Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

October 2018

Welcome to Fall IVCMS families,

The weather has started to turn and we are making good progress on our year so far! The students are certainly settling in and are more comfortable being back at school.

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.  

We would like students to understand what they need to focus on to meet their own growth goals.  Although being proficient does mean a student is at grade level, the most important piece is that students are making personal growth in their academic journey.  Your students will be asked what they need to do to make their growth targets. I encourage you to ask your student for their data sheet and ask them what they plan to do to help achieve their growth goals.

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.

As a reminder we do not have proper supervision on campus until 8:10 am.  Many students are arriving to school as early as 7:00 am. Please do not have your students come to school at this time unless they are in Club Une. Your students safety is always our first priority.  We want to be able to properly supervise the students.

This month we will also celebrate our school’s namesakes October 23rd.  Our goal as a site is to repeat this day once every 3 years to ensure that every student who comes through IVCMS has a clear understanding of why our school is named Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School. "Larry" Itliong's birthday is October 25th! To celebrate his work of organizing labor unions, we spend the day investigating and exploring the united fight of Filipina/os and Mexicana/os and the Delano Grape Strike. We also explore the life and work of Larry Itliong, Cesar Chavez, Philip Vera Cruz, Dolores Huerta, the many farmers united in the fight for fair wages, better working conditions, and better labor practices that humanize workers everywhere.

I am also excited to share a great opportunity for you and your family.  IVCMS has an been offered a chance to raise some much needed funds for the school and our families get a wonderful lasting memory out of the deal. Photographer and IVCMS parent, Ramon Piquero, has very generously offered to shoot family portrait sessions for a discounted price and give a portion of each photo session directly to IVC.  I have attached a flier with more information to this newsletter and we will post the flier on our website as well. I hope you will consider helping IVC!

Here are some important dates for this month:

10/2- #Icanhelp Assembly- All grade levels

10/4- DC Parent Meeting

10/11 8th grade PBL College night 6-7 pm Gym

10/12- Jog-A-Thon

10/18- Make up picture

10/19- Trimester 1 Progress report

10/23- Itliong Day

10/24- School Site Council(date change) 6-7 pm Media Center

10/25- Min day, release at 11:44 -Staff PD

10/27- Itliong Celebration Day from 4pm to 9pm

10/31- Halloween and Fall Carnival

My door is always open and I welcome feedback or happy to answer questions anytime. Have a wonderful October!

Heather Thorner


Notes from Staff:


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From Ms. Nemecek:


Our biggest fundraiser of the year is coming!  Please help support student activities by encouraging your child to reach out to friends and family to get pledges!  The students received a flyer with all the info they need to do the asking AND all the info they need about the prizes.  They also got a pledge tracker, which they can use to keep track of their sponsors. In order to keep things easy for sponsors, we take credit card donations online here: Donate Online!   If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the jog-a-thon, please fill out this form: VOLUNTEERS!  Thank you for your ongoing support!

Spirit Week

Spirit week is coming!  The week of October 29th, students can earn spirit points by dressing up for the theme each day.  The days are still being finalized, but check out our facebook page, instagram, or twitter @ivccougars for updates!

Halloween Carnival

This year our carnival will be on Halloween day.  Since it's a Wednesday, the carnival will take place before student release at 1:44pm.  If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the carnival, please fill out this form: VOLUNTEERS!  Students will be able to purchase tickets for $1 each throughout the day on 10/31 to use at the carnival where they can play games, buy food, and go through our Haunted House.  All booths are hosted by our school clubs. Several free activities will also be available.


An easy way for you to support IVCMS is to sign up for e-scrip!  You don't have to spend any extra money, you just have to register on their website and every time you shop we will get a small percentage back.  Every small amount adds up! If you're already supporting one of the elementary schools, fear not! You can support up to three organizations at once!  Please register here: https://secure.escrip.com/signup/index.jsp

Spirit Points

Students earn spirit points by attending after school events like dances, clubs and sports games, participating in groups like sports teams, and wearing spirit wear on Fridays and during spirit week.  Each student is on a color team based on their last name: Team Yellow: A-G, Team White: H-O, Team Green: P-Z. Prizes are awarded periodically for individuals and teams based on point earnings. For an updated look at your child's point total, click here: http://5starstudents.com/ivccougars/leaderboard

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 Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in our Gym

From the IVCMS Office:

We have switched to a new system to send announcements home(dialers/emails).  As of right now, only the first primary contact is sent the message. If you would like to be added to these messages and are not currently getting them(I just sent an email with Homework Help/Club info, if you didn’t get it you are the secondary contact) feel free to email Ms. Angie in the office and she can add your contact info in which will allow you to receive all messages. acopado-jaime@nhusd.k12.ca.us


The best way for your child to learn is to be present at school. Please make sure your child attends school each day.  If they need to be out, please make sure you call the office or email the office staff to let them know.

From the IVCMS Counselors:

This year every 8th grade student will be provided the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 for free.  The test will be given on 11/7/18 during the school day.

There is no need to register your child for this exam.

If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the PSAT 8/9, please fill out the form below.The opt out form must be completed before October 15, 2018:


From James Logan HIgh School:

Link Crew is hosting the second annual Harvest Festival on October 12 from 3:30-6:00 pm. We will have free carnival-style games for all to play. There will be performances by JLHS Ballet Folklorico, Traditional Aztec Dancers Ollin Anahuac, BSU, hip-hop elements, and more.