Welcome to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

September 2018

Hello IVC families!

And we are off! The 2018-2019 school year has begun and we had a great opening to the school year.  I hope you noticed that we tried a few new things this year to make our opening as smooth as possible.  Thank you to all of you who came to our schedule pick up days. Even though I know some folks had to wait a bit, we had all families through the line in less than an hour during each pick up.  Even our 6th grade pick up! We had over 1200 families come through!

I also want to say thank you to all families who completed the online enrollment update.  We were the first school to hit 100% updated! I know this was a change from our previous practice, but by making the switch to online, we are able to more efficiently update our records.

Just a few reminders for this year:

  • If your child is sick or will not be able to attend school please make sure to either call or email us to let us know. You can email ssheppard@nhusd.k12.ca.us or acopado-jaime@nhusd.k12.ca.us to report an absence.

  • Please clear absences via email or phone, otherwise they are unexcused.

  • Please no balloons, cupcakes, sweets delivered and no PE clothes delivered.

  • You will need a valid form of ID to pick up a student from school.  Any ID with your picture and name on it will work.

This Thursday, September 6th from 6:30-8:00 pm is Back to School Night. Please join us for the evening to meet your students teachers and fellow support staff.

At BTSN we will also be selling Yearbooks and Spirit Packs again. Our goal at IVCMS is to provide your students with an enhanced educational experience. In times of budgets cuts, this becomes very difficult for us to do without your help. We are asking for all families to consider donating any amount.  Every little bit counts and every dollar we raise goes to support activities for your student! Spirit packs will be sold, but please know we are happy to take a donation in any amount your are willing to give. Thank you to those who have already donated and thank you to those who plan to do so! We appreciate your support.

School Site Council voting will take place at Back to School Night.  Please look out for an email with our candidate statements. Ballots will be in front of the office at Back to School Night.  All are welcome to all School Site Council Meetings, they take place on the 4th Thursday each month in the Media Center from 6-7 pm.  Our first meeting will be in October. I do welcome any parents to SSC who would like to come.

Lastly, I would like to ask that you think about drop off and pick up practices and consider some new options this year. As you have already seen, we have over 1300 students at IVC and that means quite a crowd at drop off and pick up.

Please consider carpooling with neighbors if possible to help cut down on the congestion of cars.  Another option is to drop students off close to IVC in the surrounding neighborhood by Fredi/Horner streets and then have them walk the rest of the way to school.  This will decrease the amount of cars stopping directly in front of the school and allows traffic to continue to flow. You could also consider getting a group of neighborhood friends to form a walking group to and from school.  Keeping your students safe is always our number one priority so anything we can do as a community to keep them safe is worth a try to me.

As we dive into this new school year, I want to remind you that we are a team all with the same end goal in mind, student success. I believe that if  we guide our choices by doing what is best for kids, we will find success. I know that we have the right community for our kids to have the support they need. . Please come see us if you have questions and let’s work together to do right by all of the kids in our IVC community.  I encourage you to stay updated on our events and come out when you can and join us. We have some fun events and activities planned for your students this year and we need your help to make this year a great one!

Thank you and here is to an awesome 2018-2019 school year.

Heather Thorner



From Ms. Nemecek- Activities Director:

Fall Pictures are Tuesday, 9/4

Students will take ID and yearbook pictures during PE class on Tuesday, 9/4.  Information about purchasing pictures went home with students the first week of school.

Spirit Packs on sale at Back to School Night

Spirit packs are a spirit shirt, lanyard, and IVC pen for a donation of $40 or more.  Students wear their spirit shirts on Fridays to earn points for their color teams.

Parent Volunteer Committee Meeting: Friday, 9/8 8:45am

If you're interested in receiving more information about the PVC, but cannot attend the first meeting, please reach out to Ms. Nem at jnemecek@nhusd.k12.ca.us

Welcome Back Dance: Friday, 9/14 3-4:30pm

The first dance of the year is approaching!  Students must have a signed permission slip in order to purchase a ticket.  Permission slips will be available at lunch starting Wednesday, 9/5. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, September 6th during both lunches.  Prices are as follows:

6th graders: $2 all days

7th and 8th graders: $2 9/6, 9/8 . $3 9/10, $4 9/11, $5 9/12, $10 9/13, $20 9/14

Students should purchase early to get the best price.

Club Day: Wednesday, 9/19 during lunch

Students will have the opportunity to see what after school clubs are available this year during club day on Wednesday, 9/19 during both lunches . Each club will have a table and sign up for kids who are interested.  It is not mandatory for students to sign up on club day. All club meetings are announced during the daily morning announcements first period.

Look ahead: Jog-a-thon is coming!

On Friday, October 12 we'll be hosting our largest fundraiser of the year--jog-a-thon!  Students will participate in their PE classes by running laps. Our goal is to raise at least $50 a student so we don't have to do any additional fundraising throughout the year.   More information will be coming in late-September about prizes and collection procedures. If you're interested in volunteering to help the day of the jog-a-thon, please contact Ms. Nem at jnemecek@nhusd.k12.ca.us.  All money collected through the jog-a-thon goes toward enrichment activities for students.


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Please see below for important dates this month:

September 4- Picture Day

September 6- Back to School Night

September 11- NWEA -ELA

September 14- Welcome Back Dance

September 19- Club Day

September 20- NWEA- MATH

September 21- 6th grade treat social

September 29- 6th grade WEB Activity

From  our PE Teachers:

PE clothes will go on sale Tuesday.  PE shorts are $10 and shirts are $10.  Students can bring cash or check made out to IVCMS.  PE teachers will help students select proper sizes.

From our 6th grade teachers:

The Annual Sixth Grade Treat Social will be Friday, September 21, 2018. Students will be participating during their core class. Parent volunteers will be needed to help assist with this event. More info will be coming home from the 6th Grade Core department as the date gets closer. Mark your calendars.

Math Enrichment

We are lucky enough again this year to have parent volunteers to run the MOEMS and AMC-8 math competitions. We will be sending out more information via email about enrollment and participation in these programs. You can also email amsmathtest@gmail.com for more information.

From Mr. Verstrepen- Athletic Director

Many of the sports seasons have changed this year. The first season (September-November) will include Boys Basketball, Girls Softball, and Track & Field. For more information about the other sports offered at IVCMS, visit our Athletics webpage:     IVCMS Athletics

All students must register online prior to tryout or participate in any sports team at IVCMS. When registering, click on all possible sports your child may be interested in. Parents can register their child by clicking here.