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

Sept. 26 IB Parent Coffee

The IBPA will host a PARENTS’ COFFEE at Palomino Library on Tuesday, September 26th, 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.  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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Important Information for IB Juniors

PARENTS OF IB JUNIORS! Please check your email from the DM IBPA for an important message about CAS and the Oct. 25 PSAT test. Deadline to register for the PSAT (the ONLY way by which your Junior may qualify for a National Merit Scholarship) is Friday, Sept. 15. For info on the PSAT, as well […]

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IBPA Communications

Happy Labor Day weekend from the IBPA board! DID YOU KNOW??? You are a member of the Desert Mountain HS IBPA if your child is currently in the pre-diploma (9th and 10th grades) or diploma (11th and 12th grades) program? BUT!!! You will only receive our communications if you have formally given us your permission […]

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Back to School, 2017-18

We hope you had a relaxing summer vacation and are easing into that back to school frenzy of shopping for clothes and school supplies. Your student is likely putting finishing touches on her/his summer assignments (SUMMER WORK) and reading (IB ENGLISH BOOKS).   IMPORTANT NOTE FOR STUDENTS ENTERING PRE-DIPLOMA SOPHOMORE ENGLISH THIS FALL From Ms. Kamka: “The […]

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Barnes & Noble Fall Book Fair: Aug. 5-12, 2017

DON’T FORGET… to shop during our Barnes & Noble fundraiser! Aug. 5-12 in-store and Aug 5-17 online Shop at Barnes & Noble at 101 and Shea, or online at, and use BOOKFAIR ID # 12195558 to let your purchase benefit the DMHS IBPA. Have fun shopping!

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