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Time + Project Management :
Using Your Planner

The start of a new semester (or perhaps the Science Fair deadline this Tuesday) may have raised a renewed interest in practicing good time management. Here are a few tips we surveyed for utilizing your planner and calendar to track your weekly and monthly assignments. 

1. Pull your planner out when you arrive in class. This will help with two things: 1. You will be ready to record your assignment for that class 2. It will jog your memory with questions you may have for your teacher and how you plan to utilize office hours.
2. Record each assignment on its own line. Color coding may be helpful for each class. Utilize abbreviations for each subject as a heading for your assignment. A very important part of recording your home-thinking is to record the DUE Date! It will feel really good when you can check off that DONE box!
3. Record project deadlines on your monthly calendar. This is really helpful to see the big picture. How many school days do I have to work on this project? How many projects are due the same week? How many times can I utilize office hours before the due date? Seeing your month will help you manage your days. 
4. Visualize your projects on a wall calendar at home. This is a tip we learned from two very organized friends - they use a wall calendar or dry-erase board and post-its (color coded for each subject) to plot out their project work and deadlines. A very important tip - never schedule to complete a project the day before it’s due! Give yourself that day to refine your project. 
5. Plan for tomorrow, today. Your days might include club meetings, appointments, practices, or special events. Remember to account for that time when you plan your work. It is a good idea to take a look at Illuminate and Google Classroom on Sundays, as well as the school calendar, and record any dates you see. Use the Notes section of your planner for club meetings so you know if you’re responsible for Fun Thursday or attending an off-campus event. Each evening take a look at what the next day holds so you don’t miss office hour appointments, club meetings, or After School Academy. 

Let’s encourage each other! Send photos of how you (or your student) are using your planner so we can share on Facebook
Dates

Thu, Feb 18 - Fun Thursday - Interact Club

Thu, Feb 18 - Basketball Game 4 at 5:00 pm at Everest Value School (668 South Catalina Street, Los Angeles 90051)

*CORRECTION* Fri, Feb 19 - Science Fair & Professional Dress Day.

Mon, Feb 22 - Basketball Game 5 at 4:00 pm at Para Los Ninos (835 Standford Avenue, LA 90021)

Thu, Feb 25 - PTSA General Meeting at 5:30 pm preceding Beyond Measure

Thu, Feb 25 - Special Screening of the film, Beyond Measure at 6:00 pm

Science Fair!

Students will be interviewed during the school day by volunteer judges who have a love for science and a genuine curiosity for what the students investigated or created. Students are welcome to come to school dressed as young professionals in business casual attire.

Parent are welcome to come at lunch or from 3:30pm to 4:30pm after school. Thank you! 

Text Alerts

Opt -in to receive important messages from IVA. Please look for a text opt-in message from IVA's code: 67587. We plan to limit texts to urgent communications or emergencies.

Examples: 
"Field trip bus is delayed. See you at 3:45 at the gate!"
"Reminder: Faculty Academy tomorrow!"

Parent Academy
"People need to be energized, they need to be inspired, and they need to have their imaginations fired up." - Sir Ken Robinson.

Imagine an education system that values personal growth over test scores. Inquiry over mimicry. Passion over rankings. What if we decide that the purpose of school is not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student?

Meet the public schools that are daring to reimagine education. And making it happen. Please join us for a special screening of this inspiring film on Thursday, February 25th at IVA. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased online here
Help Wanted
Dear families, 

Would you like to support IVA behind the scenes
We have these (rather large) boxes of furniture that need to be stored until we build them this summer.
Would you be able to:
a) store these boxes from now to August?
b) transport these boxes from IVA to someone's storage (hopefully this week)?
c) transport these boxes from someone's storage back to IVA in August?

If you're able to help with any of the above, please email Mrs. Bryant.

Thank you for considering!!
High School CHOICE 
Families should expect their student's notification of acceptance late February to early March via ParentVUE and by letter to the address on file. All families will receive an acceptance letter. However, if students are accepted to a Secondary Specialized Program, they will have a week to sign their intent to attend. Students accepted to a Small Learning Community do not require a signed intent to attend. For any other questions related to the School of CHOICE, feel free to call the High School CHOICE Hotline at (562) 997-8306 or by visiting the High School CHOICE office located at 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90807 on the 3rd floor.
Intent to Re-enroll 
Will you return to IVA next year? Complete your intent to re-enroll and other forms in Illuminate. Forms are due February 17.

Important admissions dates:
  • February 17: Current IVA students' intent to re-enroll forms due
  • March 7: Student Info Night
  • March 18: Middle School CHOICE Applications Due 
  • April 7: Lottery
Sign-up for After School Academy 
We are excited to announce our After School Academy workshops! Students can choose from four fun, affordable classes after school: Neuroscience, Ceramics, Fiber Art, Just Google It - all about search, and Intro to Spanish!

Take note of the following dates:
February 17: Registration forms due
February 22: Classes begin
Students will receive the attached flyer. More copies are available in the office.
PTSA News
Thank you to all of our wonderful IVA families that have joined the PTSA. A thank you letter and information to join went home with your students last week. Currently 70% of our families have joined the PTSA. Our goal is to have 80% family participation. That’s only 12 more families that could be members. When we reach 80%, the full school will earn a pizza party. If you don't see your name on the list, please consider becoming a member. Envelopes are in the office or just put $8 in an envelope, write “PTSA Membership” and have your child turn into the office.  

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Grace, IVA Membership Chair.
Thank you for your support!
the IVA PTSA 
Athletics
Track & Field: Optional practices held Thursdays after school. Come out and run with us!
 
Basketball: Practices Monday and Wednesday. In the case of a Monday holiday, practices will most likely be moved to Tuesday and Wednesday. Check your email for more information.

Soccer: We are currently in the beginning planning stages for Spring Soccer and are seeking volunteer coaches. Please contact Ms. McAdams if you are willing and able to coach!
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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