Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

PRINCIPAL'S NEWSLETTER
August 2018

Hello IVCMS Families!


The 2018-2019 school year is upon us and I have lots of information to share with you.  This year our students will continue to follow curriculum that ensures they are meeting the California State Standards and will continue work around building their skills with academic conversations skills.


We are excited to welcome the #ICanhelp organization to work with our students on positive online behaviors. A #ICanHelp school wide assembly will kick off in October and we will continue that work throughout the school year to focus on our students social and emotional well being in addition to their academic needs.


NEW ONLINE UPDATING OF THE EMERGENCY FORM!

We are very excited to announce that NHUSD is now online for updating the emergency form information.  You will be receiving information at home via district letter and email on how to update your students emergency information.  You can also log on to the Parent Portal at: https://sis.nhusd.k12.ca.us/parentportal/


The homepage for the Parent Portal has a short 5 minute video you can watch that reviews how to complete the update. Short written instructions in English and Spanish are available as well.


During schedule pick up, parents no longer need to bring the emergency form to get the schedule. We have the ability to run a report that tells us who has updated the emergency information.  Once we check your name off the list, then you or your student will be able to pick up their schedule. For those families that do not have online access at home, we will have our Media Center set up with computers for parents to use to complete the emergency information. We will also have paper copies available for those families who prefer a paper copy.


If you don’t remember your password, you can log on to the Parent Portal website, click on Need your login information? This will walk you through the process to recover your account information. If this is challenging for you, we will have assistance in the media center during schedule pick up to help families get logged in.


Please fill out the meal application form

A paper application for the lunch program has been included with this summer packet. NHUSD is asking all families to take the time to complete this application to make sure all qualifying families receive support. Many times families don’t even realize they qualify! Please note, the online option is easier and faster than the paper application.  Although we are sending home the paper form, we encourage you to fill out the online application, link below. That link becomes live on August 13th.  After that date, you can log on to complete the form online. If you do the form online there is no need to complete the paper form. You can find the application at this website:


https://sis1.nhusd.k12.ca.us/fma/MealApplication.aspx.

IVCMS Donation Request

We are always striving to provide our students with fun, enriching activities at IVCMS.  In order to offer things like the Ancient Artifacts history assemblies, where students get to touch real artifacts or bring in the Big Cats and other science based activities, we rely on the support of our generous families, as our student activity budget is donation based.  We have lots of great ideas and we need your help! This year, we will be offering a spirit pack for donations of $50 and higher.  The pack will come with a team color spirit shirt and an IVCMS portable charger.  All students will be divided into color teams and be able to earn points for their team by participating in spirit activities like dressing up for Spirit Fridays.  More information about color teams is coming in the September newsletter.

Orientation Information

In order to get a schedule, you must have completed the online emergency update and proof of TDAP immunizations (7th grade only).  In the schedule pick up maze you will be able to make a donation, purchase a yearbook (special orientation price--$35), and get more information about chromebooks, school site council, UC leisure services before and after-school care: Club UNE, and pick up schedules.  PE clothes $10 shirts, $10 shorts will be available for sale for sixth grade orientation on Friday, 8/24 only. PE clothes will also be available for purchase for the students during their PE class.  Students will not dress for PE the first week of school.


August 23: 7th and 8th graders

9-10am: 7th grade A-L

10-11am: 7th grade M-Z

12-1pm: 8th grade A-L

1-2pm: 8th grade M-Z

August 24: 6th graders

8am-12:30pm: ALL 6th graders (students only)

8-11am: Schedule pick-up for parents


Sixth Grade WEB orientation information

We are very excited that your child will be attending IVCMS and we look forward to meeting your student on Orientation Day. As you may know, our school participates in the nationwide WEB Program, an organization whose sole purpose is to help sixth graders feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first year of middle school.

The WEB sixth grade orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support sixth graders by assigning them an 8th grade WEB Leader as a mentor during this first year. This WEB Leader is a responsible older student who was selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader on our campus.


Students will be busy from 8am-12:30pm.  They should not bring backpacks and other items, as it is an active day.  They should wear comfortable clothes. This is a student only function so we encourage you to let your child attend on their own. Please feel free, however, to go through the schedule pick up maze in the MPR starting at 8:00am.




Student Medications

Please note that students who will  need medication stored in the IVC office for the 2018/2019 school year will need a new student medication form filled out by a parent and physician.   This form can be downloaded in the emergency information online update.

Please see Ms. Antonia in the office or call her at extension 60533 with any questions


Student Planners are back!

This year will be giving all students a daily planner that they can use throughout the year.  The planners will be passed out to students during the first or second week of school. Most students will continue to complete assignments on their Chromebook, but  will use the planner to bring home relevant assignment information.


Chromebooks

For returning 7th and 8th graders we will have loaner Chromebooks that can be checked out during schedule pick up day.  A parent must be present to sign the necessary paperwork and then we can issue a Chromebook for home use.


Just a reminder, if you have a device at home that can connect to the internet such as a computer, IPAD or Tablet you do not need to check out a Chromebook from NHUSD.  We are a Google Drive based school and students can access their accounts from any device that can connect to the internet. Students DO NOT  need a NHUSD specific device  to be able to access accounts and assignments.  


For our incoming 6th grade families and families of students new to IVCMS, who need a device at home, we will have a Chromebook meeting on 8/30 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the MPR. If you are not able to make it to the meeting, please contact your child’s Assistant Principal.  If you have a device at home that your students can use, there is no need to attend this meeting.

If you prefer the paper application, please bring the paper application back to IVC on schedule pick up day.

At schedule pick-up Claire Dalman, our Family Services Liaison, will be available to help families who need assistance filling out the form online or on paper. Paper copies are being sent home for those without access to the online application.


NEW! 6th Grade Parent Night

Please join us for an informative learning night for our 6th grade families.  On August 23rd, we will welcome all incoming 6th grade parents/guardians. Parents and guardians this evening is for you!  If possible have your students enjoy one more night of summer vacation while you come to IVC to learn about Parent Connect, Google Classroom and good to know IVC practices.


Our school day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first bell ringing at 8:25 a.m. and the day will end at 2:55 M/T/TH/F. On Wednesdays we will end at 1:44 pm to allow our teachers time to collaborate.


We have posted the School Supplies list to our  website. Here is the link: IVCMS SUPPLY LIST


Our Back to School Night will be held on September 6th from 6-7:30 pm.  Parents can plan to follow their student's schedule for the evening.  Parents will have approximately 10 minutes for each class period. Please look for more information regarding Back to School Night to come at the start of the school year.


Opening on our School Site Council

SSC meetings are held on the 4th Thursday evening of each month beginning in October.  Please know we are looking to add one more voting member, but anyone is welcome at SSC and I encourage you to attend.  The more input the better!


If you would like to nominate yourself for a spot on our SSC, please send your name to my secretary Desiree  at Desreyes@nhusd.k12.ca.us, with a subject of SSC Nominee.  We will have an election at Back to School Night.


I hope everyone is enjoying these last few weeks of summer. I know I enjoyed my time off, got a few projects done and lots of relaxing with my kids. I have a 5th grader at home and can’t believe this time next year I will have a child of my own in middle school!


I sincerely welcome my families new and returning back for what I hope will be a strong and successful school year for all of your students. I want to reiterate that my door is always open and please never hesitate to reach out to me with a question or a concern. I am here to listen and we will work as a team to solve any challenges we face.


Sincerely,


Heather Thorner

hthorner@nhusd.k12.ca.us


NEW! Forensics at IVC!

A new exciting opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students is available this year. Dr. Tommie Lindsey Jr. is starting an after school Forensics program.  General information on the program and fees can be found on the website.The program will be on a first come first serve basis and there will be a scholarship opportunity, so all who are interested should register by the end of August.  The program will be after school at IVC on Mondays and Wednesdays.

https://www.risingvoicesinitiative.org


NEW! Supper Program at IVC

We are excited to announce that all IVC students now have access to a “supper” meal that they can pick up at the end of each school day.  No registration for this program is necessary. Any student who wishes to stay after school for enrichment activities(for ex. homework club on Wednesday's, TVM or the new Forensics program) can receive a FREE meal that can be consumed on site. Students cannot take the meal home. Students should stop by the lunch line and pick up a supper on their way to the after school activity.  All they need to do is give their student ID number.


IVCMS Choir Note

6th grade choir camp, for students who have elected choir as their elective next year, happening on Friday, August 17, 9 - 12 noon in E3. Snacks and water provided.