February 2023 Updates

This article was last modified on February 1st, 2023.

From the Desk of Dr. Esposito

Dear ICA Families,

Well January was here and now gone. It FINALLY feels like winter has arrived in the high desert!  As we enter the month of February we will ask our parents, students, and staff to fill out our ICA questionnaire so we can plan for next year.  This is a critical item for us as a learning community to take part in and voice our opinions to make Independence Charter Academy even better.  So we ask that you take some time to fill out this survey, the links is below.

Parent Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23ICAparent

Student Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23ICAstudent

Our graduation commencement ceremony will be in 113 days and will be at Adelanto Stadium in Adelanto, California.  We will be meeting with all seniors monthly to ensure that they have everything completed and can graduate.

Dr. Esposito

Key Upcoming Dates:

Monday, Feb 13: Holiday, No School
Monday, Feb 20: Holiday, No School
State Testing: TBD
April 3 – April 7: Spring Break, No School
Wednesday, May 24: Graduation
Thursday, May 25: Last Day of Semester

“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

Daily ICA Student Checklist

Monday Complete one lesson/box in every subject in your Edmentum class shell
Tuesday Complete one lesson/box in every subject in your Edmentum class shell
Wednesday Complete one lesson/box in every subject in your Edmentum class shell
Thursday Complete one lesson/box in every subject in your Edmentum class shell
Friday Complete PE Log for the week and one lesson/ in your Learning Paths (ELA/READING/MATH)
Daily Check your Helendale email & your Edmentum messages. Fill out your PE Log.


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.


Check in with your Homeroom Teacher every day:

Grades TK-5 – Log into each of your classes and Learning Paths every day and check in with Mrs. Lagergren daily for your meeting times. Also, you should complete one Progress Check each week in ELA; Math; and Reading

Tech Helpline number is 760-221-7144.

Mr. Strey’s Stuff: Tech Information You Need To Know

Tech Line Hours 8:30-2:30 | Mon – Fri

Helpful Links:

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


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

Scan the QR Code for onespot APP
Click on the QR code for the iOS instruction video
Click the one-spot picture for Chromebook directions.


Tutoring Schedules By Subject

Grades TK-5 Live Tutoring Schedule:

Grades TK-5 Live Tutoring Schedule

Grades 6-12 Live Tutoring Schedule:

Grades 6-12 Live Tutoring Schedule

Where Are They Now?

Every month we will highlight a former student from ICA

Alec Esquibel - Independence Charter Academy Where Are They Now?

Alec Esquibel is the son of Eileen Pena and is a 2018 Graduate of Independence Charter Academy.  Alec completed high school with a 4.0 GPA and was the Salutatorian of his senior class.  One of Alec’s teachers described Alec and one of the most dedicated students has had the pleasure to work with in his teaching career.  Following graduation Alec enrolled at Victor Valley College and completed his Associates of Arts degree in Math and Science.  Alec also completed an additional degree in Engineering Drafting and Design.

Alec is now working full-time at the Silver LAkes Association Compliance Department.  Alec’s title is a Compliance Assistant and is in charge of organizing the database for all compliance issues in the Silver Lakes Association.  When Alec is not working he enjoys skateboarding, indoor rock climbing and project cars.  Alec’s current progress project is restoring a 1958 Nash Metropolitan.

Alec credits Independence Charter Academy for some of his keys to success/  Alec stated “being at ICA forced me to develop a strict time management system and  to be independent and stay focused on my classes, the teachers at ICA really pushed me to do my best and I believe this is why I was successful at Victor Valley College.”  In five years Alec would like to not only complete his Baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering but to begin a career as an Electrician.


Please share your holiday cheer with the ICA yearbook!

Send in your festive photos to be included in the yearbook. Photos of any winter activities or celebrations are welcome. Email to Mrs. Saifi.

Your ICA Staff is working hard to put together a yearbook for the 2022-2023 school year. If you haven’t already, please be sure to stop by the ICA office to take your yearbook picture. Seniors please submit a baby picture as well.  Email them to Hsaifi@helendalesd.com  – We would also love to include any pictures of vacations, sports, and/or extracurricular activities you would like to share. Please send your pictures to hsaifi@helendalesd.com.

-Mrs. Saifi

Math Corner

The history of mathematics deals with the origin of discoveries in mathematics and the mathematical methods and notation of the past. Before the modern age and the worldwide spread of knowledge, written examples of new mathematical developments have come to light only in a few locales. From 3000 BC the Mesopotamian states of Sumer, Akkad and Assyria, followed closely by Ancient Egypt and the Levantine state of Ebla began using arithmetic, algebra and geometry for purposes of taxation, commerce, trade and also in the patterns in nature, the field of astronomy and to record time and formulate calendars.

The earliest mathematical texts available are from Mesopotamia and Egypt – Plimpton 322 (Babylonian c. 2000 – 1900 BC),[2] the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus (Egyptian c. 1800 BC)[3] and the Moscow Mathematical Papyrus (Egyptian c. 1890 BC). All of these texts mention the so-called Pythagorean triples, so, by inference, the Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical development after basic arithmetic and geometry.

The study of mathematics as a “demonstrative discipline” began in the 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans, who coined the term “mathematics” from the ancient Greek μάθημα (mathema), meaning “subject of instruction”.[4] Greek mathematics greatly refined the methods (especially through the introduction of deductive reasoning and mathematical rigor in proofs) and expanded the subject matter of mathematics.[5] Although they made virtually no contributions to theoretical mathematics, the ancient Romans used applied mathematics in surveying, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, bookkeeping, creation of lunar and solar calendars, and even arts and crafts. Chinese mathematics made early contributions, including a place value system and the first use of negative numbers.[6][7] The Hindu–Arabic numeral system and the rules for the use of its operations, in use throughout the world today evolved over the course of the first millennium AD in India and were transmitted to the Western world via Islamic mathematics through the work of Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī.[8][9] Islamic mathematics, in turn, developed and expanded the mathematics known to these civilizations.[10] Contemporaneous with but independent of these traditions were the mathematics developed by the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America, where the concept of zero was given a standard symbol in Maya numerals.

Mrs. M. Ratajesak

Crist Counselor Corner

The second semester has now begun; students have 16 weeks or approximately 65 school days remaining to complete work in this semester! This is critical because when a student completes a course, they earn 5 credits; a student can complete up to 40 credits each semester. Students must earn a total of 220 credits to achieve graduation.

Imagine that a student is a senior planning to graduate in May of 2023, they need to have earned a minimum of 180 credits to graduate. Obviously they need to earn 40 credits this semester. A daunting task but it can be achieved. All ICA students are expected to log in to Edmentum for no less than 3 hours per day assuming they are on track to graduate taking a normal load. A normal load of credits to achieve and be able to graduate in 4 years is just less than 30 credits per semester or about 3 hours per day.

A vast majority of any job, including joining the military, requires a high school diploma as a minimum requirement.

If you have questions about the status of graduation for your student, please contact me at bcrist@helendalesd.com or call me a 760-952-1760.

The State of California recently made it mandatory for a FAFSA to be completed by each graduating senior in the state of California.

FAFSA is an acronym with the full name being Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the avenue whereby students secure financial aid for post secondary education schools. The FAFSA form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2023. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 9, 2023.


If you have questions or concerns,  simply contact me at bcrist@helendalesd.com or call me at 760-515-3933.  I will be more than happy to assist you!

JROTC Events Update

On December 3rd our Troop marched and displayed our national colors in the Silverlakes Christmas Parade. We saw many spectators that saluted our flag as the cadets marched by giving the cadets a sense of pride and connection with our community.

Thank you all for making our efforts worthy and the JROTC Troop want to thank our Veterans for their service.

On December 10th our Troop Color Guard present colors at the Bakersfield Hockey team’s  game (Bakersfield CONDORS) at the Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center in Bakersfield. It was a great experience for all of us and we thank the Bakersfield community for letting us share pride in our nation and for watching a great and exciting hockey game (the Condors won).

This year we continue to reflect on our freedoms and our way of life as we try to come closer together as people of a great and wonderful nation.

We at Helendale School District are proud of the dedication and sense of duty that our Cadets continue to demonstrate in the face of academic and social challenges.

Among the JROTC’s primary goals is to provide Leadership and Citizenship instruction and skills to our cadets in hopes of continuing to build a cohesive unit that will participate in serving our community as they grow into patriotic, positive,and productive citizens.

We know how important it is for our students to interact and develop positive social skills and a sense of community and responsibility. We strive to help our Cadets understand and appreciate the importance of a value system that incorporates good morals, belief in oneself, community, and respect for our country and each other.

JROTC counts as an elective and or CTE credits and offers students scholarships and educational opportunities.  We are looking forward to increasing our membership and getting more students involved. We are currently working on expanding our JROTC program to include other schools within the district. More information is forthcoming.

On behalf of the JROTC Cadets and ICA staff, please take care of yourselves and your families.

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