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Study Skills Workshops Topics/Dates

October 20: Getting Organized

November 3: Taking Charge of Homework

December 1: Time Management

January 5: Improving Learning & Recall

February 2: Effective Note-Taking

March 1: Building Motivation

April 12: Test-Taking Strategies

Career Exploration

California Career Center: http://www.calcareercenter.org/

8th grade Career Day: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

End of Quarter / Semester Dates

Semester 1 (August 25 - January 22):

  • Mid-Quarter 1: September 23
  • Quarter 1: October 23
  • Mid-Quarter 2: December 2
  • Quarter 2: January 22

Semester 2 (January 26 - June 9)

  • Mid-Quarter 3: February 24
  • Quarter 3: April 1
  • Mid-Quarter 4: May 4
  • Quarter 4: June 9

TDAP Booster: 7th grade requirement

All incoming 7th grade students will need to provide written verification that they have received the Tdap booster in order to attend 7th grade at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. A copy of the immunization can be turned into the office at any time before the start of school. 7th grade students will not be able to attend school without this verification.

Counseling

Counselor's Corner

Welcome to our homepage! Feel free to browse our site for important information, dates, and resources. Please let us know if you have any questions.

-Mrs. Bassett, Mrs. Odne & Ms. Carreon

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment to see the counselor?

Students can:

  • Drop by the counseling office at break, lunch, or after school to see if a counselor is available
  • Fill out an appointment slip, located in the counseling office
  • E-mail counselor
  • Ask a teacher for permission to go to the counseling office

Parents can:

  • E-mail your student's counselor
  • Call your student's counselor:
    • Mrs. Bassett, Head Counselor: 925-790-2517
    • Ms. Carreon, Counselor: 925-855-2791
    • Mrs. Odne (on maternity leave until January)

What day is my counselor on campus?

  • Mrs. Bassett: Every day
  • Ms. Carreon: Every day
  • Mrs. Odne (on maternity leave until January)

My student is having difficulty in a class. What should I do?

  • Check schoolloop. Notice if your child is having trouble with organization, homework, and/or tests.
  • Refer to the powerpoint presentations posted in the right-hand column for tips on how to help your student with organizational skills, homework, and test-prep.
  • Talk with your student's teacher, if needed. Teachers can be e-mailed through schoolloop. 

Academic Assistance Programs

  • Success Tutorial: Flexible class period, offered every Tuesday and Thursday, after second period, that provides differentiated learning experiences, including tutoring, extra help or enrichment. Tutorial begins at the end of September.
  • Study Club: Quiet, supervised place for students to work on homework. Meets on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:00-3:45 PM beginning mid-September. Check the list in the display case outside the Counseling Office for information on room assignments. Information will also be posted on the counseling calendar in schoolloop.
  • Morning Study Hall: A quiet, supervised place for students to study or read. Morning Study Hall meets Monday through Thursdays at 7:40 AM, beginning October 26. Check the list in the display case outside the Counseling Office window for room assignments. Information will also be posted on the counseling calendar in schoolloop.
  • Study Skills Workshops: Workshops offered first Tuesday of each month (exceptions in October and April) during all three lunches for students whose grades are impacted by poor study skills. Topics addressed include note-taking, test-taking, organization skills and time management. Students should bring their lunches on that day and report directly to the library. For additional information, contact the Counseling Office.
  • Peer Mentoring: Peer Mentors are 7th and 8th graders who help 6th graders have a successful transition into middle school. Peer Mentors help students get organized, learn how to study, and make friends. This program is led by Ms. Susan Irwin. If you are interested in having your 6th grader participate in Peer Mentoring, please contact the counseling office.
  • Weekly Progress Reports: Students may pick up a yellow weekly progress report form in the counseling office. The form is to be signed by each of the student’s teachers at the end of the week and will provide the parent with information regarding the student’s work habits and/or behavior in class that week.
  • Binder Reminder: Students use the binder reminder daily to record and track assignments. Upon request, teachers can sign off in the binder reminder in order to communicate with parents that assignments have been recorded.
  • Schoolloop:  http://ih.schoolloop.com.This resource is a great way to improve communication between parent, student and school regarding homework assignments, test scores, and grades.
  • Tutor List: Should parents choose to pursue outside tutoring for their student, there is a binder in the Counseling Office listing tutors and organizational coaches in our area.

Counseling Staff

Jennifer Benz Jill Odne Valerie Milat

Contact Us:

Avenida, Dawn
Staff
Bassett, Jennifer
Counselor
Carreon, Kaitlyn
Counselor
Milat, Valerie
Registrar

Got Conflict?

Try Peer Mediation!

Peer Mediators are trained 7th and 8th grade students who are on campus to help you with your friendship problems.

Referrals are found in the office or Ms. Irwin's Room 208. Everything discussed is confidential.

We can help!

Clubs on Campus during Lunch

CJSF:

IHMS students are encouraged to join CJSF, California Junior Scholarship Federation. This club is a state-wide organization which promotes high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship at the junior high level (grades 7 & 8).  CJSF emphasizes service to the school and community while creating pride in scholastic achievement. 

Members meet one to two times a month.  Students participate in coordinating school activities, community service, and college enrichment activities.

8th grade membership drive: Ends September 18, 2015. 7th graders may qualify after their 1st semester grades are posted.  An application may be picked up in the CMR or downloaded off of schoolloop.  Please see Mrs. Gonzales, CJSF advisor, in the CMR if you have any questions.  

Writer's Club:

Writer's Club is open to 7th & 8th grade students who love to write and want to learn more about writing. The club will be led by a local published author, who will help club members grow as writers, and provide resources for those students who are interested in getting their work published online. The club meets once a month from 3:00-4:00pm in PT-8. Contact Ms. Jones if you have questions.

Battle of the Books:

Like reading? Think about joining Battle of the Books! Battle of the Books is a competition between middle schools in our district. All team members read the same eight books and are prepared to answer Jeopardy-style questions about plot, theme, character, setting, and quotes from each book. See Mrs. Hamon, our librarian, for information.

After-School Clubs/Activities

Science Fair Club:

For 7th and 8th Graders: Meets in the library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, starting in October, from 3:00-4:00. Science Fair to be held in March.

JUMP:

Junior Upcoming Medical Professionals is for students interested in going into the health care field. The junior program to HOSA, JUMP will immerse middle school students in the ultimate health care experience:

  • learn basic CPR and First Aid training
  • learn about different health careers and the health care field
  • get mentored by high school HOSA students
  • get acquainted with HOSA and health career pathways to join in high school
  • develop leadership and teamwork skills
  • meet EMTs and other health professionals
  • and much more!

JUMP also offers the chance to train and compete in the California State Leadership Conference in Sacramento against other JUMP chapters in the state. Competitions include medical terminology, prepared speaking, and health career display.

Have questions or want to join? e-mail: ironhorsejump@gmail.com with your student's name, science teacher and grade. Meetings take place at Iron Horse Middle School and start at the beginning of October. Meetings will typically be after-school, every other week, on Thursdays.

Math Olympiad:

Math Olympiad is a weekly math club where students learn creative problem-solving techniques to solve challenging math problems.

We have five Iron Horse Math Olympiad teams this year. There are 14 spots on each team. It is important that you can commit to being on-time and attend all sessions. Students will need to commit to one hour of team meetings each week and approximately 45 minutes of Math Olympiad practice work each week.

Study Club:

Open to all students: Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check the counseling calendar for room location.

Chess Club:

Open to all students: Meets on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 in Room 206, with Mr. Harrison.

IHMS Sports:

  • Flag Football
  • Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball

Check "Student Activities" tab for practice dates/times.