IVA @ San Joaquin

Weekly Update for November 7, 2022

School Wide Information

Mindful Monday- Time Management can seem spooky 👻🎃🦇 if you’re not sure where to start. In this week’s Mindful Monday, our Portola HS Counseling Team 💜 is sharing tips for effectively managing time ⏰👀 to help reduce stress.

Managing time effectively means finding balance between your responsibilities, while taking time to care for yourself, spending quality time with loved ones, and doing fun activities or hobbies. The following tips from School Counselors Melissa Gibson, Rachel LeGrand, Jamie Murphy and Ryan Ichon are designed to support students of any age and their families:

💙Track how you spend your time for a day or a week to see what activities or tasks are filling your days. This can help you better understand how you’re spending time and make changes if needed.

💚If you feel overwhelmed by a big project or a homework assignment, try breaking it down into smaller chunks and spread the work out rather than trying to do it all at once.

💙While it can be tempting to multitask and work on multiple things, it’s more effective to work on one thing at a time.

💚If you feel like you are always saying “yes” to things and have a lot on your plate, then learn to say “no.” For students, this can mean not taking on an additional activity, joining another club or taking more AP classes. For parents, this could look like prioritizing family time instead of adding an extracurricular activity for your child.

❗️While some level of stress or anxiety is normal and part of the learning and life process, when stress is constant, it can have negative impacts on mental and physical health. If students are feeling overwhelmed, they should talk to their teacher(s), school counselors and/or school mental health staff. Visit iusd.org/counseling or iusd.org/prevention for counseling, academic and mental health supports and staff directories.

ℹ️ Visit iusd.org/MindfulMondays for additional time management resources and to watch the video.

PTSA Monthly Newsletter- Click HERE for the Monthly Newsletter for all the updates and exciting events happening.

Irvine Parent Education Programs (IPEP)- FREE seminars and educational workshops offered to Irvine parents throughout the school year. The goal is to empower parents with the skills and strategies necessary to become active participants in their child’s education. IPEP offers a variety of workshops focused on topics important to parents of IUSD students. See Parent Workshops for more information.

Join PTSA- Our PTSA is amazingly supportive of our programs. We hope you will join our PTSA as membership is one of our key fundraising activities. All funds go back to programming for students. Join our PTSA: https://jointotem.com/ca/irvine/san-joaquin-creekside-ptsa.

IUSD College and Career Fair- Join us at Woodbridge High School on November 7, 2022 from 5pm-8pm. All students, families, and staff are invited to attend this in-person event where you can interact with college representatives, learn about IUSD’s Career Technical Education programs, attend informational panel sessions, learn about community partners and more! Click HERE to register and click HERE for more information.

IVA MS and HS Live Student Technology Support- Monday-Friday 8:00-9:00 a.m. or by appointment - email kylenecarter@iusd.org

Live Student Technology Support: Support Zoom Link

CANVAS Parent Observer Account: Please be sure that you have set up a parent observer account in CANVAS. This is a great way to be involved in IVA and what your student is learning. Canvas Parent Observer Guide Click HERE

Counselor Contact Information

IVA Middle School/IVA HS (last names A-O) Information

Counselor: Joshua Razo

Email: joshuarazo@iusd.org

Office Hours:

Monday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Wednesday 8:00 - 10:00 AM, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Friday 8:00 - 10:00 AM, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Zoom: Mr. Razo Office Hours

IVA HS (last names P-Sh) Information

Counselor: Sam Lane

Email: samlane@iusd.org

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 7:45 - 8:15

Zoom: Mr. Lane’s Zoom Link

IVA HS (last names Si-Z) Information

Counselor: Lauren Yadon

Email: laurenyadon@iusd.org

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 8:00-8:30

Zoom: Ms. Yadon's Zoom Link

Community Resources

Operation School Bell- Click HERE

Care Solace- Click HERE

IUSD Family Resource Center

Say Something Anonymous Reporting

School Resources:

IVA Website Click HERE

Bell Schedule Click HERE

Program of Study Click HERE

Student Calendar Click HERE

Canvas Student Login Guide Click HERE

Canvas Parent Observer Guide Click HERE

Blocksi Account- Click HERE

Speak Up, We Care Click HERE

Paper (Free Online Tutoring) Click HERE

Bell Schedule Template Click HERE

IVA MS and HS Live Student Technology Support

Monday-Friday 8:00-9:00 a.m. or by appointment - email kylenecarter@iusd.org

Live Student Technology Support: Support Zoom

High School Updates

State Seal of Biliteracy- IVA Seniors, please visit bit.ly/SSBinIUSD to see if you qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy. More information and how to qualify is available at the link above.

Senior Portraits – Seniors: you should have received a letter in the mail from South Coast Photographic. Senior Portraits are schedule to start on October 22nd. If you did not receive anything from South Coast Photographic, please send an email to kylenecarter@iusd.org.

IVC Spotlight Week- November 12th-18th IVC will be hosting workshops for all IUSD students. Click HERE for more information and to register for online workshops

FAFSA- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is open. Click HERE for the newsletter on all things FAFSA including, how to complete the application, resources, and workshops available to all families.

IVC Application Workshops- Interested in applying to IVC. Join us for online application workshops. Click HERE for more information.


Elks Lodge Scholarship- click HERE for more information on multiple scholarships this organization offers.

IUCPTA Scholarship- The scholarship will go to graduating seniors and will be used towards continued education after graduation. Recipients must attend an accredited college/university, community college, trade or technical school within the first year following high school graduation.Qualifications: This scholarship recognizes students who are PTSA members and whom have performed service activities inside and outside of school.

IUCPTA Senior Scholarship Form: Due Friday April 22, 2023 https://forms.gle/Lb6XEgaSmVwd8uX28

CA PTA Scholarship- Two scholarships are available. For more information click HERE.

College and Career Information

Cal State University Northridge Open House November 5 from 8:30-2pm Flyer

IUSD College and Career Fair November 7th from 5-8pm @WBHS Register

University of Redlands Virtual Visit From 12:15-12:40 on November 9th Zoom Link

IVC Application Workshops: See Event(s)

Career Edge Workshops Dates: 10/22, 10/29, 12/5

College Notes Sheet

FAFSA Information Packet

2022 IUSD Financial Aid Night Video

Website: College and Career

College and Career Resources: Click Here

IVA College and Career Events/Visits

Email: Kaylaramirez@iusd.org

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8-8:25am Zoom Link

Want to schedule a meeting for another time? Email me: Kaylaramirez@iusd.org

Middle School Updates

The Middle School Counseling Canvas is up and running. We will be providing Information on upcoming events around the community, seasonal activity videos, videos on how to stay organized, and much more. Please keep an eye out in your Advisement classes for more information!