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Today: 5/25/16
All Day: Finals: periods 3, 4
6:00 PM Class of 2016 GRADUATION


Berg, Bjorn
Castro-Stanley, Grettel
Landshof, Paul
Meissner, Greg
Dean of Students

Advisors (Safety & Discipline)

Baker (Advisor 10th Grade), Lisa
Nieman (Advisor 11th Grade), Frank
Reeser (Advisor 9th Grade), Ken

Attendance (Last Name A-L)

Castilo, Diana

Attendance (Last Name M-Z)

Garcia, Ursula


Banks (Counseling J-M), George
Hennessey (Counseling D-I), Mark
Huynh (Counseling N-R), Thuy
Montes (Counseling A-C), Yvonne
Pham (Counseling S-Z), Kim

504 Coordinator

Montes (Counseling A-C), Yvonne

Student Support Center

Cohen, Leah


Daniell, Liz
Sys Admin

Title IX (Equal Opportunity in Education Act)

Vander Zee, Glenn



Summer Internship is just around the corner!  


The attached Summer Internship application is due by May 18.

- A lot of great internship positions available in major Silicon Valley organizations: SV Chamber of Commerce, Work2Future, various Construction partners.

- Not in retail or fast foods, but will be meaningful positions in leading Silicon Valley companies and organizations and some with the City of San Jose.

- Must be at least 16 years old.

- Graduating seniors are strongly encouraged to apply.

- A great alternative to a summer class and looks great on college applications!

- An application and brochure are attached.

- Pay rate is $10.30/hr. (Foster youth are eligible for higher pay).

- Many students who participate in summer internship have retained their internships throughout their college years and are now employed by some of the companies they interned with.  


See abrazosandbooks.org for details:



  • Deadline for receiving applications is May 30, 2016
  • Must be a student within Santa Clara County
  • Must be a 2016 graduating senior
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Must have been accepted to a 4-year college or university
  • Please include:
    • Name
    • Telephone Number
    • Email Address
    • Address
    • High School
    • GPA
    • Copy of Transcript
  • Essay (see below)
  • Autobiography (see below)


: Your essay should explain how you would improve our community. Title your essay “How I Would Improve My Community”


 Also include a comprehensive autobiography.

Mailing Instructions: 

Print out an application, complete and include in your submission package. Please do not send online submissions.

 Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

Mail scholarship applications and support materials to the following address by May 30, 2016.

ABRAZOS AND BOOKS, 255 West Julian St., Suite 503A, 
San Jose, CA 95110


Attention Rising Seniors 

Class of 2017...


National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) wants to send you to the Cal Poly Pomona R.I.S.E. (Residential Intensive Summer Education) Program this Summer, July 17-20th.


We are on a mission to create a "College Going Culture" around the world for underserved, underrepresented, at risk, low resource students. 


R.I.S.E is a 4 day, 3 night FREE residential program that focus on preparing students for College/University life. Students will be engage with other students, attend workshops, and participate in college courses designed for RISE students.


So, sign up today, we have limited spaces...It's FREE! You will learn, grow and have lots of fun while staying in the dorms just like a college student. 


Application Deadline: May 24, 2016


If interested in attending,

copy and paste the application link below:




and email to:






AP/Summer Assignments

Senior Activities (Class of 2016)

Monday - Senior Picnic - 12:30-4p @ Pool


Tuesday - Fines/Yearbook signing - 9a-2:19p @ School Bank


Wednesday - Graduation Practice - 8:30a @ Gym


GRADUATION--Wednesday, 5.25.16 @ 6p in the IHS Stadium


Thursday - Diploma Pickup - 8a-2p @ N-02

Parents--If you have not done so, please register for SchoolLoop.  Click "Register Now" to get started.  It will take 1 work day for your account to be approved.

Students--if you have any questions (including lost passwords or forgotten login names/passwords), you can ask any of your teachers for help.  Or visit Ms. Daniell in A312 during Break.  You MUST have your ID card.

Summer School 2016

Current students - June 13- July 15


Incoming students - June 16 - July 20


Summer School Coordinator: Lynne Murray (murrayl@esushd.org)


There is no summer school on Monday, July 4th

Join an Academy

CPA-logo-150.gifDid you know that Independence High School has three California Partnership Academies?  Finance -- S.T.E.A.M. --Teaching  Academies are a great way to become career and college ready.


Apply online today (https://ihs.schoolloop.com/onlineapp) or click to find out more (https://ihs.schoolloop.com/AcademiesPrograms)

Senior Portraits


Class of 2016!  You still have time to order Senior Portraits. Please contact JP Impressions Distinctive Photography at 408-298-7532 for more information.


East Side Union High School District is pleased to announce a new, online facility rental system, designed to provide a simpler and more positive user experience for requesting facility use.  Click here to access this system, or go to https://www.facilitron.com/ihs95133.  For information about how to use the system, please click here.


Effective January 1, 2016, the California High School Exit Exam will no longer be a requirement for graduation and will be removed as a requirement all the way back to 2006. If you did not graduate solely due to the CAHSEE you will be eligible to pick up your diploma and order a copy of your transcript beginning January 4, 2016.

Brown is the new green

brown-is-the-new-green.jpgAs you are certainly aware, California is in the midst of a drought.  Every effort is being made to conserve water on our 106-acre campus, so you may notice some of our grassy areas going brown.  


If you see a leak or a concern with water wastage, please call 408.928.9898 and report the problem.  


Thank you!

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Regular Day Schedule


Independence High School Mission Statement & SLOs

The mission of Independence High School is
to provide a supportive learning environment that enables all students to achieve academic and personal success.


Student Learning Outcomes: The Declarations of Independence


  1. Civic Engagement: Students will be informed on local, national and global matters, and will apply this knowledge to engage positively in their community.

  2. Collaboration: Students will be able to work together, exchanging and constructing new ideas in order to identify common goals and achieve solutions.

  3. Communication: Students will be able to listen actively, share ideas, convey thoughts, and exchange information effectively.

  4. Creativity: Students will use their strengths and individual mindsets to synthesize ideas and express thoughts in a unique manner.

  5. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will be able to apply their knowledge to analyze situations, strategize, and apply viable solutions.


Are you failing one or more class? 
You must attend
free mandatory tutoring after-school!
(Food provided!  https://ihs.schoolloop.com/goodwill)




Did you get a phone call that seems like a Fundraising Scam? (read more)


It is the policy of Independence High School not to discriminate on the basis of sex, religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.



Es la política de Independence High School no discriminar por razones de sexo, religión, raza, origen nacional, orientación sexual o condición de discapacidad.




Chính sách của trường Trung học Independence là không phân biệt cách đối xử dựa trên giới tính, tôn giáo, chủng tộc, nguồn gốc quốc gia, hoặc tình trạng khuyết tật.



Counseling Notes




Below is a list of community colleges and the dates we have them scheduled to come to our school:


Evergreen Valley College Application Workshop: January 21

Evergreen Valley College Placement Test: February 4

De Anza Application Workshop: March 7

Mission Application Workshop: March 17

De Anza Testing: April 6th and 7th

De Anza Orientation: April 28th

SJCC Application Workshop: TBA

SJCC Placement Test: TBA 


If you have not filled out the survey indicating the community college of interest, please do so ASAP!  All students who fill out the survey will be notified and invited to the workshops based on what they put down as "YES."  Please fill out survey by FEBRUARY 12th.


For those who filled out the survey and would like to make any changes, please email Ms. Huynh at huynhtt@esuhsd.org.


Thank you.



If you've been assigned Grad Academy or Cyber High (It is possible for Juniors to also be enrolled based on capacity), classes start Tuesday, January 19th.  There are NO CLASSES on Monday, January 18th due to the holiday.  For those that are assigned Monday Grad Academy, your first class begins on Monday, January 25th.


Cyber High is EVERY Wednesday in the School Library, unless further specified.


Please contact your counselors if you have any concerns or questions.


Monday-Grad Academy-Geography in room C303 with Mr.Hasty from 3:15pm to 5:15pm (First class on 1/25/16)


Tuesday-Grad Academy-English in room C204 with Mr. Fernandes from 3:15 to 5:15pm.


Tuesday-Grad Academy-Study Skills in room L11 with Ms. Shernock/Mr. Arias  from 3:15pm to 5:15pm.


Friday--Grad Academy-History in room L32 with Ms. Shernock from 3:15pm to 5:15pm.


Seniors!  In order to be eligible to receive financial aid for college, you must submit a FAFSA or DREAM Act application.  


You and your guardian can come to the school library on Tuesday, January 12th between the hours of 2p-7p to work on your application and get any questions answered.


Please make sure you bring all documents to help answer questions online as well as be ready to win some prizes during our raffle!


See you all there!




Seniors, a reminder that you need to send your SAT/ACT scores to the 4-year universities you've applied to. The deadline for CSUs to receive scores is December 23rd. Remember that the code 3594 will send your SAT score to all CSUs. Log in to collegeboard.org or actstudent.org to send your scores today!


Attention Cyber High Students: the library will be open Monday through Thursday after school next week to complete your course. 2:30-4:30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 2:30-5:15 on Wednesday. Be prepared to take your unit exams!


Seniors!  It's time for you to figure out what you'll be doing next year!  With college applications approaching, we know how overwhelming the process is for submitting college applications.  

But have no fear!  Your counselors are there with you every step of the way!

Please make sure you drop by our college application counseling workshops!

Below you will see a list of dates of our workshops located in the school library from 2:15p-4:00p during the following days:

11/3, 11/7 & 11/17


Hope to see you all there!

Counseling Team


All visits are in N-2 Innovation Center at lunch, unless otherwise noted:

Harvard University - January 13



If you have been signed up for Grad Academy by your counselor, you will get a notice by this Friday for the time and day you are to show up next week for your class.


Classes do NOT begin this week.  They begin next week.


Thank you.