IVA News, Edition 16
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Principal's letter : 11 days left - What to do to improve your grade
 It is a tendency in middle school to procrastinate and ask teachers for exceptions or extra credit. However, our firm assignment deadlines help students prepare for high school. Help your child finish out the semester well and prepare for high school by teaching them to prioritize.

Friday is the due date for all outstanding assignments from the semester. 
We expect many students to attend office hours today and on Friday. If students are going to try to increase any of their grades from previous assignments in the semester then prioritize by:
  • Determine on the Illuminate Gradebook which are the largest assignments with the greatest grade weight (Home Thinking assignments are not weighty in the Gradebook so you should focus on projects or performance assessments). 
  • Have your student bring that assignment or assignment title to office hours tomorrow or Friday. 
In the last two weeks of the semester, classes are finalizing their performance tasks, which means there will be a big push to focus on final assignments. To do well students need to:
  • Be present and participate in the discussion and class assignments - these all support the end of unit assignments. 
  • If you don't do well on an assignment in the last two weeks then go to office hours to redo that assignment. 
The teachers are here to support our students in finishing the semester well!
Support IVA Education: 100 in 100 Annual Giving Campaign
IVA is 27 days into our 100 in 100 Annual Year-end Giving Campaign! Our goal is to get 100% participation from our families in 100 days. Will you make a  donation of $10, $100, $1,000, or any amount, to help us grow students into life-long learners??
We are currently at 12% participation,
and have already raised $10,418 towards our goal of $60,000.
Thank you to our generous families!

Annual funds protect our small class size, provide for our full time counselor, and ensure excellent professional development for teacher so that your kids can receive a caring and rigorous education to help them learn and live well. 

Be a part of our culture of giving as we support student growth together. The growth and development of your children at this age will stick with them for the rest of your lives. Please consider making a donation - any amount makes a difference!
donate here 
PTSA Theatre Night Fundraiser - Thursday January 12 -
Seats Still Available!
Join our amazing for an evening of Sherlock Holmes - the adventure of the speckled band, cocktails, and community Thursday, January 12, 6:30-8:00 PM. Cocktails and horsdevours will be served upstairs on the patio at 4252 Atlantic Ave. Tickets are available for $60 per person. PayPal. $60 + $4.25 service charge. Checks $60 please mail to IVA PTSA, 3745 Chestnut Ave, Long Beach CA 90807. Contact Chair Sandra Grace with any questions.
We're Hiring! History Teacher Position - Deadline to Apply Jan 20
We need your help spreading the word! We have a current opening for a full-time history teacher position. To apply, send your referrals to view the job description, complete the application on EdJoin, the find out more about teaching at IVA on our website
Intellectual Virtues Academy High School - Info Night for IVA Families
You are invited to experience the Academy High School firsthand at the upcoming Open House this Saturday, November 19th at 10 a.m. The event will give you a deeper understanding of the intellectual virtues model of education through an interactive presentation. Visit the event page here to secure your reservation.
IVA Middle School Now Accepting Applications!
Know any current 5th graders? Please apply here. We'll host our next info night January 17, 2017. Learn more about tours and info nights here
Athletics: Basketball
  • Practice is now on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 and Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 
  • First game THIS Thursday at 5:15pm at Orchard Academy (athletes arrive by 4:45)
  • Pre-game practice THIS Thursday at 3:30 
  • Carpooling for Thursday's game: meet at IVA at no later than 4:00
Mark these dates
Jan 12 - Basketball game
Jan 17 - MS CHOICE Parent Info Night
Jan 26 - Last day of the semester
Jan 27 - Faculty Academy, Pupil Free Day
Jan 30 - First Day of Spring Semester
February 2 - Report Cards Emailed Home
Feb 3 - Winter Dance
Feb 6-7 - Conferences 
Feb 9 - Parent Academy
Feb 22 - Student Information Night

For Club meeting dates, click here
 This week at IVA
Basketball Team After School - Mr. Mikaele is caught in the act showing a few members of the team team how it's done. 
6th Grade Physical Education - the jump rope unit began today. So much fun!!
View more photos on Facebook!
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