October 2022 Updates & ASB News

This article was last modified on October 3rd, 2022.

From the Desk of Dr. Esposito

The school year is certainly moving fast as we are already in the month of October.  We hope all our families are going well and your children reach their academic goals here at Independence Charter Academy.  We have a busy month ahead of us for our first quarter grading period will close on Friday, October 7th.  Our teachers will be contacting our students and parents to set up parent-teacher conference meetings so they can hand out report cards and talk about student progress.  We will not send report cards home via US mail, we will be handing them out at our parent-teacher conferences.

Also, our Fall Break will be October 10-October 14, 2022.

Here is the best way for students to earn exceptional grades at ICA:

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 ICA Student Checklist

CHECK your Helendale email daily,

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.

Virtual field trip


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.

Key Upcoming Dates

Grading Period 1 Ends October 7, 2022
Fall Break October 10-October 14, 2022
Veterans Day Holiday November 11, 2022, NO SCHOOL
Thanksgiving Holiday November 24- November 25, 2022
First Semester Finals Week December 12-December 15, 2022
Semester I ends Thursday, December 15, 2022
Graduation Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Have a great October!
Dr. Esposito

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“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


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Congratulations to Mrs. Lagergren!

Mrs. Lagergren has been nominated for the LA Clippers Educator of the Month!

Tech Information

Tech line hours 8:30-2:30
Monday to Friday

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

Tutoring Schedules By Subject


ASB News


We are pleased to introduce our 2022-2023 ASB Officers!

Kinsley Esposito – President
Ila Santos – Vice President
Kane Esposito – Secretary
Tatianna Perez – Spirit Rep

Homecoming 22-23

ACE is holding a Homecoming Dance on October 8th. ICA students in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend. Tickets are being sold for $30 at ACE during their lunchtime only (Monday-Thursday 11:44-12:14; Friday 10:57-11:27).

Haunted House

Come and join this Spooktacular Event! ACE will be turning their gym into a Haunted House on Saturday, October 29th from 6:00-10:00pm.

Spirit Day

Please participate in our first Spirit Day of the school year by emailing a picture of yourself dressed in a school-appropriate costume on October 31st to mgjerde@helendalesd.com

If you are interested in joining ASB this year, please email mgjerde@helendalesd.com. 

-Ms. Gjerde (ASB Director)


This month, send in your festive Fall photos! Please email your Halloween or Fall season photos to Mrs. Saifi to be included in the Holiday yearbook pages.

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

Crist Counselor Corner

We are nearing the end of the 1st quarter which of course means parents will be receiving quarter progress reports(via report cards). The quarter grades do not go on a student’s transcript but update parents, the amount of work your student has completed as well as the grade they have earned in each class halfway through the semester.

The semester grade or the one you will receive shortly following Winter break will be entered into a student’s transcript. The transcript shows the progress a student is making toward graduation. Generally speaking, each student should have completed the following amount of credits to be on track to graduate by the end of their senior (12th grade) year.

By the end of 9th grade, a student should have earned a minimum of 60 credits.

By the end of 10th grade, a student should have earned a minimum of 120 credits.

By the end of 11th grade, a student should have earned a minimum of 180 credits.

By the end of 12th grade, a student will need to have earned 220 credits to graduate.

Therefore by the end of the 1st quarter, a student should have completed 50% or half of each class they are assigned.

When you review their Edmentum progress at this time you will view progress which looks like this; the course grade also shows progress at this point. For instance, in this example

The current grade reflects the grade average on the work which has been submitted thus far. 10/37 (27%) indicates the amount of work completed thus far:

2022-23 Algebra I

2022-23 ALGEBRA I

Last accessed: 9/19/2022, 12:25pm


87.69% (B)


35.36% (F)

10/37 (27%)




If you have questions or concerns about anything simply contact me at bcrist@helendalesd.com and I will be more than happy to assist you.

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