March 2023 Updates

This article was last modified on March 2nd, 2023.

From the Desk of Dr. Esposito

Dear ICA Families,

Welcome to the month of March!  We are about to really get to our busy time of the school year with state testing approaching.  We will begin this in early April and will be sending out emails throughout this month with times and dates.  I want to thank our teachers and staff for their remarkable job thus far.  ICA is really engaging in a lot of fun activities for the first time.  It is hard to believe that we have already participated in 7 field trips for our students.  Please pay close attention to our ICA Student checklist, this will guide you to academic success at our school.

Our graduation commencement ceremony will be in 88 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.

88 Days until Graduation!!!!

Dr. Esposito

Key Upcoming Dates:

April: State Testing
Wednesday, March 1: Virtual Field Trip – Ozzie Newsome
Thursday, March 9: Whale Watching Field Trip
Friday, March 17: Spirit Day, Wear Green
Monday-Friday, April 3-7: Spring Break
May 24, 2023: Graduation: 5/24/23
May 25, 2023: Last day of the Semester

Participate in our St. Patrick’s Spirit Day!
Wear green on Friday, March 17th, snap a pic, and send to mgjerde@helendalesd.comto be entered in a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card.

“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

Specialist Lane Kast - Independence Charter Academy Where Are They Now?

Specialist Lane Kast is a member of the United States Army and was a 2018 Graduate of Independence Charter Academy.  Lane is 94M Radar Repairer Technician stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs,  CO.  As a 94M, Lane is in charge of over $40 million worth of radar equipment for his assigned unit.  The radars Lane is in charge of are used for tracking incoming enemy artillery, drones, and any other air-born devices or equipment.  Lane is happily married to his wife Sara and they have a 5-month-old son, Levi.  Lane purchased his own home in Colorado Springs at the age of 20.  While at ICA, Lane played football for 3 years and was a nationally-ranked kicker and punter his junior and senior year.  In his spare time, Lane is an amazing self-taught electric guitar player, loves fishing, and plays dungeons and dragons.


Attention Seniors! If you have not yet had your Cap and Gown Senior Photo taken please do so as soon as possible. You can have your photo taken in the Helendale office OR you can take your own picture and email it to hsaifi@helendalesd.com.

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

Math is Everywhere
All too often math is seen as a subject that is a world of its own, isolated from the humanities and other subjects. Math is not just a class but a topic that constantly impacts our decisions. Math can help us to shop wisely, read maps, buy the right car, use the right computer font, cook a delicious meal, remodel a home within a budget, or develop the next mobile app. In reality, mathematical concepts can be found in our everyday lives–math is used everywhere!

High-paying jobs that involve math

  1. Mathematics teacher National average salary: $48,840 per year
  2. Treasurer National average salary: $68,119 per year
  3. Purchasing manager National average salary: $72,120 per year
  4. Financial analyst National average salary: $72,139 per year
  5. Chemist National average salary: $74,486 per year
  6. Certified public accountant (CPA) National average salary: $75,304 per year
  7. Civil engineer National average salary: $87,826 per year
  8. Investment analyst National average salary: $90,700 per year
  9. Mechanical engineer National average salary: $94,487 per year
  10. Mathematician National average salary: $99,502 per year
  11. Statistician National average salary: $100,348 per year
  12. Aeronautical engineer National average salary: $101,659 per year
  13. Financial modeler National average salary: $102,064 per year
  14. Robotics engineer National average salary: $103,951 per year
  15. Economist National average salary: $108,261 per year
  16. Actuary National average salary: $115,528 per year
  17. Insurance underwriter National average salary: $125,246 per year
  18. Algorithm engineer National average salary: $133,516 per year

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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