Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School



August 2019

Hello IVCMS Families!

Somehow the summer has just flown by and we are already beginning to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year. 2020!! Wow!

First, I would like to welcome back our returning 7th and 8th grade families and extend a new welcome to our  6th grade families. Some of you are returning back with a sibling of an IVC alumni and some of you are taking your first venture into the land of middle school.  I am also having my first adventure as a middle school parent as my son Aidan is going to 6th grade. I am just like you and even with all my knowledge of middle school, I’m still not sure what to expect. We will get through it together!

This year we will take on the challenge to strengthening our NHUSD community. We know last year was hard on all involved and I would like to take the things we learned to help make IVC stronger moving forward. 

That being said, we need your help to do this. We will have an opening on School Site Council(SSC) this year and please know all are welcome to SSC meetings. If you are interested in participating in School Site Council, please email Desiree Reyes, my secretary (dmreyes@nhusdk12.ca.us), with your name, email address and 2-3 sentences about why you feel you would make a good fit for a School Site Council representative. 

I am also planning on continuing Coffee with the principal each trimester. The first one will be on September 13th, 8:45-9:45 a.m. in the MPR. More information will come in the September newsletter. 

We will have multiple after school enrichment programs in math, forensics and The Village Method program happening at IVC this year, with more to come.  Please keep an eye on your email these first few weeks to ensure you are getting all the information.

Please take a look at the fliers attached to the emailed version of this  newsletter and feel free to contact the organizations for more information regarding program details. There is also a flier attached  on the new program that allows families in need to get AC transit passes free.  

My goal as your principal is to keep you informed and be a connector to your child’s education. Please know my door is always open and you are welcome to email/meet with me. Our staff is here to support you and your student. I do email regularly so please make sure you are checking your email for updates throughout the year  and that we have a current email on file. 

Feel free to contact me at any time.


Let's make this a great year!

Heather Thorner


Required update: Emergency Information

As we did last year, this year parents will update the emergency information through the Parent Portal. 

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

7th grade T-DAP 

All 7th grade students must turn in verification that they have been given the T-Dap booster shot that prevents whooping cough. All students must turn in their immunization record or proof they have received the shot before school begins. Any student who fails to turn in verification of the TDAP shot, will not be allowed to start school. Verification documents can be emailed to: IVCTDAP@nhusd.k12.ca.us


6th Grade Parent Night

Please join us for an informative night for our 6th grade families.  On August 13th, we will welcome all incoming 6th grade parents/guardians at 6:30 pm in the MPR.

Parents and guardians this evening is for you!  If possible have your students enjoy one more night of summer vacation at home while you come to IVC to learn about Parent Connect, Google Classroom and good to know IVC practices. Students will participate in WEB later in the week and that day is designed for them.  This night is for parents/guardians.

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, 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.

Back to School Night 

Will be held on August 29th 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. 

School Supplies

We have posted the School Supplies list to our  website. Here is the link: http://ivcms.nhusd.k12.ca.us/home/for-our-students/student-supply-list

Forensics at IVC! 

Dr. Tommie Lindsey Jr. will be continuing the 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 Tuesday/Thursdays.


Supper Program continuing at IVC

We are excited to share that the supper program will be back this year. All IVC students 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 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.


Schedule Pick up/WEB orientation

August 15th: 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 16: 6th graders

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

8-11am: Schedule pick-up for parents

Required update: Emergency Information 

During schedule pick up, 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, you or your student will be able to pick up their schedule. If the emergency information is not updated, we are not able to release the 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. 


Online Meal Application

One way to help ensure NHUSD receives all the funds we qualify for, is to ensure all students who qualify for free and reduced lunch get the support they need. That is done by completing the Free and Reduced lunch application. We are asking ALL  families to complete this form. Many times families assume they won’t qualify or are worried information will be shared with other government organizations. Please know the information is not shared and many times families who do not believe they can qualify, actually do. That is why we ask ALL families to complete and turn in the form. 

A paper application for the lunch program has been sent home.   Although we are sending home the paper form, you are able to complete this form online. The link to the form is below.That link becomes live on July 30th. 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.  If possible, take a picture of your completed online form or print your confirmation email to turn in at schedule pick up. You can find the application at this website: 


On schedule pick up day, we will have the media center open with the online meal applications ready to fill out at IVC  if that makes things easier. 


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.  

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 are asking for $25 per student to help offset costs.  Please note any donation to IVC is tax deductible. We are also able to be set up with corporate matching, so if your employer will match donations, please consider helping IVC even more.