Mrs. Buss

Phone: 818-548-0740 Ext#2


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Mrs. Buss

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/AR
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 To download the flyer, click here:
Please feel free to email us at 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:

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, 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).

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


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:

- 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:


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, 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. 


To keep in contact:

Join my Google Classroom.

If you're on Twitter, follow our class account here:

Join our NewsELA classroom: Mrs. Buss on NewsELA.

Add Remind.


Thank you for your patience!

Mrs. Buss



Please read and and adhere to the guidelines in this document: Avoiding Plagiarism.

Students, please submit your papers through this link: Turn It In


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