Earning the IB Diploma
Understanding the requirements for receiving the IB diploma.
The IBPA December Diploma student talk.
Returning 2013 graduates spoke at our December meeting. We have video taped that and are looking into including some You Tube segments on this web site.
The IBPA hosts Staff Appreciation Days four times during each school year. Our first event will be a brunch, and will take place on Thursday, September 19. We are in need of parents who would be willing to donate food for the wonderful LHS staff.
If you would like to participate please contact Maryann Jordan or Susan Balogh @ firstname.lastname@example.org
February 13 - Sweet Treats
April 17 - Cookies and Milk
How To Join
IB Parent's Association dues enable the IBPA to publish the newsletter, produce the student roster, assist in exam costs, buy equipment for the school, defray IB retreat expenses, and provide other needed support to the Lakewood High School IB Program.
Dues for 2013-2014 school year are $30.00 per year per family. If paying by check, please make it payable to "IBPA". and include your student's name on the check memo line.
To join, download and complete the Membership Form link located in the left side bar. Mail it along with your dues to the address below.
Please print clearly and include your email address. Meeting reminders and other important notifications are sent by email.
The IBPA welcomes everyone who wishes to help support the LHS community in general as well as the IB and IB Prep students and their families. To help you select the volunteer opportunities that best suit your interests and schedule, we offer the following information about each of the different positions. Once you have determined that you can help with some of our events or activities, please mark them on your completed Membership Form and turn it in at the IBPA Table at Schedule Pick-up/Registration in August or mail it, with your dues, to: IBPA, c/o Lakewood High School, 9700 W. 8th Ave., Lakewood, CO 80215.
For committee contact information see the Leadership section to the Right.
While the positions for membership will be covered for the Fall 2012 registration, at times, we need assistance in data entry, mailings, or communication. For the most part for the 2014-2015 school year, this will be a limited “as-needed” basis, but please sign up if you wish to assist with membership drive and registration the following fall.
The Lakewood IBPA coordinates the Library After Hours Program, which allows LHS to keep the library open from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. every Monday to Thursday for ALL students throughout the school year. Parent volunteers staff the library desk and provide a safe and secure environment for students who need to stay until they can obtain a ride home or who need some extra study time. The volunteer duties are minimal---bring a book to read---and, depending on the number of parent volunteers, may involve a total commitment of four 2-hour shifts during the academic year. It is a wonderful way to get a glimpse into high school life for those parents of students who are new to the experience. If you have questions, feel free to contact Sheri Visani at (Library Co-Chair Needed) if you have questions.
IBPA hosts four Staff Appreciation events during the school year for ALL of the teachers and staff at LHS. We ask our parent volunteers to send food items for those special days (for example, we might ask for a dozen cookies, some fresh fruit or a pie).
Our first event is a “Back to School Brunch” early in September and we will be asking volunteers to send in food items such as fresh fruit, pastries, coffee cake, juice, bagels or granola-type cereals. We will have several other Staff Appreciation events during this school year.
If you are interested in helping, check the appropriate line for STAFF APPRECIATION on your IBPA Membership form and drop off your form at the IBPA table at Registration.
If you sign up to assist with these events, you will be contacted by email/phone with the details approximately 10 days prior to each event. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Jordan or Susan Balogh at LHS.StaffAppreciation@gmail.com
Other than membership dues, the primary fundraiser is our traditional Poinsettia Sales, which take place during the month of October and culminate with the delivery of the beautiful poinsettia plants from Tagawa Gardens during the first week of December. We need volunteers to help man 2-hour shifts at the IBPA table during Parent-Teacher Conferences in October. We will need a number of volunteers on delivery day for unloading and sorting the plants at LHS and to work shifts throughout that day to oversee the pick up of the plants by our customers. This is a particularly fun way to get to know fellow IBPA parents for a one-day volunteer commitment.
All of our graduates from the previous spring who have earned the IB Diploma are invited to a celebration of this important accomplishment at the end of finals week in December. Volunteers will help with setting up and serving food for a brief reception following this celebration at LHS.
All Sophomore IB Prep students and their parents are invited to participate in a buffet dinner on [date to be announced]. prior to attendance at the REQUIRED information meeting in the LHS auditorium at 6:45 p.m. The objective of this evening is to provide accurate and timely information to students to assist them in making an informed decision concerning entering the IB Diploma program their Junior year. We need volunteers to assist in dinner set-up, food service and clean up that evening. The time commitment is generally 4:30pm -7:30 pm.
May is Exam Month, with all IB and AP exams taking place in the first 3 weeks of the month. In order to comply with testing regulations and to ensure that all exams are validated, our parent volunteers serve as proctors for each of the exams. Depending upon the exam, 2 to 10 proctors are needed for the duration of the exam. Typically, exams are either morning exams or afternoon exams, with some being approximately 2 hours long and some exceeding 4 hours. Every year, approximately 150 proctor slots must be filled. Since parents may not proctor an exam their own child is taking, we need volunteers from all grades, 9th-12th, to volunteer for this extremely important task. Proctor duties include being present at the exam; helping set up by setting out exam papers just prior to exam; handing out paper, tissues, and pens during the exams and general monitoring of the examination venue. Teachers will be responsible for reading instructions, answering student queries about the exams and timing. Since so many slots need to be filled we appreciate it if you can sign up for more than one exam, if possible. Sign up for specific proctoring spots begins in March and continues until all slots are filled prior to exam time.
The Monday evening before graduation IBPA hosts a banquet at the Arvada Center for IB seniors and their families. Senior students perform, present acknowledgements, and receive their honor cords. It is a special evening honoring the students, staff, parents and the 4 years of work that culminates in Graduation. Volunteers are needed for the planning and coordination of the evening, including meeting with senior students and coordinating the program, mailing of invitations, recording of RSVPs, populating seating charts, decorating, and check in of attendees.
The IB diploma program