Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School



September 2019

Hello IVCMS Families!

The year is off to a great start. We are getting to know your students and how to best serve them.  It takes time to learn new routines and to shape our classrooms to meet the needs of our students. Taking this time to learn from each other for both students and staff is critical to the relationships that are built and will shape the work we do this year. 

Thank you to those families who attended Back to School Night. We hope you were able to meet your child’s teachers  and gain a better sense of the learning that will take place this year. 

This month we have quite a few events and activities designed to partner with our parent community.  Ms. Nem will hold our first Parent Volunteer meeting this Friday, September 6th. I am hosting a Coffee with the Principal on September 13th, we are also hosting a 6th grade parent night about Google Classroom and Parent Connect hosted by the 6th grade teachers on September 19th.  

From time to time I will share issues we see arising at school that would be good conversation starters with your children. This year we have hit the ground running and we had an incident in a classroom where inappropriate pictures were airdropped to a teacher during class time. We addressed the students involved, but this made me realize that as parents this is something you should be aware of and speak to your child about. I read this article and thought this would be helpful to better explain the trend. I encourage you to speak with your child about the downside of airdropping and that sending someone unwanted inappropriate pictures is not ok. 


Raising pre-teens and teens is not an easy thing to do and we know as parents, as fast as you figure out one thing they are into, your children are onto something new.  We are here to help and support you. As we begin the year, remember that strong communication between home and school can be the key. If you have a question around a grade or assignment, reach out to the teacher. If you are seeing your child struggle and don’t know why, alert their counselor and we can check in with your student. 

I know the  IVC staff is ready and willing to help your student. I do want to remind parents that in order to maintain strong communication please understand that teachers/school staff do not work 24 hours a day.  Although many teachers use their personal time to respond to emails after hours, their contractual day is from 8:10am-3:10pm. Please do allow 24 hours for a response to an email or request you have made.

As always, I am here to listen and help, please feel free to reach out at anytime.

Heather Thorner


Important Dates:

September 3- Picture Day- IN PE CLASSES

September 4- Sup. Community Meeting @ IVC -MPR 5-6:30 pm

September 6- PVC Meeting 8:40 am IVC

September 6- Back to School Dance 3:30-5:00

September 10-Math NWEA- Regular Day- 

September 13- Coffee with Heather-8:40 am- MPR

September 17- ELA NWEA

September 17- TVM Parent Night- MPR

September 18- Club day at lunches

September 19- 6th grade Parent Connect/Google Classroom Night(Please RSVP)

September 24- Minimum Day- Teacher Prof. Devel.

September 27- 6th grade Cookie Social

From Mr. Verstrepen, Athletic Director

To find the most up to date information regarding the after school sports program at IVC, please go to:

IVCMS Athletics Webpage  


Season 1: Boys Basketball, Girls Softball, Track&Field

Season 2: Boys Volleyball, Girls Soccer

Season 3: Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Wrestling

Season 4: Coed Flag Football, Girls Volleyball, Coed Cross Country, Coed Golf 


IVCMS Donation Request

We are always striving to provide our students with fun, enriching activities at IVCMS.  In order to offer things like the Ancient Artifacts history assemblies, where students get to touch real artifacts or bring in the Big Cats and other science based activities, we rely on the support of our generous families, as our student activity budget is donation based.  We have lots of great ideas and we need your help! 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.

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.

Superintendent Survey Request

Our new superintendent, Dr. John Thompson is asking for your feedback and thoughts. Please take a moment to complete his survey to help him determine the path to success for NHUSD.. Click the link below:


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!


Yearbooks are on sale Fridays at lunch time for $35 in front of the MPR. 

Prices will go up to $40 in January 2020.

Last day to buy yearbooks will be March 27th and none will be sold after.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Pagtakhan at apagtakhan@nhusd.k12.ca.us

From Ms. Nem, Activities Director

Tuesday, September 3rd is picture day!  Students will have their pictures taken during their PE period for their ID and yearbook picture.  Flyers have gone home if you're interested in ordering pictures to keep.


Our first Parent Volunteer Club (PVC) meeting is Friday, September 6 at 8:45am.  Please check in at the office.


The Welcome Back Dance is Friday, September 6th from 3:30-5pm!  Tickets are already on sale during both lunches every day.  Students must have a permission slip in order to purchase a ticket.  Tickets are $2 for 6th graders and $5 for 7th and 8th graders.  


Wednesday, September 18th is club day during both lunches.  Students will have the opportunity to see which clubs are being offered after school this year and learn more about them.  A list of all the clubs will be available on the school website following club day. Clubs will begin the week of September 23rd.


Online Meal Application

The deadline for the online meal application must be done by October 2nd. One way to help ensure NHUSD receives all the funds we qualify for, is to ensure all students who qualify for free and reduced lunch get the support they need. That is done by completing the Free and Reduced lunch application. We are asking ALL  families to complete this form. Many times families assume they won’t qualify or are worried information will be shared with other government organizations. Please know the information is not shared and many times families who do not believe they can qualify, actually do. That is why we ask ALL families to complete and turn in the form. 

A paper application for the lunch program has been sent home.   Although we are sending home the paper form, you are able to complete this form online. The link to the form is below. That link becomes live on July 30th. After that date, you can log on to complete the form online. If you do the form online there is no need to complete the paper form.  If possible, take a picture of your completed online form or print your confirmation email to turn in at schedule pick up. You can find the application at this website: