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    June 8, 2021

    Ticket Distribution to the Verdugo Academy Graduation Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 10th between 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM at Daily High School (220 North Kenwood Street, Glendale, CA  91206).
     
    NOTE:  Students will have the opportunity to purchase their caps and gowns if they have not already done so.  Please note that the price for the Cap, gown and tassel is $25.00 (cash or check please).
     
    All Chromebooks and/or textbooks need to be dropped off before students can get tickets. 
     
     
    Congratulations to all our graduating seniors!  We are proud of you!

    June 4, 2021

    Join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride month

    May 18, 2021

    Hello Verdugo Academy families!

    Verdugo Academy ASB will be hosting a special Movie Night for College View & VA students. After some discussion, VA staff has decided to host our Movie Night as an in-person event! Exciting, right? We will first be playing two short features, Pixar's “Blue Umbrella” & “Lava” for our younger audience, and “Emperors New Groove” for our older audience!

    Check out our Verdugo Academy ASB Movie Night flyer for more details and the link to RSVP. Don’t forget to reserve a seat! We hope to see you all there!
     
    - Verdugo Academy ASB
     
    May 13, 2021

    The California Department of Education and the California State Treasurer have announced an exciting offer for the ScholarShare 529, California’s College Savings Plan. To celebrate National 529 College Savings Day on May 29, 2021, ScholarShare 529 will be offering a $50 contribution to families that open a new ScholarShare 529 account between May 24 and May 31. Click HERE for more information.

    May 7, 2021

    Watch our Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

    Students had a special opportunity this week to hear powerful eyewitness accounts from two Holocaust survivors. Joseph Alexander, 98, survived 12 concentration camps and David Lenga, 93, survived three concentration camps. If you missed this presentation, we invite you to watch the recording on our YouTube Channel.
     

    Our new Glendale Unified Online College & Career Academy launches August 2021 and gives incoming 9th graders the opportunity to earn college credits for FREE while still in high school! Students will work towards earning their Associates degree in business at the same time as completing high school. This is a great opportunity for young people who are creative, entrepreneurial, and motivated to get ahead.  

    Join us for an upcoming information session!

    Tuesday, May 11, 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    Click here to tune in LIVE

    Interested in applying to our new academy? Don't wait! Apply here today.

    April 14, 2021

    GUSD high school students: Are you concerned about the environment? Here's your chance to get involved with local government to work on sustainability! Student Commissioner on Sustainability Commission

    The Sustainability Commission was recently formed to make advisory recommendations to the City Council on how to promote progress toward sustainability and recommend priorities to promote regional leadership in sustainability.  General powers and duties shall include:

      1. Advise City Council on creating a comprehensive climate action and adaptation plan and a sustainability plan with measurable goals and benchmarks to ensure year-to-year progress. 
      2. Advise City Council on Low Emissions Development Strategies supporting low carbon development initiatives in energy, transportation and mobility, waste, and the built environment.  Where economic goals align and balance with carbon reduction goals.
      3. Advise City Council on Nature-Based Development Strategies protecting and enhancing healthy resilient ecosystems and healthy societies.  Initiatives may include prioritizing the natural environment's regeneration, and focusing on nurturing and protecting healthy air, water, and soil resources (blue green infrastructure).
      4. Advise City Council on circular development initiatives prioritizing sustainable waste management, green procurement, recycling, and sustainable building design.
      5. Advise City Council on development patterns that safeguard the natural support systems for human life to ensure that the natural and built environment in and around the City improves livability and promotes human health.
      6. Seek inclusive participation of local and regional businesses, public interest groups in delivering solutions supporting sustainability goals. 

     

    The Commission’s composition shall consist of five (5) voting members and two (2) Glendale students who shall be ex officio non-voting members and shall be at the high school level or above.

     Requirements

    Ø  At least one of the student ex officio members must reside in the City of Glendale.

    Ø  At least one of the student ex officio members must be attending high school or a higher educational facility within the City of Glendale.

    Ø  Student ex officio members must have attained at least a junior standing in high school.

    Ø  It is recommended that the student ex officio member also have some knowledge of sustainability and environmental sciences.

     

    The City of Glendale and the Sustainability Commission are excited to have students' voices on Glendale's sustainability direction.

     

    Timeline 

    Ø  Interested candidates will be required to submit an application to the Sustainability Commission by May 14th 2021.  See attached application form.

    Ø  The two (2) student ex officio non-voting members will be appointed in July of each calendar year and will serve a term of one year.

    SEO Commissioner Application

     April 14, 2021

    Seniors, you can get the Pfizer vaccine! Please read this flyer for more information:

    Pfizer Vaccine

    April 12, 2021

    Hello Verdugo Academy Families,

    In honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2021, Verdugo Academy's Green Club inauguration, would like to invite students and family members, within the same household, to help clean up our campus from 1:00pm-2:30pm.
     
    Day of Event Activities:
    • Clean out the landscaping beds throughout the parking lot of weeds and debris
    • Tomato plant tutorial with a number of plants given out 
    • Flower, herb, and vegetable seeds available to plant in small cups for your own home garden
    What to bring:
    • Garden Gloves
    • Water
    • Appropriate clothes to work in
    Date, Time, Location:
    • Thursday, April 22, 2021
    • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Verdugo Academy/College View School Site: 1700 E Mountain St. Glendale 91207
    COVID Protocol will be followed.  All attending must be in good health, wearing a mask and be clear of any COVID symptoms.  A health and temperature check will be required when checking in. All activities will take place outside.
     
    Students and families must RSVP to attend by filling out the Google Form: https://forms.gle/yU8X9r8zfHUBknKXA
    Additional information will be sent to people who RSVP closer to the event. Earth Day Flyer

     

    April 5, 2021 

    April Speaker Series: Commemorating the Armenian Genocide and Celebrating Armenian Culture and Heritage

    Glendale Unified will host a special webinar series throughout the month of April to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and celebrate Armenian culture and heritage. We encourage all students, families, and community members to participate! The speaker series will take place every Wednesday in April at 1:00 p.m. 

    April 7: "Cultural Treasures of the Armenian Highland: A Conversation between Glendale Unified Board President Dr. Armina Gharpetian and Author Matthew Karanian" Register here

    April 14: "Identify Conflict: The Other Side of Home" Register here

    April 21: "1915: What Happened and Why it Matters to Everyone in 2021" Register here

    April 28: "My Mother's Voice" Register here

    Learn more about our panelists by visiting www.gusd.net/Commemorate.

     

    April 2, 2021

    Check out GUSD's latest news: Click here.

    March 12, 2021 7:00 pm

    Spring Break starts... NOW! If you're all caught up, enjoy your time off! If you're behind, this is your chance to catch up. For some of you, this is an opportunity to get ahead. Whichever you choose, be safe and enjoy your break!

    March 10, 2021

    Return to School Update, Women's History Month, Adelante Latino, Grab & Go Meals, & Latest GUSD News: Click HERE.

    March 5, 2021

    Glendale Unified hosts support groups for caregivers, food distribution, cooking classes, etc. Click here for more information: Glendale Unified News & Events for March.

     February 10, 2021

    Glendale Unified hosts support groups for caregivers, food distribution, cooking classes, etc. Click here for more information: Glendale Unified News & Events for February.

    January 29, 2021

    Did you know Glendale Unified sends out a weekly newsletter? Click here for this week's news: https://www.smore.com/34kq5-glendale-unified-news-events

    Here are some upcoming events: 

    Celebrating Black and African American History Month: Glendale Unified Presents Special Webinar Speaker Series

    In honor of Black and African American History Month, every Wednesday in February Glendale Unified School District will host a special webinar series featuring Black and African American leaders who serve their communities in wonderful and different ways. The theme for Black History Month 2021 is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. We encourage all students to participate in these webinars to learn more and celebrate Black and African American History.

    Parent Academy

    February 3 - Early College Academy & Dual Enrollment Programs

    Register here

     February 17 - Youth and Family Services

    Register here

     

    January 15, 2021

    Reminder: Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    We will not have any meetings that day. Here's a brief video about this Civil Rights icon: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Here is a video from the MLK celebration video in Glendale on Jan. 14: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Togetherhood Celebration 2021

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    For my new students, here's a recap about how to get started with your lessons: 

    1) To get into the English work, go to ApexVS.com. The username and password are in the Verdugo Academy Documents part of the Classwork page.
    2) To get into math, go to SavvasRealize.com. Follow the math handout in Verdugo Academy Documents.
    3) Complete the work on the lesson plan for each week. Upload your work to the week's folder. So, all of your work for Week 18 should be uploaded to the Week 18 folder.
    4) For January's Curiosity Pursuit, you'll choose a topic. Then spend at least an hour exploring that topic. Fill in what you did on the calendar in Week 18. You'll turn the calendar in on Jan. 29th. There is no project to go with your Curiosity Pursuit this month.

    Have fun! I'm cheering for your success. :)

    -Mrs. Buss

    January 14, 2021

    Reminder: The Verdugo Academy campus will be CLOSED for 2 weeks. If you have anything to drop off or pick up, you must do so by 3:00 on January 15.

    January 7, 2021

    Happy 2021, Verdugo Academy families! I hope your break was wonderful.

    I emailed all middle school families to let you know we'll be doing "Curiosity Pursuits" this semester. This is simlar to Genius Hour or Passion Pursuits, but scaled down. This will be assigned with English. When we meet next week, we can discuss this further if you have questions.

    On another note, several students still haven't picked up their new math textbooks and AR books. If you haven't, please return your previous math textbooks and AR book to the Verdugo Academy lobby and pick up the new books.

    December 17, 2020

    Students and Families,

     
    As we finish up 2020 and move into the new semester soon, I just wanted to let you know I appreciate you!
     
    This is a strange time, and everyday is both mundane but also brings new surprises. It can be stressful! We are all learning through this, even me! Thank you for being patient with me as we deal with new, unexpected issues.
     
    I hope you feel valuable and important, because you are. The kids in this program are remarkable, and the parents are too. Studying independently is not easy! I am impressed and delighted every single day when I meet with you and see the assignments you've worked so hard on.
     
    If you have some work to catch up on, you'll have plenty of time over the next few weeks, but please remember to enjoy the winter break. It is vitally important to rest and decompress. Listen to music. Enjoy your family. Get lost in a book or a video game. Play board games or do some Mad Libs. Go outside to see Jupiter and Saturn 'touch.' Take some time to not worry about school. 
     
    Take care, and I'll see you in 2021!
    Mrs. Amy Buss

     

    December 9, 2020

    There is a drive-thru food bank on Friday, December 11 from 12-2. They will provide fresh produce and other groceries. Please click here for more information: https://www.smore.com/1gzr4-glendale-unified-news-events?ref=email-content#w-9440725183

    December 8, 2020

    Seniors: The CSU has extended the deadline to apply for fall 2021. The new deadline is Dec. 15. CSUN is providing one last opportunity for students to get help filling out the application. If you want to participate in the session, register in advance: https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0od-qupjMtGdWTKvvn41etkrPTJtnrgUIK When: Dec 10, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) After registering, students will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    December 6, 2020

    Free ART class, December 12 at 2:00 via Zoom! In this fun and hands-on creative session, participants will make two holiday-inspired luminaries from glass, paper and recycled materials and learn how to decorate using decoupage and other techniques. Keep one for yourself and give the other as a gift -- nothing spreads cheer like a beautiful glowing luminary! Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-family-art-day-make-one-give-one-tickets-128652546229

    December 4, 2020

    Hi Students and Parents,

     
    First... 
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    I wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU for all of your hard work. I know it isn't easy to work independently, especially while the world around us is strange and confusing.   
     
    I emailed some free resources I got from an educational company that might be helpful if you're struggling. Take a look at them; if they're helpful, please use them, if not, disregard. Also, on December 9, the district is hosting a forum to help with mental health. I posted some information below this post.
     
    I appreciate all that you do. Give yourselves a hug! And remember, winter break is only 2 weeks away!
     
     

    December 3, 2020

    Glendale Unified is hosting a mental health forum on December 9, 5:30-7 pm, on Facebook. They'll discuss maanaging difficult emotions during the holidays.

    https://www.gusd.net/cms/lib/CA01000648/Centricity/ModuleInstance/954/Dec%209%20Mental%20Health.pdf

    December 1, 2020

    Seniors: 

    UC Application deadline extension

    The University of California's online application system experienced intermittent outages for three hours on Sunday, Nov. 29, that prevented many students from submitting their applications for fall 2021 undergraduate admissions and scholarships. 

    In order to make sure students have time to thoroughly complete and review their application, UC has extended the application deadline for all freshman and transfer applicants and all campuses and majors to Friday, December 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST

    We do encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible. 

    Please note, the UC Application Center’s hours have been extended as well:
    November 30: 8 a.m. – midnight PST
    December 1: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    December 2-3: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. PST
    December 4: 8 a.m. – midnight PST
    December 5: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. PST

    CSU Application deadline extension

    To better serve high school and community college students facing university admissions challenges caused by COVID-19, the California State University (CSU) will extend its fall 2021 priority application deadline to December 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST. The Cal State Apply Support hours have been extended as well.  

    We do encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible. 

    If student and their family have experienced a significant change in income they may qualify for an application fee waiver appeal. Fee waiver appeals are handled by the individual CSU campuses. The student would need to contact each campus(es) they are interested in applying. Contact information for campuses can be found at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/Pages/contact-a-campus.aspx.


     

    November 25, 2020 8:30 PM

    Middle schoolers: I have updated all of your spreadsheets. If there's anything missing, have it ready by your next appointment.

    High schoolers: I opened up more lessons on Apex so you can catch up/work ahead.

    I hope you're enjoying your week! Make sure to take a day or two to rest and relax. If you have all of your work in, that's ALL the days!

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you!

    -Mrs. Buss

    November 13, 2020

    Organizing your time can be a challenge in independent study. Here's a video to help you plan for success: HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR NEW ELEARNING LIFE | A Time Management Tutorial for Students.

    November 12, 2020

    Seniors: 

    The Glendale Community College Dual Enrollment Team is hosting a Dual Enrollment Family Night on Thursday, November 19 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. All high school students, parents, and guardians are welcome to attend. It is an opportunity to get their questions answered about the program and learn how high school students can enroll in courses for free. We will be conducting the presentation in 3 languages: English, Armenian, and Spanish. I have attached the flyer to this email in each of those languages. The Zoom links will be posted on the Dual Enrollment website: www.glendale.edu/dual

    Thank you,

    Dual Enrollment
    Glendale Community College

    www.glendale.edu/dual (818) 240-1000 Ext. 4767 

    November 10, 2020

    Reminder: There are no appointments tomorrow due to Veterans Day. 
     
    To our veteran community - We appreciate you!
     

    October 26, 2020

    I added Prodigy, a math game, to Clever last week. Students are already improving in math! Look at this report:

    Prodigy Game Progress

    October 12, 2020

    NewsELA isn't working for my classes right now. Try to go through via Clever. I've contacted ETIS for help.

    September 30, 2020

    Students, check your Google Classrooms to learn more about this extra credit opportunity!

    The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL), in partnership with MediaWise, will host Face the Facts: Election 2020 Youth Town Hall, a one-hour, virtual youth town hall streaming on NewsHour digital platforms on October 6 at 7pm ET. The event will engage students and first-time voters on how to be prepared and better informed ahead of the November elections - to RSVP, register on Eventbrite.

    Amna Nawaz, senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor for the PBS NewsHour, will host. Special guests will also include Hari Sreenivasan, NewsHour senior correspondent and anchor for NewsHour Weekend, and Savannah Sellers, NBC News and MSNBC correspondent and co-host of Stay Tuned, NBC’s twice-daily news show on Snapchat and Instagram. Nawaz, Sreenivasan and Sellers are MediaWise Ambassadors who work with MediaWise — a digital media literacy project from the Poynter Institute — to teach people of all ages how to sort fact from fiction online.

    The livestream will feature conversations with young people about how to spot election misinformation and engage in the democratic process as they’re making decisions about how to cast their vote. The event will culminate with Nawaz and guests taking questions from viewers. The event is open to the public — to RSVP, register on Eventbrite.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/face-the-facts-election-2020-youth-town-hall-registration-121090885097

    September 29, 2020

    Panorama Survey: Students in grades 4-12, please log in and complete the Panorama Survey. Here are directions, in case you haven't done the survey before: Panorama Survey Presentation

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    This resource was shared with me today: Distance Learning Guide. I thought it might be helpful for Verdugo Academy families. :)

    From Khan Academy: Distance learning guide for parents and caregivers

    This school year will be different from any other parents and caregivers have experienced before. Your kids may be returning to school on modified schedules or learning full-time at home. No matter where or when your child will be learning this year, we’re here to help. We’ve put together this parent and caregiver guide to share advice, tips, and resources to help your child get a #StrongStart to an uncertain school year. This guide covers three key components for successful sustained learning: setting up for success, keeping your kids motivated, and making time for personal well-being.

     

    September 28, 2020

    Virtual College Career Fair (including FAFSA Workshops)

    October 14, 2020 - Virtual College Career Fair (including FAFSA Workshops) (4:00 - 6:00 pm) Click here to Register: https://premiervirtual.com/event/register-jobseeker/1774-GUSDCCF

    September 24, 2020

    Hello Middle School Families!
     
    As we finish up Week 6 (Week 6! Can you believe it?!), students will be taking a test on AR/Renaissance Learning. Go to Clever, look for the Renaissance Learning logo, and click. Your child will search for the title and take the reading test for their assigned book.
     
    (A side note - on Clever, there are links to free tutoring! Look for the "Need Help?" section.)
     
    Beginning Week 7, the next book will be your child's choice. Naturally, it should be appropriate for their reading level. Please check here to ensure the book they choose is on Renaissance Learning/ARhttps://www.arbookfind.com/.
     
    Thank you for being such excellent supporters of your children's education. 
     

    September 22,2020

    Latinx seniors:

    The Hispanic Heritage Foundation's (HHF) 2020 Youth Awards educational grants program is now accepting applications! Our 22nd Annual Youth Awards will award students who are in the graduating Class of 2021 with up to $1000 in educational grants to fund their higher education or a community-based project.
     
    Recipients will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom, community and for their excellence in various educational categories. Recipients will also be celebrated in virtual ceremonies.
      
    The deadline to apply is December 6th, 2020. Students can apply and find more information at www.HispanicHeritage.org. To download the flyer, click here: hhf.page.link/totk
     
    Please feel free to email us at youthawards@hispanicheritage.org if you have any questions. 

    September 18, 2020

    High School students: If you're interested in attending USC, there's a virtual meeting with a USC counselor on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Register using this link: https://applyto.usc.edu/register/GUSD1.

    September 17, 2020

    PE can be a challenge when there's smoke in the air! Here are some links to online workouts, which can be done in limited space, indoors: 

    Yoga for Teens

    Daily 30 Minute Workouts for Kids with Coach Joe

    Coach Byron and Coach Jaliyah - Virtual PE

    15 Min Workouts for all Ages

    Be cautious - don't bump into any furniture! Don't forget to write your time on your PE log. :)

    September 10, 2020

    The Glendale Library is offering an Information Savvy Challenge for teens: 

    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Familiar words popularized by the rock band Queen from their 1975 hit song Bohemian Rhapsody. These lyrics can easily be applied to how many of us are feeling today, as we navigate the labyrinth of information accessible with a swipe of a screen, or a click of a button. With the sheer volume of information at our fingertips, how do we know what’s real, and what’s ‘fantasy’? How can we tell what’s legitimate news, and what’s fake, or at least misrepresented?

    Take this challenge, comprised of three activity badges, to find out! For ages 12-17. 

    Once you complete the challenge, email Michael Whitehead, the Teen Services Librarian, at mwhitehead@glendaleca.gov, and include your full name and username/ contact information you used to sign up. From there, your completion of the challenge will be verified, and you will receive an email with a certificate confirming six hours of community service credit.

    If you complete the challenge, send me the certificate, and I'll give you extra credit in social studies (for middle school) or history/government (in high school).

    https://www.eglendalelac.org/teens-volunteer-opportunities

    September 2, 2020

    Middle school: I'm working on your lesson plans for the week - they'll be uploaded to your Google Classroom today. There are 2 English activities already in there, and Apex is open already.

    August 20, 2020

    I have created a Google classroom for every student. Please log in to your student GUSD email account for access. Also, today I emailed everyone with your weekly meeting day and time.

    August 19, 2020

    WELCOME BACK!

    I emailed this to every student. If you haven't seen it yet, here you go!

    Hello Verdugo Families!

    Wednesday, August 19, is the first day of school. Since you're a returning student, you're already set up to get started on your classes. I have enrolled everyone into 2 classes each on Apex. Beginning tomorrow morning, you can log in and get started!

    Remember, you need to work at least 4 hours per weekday. Now is the time to schedule out your day. You are on independent study, so you don't have to sit down for 4 hours straight and work on these classes - You can break that up however you need to. You do need to continually make progress, however.

    As you can imagine, we've been overwhelmed with inquiries about our program. Being a part of Verdugo Academy is special, and we're happy you're here! Please continue to study as expected so you can remain a part of the Verdugo Academy family.

    On a personal note, I am now teaching middle school in addition to high school. I was quite sad to send several of my students to different teachers. They're all wonderful teachers though, so I know they're in good hands. If we get more middle school students, there is a chance we'll have to transfer you to a different teacher. I just wanted you to know ahead of time so there will be no surprises in the future.

    Some important information for students:

    - If you haven't done so already, please join my class on Remind: https://www.remind.com/join/amybussva.

    - We will not have face-to-face video meetings this week. I will get in contact with you soon regarding video meeting expectations.

    - All of our communication moving forward will be using your GUSD student email account, so log in daily to check it.

    - I have attached a syllabus for you to go over. Happy 2020-2021 school year, Verdugo Academy! :)

    Mrs. Buss

    Posted on Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/NDE0MTEwOTg1Njha/p/MTI3MTg4NTE1MjE1/details

     

    August 14, 2020

    Parents, check your email for the DocuSign I sent. After you fill it out, it will be emailed to the students to sign. After that, it comes to me. Please complete it ASAP, as it MUST be done before the first day of school. Thank you!

    August 13, 2020

    Hello, Verdugo Academy families!

    I hope that this finds you well and that you're enjoying your Summer break!

    If you have withdrawn from Verdugo Academy, please email me to let me know.

    If you are returning to your home high school, please do the following immediately:

    1. Contact Sonia Antezana via email santezana@gusd.net, requesting a check out form. 
    2. Email needs to Include the following information:
    • Student Name
    • Student Date of Birth
    • Elementary and middle school students parent phone number,
    • High school students' parent or student phone number.
    • Student/Parent Email Address
    • Information of the school that they will attend next school year

           3.   Parent/Student will receive response thru an email with check out form and/or transcript or report card attachments.

     

    If you are returning to Verdugo Academy - congratulations, that means you had full attendance and completed your courses last semester! - please read the following:

    As you may already know, GUSD is set to start a new school year on August 19th. All returning Verdugo Academy students are required to fill out paperwork each year in order to be enrolled. I will be emailing your contract (to one parent and the student) and other documents via DocuSign. These documents will go to a arent, then the student, then back to me. Everything must be dated prior to 8/19/20. 

    June 12, 2020

    Check your email today for information about summer school! You will need to access your student portal for information about your class. If you don't know how to log into your portal, click here for help. If you forgot your password, click here.

    June 8, 2020

    You made it to the end of the school year - congratulations! I'm so proud of our graduating seniors. Here are photos from today's graduation event. What a semester, huh?!

    I'd like you to reflect on your effort this year. Did you study at least 20 hours each week? Did you set a schedule? Did you stick to it? Did you seek help when you needed it? Did you turn in your work on time? Did you successfully study independently?

    I want you to succeed, and I'm here to support that. Remember: The most important element in your success is you. I want all of you to be solidly prepared for college or whatever career you choose after you graduate. 

    I am thrilled to have all of you as my students!

    June 8, 2020

    DAILY HIGH SCHOOL & VERDUGO ACADEMY
    DRIVE-THROUGH GRADUATION DETAILS

    Dear Daily High School and Verdugo Academy Students and Families,
         Our DRIVE-THROUGH GRADUATION will be taking place on Wednesday,
    June 10th starting at 9:00 AM and ending at 11:00 AM.
    The parade route will begin on Jackson Street near the entrance of the GUSD parking
    lot. Cars will ENTER the GUSD parking lot from Jackson Street and turn left
    (going through the balloon arch). After passing through the balloon arch, students
    will pull up to the first table and return all GUSD equipment (Chromebooks) and
    textbooks. They will then proceed down the parking lot to the next table where they
    will receive their diploma from the Principal, Dr. Root, before making
    their EXIT from the parking lot on Kenwood Street.
         Please note the following based on the guidelines from the Los Angeles County
    Department of Public Health:
    · Only one car per family
    · Stay in your car for the duration of the parade
    · Wear a mask while car windows are down and when approached by a staff
    member
    · School facilities will be closed
         Student’s graduation packets will be placed in the trunk or passed to you through the
    window.
         Thank you once again for all of your support throughout this school year. We have
    loved having your child at Allan F. Daily High School or Verdugo Academy. We
    wish you and your graduating student much success. We look forward to celebrating
    with you on June 10th.

    June 4, 2020

    If you are leaving Verdugo Academy:

    1. Contact Sonia Antezana via email santezana@gusd.net, requesting a check out form and transcript after June 24th
    2. Email needs to Include the following information:
    • Student Name
    • Student Date of Birth
    • Elementary and middle school students parent phone number,
    • High school students' parent or student phone number.
    • Student/Parent Email Address
    • Information of the school that they will attend next school year

           3.   Parent/Student will receive response thru an email with check out form and/or transcript or report card attachments.

    June 3, 2020

    SEND IN YOUR WORK!

    May 29, 2020

    I wish you all had been this motivated all semester! I've been getting lots of work turned in; be patient as I grade it and send your credit slips in.

    May 28, 2020

    A student mentioned needing to scan work. If you don't have a scanner:
    iPhone users, use Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210336
    Android users, CamScanner is good. https://mashtips.com/android-scanner-apps/

    May 27, 2020

    Send in your work, everyone!

    May 26, 2020

    It's week 10 of the Coronavirus shutdown! Check in here: Week 10 Check In

    May 22, 2020

    FREE CTE Classes this summer!

    Limited Space
    Free
    5 credits
    Intro to Careers in Criminal Justice
    Intro to Manufacturing Careers
    Intro to careers in Info, Communication, Tech
    Intro to Health Care careers

    High School Graduation Credits for Career prep or elective. Not A-G.
    Deadline MAY 29.

    Click here if you're interested.

    May 21, 2020

    A gentle but firm reminder to most of you: SEND IN YOUR WORK. If you're in an Apex class, LOG IN. Remember: 20 hours per week AT LEAST!

    May 20, 2020

    So many of you have told me that your sleep has been affected by the pandemic. Has it affected your dreams? For extra credit, read this article: Infecting our dreams: Pandemic sabotages sleep worldwide, take the quiz, and send me an email with your reflection on this article. Let me know if and how the pandemic has affected your sleep/dreams.

    May 19, 2020

    Interested in taking dual-enrollment classes over the summer at Glendale Community College? Check this out: 

    Hello Students,

    We still have some space in the following summer classes: www.glendale.edu/DualClasses. If you are interested, sign up now www.glendale.edu/dual

    Apply Online

    APPLY TO GCC NOW

    You will receive an ID number in 2 hours. If you do not receive your ID number, please email dual@glendale.edu

    Submit Required Paperwork

    High School Student DIGITAL FORM

    SUMMER 2020 ENROLLMENT: Note that Admissions will begin processing applications on May 11, 2020. 

    High School Student Digital Forms will be processed in the order they are received. DocuSign will automatically send your paperwork to GCC Admissions after your counselor approves. To check if you have been enrolled, log on to MyGCC www.glendale.edu/mygcc and you can view your enrollment information. We have a surge in enrollment and are trying to enroll everyone as quickly as possible. Please give us 48-72 hours to process your application. 

    Are you a high school student? Want to take a college class? Already enrolled in a college class? Join us in iDual Hub to meet with Martha Cuevas, dual enrollment counselor. Learn about how to enroll, student support services and how to be successful in a college class!
    May 20, 2020 02:30 PM
    May 27, 2020 02:30 PM
    Jun 3, 2020 02:30 PM

    iDual Hub (ZOOM)

    Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95656314296

    Questions? Need support? 

    Virtual GCC Welcome Center

    M-F: 10am-12pm & 1-3pm

    https://zoom.us/j/95759338991

     

    May 18, 2020

    It's week 9 - Yes, 9!! - of the Coronavirus shutdown. Check-in time! Week 9 Check-In

     

    May 15, 2020

    Where will you attend college? What are the requirements? Check this event out:

    Virtual College Information Panel May 20

    Join a virtual conversation with panel experts from California State, University of California, USC and other private colleges, Glendale Community College, and Glendale Unified School District to learn more about admission requirements and special programs offered at colleges and universities across our state. Hosted by the Glendale Unified Career & Technical Education department.

    Virtual College Information Panel

    Wednesday, May 20, at 3:00 p.m.

    Watch LIVE at www.gusd.net/collegepanel or www.Facebook.com/GlendaleUSD

    View Event Flyer

    Do you have questions for the panel? Submit them to Dr. Narineh Makijan, nmakijan@gusd.net.

    May 14, 2020

    Seniors: Lebron James, Barack Obama, and many other celebrities will be hosting a graduation event on all of the major TV stations, YouTube, and many others. Check your local listings, but many channels are broadcasting at 8 pm and replaying online at 9 pm. The event will take place this Saturday, May 16th!
    2020 Graduation on YouTube

    May 13, 2020

    In this week's check in, I asked students to tell me something they're looking forward to. Their responses:

    - my pomegranate tree growing more fruit
    - Places to start opening up, hanging out with friends, and just not having to worry about coronavirus.
    - im looking forward to my boyfriends birthday 
    - a “normal” summer or to go back to regular high school and actually enjoy it
    - Lock down being over so i can go to the pool
    - my new show coming out
    - Going back to the movies and dinner
    - anything good to happen i just want one good thing to happen
    - Turning 18!
    - Going outside again and seeing my friends and family
    - Summer
    - my future career
    - Going to the beach 
    - Finishing my classes
     
    If you haven't checked in yet, please do: Week 8.

    May 12, 2020

    Students, please let me know if you plan to attend Verdugo Academy in the fall. If so, you MUST show that you're successful at studying independently. That means: Study, learn, communicate with me regularly, and complete your classes. Remember: "The program works best for students who are self-motivated, are avid readers, and who work well independently."

    May 11, 2020 

    Welcome to week... (checks calendar)... *8* of the Coronavirus shutdown! Students, check in here: Week 8

    May 8, 2020

    GUSD has support groups for students and families. Click one these links for more info: studentsparents and caregivershigh school LGBTQ+ students

    Please see this newsletter for mental health support, especially during COVID-19: https://www.gusd.net/cms/lib/CA01000648/Centricity/Domain/4390/MentalHealthNewsletter.2020-04V3.pdf

    GUSD has videos on YouTube to help you deal with current issues, meditating, staying active, etc: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvS6enYb9IsgRRiIoJGUIHzyAFE6D5SSW

    May 7, 2020

    2020 Graduates: Please contact Judy Hlavaty (jhlavaty@gusd.net) with this information ASAP: height, weight, and personal cell phone number.

    From Ms. Hlavaty: The cap, gown and tassel are $20.00 per set  --  cash only.  When they come in, students will get a call with details regarding picking them up.  Ordering the cap and gowns no is not a firm commitment to purchase; it just keeps their options open until they come in and the students receive the second call.
     

    May 6, 2020

    Please check your email daily. If you lost the password, go here: GUSD Lost Password.

    May 5, 2020

    If you need a Chromebook or are having problems with a Chromebook you got from GUSD:

    Visit our technology help desk in the Glendale Unified district office lobby at 223 N. Jackson Street, Glendale, CA, 91206 to check out or replace your Chromebook. The help desk is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

    Please see this page if you have other questions about Chromebooks: https://www.gusd.net/domain/4404.

    May 4, 2020

    Welcome to week... (checks calendar)... *7* of the Coronavirus shutdown! Students, check in here: https://forms.gle/SCjnY1ENHMNQvUgv9

    May 1, 2020

    If you don't have a printer, it's a challenge to do the APEX practice/journal/lab pages. Here's a tutorial about how to turn them into Google docs: 

     
    If you've finished a novel, take the Renaissance test to fulfill your English requirement. For a link, look on my English Help page.
     

    April 30, 2020

    History students: Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaching US History on May 1 at 9 am (PST): Independent Studies. If you watch it, let me know!

    From the YouTube description: This special edition of AP U.S. History class will cover topics on analyzing evidence, using source material, and providing historical context with special guest, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning musicals, Hamilton and In the Heights. 

    APUSH studnets, you might also be interested in Ken Burns in the Classroom. From teacher Ken Olson: PBS’s new site “Ken Burns in the Classroom” is a fantastic repository for film clips, documents, images, and even lesson plans. For the APUSH exam, I would suggest starting with “The Roosevelts.” This wide ranging documentary covers key concepts in nearly 100 years of American History. Topics like Imperialism, Progressivism and Reform Movements, and changes in Presidential Power are central themes in the collection. My personal favorite is the “Powers of the Presidency” media gallery. It tackles foreign and domestic policy, Progressive and New Deal Era reforms, and the increased power of the President in a coherent and seamless manner.

    April 29, 2020

    Have you seen my teaching assistant? She made an appearance on today's video meetings. Here she is: Mrs. Buss' teaching assistant.

    April 28, 2020

    If we have an online appointment, please set your alarm so you don't miss it. Thanks! :)

    Please scan your work and send it to me on your meeting day. If you don't have a scanner:
    iPhone users, use Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210336
    Android users, CamScanner is good. https://mashtips.com/android-scanner-apps/      

    April 27, 2020

    Welcome to Week 6 of the Coronavirus shutdown! Students, please fill out the Week 6 Check-In.

    Regarding grading during the Covid-19 shutdown: "School work is not optional." (From the link: FAQ on Grading During Remote Learning.) 

    Remember, every student at Verdugo Academy is on a different path. Nobody starts and completes classes at the same time as any other student. We issue grades and credits when students complete a class, not at the end of the semester. So, you are expected to continue with your coursework to earn credits. Attendance is credited the same way as usual: By turning in coursework and completing classes. 

    Scroll down to see my post on March 23rd. You'll see: "WE ARE PREPARED! Each student already has the syllabi needed to complete their classes."

    April 23, 2020

    Students have asked me, do I have to keep working? Yes. If you'd like credits for the work you've done, you have to finish the class. Dr. Root called students last night with this message:

    This is Dr. Root with a few updates and reminders. First of all I want to thank all of the students and their parents who are working hard trying to complete their assignments online, I know it is not easy. I also want to remind parents that you can check on your student's attendance and class progress in the parent portal or by emailing their teachers. Students must complete assignments to earn credit.
    This Friday is a non- school day for students and teachers to commemorate the Armenian genocide, students will not be expected to engage with their teachers but if you are behind you can take advantage of the extra time to get caught up.
    Graduation this year will be delayed until sometime in the fall at the earliest, but we are putting together an end of the year video to celebrate our 2020 graduates that we will share with everyone. If you are a 2020 graduate please try to participate when called upon.
    Thank you and have a good evening. 

    April 22, 2020

    On our weekly check-in (See April 20, below), I asked students: Being at home all. the. time is fairly boring, you've told me. It's not all bad though, right? Tell me something good that's happened because of the Coronavirus shutdown. Their answers:

    The best thing that has happened during this lockdown is how the environment has had time to heal. The air is much cleaner and enjoyable!
     
    ive been able to help my mom out with things
     
    I’m focusing more so on my health because i have more time to my self at home. I’ve started working out and watching what i eat.
     
    I’ve gotten to hang out with my friends more. 
     
    Ive learned how to bake good treats. 
     
    I can play 24/7 with all my friends and don't have to worry about anything. 
     
    I started playing Words With Friends 
     
    Lots of self reflection and growth 
     
    i keep sleeping
     
     

    April 21, 2020

    Three students completed a class today - CONGRATULATIONS!

    April 20, 2020

    Welcome to Week 5 of the Coronavirus shutdown! Students, please fill out this weekly check-in.

    Several students and I had Whereby meetings today - it was so nice to see everyone! One student mentioned that he finished reading a novel and was ready for the Renaissance Test. To do so, log into your Clever account using your student GUSD email and password. The district and I have both posted a link to Renaissance Learning. Just click on the link, then search for your book to take the test.

    April 17, 2020

    I met with several students online today. My two assistants were ready to say hello - I posted their picture here. It is so enjoyable to catch up with students and say hello to their families!

    It's Friday, which means tomorrow is the weekend. One of my students noted, "Saturday now doesn’t really feel like a Saturday it feels just the same as a Monday." I completely understand! For this reason, I suggest making a schedule to do schoolwork M-F, then take the weekend off. It gives meaning to weekends again.

    April 16, 2020

    Students, would you like to be a part of history?! Be a part of StoryCorps Connect! From their website:

    WHAT IS STORYCORPS CONNECT?

    Developed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, StoryCorps Connect is a first-of-its kind platform that enables you to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview goes into our archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Your interview becomes part of American history, and hundreds of years from now, future generations will listen in. We think of StoryCorps as an ever-growing archive of the wisdom of humanity.

    ----------

    If you would like to participate, let me know! I will include this interview as extra credit for history, English, government, or economics.

    April 15, 2020

    Parents, there is a Facebook Live event on April 22 at 5:00 about teens and stress. Please see this flyer for more information: WHAT, ME WORRY? WHAT’S STRESSING YOUR TEEN AND WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

    April 14, 2020

    Remember that you're supposed to be studying at least 20 hours per week. This was the requirement before the shutdown, and it's still the requirement. Make sure to email your work to me. The best way to do so is via Google docs.

    April 13, 2020

    Welcome to Week 4 of the Coronavirus shutdown! Students, your week 4 assignments (in addition to your courses that you're already studying):

    1) Read this article on NewsELA: https://newsela.com/assignment/2001782520

    2) Head over to our Google Classroom to complete this assignment: Animal Crossing... Wedding?

     

    April 10, 2020

    Students, I've been posting extra credit opportunities on NewsELA. Go straight to NewELA to check it out, or visit our Google Classroom

     

    April 9, 2020

    How are you doing PE right now?! It's not easy, since we're supposed to stay home. Check out my Google Classroom post to discuss this topic: PE during the Coronavirus shutdown

    April 8, 2020

    We had some telemeetings this week. What fun! I've missed seeing everyone. Here's a picture of me in my home classroom: Mrs. Buss working at home.

    April 7, 2020

    One of the questions on our weekly check-in (see the April 6, 2020 entry below) is: Read the NewsELA article For high school seniors, coronavirus brings a sad ending and unexpected lessons. What will you remember about the COVID-19 shutdown? The responses so far:

    "I will remember how everything happened so fast. My friends staying home, the stock market crashing, and so much more. It is just really crazy that we are living history right now."
    "How it completely changed the way our government worked, and proved that work can be self sufficient from home."
    "I will remember that without taking care of our health, it will not end will. I will also remember all the great time I will have with my family by staying at home."
    "I will hopefully remember everything that is happening. Especially the exponential growth of this virus day by day and that we had to cancel all schools to go into quarantine and learn online/facetime."
    "Everyone staying at home"
    "I'll remember that it was a tough time for the world, but there were positive aspects to it as well."
    "I'll remember how life was like during a pandemic and a virus going on. And how we dealt with it."
    "That it is very dangerous for the elderly"
    "How we are all stuck in quarantine."
    "I will remember waking up almost everyday to CNN and seeing the cases and death toll increase each day."
    "I will remember to always cherish my time and memories. It is crazy what can happen in a short amount of time."
     

    April 6, 2020

    Welcome to Week 3 of the Coronavirus shutdown! Students, your week 3 assignments (in addition to your courses that you're already studying):

    1) Read this article on NewsELA: Bittersweet end to senior year. Take the quiz.

    2) Fill out our weekly check-in: Week 3 Check-In

     

    April 3, 2020

    Verdugo Academy students are independent learners - they're already good at remote learning! Students were assigned an article on Newsela ("Tips for Students Who are New to Virtual Learning") about working from home. I then asked them for suggestions for students who are new at remote learning so those kids can be successful, too. Here are some of the resposes: 

    “Always stay engaged. Being at home means a lot more distractions, but during learning time you need to focus and understand the information you are receiving.”

    “A couple tips for students that are new to virtual learning are schedule your work time, study, and stay positive.”

    “Always be attentive.  When you’re sitting in front of the laptop, it can be really easy to get bored and go on your phone! When on your phone you are focused on it, so you’re not listening or looking at what the teacher is saying or writing. It’s very important to be attentive especially during this time so you can be successful.”

    “I would advise someone to make a schedule for their daily academic routine. It can help to write it down so it can be seen easily. It is also useful to keep track of their progress, so they don't worry about not knowing how much more work they need to do. For me, I write the percentage of completion for my courses on a board and update it daily.”

    "Do not white knuckle your way through all the work because you will burn yourself out, then find yourself sitting in front of a screen doing nothing."

    "Make sure you are keeping up with the work, getting behind can seriously mess up your scheduling."

    "Make a plan and stick with it. It's hard in the beginning but it will get easier as you go along."

    "Check your emails every day."

    April 2, 2020

    Every single day brings changes, and today is no different! You may have heard that school will remain online for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. For the most accurate information, make sure to check out https://www.gusd.net/. If you're on social media, follow these accounts for up-to-date info: 

    Our class Twitter: twitter.com/IndepStudies

    GUSD: twitter.com/GlendaleUSD

    Superintendent Ekchian: twitter.com/VivianEkchian

     

    April 1, 2020

    Good morning! Only 2 students have completed the week 2 assignemnts... now is a good time to get that done!

    1) Read this article on NewsELA: https://newsela.com/assignment/2001535794. There is an assignment attached to the article.

    2) Fill out our weekly check-in: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCssChc7x7DzqnXykvfLqwMBY1xmSC5aWfFkwhkesNZ3SD-A/viewform?usp=sf_link

     

     

    March 31, 2020 

    Several of you seem to be having trouble logging into our Google classroom. 

    1) You must be logged into your GUSD account. 

    2) You can use this link: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/NDE0MTEwOTg1Njha 

    3) If that doesn't work, you can click on the waffle on the top right hand of your GUSD email account and look for Google Classroom. Our classroom code is 5fjc3i3. 

    4) I sent an email inviation to everyone's GUSD email. 

     

    March 30, 2020

    Welcome to Week 2 of the Coronavirus shutdown! Students, your week 2 assignments (in addition to your courses that you're already studying):

    1) Read this article on NewsELA: https://newsela.com/assignment/2001535794. There is an assignment attached to the article.

    2) Fill out our weekly check-in: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCssChc7x7DzqnXykvfLqwMBY1xmSC5aWfFkwhkesNZ3SD-A/viewform?usp=sf_link

     

    March 27, 2020

    Someone asked an excellent question yesterday. They don't have a printer or scanner, so they asked how they can turn in their Apex work. My response: Write the answers on a piece of notebook paper by hand, and take a photo with a cell phone. You'll keep hard copies of your work until a future date.

    March 26, 2020

    Hello Verdugo Academy Families! 

    I hope you're all well. I've received work from several students this week and I'm working on getting assessments online. Please log into your GUSD email account to communicate with me; this is required to take quizzes/tests.

    Let's talk about online resources. For math, chemistry, etc., some concepts can be confusing! Don't be afraid to search for Khan Academy videos. For example, here's an introduction to the quadratic equation: Khan Academy: Introduction to Quadratic Equations. Please share helpful videos in our Google classroom! What other resources do you find helpful?

    Talk to you soon!

    Mrs. Buss

     

    March 25, 2020

    I heard from several of you today via email and Remind, and I saw several of you reading the Coronavirus article on NewsELA. I'm so proud of you for being so flexible! I tell everyone I know, my students are motivated and driven to succeed. 

     

    March 24, 2020

    Hi All!

    I've heard from most of you by now. There's some confusion about what's going on, but that's ok - everyone's a little bit lost. We will transition into this slowly. For now, please check in here: Mrs. Buss' Class Week 1 Check-In (March 23-27). Also, see the links below to join our Google classroom and NewsELA class.

     Stay healthy and STAY HOME!

     Mrs. Buss

     

    March 23, 2020

    Verdugo Families,

    Please check GUSD.net for the latest information on the COVID-19 closure. We are suspending our in-person meetings until at least May 5th. I sent an email this afternoon with details about how we'll move forward. That said, WE ARE PREPARED! Each student already has the syllabi needed to complete their classes. You are expected to email your work on your meeting day. 

    To keep in contact:

    Join my Google Classroom.

    If you're on Twitter, follow our class account here: https://twitter.com/IndepStudies

    Join our NewsELA classroom: Mrs. Buss on NewsELA.

    Add Remind.

     

    I'll talk to you soon!

     

    Mrs. Buss

    Mrs. Buss

    High School Teacher