Dress Code, Supplies, & Policies

IVA Families are invited to view the Student Parent Handbook by clicking on the link below for a reference. Next year's handbook will be presented at our new Parent Orientation on August 28. For your convenience, we have listed a few of our policies below to help as you prepare for school in the fall. Some of our policies will continue to be reviewed and adjusted with parent and student input through both surveys and committee meetings. Please also see below: 
 
 
Dress Code: 
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IVA Spirit Wear:
IVA has two spirit wear purchasing opportunities. 
 
1. Start of school: spirit wear will be sold at orientation and the first week of school. Cash or checks accepted. $12 per shirt.
 
2. Spring: spirit wear will be available by pre-order in April.
 
 
School Supplies:
Tech supplies:
  • Personal earbuds
  • Stylus for writing on iPads

Paper/Pencil Supplies: 

  • Dry erase pens (always have at least one that is working)Pencils, blue or black ink ballpoint pens, eraser, and optional pencil sharpener (hand-held with a top)
  • Paper Supplies per Course: 
    • Literature & Composition: one college-ruled composition book
    • Science: one college-ruled spiral notebook with full size storage pockets. 
    • Math/Social Science/Creative Exploration/Physical Education: college-ruled loose leaf paper in a binder with dividers OR multiple-subject spiral notebook with full size storage pockets. 

Optional: Personal Planner*

IVA students receive a locker on the first day of school and are encouraged to hold their PE clothes, an extra set of dress clothes, and supplies in their locker. 

Personal Planner: In the past our PTSA has provided planners but in our annual school surveys of students and parents less than 30% of families found the planner useful, especially given that most tracking of assignments is conducted online. Therefore, to utilize PTSA funds for other activities, IVA PTSA will not be provide student planners but encourages families to pick up a planner if you plan on its use. 

Dress Code at other school events: 
Required dress for any school event is in line with our regular dress code and requires a level of attire to fit the occasion. For events such as dances and promotion, please see below for general and more specific guidance. Please check with the office for further clarification. Example: Promotion Dress: Casual, comfortable dress attire that falls within the school dress code. The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony event is intended to be a semi-formal event that requires a level of attire that fits the occasion.
  • Ladies: Fingertip length skirt or dress, blouse/formal top (shoulders covered), dress pants, dress shoes (comfortable/easy to walk in, no greater than 2" heels).
  • Gentlemen: Dress pants (nicer than jeans), long-sleeve button up shirt, dress shoes.
Dress Code, Tardies, Cell Phone Use, Virtue Ceremony - Tracking Infractions
Intellectual Virtues Academy has adopted the following general guidelines in order to enhance student achievement, create a safe learning environment, provide a spirit of school pride, and so that the school can operate free from distraction, hazard, or threat to students' health, safety, and general welfare.
 
IVA tracks student infractions in a few areas: being out of dress code, use of cell phone on campus, tardies to class during the school day, disruptions at our full school Virtue ceremony or assemblies, and other types of harm to campus incidents. 
 
IVA follows three steps to address these types of out of the classroom infractions:
1) warning: student will change out or have cell phone held in the office
2) email home about the policy and notice of second infraction: parent pick up the cell phone after school
3) email home about third infraction, which may result in any of the following: loss of school activity, behavior contract, parent conference.
 
Families - we appreciate all dress code donations to provide students with dress code appropriate clothing. IVA also connects families in need with additional community resources. Please contact the office to learn more. 

Behavior Policies:

Student behavior at IVA is based on positive support and involves multiple facets of support that include school staff, teachers, parents, and students.
At IVA, student behavior support and discipline is as an important opportunity to encourage thinking habits in our students so that they can learn from mistakes and understand appropriate behavior as well as the consequences for our actions. At Orientation, our students will be presented with the Student Handbook, which outlines our community expectations that can be summarized in this idea: everything we do should support thinking and learning. Please note - IVA's focus on learning opportunities should not be mistaken for an unresponsive discipline process. IVA is responsive to individual behavior concerns as well as committed to helping students process the sort of conflicts that are normal at this stage in their lives. When negative behavior crosses the line of safety on campus we utilize our thorough Suspension and Expulsion Policy that is aligned with state and federal expulsion laws.

One element of our discipline process is to hold Restorative Conversations, which are adopted from restorative practices. Please see our handout below to learn more. 

It is our goal to create the most positive, least disruptive learning environment for our students. We serve middle school students and this age brings with it all the complications of growth and development, this is a tough time in the lives of kids. The combination of the age of our students and our role as a public school to serve all students means that we cannot promise an environment free from disruptions but we can commit to minimizing the seriousness and frequency of disruptions caused by student misbehavior through our school's policies. In order to prioritize learning at IVA, we take very seriously any distraction that might stop our students from being provided a positive learning environment. It is a part of our model of education to capitalize as best we can on mistakes, failures, struggles, and other "disruptions" as, potentially, teachable moments. 

School_and_Classroom_BehaviorPolicy_02.2016.pdf

Harm_and_Conflict_Restorative_Circle.pdf 

Student_Suspension_and_ExpulsionPolicy.pdf


Schedule of Classes:

Students will receive their schedule of classes on the first day of school. The day before school begins you may view your schedule by logging into your Illuminate account at ivalongbeach.illuminatehc.com. To see the second semester classes you must change the date int the control panel.