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Puttin' on the Ritz

Student Spring Dance
Thursday, April 14th
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Tickets $5.00 pre-sale, $7.00 at the door. Look for the sale table after school next week.

Grab a friend and purchase your tickets after school for our ‘Old Hollywood’ themed dance! 

Students who bring a reusable water bottle will be included in a raffle for a great prize.

We still need a lot of parent volunteers to chaperone, you can sign up for more than one time slot! Please visit Sign-up Genius.

Survey Says...?

8th grade Parents - We're requesting your feedback for the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony! We have 14 responses from 56 families. To have a voice please reply.
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Dates

Wed, Apr 13 - T&F practice at IVA from 3:30-4:30pm

Thu, Apr 14Soccer practice after school from 1:00-2:30 pm

Thu, Apr 14 - T&F team track meet visit to Los Alamitos (estimated end time 5:30 pm)

Thu, Apr 14 - Spring Dance, 6:00-8:30 pm

Fri, Apr 15 - Spring Parent Social & Fundraiser

Sun, Apr 17 - T&F meet at Serra High School in Gardena at 12:00 pm

Wed, Apr 20 - T&F "Field Day" practice at Los Cerritos Park

Fri, Apr 22 - Faculty Academy, no school

Fri, Apr 29 - due date for Tdap immunization, 6th graders

Thu, May 5 - PTSA General Meeting at 6:00 pm

Thu, May 5 - Parent Academy RESCHEDULED new date TBA

Thu, Jun 2 - Pool Day at the Petroleum Club at 1:00 pm

Thu, Jun 9 - 8th Grade Beach Day at the Leeway Sailing Center

Wed, Jun 15 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 6:00 pm

For CLUB meetings click here

Flashback Friday Fun(d)raiser!
Friday, April 15th
7:00-10:00pm
Social Hall


We hope you've been Saving the Date. It is sure to be a great event! Parents please join us for drinks, appetizers, a great flashback DJ, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle - all to support classroom upgrades. But, more importantly, for us to get together as parents and socialize.

Tickets are $30.00 per person ($40 at the door) and include one free drink, appetizers, and bodacious fun! Funds raised will support classroom upgrades. Purchase tickets through the main office or after school April 8th, or 11th-14th.

Please contact Janet Watt or Judy Hunter with any questions.

The Turtle Continues his Tour!
Toxic Turtle is displayed at MUZEO in Anaheim from April 9 - 24 during the 8th Annual Trash Artist EXPO and then will most likely comes back to Long Beach to participate the Urban Ocean Arts Display at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

April is Earth Month and Cosmo has posted an interactive poster for students to share their eco-tips, green ideas, eye-opening facts about environmental issues you've found, nature poems, quotes, etc., just about anything to celebrate the Earth Month!

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.” Andy Warhol

From the Office
1. 6th graders! Please provide evidence of your Tdap booster by May 1

2. 7th and 8th graders: please log in to Illuminate Parent Portal (note: student log in will not work) to complete your permission slips for English class field trips during the month of April. Once logged in, click on FORMS in the menu bar.

3. Lottery news: our 2016-17 admissions list and wait-list were determined by the lottery last Thursday. This week we are creating profiles for incoming students in the Illuminate system. New students will be able to register beginning April 18. The deadline to register is May 6.

4. LOST & FOUND will be donated April 22! Don't loose your sweatshirts and sweaters or reusable items! Celebrate Earth month and claim your lunch sacks, water bottles, and containers! 
From our Principal
IVA’s Instructional Program - How to Grow a Strong, Independent School

Our school’s charter, approved by LBUSD in 2012, provided for an innovative educational program that was highly researched, well written, includes a strong instructional model supported by a flexible and conservative budget. Our charter set up a school where this quality education and instruction is supported by a full time and part time teaching staff. 

In these last three amazing years we have realized that a strong instructional program best honors the most important resource, our passionate teachers, with full-time positions. This is one of those realizations that looking back makes so much sense but has also been an important concept to come to learn. In February, our Board approved a plan to strengthen our instructional program with full-time teachers slowly over three years so that in 2018-19 IVA will be able to offer all teaching positions full-time. For the next three years, IVA will be growing slowly over time from our current school size of 170 students to 234 students. When we have 234 students we will also be able to have 11 full time teachers. Currently we have 6 full time teachers and 4 part time teachers.

Our staff and board approved of this plan with the compromise that we would grow but protect the culture and personalization by reducing class size. We didn’t want to bring in too many new 6th graders without ensuring that we have a strong culture in our current classes and have a plan for refining our programs as a school.

Changes are afoot - 
Our incoming class of students will be 78 students strong (instead of our normal 56 kids). This larger size of incoming kids will be supported by the following:
  • A reduced class size:
    •  Currently, we have 28:1 students to teachers in class, which is already a greatly reduced class size from local middle schools, which are reportedly over 35:1. Our incoming class of 6th graders will have 26:1
    • Next year we will have 78 6th graders in 3 separate classrooms, 56 7th in 2 classes , and 56 8th in 2 classes with 190 students total. 
      • 2017-2018: 78 6th, 78 7th, 56 8th: 212 students
      • 2018-2019 (fully grown IVA): 78 6th, 78 7th, 78 8th: 234
  • Staff commitment to formalizing our restorative practices as a part of our culture inside and outside of class:
    • Regularly we hear students and parents comment that they don’t know what happens with discipline at IVA. Our discipline model has protected the privacy of our kids so well that other families don’t know what sort of consequences students receive. Our socio-emotional support of students in learning through conflict and mistakes ensures that these years remain a time for growth and development, understanding, responsibility-taking, and fresh starts.
    • These last few months we have been incorporating more restorative practices into our classroom discussions about behavior and into our conflict management model. This means we have involved groups of students in processing disruptions together with the student who makes the mistake, and we have brought together both sets of guardians to work through processing questions with their children when the conflict between the two students becomes a disruption to learning.
    • Our goal is to restore relationships, learn from conflict, and focus on growth while protecting the learning environment campus-wide. 
  • Training new students into our culture:
    • IVA provides 5-6 events led by Student Leaders for incoming students. We are making sure that these events focus on setting clear expectations for behavior connected to our mission and vision.
    • We explain to students that IVA is focused on learning and discuss with these students and Student Leaders what they want that to look like. By doing this we will provide ownership and awareness of behavior expectations and consequences even before the first day of school. 

Our board has been busy!
Our board agreed to growth only with a reduced class size and have worked to support this change with a Fund Development Plan that was approved at last week’s board meeting. Our growth with reduced class sizes requires that our school raise $63,000 annually to cover the operating costs. This means that our office staff will be taking on shifting responsibilities for the plan that will include grant writing, an annual IVA Gala, and bring together our community to raise the money required to preserve our school culture. 

Our school is in a good place! The value and impact of our educational model has spread in the community, as evidence by our recent lottery. Last Thursday, in 6th grade alone, IVA offered 78 families a spot in the school next year and have placed 93 families on our wait list. We are already looking forward to next year! 

Our educational model of meaningful growth in intellectual character means that school is more than just learning content, it includes impacting the learning life to our students and our staff. We continue to refine our model - and we want to protect that model at all costs. Even in the best of times, California’s investment per pupil is one of the lowest in the nation and while we can stretch our staff and students’ personalization by increasing class size - it is our goal to enact a plan to raise the money required to preserve the personalization, small size, and unique culture. We’ll let our families know more about our plan as we move forward. 

If you have any questions please email me or come and chat at the gate in the morning. The next Coffee and Conversation with the Principal is Friday, May 6. Come and check in! We would love to share and get your feedback about the goals and growth of our school. We create these goals with yours and your students feedback. Thank you for your responsiveness to school surveys!

One way you can help now is to help us find amazing teachers! We get to hire three full time teachers in this next year who have single subject credentials in math, science, and history. If you know anyone - please invite them to come and take a tour of the school and send them to our Job Board. It is a joy to work at IVA and we welcome you to help spread the joy.

To learn and live well, 
Jacquie
PTSA News
LUNCH for SALE!
This week we will be selling the torta. Choose between Breaded beef (milanesa), grilled chicken or ham and turkey. Comes with cheese, beans, lettuce, tomato, onion sour cream and guacamole.
  • Lunches are Prepaid only. On Thursdays after school, at the black gate, we will collect $5.00 and add your student's name to the list. 
Spirit Wear for SALE!
Our Spirit Wear Webstore is open for business through April 21st. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase tees for your students or for yourself! 
Counselor's Corner
6th and 7th Grade Families: As mid-April arrives, I highly encourage families to check in with the status of your student’s progress in school. The beginning of the high school process is right around the corner for our 7th graders (October to be exact), and a little ways to go for our 6th graders, but their success today determines their chances of desired high school placement in the future.

Students can access Illuminate to see the work they need to complete or revise for every class. If for some reason your student is unable to do this, I am able to give students a printout of their assignment report via Illuminate. My hope is for students to apply the knowledge of work they’re missing, or work they can revise, by attending office hours for those specific classes throughout the week. Recently I’ve noticed a great deal of students spending office hours logging into Illuminate to find work they can do, and by the time they find something, office hours has already ended! Families, please encourage your student to check Illuminate at home so they can take advantage of every opportunity they have in office hours during the school day.

We want offices hours to be a time for students to make-up quizzes/tests, revise assignments, and meet with teachers to probe for deeper understanding. In addition to this, I also plan to meet with our 6th and 7th grade students in the following weeks to give more informations about the School of CHOICE process. More details to come!

Reminder for 8th Grade Families: Students will be contacted by the high school they have intended to regarding the date for enrollment completion, which is usually in late April. Please check any communications you may have received from your intended High School for deadlines. Students will then be able to submit any final immunization or address verification records, meet with counselors, and begin to build their schedule for the upcoming ninth grade year. Any further tours and activities are limited in focus, as school sites are rapidly preparing for both commencement and their upcoming summer orientations. This is why we encourage students and families to take full advantage of the site nights and opportunities in the fall.

However, if a student did not get their high school of choice, the next transfer opportunity will be made available to students as they are in their ninth grade year, and is tentatively scheduled for April 1, 2017. Even if a student moved into the area tomorrow, they are not guaranteed a seat at their home high school - only a seat in the district at a high school, where space is available. If you are family that has completed the appeal process, you will be notified by the district no later than June 10, 2016. 


Amos Mikaele, Counselor
amos.mikaele@ivalongbeach.org

Athletics
Track & Field
  • A big "Congrats!" to all of the Foxes that competed in our first track meet on Saturday! 
  • T&F field day practice is POSTPONED until next week, April 20!
  • Cancelling the Los Alamitos track meet visitation for Thu, April 14 
  • IVA's second track meet is THIS Sunday, April 17 at Serra High School in Gardena at 12pm. Contact Ms. McAdams BY Wednesday evening for interest in this meet.
Soccer
  • Practice begins THIS Thursday at IVA from 1:00-2:30pm (note the updated time)
  • Additional Monday practices at IVA from 3:30-4:30pm
  • If you were not at the meeting, but want to join the team, please contact Ms. McAdams ASAP
Connect with IVA faculty!
Staff: We have five dedicated staff members at IVA!
Jacquie Bryant, Principal - jacquie.bryant@ivalongbeach.org
Amos Mikaele, Counselor - amos.mikaele@ivalongbeach.org
Danielle Montiel, Program Administrator - danielle.montiel@ivalongbeach.org
Diana Bosetti, Admin Assistant - diana.bosetti@ivalongbeach.org
Natasha Garcia, Admin Assistant - natasha.garcia@ivalongbeach.org

Send in Notice of Absences: attendance@ivalongbeach.org

Teachers: We have 10 amazing teachers at IVA!
Bob Geminder, Math - bob.geminder@ivalongbeach.org
Claudia Campos, Science - claudia.campos@ivalongbeach.org
Angel Cutno, Music and Interpersonal Comm. - angel.cutno@ivalongbeach.org
Sabine Deeble, German 1-2 - sabine.deeble@ivalongbeach.org
Roberta Denis, Art and English 6 - roberta.denis@ivalongbeach.org
Chris Fountain, History - chris.fountain@ivalongbeach.org
Jana McAdams, Physical Education and Math 6 - jana.mcadams@ivalongbeach.org
Ian McCurry, English and History 6 - ian.mccurry@ivalongbeach.org
Cari Noble, Math and Science 6 - cari.noble@ivalongbeach.org
Adam Rodriguez, PE 6 and 8 - adam.rodriguez@ivalongbeach.org

Our board chairman welcomes your questions and concerns.
Dr. Eric Churchill, eric.churchill@ivalongbeach.org
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