Okma Weekly Message February 26, 2021

Greetings IA Community!

Starting on Monday March 1st, students who are currently attending F2F will be allowed to attend 4 days a week. This is a reminder that the daily COVID prescreen is still in effect and students exhibiting the  following symptoms should remain home:

  • Uncontrolled cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Loss of taste or loss of smell
  • Temperature equal to or higher than 100.4

OR any two (or more) of the following symptoms:

  • Signs of fever (chills/sweating) 
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain 
  • Muscle aches Fatigue Headache   

Dr. Smith has created  video reminders for students and families as it pertains to protocols for lunchtimes and the parking lot.  Please be sure to take a moment to review.



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Wish the Gnomes good luck!  The International Academy - Central Science Olympiad Team are off to Regionals.  Saturday's competition is against 15 other local high schools.  With the pandemic, the competition will be a little different from previous years.  Events and the competition have been modified for students so that Regionals will be on-line and over Zoom.  The Gnomes have been getting ready for this moment through three Invitationals from earlier in the season.  The top teams at Regionals qualify for States which will be held at the end of April at Michigan State.  Good luck, Gnomes!


With a large population of our students returning to 4 day in school learning, it is a great time to refresh yourself on the attendance policy: 

Between 7:45 am – 7:55 am GO DIRECTLY TO CLASS!!!  You will be marked tardy (3 or more you will serve a detention)

After 7:55 am -If arriving after 7:55 am, stop into the “MAIN OFFICE” and either enter your 8-digit Student ID or scan your ID card at the Attendance Check IN/OUT Station…then head to class…NO PASS REQUIRED!

2nd, 3rd, 4th Hour -If you arrive more than 5 minutes after class begins for 2nd, 3rd, 4th hour. You must stop into the “MAIN OFFICE” Attendance Check IN/OUT Station before heading to class or you will be marked ABSENT and a call will go home.

LEAVING THE BUILDING PRIOR TO 2:35 -You will require a call from a parent/guardian to phone the attendance line (248)341-5910 in order for you to be released prior to the end of the day.

-Once the attendance office has been notified, you will receive an EMAIL PASS from the attendance office.  It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check your email for this pass.  You must sign out at the ‘MAIN OFFICE” Attendance Check IN/OUT Station prior to leaving the building or your absence will be unexcused and a call will go home.

Counseling Newsletter

The Society of Women Engineers at U of M present: GREAT DAY

First page of the PDF file: GREATDAY2021Flyer


2020-2021 Calendar

First page of the PDF file: 2020-2021IACalendar

updated 1.6 2021

Third Annual District-Wide Multicultural Celebration

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Fruit Basket in a Box 

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Looking for a healthy start in spring? Purchase a Fruit Basket in a Box from Leonardo’s Produce, with proceeds benefiting the BHS Multicultural Celebration! Please see attached flyer for details.


Disrupt Racism Student Alliance (DRSA)

The Disrupt Racism Student Alliance (DRSA) is planning on hosting an art competition across all three IA Campuses this upcoming Wednesday, March 3rd! The competition will be centered around student's open, artistic interpretation of the question "Where do we go from here?" as it pertains to the social conversation of racism, inclusion, and equity in 2021! Students will have the opportunity to submit their creations to the school competition with awards handed out to the most beloved pieces (winners will be decided via a school election). Thank you so much – we can not wait to see what our students come up with!

Upcoming Events:

PATHWAY TO COLLEGE SEMINAR:  Based on parent feedback, the PTIA has scheduled a Pathway to College Virtual Seminar for the community on Wednesday April 7th at 7PM.  

To help our college consultant, Alicjia Jahnke, customize her presentation for the IA audience, we are looking for feedback from you about what you'd like to learn more about in the areas of collection selection and application process. Please click this link to submit your questions that we will forward to the presenter.


First page of the PDF file: MindfulnessforParentsandCaregivers03-04-21


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 dates include March 3, April 7 and 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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