Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

November 2018

Hello IVC families,

Although this past week we saw our country mourn over multiple  tragedies that took place, it is times like these that remind me to find light and remember the things I am thankful for. For me, that light is my family, friends, and our IVC community.

I am thankful for the staff of IVCMS. We have an incredible group of people who regularly go above and beyond to support our students. We would not be able to serve our families if it was not for them.

I would also would like to extend my thanks to you all for being such a supportive community and for being IVC’s partners on this educational journey that our students are on. We know it is not easy raising a middle schooler and we appreciate all you do!

This month we have quite a few things taking place at IVC. First, we will be holding parent teacher conferences on November 8th and 9th.  Teachers have most likely contacted the parents that they would like to meet with, so please connect with the teachers if they are requesting a conference.

We will also be administering the PSAT for all 8th grade students on November 7th.  This year the district was able to pay for all 8th grade students to take the exam. Information has come home through our counselors, so feel free to contact them if you have questions.

Our first trimester will come to a close at the end of this month.  We will have a minimum day on November 30th, which is the last day of the trimester. This is time has been set aside for the teachers to work on grades, so they are ready to be processed the following week.  Just a reminder, that the trimester ends on Friday, grades are due by the following Wednesday and if all goes well with the system, then by Thursday evening you can access your students grades online and the following week they will arrive home in the mail to you.

I would encourage you to continue to monitor Parent Connect and stay in touch with your child’s teachers if you have concerns.

Here are the important dates for this month:

11/1- Title 1 Parent Info Night

11/7- PSAT - All 8th graders during the day

11/8 and 11/9- Parent/Teacher conferences

11/12- No school- Veterans Day

11/13-Drug Awareness Parent Forum-6-7 pm

11/15- ELAC Meeting 6-7 pm Media Center

11/19-11/23- School Closed, Thanksgiving Holiday

11/29- SSC Meeting

11/29- Choir Concert @JLHS 7pm

11/30- Trimester 1 ends

11/30 Min day- 11:44 release time

I hope everyone is able to take time with family this month and remember the things we are thankful for each and every day.  Have a wonderful month, and as always we are here if you need us!

Heather Thorner


Notes from Staff:

From Ms. Daniel:

Yearbooks are officially on sale and can be purchased for $40.  You can do so online or in person.


From the IVCMS Office:

We begin to see an increase in absences around this time of year.. Please remember that we need your child here every day, and although we understand being out of town for the holidays, please make sure if you are extending vacations for more than 5 days, you can request a short term independent study contract in our office. If your student does need to be out, please make sure you are calling in or emailing office staff to log the absence and it is an excused absence.


From the IVCMS Counselors:

PSAT 8/9 exam for 8th grade students is November 7th- reminder all students should bring two #2 pencils for the day of the test.

Your invited to a Community Forum around on November 13th at 6:00pm.  The topics will be around alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, youth party trends, alcohol and drugs, party games, social networking sites, and E-cigarettes

Click on this link for more information Community Forum at IVCMS.

From Ms. Gonzalez

If your student is looking for additional help with math and they have first lunch, Ms. Gonzalez has begun a math tutoring club each day at lunch.  

From Ms. Kairy’s

Winter Concert

November 29, 2018, 7pm

Logan Center for Performing Arts

$5 suggested donation

The IVCMS community is invited and warmly welcome to attend!

From Ms. Nemecek:

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our jog-a-thon a successful event this year.  As of now we have raised close to $16,000 and already making plans for grade level enrichment assemblies and other activities to support students on campus. While we didn't reach our goal, we are grateful for each and every donor who helped us get close and appreciate the ongoing support to our school.

Thank you to our volunteers who helped sell carnival tickets at our annual Halloween carnival!  Fun was had by all! If you enjoyed volunteering at this event, please look out for info about our Spring carnival in March!

Spirit wear is now on sale through Friday, November 9th.  Order forms are available in the school office, were emailed home to every parent and child, and are available on our website.  Students are allowed to wear both sweatshirts and jogger sweatpants in addition to their PE clothes during the colder months. Sweatshirts are $30, Jogger sweatpants are $25.  Samples of each are available in the school office. If you are planning to attend parent conferences on Thursday, November 8th, samples and order forms will be available in the middle of campus between the N cluster and the MPR.

During the month of November, we will be hosting a "Month of Thanks" on instagram.  Each day we'll post a suggestion of a person in your life and encourage you to express your thanks to them (in person...but also in the comments!).  Follow us on instagram @ivccougars to check it out!

Friday, November 16th we'll have our first spirit rally in many years.  All students will be encouraged to wear their team colors and have the opportunity to participate in spirit rally games to earn points for their color teams.  


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