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
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
( or Laura Kamka ( 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.
Janet Emond
IB Middle Years Program Coordinator
Dr. Lisa Hirsch

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 […]

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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, and use BOOKFAIR ID # 12255949 to let your purchase benefit the DMHS IBPA. Have fun shopping!

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December 5 – IB Parent Coffee

The IBPA will host a PARENTS’ COFFEE at Palomino Library on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 8:30 am. Join us, to meet other IB parents and to discuss the latest news about the IB program and IBPA events.  Drop in before work or morning errands. This is a great opportunity meet other IB parents, get questions answered by IBPA board members […]

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November IB Events

You won’t want to miss our November events – mark your calendars now! Monday, Nov. 6th from 3 pm to 8 pm : IB Fundraiser at Chipotle on 15035 N Thompson Peak, Suite E101 in Scottsdale.  Please Click Read More below for the Flyer!  You must show flyer when paying for your order! Raising money to […]

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October IB Events

The IBPA board wishes everyone a safe and wonderful fall break!  Mark your calendars with our October events. Oct. 17th at 8:30 am in Palomino library:  the IB Recognition Event (May 11, 2018) planning meeting Oct. 24th at 6:30 pm in DMHS cafeteria:  parent education evening on How to Speak IB Contact us ( for more […]

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