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Puttin' on the Ritz

Student Spring Dance
Thursday, April 14th
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Tickets $5.00 pre-sale, $7.00 at the door. Look for the sale table after school next week.

Grab a friend and purchase your tickets after school for our ‘Old Hollywood’ themed dance! 

Email your music requests to Mrs. Watt by Tuesday April 12th. Want to volunteer? Please visit Sign-up Genius.


Exciting news! The lockers are finally here! They were installed over break in the lunch room and students will be assigned a locker on Monday. Many thanks to the PTSA!

Wed, Apr 6 - Spirit Wear Store ReOpens

Wed, Apr 6T&F practice after school 3:30-4:30pm

Thu, Apr 7 - Fun Thursday Macaroons by Jude Bakes Cakes for sale!

Thu, Apr 7 - Informational soccer meeting after school from 12:45-1:00 pm 

Thu, Apr 7 - Enrollment Lottery 

Wed, Apr 13 - T&F "Field Day" practice at Los Cerritos Park

Thu, Apr 14Soccer practice after school from 12:45-2:15 pm

Thu, Apr 14 - T&F team track meet visit to Los Alamitos (estimated end time 5:30 pm)

Thu, Apr 14 - Spring Dance, 6:00-8:30 pm

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 RESCHEDULED new date TBA

Thu, Jun 2 - Pool Day at the Petroleum Club at 1:00 pm

Thu, Jun 9 - 8th Grade Beach Day at the Leeway Sailing Center

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

For CLUB meetings click here

Celebrating Student Art at First Fridays
April is Earth Month, and we had a wonderful time participating in "Celebrating Earth" First Fridays at the Gallery Expo on April 1st. The Evergreens displayed their Toxic Turtle along with artwork created by IVA's 7th graders in Ms. Denis' art class.

Toxic Turtle is scheduled to be displayed next at MUZEO in Anaheim from April 9 - 24 during the 8th Annual Trash Artist EXPO and then most likely comes back to Long Beach to participate the Urban Ocean Arts Display at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
From the Office
Our Public Lottery to determine the admissions list for the 2016-17 school year is this Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 pm. This year we are offering 78 6th-grade spots. Applicants are welcome to attend but do not need to be present to win a spot. Math classes have used the lottery statistics to discuss probability and other fun topics. As a reminder, all current students, siblings of current students, and children of staff are exempt from the lottery.
From our Principal
Learning from Feedback: Student, Parent, Teacher Conversations

This is the first year we have attempted a parent conference-type of meeting at IVA. We hesitated to jump into conferences because as teachers we have been disappointed in the sort of quick-fix and negative nature of conferences we’ve experienced in the past that did not involve the student and parent together. We also have heard from students that these types of meetings are uncomfortable and unpleasant - like everyone is getting together to get them in trouble. To address this collective baggage of ours, and to try to create a learner-focused conversation with the student’s approach to thinking at the center, we held 20 minute conversations that led the group to discuss 1) what virtue has the student grown in, what can they continue to grow in, 2) what other concerns do they have and can we connect those concerns to their patterns of thinking or virtue practice in the classroom.

In one week last month we had 96 conferences and got survey feedback from 41 of those families. Thank you all for attending and providing your quick feedback. Last Thursday during professional development, our teachers reviewed the data from the survey questions and narrative feedback to learn from our experiences and make plans to adjust and move forward with this type of conference next year. Below are our adjustments - and some of the feedback. If anyone is interested in the full analysis, please let me know and I’ll email you the document. 

Based on the feedback, we have decided together that:

1. We are going to definitely do this again! 
All of the families who responded replied that the conversation allowed them to have a positive conversation together and almost all replied that the conversation allowed them to apply virtues to student practices. 

2. We are going to spread the conferences throughout the year to focus on what each grade level might need. Next year’s schedule will include:

  • 3 days of conference in the early fall for 6th grade families: to help with the transition to middle school 
    • We are also going to include more points of contact for 6th grade families in the fall outside of these conferences and more awareness of the difficulty of the transition included in parent and student orientations. 
    • In addition to support in each class, we will also include more required office hour support for 6th graders to learn how to: 1) use office hours, 2) communicate with their teachers 3) use their planners well, 4 ) navigate the Illuminate gradebook and google classrooms, and keep themselves organized for long-term project-based assignments.
  • 2 days of conference after fall report cards for 7th grade families 
  • 2 days of conferences around March for 8th grade families 
    • We found that most of our 8th grade conferences focused on the transition to high school, almost like an exit-survey

3. We will change a few details to make it run more smoothly based on parent and teacher feedback:

  • Give everyone time for lunch before the conferences
  • Give teachers one break - having 6 -20 minute conferences in a row was draining
  • Online sign ups
  • Reminder cards for more clear communication that students are to be included, it is for all students - not just those that might be struggling, and that there are questions that will guide the conversation to help prepare ahead of time
  • Give a window for grade level sign ups and then allow other grade levels to sign up for the remaining open slots 
    • Unfortunately, because of an in-school instructional minute requirement and the logistics of the 140 students that each teacher has we can’t give parents this conference with each of the six teachers. This was a common request.
  • Keep the two teachers per conference approach as it took the pressure off one teacher to listen and respond - with shared responsibility teachers were able to be more attentive together, focus on all of the classes with the family and not just one, and learn from each other as well

If you did not get a chance to give your feedback, please email Principal Bryant at I would love to include your thoughts in our plans for next year. Also - if you were not able to attend a conference please email a teacher and request a student, parent conference. It is so very helpful to hold these meetings to help talk together about the patterns of thinking and ways participating that students are practicing in class and how it is impacting their overall learning.

To learn and live well,
Jacquie Bryant

8th Grade - Promotion - 6th and 7th grade families - we need your help!

The PTSA committee, which includes 9 parents who signed up to volunteer to support promotion, held a meeting today to discuss promotion plans. We are looking for more 6th and 7th grade families to support this process, especially for the promotion event itself so that our 8th grade families can enjoy the ceremony with no more responsibility than to celebrate. If you would like to help support the promotion ceremony please contact our PTSA President, Judy Hunter.

8th grade families - We're requesting your feedback! 

Promotion will be held on June 15th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and our goal is to create a meaningful ceremony to celebrate growth. This is our first promotion and we want to celebrate our founding class with meaning, purpose, and gratitude. We hope for this to be an intimate reflection and are considering limiting each family to 4 tickets. We do not want to leave anyone out - please help us anticipate chair rental and set up needs by taking our survey. 

Here is the link to the survey: 

8th Grade Promotion Survey
Flashback Friday Fundraiser!
Friday, April 15th
Social Hall

We hope you've been Saving the Date. It is sure to be a great event! Parents please join us for drinks, appetizers, a great flashback DJ, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle - all to support classroom upgrades. But, more importantly, for us to get together as parents and socialize.

Tickets are $30.00 per person and include one free drink, appetizers, and bodacious fun! Funds raised will support classroom upgrades. Purchase tickets through the main office or after school April 8th, or 11th-14th.
Look for the flyer to RSVP!
Beginning this Friday you will have the opportunity to buy lunch for your student for just $5.00! Here's how it works:
  • Lunches are Prepaid only. On Thursdays after school, at the black gate, we will collect $5.00 and add your student's name to the list.  
  • This must be done each Thursday to insure that your student has lunch available on Friday.  
Menu for this week:
Rice and beans
2 tacos Asada and chicken
Condiments: onions, cilantro, salsas, cheese ,sour cream
Our upcoming PTSA meeting will include electing the new PTSA board
The nominating committee has proposed the following slate for 2016-17
President- Judy Hunter
Treasurer-Sandra Ballard
Secretary- Eileen Pugh
Ways & Means, Fundraising- Janet Watt

There are many opportunities to also volunteer as a chair person which is a position appointed by the President.  We hope you can join us at our May meeting. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo we have taco dinners available for purchase. Closer to the event we will take orders.
Spirit Wear for SALE!
Beginning this Wednesday our Spirit Wear Webstore will be open for business through April 21st. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase tees for your students or for yourself! 
Counselor's Corner
After reaching out to high schools within the district about campus visits for registration, as well as Jennifer Brown (director of School of CHOICE), the date and time of class registration for incoming ninth graders is at the discretion of the high school itself. Prior to Spring Break, we were fortunate to have Long Beach Poly counselors reach out to us in regards to visiting our campus and assist prospecting students with class registration. Unfortunately, this is not the case for all high schools and pathway programs.

Students will be contacted by the high school they have intended to regarding the date for enrollment completion, which is usually in late April. Students will then be able to submit any final immunization or address verification records, meet with counselors, and begin to build their schedule for the upcoming ninth grade year. Any further tours and activities are limited in focus, as school sites are rapidly preparing for both commencement and their upcoming summer orientations. This is why we encourage students and families to take full advantage of the site nights and opportunities in the fall.

However, if a student did not get their high school of choice, the next transfer opportunity will be made available to students as they are in their ninth grade year, and is tentatively scheduled for April 1, 2017. Even if a student moved into the area tomorrow, they are not guaranteed a seat at their home high school - only a seat in the district at a high school, where space is available. If your family that has completed the appeal process, you will be notified by the district no later than June 10, 2016

I understand some families may be anxious to complete their student's registration for enrollment, but please be assured that each high school will communicate with you the next steps in due time as they have their own timeline and calendar constraint to contend with. If you have any further questions about this process, or anything else, please feel free to contact me via email or by calling our main office. Thanks so much for your patience!

Amos Mikaele, Counselor

Track & Field
Our first meet is THIS SATURDAY, April 9 at Notre Dame High School at 11:00 am. In order to participate, parents must contact Ms. McAdams with the events that their athlete wants to run BY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6. Any athletes who try and register after this Wednesday will not be able to participate in Saturday's meet. There will be no school transportation to and from meets. Each meet has an athlete entry fee of $10.

Soccer season is beginning! Informational meeting this Thursday, April 7 after school in Room 116 from 12:45-1:00 pm. Anyone interested in participating in Spring Soccer please come and attend the meeting. Please contact Ms. McAdams if you are interested in participating in Spring Soccer.
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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