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LA County Science Fair

On Friday, March 18th, IVA students attended the LA County Science Fair with Ms. Campos. The fair, the oldest and largest event of its kind in the western U.S., brought together over 1,100 student participants from private and public schools throughout the county.
We are excited to share that the LA County Science Fair results are in! 

Genevieve T & Emma R's "Saturday Nut Fever" got honorable mention in Physics!
Nixie, Alex and Gigi's "Curds to Casein" got honorable mention in Applied Chemistry!
Way to think!!
Dates

Wed, Mar 23 - Poly HS Counselors visit to collect course selection forms during office hours

Fri, Mar 25 - No School (Admissions Day)

Mon, Mar 28 - April 1 - Spring Recess

Fri, April 1 - Evergreens Toxic Turtle & 7th Grade Artwork displayed at the EXPO during First Fridays

Thu, Apr 7 - Spirit Wear Store ReOpens

Thu, Apr 7 - Enrollment Lottery 

Thu, Apr 14 - Spring Dance

Fri, Apr 15 - Spring Parent Social & Fundraiser

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 - Principal's Advisory

Thu, Jun 9 - 8th Grade Pool Celebration at the Petroleum Club

Wed, Jun 15 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at IVA after school (time TBA)

For CLUB meetings click here

Celebrating Student Art at First Fridays
Celebrating Earth First Fridays
Friday, April 1st, 6:00-9:00 pm
Gallery EXPO (4321 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA)

April is Earth Month, and we've been invited to participate in "Celebrating Earth" First Fridays at the Gallery Expo on April 1st. The Evergreens will be displaying their Toxic Turtle along with artwork created by IVA's 7th graders in Ms. Denis' art class.

The Toxic Turtle is made entirely out of beach trash collected on our very own beaches. The project intends to raise awareness of plastic ocean pollution and invite viewers to consider how they can be the solution by refusing and reducing their single-use plastics consumption. 

7th Grade Art Students Exhibit
Last Leaf, Lost Life (working title), 2016
Yarn, twine, wire, cardboard on fencing material
Question: How can you create change in the world with one cardboard loom and some yarn?
Answer: By working together on a Craftivist Project!

While exploring Craftivism, 7th grade Art students tackled this challenge. You may have seen colorfully knitted wraps around telephone poles downtown - this is Craftivism, a movement that uses traditional craft in innovative and unusual ways to bring attention to social issues or concerns. This piece of Craftivism was designed, created, and produced completely by students working in collaboration. Their concern for the rain forests and trees of our planet is reflected in the symbolism of the last living leaf, barely clinging to the tree. The collection of dead leaves presents viewers with messages meant to encourage viewers to think about making a change in behavior to save our planet’s trees.
From our Principal
Finding Authentic Connections for Families at School

Last week, our teachers were able to participate in 96 conferences with our families! These quick, 20 minute meetings invited the student, parent, and teacher to join in conversation together about the students’ intellectual character growth

The goal of the meetings were to 1) support our students in a positive and self-reflective conversation with their parents and teachers together about their learning and examine how those overall approaches to learning impact the daily ins and outs of school and 2) practice using the language of the virtues together so that our home to school conversations are founded on the same vision for the long term impact equipping students to engage the world, to know themselves, and to live well.

A survey has gone out to all of the families that joined in the conference to reflect on their experience and help us consider adjustments to our parent conferences for next year. Our staff will use those survey results in our professional development meeting this Thursday and use the newsletter after spring break to report back out to our families what adjustments we are going to make in the next school year. 

Understanding and supporting the family connection to school is one of my personal goals as principal. I am encouraged that these conferences have served as another positive point of contact for our families, but I am still not satisfied! 

Save the Date
Please join our May Parent Academy on Cinco de Mayo - May 5th to participate in my Principal Advisory. I am curious about many things and I would love the opportunity to wonder about the family connection to school along with you!

Read more about advisories here - Advisories include an intellectual exploration on something that the facilitator is curious about - but do not worry! There is no lecture or show and tell allowed. I have to come with a big question, text, and thinking routine. I am looking for a great text* for us and I’m still clarifying my big question but so far my question is - What is the best way to get parents involved in middle school education at IVA? I hope that you join me in exploring this topic together - please mark your calendars for May 5th! *more advisory info to come. 

Thank you families for your investment in our school. 

To learn and live well,
Jacquie Bryant
PTSA News
We are very excited to have our IVA founding class of 2016 reflect, bond and celebrate their time together! IVA PTSA is sponsoring some fun events for the 8th grade promotion and we are hard at work to make this a fun and memorable time for our 8th graders.

Here is a schedule of events:
 
June 2nd, 1pm (Tentative), 8th Grade Pool Day at the Petroleum Club.  
5 Volunteers needed: Chair, pick up dessert, chaperon event.

June / Date TBD, 8th Grade Dinner & Dance at IVA. 15 volunteers needed: Chair, chaperon event.

June 9th, 8th Grade Beach Day. Students will spend the day at the Leeway Sailing and Aquatics Center. 7 volunteers needed: pick up snack & drinks, chaperon.

June 15th, 8th Grade Promotion. The event will be after school at IVA, time TBD. Volunteers needed: 10 -6th & 7th grade parents.
 
WE NEED YOU! Parents/Guardians we need many volunteers to make all of these events a success. Please email Judy Hunter if you have not already signed up to volunteer for promotion events. Also, indicated if there is a specific event that you would like to volunteer for. We also need ten 6th & 7th grade parents to volunteer to run the 8th grade promotion. 
 
The students have received their 8th grade shirts, contact Judy Hunter if you would like to purchase one. Quantities and sizes are limited.
 
Thank you for your support,
IVA PTSA
Pursuant to the IVA Charter, parents are allowed to elect one parent representative, for an annual term, to the IVA School  Board. The PTSA would like to nominate Janet Watt to this position. She has served for two years and has done an amazing job with countless committees and events that she has helped make a sucess.  The PTSA will approve her nomination during the April 5th PTSA board meeting, which will allow her nomination to be considered during the April 8th IVA School Board meeting with approval during the May 4th meeting. 

If there are any questions, please contact Judy Hunter ahead of the PTSA April 5th meeting.
Counselor's Corner
As a follow-up to my conversation with 7th graders about high school CHOICE, last week I emailed all 7th grade families their student's transcripts, the form to calculate their child's high school academic GPA, and a list of all the Secondary Specialized Programs (SSP) available in LBUSD. I also met with our 6th graders previously and shared the same information in regards to high school. Their grades should have been sent via email when report cards were given. My hope is that you have had the chance to discuss with your student the possible options for high school placement. If you have yet to converse with your child about this, I highly encourage you to initiate that dialogue as they continue on through this school year. 

For our 8th graders, more specifically those who have signed their intent to Long Beach Polytechnic High School for the 2016-2017 school year, this morning (Wednesday, March 23) high school counselors from Poly will be visiting our campus to assist those students with registration and to answer any questions related to their program during office hours from 10:12-10:46 a.m. As for our other 8th grade students who have signed their intent elsewhere, I am currently in the process of contacting other schools to see if they would be willing to visit our campus and do the same. We will notify families as soon as soon as this is confirmed. 

If you have any questions, comments, and or concerns, please, feel free to send me an email (amos.mikaele@ivalongbeach.org) or call our main office (562-912-7017).


Amos Mikaele, Counselor

Athletics
Upcoming Events
Wed, March 23 Track & Field practice from 3:30-4:30 pm

Athletics
Soccer
will begin after Spring Break! Soccer practices will be on Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 pm with volunteers needed to be able to have Tuesday afternoon practices as well. Please email Ms. McAdams if you are interested in volunteering.

Athletics
Track & Field season is fast approaching. For those students who may be interested, I wanted to give you some information about what the Track & Field season entails. Students must register with Ms. McAdams in order to be able to compete in any of the three track meets.

We will be participating under FIYA (www.onfiya.org), an LA county based multi-sport league that caters to middle schools who do not otherwise have access to district sports programs. FIYA has three confirmed track meets for this year:
Saturday, April 9 at Notre Dame High School at 11am
Sunday, April 17
at Serra High School at 12pm
Friday, April 29
at Culver City High School at 4pm

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ms. McAdams
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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