Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School



October 2019

Hello IVCMS Families!

The last remnants of summer have fallen away and we are now diving deeper with our learning. We have quite a bit happening this month so please read on for more information.

As you may know, we gave all students the NWEA test in Math and Reading last month.  This is a test we take 3x a year, fall, winter and spring. As we did last year, students will be receiving a progress report with their fall test scores in their math and core classes.  The progress reports will then be used by students to complete a goal setting activity in both core and math during the month of October. Our goal is to give students the data they need to understand their scores and information to help them with their personal progress.  

In October we also take time to review our school safety plan with our staff and we will have an earthquake drill and evacuation planned for the middle of the month. I do want our community to know that your students safety is always our number one priority and we regularly update and makes changes to our safety plan to ensure we are taking every step possible to have students feel safe and secure at school.

With the move to an earlier start date this year, we are moving up various events throughout the year and making some changes to our format for parent nights throughout the year. The first is that parent teacher conferences are right around the corner and will be held on October 24-25th. Many teachers will stay late on Thursday the 24th to accommodate parents who work being able to attend. Conferences are normally reserved for parents of struggling students. Your child’s teacher will reach out to you if they would like to meet to review your students progress and brainstorm ways together to help the student improve. Please do respond to the requests from the teachers.  Teachers are reporting that they are seeing more students who are struggling with turning in homework/assignments than they normally do at this time of year. This is the best time to check in with your student, make sure they are on top of things before their grades get to a place they can’t come back up from. 

I encourage you to check Parent Connect with your student and open the line of communication on ways you can support them at home. You can always access Parent Connect Portal through our website. 


Emailing your child’s teacher is a great way to check in and get questions answered if you have concerns about how to assist your child. 

In other news, we plan to hold multiple parent nights throughout the year, instead of just one night in late spring with Open House. The last few years we have seen a considerable drop off on parent attendance to Open House, we know parking is difficult and it is not easy to get around and spend a lot of time in each of your child's classrooms. Our goal this year is to provide parents with more opportunities to see their students shine or to be able to enjoy a learning opportunity together. We will have 3 difference science nights where dissections will take place, 7th graders with have Wax Museum Exhibition night and 8th grade students will hold their College Exhibition night. We hope you will take advantage of these nights to come and learn with your child!

We have our two biggest fundraisers this month with the Jog-A-Thon and our Halloween carnival. I hope you will consider supporting us this year. 

Heather Thorner


Ways to help our classrooms

Mrs. Moreno: https://www.donorschoose.org/we-teach/6788743

Mr. Wagner:


Mrs. Loth


Mrs. Saucedo


Ms. Pagtakhan


Important Dates:

October 1- College Fair 6pm Gym

October 2- Title 1 Parent Night- 6 pm MPR

October 10- Make up Picture Day in PE

October 11- End of Tri-1 progress report period

October 16- Jog-A-Thon

October 17- The Great Shake Out Drill

October 22- 8th grade College Tour Day

October 24/25- Parent Conferences- Min Day- Students out at 11:44 

October 24- School Site Council 6pm

October 25th- Larry Itliong Day

October 28-Nov. 1- Spirit Week

October 31- Halloween Carnival

Nov. 1- PVC Meeting

IVCMS online donation account is open!!

 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!



Want to order some new cool IVCMS swag- click on the link below to order:


Homework Club Begins this week!

Homework club begins on Wednesday this week. We will open room N-1 for some homework assistance from 1:44-2:44 each week. Homework club is a place to get extra help with assignments or make up tests, but it is not a place to hang out and play games. 

From Ms. Nem, Activities Director

PVC Meeting

Our October PVC meeting will be Friday, October 11th at 8:45am in room W8.  Please sign in at the office before joining us!



The Jog-a-thon is coming October 16th!  The jog-a-thon is our biggest (and hopefully only) fundraiser of the year.  We use the donations to support grade level assemblies, lunchtime activities, end of the year activities, class projects and more!  Students will be running a one-lap obstacle course during their PE class on October 16th. We are looking for parent volunteers throughout the day.  You can sign up HERE to be a volunteer.  We will be collecting donations through first period classes. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards online HERE.  More information will be coming next week!


Spirit Week and Carnival

The week of October 28-November 1 is our first spirit week.  Each day students can dress up in the theme of the day and earn spirit points by getting their ID card scanned during lunch time.  The themes are still being decided, so stay tuned for more information soon.


Our Halloween carnival will take place in the afternoon on Thursday, October 31st.  We will have a modified bell schedule and the carnival will take place the last hour and a half of the school day.  All students who are not on the exclusion list will attend the carnival. Tickets are $1 each and can be used for food, games, and the haunted house.  Tickets will be on sale Thursday, October 31st before school, during break, lunch and at the carnival. Our two carnivals are the largest club fundraisers we do at IVCMS.  Each booth is sponsored by a different club raising money for their activities. If you're interested in volunteering on the day of the carnival, you can sign up HERE.


From 8th grade Core Teachers

The 8th grade Project Based Learning students are throwing IVCMS's annual College Fair. Parents, friends, and community members are invited to learn about colleges through student created presentations and displays. This takes place Tuesday October 1st, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in our Gym



Yearbooks are on sale Fridays at lunch time for $35 in front of the MPR. 

Prices will go up to $40 in January 2020.

Last day to buy yearbooks will be March 27th and none will be sold after. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Pagtakhan at apagtakhan@nhusd.k12.ca.us

 Book Resources for Kids and Parents

Hi Book Lovers! Wondering what book your student might like? Looking for recommendations? Follow @sirbooxalot on Instagram for frequent book recs from Mx. Peterson, students, teachers, and more! Books will be geared toward Middle School and up, and you can even send in your favs to be matched with personalized recommendations!

Superintendent Survey Request

Our new superintendent, Dr. John Thompson is asking for your feedback and thoughts. Please take a moment to complete his survey to help him determine the path to success for NHUSD.. Click the link below:


Online Meal Application

The deadline for the online meal application must be done by October 2nd. 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: 


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.