Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

Hello IVC families,

As many of you may be aware, the New Haven Teachers Association has planned a strike for tomorrow, Monday, May 20th. School will be open, site administration and other district staff will be leading students in various enrichment activities throughout the day. Our plan for state testing will be put on hold during the strike. We hope a settlement can be reached soon and we can come back and assess our students in a more optimal testing environment.


Please keep in mind this strike will cause changes to our school schedule. We will not have the minimum days scheduled for Monday May 20 or any days of the strike. We will revert to our regular school day hours of 8:30 am - 2:55 pm and Wednesday 8:30 am - 1:44 pm. Please note, during a strike no after school activities will be held, this includes sporting events and clubs.


The before and after school program Club Une, will be in the same location on campus and ready to receive students that are already signed up. Breakfast, lunch and supper will continue to be offered for those students who would like it. If you are planning to keep your child home but are worried about your child having meals daily while the strike is happening, you can contact the Union City Family Center. They can assist with getting your students their daily meals. The Union City Family Center is located 725 Whipple Rd, Union City, CA 94587, (510) 476-2770.


Student safety is always our first priority.  Parents should expect traffic delays during drop off or pick up.  There will be security to help ensure the safety of students entering and exiting campus as well. To ensure your student has an enriching, safe space to work, we are asking all students to come onto campus through the front of the school. This is the area near the main walkway in front of the E and S cluster. Once students are on on campus they should head straight to the MPR using the main walkway. We will have signed directing students where to report. The back of the school, by the band room will not be open for students to enter or exit through.  Students can still be dropped off on Fredi/Horner street and can then come onto campus via our fire lane located near the cul-de-sac on Fredi St. There is a sidewalk there for our students to walk on and security will be in this area.


Once the bell has rang to start the day, we will take attendance and begin our enrichment activities. We have prepared a special block schedule for these days. Please note if you choose not to send your child to school due to the strike will be an unexcused absence. However, we do not plan to use these absences for truancy purposes.


It is important to note that your child will not be doing their regular classwork on these days. Due to this there is no need for students to bring their backpacks to school as they will not have access to their lockers.  They are welcome to bring water and their lunch but no need for other materials. We plan to give students any and all materials needed to complete the enrichment activities we have planned for them.


Our office staff will be available and ready to receive your calls if you have questions. If you need to get in touch with your student for any reason, please call our office at (510) 489-0700. Please be on the lookout for dialers and email updates as this will be our main mode of communication during the strike.  We know this can be a confusing time for our students and families. We will do our best during this challenging time to keep strong communication between home and school and keep you informed.


Thank you,


IVC Administration

Heather Thorner

KenYetta Agregado

Kevin Packham


PRINCIPAL’S NEWSLETTER

May 2019 Hello IVC families!

This month and for the June letter I would like to use this space to share some exciting things that have happened this year. So we are going to keep things brief.


Then end of the year is approaching, we are down to less than 30 school days, which I cannot believe! We are also entering our testing period. This week we did the math NWEA and next week we will do ELA. This time around I am rewarding all students who are grade level proficient or students who made 2 points of growth from their winter NWEA scores. I am excited to celebrate the students.


Beginning May 13th, we will enter into our CAASSP testing, as I mentioned last month we will spread these days over two weeks. We will test math first and then language arts.


Summer is coming soon and so is the warmer weather.  Please feel free to send students with water bottles and please do remind them of our dress code. The students can find a link on our website if they need a refresher.


The same idea can be spread to behavior. Please remind your student that we are now in the last trimester and this is the one the one that counts for all end of the year activities. It is critical that their grades are passing, their behavior is appropriate and then do their best to end the year.


It is very important that we have current and accurate contact information for every student.  Please do make sure your contact information is up to date, we will use email and dialers to communicate information with you if needed.


Heather Thorner

hthorner@nhusd.k12.ca.us


TDAP NOTE:

Reminder that ALL students entering 7th grade must have received their T-DAP booster shot for whooping cough. Students will not be allowed to begin the 2019-2020 school year without this documentation on file. You can email the immunization record to us directly by sending it to IVCTDAP@nhusd.k12.ca.us.  

You can also bring it in to the office. Please make sure to schedule your appointment now, many parents have reported issues when trying to get the immunization in July or August.


FROM MS.NEM: ACTIVITY DIRECTOR

The week of May 6-10 is staff appreciation week.  We have some exciting things planned. If you would like to donate food for the staff breakfast on Tuesday, May 7 please fill out this form: Teacher Breakfast Sign Up

Students are encouraged to participate in a special spirit week.

Mon 5/6: high five/fist bump a teacher (ask first)!

Tues 5/7: selfie with a teacher (ask first)!

Wed 5/8: make a card for a teacher at lunch!

Thurs 5/9: thank a teacher!

Fri 5/10: wear your spirit wear!

We're also looking for individually wrapped candy donations to the office by Tuesday 5/7:  snickers, starbursts, 100 grand, sweet tarts, m&ms, skittles, kit kats, york mints, oreos, lollipops, whatever bags of assorted candy they're selling at costco these days.


8th Grade Parent Night Presentation


NOTES FROM THE STAFF:


TDAP NOTE:

Reminder that ALL students entering 7th grade must have received their T-DAP booster shot for whooping cough. Students will not be allowed to begin the 2019-2020 school year without this documentation on file. You can email the immunization record to us directly by sending it to IVCTDAP@nhusd.k12.ca.us.  

You can also bring it in to the office. Please make sure to schedule your appointment now, many parents have reported issues when trying to get the immunization in July or August.


FROM COACH VERSTREPEN: ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Here is the link on our league (SACMAL) website:

SACMAL Cup Championship Standings


Cool Cougars:

From Mr. Wright: Check out his class website highlighting his students work this year!  https://ivc-n10.weebly.com/


From Mr. Agregado:

Congratulations to our Itliong-Vera Cruz band members for being recognized as some of the very best in California.

Over 2,600 students from across the state auditioned and 13 Cougar Band students were selected to the 2019 Jr. High All State Honor Band and performed as a part of the California All State Music Education Conference in Fresno last February.


From Mrs. Gonzales:

I have two amazing tutors that have run the math lunchtime tutoring club and have been there every single week.  They have taken on the role of organizing the students into grade level groups when they come in for help. They have been great teachers and supports to those students seeking help.  It's been such a pleasure to work with them.


IMPORTANT DATES:

May 2- Open House 6-7 pm

May 3rd- PVC Meeting

May 6-10- Staff Appreciation Week

May 9- NWEA ELA

May 13,16,20,21,23: CAASSP Testing/Minimum Days

May 14- Chipotle Fundraiser

May 17- Dental Smiles on campus: link: Big Smile

May 23- SSC 5pm

May 27- Memorial Day- No School