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Posted by: Jennifer Benz
Published: 3/23/15

She's All That! for middle school girls
Save the Date for She's All That 2015:

She’s All That! is an exciting and distinctive conference that past participants have said should be mandatory for all middle-school aged girls. "I think it's great that the girls are ge... Continue
Posted by: Jennifer Benz
Published: 3/19/15

Botvin Parent Program @ Discovery Counseling Center
Botvin is a FREE parent program for parents looking to:

1) strengthen family communication

2) navigate parenting adolescents

3) build healthy and positive coping skills for yourself and your family

When: Fridays, 12:30 - 2:00 PM ... Continue
Posted by: Jennifer Benz
Published: 3/10/15

Study Skills Workshops Topics/Dates

October 7: Getting Organized

November 4: Taking Charge of Homework

December 2: Time Management

January 6: Improving Learning & Recall

February 3: Effective Note-Taking

March 3: Building Motivation

April 21: Test-Taking Strategies

Career Exploration

California Career Center:

8th grade Career Day: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

End of Quarter / Semester Dates

Semester 1 (August 25 - January 23):

  • Mid-Quarter 1: September 24
  • Quarter 1: October 24
  • Mid-Quarter 2: December 3
  • Quarter 2: January 23

Semester 2 (January 27 - June 11)

  • Mid-Quarter 3: February 25
  • Quarter 3: April 2
  • Mid-Quarter 4: May 6
  • Quarter 4: June 11

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 2014-2015 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.


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.

-Ms. Benz, Mrs. Odne & Mrs. Wondolowski

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:
    • Ms. Benz, Head Counselor: 925-790-2517
    • Mrs. Odne, Part-time Counselor & 504 Coordinator: 925-790-2528
    • Mrs. Wondolowski, Student Support Counselor: 925-790-2528

What day is my counselor on campus?

  • Ms Benz: Every day
  • Mrs. Odne: Every day from 7:30am to 11:00am
  • Mrs. Wondolowski: All day on Mondays & Wednesdays; Friday afternoons

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 Wednesday, after second period, that provides differentiated learning experiences, including tutoring, extra help or enrichment.
  • Math Tutoring: Provided by math teachers for all students interested in getting math help. Each teacher has a different time and day of the week for tutoring, so please contact your student’s math teacher for more information.
    • Helpful websites to use at home: math help for all grade levels; see teacher for password;;
  • 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 27. 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 (exception in 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 takes place on Tuesdays, during Advisory. 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: 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.
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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 Mrs. Herrera's PT-9. Everything discussed is confidential.

We can help!

Clubs on Campus during Lunch


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 12, 2014. 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 Mrs. Herrera or 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.


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: with your student's name, science teacher and grade. Meetings take place at Iron Horse Middle School and start October 3. 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:

  • Dodge Ball
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Flag Football
  • Track & Field
  • Badminton

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