Okma Weekly Message March 12, 2021

Greetings IA Community!

We still love having more kids back.  And  we are still  hoping and praying for the day they are all here. In the meantime, we are staying the course and adhering to protocols. In particular, if your child is a senior, please encourage them to begin attending in person if they feel safe in doing so. We have plenty of room for seniors and we miss them.

The parking lot is seeing an uptick and for those of you who may not have seen the helpful parking protocol video, we are providing it again.  The point here is to keep us all safe outside as well as inside.

Looking forward to next year, you will find the vacation dates have been loaded in to our calendar for your planning purposes. The first day of school is August 17.

March is Women's History Month. Please check out this amazing resource created by BH parent and family ambassador Leah Abel.


Regeneron High School Science Talent Search

This week, IA Okma senior Vivian Yee (who was selected as one of 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science talent search), will engage in a special final week, where finalists will compete for $1.8 million in awards, including a whopping $250,000 for the top winner.

She was recently featured in an article in Forbes magazine where Science contributor,  Kevin Anderton described her:  "Vivian, 17, focused her project on how socially vulnerable communities are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. She collected data on non-biological factors that impacted health outcomes and then created a mathematical modeling approach that takes into account social factors when studying infectious diseases. Her results showed that vulnerable communities experienced higher rates of Covid-19 transmission and death. She was also able to identify public health interventions that would help minimize health care disparities in pandemic response. As part of her end goal, she submitted her findings to the Congressional Coronavirus Task Force in hopes that it will inform future legislation and help ensure health equity."

Vivian was also featured on NPR this morning and NBC Nightly News last night.  We are certain you will all be as fascinated as we are with her incredible work. We wish her the best of luck in the finals.

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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.

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

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2020-2021 Calendar

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updated 1.6 2021

Okma Senior, Laike Leatherwood awarded Academic All State and Academic All American Honors

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Laike is a 4 year varsity letter winner on the Bloomfield Hills High School Swimming team and part of 3 OAA League Championships. 

Academic All State

  • Seniors with a 3.65 cumulative GPA

  • Handed out by the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association

Academic All American

  • Seniors with a 3.75 cumulative GPA

  • Handed out by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association

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There will be a parent informational meeting on 3/24 at 7:00pm for any student interested in going on the Peru Enrichment during Spring Break, 2022.  The link to RSVP for this meeting will be sent out next week, please keep an eye out for it.  It will be posted to the same weekly announcements here or given to students in class.  Any questions can be directed to Mr. Shamanski at jshamanski@bloomfield.org.  Hope to see you at the meeting!      

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Third Annual District-Wide Multicultural Celebration

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Fruit Basket in a Box 

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Fruit Basket in a Box  !.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!. Last week to purchase a fruit box  !.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!

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. Please pick up fruit from BHHS

Please see attached flyer for details.

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events:

04/07/2021 Pathway To College Seminar:  Wednesday April 7th at 7PM. Pathways to College presentation by Alicja Jahnke on April 7th, Wednesday from 7-8pm.  Both parents and students are welcome to attend. Please make sure to register to receive the zoom link for the event at REGISTRATION



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 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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