June 13, 2019
CURRICULUM SPOTLIGHT: Philosophy and Ethics
Final Projects: Student Led Classes
In Philosophy and Ethics, students are taking control of their own learning. Final projects are student-driven, and aim to demonstrate curiosity, thoroughness, and autonomy in the process of inquiry and discovery. 

In Philosophy, students are writing lesson plans that connect a text of their choice to philosophical themes and questions we have explored throughout the year. A few questions that students are exploring though their lessons are: "Is free will invented or discovered?", "How does technology affect our relationships?", and "In what ways do our experiences shape our perspective?". Once their lesson plans are written, the last 3 weeks of class will be entirely student-led philosophy lessons. 

In Ethics, students are designing their own final projects in the field of environmental ethics. Students are required to design a complete project with an overview, rubric, and product. They will be assessed on the degree to which they design rigorous, challenging, research-based ethical projects. A few initial project ideas include a community service project on ocean pollution, a short film on light pollution, a design-thinking project on algae biofuel, and an argumentative essay on climate engineering. 

Overall, students are taking on these challenges purposefully and creatively. We are excited to see the range of lessons and projects that our community produces. 
COURSE SELECTION SURVEY

This week, students will be given the opportunity to request courses for next year. The Academy builds our course schedule based on student needs, as well as student and teacher interest areas. We have some exciting courses happening next year!

Students! Be sure to check your school email to complete the survey by Wednesday. Or scan the QR code here.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL HOURS
Our Last Day of school is Friday,   June 14th . Students will be dismissed at  noon.  The campus will be  closed by 2 p.m.

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
Our campus will be closed from June 19- August 5. We are available periodically by email at info@academylongbeach.org or by phone 562.283.4456.

After August 5 our office hours may vary. We recommend calling before stopping by. Most days the office hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019-20
The school calendar for next year is posted on our website . If you have specific questions, please feel free to email info@academylongbeach.org or call 562.283.4456.
FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM

To find locations that serve meals over the summer, you may visit the  USDA Food and Nutrition Service website, call 211, or text message 877877.
NOW ENROLLING FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

The Academy is currently enrolling students going into 9th through 12th grade for next school year. We have limited spaces available in all grades for next year. Interested families should start the process by submitting an  application  today.

Learn more by viewing the Academy "  At a Glance  " or by attending one of the upcoming campus tours:

YOU'RE INVITED!
Family Alliance Planning Meeting and Coffee Social at Tierra Mia Coffee Shop

As a small, community-based school, we thrive on parent participation. We will be having a Family Alliance planning meeting on August 7 at 9:15 a.m. at Tierra Mia coffee shop on PCH.

We will discuss topics like spirit wear, school dances, extracurricular offerings, hospitality, parent ambassadors, our community garden and more! 

Incoming families for the fall of 2019 are encouraged to join! All parents are members of the F.A. Please consider joining our next meeting to help plan out next school year. 

If you are unable to make this meeting, but have ideas or want to be more involved, feel free to email our Family Alliance coordinator,  Lorraine Capps . Thank you!
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

The Main Library in downtown Long Beach has a learning space called "The Studio" where people can use technology (like 3D printers) and other resources to innovate and collaborate on ideas.

The Studio also provides an array of different classes for free.  Check out the calendar here.
ACADEMY STUDENT AMBASSADORS FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
The Academy’s Student Ambassadors are a small group of students dedicated to the positive promotion of the school. The group will work on a volunteer basis to serve as liaisons between the current Academy community and prospective students. The Student Ambassador’s main job is to be a helpful, friendly face for the new students. This is a great opportunity for students interested in taking on a leadership role at the Academy.

Rewards:
  • Sharpen communication and public speaking skills
  • Improve interpersonal and conversational skills
  • Enhance confidence when speaking and interacting with many members of the community
  • Develop networking skills through participation at exciting events
  • Develop leadership to use in college and beyond

If you are interested in becoming an Academy’s Student Ambassador, please contact  Mrs. Day   for an application.

 The ambassadors will meet in August for a leadership training and orientation.
CALENDAR 

Wed., June 12 to Fri., June 14
Minimum Days (noon dismissal, no lunch provided)

Thurs., June 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Fri., June 14
Last Day of School

August 7 at 9:15 a.m.
Family Alliance Planning

August 26
New Student Orientation
8:15 a.m. to 1:57 p.m.

August 27
New Student Orientation
8:15 a.m. to 1:57 p.m.

August 28 at 8:15 a.m.
First Day of School
CARPOOL SETUP

Are you having a tough time getting to school, or interested in meeting other Academy families near you?

We are happy to  connect families  to help create carpool arrangements or assist in creating a public transportation plan.

If your family is interested in either of these two options, please contact  Crystal Day or Makenna Engert.
YEARBOOKS ON SALE! $30

If you haven't purchased your yearbook yet, don't worry! You still have time! Yearbooks can be purchased after school for $30 in cash or check.
TECHNOLOGY RETURN
June 12- 14

In order for us to prepare the Chromebooks for next year, students will   need to turn in their borrowed computers and chargers by Friday

If they are not turned in by Friday, families will be sent a bill for the amount of  $300, the cost of the computer.
CONTACT INFORMATION

To stay connected over the summer, please  make sure to update the front office with your contact information. Any changes can be emailed to   Crystal Day.
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).