Independent Study Updates

November 21st, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope all of you have a joyous and restful Thanksgiving break. I know I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends. I am grateful for my amazing students and parents.

Upcoming Activities

  • The Classroom is closed tomorrow, but, community college classes meet.
  • Our Independent Study Support Group (facilitated by a licensed clinician from StarVista) meets on Tuesdays at 11:00 beginning next Tuesday, November 28th. Students can sign their own permissions slips. I have them in our classroom.
  • Students will be signing up for a new time slot to check in with me since schedules change for the spring semester. The new schedule will begin upon our return from Christmas break on January 10th, 2018. Current meeting times remain in effect through the rest of 2017.

Upcoming Holidays and Important Dates

Cañada College Thanksgiving Holiday November 23rd-24th, 2017

SUHSD Thanksgiving Holiday November 22nd-November 26th, 2017

Cañada College Final Exams December 10th-16th, 2017

SUHSD Fall Semester Ends December 21st, 2017 (Last Student Day of the Semester)

SUHSD Winter Break December 22nd, 2017 through January 9th, 2018 (1/8 and 1/9 are Professional Development Days for SUHSD teachers)

Cañada College Winter Break- December 18th, 2017- January 15th, 2018

Cañada College Fall Semester grades post on January 3rd, 2018

First Day of Independent Study for the Spring Semester January 10, 2018

Martin Luther King Day- No classes (Cañada College or SUHSD) January 15th, 2018

Cañada College Fall Semester classes begin January 16th, 2018

Last Day to drop a Spring Semester Cañada College course without a W February 4th, 2018.

Click on these two links if you would like to print a copy of the SUHSD Calendar and/or the Cañada College Calendar.


I know everyone is aware of this already, but, seniors PLEASE complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don't think you will qualify for aid, you may qualify for scholarships.

Math Tutor

A friendly reminder!

Our Math tutor is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. If you need help, please come.

Concurrent Enrollment

It is not too late to sign up for spring semester community college classes. Complete the College Connection form and turn it in (to me) as soon as possible if you intend to take a class. Classes are filling up fast!

Students who have turned in a completed form have been registered and have a printed copy of their community college schedule.

Please print a copy of the attached document if you are taking a community college course. Keep it for your reference.

Remember, it is your responsibility to purchase or rent required college textbooks and pay materials fees. You can view this information through your websmart account. ( Most courses post required textbook information about two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester-just keep checking.

Concurrently enrolled students must regularly check their email. You will receive a login for Canvas through this email. Please log into Canvas and regularly check for information from your college professor. Most professors begin posting important information over the Christmas break.

Apex and Google Classroom Assignments

Remember, the first semester ends on December 21st, 2017. If you are behind on your assignments, please spend time in our classroom so you have a quiet place to focus.

Parents, feel free to email me if you would like an update on your student's current progress.

Optional Donation Opportunity

Some students mentioned that they would like to put together a package of supplies for troops serving overseas. It just so happens that my nephew Brian is in Afghanistan. I will be sending him a package after we return from the Thanksgiving holiday. Whatever we send will be used by his platoon and other soldiers who are on his base. Feel free to contribute if you would like to do so. The holidays are an especially hard time for soldiers and any kind of support from home means so much to them.

I will collect items the week after Thanksgiving and mail it on Saturday, December 2nd.

There is no pressure to contribute!!!

Items needed include:

Hygiene Supplies- Shaving Cream, razors, shampoo, bar soap, baby wipes, foot powder

Powder that be added to water to give it some flavor


Hard Candies

Any non bulky snack food that travels well

Personal letters thanking soldiers for their service

Final Thoughts

We all know that the holidays and constant stream of disheartening news can take its toll. It is a good time to take notice of the goodness in people you encounter, and to treat one another with kindness and patience. A kind word, quick smile, or words of appreciation can make all of the difference. We all have the capacity to do this for each other.
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