Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Parent Association. We are an organization of parent volunteers who support the students and teachers in the Desert Mountain High School IB program. 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 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.

Board positions:

Chair -Michelle Frisch

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 with Liaison. Member of the Executive Board.

Treasurer -Miyako Ichikawa

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

Communications – Sheela Hota-Mitchell
Communications – Loretta Wilson (Incoming)

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

Secretary -Leslie Jones

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

Liaison – Alicia Knipp

Point of communication between IBPA Board and the school administration/ staff; school district; and other parent-teacher organizations. Member of the Executive Board.

Board Advisor – Marlo Kaminsky

Assists the Chair and rest of the Board, as required.

Fundraising – Christine Jensen

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

Hospitality – Maryanne Tetlow

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

Purchasing -Diane Ursprunger

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

Proctoring Coordinator -Sumana Mandala

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.

Parent Education-Jenny Rymarcsuk

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

Member-At-Large – Reena McCarthy

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

2017-18 IBPA Board (L to R): Joan, Loretta, Christine, Michelle, Leslie, Alicia, Marlo, Sheela, Sumana, Diane, Miyako

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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Skip cooking? Yes! Help the IB students and teachers? Yes! You Can Do Both!!

Join us at Panda Express on Wednesday, February 14th between 1pm and 7pm!  Location: Thompson Peak and Frank Lloyd Wright – 14850 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.  Scottsdale.  Click on “read more” to move to the next page for the flyer.  Print it or show it on a mobile device and 20% of the sales during the fundraiser will [...]

January Parent Education Night-Course Selection

Happy New Year! You are invited to attend a parent education night on Tuesday, January 23rd from 6:30 to ~8:30 pm in the DMHS cafeteria. (Please enter the school through the doors facing Via Linda, between the Palomino library and school office entrances.) The IBPA board will discuss course selection and scheduling, with an emphasis on the needs of [...]

Starting December 2nd – Barnes & Noble Bookfair!

DON’T FORGET… to shop during our Barnes & Noble fundraiser! Dec. 2-9 in-store and Dec 2-14 online Shop at Barnes & Noble at 101 and Shea, or online at barnesandnoble.com, and use BOOKFAIR ID # 12255949 to let your purchase benefit the DMHS IBPA. Have fun shopping!