IVA News, Edition 12
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
LBUSD Public Hearing TONIGHT
IVA needs your support! Tonight, November 16 at 5:00 pm, IVA will speak to the LBUSD Board of Education regarding our charter renewal. We want to fill the room with IVA families in support! Please wear your IVA tee. The meeting will be held at: LBUSD 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach 90810. RSVP here!

After the meeting: please join us at Bella Pizza to celebrate our charter submission!

Special Event: Screenagers
Did you know:
  • Kids spend on average 6.5 hours a day on screens, not including classroom or homework screen time.
  • Boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week
  • Screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction
Beyond exposing the risks of screen time, SCREENAGERS reveals multiple approaches parents, teachers and other community leaders can use to work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time, while still respecting its role in their lives, particularly their social lives. 

Join us
 here at IVA on Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm to view the film. Advance tickets are $15 for parents and $10 for teens. Tickets will be $20 at the door if not sold out.
We have a few donated tickets, so please call the office if you would like to come but it’s not financially feasible. 
Purchase Tickets
Parent Academy: Screenagers
Immediately following the documentary Screenagers, IVA will host a Parent Academy panel to debrief and discuss how to empower our kids to best navigate the digital world and provide practical resources to help them do it.
School Pictures
GOOD NEWS! If you forgot to turn in your picture order on Monday, the photographer has extended the deadline to Thursday, November 17th.  Please return form to the office with payment enclosed. Contact Dana Lowe at with any questions.
PTSA News - Yearbook Chair Needed
We need a parent, or duo, or team to chair the yearbook committee and help with curation, organization, and taking photos at events. Please email PTA President Judy Hunter with any questions or to volunteer.
Politics at IVA!?
The election was on our minds last week, both students and teachers. On Wednesday, our staff worked through how to respond to and model intellectual virtues in practice and support students listening to each other, avoiding overwhelming emotions and name calling. The thinking routine structure of our conversations were helpful - to hold your own thoughtful conversation on a potentially contentious topic see our Family Advisory Assignment.  read more 
Family Advisory Assignment
On Thursday, look for a Family Advisory assignment coming home for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Family Advisory conversation guides can be a playful way to experience intellectual exploration together. As your middle-school aged kids are growing and developing, these prompts can be one way to engage all of the minds of the family together in a culture of thinkingread more 
Athletics: Basketball
Final tryout Thursday, 1:15 - 3:00pm 
Athletes will individually be notified of tryout results by email within the next two weeks
Grade 8: High School Shadow Days & Site Nights
LBUSD Shadow Day reservation system will remain open until Wednesday, Nov 16. Please directly contact the LBUSD pathway program your student is signed up with for Shadow Days for follow-up procedures. For Site Nights, families may show up to each school location as registration to these events is not required. To learn more about Shadow days, Site Nights, and important dates, go to LBUSD's School of Choice website

For more information on upcoming High School Choice events and the application process, please check out our school website and school events calendar. We will update you accordingly with more information in the upcoming weeks.
Mark These Dates
Wed, Nov 16 - LBUSD board meeting
Thu, Nov 17 - Basketball tryout 4
Thu, Nov 17 - Screenagers
Fri, Nov 18 - Faculty Academy - no school
Mon, Nov 21-25 - Thanksgiving Recess
High School CHOICE events click here
 This week at IVA
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