 PM orSeptember 29, Tuesday @ 7:45-8:45 AM Zoom log-in details have been sent out via email. We hope to see you all there!

IB Freshman game night

IB Freshman game night

The IBSA hosted IB Freshman game night was a success! Over 30 freshmen RSVP’d and participated and had a great time. Thank you to the nine IBSA members who organized and also to the nine seniors who volunteered. A special shout out to Mr. Sheh and Mr. Rouhani who helped out during the event and [...]

Barnes and Nobles Book Fair

Barnes and Nobles Book Fair

A great opportunity to purchase your IB class books and raise funds for IBPA, a volunteer non-profit organization supporting the IB community, including the IB students, teachers, administration and families.

Letter from Ms Kamka

July 15, 2020 Dear IB Diploma Program (DP) families, We hope you are safe and healthy during these difficult and uncertain times. On Monday night, the District unexpectedly uploaded the IB FAQ sheet.  Since that occurred, it has been decided that Desert Mountain will offer accommodations to our DP students who cannot attend in-person classes, [...]

Letter from Ms. Emond and Dr. Hirsch

Dear International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program families,We hope you are safe and healthy during these difficult and uncertain times. We wanted to offer some further clarification for IB MYP families for important decisions you will have to make in the comingdays. If you select Model A: Enhanced Distance Learning to Full Return, no changes will [...]

2020 IBPA Recognition Event! May 8th at 6pm

2020 IBPA Recognition Event! May 8th at 6pm

Missed Friday’s event?  No worries, view it here (click Read More for live link or copy/paste): https://youtu.be/K25sA25fgSE?t=2370 Congratulations to all IB Seniors!! The IB Community is proud of you!