Okma Weekly Message March 5, 2021

Greetings IA Community!

We just love having more kids back.  We are hoping and praying for the day they are all here. In the meantime, we are staying the course and adhering to protocols.

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.


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Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the Gnomes of the IA-C Science Olympiad Team for their performance at Regionals!  The Varsity Division Gnomes earned 6th Place and an invitation to States!  The JV Division Gnomes earned 2nd Place!  Unfortunately this marks the end of the competition season for the JV team as JV teams are not allowed to compete at States.  The Varsity team now begins its preparation for States which is "at" MSU in late April.  If you see a Gnome, please congratulate them on a great and challenging season!

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."

First page of the PDF file: DiversityToyDrive


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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

First page of the PDF file: GREATDAY2021Flyer


2020-2021 Calendar

First page of the PDF file: 2020-2021IACalendar

updated 1.6 2021

First page of the PDF file: PDFPosterMarchofDimes

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.

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.



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

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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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