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Desert Mountain High School
12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 480-484-7000 • Fax 480-484-7001

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 coming
days.
If you select Model A: Enhanced Distance Learning to Full Return, no changes will need to be made to
student schedules. Students will begin on August 10 in an Enhanced Distance Learning Environment,
until it is deemed safe to return to the building. That date is tentatively set for Tuesday, September 8. In
addition, the district has decided to allow IB MYP students who are NOT comfortable with an in person
return to remain in an Enhanced Distance Learning Environment. Students/families with vulnerabilities
will not need to return in person and will remain in an Enhanced Distance Learning Environment for
semester 1, 2020-2021 school year. We are very thankful the district is providing this accommodation
for this specialty program. Please be patient, as we work through what those Enhanced Distance
Learning accommodations will look like for students who remain remote after other students have
returned in person. Those decisions are yet to be made.
If you select the Scottsdale Online Learning (SOL) option, which also begins August 10, you will select a
new schedule of SOL classes only. SOL does not necessarily offer classes that support the IB MYP
curriculum. However, we will allow you to return to the IB MYP program semester 2 or the following
year, depending on what year you are in the program. We ask that you reach out to Janet Emond
(jemond@susd.org) or Laura Kamka (lkamka@susd.org) to help you select classes to best support a
return to the IB MYP program down the line.
These are uniquely challenging times. We apologize for any confusion with communication. You may
reach out to Janet Emond at Desert Mountain High School with any further questions.
Sincerely,
Janet Emond
IB Middle Years Program Coordinator
Dr. Lisa Hirsch
Principal

School year 2021/2022 here we go!

School year 2021/2022 here we go!

IBPA are looking for volunteer to join our wonderful team. Contact us via email on dmibpa@gmail.com if you want to help out and support the IB program students, teachers and faculty at Desert Mountain High School. We can promise new friends, a lot of fun and a chance to be a part of the creative […]

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SAVE THE DATE!

SAVE THE DATE!

SAVE THE DATE! IB Recognition is here! Due to COVID-related guidelines, in-person attendance will be limited and Zoom viewing will be made available. Invitations to both will be coming shortly.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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!

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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!

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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

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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 […]

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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

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IBPA congratulates the DMHS IB teachers, administrators and students on this great achievement!

IBPA congratulates the DMHS IB teachers, administrators and students on this great achievement!

Desert Mountain High School is proud to inform the community that the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has formally approved the school for authorization to offer the Middle Years Programme. The announcement was made on Friday, October 30, 2020, moving the school from a candidate school to a fully authorized program. Congratulations to the teachers, students […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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, […]

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Virtual Parent Coffee!

Virtual Parent Coffee!

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

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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 […]

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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.

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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, […]

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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 […]

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