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Dear Community Members, Prospective Students and Families: We have been in high gear since our charter was approved by Los Angeles County Office of Education on March 9th. This newsletter will give you an update on our most recent activities including; 1) an interview on PADNETtv with James McGrath and Summer Sanders through the Long Beach Lens 2) our registration/Taco Tuesday event 3) teacher hiring process and 4) Academy service learning. 

In our curriculum series, we highlight the Academy's approach to servicing students with disabilities. 
PADNETtv INTERVIEW. Long Beach Lens. 
Click HERE to watch.
REGISTRATION DAY/TACO TUESDAY
On March 22nd, over 20 families joined us to eat tacos and turn in their completed registration packets. Michelle Tubbs, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Summer Sanders, Director of Community Engagement throughly enjoyed meeting with each family, answering questions and getting to know our new community. It was a very festive event with a lot of smiling faces. Thank you Lagos Catering for the delicious dinner! We look forward to the next registration event on April 28th. Save the date! More details to follow.
TEACHER HIRING
The Academy interviewed for our first teaching position last Friday. The panel consisted of: James McGrath, Founding Director, Michelle Tubbs, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Summer Sanders, Director of Community Engagement, Jacquie Bryant, Founding Middle School Principal, Jason Baehr, Founding of IVA Middle School, and Angel Cutno, IVA middle school teacher. We look forward to introducing you to our new team member within a couple weeks. 
APPLICANTS
If you have applied, you should have already received your registration packet. If you have not received one, please contact Summer Sanders, Director of Community Engagement. The registration deadline is April 28, 2016
 
Your registration materials (or letter of intent) need to be mailed or delivered to 3601 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807. If you have any additional questions, please contact Summer Sanders directly.

If you have not yet applied, we are still currently accepting applications. There are available spots for interested students. All students who would like to attend the Academy must submit an application. Click below or send an application c/o ACADEMY 3601 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807.
APPLY HERE
SERVICE LEARNING
Ms Cutno, Music and Communications teacher at IVA Middle School spread the word about the Academy with middle school and Academy students at a neighborhood clean up last weekend. The students jumped in to help their community while neighbors cleaned out their houses, garages, backyards.

From there, the students walked over to the local skate park and community center, and continued to clean up trash. The students also participated in the grand opening of MacArthur Park's newly built playground. They were enthusiastically greeted by the city representatives and took a moment to chat with Councilmember Dee Andrews.

Intellectual Virtues Academy students love Long Beach!
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The Academy will comply with all applicable State and Federal Laws in serving students with disabilities, including but not limited to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). The Academy intends to function as a local education agency (LEA) and will seek a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) for purposes of providing special education and related services pursuant to Education Code §47641(b).

The developers of the Academy understand that the school will have and welcome the opportunity to serve students with exceptional needs and that the school, pursuant to applicable state and federal law, will ensure that all of its students have access to a free and appropriate public education. The Academy shall be solely responsible for its compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act and  ensure that all enrolled students have equal access to all parts of the educational program as other students do.

The Academy will comply with the federal mandate of the “least restrictive environment”, meaning that the school will make every attempt to educate special education students alongside their non-disabled peers. The Academy will mainstream all of its students as much as is appropriate according to each individual IEP, offering a comprehensive inclusion program. Each student’s IEP requires different kinds of modifications and accommodations for instruction and services, therefore the educational strategies of the IEP will be built around the student’s needs and how these fit within the general educational program of the school. The instruction outlined in each student’s IEP will be delivered by personnel qualified to do so. 
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Academy
3601 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
Phone Number: 562.283.4456
Website: www.academylongbeach.org 

James McGrath- Founding Director. 
Summer Sanders- Director of Community Engagement. 
Dr. Michelle Tubbs- Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 

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