INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL
2022-2023 Week 8 (10/3) Updates
I hope everyone enjoyed the fall break and took some downtime.
Marking Period 1 grades were due the week before break. This is an excellent time to check in with teachers about progress, missing assignments, and methods for improving grades to remain A-G Eligible. This week is also an excellent time to check in with teachers about times to get additional support through the Office Hours this Thursday morning during collaboration, or our Goodwill assets program tutoring.
Tomorrow afternoon is our October School Site Council Meeting.
Panorama Community Survey
Parents and Guardians,
Please use the following directions to take the Panorama Survey. Students and staff will have separate links.
As we begin the 2022-23 school year, we need your feedback to ensure that schools continue to provide inclusive, high-quality, rigorous, and safe learning experiences for all students. This email includes a link to a survey for you to share your opinions about what is going well and what could improve.
Directions for Survey-Taking:
To submit the survey online, please visit the website listed below by October 28th. You may use a computer, tablet, or smartphone to access the online survey.
If you have more than one child enrolled in the same school and or at different schools, please fill out one survey for each child, as your answers may vary.
All survey responses are anonymous. Panorama Education is managing the survey process to ensure data privacy and security.
By taking this survey, you will be helping us to better support you, your students, and the whole school community. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your voice and for being a valued partner.
East Side Spartan Promise
Sportsmanship is simple, treat others how you would want to be treated. Respect the game and everyone participating including student-athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators. Education-based athletics is more than winning, it’s about academic development, equity, and character. Be Responsible, Be Respectful, #BeTheChange!
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has produced a Sportsmanship PSA (both audio and video) for everyone to share with their school communities. If possible, please use this valuable resource before every contest and wherever you might find it useful to spread the word and help #BeTheChange! View the video HERE.
Value of High School Sports
A Word to the Wise
Winter Sports (basketball, soccer, wrestling) will begin on 10/31/2022. All winter athletes are expected to be registered on Athletic Clearance by 10/24/2022. Visit our website to learn more.
Athletic Physicals on Tuesday, 10/11/2022 in M-34. Doctor will begin at 3:30. Cost is $20 (cash only)
Sixer Girls’ Tennis continues to roll! Still undefeated on the season.
Sixer Girls’ Volleyball is also undefeated in league play.
Congratulations to Hailey Jarin (Sixer Volleyball) and Daryn Benipayo (Sixer Football) for being named Athlete of the Week for the week of September 19th.
Week of 10/3/2022
Sixer Golf (g) vs Live Oak @ 3:30pm (CordeValle CCl)
Sixer Tennis (g) vs San Jose HS @ 4pm
Sixer Water Polo vs Mt. Pleasant Varsity Girls @ 4:30pm
Sixer Volleyball (g) vs Overfelt HS JV @ 5:30 | V 7:00pm
Sixer Tennis (g) vs Christopher @ 4pm
Sixer Volleyball (g) @ Gunderson JV @ 5:30 | V @ 7pm
Sixer Water Polo @ Silver Creek Varsity (boys) 5pm | Varsity (girls) 6pm
Sixer Football @ Pioneer JV @ 4:30 | Varsity @ 7pm
Visit Sixer Athletics for up to date information about athletics! Follow us on Instagram: @indyathletics
Homecoming Events, 10/17 - 10/22:
Class Officers are currently organizing and preparing for our annual Homecoming Traditions, including: Airband Competitions, Quad Day, and the Outdoor Dance. ASB is currently prepping clubs and organizations for the Homecoming Royalty Nomination Process. Significant dates include:
Mon - Wed: (Class Specific Events)
Thurs: IHS ClubTailgate Market & Homecoming Football Game vs. Branham High School
Fri: Schoolwide Homecoming Rally
Sat: Outdoor Homecoming Dance and Monarchy Reveal: 7pm-10:30pm @ IHS Memorial Grove
Homecoming Dance: Through the Looking Glass, is a thematic outdoor event, including photobooths, foodtrucks, games, music and dancing! The event takes place on campus and in Memorial Grove on Saturday, October 22nd. Tickets will be available for $10, for a limited time only. After that, the price will go up and continue to go up until all tickets are sold. Be ready to purchase your Homecoming Tickets, starting this Friday! Be sure to plan in advance - last year we SOLD OUT, five days before the dance!
Homecoming is a semi-formal event. Unlike prom, no one needs to wear a full suit/ tuxedo, but students shouldn't dress up in something they could wear to school. Typical homecoming attire for guys is a button up shirt with dress pants or khakis, maybe a tie or bow-tie, dress shoes, and perhaps a sweater, blazer, or vest. Since this is an outdoor event, taking place on grass, long gowns are not recommended. Similarly, stilettos and heels over 2” are strongly discouraged. It is safer and more comfortable to wear a blocked heel or wedges.
Yearbook SALES ARE ON!
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, price will increase, soon!
Students and parents/guardians can order a yearbook at the school bank (A-06), or visit www.yearbookordercenter.com (enter code 6072) to purchase online. In addition, the YOC offers packages for purchasing advertisement pages to honor graduating seniors and promote local businesses.
Student Picture Orders Have Arrived!
For students, parents/guardians who ordered school pictures, your photos have arrived. Please send your student to the A06 Bank to pick them up!
Senior Student Corner
Make Your Senior Portrait Reservation
Senior Portraits will be taken at Now and Forever Studios in Los Gatos. Act soon 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. Online Reservations may be made starting in November @ www.nowandforeverstudio.com
These are not the ID card/ transcript photos. These are the optional, formal pictures that are often sent to relatives and passed out to friends and staff during the graduating year. Senior portraits 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 a copy to publish in the yearbook.
Coming in November, all seniors will meet in assembly with Herff Jones, our graduation vendor. There they will learn about purchasing graduation cap & gown kits, formal invitations, 2023 apparel, and commemorative jewelry and accessories. Students will be provided with ordering forms and the option to purchase these items, onsite, for a much cheaper rate than online. More details to follow soon.
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 to collect student voice is through school-wide lessons carried out in 4th period classes. Students were able to share innovative ideas for community challenges they found important. It is impressive how much our students think about others:
“I think that people not getting enough resources for mental health in certain parts of the world are causing people to go crazy and do unimaginable things. Providing more resources for mental health and counseling could help in a way. Sometimes people just need someone to talk to or someone to listen.” ~Magaly L. Sophomore
View our School-Wide lesson on what it means to be an Innovative Sixer HERE.
Parent & Community Involvement Corner
Please mark your calendars for our Academic Progress Meeting next week, Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 6:00 pm, I-Cafe/N02. Please refer to the flyer below
Ashraf Mohammed is an amazing Sixer! In the few minutes I was walking with him on campus, he greeted so many students, making them feel welcome and a part of the community. This action, which is so natural to Ash, truly makes our students and staff feel seen and included. Ash also went as a solo representative from IHS to a leadership training and his ability to connect with others was amazing. He is a fantastic SIXER and I'm so honored to know him. ~Dr. LaMontagne, MTSS
Mr. Hoang Nguyen, Your use of the school-wide lessons to learn more about your students and use it as a screening tool for proactive care is to be commended. Much appreciation for your dedication to teaching and caring for our students and our community as a whole. ~MTSS Tier I Team
IHS Counseling Corner Website: www.tinyurl.com/ihcounseling
Counseling Office located in N 02
* AB 469 - ALL Senior Students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aide) or the CADAA (California Dream Act Application) and submit on or before March 2nd - Please attend any Cash 4 College Workshops for in person assistance on the applications! Here is one coming up! Please mark your calendars -
* 11/3 - IMPORTANT! Financial Aid: Cash 4 College Workshop (All Senior Parents & Students invited!) From 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm in D Commons - PLEASE ATTEND!
* Parents & Students: After School Workshops & in class grade level presentations: Coming Up ...
* 10/7 - 12th Grade Presentations in Gov/Econ classes
* 10/11 - 11th Grade Presentations in US History classes
* 10/12 &10/13 - 9th Grade Presentations in PE 2 classes
* 10/19 & 10/20 - 10th Grade Presentations in PE 2 classes
* 11/3 - IMPORTANT! Financial Aid: Cash 4 College Workshop (All Senior Parents & Students invited!) From 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm in D Commons
* Upcoming teacher office hours & extra help will take place on October 6, November 3, & December 1st from 8:30 - 9:30 am.
* Our Head Counselor Ms. Pham is out on maternity leave (Congratulations Ms. Pham!). 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 & Ms. Marquez
* Together with counseling, Mr. Anthony Garcia (email@example.com) is our 10,000 Degrees Fellow who assists, supports, and guides our students with financial aid, college, questions and much much more! www.10000degrees.org
* In Office Counselor Hours:
Mr. Thompson Ly: 8:45 am - 4:15 pm
Mr. Mark Hennessey: 8 am - 3:30 pm
Ms. Flor Fernandez: 9 am - 4:30 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)
Safety and Attendance
It is the beginning of Attendance awareness month and we want to stress that attendance does matter. On time. All day. Every day.
Did you know…
3 tardies = 1 unexcused absence
Late arrival interrupts student’s learning
Late arrival interrupts the learning of others
A friendly reminder, if you know that your student will be absent, please phone or e-mail your student’s Attendance Secretary to report the absence and request work from the teachers.
The IHS Attendance Office is located in N-01:
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
Saturday School is a way students can recover a full unexcused day of absence.
You may sign up by clicking the following link:
A friendly reminder to parents and students that we are a closed campus, and students should not be leaving the school grounds during school hours–particularly during break and lunch for safety reasons.
The public library off of Educational Parkway and Overfelt Gardens is considered off campus, and students should not be visiting these locations during school hours.