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

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A HUGE thanks to Kim Duckworth – Co-owner and College Coach of the Scottsdale Education Center – for her information sessions February 12 and March 6! Kim’s experience and expertise regarding IB students and the college admittance process has been hugely helpful for parents and students alike. Click “read more” below to access the links […]

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8th Grade Information Night

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IB Parent Coffee Sep 6!

The IBPA will host a PARENTS’ COFFEE at Palomino Library on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 at 8:30 am. Join us, to meet other IB parents and to discuss the latest news about the IB program and IBPA events.  Several IBPA board members will be available to answer your questions.  We may organize breakout sessions by your student’s grade level in order to […]

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Barnes & Noble IBPA Bookfair, Aug 4-11 in-store (4-16th, online)

You needs books?  Help support the IBPA by visiting Barnes & Noble to pick up some great books, puzzles and games. Be sure to quote the Bookfair ID #12366944 to benefit the Desert Mountain HS IB program (fair ends on Aug 11th in store–101 and Shea location– and Aug 16 online). Click “read more” below […]

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