Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

May 2018

Hello IVC Families!

Spring has sprung.  We are under the 40 day mark for the number of days left in the school year . For almost 450 families you are about to have a high schooler, not a middle schooler anymore! As we go into the final slide of the year, we are going to be busy.

I wanted to take a moment to remind you that we are going to begin our state testing, the CAASPP test.  This year our students will test for 5 days. Day 1 and 2 will be Language Arts, Day 3 and 4 will be Math and the final day, will be the CAASPP Science test, which is in its first official year. Our 6th and 7th graders will take the Science NWEA during this time.

This Friday, May 4th, will be the first of our minimum days for testing.  We need to meet with the staff as a whole to ensure all staff is ready and fully trained to administer the tests.  Teachers must also prepare their classrooms to make them a legal testing environment. This means no charts on the walls or anything out that would in any way assist students with the exams.

The following week  May 7-11, we will have minimum days each day to allow for testing.  Please know these tests are very demanding for students. They are long, reading heavy and are challenging. Your students will tell you they are drained by the end of the day. Our students have shared that the minimum days allow for them to go hard for a half day while knowing they will have the rest of the day to relax and not feel overwhelmed by the testing.  We know this is not always convenient for parents, so please know we appreciate you accommodating the students.

You should expect a light workload next week and we try to create a balance for our students while completing state exams.  Students will be with their first period class each day for testing, very similar to how we test for NWEA.

A few notes for CAASPP testing.  Please be aware that students CANNOT have their cell phones.  We will be asking them to be placed in lockers, or teachers have different ways to collect and monitor cell phones within the classroom, but students cannot have their cell phone anywhere near them during testing. If you need to get ahold of your child, please do not call their cell phone or text them.  Please call the office and we can relay the message or let the students come to the office to call you. Social media and the web are very closely monitored by the testing board and there are consequences for schools if students are found using cell phones during the exams. Student are never allowed to take pictures of any kind of the tests or post online to  social media anything related directly to the test (questions or answers to a question).

We do ask your help with this through next week.  Please make sure your child gets a good night sleep and eats breakfast each day.  It is amazing what a good night’s sleep and a meal can do for our children's brains.  

On a last note, next week is also Teacher Appreciation week.  As you know our teachers have been fighting hard for a contract and hopefully we will soon know the results of the proposed plan.  Contract negotiations are challenging for all those involved and trust me when I tell you work to rule is hardest on the teachers. It goes against the nature of most of our educators. Teachers dedicate their lives to educating your children and they deserve our thanks and appreciation.  Please encourage your child to reach out and show their support next week. Without teachers IVC would not be able to accomplish what your child needs to be successful.

Have a marvelous May!

Heather Thorner


Important Dates:

May 1- Choir Concert @ Logan 7 pm

May 1-3- Book Fair- Media Center

May 3- Open House 6-7 pm

May 4- Min Day, Glow Dance @ Logan

May 7-11 CAASPP Test, Min Day all week 11:44 dismissal

May 16, 21, 23rd - 6th grade to Levi Stadium- W/Core teacher

5/18- Birthday Day 2.0

5/28- Memorial Day - No School

Notes from Staff:

From Mx. Peterson:

Congratulations to the hard-working, and creative students who wrote a novel for National Novel Writing Month and followed through with revisions to become published. They have not only written hundreds of thousands of words combined, but are now proud owners of their very own books!

6th Graders

Gaby Canilao, Spencer Chang, Sabrina Cheung, Octavian Curcaneanu, Maya Foster, Nargis Gausi, Derek La, Harnoor Mahal, Jacob Nguyen, Alexa Pangan, Sophie Park, Stephen Park, Karina Rose, Sheza Shahzad, Sophie Tang, Devin Wu

7th Graders

Imaan Sandhu, Caitlin Vu


From Ms. Kairy’s and the IVCMS Choir:

Congratulations to our IVC Advanced Mixed Choir for their performance at the C.M.E.A. Choral Festival in Mountain View last month earning a rating of Unanimous Superior for their performance.


The IVC Choir Spring Concert take place on Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m. at the Logan Center for Performing Arts. Tickets by donation available at the door, suggested donation $5.

From Ms. Nemecek/Activity Director:

This year we have partnered with the Oakland A's and earning money for IVC couldn't be easier!  Use this link to check out the games offered through our website. Buy your tickets just like you would on the A's website and a portion of your ticket price will go to IVC.  You get a 15% discount from the general A's website ticket prices and IVC earns 25%. You can easily share this link with friends and family through social media. It's a win/win/hopefully A's win!  http://athletics.com/ivcms

May 18th is Birthday Day 2.0!  We will be celebrating everyone's birthday with decorations, songs, special treats, and birthday cards!  A very merry birthday to everyone!

8th grade information:

8th graders who are interested in giving a speech at the promotion ceremony should attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, May 16th during fifth period lunch in room Sci-5.  We'll go over the process and answer any questions. More information is on the blue pages of the 8th grade packet that went home in April. This is open to all eighth graders!

Families of 8th graders interested in purchasing a flower or kukui nut lei for promotion can now pre-order them through the school at this website: www.realfansgonuts.com Choose commencement, middle school and then find our school on the list.

The flowers are shipped fresh from Hawaii and will be distributed at promotion practice on the last day of school.  All pre-orders must be made by May 31st.

From Ms. Pagtakahn:

Ms. Pagtakhan has a Donors Choose project up and if you are looking for a great cause to donate to, please follow this link: