Independence High School

2022-2023 Week 16 (11/28) Updates

Principal's Update

Happy Monday,

Welcome back from our Thanksgiving break. We now have 4 weeks until the end of this semester. Remember to check canvas for missing assignments and to monitor your grades.

Our new learning management system is set up to help you keep track of your child’s progress. Please view this video to see all the features parents/guardians can take advantage of on Canvas including:

1. When the course grade goes below a percentage you choose

2. When your student has a missing assignment

3. When your student’s grade

3. Course announcements

CANVAS LMS for Parents

Sixer Shoutouts

Student Shoutout

Saul Valdiva Ramirez brings our SIXERs value to life in our class. He is kind, helpful and works hard at improving his skills daily. He is a fantastic student to have as an example to our community. Way to go Saul!” ~Ms. Kanoe Roberts, PE Teacher

Staff Shoutout

“Ms. Meghan Adams is a fantastic colleague! She is engaged in collaborating with her department and has helped define what a least restrictive environment is and can be for our students. She recently contributed to our all-staff collaboration by modeling how celebrations of learning can be an opportunity for our students to share their learning in a classroom format and build respect for each other. We are grateful to have Ms. Adams on our IHS Staff!” ~Dr. Cristine LaMontagne, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Athletics Updates


Sixer Study Hall Monday (3:45-4:45) in the school library. All are welcome. Contact Coach Carson w/questions

Week of 11/28

Tuesday, 11/29

Sixer Basketball (g) vs Yerba Buena JV @ 5:30pm | V @ 7pm

Wednesday, 11/30

Sixer Soccer (b) vs Alpha Cindy Avitia V @ 6pm

Sixer Basketball JV Boys vs Mitty @ Willow Glen @ 6:30pm

Sixer Basketball Varsity Boys vs American HS @ Jame Lick @ 6:30pm

Thursday, 12/1

Sixer Basketball (g) vs Prospect JV @ 5:30 | 7pm

Sixer Basketball JV Boys @ Willow Glen @ TBA

Friday, 12/2

Sixer Basketball JV Boys @ Willow Glen @ TBA

Sixer Basketball Varsity Boys @ James Lick @ TBA

Saturday, 12/3

Sixer Soccer (b) vs Sobrato @ 1pm

Sixer Basketball (g) @ North Salinas JV @ 12pm | V @ 1:30pm

Sixer Basketball Varsity Boys @ James Lick @ TBA

Visit Sixer Athletics for up to date information about athletics! Follow us on Instagram: @indyathletics

Senior Student Corner

Make Your Senior Portrait Reservation

Senior Portraits will be taken at Now and Forever Studios in Los Gatos. Act fast to secure a reservation and plan for travel to the event. Contact the studio via phone to make your sitting reservation now: (408) 354-8660. Or, visit to make an online reservation.

These are the formal pictures that are often sent to relatives and passed out to friends and staff during the graduating year. Senior portraits are optional and include a formal and a graduation photo - all attire will be provided by the photographer. There is no pressure to purchase photos, but there is a "sitting fee." If students sit for a photo, then the studio will provide IHS with a copy to publish in the yearbook.

Senior Prom

The Senior Prom will be held at Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz, CA, on Saturday, April 8th, 2023. Ticket sales will begin in January. Early pricing will be approximately $75 and will include chartered bus transportation to the venue. The prom will include finger food/ dessert buffets, dj and dancing, a variety of photo booths, and 2-hours of private access to the Boarrwalk’s Arcade and Laser Tag. Although bus transportation is preferred, if desired, families may arrange for chartered transportation or drop-off. Students will not enter the event until 7 pm, and will have enough time to dine at a variety of nearby restaurants in Santa Cruz (at the Wharf or in Downtown). More info to come in January.

Yearbooks are going fast! Buy Now!

Yearbooks are priced according to a sliding scale, so purchasing earlier guarantees a better price. Right now, the yearbook is at its lowest cost, $65! Act now, the price will increase to $75 on December 1st.

Students and parents/guardians can order a yearbook at the school bank (A-06), or visit (enter code 6072) to purchase online. In addition, the YOC offers packages for purchasing advertisement pages to honor graduating seniors and promote local businesses.

For further information, please review the Yearbook Frequently Asked Questions document.

Counseling Corner

HS Counseling Corner Website:

Counseling Office located in N 02

* Applications for FAFSA ( & CADAA ( open October NOW!

* AB 469 - ALL Senior Students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the CADAA (California Dream Act Application) and submit on or before March 2nd - Please attend any Cash 4 College Workshops online or for in person assistance on the applications!

* Parents & Students: After School Workshops & In Class Grade Level Presentations:

* 11/28 – SJSU/Cal State Apply Workshop via Zoom 5:30-6:30 pm – Staff will go over the application step-by-step, as well as have a live Q&A. Dates, times, and registration links can be found at

*11/29 – Senior College Application Help: 2 – 4 pm in N 02 I-café

*11/30 – Senior College Application Help: 2 – 4 pm in N 02 I-café

* As the second grading period just ended and as the last 6 weeks of grading period 3 is about to begin, we want to provide you with some resources to support your students, especially as they are working on their PIQs and applications for scholarships and studying for their classes.

College and career readiness flier

General posters in English and Spanish

Postcards in English and Spanish

* Upcoming teacher office hours & extra help will take place on December 1st from 8:30 - 9:30 am.

* Our Head Counselor Mrs. Pham is out on maternity leave. Based on the student's last name, students can reach out to the following counselors for assistance in N 02.

A's = Ms. Fernandez & Mr. Hennessey

B's = Ms. Huynh & Ms. Liang

C's = Mr. Ly & Mrs. Marquez

* Together with counseling, Mr. Anthony Garcia ( is our 10,000 Degrees Fellow who assists, supports, and guides our students with financial aid, college, questions and much more!

* In Office Counselor Hours:

Mr. Thompson Ly: 8:45 am - 4:15 pm

Mr. Mark Hennessey: 8 am - 3:30 pm

Ms. Flor Fernandez: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Ms. Thuy Huynh: 8:15 am - 4 pm

Mrs. Lissenia Marquez: 8:30 am - 4 pm

Ms. Bonnie Liang: 8:15 am - 3:45 pm

Mr. Anthony Garcia: 9 am - 4 pm Tuesdays - Thursdays (10,000 deg.)

Ms. Dalia Cuenca: 8 am - 3:30 pm Mondays & Tuesdays (USF Intern)

Ms. Erin Serrano 8 - 3:30 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays (USF Intern)

Activities Updates

Annual Talent Show Tryouts! (12/1 - 12/2)

Calling all performers (comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, extreme sports enthusiasts, etc… Tryout for the ASB’s Annual Talent Show in December. Qualifiers will perform in the Theatre to a guaranteed, sold out crowd on Friday, 1/13. Proceeds benefit the IHS Tech. Theatre Program.

The Indy Holiday Giving Tree (All December)

ASB and the Inter-Campus Club Council are seeking donations for our community members who are in need this Holiday Season. Students, staff, and student organizations will be collecting gifts to place around the tree (located in the front window of N01). We invite all community members to contribute. Please send unwrapped gifts for children ages 2-18 years old (we will wrap them) to N01 (main office). We are also asking for $25 gift card donations for our families to use towards living essentials and food (Target, Safeway, Lucky, and Walmart are the most preferred).

Performing Arts - WinterFest Musical Concerts (12/6 - 12/7)

Yearbooks are going fast! Buy Now!

Yearbooks are priced according to a sliding scale, so purchasing earlier guarantees a better price. Right now, the yearbook is at its lowest cost, $65! Act now, the price will increase to $75 on December 1st.

Students and parents/guardians can order a yearbook at the school bank (A-06), or visit (enter code 6072) to purchase online. In addition, the YOC offers packages for purchasing advertisement pages to honor graduating seniors and promote local businesses.

For further information, please review the Yearbook Frequesntly Asked Questions document.

Safety and Attendance

As we begin the third marking period, overall attendance is an area that, as a site, we are working on since our goal is to maintain a 95% attendance record, and we are currently averaging below 90%.

The C-05 team has been diligently working with students, and having parent conferences with students to address attendance and generate a plan to help support and motivate the students to be in class.

We would like to continue to remind SIXERs of the importance of being on time, all day, every day, is how there is a correlation between attendance and grades.

One way to recoup a FULL DAY absence is by attending Saturday School.

Saturday School

Our next Saturday School is scheduled for Dec. 3rd. Saturday School is a way for students to recover from a FULL day of absence. This is to clarify that it will not excuse tardies.

You may sign up by clicking the following link:

SARB Meeting

The next SARB meeting will be Tuesday, November 22nd, at the District Office at 2 PM.

Student Parking Permits

This is a friendly reminder that if students are driving their car to school, they must fill out a student parking permit application.

The student parking permit application will be completed online. Once the form has been submitted, please bring your driver's license, current motor vehicle registration, and proof of auto insurance to C-05 to receive your parking permit.

The online application can be found here:

The IHS Attendance Office is located in N-01

Attendance Secretary

Naicila Vidal - 408.928.9521

Student last name A - L

Diana Castillo - 408.928.9552

Student last name M-Z

Thao Pham - 408.928.9542

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Our Sixer Values in Action

We Are Respectful- Our Sixer Values in Action

We asked our students: How do you show respect in our community? What action, mindset, or behavior do you incorporate into your life? We received some fantastic responses:

  • “One action I do a lot is greeting many people and cleaning up the campus.” ~Albert Hernandez Bautista, Freshman

  • “I have a growth mindset, for myself and for others, I think about other people’s growth as well as my own.” ~Soufyan Abou-Ahmed, Freshman

  • “When someone says something you need to listen. When you have questions please raise your hand or say sorry for interrupting. Use a gentle tone to talk. When someone left their trash, pick those up and throw them into the trash can. Respect people and the environment.” ~Simai Kang, Sophomore

  • “I show respect towards my community through always believing we can strive to be better and maintaining a positive outlook.” ~Katie Chan, Sophomore

  • “I show respect in our community by treating the campus with love just how I would treat my home. I usually try to make the campus cleaner with less trash and I encourage people to do the same.” ~Kiara Munoz, Sophomore

We are in our final marking period before grades for the semester come out. Please ask your student how they have contributed to a respectful campus climate this year!

View our School-Wide lesson We Are Respectful 2022-2023 HERE.

A multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) is a proactive and preventative framework that integrates data and instruction to maximize student achievement and support students social, emotional, and behavior needs from a strengths-based perspective.

Student voice is an important part of the narrative data we collect to inform decisions made around school improvement and high quality instruction. One way we collect student voice is through school-wide lessons carried out in 4th period classes, PE 1 and 2, US History, English 3, and Government/Economics classes.

Parent and Community Involvement Corner

As the holidays approach please refer to the academic calendar to support you in the planning of any holiday vacations. As a reminder, vacations are not excuse absences in session days. For further questions please contact your attendance clerk.

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Community Resources

Our Independence Clothes Closet has a number of gently used clothing items. Please reach contact Ms. Maggie in N01 if you are in need of any items (ie…sweaters, jackets, socks)

For any questions or concerns please contact me via email or phone 408.928.9541. Please ensure we have your email so you are able to receive Parent Meetings and school updates. Please complete the Parent Survey by using this link to get your feedback regarding Parent Workshops.
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Metal Health and Wellness

The Mental Health and Wellness Center is located in Room D-05.

We are open from 8:30 am - 3:45 pm every school day.

Office Closures: Wednesday, 10/19/22, we will be closed from 8:30 am until the start of 7th period (2:13 pm) for our monthly social work meeting, Wellness Wednesday, and Care Team meeting. If you need support from an adult, please go to C-05, N-1, or N-2 for assistance.

Calming Center Updates

We are very happy to announce that the calming space has been reopened and is welcoming students. Things might look a little different than before so come check it out to see the changes! Don’t worry it is still just as relaxing as before.

How do I submit a referral?

Students, parents, teachers, and community members may submit a referral for any student at Independence by visiting the link below and filling out a Care Team referral form. A social worker or intern will follow up with the student.

Care Team Referral form:

Wellness Center Groups: All of our groups provided by our Community Based Agencies are now running! Our groups include Ujima’s Life Skills group, Art Therapy, New Hope for Youth, Art of Yoga, City Peace Project, City of San Jose Female Intervention Team, and YWCA Teens Ending Abuse (TEA) Club. Please see a social worker in D05 for more information.

Wellness Wednesday: We came with questions and you brought the answers! Students lined up last week to participate in our mental health trivia game. Every student who participated was given candy and a stress toy. Our stress toys were so popular that the entire box of 70+ squishies was empty by the end of lunch. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to participate! Make sure to keep an eye out for us next week!

To Be Honest Mental Health Survey: To Be Honest is a local mental health education program for adolescents and young adults ages 14-25 in Santa Clara County. They want to learn more about what mental health resources and support you need! If you are interested in sharing more about the mental health resources would help you and your peers, please fill out a survey here: To learn more about To Be Honest, visit ToBeHonest.Today

Calming Space: The Calming Space is designed as a space for students who are experiencing stress in class and need a short break to self-regulate. Before students visit the Calming Space, we ask that they check in with their teacher and request a pass. Students may spend 15-20 minutes in the Calming Space; if they need more time, a wellness center staff member will check in to discuss additional resources and support. We ask that students always check in with an adult when they arrive and before they leave the Calming Space, keep their phones away, and that they try at least one station in the space. We have an exercise station, an art station, a reading/writing corner, and a kinesthetic area. Stop by to take a look!

Wellness Center Instagram @indywellness76

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Reporting Line

Independence makes use of the SaySomething Anonymous Reporting System from Sandy Hook Promise. If you, or your student, have a tip to report, you can use the following link, and it will be routed to the appropriate individuals.

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