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Summer Mailer

2015 Summer Mailer

August 1, 2015


Dear Parents and Students:


Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!


As the principal of Independence High School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back to another great year. Here at Independence, our excellent teachers spend hours planning and creating lessons that engage our students in their learning. We strive to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities and to be college-ready by the end of four years. Our first day of school is Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and we will be on a regular bell schedule.


On the bottom of this webpage, please find the school picture form. You must bring this on the day of ID/Schedule pickups (see the dates to the left). Please visit our school’s website to find the most up-to-date information including our important forms, school calendar, important phone numbers, and email addresses for all of our teachers. Additionally, we have a Twitter account @IndependenceHS and a account (to receive messages via text, text @remindihs to 81010) that we will use to send out updates and quick announcements as we go through the school year.  If you do not have access to the internet or would like a hard copy of information, please come to the school’s Administration Building in N, open during the summer Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.


I am honored to serve as the principal of Independence High School. It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 1.408.928.9510 or email me at


Once again, welcome back!  Let’s make it another great year at Independence!




Grettel Castro-Stanley, Principal

Special Note About Schedules

Your start time is not guaranteed

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 is the First Day of School! We will be on the regular bell schedule. Students should report to their first class.


If you have a FIRST PERIOD start time, class starts at 7:20 a.m. and your school day ends at 2:05 p.m.


If you have a SECOND period start time, class starts at 8:20 a.m and your school day ends at 3:05 p.m.


If you are lost, find a Link Crew Leader, refer to the school map, or ask a teacher!



Procedure for Schedule Changes:
Changes will be made for the following reasons only:

1. If you have two classes in the same period

2. An open period--no class scheduled/missing a class--between periods 1-6 or 2-7

3. You have already passed the class during the summer

NO Changes for the following reasons:

1. You want a different teacher

2. You want to change a class period

3. The AP class is too difficult for you

4. You no longer want the class you signed up for

School Portrait Order Information

school portraits

To order school portraits, please download the order form

Student Photo ID and Schedule Pick-Up Schedule

Freshmen (9th Grade): Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 9:30—11:30 a.m.

Sophomores (10th Grade): Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 12:30—2:30 p.m.

Juniors (11th Grade): Thursday, August 6, 2015, 9:30—11:30 a.m.

Seniors (12th Grade): Thursday, August 6, 2015, 12:30—2:30 p.m.

Make-Up Day (All Grades): Friday, August 7, 2015 9:30—11:00 a.m.



School Calendar

Today: 2/26/17

IHS Mentorship Program

Dear Parents and Class of 2019,

Welcome to our Independence family!  We look forward to celebrating with you on graduation day 2019.  This school year we are launching a mentoring program for all freshmen.   We have one shared goal this year:  to ensure all freshman have a successful year.

The mentors in our program are college bound students who possess the skills to navigate through the demands of high school. All mentors report to a teacher-advisor and meet each other every week.   The mentors will guide freshmen towards successful academic habits, engage in tutoring, and ultimately, serve as a role model.  Weekly meetings or “check ins” are expected from both the mentors and freshmen.

The first meeting will be held on September 3rd, 2015, during collaboration time 8:20am - 10:00am.  All freshmen and all mentors will receive notification in August regarding the location. The next meetings are set for October 1 and 20, 2015.  

Thank you,

IHS Leadership Team

Ms. Alvarez (, Ms. Chiao (, Mr. Doan (, Ms. Esguerra (, Ms. Gomez (,& Ms. Jay (


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Student Photo ID and Schedule Pick-Up Schedule

  • Freshmen (9th Grade)
    W, August 5, 2015, 8:30—11:30 a.m.

  • Sophomores (10th Grade)
    W, August 5, 2015, 12:30—2:30 p.m.

  • Juniors (11th Grade)
    R, August 6, 2015, 9:30—11:30 a.m.

  • Seniors (12th Grade)
    R, August 6, 2015, 12:30—2:30 p.m.

  • Make-Up Day (All Grades)
    F, August 7, 2015 9:30—11:00 a.m.


First Day of School
T, August 11, 2015 (regular bell schedule)


First Collaboration
R, August 20, 2015 (late start)

Freshman Orientation

On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, all incoming freshmen should report to the Large Gym from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. for Freshman Orientation. From 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m, freshman will report to the American Hall Commons (A-Villa) for photo ID cards and schedule pick-ups. Tours will be available to help freshman find their classrooms


Freshman must also verify contact information, complete emergency forms, and complete lunch forms. They may also purchase PE uniforms and student body cards.


Freshmen (grade 9) are assigned to English, Math, and Science classes based on 8th grade teacher recommendations, grades, and CST (California Standards Tests). In addition, all freshmen will have a physical education class and two electives.


Your school day start time (first or second period) cannot be guaranteed.


If you cannot attend on August 5th, there will be makeup photos and a chance to pick up schedules on Friday, August 7, 2015, starting at 9:30 a.m.