Independence High School

2022-2023 - Semester 2, Week 12 (4/3/23)

Principal's Update

This week we end our 5th marking period.

Next week is Spring Break, and the following week we will be a special schedule for our statewide testing for the Juniors. We will also give the Science portions to our Seniors who did not test and the California Healthy Youth Act - Sexual Health Education units.

Just a quick reminder that for students who are here early and need a warm place to go, we have the iCafe in N-02 open as a warm place to study.

What's happening this week

Tuesday, 4/4 @ 7 pm - Concert

IHS Performing Arts: Piano & Choir Concert takes place in the Theatre

Saturday, 4/8 @ 5 pm - Senior Prom

The 2023 Senior Prom takes place in Santa Cruz, CA, at Cocoanut Grove. Buses leave IHS @ 5 pm, and doors open @ 7 pm.

Monday, 4/10 - Friday, 4/14 - Spring Break

Sixer Shoutouts

Student Shoutout

Sadev Desai has been working in a very collaborative manner with his team members when it comes to completing assignments in Spanish class. His generous spirit was also evident as he shared his umbrella with peers during last week's staggering downpour. Thank you for being a role model, Sadev! ~Ms. Daccarett, Spanish Teacher

Staff Shoutout

Mr. Huan Lee and Ms. Sarah Anderson, You are fantastic Freshman class advisors! Although you are new to campus, you are not new to engaging students. We appreciate your efforts to guide our newest and youngest students throughout the year in their class activities. Thank you for helping mold our future, inclusive campus leaders and the Class of 2026! ~Dr. Cristine LaMontagne, MTSS Implementation

Click HERE to read the full feature article on Nuha’s participation in the SVUDL!

For a complete list of *ALL* Fall Semester Shoutout Winners, click HERE! Our Sixer Staff awarded 154 Sixer Shoutouts during the Fall semester! Congratulations to all

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After spending a month on World War 1. Ms. Cristina McClelland’s classes needed a break from death and destruction, so they did a quick unit on art history. Ms. McClelland included such artists as Leonardo DaVinci and Frida Kahlo. Students chose a piece from each artist to analyze throughout the unit, and then we finished by recreating a Van Gogh and a Picasso piece by piece.

Ms. McClelland reached out to the Art Department and received some advice on how to approach the project (such as buy two posters and leave one intact, so you still have a reference to put it together). It was a moment of beauty, really enjoyable, and especially accessible to her English Language Learners.

Check out a fantastic video of the class project and final outcome HERE!

Athletics Updates

Week of 4/3/2023

Tuesday, 4/4

Sixer Golf @ Gilroy GC @ 3:30pm

Sixer Softball vs James Lick at 4pm

Sixer Tennis vs Yerba Buena @ 4pm

Sixer Volleyball @ Leland @ 5:30/7pm

Wednesday, 4/5/23

Sixer Badminton vs Valley Christian @ 6pm

Sixer Softball vs Andrew Hill @ 4pm

Thursday, 4/6

Sixer Softball @ Andrew Hill @ 4pm

Sixer Swim @ Live Oak @ 3:30pm

Sixer Tennis @ Lincoln @ 4pm

Sixer Track and Field vs James Lick @ 4pm

Sixer Volleyball @ Leigh @ 5:30/7pm

Friday, 4/7

Sixer Badminton vs Andrew Hill @ 6pm is now a vendor of ESUHSD. Now there are (2) options for purchasing tickets to basketball and volleyball games; pay via cash at the Box Office or electronically via mobile app/phone at IHS & (Note: GoFan does charge a $1/ ticket fee for each transaction)

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

Counseling Corner

Summer School Application

We are now accepting sign-ups for summer school courses. We have a range of courses available both for recovery and acceleration in math. To apply for the summer school, click here. Contact our Summer School Coordinator, Ms. Huynh (, for any questions.

Scholarships for Seniors

We are now accepting applications for scholarships aimed for Independence graduating seniors. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. See scholarship details below.

  • Go For It Scholarship

    • Application needs to be submitted to Ms. Pham in person or via email ( by May 1, 2023.

    • All graduating seniors who will be going to higher education are eligible to apply

    • Award: $2000 (1 student)

    • Contact Ms. Pham ( if you have questions

  • 10,000 Degrees Scholarship | Flyer

    • Priority deadline has passed, but 10,000 Degrees is still accepting applications!

    • Award amount varies

    • No requirement

    • Contact Mr. Garcia ( if you have questions

Ms. Liang’s Caseload

Ms. Liang is currently out on leave. In her absence, please contact the following counselors based on student last name:

W-Z: Mr. Ly (

College Opportunities Summit 2023

Our community partner, 10,000 Degrees, is hosting a summer program for current juniors to learn more about college, majors, careers, and resources available. For more information and to apply, please see the attached flyer or contact for 10,000 Degrees fellow, Mr. Garcia at

Counselor Availability:

Ms. Pham (A-Cg) - 8am-3:30pm

Mr. Ly (Ch-Garc) - 8am-3:30pm

Mr. Hennessey (Gard-Le, I) - 8am-3:30pm

Ms. Fernandez (Le, J-M) - 8:30am-4pm

Ms. Huynh (N-Ph) - 8:15am-3:45pm

Ms. Marquez (Pi-Ta) - 8:30am-4pm

Ms. Liang (Tb-Z) - 8:15am-3:45pm

Mr. Garcia (10,000 Degrees Fellow) - 9am-4pm | Tuesday-Thursday

Ms. Cuenca (USF Intern) - 8am-3:30pm | Monday & Tuesday

Ms. Serrano (USF Intern) - 8am-3:30pm | Tuesday & Thursday

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Activities Update

Hey Seniors!

Did you know? There is a special Senior Newsletter! Check out the special link for ALL senior-specific information, such as: professional portraits, graduation, FAFSA, and Prom! Just scroll, locate, and CLICK on the Senior Button!

Wrap it Up Rally & Senior Awards (Friday April 28th)

Wrap it Up Dance - sponsored by the Class of 2024 (Friday May 19th)

Yearbooks & Yearbook Ads!

Yearbook Sales are ending soon. Right now, yearbook reservations/orders are $70.Students and parents/guardians can order a yearbook at the school bank (A-06), or visit (enter code 6072) to purchase online (there is a processing fee).

2023 Cover Proof:

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Yearbook Ads are a great way to honor graduating seniors, memorialize social groups and clubs, and promote local businesses. One exciting way to celebrate you and your friends is to contribute to a photo collage of all your collective experiences! Select from a variety of packages, layout options, templates, colors, and fonts. Upload as many photos as you desire and submit for publication!

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

Social Media Handles

Stay up to date on all student activities and events at IHS - follow your ASB-endorsed accounts:

And, be sure to also follow your class account for information specific to your year:

Safety and Attendance


As Spring has sprung and our students enjoy the change in weather, this is a friendly reminder to parents and students that we are a closed campus. Students should not be leaving the school grounds during school hours–particularly during break and lunch for safety reasons. The Public Library and Overfelt Gardens constitute as off campus as they are not on school grounds.

Additionally, students should not be hanging out in the parking lots during passing period, break and or lunch. Staff members will ask the students to go back to the main campus.

The C-05 office will continue to focus on attendance as we continue to strive towards our mission: Students Engaged in the Classroom. We would like to continue to remind SIXERs the importance of being on time, all day, every day and how there is a correlation between attendance and grades. We are happy to report that as a site we are making an improvement in the right direction. Let’s keep it up SIXERS!

Semester Average: 85.86%

February Average: 85.69%

Last Week’s Average: 85.08%

We will continue 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.

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

Saturday School

Our next Saturday School is scheduled for this upcoming April 22, 2023.

Saturday School is a way students can recover a FULL day of absence. Saturday School does not excuse excessive tardies.

You may sign up by clicking the following link:

Short Term Independent Studies (STIS)

Please remember that if your student will be absent for 5 days up to 14 days, they may apply for short term independent studies through the C-05. Please have your student come by C-05 to speak with Ms. Vidal or Mr. Salgado regarding the process.

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

Parent and Community Involvement Corner

For our Spanish Speaking Families, please join us for our PIQE Workshops, Wednesday, April 5, 6:00pm -7:15 via ZOOM LINK : Meeting ID: 880 4923 3240 Passcode: 2023

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For our Spanish Speaking Families, please join us for our PIQE Workshops. Our first session will held on Wednesday, March 29, 6:00pm -7:15 via ZOOM LINK : Meeting ID: 880 4923 3240 Passcode: 2023

** Save the Date and Sign up now! ** April 22, 2023: “Sixers Earth Day” (Campus Beautification)
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Please mark your calendars for future Family Engagement Workshops:


Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP) Blanca Alvarado Community Resource Center is a convenient, welcoming, and safe space committed to advancing the health of SCFHP members and East San José residents. The Center collaborates with safety-net agencies to offer community-responsive and culturally competent health and wellness programs and helps connect residents to resources.

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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, blankets)

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

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For any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Maggie 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.

Office Closures: The office is closed on Wednesdays from 11:30 until 2:00 pm. If you need support from an adult, please go to C-05, N-1, or N-2 for assistance.

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:

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. 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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