Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

April 2018

Hello IVC Families!

I hope everyone enjoyed the week off for Spring break and we are ready to close out the 2017-2018 school year.  We are down to less than 50 days, the year has just flown by. Lots to share with you this month.

As you know our our district has reached the point of mediation with the New Haven Teachers Association and due to this our teachers have gone to a Work to Rule action, where they are only working during their contractual hours.  Due to this, our Homework Club has been put on hold until the contract is settled.

We have a 8th Parent Night coming up this Monday where Ms. Nemecek will be reviewing the end of the year 8th grade events and discussing promotion.  In addition I will be sharing some tips and tricks former IVC families have shared with us that are helpful when learning to navigate Logan and high school in general.  We hope you can join us on Monday, April 16th  from 6-7 pm in the MPR.

On April 24/25th we will be taking the NWEA for the final time this year.  Students are reviewing their updated goal sheets and data sheets this week.  I encourage you to ask your student to see their data sheet that they will get from their science teacher this week.  This document allows students (and parents) to see the students grades, test scores and other info that can be helpful to students when writing goals. We are doing another individual treat and class contest as well.

I also sent home an email in regards to the parking lot near the Holly Center and about 20 parking spots that are now blocked off for the next 6 weeks.  The work to complete the solar parking structure will affect our drop off and pick up area, so we suggest you set up an alternative location if you use the front area for the duration of this project.  Please do note the front parking lot is for staff only and we do not have enough parking spots for staff so please do not use these spots. Staff also have to park on the street.

Lastly, I wanted to make sure you are aware that we will be completing our Smarter Balanced testing the second week of May.  The whole week will be minimum days to try and make things easier on the students while completing these tests. The tests are long and the students will stay with their 1st period teachers for the entire minimum day.  They will be given some downtime during testing and a longer break in the middle of the day. During this week it is especially important that students get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. Most teachers will not be assigning homework this week. More information will be coming home about the CAASP testing which we are required to take.

You may be aware that each school in NHUSD is completing a Pink Shirt Intruder drill.  More information about our drill next week will be coming home to you this week. You may remember that IVC actually piloted this drill 2 years ago.   

Lastly, I wanted to share that Ms. Paktaghan has a Donor’s Choose project up and if you are looking for a great cause to donate to, please follow this link:


Thank you and have a great month! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Heather Thorner


Important Dates:

April 16th- 8th grade parent meeting 6-7 pm MPR

April 18-20-Hearing Screening-8th graders in PE

April 21- Choir CMEA Festival

April 24/24- NWEA- modified schedule, no min day

April 26-May 4- Book Fair

Notes from Staff:

From the Counselors:

Career/College Expo Day April 20th: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We are in need of volunteers to come and host a table with information about their career.  Please help make this day a success by completing the following form:


IVCMS Day of Silence :  GLSEN’s Day of Silence, is on Friday, April 27, This day is a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.

Teacher Recognition Awards- Attached please find the list of students who received a teacher recognition award from one of their teachers.  Each teacher was able to reward a student in their class for a reason of their choice. Students receive a special certificate to Subway.

Harlem Wizards

Come watch Mrs. Thorner and other New Haven faculty take on the Harlem Wizards!

Tickets are on sale at https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/events/122781  Select IVCMS when you purchase your tickets so that a portion of the proceeds will go to our school!

From Union City Family Center and IVC

Special Fundraiser for IVCMS! Washington Wizards Game

FUNDRAISER FOR IVCMS:  On Monday, April 23, 2018, the Harlem Wizards are coming to town to take on the "Union City All-Stars," a team that will include our very own principal and a couple of our IVC teachers, as well as other NHUSD school principals and teachers, our Superintendent, and others from the city, including the mayor!  The basketball game will be at 7 PM at the James Logan High School Pavilion. Doors open at 6 PM. Come cheer on Mrs. Thorner and your IVC teachers!!!  It promises to be a fun night since the Harlem Wizards are known for their trick shots, high flying slam dunks, and funny plays! Check out this video for a little glimpse of the Wizards in action https://vimeo.com/252260837

Tickets are on sale at https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/events/122781  Select IVCMS when you purchase your tickets so that a portion of the proceeds will go to our school!

From the Media Center, Mrs. Woll

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the IVC Media Center April 26th - May 3rd. Students will be able to purchase some exceptional summer reading and help our school raise money to buy more books! You can check out our upcoming book fair and order online at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/ivcms. Parent volunteers are needed to help with lunchtime sales each day from 11:30-1. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up on our book fair homepage or contact the Teacher Librarian Cindy Woll at cwoll@nhusd.k12.ca.us.  


From the Activity Director:

1. Monday, April 16th at 6pm is 8th grade parent info night.  Come hear about the end of the year activities and promotion!

2. Friday, April 27th: 8th grade packets are due.  Students who want to participate in end of the year activities must turn in their permission slips and code of conduct by Friday, 4/27.  There will be an email with more detailed information coming soon!

3. The week of April 30th is Spirit Week!  Students and staff can dress up for each themed day to receive spirit points.  More info to come...

4. Friday, May 4th is our annual CCMS/IVCMS Glow Dance at James Logan High School.  Tickets will go on sale starting Thursday, April 26th.  Prices go up every day and we usually sell out, so get your ticket early!  This combined middle school dance is in the Al Rodrigues gym on the Logan campus from 7-9pm.  Supervisors from both middle schools will be present.