Independent Study

Distance Learning

Sierra Sands/Independent Study Distance Learning 

Information and Resources

Welcome to the Distance Learning information and resources page developed to provide Sierra Sands parents and students with support.  We recognize that this is a challenging time for us all and we want to strengthen our partnership with you to ensure our students’ success.  This page will be updated regularly to provide the latest information available.

What is the Sierra Sands Independent Study Distance Learning model?

Students will receive instruction through the digital curriculum program High School Suite.  High School Suite (HSS) is hosted on a Learning Management System called AgilixBuzz,commonly referred to as Buzz. Students will log directly into their Buzz account to access the courses. 

What is the expectation for Independent Study student learning?  

Independent Study students are expected to self manage the time devoted to courses. A minimum of 240 minutes is required each day. All assignments have due dates and students should submit all assignments on time or risk being removed from Independent Study.  All quizzes and finals require at least a 60% passing score to continue in the course.   

Technology/Internet Support

What if I need a learning device/Chromebook?

Contact your site administrator, Jo Anne McClelland ([email protected]) to request a Chromebook.  It is best to communicate with site principals by email.

What if I need internet?

Contact Tech Support at [email protected]  to request internet support. 

What if I need help with my device or need technological support?

Email [email protected]g with questions about technology or devices. 

Canvas Platform

There is no live instruction in the Independent Study Model so there is no need to access Canvas. 

Zoom Meetings

Students are required to meet with Mrs. Cleveland one time per week to discuss progress.  This meeting will be via Zoom.   Mrs. Cleveland will schedule a recurring Zoom meeting with you.  If a student misses three meetings he/she will be in jeopardy of being released from Independent Study. 

Buzz Platform

The address for Buzz is The user name is the student’s ssusd email address.  The initial password for students new to Buzz is Dragon.  Once a student is logged on, the student should change the password.  All courses in which they are enrolled will appear at a “card” on the home page.  

What if I have a question about an assignment?

Contact Mrs. Cleveland through email. Please see the teacher contact list below.

Independent Study Contact Information

Teacher Name



Teri Cleveland

Supervising Teacher

[email protected]









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