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Field Trips! 

Field Trips at IVA in the Last Month of School

Monday, May 16 - 6th graders visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena

Friday, May 20 - 8th graders visited the Great Wall of Los Angeles and the Autry Museum
Students were guided to reflect and connect with the rich history of multiple cultures in California and to appreciate the complexity of our history and cultural relationships in the shared space of the American West. 

Wednesday and Friday - 6th and 7th graders visited the Long Beach Main Library
Students took a tour of the library then participated in a lesson about 3-D printers. The Studio Maker's Space is so great! Try to visit again this summer friends! Thanks to our gracious chaperone support and well behaved students, the art classes got to safely walk and ride the Blue Line to downtown Long Beach.  

Thank you to our hard working teachers for setting up field trips that connect so well and bring to life the content and opportunities for learning that are embedded in the curriculum. 

Coming up soon!
June 6 - All 6th and 7th graders visit the Getty Museum - parents, please fill out your form through the Illuminate Parent Login.

Fri, May 27 - Second Annual Staff v Student Soccer Match

Mon, May 30 - Memorial Day, no school

Thu, Jun 2 - 8th Grade Pool Day at the Petroleum Club, 1:00-5:00 pm

Fri, Jun 3 - Thank you to volunteers! is the theme of  "Coffee and Conversation"  

Fri, Jun 3 - Final Make-up day for missing assignments or retakes

Fri, Jun 3 - New Student Beach Day led by Student Leaders,

Mon, Jun 6 - 6th and 7th graders to Getty Museum *all permission slips in Illuminate

Thu, Jun 9 - 8th Grade Beach Day at the Leeway Sailing Center, departing IVA at 10 am

Fri, Jun 10 - 8th Grade Dance, dinner will be served at 6:00 pm

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

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Friday Lunch for Sale
Don't pack a lunch this Friday - just $5.00! Prepay Thursday at the gate.
8th Grade Promotion is on Wed, June 15th at 6:00 pm in the IVA Social Hall. Students received their 4 tickets last week. Additional tickets can be purchased in the office for $5.00 each until June 1st. Ticket purchases are used for seating purposes and will NOT be sold at promotion

Beach Day: June 9th is the beach day at the Leeway Sailing Center. All 8th graders must submit a signed waiver from the Leeway Sailing Center to participate.  

Needed: 6th Grade Parent Volunteers! We still need volunteers to support the 8th-grade promotion ceremony. Please contact Judy Hunter if you can volunteer anytime on June 15th.
From the Office
You responded...we listened. 172 of you responded to our midyear survey - thank you! We took your feedback and considered it as we developed our annual LCAP (a school plan). Please take a minute or two to contribute to our annual plan. Only 7 questions! We have 24 responses so far - please add your voice! Responses are due by Thursday, May 26th at midnight
Take Survey Now
State Testing
Testing & Make Up Assignments Update

Testing is going well for students and staff! 
Student's schedules do not change at all for testing. This week we are testing in English classes and next week in Math. About half of our English students need more time to complete the test so we will be taking over their History class later in the week to give students more time for the test. Students who are finished will get to work on any assignment for any class. We anticipate the same additional make-up time in class next week in Science to support the Math tests. 

Any students who are absent from their English or Math classes in the next two weeks will be pulled into the office to complete their testing. Smarter Balanced tests allow students to take as much time as they need, which is supported by a large testing window. All our tests will need to be completed by the last day of school. 

All late make-up assignments or retakes for every class are due next Friday, June 3rd
Office hours will be utilized to support current class assignments after June 3rd. Students can still make up tests after June 3rd but any work from before that date will no longer be accepted. 

At IVA, assignments continue through to the very last day of school. Teachers will give students notice of any upcoming and final assignments. In order to support learning through the end of the year, IVA sends out report cards one week after the last day of school. Teachers are busy working on grading and writing narrative comments for each student. 
From Our Principal
Parent Academies: Involving Parents in the Your Child's Education

Each year, IVA and the PTSA host four Parent Academy meetings. The goal of these meetings are to provide support for parents to understand their kiddos better in this time of change and development and learn how to support their education. Last Thursday evening we held our final Parent Academy of the year with over 70 current and incoming parents. The event was a helpful time to have parents talk together and consider your role at home as you help your students create patterns of thinking that will stick with them throughout their lives. 

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Principal's Advisory and practiced a growth-mindset together as we considered questions that don't have simple answers. Thank you also to the parents and staff members who facilitated discussion and thinking routines at your tables. Our parents demonstrated the values of our organization at this event, especially the difficult growth-mindset practice of expecting and accepting non-closure.

Next year - look forward to some of the following topics inspired by your feedback: 
POW Night - (parents only) Math teachers demonstrate how to help with math practices at home
Restorative Practices - Understanding the goals and process of discipline at IVA
Creating a Culture of Thinking at Home - Incorporating thinking routines into homework and family life
Understand Middle School Growth and Development - Lead by a guest Psychologist 

IVA is committed to your kids and in order to support your kids we know one of the first steps is supporting our families. We love our families! 

To learn and live well, 
After School Academy

After-School Academy spring session was fun and productive! We created colorful fiber art, useful and decorative ceramics, and learned some Spanish language and culture! And, did you know these activities happened at little or no cost to our students? THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers and partners. What a gift you are! We appreciate you! Dana Lowe, Treasured 2 You, Ceramics;  Martha Falencik & Heather Sanchez, Spanish; Megan VanderBeek and Elisa De La Pena, Accessible Arts Workshops; and Just Google It: All About Search led by our Sandra Grace at Tangerine Marketing.

Counselor's Corner

Who: 8th Grade Students

What: Last week, our 8th graders where given a survey in regards to their high school placement. The data received will give insight to which high school pathway programs students were accepted to and/or have intent to attend, electives/AP courses they've registered for, school organizations/team athletics they plan to join, what they fear/are excited for in high school, and more.

Where: The survey link is posted in Mr. McCurry's and Ms. Noble's (for those who have her for math) Google Classroom.

When​: The link should be readily available. Results will be shared once completed by all 8th grade students.

Who: 6th and 7th Grade Students

What: A few weeks ago, I met with our 7th graders about the School of CHOICE process and calculating their High School Academic Index (HSAI). I was scheduled to do the same with our 6th graders, but our meeting was pushed back due to the lack of available space from LBUSD testing on campus. This week, our student's have begun their Smarter Balance testing. As a refresher for the School of CHOICE application process, some Secondary Specialized Program's require a minimum HSAI score to apply. Part of what's required in an HSAI, in addition to a student's Academic GPA from 6th and 7th grade, is their 7th grade ELA and Math scores (Smarter Balance test scores). For all our families, I would encourage you to not only reiterate the significance of the Smarter Balance testing with your student's HSAI, but to emphasize the importance of doing well consistently. It's a challenge for students to not give in if they find out a specific assignment, grade, or test, might not have any direct impact on them. Once students have this mindset, complacency sets forth and becomes a habit to build upon when faced with similar circumstances in the future. On the opposite end, the practice of a growth mindset utilizes every opportunity, regardless of it's impact, as a learning moment. This desire to learn is not easily equipped, but can be instilled and developed over time within our students with consistent support from all around. 

Where & When:
I will carry this conversation over with our 6th graders, Friday, May 27, during office hours.
  • The end of the season is here and the big game is this Friday, May 27th. The game will begin at 6:00 pm and is located at Walter Knott (7300 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park 90620). When you enter the parking lot, drive to the very back of the facility where the field will be. There will be no school transportation to this event.
  • Jerseys are in and will be distributed to the athletes during the week. The total season cost comes out to $20. You can give cash or check to Ms. McAdams or to the front office.
  • Any parents interested in competing with the staff against the students for the championship game, please contact Ms. McAdams
  • Our final after school practice is Thursday from 1:00-2:30 pm
Connect with IVA faculty!
Staff: We have five dedicated staff members at IVA!
Jacquie Bryant, Principal -
Amos Mikaele, Counselor -
Danielle Montiel, Program Administrator -
Diana Bosetti, Admin Assistant -
Natasha Garcia, Admin Assistant -

Send in Notice of Absences:

Teachers: We have 10 amazing teachers at IVA!
Bob Geminder, Math -
Claudia Campos, Science -
Angel Cutno, Music and Interpersonal Comm. -
Sabine Deeble, German 1-2 -
Roberta Denis, Art and English 6 -
Chris Fountain, History -
Jana McAdams, Physical Education and Math 6 -
Ian McCurry, English and History 6 -
Cari Noble, Math and Science 6 -
Adam Rodriguez, PE 6 and 8 -

Our board chairman welcomes your questions and concerns.
Dr. Eric Churchill,
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