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6th Graders Earn FREE Dress Today

54 of 56 sixth-grade families completed the online survey - earning this class a free dress day today. Thank you!
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Wed, Mar 9 - Final Basketball Game at 5pm at Para Los Ninos (845 Standford Avenue LA 90021)

Thu, March 10 - Fun Thursday Track & Field pizza sale!

Thu, Mar 10 - Parent Academy

Mon, Mar 14-18 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conversations, Minimum Day Schedule, dismissed at 12:40

Mon, Mar 14 - Pi Day! Pie Baking Contest, Pie Walk & Pie-eating Contest

Thu, Mar 17-19 - LA County Science Fair

Fri, Mar 18 - Minimum Day, school is dismissed at 12:40

Fri, Mar 25 - Spring Recess Begins

Thu, Apr 7 - Spirit Wear Store ReOpens

Thu, Apr 14 - Spring Dance

Fri, Apr 15 - Spring Parent Social & Fundraiser

For CLUB meetings click here

High School CHOICE Deadline - TODAY

The deadline for all intentions: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 11:59 p.m.

If you have already set your student's intention for their High School Choice in ParentVUE, you have completed the final step to ensure that your student has a seat and a school for their ninth grade year. If you have not yet done so, you must do it today. You will be contacted by the school site in April or May to complete their enrollment and build their schedule for the Fall. However, if you do not intend to a program (via ParentVue) by the deadline, your student may lose any or all offers that were extended, and if they enroll in LBUSD for Fall, your student will be assigned to a school where there is space (not necessarily your residential high school).

If you are submitting an appeal form, LBUSD encourages you to intend to a pathway your student was accepted to as it will not have an adverse effect on your appeal outcome. While we understand that many families hesitate selecting a pathway that is less desirable, if you do not intend, and the appeal does not fall in your favor, you may lose those spaces originally granted. The deadline to submit appeals is Thursday, March 24, 2016. Appeal forms are available online or from our main office, and can be mailed, emailed, faxed, or submitted directly to the LBUSD district offices. English and Spanish versions of the appeal forms are readily available from our main office or from the School of CHOICE website.

The High School CHOICE team will be at the LBUSD district offices providing phone and in-person support for families that need assistance in completing the final step to enroll your child with LBUSD. 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. 

Amos Mikaele, Counselor
Parent Academy - Thursday at 6:30
How to know Your Child's Where, When, What and Who Online
Thursday, March 10th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Free to PTA 2015-2016 Members
$8 at Door (For 2015-2016 membership)
This seminar will walk you through setting up your phone and your kids' phones proactively with simple things to create a permission-based environment.

It's not just just about monitoring your kid's web history or their chats (and most of us aren't even doing that).   
  • It's keeping them away from predators that appear in favorite games, on innocuous spaces such as facebook, instagram and youtube.
  • Also showing you how to manage their online footprint until they can manage it themselves.
  • Seeing inappropriate content on youtube, vine, xsites etc.
  • And using unsafe apps can do everything from send out personal information to a whole community including locations, pictures and texts (that were privately sent).
Bring your phones and your kids' phones (knowing their passcodes) to set up some simple (and more complicated) safeguards.
Questions - please contact Sandra Grace
Please RSVP to so she can plan for enough handouts.
Sign Up for Student-Parent-Teacher Conversations
Student, Parent, Teacher Conversations - All Next Week during a week-long Minimum Day Schedule

Sign up this week at the gate before or after school for a 20 minute time slot. There are 6 time slots each day from 1:00pm until 2:50pm. There are 4 sets of teachers available during each time slot. Each available time includes two teachers so we can give families more access to teachers and help us to record your thoughts and questions for feedback. 

Goals: The conversations will be a chance to -
  • Bring the student, parent, and teacher together in one conversation using the language of the virtues as a starting place.
    • We know our parents have the greatest influence on your children and want to join with you to talk about your child’s thinking and learning.
  • Talk together about long-term intellectual character growth & how that works out in the daily ins-and-outs of school.
  • Support and empower self-reflection
  • Allow teachers to gather frequently asked questions to refine our communication and provide a FAQ that we will add to our website

But it’s only 20 minutes!
One group norm our teachers have been valuing lately in professional development is to accept and expect non-closure. Our 20 minute conversations are one-part of a full middle school experience that works to create a culture of thinking and growth mindset, academic support, and a desire for openness and respect between students, parents, and teachers. We can all grow in knowledge of our students through these conferences but we should also expect that they will not resolve all concerns! 

Questions for Student, Parents, and Teachers:
Families - Prepare for the Conversation by talking together ahead of the conference about these questions. Report cards can be used as a reference but we are looking for each individual’s reflection, there are no “correct answers." The conversation will start with the student, then parent and teacher will respond around the table answering each of the following in rounds:
  • What intellectual virtues has the student grow in? How? What virtues can the student continue to grow in? How?
  • What other concerns or questions do you have?
  • Student summarize the conference & each person quickly debrief - how was this conversation helpful for you?
Pi Day - 3 / 14
Pi Day is MONDAY 3/14! IVA Math Club is organizing some fun events for after school!

1. Pie Baking Contest: Make a pie from scratch (at least partially) and turn it in to the office Monday morning. The teachers and staff will vote on their favorite. The winner will get a prize

2. Pie Walk: For $1, enter a pie walk for a chance to win a whole pie! If you have never participated in a pie walk, it is a bit like musical chairs where the winner gets a pie. Bring your dollars after school on Monday to participate!

3. Pie Eating Contest: Each student (limit 16) will be given one slice of pie to eat without any utensils and their hands behind their backs. The first person to clean their plate will win a prize. If you are interested in participating, come see Ms. Noble at office hours THIS WEEK to put your name in the raffle. We will draw 16 names at random to participate. Participants will be announced Friday. If you are chosen, it will be $2 to play. The Pie Eating Contest will take place Monday after school. Come watch the fun!
Counselor's Corner
Earlier this week, I met with the 7th grade class to discuss the high school options available to them within LBUSD. Our students showed much curiosity and asked a wide range of meaningful questions. Some were concerned about minimum criteria required for specific programs while others simply asked, "What's HSAI?" (High School Academic Index). This was a wonderful opportunity to create a "future-focused" mindset for our 7th graders as they begin to envision their placement in high school.

There are two documents I've sent 7th graders home with. The first (below) briefly describes the four options available for high school, a rough timeline when transcripts are submitted to the district, and how to calculate your student's GPA and academic GPA. The second is a list of the Secondary Specialized Programs available in LBUSD and the requirements to apply. I highly encourage families to look over the handout together with your student and to discuss with them their possible options

Though this was the first time I met with our 7th graders in regards to the High School CHOICE process, there will be many more points of contact for follow-up in the near future. I will be meeting with our 6th grade class during office hours today (Wednesday, 3/9) to share this same information. 

If you have more questions about the High School CHOICE process, please visit their website.

To view all available pathways in LBUSD (Small Learning Communities and Secondary Specialized Programs), visit this link.

Amos Mikaele, Counselor
Upcoming Events
(date has been changed!) March 9: Final basketball game at 5pm at Para Los Ninos (845 Standford Avenue LA 90021)
March 10: Fun Thursday Track & Field pizza sale!

Basketball: Congrats on a GREAT season, basketball!
Track & Field: Practices resuming this week and have now changed to Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm at IVA. Meets begin in April. 
Soccer: Spring soccer will be beginning April 7 with Thursday practices from 12:45-2:15pm.

More information will be sent out via email in regards to specifics about the Track & Field and Soccer seasons, so stay tuned!
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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