Okma Weekly Message April 9, 2021

Greetings IA Community!

Today is the last day of the 3rd quarter. This school year has certainly flown by and we guess that is a good thing. We hope to never see another year like this one has been, though it seems we have weathered the storm.  The sunshine of spring is providing a new energy to see us through.  With this renewed optimism we must be careful to continue the course of guidelines and protocols.  Especially for our senior students.  This is no time to let their guard down with the IB exams on the horizon.  Please encourage your kids to stay away from each other for these final weeks so they can make it to the finish line.  

Next week students in grades 9-11 will be taking standardized tests.  Seniors will not have classes in person Tuesday through Thursday but will have asynchronous learning.   

Juniors will have 1/2 day testing all 3 days. according to the following schedule:



Approximate Duration

Tuesday, April 13th


7:45 - 1:30

Wednesday, April 14th

ACT Workkeys

7:45 - Noon

Thursday, April 15th


7:45 - 10:45

*Monday, April 12th will be a regular A-Day and Friday, April 16th will be a regular B-Day. 

11th grade students who miss any original test dates must test during the make-up testing on April 27th-29th, there are no exceptions. Therefore, attendance is important on these dates. Students may opt-in to Student Search Services and complete the optional questionnaire online at studentsearch.collegeboard.org using their College Board account IF their parent gives them consent. This section will not be completed during the School Day SAT test.
-Know your room assignment before arrival next week Tues/Wed/Thurs...students have been sent an email with room assignments

-Remember to bring your #2 pencils (NOT mechanical)

-Bring your own calculator w/fresh batteries (we do not provide for you)

-Bring water/snacks for breaks

9th and 10th grade students will be offered the PSAT according to the following times:



Approximate Duration

Wednesday, April 14th 


7:45 - 11:45

Thursday, April 15th


 7:45 - 11:45

Grade 10 students may opt-in to Student Search Services and complete the optional questionnaire online at studentsearch.collegeboard.org using their College Board account IF their parent gives them consent. 

-Know your room assignment before arrival next week Thursday...students have been sent and email with room assignments

-Remember to bring your #2 pencils (NOT mechanical)

-Bring your own calculator w/fresh batteries (we do not provide for you)

-Bring water/snacks for breaks


Okma Students Present at International Young Researchers Conference

Akshara Karthik, Chinedum Aguwa, and Grace Bogle participated in the International Young Researchers' Conference (IYRC) on March 27 & 28.  The Founder and Co- Director, Paul Lewis described them this way: 

 "Akshara delivered a presentation titled "Direct reprogramming of various somatic cell types into fibroblasts cells using transcription factors: a potential cure for COPD and chronic wound healing." In describing her project, she said:  "The purpose of this research project was to identify ten potential transcription factors, small proteins that regulate gene expression, which can be utilized to create fibroblast cells from existing somatic cells of varying types, through a process called direct cell reprogramming. I believe that these findings could be applied to reversing lung damage induced by COPD, as well as quickening chronic wound healing, especially for patients with underlying medical problems, like diabetes and immunodeficiency conditions."

Chinedum played an integral part in our programming as one of our Vision Scholars—a select group of students who run social programming for the conference. As a Vision Scholar, she helped plan social activities for the conference and had many meetings with other Vision Scholars from around the world to make the conference an enjoyable experience."

Grace is competing in our case study competition: a multimodal interdisciplinary opportunity to analyze a case. This year's case built on Dr. Lydia Dugdale's new book The Art of Dying. Her book reflects on the end-of-life experience in which she gives insight into dying well by building a sense of finitude and community embracement. Dr. Dugdale proclaims that the art of dying well starts with the art of living well and considers the idea of a modern Ars moriendi, a 15th century text on protocols of a good death that originated following the bubonic plague.

We were very fortunate to have Akshara, Chinedum, and Grace as a part of our conference, and you should be proud to have such an impressive and talented student at your school. I am sure they would love to share the experience with you."

Akshara's presentation is embedded below.  We are rightfully very proud. 

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Congratulations to The Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit (SEFMD) Senior division Grand Award winners Diya Ramesh, Akshara Karthik, Arya Goel and Vivian Yee. These winners  are selected as International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) finalists, and will compete in the ISEF in May. 

Every year, tens of millions of students participate in science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Diya Ramesh, a sophomore at the IA, won a 2nd place award at SEFMD, was chosen as a Grand Award Winner for SEFMD, and won a 1st Place Award at MSEF.

Akshara Karthik and Arya Goel, juniors at IA, won a 1st place award at SEFMD and a 4th place award at MSEF.

Vivian Yee, a senior at the IA, won a 4th place award at SEFMD.

All Awards Given to International Academy Students:

Diya Ramesh (Project: Sputum‐Based mRNA‐Targeting Probes in Lung Cancer ‐ An Early Diagnostic Tool) 1 Regeneron BIOMED BioMedical Award, special recognition,  1SR Society SHPE of Hispanic Professional Engineers Certificate of Recognition,1 MSEF STATE First Place ‐ MSEF. 

 Akshara Karthik with Arya Goel (Project: Identifying How To Directly Reprogram Other Cell Types Into Fibroblast Cells) 1 Society INVITR for In Vitro Biology Certificate of Achievement 4 MSEF STATE Fourth Place Award 

 Vivian Yee Novel (Project: Epidemiological Approach to Exploring Implications of SDOHs on COVID‐19) 1 US USAID Agency for International Development Science Champion Award 

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IA's Model UN team participated in the Michigan State University Model UN competition the first weekend of Spring Break. Our team did really well and our students had a blast - even with the virtual format. Congratulations to the following students!

Alaa Almasmari - Honorable Mention

Rachel Rochford and Zayna Masri - Book Awards

Qingqing Ouyang - Outstanding Delegate

Maggie de la Fuente - Best Delegate

Covid-19 Vaccine Resources

 A student put together these resources stating:  " Maximizing the amount of immunized students could make school safer for everyone"... thank you, AnnMaria Sorrenti!

Beaumont: Call the COVID assistance line at 1(800)-592-4784
You may be kept on hold for a while, but they will eventually allow you to schedule an appointment.
Ford Field through Meijer: Text “COVID” to 75049
You will be sent a text with the link to register.
Cranbrook Christ Church through Rite Aid: Text “VACCINE” to (248)-422-2020
You will be sent the link to a SignUpGenius and will be able to pick a date and time from the available slots.
CVS: Use this link to find a location near you.
You will find instructions on the site regarding registration and will most likely have to sign up for a waitlist. 

Before scheduling an appointment, consider the following:
Vaccines are currently only available to people ages 16+, and anyone younger than 18 is only eligible for Pfizer. Upon registration, make sure you are scheduled take the correct type!
Pfizer and Moderna both require two doses; Pfizer shots should be taken 21 days apart and Moderna shots should be taken 28 days apart. Make sure you will be available for your second dose!
Immunization protects you and the people around you! If you are able, please make sure to register for a shot. 

Information on vaccines is constantly changing, so make sure to stay tuned into the news and do your own research from trustworthy sources


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2020-2021 Calendar

First page of the PDF file: 2020-2021IACalendar

updated 1.6 2021

2021-2022 Graphic Calendar

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PTIA BY-LAW REVISION - The PTIA is in the process of updating the By-Laws to reflect our current operations.  The document has been approved by the Executive Board and will now be available to the general members for review.  Please send any changes/updates to ptiaokma@gmail.com by May 7th, 2021.  We will be voting on the revised by-laws at the May PTIA general meeting. 

PATHWAY TO COLLEGE EVALUATION - Thanks to all those that participated in the presentation by Alicia Jahnke on Wednesday 4/7.  We would love to get your feedback about the presentation so that we can make the PTIA programming even better next year.  Click this link to begin the evaluation


The next IA Governance meeting will be Wednesday, April 14th at 6:00pm.  Here is the zoom link

PTIA Meeting Wednesday, April 21st 2021 at 08:00 AM. Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 869 9222 0773 Passcode: 980704

IA  Representatives Needed for District Wide Back To School Event

The Bloomfield Hills PTO Council is looking for representatives from the IA to be committee members for a bWelcome Back School Event.  This committee would meet approximately 2 times a month until school gets out and would require some meetings over the summer.  This is a great opportunity to be involved in our school community and celebrate a new beginning.  Please let us know if you would like to participate at ptiaokma@gmail.com.

Here is the BHS PTOC March Meeting Minutes for your review:  March 2021 PTOC meeting minutes.docx - Google Drive

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Third Annual District-Wide Multicultural Celebration

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Upcoming Events:




Hello Music Families!

Please join the IA Central Campus Music Boosters for our monthly meetings the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM. Upcoming date - May  5. We will get together via Zoom at the link below. All parents of Music students are welcome. Boosters meetings are a great way to find out more about your student’s experience and ways to help out the school. Hear from Mr. LaNoue and Mr. Lewis-Ziegler how the music classes and ensembles are working this year.

See you the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM.

Questions? Contact Carol Hart at carolswebmail@yahoo.com.

Topic: IACCMB Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Meeting ID: 825 7601 7210
Passcode: 8362ac


Items will be available starting 2/1 at the office

Short and long sleeve shirts, hoodies, pants, and tote bags! 

Everything must go, $5-15!

  • T-shirts $5
  • Long sleeve shirts $10
  • Hoodies $15
  • Flannel PJ-style pants $15
  • Tote bags $5

Payment is exact cash amount (we cannot make change) or check made out to IACCMB 

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