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Mrs. Buss

** If you are new to my class:

1) Please watch this video:
4) Check the Classwork page on Google Classroom for current assignments.
5) Log into Clever for a link to Edgenuity.
6) Begin completing your assignments on Edgenuity. **
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Check out the latest GUSD news and information:
April 25, 2022

If you plan to attend Verdugo Academy next year but haven't filled out the commitment form yet, you need to do so right away. Otherwise, you will be enrolled at your previous school for 2022-2023.

This is the email that was sent to families:

Greetings Independent Study Families,

You are receiving this email because your student is scheduled to return to their home school site for in-person learning in the 2022-23 school year. Your place was saved over this past year and your student will be placed in a class or classes (depending on the grade level) at the home school. You should be hearing from the school soon if you haven't already. 
If you are still interested in participating in IS for the next school year please complete this form as soon as possible to reserve your spot/space in independent study.

December 6, 2021

Announcement regarding placement in Independent Study for spring 2022:

December 2, 2021

Parents, please read this message on Google Classroom about placement for spring semester:

Students must have above 70% in all classes to continue in Independent Study. Please check the weekly email from Edgenuity to see how your child is doing with their lessons. You can also check Google Classroom to see their weekly lesson plan and assignments.

November 18, 2021

For the latest news from GUSD, click here for the most recent newsletter:

October 27, 2021

Parents often ask how they can help with online learning. Here's some advice from Edgenuity, the platform we use in Independent Study:

October 14, 2021

Dear Independent Study parents,

Every year parents are asked to verify their income either on paper or online. This information is very important to our school since the funding from the government is dependent on this information. At this time, we have over 75% of our parents that have not completed this survey. Your information is confidential and will only be shared with our director of food services. 

 Why is this information so important?

 Funding from the government is determined by how many parents are low-income. The federal and state governments provide extra money to schools with students from lower-income families.

 What is the funding used for?

 Chromebooks and other technology

  • Classroom materials

  • Tutoring

  • Intervention classes

  • And much more.

To complete this survey you need to log into the Parent Portal at If you need assistance, please contact the office a Daily High School: 818-247-4805 and someone will walk you through the process. 

 Please complete the survey by Monday, October 18th. If you do not, we will be reaching out directly to you to assist.

Thank you for your assistance,

Dr. Christin Molano


October 14, 2021

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October 7, 2021

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September 30, 2021

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September 16, 2021

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September 14, 2021

If you haven't had a meeting with me yet, you need to schedule one ASAP! Click here to see what days/times are available: Schedule a Meeting With Mrs. Buss

August 23, 2021

Wow! Homeroom was GREAT this morning! It was so nice to see your faces! We'll see you again tomorrow at 8:30.

In today's homeroom meeting we talked about how to succeed in Independent Study. Some of our former students gave some advice, which was "don't procrastinate!" and "plan your day." They checked out this advice, too: Tips for Success in Independent Study.

If you'd like to see the Google Slides presentation from Orientation, here you go: Middle School Orientation

If you need help with passwords:

August 19, 2021

Yesterday's orientation meeting was fantastic! I know that was a LOT of information. All of the teachers in Independent Study will work with you to ensure you are successful, so please don't worry if you're not entirely sure about everything. There are a lot of changes, and even the students who were here last year will be adjusting to the program.

If you're enrolled in my class, you need to add yourself to my Google Classroom: (Class code: dks2wln). We will use this classroom for our one-on-one meetings.

All middle school students will need to join the homeroom classroom as well: (Class code: gylbv37). We will use this classroom for our homeroom meetings, Monday-Thursday from 8:30-9:00.

August 17, 2021

Teachers are adding students to Google Classrooms today, and will try to email parents and students this afternoon. Our Middle School orientation meeting via Zoom is at 1:00 on Wednesday, August 18. The link was emailed already, and is posted in the Google Classroom. 

August 16, 2021

Hello students and families!

We don't have our student rosters just yet, so your teacher likely hasn't contacted you just yet. Please be patient with us. We WILL get ahold of you as soon as possible. In the meantime, parents are encouraged to update your information in Parent Portal. From the GUSD website: Instructions on Returning Student Registration (Updating Contact, Emergency Contact Info, Electronic signing of District Forms) can be found by going to this link: Annual Student Information Update Help Guide Link

If you're looking for information about Independent Study, please click here:

If Independent Study students would like to pick up meals, complete this google form. You must pre order the meal kits - 5 breakfasts and lunch meals.  Meal kits will be available for pick up at CVHS, GHS and HHS.  Administration will contact and confirm dates and times.  This kit is only for IS students

August 11, 2021

1) Edgenuity: We will be using Edgenuity for many courses this year. Please watch this video to get an idea of what it looks like:

2) If you signed up for Independent Study but have changed your mind, please email right away.

August 9, 2021

GUSD has emailed families with the following health and safety information: Back to School Health & Safety.

I sent this email today to families whose child is enrolled currently in my class:

Hello Verdugo Academy Families!

It’s still summer, but I wanted to send you an early email to confirm that you are enrolled at Verdugo Academy for the upcoming school year. I’m sure you have many questions about what this year will look like. I do as well, and am looking forward to discovering what the district has planned.

This week, teachers are training and not meeting with families/students, and don’t worry, I can’t assign any work early. You’re still on summer vacation until August 18, so please enjoy your time! I will be in contact with information regarding the new school year as it comes to me; I will also be updating my teacher website as new information is available. 

Again, please enjoy these last few days of vacation. You’ve earned it!


July 23, 2021

Graduation photos are available here: Daily and Verdugo Graduation 2021

June 11, 2021

Report cards were emailed to middle school students on June 10, 2021. If a student did not return books and materials by June 10, their report card was not released. You must bring them to Daily High School beginning June 14, then request your report card. Let the office know which school you will attend next year. If you have a Chromebook, return it to the district office next door to Daily High School.


Some parents and students have asked about enrichment opportunities over the summer. Here are some ideas:

Check Clever for links to Prodigy, coding lessons, typing lessons, language lesson, etc.

Check here for teen programs at the Glendale Library: Also: READ! There is no such thing as too much reading. Here's a list of books for middle school kids as recommended by other kids: https:

Check here for Glendale Arts and Culture programs:

Stay up-to-date on current events here: NewsELA

If it is safe to explore, visit some of the many interesting sites in Southern California. Here are a few ideas:


School resumes on August 18, 2021.

High school students will attend in-person orientation, which they signed up for in June, on either August 18 or 19.

Middle school students will attend an online orientation (Zoom) on August 18th at 1:00. I will email the link on August 16, as well as add you to our Google Classroom.

For all social science, we'll be using TCi. Here's a preview:


Enjoy your summer!