Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

8th Grade Promotion Dance is on!!! 

5-7 pm IVCMS gym

Parents please check your email for details.

June 5, 2019

Hello a few notes for today, two dialers were sent today,

1. No testing tomorrow or Friday, June 6th or 7th, we will not test while the teachers are on strike.

2. Panoramic pictures will be passed out at promotion practice.

3. 6/7th graders who have loaner Chromebooks, please keep them at home through the summer. 8th graders please return your loaner chromebooks at Promotion Practice. 

June 4, 2019

Hello IVC families,


First, I would like to say thank you for your continued patience and support through this very challenging time. Although we still remain hopeful our teachers will be back before the end of the school year, I want to address some of the concerns I know are out there. We have a lot to share, so please read through this whole message.


I would like to ask for your help and support during these last few days so we can make things happen for our students.  We have created a sign up sheet for parents to volunteer to help supervise the students for some events detailed below. In order to be respectful to our teachers and to ensure no one has to cross a picket line, we are scheduling all events after school hours.  Here is the link to the Sign Up Genius:


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044aaeac29abfd0-endofthe


For each of the activities/areas mentioned below we are making plans for if the teachers return and if the teachers do not return. We know this is confusing for both parents and students, but we are committed to strong communication during this time. We want to do the best we can for our students this very difficult period, while while at the same time being realistic about what we can and cannot do without the support of our teachers.


Grades:

We are now down to the last few days of the school year. This timing will also play a role in how we can issue grades. Administrators will not be able to take assignments, grade late work and/or make up exams due to Education Code and the the teacher contract.


The plan for grades will be to take the highest mark out of the last 3 grades issued by the classroom teacher. Those are as follows:

  • Current grade listed in the gradebook as of June 7, 2019

  • Progress report grade for Trimester 3

  • Trimester 2 grade


For example, if I currently have  C in my math class, but had a B at trimester 3 progress report and C+ at Trimester 2 grade, it would translate to a final grade of B for math. The B is the highest grade earned of the last 3 grades issued by the teacher.


Current 6th Grade Families:

Please submit Tdap immunization records to the front office.  All incoming 7th grade students must have all immunization records updated in order to receive their schedule and attend classes in August. You can email this to the office through IVCTDAP@nhusd.k12.ca.us


End of the year activities:

We want to do what we can for our end of the year events but with everything going on, we also need to be realistic about what can be accomplished. If the teachers return before the end of the year, I will partner with Ms. Nemecek and the teachers  immediately to determine what events can still take place. I will get that information out to families as soon as possible.  If the teachers do not return, we most likely will not be able to hold some of our end of the year events such as the 8th grade breakfast, dance or picnic.


Locker Clean Out/Textbook/Media Center/ Band Instrument return:

Friday June 7th.  3:15-5:00 pm

Some students may have textbooks at home that need to be returned and students also have materials in their lockers they want to pick up.  


Media Center Books and Band Instrument(only those borrowed from IVC and were out for repair)

Return: Media Center

Textbooks Return: MPR


If materials are not returned, you will be billed for the missing items

If the strike has ended, we will do locker clean/textbook/instrument/media center return  during school hours next week.


Yearbook distribution:

Monday, June 10th from 3:15-5:15 pm

All students who have purchased a yearbook can come to the area in front of the MPR to pick up their yearbook.  

*On Tuesday June 11th, there will have a small amount of additional yearbooks that can be purchased $40, CASH ONLY. You can stop by the office to purchase one beginning Tuesday.


If the strike ends, then we will distribute yearbooks during the school day through our normal process

Promotion Practice:

Tuesday 6/11 from 3:15-5:30

Wednesday 6/12- from 3:15-5:30

Students should report to the MPR by 3:15 pm.


Promotion gowns and other items will be passed out at promotion practice.  If you ordered a lei, we will deliver those to students the day of promotion,before entering the field.


If the strike ends, we will have promotion practice during the school day beginning Friday June, 7th.

Promotion:

Thursday, June 13th 3:00 pm.

Student Report time: 2:00 pm

Students should report to James Logan High School Pavillion area and get lined up The ceremony will be held on the James Logan High School football field.


If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your partnership in strong communication is the best way we can get through this as a community.


Thank you again!

Heather Thorner




PRINCIPAL’S NEWSLETTER

May 2019 Hello IVC families!

This month and for the June letter I would like to use this space to share some exciting things that have happened this year. So we are going to keep things brief.


Then end of the year is approaching, we are down to less than 30 school days, which I cannot believe! We are also entering our testing period. This week we did the math NWEA and next week we will do ELA. This time around I am rewarding all students who are grade level proficient or students who made 2 points of growth from their winter NWEA scores. I am excited to celebrate the students.


Beginning May 13th, we will enter into our CAASSP testing, as I mentioned last month we will spread these days over two weeks. We will test math first and then language arts.


Summer is coming soon and so is the warmer weather.  Please feel free to send students with water bottles and please do remind them of our dress code. The students can find a link on our website if they need a refresher.


The same idea can be spread to behavior. Please remind your student that we are now in the last trimester and this is the one the one that counts for all end of the year activities. It is critical that their grades are passing, their behavior is appropriate and then do their best to end the year.


It is very important that we have current and accurate contact information for every student.  Please do make sure your contact information is up to date, we will use email and dialers to communicate information with you if needed.


Heather Thorner

hthorner@nhusd.k12.ca.us


TDAP NOTE:

Reminder that ALL students entering 7th grade must have received their T-DAP booster shot for whooping cough. Students will not be allowed to begin the 2019-2020 school year without this documentation on file. You can email the immunization record to us directly by sending it to IVCTDAP@nhusd.k12.ca.us.  

You can also bring it in to the office. Please make sure to schedule your appointment now, many parents have reported issues when trying to get the immunization in July or August.


FROM MS.NEM: ACTIVITY DIRECTOR

The week of May 6-10 is staff appreciation week.  We have some exciting things planned. If you would like to donate food for the staff breakfast on Tuesday, May 7 please fill out this form: Teacher Breakfast Sign Up

Students are encouraged to participate in a special spirit week.

Mon 5/6: high five/fist bump a teacher (ask first)!

Tues 5/7: selfie with a teacher (ask first)!

Wed 5/8: make a card for a teacher at lunch!

Thurs 5/9: thank a teacher!

Fri 5/10: wear your spirit wear!

We're also looking for individually wrapped candy donations to the office by Tuesday 5/7:  snickers, starbursts, 100 grand, sweet tarts, m&ms, skittles, kit kats, york mints, oreos, lollipops, whatever bags of assorted candy they're selling at costco these days.


8th Grade Parent Night Presentation


NOTES FROM THE STAFF:


TDAP NOTE:

Reminder that ALL students entering 7th grade must have received their T-DAP booster shot for whooping cough. Students will not be allowed to begin the 2019-2020 school year without this documentation on file. You can email the immunization record to us directly by sending it to IVCTDAP@nhusd.k12.ca.us.  

You can also bring it in to the office. Please make sure to schedule your appointment now, many parents have reported issues when trying to get the immunization in July or August.


FROM COACH VERSTREPEN: ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Here is the link on our league (SACMAL) website:

SACMAL Cup Championship Standings


Cool Cougars:

From Mr. Wright: Check out his class website highlighting his students work this year!  https://ivc-n10.weebly.com/


From Mr. Agregado:

Congratulations to our Itliong-Vera Cruz band members for being recognized as some of the very best in California.

Over 2,600 students from across the state auditioned and 13 Cougar Band students were selected to the 2019 Jr. High All State Honor Band and performed as a part of the California All State Music Education Conference in Fresno last February.


From Mrs. Gonzales:

I have two amazing tutors that have run the math lunchtime tutoring club and have been there every single week.  They have taken on the role of organizing the students into grade level groups when they come in for help. They have been great teachers and supports to those students seeking help.  It's been such a pleasure to work with them.


IMPORTANT DATES:

May 2- Open House 6-7 pm

May 3rd- PVC Meeting

May 6-10- Staff Appreciation Week

May 9- NWEA ELA

May 13,16,20,21,23: CAASSP Testing/Minimum Days

May 14- Chipotle Fundraiser

May 17- Dental Smiles on campus: link: Big Smile

May 23- SSC 5pm

May 27- Memorial Day- No School