Independent Study Updates

August, 2018

Welcome To (or Welcome Back To) Independent Study at Cañada College

Dear Parents and Students,

I will send out these newsletters as needed throughout the year. Please read through the information and contact me if you have any questions.

Off To A Great Start!

We are off to a great start. Students are treating each other with respect, getting to know one another, and demonstrating their motivation to succeed in Independent Study.

Most students are spending time in the classroom working on assignments, which is great.

Please remember that Independent Study students are most successful when they:

  1. Spend time in our classroom working on assignments.
  2. Set and stick to a schedule.
  3. Adhere to established due dates in Apex classes.
  4. Check and read school and college emails daily.
  5. Ask for help if needed.

We are in the process of hiring our Math Tutor. Once the district clears him to begin working with students I will send out an email with his schedule.

I am looking forward to a fabulous year with my amazing students!

SUHSD Parent Education Series

The SUHSD Parent Education Series offers parent support on a wide variety of topics. District parents can attend any workshop at any school site. There are several very good workshops throughout the course of the year. You can access the offerings here

More workshops will be added throughout the course of the year.

Concurrently Enrolled Students

College classes are in full swing. Please make sure that you keep up with all of your homework and that you are keenly aware of upcoming test dates. Remember, you can ask for help from classmates, your professor, and the Learning Center (Building 9 second floor).

If you are struggling in a class talk to me!

The last day to drop a class without a W is September 3rd. Please discuss this with me now if you are considering dropping any classes.

I highly recommend that you keep a daily planner to make sure you keep up with assignment due dates and upcoming exams. Remember, college course grades are permanent on college transcripts.

PSAT for Grade 10 and Grade 11

All Grade 10 and Grade 11 students will take the PSAT on October 10th at their home school. The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT. You can read more about the value of taking this test on the College Board website

I will share additional information about this with students as I receive it from home schools. Thankfully, October 10th is a Flex Day for the college, so students won't miss their college classes.


All Seniors

Read all of the emails from your home school college and career center. There are many important dates and valuable information in these emails meant to help you prepare to apply to college and make decisions about post-high school plans. I do not get all of them, so, it is up to you to read this information.

Four Year College Bound Seniors

Please connect with your home school counselor and your home school college and career counselor to make sure you know what you need to do in preparation for applying to 4 year colleges. Do this now if you have not yet done so. I will support and assist you, but, you need to understand the process and deadlines required by your home school. The more you know ahead of time, the better.

Make sure you can log into and navigate your Naviance account.

Classroom Snack Donations

As you know, I provide snacks for our students with my own monies. I have noticed that we are going through the snacks very quickly this year. If you are willing and able, please donate to our snack supply. Popular snacks are :

Cup of Noodles

Large bags of popcorn or chips, Cheetos, etc...

Fruit Chews

Rice Crispy Treats

Anything healthy :)

Hot Chocolate packets

Gummy Bears

We can also use 12 oz. paper cups!

Upcoming Dates


3 Labor Day- No school/ LAST DAY to drop a college class without a W

13 ISP classroom closed until noon. I have a meeting at the district office in the morning.

17 Professional Development Day -No ISP and No Home School classes. College classes meet.


8 Indigenous People's Day No ISP or Home School classes

10 No College Classes (Flex Day)/ PSAT all home school sites

11 ISP classroom closed until noon. I have a meeting at the district office in the morning.

12 SUHSD Quarter One Ends


8 ISP classroom closed until noon. I have a meeting at the district office in the morning.

12 Veteran's Day No School ISP, Home School or College

14 LAST DAY to Drop a College class with a W

21- 23 SUHSD Thanksgiving Holiday

22-23 Cañada College Thanksgiving Holiday

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