Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School



November 2019

Hello IVCMS Families!

Although we have a few weeks before Thanksgiving, I wanted to express my gratitude for our parent and school community. I feel very blessed to work with an amazing group of students, staff and families. IVC is my home away from home and I know that our community makes us thrive. Thank you for being a part of IVC.

This month we have a few days off for some much needed time to relax.. In addition we will end our first trimester of the school year.  I know many parents had the chance to meet with teachers during parent teacher conferences. I encourage you to stay in touch with your student’s teachers. Regular communication and check in with your students on their progress is critical at this age. 

We are very excited that IVC has teamed up with AES and The Union City Family Center to announce that Alameda County Community Food Bank food distribution is expanding to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School beginning Wednesday, November 13, 2019, from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm! Food will be distributed to NHUSD students and their families every 2nd Wednesday of each month.  Please remember to bring sturdy reusable bags!  Contact our Family Service Assistant, Ms. Clare Dalman, with any questions.  cdalman@nhusd.k12.ca.us or 510-489-0700, ext. 60558

There is a registration form attached to this newsletter and can be found on our website. 

I know I have a lot to be thankful for this year and I encourage everyone to try and find some laughter and joy this season. To start you off, I am sharing a favorite of mine as a parent of a 6th grader. This made me feel like I am not alone on the crazy parenting journey that is middle school.


Middle Schoolers be like

Have a wonderful November!

Heather Thorner



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:

Nov.6th- 6th grade social 2:00-3:30

Nov. 6th- 8th grade dissection night

Nov. 7th- Intruder Drill

Nov. 8th- 8th grade panoramic picture

Nov. 11th- No School Veterans Day

Nov. 12-15 United Against Hate Week

Nov. 12- Puente Visits to 8th grade classrooms

Nov. 13- Food distribution at IVC 2:30-4:30

Nov. 14- Birthday Day

Nov. 15- End of Trimester 1- Minimum Day

Nov. 19- Chipotle Fundraiser

Nov. 21- SSC- 6-7pm Media center

Nov. 25-29-Thanksgiving Holiday Break

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:


6th grade social: Here’s a link to the permission slip for the 6th grade social this Wednesday.  It’s for 6th graders only. Admission is free and there will be some free activities, but students can bring a few dollars for the food items.  The event will take place in the MPR from 2-3:30pm, Wednesday, November 6.


Thank you for all of your support in our jog-a-thon.  We raised $19,628.22! We will start to map out the events and activities throughout the year to enhance our students’ experience at IVC!


November 19: Chipotle Fundraiser!  Come by the Union Landing Chipotle from 4-8pm to grab some dinner and help IVC earn some $$.  Please consider posting the flyer attached to this email on social media to spread the word!


From our Counselors:

Maricruz Meza, a counselor from Logan, will be on campus on Tuesday, November 12th to speak with 8th graders about the Puente program offered at Logan. 


The PSAT 8/9 will be offered on January 15th. If you would like your child to participate, please have them register using the link sent to their email. We are asking for a $10 donation to cover the costs of the exam, but it is not required. The deadline to register for the PSAT will be Friday, November 15th.


From Yearbook:

There are two more months that the yearbooks are being sold for $35. You can purchase yearbooks at yearbookordercenter.com and use our school code: 6046. You can also buy yearbooks at lunch time in front of the MPR or after school in N8. We take cash and check in person. 

Our yearbook staff this year is working hard on capturing these powerful middle school memories and we hope you purchase your yearbook today!

Also from yearbook:

This year, yearbook is allowing our IVC community to take pictures. If you are at a school event, you can share your pictures at hjeshare.com, our school code is ivcybk. Your photos may be featured in this year's yearbook!

 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!

From our Science Teachers

Science is hosting our annual 8th Grade Dissections Night, Wednesday Nov 6th from 5:30-7pm! You'll get to dissect a grass frog! Permission forms were sent home with students. Students are to get their permission forms signed by an adult, and must attend with an adult. Turn permission forms in to your science teacher by Monday, Nov 4th. Space is limited so get those permission forms in ASAP.

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.