Okma Weekly Message June 12, 2020

Greetings IA Community,

What a wild year it has been.  We hope you all gave and will continue to give yourself grace in these trying times.  We are thankful for all the support we got from parents. We wish we could predict exactly what the fall will look like, but are planning for every scenario we can imagine .  We are busy trying to plan for a future that we cannot predict.  Staff will be participating in PD next week to learn new technologies to connect with the students virtually so in the case that we have to continue distance learning again we have the foundation possible.  They will also be collaborating within departments for curriculum planning for fall.  These times sure are a-changing.  



Next week, students and families will be invited in to collect belongings. Here are the  plans for student and family access:

 Okma Campus Students and Family Access June 15-17

Books and other items will be returned under the awning in front of the building.  We will check off the names of students who return the materials.  Please label the bag you are returning with the student’s name and a list of returned items and follow the schedule below to ensure social distancing.  Students should plan on returning:

  • Textbooks
  • Chromebooks

  • Library books

  • Music uniforms for students not continuing with music next year (uniform deposit return form should be attached). Form will be sent separately by the music dept.  

  • All school-owned instruments


times to access building


  • Students can sign up via sign up genius to enter the building in 15 minute intervals to retrieve personal items.

  • Medicine in the vault can be picked up.  Please email Ann Curran and we will have medicine available in front of the building. 

  • Please place the student name in the windshield when approaching the front awning.

  • Lost and found items will be placed on a table outside under the awning - any items not retrieved by 1PM on June 19th will be donated to charity.

  • If students wish to use any of these resources through noon on the 17th (when all assignments are due), they can drop them off between noon and 3 pm on the 17th.




Thank you to all the front line workers in our IA community serving and sacrificing to keep us safe and take care of those that are ill!


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We would love to continue to highlight more of our front line workers next week. Please submit your picture and information here: https://forms.gle/D2rwx2HvycYEKMf29.




If yearbooks are not purchased before Sunday June 14 by 2:00pm, then you will be able to purchase one in August when the school building opens back up" or whatever is the correct date/info. Then you can end with "Check this list to see if you've purchased one yet. If not, then buy one here!


We are excited to announce that the yearbook signing tradition is alive and it’s fully digital to suit our socially distanced students. 

Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student in our school the chance to create  virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake.This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not.

Share the link below with your child so they can get started with their yearbook signing.


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Our Amazing Kids

harvard college vision global health and leadership conference

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This year, over 600 students from 21 countries registered to attend the virtual conference held May 23-25.  118 of these students completed a Project Pitch or Case Study Analysis. Chinyere Aguwa, Sönke Pietsch, Chinedum Aguwa, Juliette Hamid, and Grace Bogle’s participated in the Project Pitch and Case Study portions of the virtual conference on May 23-24th.

 Chinedum, Chinyere, Juliette Hamid, and Sönke achieved first place in the Project Pitch Competition. Grace's team achieved an honorable mention in the Case Study Competition. Students had the opportunity to listen to several prominent health leaders. 

Chinedum, Chinyere, Juliette, and Sönke worked together to produce a presentation titled The title of our project is "Hopeful Readers: Illiteracy in Detroit Public Schools."
Here is their summary of their project:

"For the community pitch project, our group’s focus was on addressing local inequalities, particularly in the field of education. As such, we focused on illiteracy in Detroit Public Schools. This is an issue disadvantaged communities face not only in Detroit but in the entire United States and across the world. To serve in context, our group singled out the Detroit public school system as an area of particular focus due to the destitute nature in that environment and our relative proximity and connection. After a thorough investigation of Detroit’s school system and its current situation, we created an extensive volunteer program called Hopeful Readers with the purpose of combating the high illiteracy rates in the Detroit Public School district. In this program, we support students by offering online literacy tutoring and promoting parent involvement in their child’s education. We plan to start this within the next few weeks to make this program a reality." 

You can view below:


Paul Lewis, the founder of the conference shared this; "We were very fortunate to have Chinedum, Chinyere, Juliette, Sönke, 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 if you talk to them, they would love to share the experience with you."

We are very proud too!


scholastic art and writing competition

Sabrina Yu self portrait

A huge shout out and congratulations are in order for junior art student, Sabrina Yu! Sabrina entered her self portrait into the local Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and earned a Gold Key back in February, this is the highest award at the local level. Earning this Gold Key moved her work forward to the National Competition. We just received word that she earned a Silver Medal for her artistic talents out of all of the other work entered in the Nation! This is a huge accomplishment and I am so proud of her! There will be a virtual National Ceremony on June 4th at 6:00 pm on the Scholastic Art and Writing website to celebrate all of the 2020 medalists. If you see or talk to Sabrina, be sure to tell her congratulations! 

LLS Students of the Year

Students of the Year is a leadership development program for high school students. During the campaign, participants gain professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, project management, and much more in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Leukemia and Lymphoma is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and creating research to fight against blood cancers. The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community that raises the most funds during the 7-week competition. Cancer never stops and neither should we. 

If anybody would like to learn more about the program, join the team, or donate, they can email Chinedum Aguwa .Please also see the attached file:  2021 SOY Leave Behind

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DRAFT 2020-2021 Calendar

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If you have any outstanding PTIA reimbursement requests please send them as soon as possible to Dawn Jensen at 2xx2xy@comcast.net

New PTIA Mentor Program – Volunteers Needed!

The PTIA is launching an Incoming Family Mentor program, and we need YOU to help make it successful! Do you remember what it was like when your student started at the IA? So many questions, and you barely knew anyone. Now you have the opportunity to help ease the transition for new families: be a resource for them by answering questions, providing tips, and inviting them to meetings and to get involved. Each mentor will have up to 10 families that MAY contact them. We do not anticipate that being a mentor will be a big time commitment, and you can work your interactions with your families around your own schedule. Please join us on this new venture!

Check the Sign-Up Genius for more details.

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beautification volunteer

HELP NEEDED: Still looking for a brave sole to volunteer to help with IA Beautification for the inside and outside of our awesome school.  If interested, contact Sue Tang at sstang@comcast.net.  

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2019-2020 Music Department Recognition Program (click for full pdf)

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