May 3, 2019
IN THIS NEWSLETTER
  • Upcoming Events
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (next week)
  • Spring Dance (next Friday)
  • Girls Empowerment Retreat (Saturday, May 18)
  • All-School Fun Day: Crystal Cove (Fri., May 31)
  • Chaperones Needed!
  • Parent Mingle (Thursday, June 6)
  • Testing Schedule
  • SAT Test Day Reminders
  • Intent to Re-Enroll
  • Open Enrollment for 2019-2020
  • The Academy around town
  • Yearbook Sales
  • Exhibition of Learning Recap
  • Bid Farewell
  • Calendar
  • Attendance Reminders
UPCOMING EVENTS
JOIN US IN CELEBRATING OUR TEACHERS!
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6 – 10
 
Academy teachers are thoughtful, supportive, and accessible. We invite you to participate in showing your thanks and gratitude through the following activities next week:
 
Monday, May 6 – Wednesday, May 8– Students and families create notes of appreciation for their teachers and staff and deliver via email, card, message or in person.

Tuesday, May 7- The Family Alliance will start the day with breakfast and coffee for the teachers and staff in the Cove.
 
Wednesday, May 8 – Parents and students will pamper our teachers and staff with a luncheon provided by Academy families and students.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, talents or donations, please contact the Family Alliance Coordinator, Lorraine Capps .
SPRING SEMI-FORMAL DANCE: "The Party"
NEXT Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

The Academy invites current students to our Spring Formal Dance: “The Party” on Friday, May 10  at 7 p.m. The dance will take place at Studio VOR in Signal Hill. Tickets will be $45 dollars a person ($55 for guests) and will include a soda bar, dinner, dessert, professional photographer, and a DJ.

PERMISSION SLIPS ARE DUE ASAP

Academy students can bring guests by completing a Guest Form. Guest tickets cost $55 with no available discounts
GIRLS EMPOWERMENT RETREAT
Saturday, May 18

The Academy will be hosting a Girls Empowerment Retreat for up to 20 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. Through dialogue, discussion, and creative expression, attendees will work towards developing new tools to help them grow as capable, confident and secure individuals. 

The retreat will be led by Sakina Ibrahim, a dance educator, performer, and author of Big Words to Little Me. Turn in your permission slip with your donation* to secure your space!

Who: Up to 20 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 years old (Academy and non-Academy students invited)
What: Girls Empowerment Retreat
When: Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: The Academy, 1637 Long Beach Blvd.
How: Turn in a permission slip with donation* (Academy students $20, Non-Academy students $40) to Mrs. Day.

*If you would like to attend, but cannot donate, please contact Crystal Day
ALL-SCHOOL FUN DAY AT CRYSTAL COVE
Friday, May 31

Every year, we have incorporated a fun, curriculum-enriched, community-bonding day, where every student and teacher (and some lucky parents) get off campus together to transform the classroom into an experiential learning experience. We asked for our students to submit the  "Ultimate Field Trip"  agenda, and out of all of the submissions, we chose the following fun day:

Crystal Cove Passion-Based Workshops 2019
This year, we will be caravanning to Crystal Cove in Newport Beach for several passion-based, teacher-led workshops including, but not limited to:
  • Landscape Art
  • Hiking
  • Marine Biology Lab
  • Creative Writing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Low Ropes Course
Students will be able to choose a couple of workshops to participate in throughout the day. We will provide lunch, hang out on the beach, and make our way back to school by 3:30 p.m.

It takes a village! If you are interested in driving or chaperoning, please contact  Summer Sanders

Former Academy Fun Days:
Disneyland: Physics of Roller Coasters 2017
Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Lunch 2018
Ropes Course in Culver City 2018
PARENT MINGLE @ "The Hangar"
June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Let's get to know each other. The Family Alliance invites current parents, new parents, and interested parents to a Parent Mingle. Come and connect or reconnect with the Academy community as we discuss the Academy's history and what to look forward to in the future.

Who: Current, incoming, and interested parents
What: A Meet and Mingle
When: Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
3991 N Lakewood Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90846, USA

TESTING SCHEDULE
SAT TEST DAY INFORMATION
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Students  MUST  be in the building by 7:30 a.m. 

Bring: 
1) Admission ticket  
2) School ID 
3) Two sharpened #2 pencils 
4) Attend to medical and health needs, 
5) A full stomach with healthy foods

Doors will close at 8:00 a.m. Students  WILL NOT  be able to enter after 8:00 a.m. Only students who have registered for the test with college board will be able to enter the building. 

HOW TO PREPARE
INTENT TO RE-ENROLL

Every spring we request that all families complete an  Intent to Re-Enroll  form in Illuminate to help us anticipate any available spots for next fall. To complete this process, simply log in to the  Illuminate Parent Portal .  Please complete this short form as soon as possible. 

We would like to see all of our students continue to build on what we know colleges and universities seek in their incoming students, the mindsets and soft skills of a 21 st  century learner that comes with an IV education.

If you have any questions or trouble accessing your account, please feel free to contact Crystal Day . Thank you in advance!
EXPANDING OUR OUTREACH EFFORTS

Have you seen the Academy around town? As we complete our third year in operation, we understand that many people are still just learning about the Academy as a high school option.

This spring, we have taken on several new ways to increase the Academy's exposure in the community. You might have even seen this poster in the LB Transit buses!

We know that our parents and students are our greatest legacy and strongest referrals for increasing our exposure in the community and increasing our outreach efforts!

Are you interested in helping us with outreach?
Here's how you can help:

  • Pick up informational flyers or applications from the front office and help distribute to 8th grade teachers or friends who are going into high school.
  • Invite friends or relatives to visit our Campus Tour happening every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.
  • Share an Academy newsletter, Facebook post, or event with your network.
  • Write a positive review about the Academy on either Greatschools.com, Facebook, or Google maps.

Our current outreach efforts have included tabling, ads, flyers, parent committees, and community partnerships. Share more outreach ideas with Ms. Day .

Thank you for your help in expanding our outreach efforts!
YEARBOOKS SALES

Yearbook Club has steadily been working on the 2018-2019 Academy yearbook. This is a hardbound book covering all of your memories from this school year. Secure your yearbook today through one of the two methods below.

PURCHASE BY CHECK OR CASH ($30)
  1. Print this form
  2. Submit the completed order form with payment to the front office.


PURCHASE ONLINE ($30)
  1. Click on this link
  2. Find our school by typing Intellectual Virtues Academy
  3. Select "Shop My School"
  4. Add To Cart

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cynthia.
THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION OF LEARNING

On Wednesday, April 17, students took center stage, as they described the story, process, and products of their learning! Thank you to all of the volunteers who made the Exhibition of Learning possible!

The Exhibition of Learning event happens annually every fall and spring. Keep a lookout for more information leading up to the exhibition in the fall of 2020!
BID FAREWELL
Dr. Armine Movsisyan

Before break, Armine Movsisyan addressed to the students that she is leaving to open a new high school. All of us, especially those family and staff that have been with us since the first year, know the incredible amount of work that it takes to open a new school, and wish her the best. We appreciate all of the time and attention Dr. M has given to the Academy.

Starting as of May 1st, Mrs. Sanders will be the Interim Director assuming these responsibilities in collaboration with our dynamic and talented staff. She brings with her six years of administrative experience and passion for our students, mission, and educational model.If you have any specific questions about this transition, please feel free to contact Summer Sanders or James McGrath.
CALENDAR 

Sat., May 4
SAT Day

Wed., May 8, 3:45-5 p.m.
EXP: Workshop #5: "Getting the Interview"

Fri., May 10

Sat., May 11, 9-11 a.m.
Restorative Academics

Mon., May 13
State Testing Begins

Wed., May 15 at 8:30 a.m.
Family Alliance Meeting

Thurs., May 16 at 7 p.m.
College Compass: How to Become College Ready

Sat., May 18 at 9 a.m.
Girls Empowerment Retreat

Fri., May 24
Last Day to Turn in Missing Assignments

Sat., May 25, 9-11 a.m.
Restorative Academics

Fri., May 31, all day
Fun Day: Crystal Cove
All-School Field Trip

Thrs., June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
ATTENDANCE REMINDER

We are asking all parents to help us ensure the regular, on-time attendance of their children at school.

We monitor attendance closely because research has shown that regular attendance is vital for the success of children in school.

If extra support is needed to ensure your child’s attendance, our Attendance and Support Specialist, Ms. Makenna Enger t. 
MASTER VIRTUES
CREATIVE VIRTUES
Curiosity
Ask questions!
Open-mindedness
Think outside the box! 
Intellectual Courage
Take risks! 

CRITICAL THINKING VIRTUES
Intellectual Attentiveness
Look and listen!
Intellectual Carefulness
Avoid errors!
Intellectual Thoroughness
Go deep! 

VIRTUES OF SELF-GROWTH
Intellectual Autonomy
Think for yourself!
Intellectual Humility
Admit what you don't
know! 
Intellectual Tenacity
Embrace struggle!
THIS WEEK AT THE ACADEMY

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Intellectual Virtues Academy, A Long Beach Public High School 
1637 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, California 90813
562.283.4456 | www.academylongbeach.org
The Intellectual Virtues Academy is a public Long Beach high school, open to all students, authorized by Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).