September 2023 Updates

This article was last modified on September 12th, 2023.

From the Desk of Dr. Esposito

Dear ICA Families,

Together with our teachers, and staff, I want to welcome our students and school community back to Independence Charter Academy.  I hope all of our families had a fun summer where great experiences were had and lasting memories made.  ICA is ready
to welcome our students back to engage in meaningful learning experiences and continue to move toward reaching our goal of becoming a high school graduate.
Our enthusiastic and committed teachers have been working during the summer in planning sessions, attending professional development, and getting classes ready.
I am confident that together we will have a productive and enriching 2023 – 2024 school year!

It is evident to us that the culture of the school is centered around our students’
well-being and we value that.  Our work will continue to focus on the development
of Professional Development opportunities for our teachers, strengthening of our structure, and ensuring that all of our students learn our essential standards.  Certainly, a safe and supportive school environment, as well as providing social-emotional support, is at the core of our work.

Our school will be stronger with the support of its community.  We invite you to take advantage of the opportunities to support our students’ learning and experiences.
I look forward to meeting you and working with you this academic year.

Please contact our office if you have any questions or need additional information.

Dr. Esposito

Key Upcoming Dates:

Middle School Baseball & Softball Tryouts – September
(email zjennings@helendalesd.com) for info
Night of the Stars – September TBD
Report Cards – 10/5/23
Parent Teacher Conferences – 10/16/23-10/18/23


“Our goal is to develop our students, to earn what we get, to learn, to develop unselfish attitudes. If we achieve that, the result is that we’ll win.” – Marv Levy


Grades TK-5


Grade 6


Edmentum – ENG, HIS; SCI. MATH, SPAN

Pathful – Career Readiness

Grades 7 & 8


Edmentum – ENG, HIS; SCI. SPAN


Pathful – Career Readiness

Grades 9-12


Edmentum – Some electives

UC SCOUT – ALL Core Classes

Pathful – Career Readiness

Daily ICA Student Checklist

Please take the student survey – this is part of your Advisory Grade!  Your access code to take the survey is you STUDENT ID #


Remember 1st semester classes close on DECEMBER 17, 2023​​​​​​

Monday Log into each of your classes and complete an activity in your class portals.
Tuesday Log into each of your classes and complete an activity in your class portals.
Wednesday Log into each of your classes and complete an activity in your class portals.
Thursday Log into each of your classes and complete an activity in your class portals.
Friday Fill out PE log for the week, complete one activity in your Exact Path Learning Path (ELA/READING/ELA).​​​​​​​
Daily Check your Helendale email account
Check your Edmentum messages


DO NOT SKIP TUTORIALS or your instructors will fail you for that lesson.

DO NOT SKIP Unit Activities they are worth 10% of your final grade. Try your best and talk to your teacher if you need help.

Be sure to check and see if your ICONS are Green. If they are in RED you are behind and are in danger of failing the class and will not be able to compete in activities.

Directions for Student Enrollment in UC SCOUT

(click here for directions with images)

Use Chrome or Firefox, (instead of Safari or Internet Explorer) as an internet browser.

Student, create an account with your information. DO NOT create an account with your guardian’s information!

  1. If you already have a UC Scout account, click here to log in

  2. If you do not have a UC Scout account, click here to create one

  3. Save your login ID, password, secret question and answer in a safe location. You will need this to log in and if needed, reset your password.

  4. Select the “Enrollment” tab then “Invitation Code”

  5. Copy and paste the invitation code provided by your school and click “Look Up”

  6. Click “Register Me” and follow the checkout steps

  7. Once you register, it will take one hour before you can access the online classroom. If you attempt to log in before one hour, your attempt will be denied.

Student below is a link for some Canvas pointers – it is a quick guide to Canvas, it can help you if you are enrolled in a UC Scout course


Mr. Rodriguez’ Stuff: Tech Information You Need To Know

Mr. Rodriguez is our new Director of Technology and is always eager to assist you at any time. The Tech hotline is open from 7am-4pm daily, but you can leave messages after hours and Mr. Rodriguez will get back to you on the next school day.

Tech Help Line: 760-490-9823
7:00am – 4:00pm | Mon – Fri

Helpful Links:

Facebook-  https://www.facebook.com/ICAcademy1
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/p/CZHvRO6pwUh/
Edmentum – https://www.edmentum.com/product-login
Aeries – https://helendalesd.aeries.net/
Clever – Clever.com

Mrs. Ratajesak’s Zoom Meeting Link – Math Help Click Here


Follow the instruction below to download – parents and staff can also download this app as well!

Scan the QR Code using phone camera
Click on the QR code for the iOS instruction video
Click the one-spot picture for Chromebook directions.

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