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Dates to Remember


TUESDAY OCTOBER 25th 5:30-8:00 PM


Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our great school, Iron Horse, during our Family Fun Night on October 25th from 5:30-8:00. Past and current leaders and staff will be at Iron Horse, as well as the Food Truck Mafia and other fun activities, such as:
  • Book Fair - Library 
  • Pirate Art Contest - Library
  • Band Performance - Courtyard @ 6 pm
  • Performance by Advanced Drama The Fearsome Adventures of Pirate Frank - Courtyard @ 7 pm
  • Cool Beads Ice Cream Booth - Courtyard - 50% of Proceeds will be donated to the Dunn Family
  • Bottled Water and Halloween Gram Sale by 8th grade members of California Junior Scholarship Federation
The Food Truck Mafia will be at Iron Horse from 5:30-8 and 10% of sales will be donated to the Iron Horse PTA. The choices of trucks will be:
  • North of the Border - Mexican
  • 3 Geeks - Philly Cheese Steaks, Fish & Chips, Popcorn Chicken & More
  • Slider Truck - A Variety of Sliders (Including Vegetarian)
  • Slice of Italy - Pizza
The IHMS staff & PTA hope to see you at our Family Fun Night on October 25th. Thank you in advance for supporting our school!

Halloween happens to fall on a Monday this school year so we are allowing students to wear costumes. Please read over the attached flyer for the Iron Horse Costume rules. Costumes are strictly optional on Halloween. If you choose to participate by dressing up, please be aware of the guidelines, all middle schools are not allowing clown costumes.  


Halloween Costume Guidelines


Have an interest in our nation's history? Join the National History Day Project Competition.


Students can choose from 5 categories to represent their work: an exhibit board, a website, a documentary, a paper, or a performance. They create a project as an individual or enjoy working with up to 4 other peers. Arrange for projects to be displayed or presented. A perfect time to honor academic achievement and creative problem solving.


Click on the attached flyer for more information!


Study Skills Workshops Topics/Dates

6th grade Study Skills Workshop at lunch in the library:


11/8 & 10: Taking Charge of Homework

12/6 & 8: Time Management

1/10 & 12: Improving Learning & Recall

2/7 & 9: Effective Note-taking

3/14 & 16: Building Motivation

4/11 & 13: Test-Taking Strategies


On Tuesday the workshop is open for students who have: Ten Elshof, Nevins, Mihin and Shea.

On Thursday the workshop is open for students who have: Martin, De Silva, and Stevens


7th & 8th grade Study Skills Workshops are available during tutorial.

Career Exploration

California Career Center:

8th grade Career Day: Tuesday, March 28, 2016

End of Quarter / Semester Dates

Semester 1 (August 15 - December 21):

  • Mid-Quarter 1
  • Quarter 1: October 7
  • Mid-Quarter 2
  • Quarter 2: December 21

Semester 2 (January 9 - June 1)

  • Mid-Quarter 3:
  • Quarter 3: March 10
  • Mid-Quarter 4
  • Quarter 4: June 1

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 2016-2017 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. Carreon & Ms. Lawver

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 or call your student's counselor
    • Ms. Carreon, Counselor (students with last name A-L): or 925-790-2519
    • Ms. Lawver: Counselor (students with last name M-Z) : or 925-790-2517

What day is my counselor on campus?

  • Ms. Carreon: Every day
  • Ms. Lawver: Every day

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.
  • Monitor your student's tutorial sign-ups. Make sure that he/she is using tutorial time effectively.
  • Talk with your student's teacher, if needed. Teachers can be e-mailed through schoolloop. 

SRVUSD Math Pathways: 2015-2016

Middle and High School Math Pathways Flowchart (scroll down to page 2 to view the high school flowchart):

6th to 7th grade Math Placement Criteria

Need more Math information?

Advancement information for 8th graders moving to high school:

College: Making it Happen

Curious about college? Check out the link below, "College: Making it Happen - A Guide for Middle School Families".

English version:

Spanish version:

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 in the Library on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:45 PM.
  • Study Skills Workshops: Workshops offered first Tuesday of each month (exceptions in October, November 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.
  • Peer Tutoring: Peer Tutoring is for students who need extra help with their studies. This is not a study hall, but is an interactive tutoring program that provides your child with an opportunity to be tutored by an 8th grade honor student. Tutors model good study habits while helping their tutees with basic skills, test preparation, homework review, and study skills. The Peer Tutoring Program meets in the library from 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM every Thursday, starting in February. If you are interested, 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.
  • Academic Support & Intervention Classes-Administrative Placement Only
    • Math Study Skills- A support class that provides study skills instruction and support, in order to maintain learning of essential skills in all classes, but focuses on math instruction. Students are provided support for work completion, test prep, reteaching, and pre-teaching of math concepts and skills, while also being exposed to mindset and goal setting materials. This course is taken in place of an elective.
    • Reading Study Skills- A support class that provides study skills instruction and support, in order to maintain learning of essential skills in all classes, but focuses on reading & writing instruction. Students are provided support for work completion, test prep, reteaching, and pre-teaching of concepts and skills required in English Language Arts classes. This course is taken in place of an elective.
    • Math 180- A math intervention course for students who have significant gaps in math. This course integrates direct instruction of math skills, with individual practice of skills through the use of online math resources. This class is typically smaller than an on-grade level math class. This course is taken in place of an elective.
    • Reading Intervention class: A course designed as an intervention to provide reading support and remediation in reading and/or writing skills. Progress monitoring of current reading levels will be done for students in this class. This course is taken in place of an elective.

How to Sign-up for Schoolloop

School Loop is an electronic management system that helps keep the students on track and the parents informed on homework assignments, quizzes/tests, etc.  Your child should have a School Loop account as well and they should be checking it daily (Parent and student should have separate accounts).

  • On the Iron Horse home page click on “Register Now” under the School Loop heading.
  • For parents click “Parent Registration” / for student click “Student Registration”.
  • Follow the prompts to set up the account.  Please note if you have more than one student at Iron Horse you only need one parent account. You may add additional students after the account has been set up.  Just click “Add Student” which is located on the right side of the main page.  Your child’s student I.D. number is needed to set this account up.  Your child should know their student I.D. number.

You may add a personal email address to your School Loop account so all Loop Mail, homework assignments and ongoing grades are sent to your personal email regularly.  To do this:

  • Log onto School Loop via the Iron Horse website
  • In the top right hand corner go to “Settings”
  • Add a personal email address that you would like all School Loop communications to go to.
  • You may also change the settings to receive DAILY emails from School Loop showing your students grades and current homework assignments. 

Please note that if you have other children at different schools within the SRVUSD, you must create separate School Loop accounts directly from that schools website (e.g. if you have a child at Cal High you would need to go to the Cal High website and create a Cal High School Loop account). 

Contact Us:

Avenida, Dawn
Carreon, Kaitlyn
Lawver, Devrah
Milat, Valerie

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!

Study Skills Resources

PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
Acrobat Reader [Go]

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 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.


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 5th. Meetings will be after-school, once a month, on Mondays.

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 in the Library.

IHMS Sports:

  • Flag Football
  • Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball

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