Independent Study Updates

August 28, 2016

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I will send out these newsletters as needed, and, as time allows. Please take the time to read through the information. My intent is to keep students and parents updated about important information regarding Independent Study, upcoming events, and activities and occasionally, some information from home schools.

A great group of students!

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such amazing students. Without exception, my students are respectful, kind to one another, willing to work hard to succeed, and focused on having a meaningful educational experience this year.

As a reminder, our classroom is open and available as a safe and quiet place to complete assignments. I am usually in the classroom every day from 8:30 to 3:30, except some Thursday mornings.

Email Accounts

All of our district home schools communicate with students and parents through emails.

If you aren't receiving information from your home school, please contact the Guidance Department to ensure that you are included in these important communications.

Students must check their email every day. I communicate using email as does each home school.

Home School College and Career Center Information

Each school site has a College and Career Center which provides a wealth of information regarding colleges, career opportunities, college visits, upcoming exams and so much more. Below is the link for each of the school sites. Take some time to check out the information provided. Occasionally, I will send information I find on these sites to you, but, it is best if you keep up with the information posted.

Feel free to read information from each school site, as they are all a bit different!

Seniors who intend to apply to a four year college must become very familiar with Naviance and the Common Application information provided on these sites.

Parents should regularly check the sites as well. School sites have college nights, financial aid workshops and several opportunities to get help with the college application process throughout the school year.

The College and Career Center at each site sends out email communication regularly. Read these PLEASE.

Menlo-Atherton High School

Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Woodside High School

Weekly Assignment Sheets

As you know, students receive a weekly assignment sheet detailing the assignments to be completed for the week. Students, you should make a study plan each week so you can manage your time effectively, and complete all of your assignments. Parents, you can ask your student to show this to you each week. The majority of assignments are either in the Google Classroom or through Apex. It is easy to see what needs to be completed, and very possible to work ahead of pace if preferred.

Community College Classes

Community College classes are in full swing. Please make sure you keep up with all of your assignments and that you are keenly aware of due dates and expectations.

As a reminder, I will not know how you are progressing in your college classes unless you communicate with me. College professors have office hours. If you are struggling, make an appointment to meet with your professor. I will go with you if you ask me to do so.

The Learning Center on the second floor of building 9 is a great place to go for tutoring or additional support. As a college student, you have access to the library-on the third floor. In fact, anyone with a public library card can use this amazing resource.

The last day to drop a community college class without receiving a W is September 5th, unless your professor has given you different information.

Remember, college classes you take in high school become a permanent grade on your college transcript. Do well, and ask for help if you need it!

ACT and SAT Information (Juniors and Seniors)

If you think you intend to apply to a four-year college right after high school, you need to take the ACT or the SAT. Links with additional information are below. When you register, remember to use your home school as the school you attend.

Information about the difference between the ACT and the SAT

ACT Information

SAT Information

Free SAT Practice

Free ACT Practice

PSAT Information (Sophomores)

Home schools offer the PSAT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

to all grade 10 students. The test is given on the home school campus. I don't have any details yet, but, the date of the test is October 19th. More information about the benefits of taking the PSAT as a 10th grade student can be found on this link:

Math Tutor Update

I am still working with the school district to find a math tutor for our program. As soon as we have one, I will let you know. In the meantime, if students are struggling with math, please come work in the classroom. We can help each other!

Seniors Only

  1. Senior Portraits- You should have received information about this from your home school. If you haven't, contact the Guidance Department.
  2. College Applications- If you are intending to apply to a four-year college, start planning now. Check out your home school Guidance Department website for college application support- most sites will post a "How to Apply to College" video soon.
  3. FAFSA- (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Check out this introductory video and the link for additional information.

Parent Education Series

The Sequoia Union High School District Parent Education Series is posted on the link below. Parents can attend any workshop or presentation offered at any school site. Check this out! There are many excellent choices.