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PRINCIPAL'S NEWSLETTER
January 2017

Happy New Year IVC Families!

I hope that everyone enjoyed a well earned and needed winter break.  I know spent a lot of time with my family and seemed to unpack a lot of boxes due to my recent move.  I am well rested and ready to take on 2018 as I know my staff is as well.


As we begin the new year, I want to remind you that progress reports for Trimester 2 will end on January 18th.  I wanted to take a moment to share that once the grading period ends what our process for sending home progress reports or report cards typically is.  A grading period typically ends on a  Friday. Teachers by contract have until the following Wednesday to input all grades and issue grades. Once that happens and our system confirms all grades are in, then we print, stuff, and mail the envelopes home through district mail.  Please note there is typically a 7-10 day turn around once the grading period has ended for the report cards to come home.


I encourage you to check Parent/Student connect if possible.  Once teachers grades are in the system then the grades are also posted online.  This is a much faster way to get the grade information.


I also encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers/counselors if you have questions or concerns regarding grading or other classroom related questions.


I am very excited to announce that our 21st Century Room should be opening sooner rather than later.  There are few items that need to be completed this month but the room is looking amazing and we are excited to be able to get into the room with students and be able to take our students down a new path of learning.

 

While we wait for the room to be completed, some fencing will come down and that will allow us to use the walkways in front of the room.  I know the students will appreciate having these walkways back.  Although we have dealt with some complications along the way, the room has many features that our students will benefit from using.


I also want to let you know that next month we will be taking the winter NWEA in the middle of the month.  This month students will be reviewing the goals they set for themselves in November and we will be celebrating all students who make growth of the NWEA.  


I do want to ask that as we jump back into the swing of things for you to please be mindful of the parking situation.  The lot right in front of the school is for staff only.  We also have students and special ed busses coming through this area so we need to keep the traffic is this area to a minimum.  We appreciate your help with this.


Let’s have a great start to 2018!  As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Heather Thorner

hthorner@nhusd.k12.ca.us


Important Dates:

January 8- First student day back

January 9,10,11-Talent Show Auditions

January 12 - Parent Volunteer Committee

January 15- No School, Martin Luther King Day

January 23- Talent Show 6-7pm, MPR

January 25- 8th grade promotion gown pictures

January 25- School Site Council Meeting (6-7 PM, Media Center)

January 26- Progress Reports Trimester 2

February 2- Not a Valentines Day Dance

Notes from Staff:


From 8th grade core/PBL

For our next unit, IVC eighth grade students will be analyzing and understanding the U.S. Constitution and challenged with the task of proposing an amendment to our system of government.

On Monday, January 29 and Tuesday, January 30, eighth grade students will be presenting their proposals to a panel of "mock" members of the Senate and House of Representatives who will vote to determine if their amendment should pass.  Those who amendments pass, will be given an envelope to mail their proposal off to Senator Kamala Harris or Representative Bill Quirk.

We are in need of people who are willing to sit in on these presentations.  If you are able to help us on this day by being a panel member please sign up or  if know anyone who can help, please forward this sign-up genius to them.  

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4ea5af29a02-ivcms1

Please feel free to forward the sign-up genius to other community members or family members that might be able to help.  

Thank you,

Eighth Grade Core Teachers.

From the Counselors:

Please see the list below of all of our students who earned a student achievement award during trimester 1.  We are so proud of all of our students who worked hard in their classes to be given an award from their teacher.

From the Activity Director:

January 23rd is our annual talent show!  Come check out the talent IVCMS has to show off at our evening show from 6-7pm.  Tickets are $5 for adults, kids are free.

 

On January 25th 8th graders will be taking their promotion pictures in gowns during PE class.  Lifetouch will provide the gowns and a white collared shirt piece for boys (and any girl who wants to wear one).  

From Ms. Agregado:

The next 12-week session of the R3 Academy starts March 1st from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at IVCMS.  Fathers and Father Figures can register at www.r3academy.org/hayward and then click on "Sign Up" at the top of the page.  We are only doing these sessions in English.  No Spanish class this time. ABC News did a segment about the program and the link is: R3 Academy Classes . We are still taking names of anyone interested, we currently have 20 dads stated they were interested but more are welcome.  Please email, Ms. Agregado if you are interested in participating or have questions. kagregado@nhusd.k12.ca.us

From the office staff:

We have a new check in/check out system is out front office.  When you come in to check a student out, you will notice a new check out system on the front desk.  Simply follow the instructions on the screen to check out your student, check in your student, or to sign in as a volunteer.  Off grounds passes and volunteer badges print automatically for you and allow us to be more efficient. Please do remember that we are asking parents or guardians for ID when picking up students.