August 2, 2017
WELCOME (BACK) TO HIGH SCHOOL
Welcome to Intellectual Virtues Academy, A Long Beach Public High School! We hope that you have been enjoying your summer vacation. We are excited to welcome you to the campus in a few weeks in order to kick off an exceptional year.

To assist you in connecting with the school on pertinent information, you will receive newsletters on a regular basis. The newsletter will be your central place for information on calendar updates, school announcements, friendly reminders, photo spotlights, and instructional highlights on the intellectual virtues educational model. If you have any questions that are not addressed in a newsletter, please reach out to us by calling the main school number, 562.283.445, or via email, info@academylongbeach.org. 

As an Academy family, your contribution cannot be overstated. Our goal is to provide the highest quality education to our students. As a collaborative team, we seek to foster the intellectual virtues in our students, staff, and community in a thoughtful, challenging, and supportive academic environment. 

You are an important part of this process. 

Welcome to the Academy!
SCHOOL DAY HOURS

The school doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and class will begin at 8:15 a.m. The school day ends at 3:27 p.m., except on Thursday, which ends at 1:57 p.m. The Academy closes at 5:30 p.m. Mon., Tues., and Wed., and 4:30 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri.


AFTER SCHOOL STUDY HALL

Study hall will be available on campus Mon., Tues., Wed. from 3:50 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thurs. from 2:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Fri. from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A teacher or tutor will be supervising the study hall during these time.


SCHOOL CALENDAR- click here

BELL SCHEDULE- Click here 
  • 9th Grade- Individual schedules will be issued during New Student Orientation. Look for more information in the next newsletter.
  • 10th Grade- Individual schedules will be emailed to your Academy email address before the first day of school. Parents will also be able to see schedules using Parent Portal in Illuminate. 
SUGGESTED SCHOOL SUPPLIES 
Books and handout materials are provided to students. The Academy asks that you treat books with care so that they will last for many years. The Academy also provides some basic supplies as well as a Google Chromebook for each student. We ask students to bring the following necessary items if their families are able to do so:


  • Writing utensils
    Pencils (if mechanical, have extra lead.), 
    Ballpoint pens (black or blue ink),
    Pink eraser,
    Pencil sharpener (hand-held with a top).
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (college ruled)
  • One 1.5”-2” three-ring binder, tabbed binder dividers 
  • College ruled composition notebooks for each of your four core subjects 

DRESS CODE GUIDELINES

The Academy has adopted the following general guidelines to enhance student achievement, create a safe and distraction-free learning environment, foster school pride, and operate free from hazard or threat to students’ health, safety, and general welfare. We heard the voices of students last year, therefore made some adjustments to our dress code. 



Bottoms

  • Pants, shorts, dresses, and skirts, must be logo & words free, worn at a school appropriate length (where finger tips lay with arms by the side). Jeans can be worn without rips/slashes/or tears. Pajama bottoms can be worn only on the designated spirit day.
  • Leggings can be worn only under other garments.

Tops

  • Shirts can be worn without a logo, mid-drifts must be covered. If there is a logo, must be an Academy, IVA shirt, or collegial. Tank tops must have straps at least 3 inches wide.

Outerwear

  • Jackets/sweaters must be appropriate for school.


Hats/Caps

  • Hats can be worn before, after school, and during breaks. They must be taken off within the classroom. Beanies are okay. No hoods over head at any time while on campus.

Shoes

  • Safe and school appropriate. Sandals need to have a strap. Formal shoes can be a two toe peep. Shoes need to be on at all times.


School appropriate means: Safe, respectful, and conducive to learning. No sexually related, gang, weapons, alcohol, or any drug references on any item of clothing.


For questions on the dress code, please email Crystal Day or call the front office at 562.283.4456. 

STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT NEWSLETTER:
  • Announcing our new community members;
  • Academic and Extracurricular offerings;
  • and New Student Orientation information
UPCOMING EVENTS 


August 12, 1-3 p.m.- ACADEMY Beach Day 


August 22, 7 p.m.Movie on the Beach: Sandlot 


August 28 and 29, 8:15 a.m.-3:27 p.m.- 9th grade Student Orientation (mandatory) 


August 30, 8:15 a.m.- First Day of School!


Sept. 7, 6:30-8 p.m. - Back to School Night 


Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m.- Coffee in the Cove

JOIN THE FAMILY ALLIANCE!

As a small, community-based school, we thrive on parent participation. We are looking for parents/guardians interested in forming our Family Alliance for the 2017-2018 school year. We are very interested in partnering with you to make key decisions about school programs. 


Participation includes but not limited to:

  • Family Alliance Association Leaders
  • Chaperones
  • Event Helpers
  • Creative Makers and Thinkers
  • Parent/Guardians To Be Included On Our Hiring Panel
  • Athletic Groupies for Carpooling
  • Landscaping 
  • ...and More!

Email Summer Sanders if you are interested in volunteering! 


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!
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).