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Dates to Remember



Dear Parents of Eighth Grade Students:


The faculty and staff at California High School are looking forward to your student’s attendance at Cal High next year!  Please be sure to attend the Parent/Student night in order to obtain information on the new online registration process.  Here are some very important dates you should note:


March 1st – 8th Grade Parent AND Student Night:

This is a very informative evening and a great opportunity to learn more about our school, the offered courses, and high school graduation requirements. We will also be holding a Rally and Open House prior to our presentation to showcase the various elective programs we offer.

Tuesday, March 1st:          

  • 5:30 - 6:00  Rally Kick-off!! Welcome from our Principal and Athletic Director                             
  • 6:00 - 6:45  Open House: Take a tour and learn more about our elective programs in Fine/Applied Arts, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Technology. Also, visit with our athletic coaches.
  • 7:00 - 8:00  8th Grade Parent and Student Presentation                                   
    • Location: Students with last name A-F in the Theatre and students with last name G-Z in the Event Center                                                                                       

***Please note if you do not attend this meeting, you must pick up the registration packet at YOUR middle school counseling office by Wednesday, March 2nd.***


Thursday, March 3rd:  Cal High counselors will visit PINE VALLEY Middle School during SCIENCE classes to collect online course selection sheets.  If the student does not bring his/her signed sheet, s/he will be required to fill one out that day.


Friday, March 4th: Cal High counselors will visit IRON HORSE Middle School during SCIENCE classes to collect online course selection sheets. If the student does not bring his/her signed sheet, s/he will be required to fill one out that day.


Students not presently attending middle school in the San Ramon District:

We encourage parents of 8th grade students who are not presently attending a SRVUSD middle school, but plan to attend Cal High, to attend the 8th Grade Parent Night on March 1st. After attending the parent night, please visit the district website to complete the enrollment paperwork. Once this is completed, you may email Eileen Wall, Registrar, at


Tuesday, March 8th - Advanced and Accelerated Testing:

Students interested in entering the Advanced Freshman program in Social Studies and/or English will be required to test for these programs. All testing will be done at the middle schools on Tuesday, March 8th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (IH) or 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm (PV).  Please sign up at your middle school in the front office. Students who are not presently attending a SRVUSD middle school will be tested at Cal High on Tuesday, March 22nd from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm.  Please email to sign up for the test.




California High School Counselors


Date: Saturday, February 27th

Where: California High School

Time: 8:00am - 2:30pm

Fee: $45 ($35 if you register before February 12th)

Message from the PTA: It's less than three weeks until our Parenting Conference! Packed with seminars on various parenting topics, the conference features a dynamic keynote address on "Raising Resilient Kids" by former Stanford Dean of Freshman and author of How To Raise An Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims. Among the many breakout sessions, attendees can select seminars on:

  • Homework strategies
  • Online Safety and Digital Citizenship
  • ADHD & Executive Functioning
  • LGBTQ+ Topics
  • Preparing for College
  • Funding for College (presented by a UC Berkeley Financial Aid & Scholarships Director, not a sales presentation)
  • Dyslexia in Public Schools
  • Student Nutrition Facts & Myths
  • Building Character Over Achievements (oriented for parents of GATE/Gifted students but all are welcomed)
  • Balancing School/Work, Family & Fun
  • Mindful Parenting
  • and more!

This event has so much to offer to all parents, make sure you don't miss out! Go to for session descriptions, event schedule and registration.


Attention 8th graders!  Are you interested in taking Advanced English and Advanced World Geography in 9th grade?  On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 3:00PM, California High School will be at Iron Horse offering A/P testing. To participate in the test, you must register in advance: The deadline to register is Thursday, March 3rd, at noon. The A/P test takes approximately two hours. If you have questions regarding this test, please contact your core teacher. An optional test-prep workshop, led by IHMS Core 8 teachers takes place on Wednesday, February 24th, from 3:00-4:30pm, in the IHMS library. 


Study Skills Workshops Topics/Dates

October 20: Getting Organized

November 10: 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:

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.


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 & 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 (students with last name Li-Z) : 925-790-2517
    • Ms. Carreon, Counselor (students with last name A-Le): 925-855-2791

What day is my counselor on campus?

  • Mrs. Bassett: Every day
  • Ms. Carreon: 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.
  • 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. 

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 Tuesday and Thursdays from 2:45-3:45 PM beginning mid-September.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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). 

Counseling Staff

Jennifer Benz Valerie Milat

Contact Us:

Avenida, Dawn
Bassett, Jennifer
Carreon, Kaitlyn
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!

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.

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.