Independent Study Updates

April 18, 2016

Upcoming Events and Information

Spring Assessments (Grades 10 and 11)

All 10th and 11th Grade students are participating in either the California Standards Test (10th Grade Science) or the Smarter Balanced Test (11th Grade English Language Arts and Mathematics) this week. Students have made arrangements to spend additional time in the classroom to complete their exams.

Whale Watching Trip- RipTide Charter

I have scheduled a whale watching field trip for Thursday, May 5th . If I get enough participation, we will go. Students have permission slips, which need to be turned in by April 25th. Without enough interest, I will have to cancel the trip. We can only take 15 students because of the boat's capacity. The first 15 students to turn in completed permission slips will go! Please remind your student to turn in the permission slip.

Specific information about the experience can be viewed on this link The permission slip has all the details!

The normal price for this trip is $45.00 per person, but, I have some donation monies, so it will be free!!!

Work Completion

Please encourage students to spend more time in our classroom, or at home to complete assignments. There are only 32 school days left to earn credit. The days will pass quickly... Our math tutor is here on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30-1:30. All coursework (including Apex classes) needs to be completed by June 1st.

Fall 2016 Independent Study Participation

Please let me know if you do not intend to remain enrolled in ISP in the fall. We have 25 students on our waiting list right now, so we are trying to determine how much space we will have available for students. If you intend to return to your home school you should schedule an appointment with your counselor to discuss your fall schedule.

Returning Students and Fall 2016 Concurrent Enrollment

Returning Independent Study students who intend to take classes at a community college in the fall need to turn in the College Connections form (concurrent enrollment) as soon as possible. I have begun discussing this with students. Most students already have printed copies of the Canada schedule and the College Connections form. Please discuss this with your students. Independent Study students can take classes at Canada, Skyline or CSM through this process.

Independent Study students can register for Canada classes on May 10th and the concurrent enrollment form needs to be turned in prior to this date in order to register for classes. Many classes fill up quickly, so it is best to register on time.

Students who have already taken classes do not need to reapply to the college, but, they do need to turn in the concurrent enrollment form. New community college students also need to apply to the college.

As a reminder, students who take community college classes earn both high school and college credit. It is a great opportunity!

Students should be reviewing the Canada schedule and discussing options with their parents and with me.

If you want to apply to the college, click on this link to get started:

I can do this with you if you prefer. Just let me know!

Click on this link to see a list of courses available at all three colleges:

The concurrent enrollment form can be found on this link:

(Scroll down to the College Connection Course Enrollment packet.)

The printed schedules and necessary forms are available in our classroom as well.

Please contact me if you have questions about this process.

Seniors and Senior Parents

The Independent Study graduation is Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 PM. It takes place at the SUHSD office. Students have been given invitations to share with family and friends. Talk to your student if you haven't seen these!

As a reminder, students who intend to participate in their home school's graduation must work with the Activity Director at their home school to make sure they are included in all the graduation activities and information.

Four- year college bound students need to make sure to update their Naviance account with their college choice decision and keep careful track of deadlines for required documents, payments and information.

Community College Information for Fall 2016

Canada- If you missed your priority enrollment meeting (PEP), please sign up for an orientation so you can register for classes. You can register for the orientation on this link:

You cannot register for classes until you do this! Registration begins May 10th, so, do this now!

College of San Mateo (CSM) Information about how to apply can be found on this link Do this now if you plan to attend in the fall. You must participate in their assessment and orientation.

Foothill College application for Fall 2016 begins on May 1st. More information can be found here:

Sequoia Parent Education Series Upcoming Event

Click on the link below to register.


April 21st, 2016

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free from the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Dean of Freshmen, Stanford University

Upcoming Holidays

Friday, April 29th Classroom closed. I am attending a workshop.

Thursday, May 12th I have a summons for Jury Duty. Hopefully, I won't have to go, but, I won't know until the evening before.

Week of May 21st Canada College Finals. Please make sure you know when your finals take place!

May 30th Memorial Day. No School!

June 1st Last student day.


Please look around your room and house and return any textbook you are not currently using to me now. All textbooks will need to be returned by June 1st.
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Grey Whale!!! So much fun! Turn in your permission slip! An adventure awaits!!!

Why did the whale cross the road?

To get to the other tide.

What do whales eat?

Fish and ships!