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Important Message from the Principal and IHMSEF President

Important Message from the Principal and IHMSEF President

September 2018

Dear Jaguar Parents/Guardians:

We are proud of our students’ accomplishments this year and are already looking forward to next year. Academic success doesn’t just happen, but is the result of our excellent administrators, dedicated teachers, and committed parents. A key component of this success is your financial commitment to the Iron Horse Middle School Education Fund (IHMSEF). The IHMSEF has two primary purposes:

  1. Reduce class sizes: We reduce core academic class sizes and lower the student to teacher ratio by paying the district for additional "teacher sections", with each section being the cost to hire a teacher for one period. Through your generous donations, IHMSEF funded 8 additional sections in the 2018-19 academic year to keep our class size as low as possible in academic classes. Without these additional sections, class size average could have reached 34-35 students in many academic classes
  2. Technology support and upgrade: Based on input from the Principal and Site Council, IHMSEF purchases devices which enable students to access digital tools that help them research, take notes, create, and author as 21st century learners. This provides our students access to a much richer variety of educational materials while developing proficiency and keeping abreast of the latest technology. This year we purchased full class sets of ipads and chromebooks for Core 6, 7 and 8 which has brought us closer to a 1:1 technology ration for our 2018-19 academic year.  IHMSEF is a great opportunity for parents to directly support the quality of education. For the 2018-19 academic year, the suggested donation is $375 per student. Your most generous contribution will help sustain our school’s tradition of excellence.

To fulfill these critical missions, we ask every family to contribute $375 per student, per year. Contributions of ANY amount are gratefully received. Mindful of the demands on your time, we don’t hold auctions, carnivals, car washes, or wrapping paper sales. Our donation drive along with our Dine In/Dine Out Nights are the only planned fundraisers for the Education Fund. 

We also want to take full advantage of donations offered by our business community. If you work for an employer that will match your donation, please submit your request now. This is one of your employee benefits and only costs you a few minutes of your time. For information on how to submit a match request, please visit the Ed Fund page on our school website.

Please donate by check send to 12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583 or the school office. You may also pay using PayPal in a single or multiple installments by going to the IHMSEF section of our school website. Look for the online donation button. 

Sincerely,

Joe Nguyen                                                                  Lisa Mittone

Principal                                                                       IHMSEF President

The chart below shows the impact of the 8 sections that IHMSEF funds.

 

Current Avg (students)

Class Avg w/o 8 sections

Core 6

29

31

Core 7

29

31

Core 8

29

32

Math 6

29

32

Math 7

28

30

Math 8 / Algebra 1

29

31