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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Online Student Center Troubleshooting

If you are having trouble getting to the online student center, you may go directly to the site by typing the appropriate address from the following list. For students and guarantors: http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/student.asp For counselors and other school officials: http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/school.asp If you have successfully gotten to the above sites, but the page does not advance when you click on the appropriate blue log-in button at the bottom of the screen, you may go directly to the log-in site you need by typing the appropriate address from the following list. For student log-in: http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/form_login.asp?type=1 For guarantor log-in: http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/form_login.asp?type=2 For counselor/school log-in: http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/form_login.asp?type=3 As previously posted, we recommend that you view the site using Internet Explorer. We hope that you are enjoying the benefits afforded to you by our Online Student Center, including secure access to your grades, help sheets for many of our courses, and links to useful Web sites, all of which are available exclusively to American School students.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
April 14 Birthday: Roberto De Vicenzo

It’s April 14, and golfer Roberto De Vicenzo turns 88 years old today. We had the Masters Tournament last weekend, but the Masters is an event our birthday honoree might want to forget. In 1968 he was tied for the lead in the Masters and might have won the green jacket had he not signed an incorrect scorecard. Because he didn’t check his scorecard, he ended up finishing second, somewhat tarnishing a career that included a British Open championship and a U.S. Senior Open championship among his 100 international victories. His Masters adventure is a good reminder to you to check your work carefully before mailing it to us. Taking an extra 5 or 10 minutes to look over your work, make sure word are spelled correctly, or double check your math calculations could result in higher grades. It’s a good habit to get into and one that will pay big divdends for you as you work toward your American School diploma.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
For Counselors: How To Download Final Exams

It’s nearing the end of the academic year and more and more counselors are needing final exams for their students. Since October 2010, the American School is no longer automatically sending final exams to schools. Instead, our final exams are available for counselors to download via our Online Counselor Office. Here are a few simple steps for counselors to follow while they attempt to download final exams for their students. 1. Go to our home page, www.americanschoolofcorr.com, and click on the Enter School link at the bottom of the page just below our school seal. 2. The next screen that comes up will be a hallway with a small black board in front of it. Click on the Counselor’s Office link in the lower right portion of this small black board. 3. The next screen is a gateway for the Online Counselor’s Office. Click on the large blue School Login button at the bottom of the page. 4. The next screen will ask you for your school code and password. At this time, there is one code and one password per school. Enter the code and password in the appropriate boxes and hit the login button. If you do not have your school code and password, please call us at 708-418-2800 and ask to speak with Jeff or Paul and we will get you a school code and password as soon as possible. 5. Once you have logged in successfully you will see a series of links. Click on the very first one, which allows you to retrieve your students’ academic records. 6. After clicking on the retrieve academic records link, you will see a list of all of your students who are taking courses with us. Click on the name of the student for whom you wish to print the final exam. That student’s entire American School academic record will appear. 7. On the student’s academic record page, any available final exam will appear in a blue link marked Final. Note that final exams are not available online until the first exam in the course has been graded. Click on the blue final exam link. 8. After you click on the blue final exam link, you will see an instructions screen. Click on the link on this instructions screen to proceed to the final exam itself. The final exam is in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Reader to view it. 9. Print the final exam, give the student the exam at a mutually convenient time. 10. Mail the exam to us for grading. There is no need to include a first page form with the final. Simply put the final exam in an envelope and mail it to 2200 East 170th Street, Lansing, IL 60438. We will do the rest. We hope this process makes final exam season smoother for you and your students!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
April 13 Birthday: Thomas Jefferson

It’s April 13, and Thomas Jefferson was born on this date in 1743. All he did was write the Declaration of Independence, serve as Secretary of State, then serve as Vice-President, then serve eight years as the third President of the United States, and finally, in his retirement from political life, began the University of Virginia. Not bad, right? If you want to learn more about Jefferson and other historical figures, take our U.S. History course. Starting with an overview of Native American settlement of the New World, this course traces the major events and trends in United States History down to the present. In the process it seeks to develop various skills involved in comprehending, analyzing and interpreting the past. In completing this subject, among other activities, students complete a series of Skill Modules designed to progressively build their skills in comprehending, evaluating and synthesizing historical documents and information. Students are also assigned to write various types of essays typically used in social studies, such as cause-and-effect and compare-and-contrast essays. These skills will be useful to you if you attend Jefferson’s own university or the college of your choice, so enroll today!
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
April 12 Birthday: David Letterman

It’s April 12, and late night host David Letterman turns 64 years old today. He’s known for his Top 10 lists, so here are the top 10 reasons why you should become an American School student. #10: We have been a leader in distance education since 1897 and since then have helped more than three million students earn their high school diplomas. #9: We are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and recognized by the State of Illinois as a non-public high school. #8: We offer more than 70 courses in traditional subjects such as English, math, science and social studies and specialty courses such as foreign language, art or the trades. #7: We offer a general high school diploma program for students who wish to enter the workforce after high school. #6: We offer a college preparatory diploma program for students who wish to attend college after high school. #5: We offer an independent study program for students who attend a brick and mortar school but who need to make up a credit in order to graduate. #4: Our staff is friendly and willing to help you whenever you need assistance. #3: As a non-profit institution, costs are kept to a minimum. You won’t find a better educational value anywhere. #2: When you enroll, you’ll have access to our Online Student Center, where you can view grades, download help sheets and get links to homework Web sites any time you want. And #1: The American School allows you to earn your high school diploma entirely at your own pace. Many of our students say this is the greatest benefit of earning their diploma with the American School, so why not see for yourself. Get started today!
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Monday, April 11, 2011
April 11 Birthday: Lew Wallace

It’s April 11, and Lew Wallace was born 184 years ago yesterday. It’s appropriate that we highlight him today because he was a general in the Civil War, which began 150 years ago this week, but Lew Wallace was more than a military man. Years after the Civil War, he was governor of New Mexico, which was at that time only a U.S. territory. Being a governor of a territory or state is a time-consuming job as it is, yet Wallace found time during his term as governor to write what would become the best-selling novel of the 19th century. That novel is Ben-Hur, which was made into a movie four times. One of those versions, the 1959 edition starring Charlton Heston, went on to win a record 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, and included one of the best movie scenes of all-time–the famous chariot race scene. So great are his accomplishments that Lew Wallace has several schools named after him, including an elementary school and a high school not too far from where the American School is located.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011
April 6 Birthday: Marilu Henner

It’s April 6, and Marilu Henner turns 59 years old today. This blog didn’t need to tell her that, though, because, in addition to being a successful television actress, she is one of a select few Americans who have hyperthymesia, sometimes called Superior Autobiographical Memory. This condition allows her to remember specific moments and details from every day of her life. Not all of us have phenomenal memories, so the American School has policies in place to help you remember the information you need to do well on your unit exams. First, all unit exams are designed to be taken open book. That means you can use your textbook, study guide and self-check tests to help you complete your unit exams. Second, our Online Student Center contains help sheets and links to homework Web sites. If you are having trouble in a course, check them out. You can call and speak with an instructor too if you need help. Remember to take advantaged of these resources we have provided to help you do your best. You’ll be glad you did!
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011
April 5 Birthday: Colin Powell

It’s April 5, and Colin Powell turns 74 years old today. He was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War of the early 1990s and was Secretary of State during President George W. Bush’s first term in office. These days, he and his wife Alma and son Michael are interested in education. They are among the forces behind America’s Promise Alliance, of which the American School is a member. Recently American School President Gary R. Masterton attended the GradNation Summit sponsored by America’s Promise Alliance. Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush were among the speakers who voiced their thoughts on the importance of students completing their high school educations and earning their diplomas. The American School always has been dedicated to helping students earn their diplomas, whether they earn our regionally-accredited diploma through our General High School or College Preparatory program or whether they use our Independent Study program to help them earn their diplomas from resident public or private high schools. We look forward to working with other America’s Promise Alliance partners to end the dropout crisis and ensure all high school students graduate.
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Monday, April 04, 2011
April 4 Birthday: Maya Angelou

It’s April 4, and author Maya Angelou turns 83 years old today. She is known for her series of autobiographies, the most famous of which is “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and for reciting one of her poems, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993. Angelou was introduced to authors like Dickens and Shakespeare at a young age but didn’t start writing until the 1950s. She has been a success ever since. Writing skills develop differently for different people, and you can start developing yours by taking our Build Your Writing Skills courses. Build Your Writing Skills 1 (Units 1-4) is the first half of a full year course intended to improve students’ ability to use written English. In pursuit of this goal, Build Your Writing Skills 1 (Units 1-4) combines the teaching of grammar witha variety of writing assignments, and exposes students to many examples of good writing, both fiction and non-fiction, by a wide variety of authors to serve as models. Build Your Writing Skills 1 (Units 5-8) is the second half and expands on the writing skills students develop in Build Your Writing Skills I (Units 1-4). It focuses on writing with coherence and unity as well as proofreading and the revision process. Like the first half of the course, it provides numerous writing assignments and exposes students to a wide variety of writing, both fiction and non-fiction, by a wide variety of authors. Enroll today, and you’ll be on the “write” track toward your high school diploma!
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
American School Announces New Referral Policy

Word of mouth is the best form of recommendation. That’s why the American School is asking our students for help in referring prospective students to us. Send us your name, student number, home address, and the names and addresses of people you think would benefit from knowing about the American School. We’ll send them information, and, if they enroll in a high school diploma program for one year or more, you will receive a credit of $50 towards payment of your tuition (or a check if your account is paid in full). It’s a win-win situation! Contact our admissions department for more information.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
March 30 Birthday: Robert Bunsen

It’s March 30, and German chemist Robert Bunsen was born 200 years ago today. In addition to being the namesake for one of the greatest Muppets ever, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Bunsen gave his name to a piece of scientific equipment still in use today–the Bunsen burner. He and his lab assistant Peter Desaga (no, Beaker was only the lab assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew) were frustrated by the existing laboratory burners, which were often clumsly and didn’t work properly. They came up with a burner that had a single open gas flame and was much easier to operate. The American School is currently working on a lab version of its chemistry course, but it’s likely students in that course won’t be required to use a Bunsen burner as part of their studies. Two other courses which include topics related to chemistry are General Science and Physical Science. General Science provides an introduction to four major areas in science—energy and matter, the living world, planet earth, and space. Students thus become acquainted with the basic ideas upon which a number of sciences are built, including physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and astronomy. Selected readings and science activities are suggested so that students may further their understanding. Those activities include using the concepts and knowledge gained in the course to explain new situations, interpreting information on maps and graphs, using the metric system of measurement, and summarizing the content of a current article on a scientific development. Physical Science, meanwhile, introduces students to the study of matter and energy. It, therefore, includes topics from both physics (such as acceleration, light, and electrical current) and chemistry (such as states of matter, chemical reactions, and nuclear decay). The emphasis in this course is on a conceptual understanding of the fundamental forces and processes at work in the world around us. Each assignment starts with a brief activity to introduce students to the topic under discussion. In completing this subject, among other activities, students use the concepts and knowledge they have learned to determine and explain what happens in new situations. In addition, a DVD which helps guide students through each chapter through the use of interactive tutorials and videos of lectures and demonstrations is included in the course materials. We are excited to offer a variety of science courses that would make Robert Bunsen proud, so enroll in one of them today!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
March 29 Birthday: Vincent Van Gogh

It’s March 29, and painter Vincent Van Gogh was born 158 years ago tomorrow. If the only thing you know about Van Gogh is that he cut off his own ear, then you’re missing out on his accomplishments as a portrait and landscape artist. Yes, he painted a self-portrait just after he cut off his ear (his head is bandaged in that work), but he completed many other self-portraits, 37 of them between 1886 and 1889 alone to be exact. Cypresses, orchards, fields and flowers were other popular subjects, though perhaps his most famous painting is The Starry Night, which he completed in 1889 and today hangs on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. You can learn more about drawing people and drawing landscapes by enrolling in two of our art courses. Drawing People is a half–unit course which introduces students to the basic skills needed to render realistically in pencil the human figure and face, full and in profile. Attention is paid to mastering the use of a pencil, proportion, shading,and perspective with the goal of helping students capture through drawing whatever it is that they find interesting about a person. The textbook for this subject contains sketches of unclothed figures to demonstrate techniques, but students are not required to sketch such figures as part of this course. Meanwhile, Drawing Landscapes is a half–unit course which introduces students to the basic skills needed to render realistically in pencil outdoor scenes which do not include people or buildings. Attention is paid to mastering the use of a pencil, proportion, shading, aerial and linear perspective, rendering 3-dimensional forms and composition. The goal is to help students capture through drawing whatever it is that they find interesting in a landscape. In both subjects students are supplied with the appropriate drawing pencils and paper to complete the sketches and drawings needed for completion of the subject. These sketches and drawings require students to devote time and effort to mastering the basic drawing skills. We can’t guarantee your work in these courses will hang in the Museum of Modern Art next to The Starry Night, but we can guarantee you’ll become a better artist and earn high school credit in the process. Enroll now!
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Monday, March 28, 2011
March 28 Birthday: Patty Smith Hill

It’s March 28, and Patty Smith Hill was born 143 years ago yesterday. She was a leader in early childhood education, and her concept of kindergarten was featured at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. People don’t know her for those things, though. In fact, they probably don’t know her name at all, but they know a very famous song she and her sister, Mildred Hill, wrote. The sisters wrote “Good Morning to All,” which would later be changed to “Happy Birthday to You,” and the rest is history. The American School has been fortunate to celebrate many birthdays. In fact, this December we’ll be celebrating our 114th birthday. You can rest assured that when you become an American School student, you’ll be taking classes from a school with outstanding history and credibility. Over the years, our textbooks and study guides have been updated to provide students with the most up-to-date material possible, and just recently we’ve evolved into a school that is offering online courses. Email americanschoolonline@gmail.com for more information on these seven new courses, and check out the rest of our web site for details on how to enroll today.
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Friday, March 25, 2011
March 25 Birthdays: Aretha Franklin and Elton John

It’s March 25, and two music icons are celebrating birthdays today. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, turns 69, and Elton John turns 64. As this blog usually does when musicians have birthdays, we’ll be incorporating some of their song titles as possible into a blog about the American School. If you “Think” you don’t need a high school diploma to be successful in life, you’re part of a “Chain of Fools” which underestimates the value of a high school diploma. People will “Respect” you more, and you also will be more likely to get a good job and make more money if you have a diploma. With a high school diploma, you won’t have to go through life singing “Sad Songs,” but rather, “Your Song” will be one of triumph and accomplishment. Let the American School be “The One” you choose to help you reach your dreams. Get started in our General High School or College Preparatory diploma program today.
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Friday, March 25, 2011
American School To Attend Midwest Homeschool Convention

The American School will attend the Midwest Homeschool Convention next weekend in Cincinnati. Be sure to stop by booth 1117 at the Duke Energy Center on March 31 from 6 to 9 p.m., on April 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on April 2 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to learn more about how you can earn our accredited diploma while you study at home. We enjoyed meeting many of you last year and look forward to seeing everyone again this year!
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Friday, March 25, 2011
American School Student Inspires Feature Film

American School student Bethany Hamilton is the subject of an upcoming feature film. The story of Hamilton, who was the victim of a shark attack while surfing and, as a result, lost an arm, will be told in Soul Surfer, starring Anna Sophia Robb, Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid and featuring Carrie Underwood. Look for Soul Surfer in theaters April 8. We hope you find Bethany’s story inspirational!
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
March 24 Birthday: Harry Houdini

It’s March 24, and magician Harry Houdini was born on this date in 1874. Before magicians like Doug Henning, David Copperfield and the masked magician who spilled trade secrets on a series of television shows a couple years ago, Houdini was the most famous magician on earth. He was particularly famous for his miraculous escapes out of handcuffs, oversized milk cans, straitjackets and wooden boxes. He even survived Chinese water torture and being buried alive as part of his act. Are you in an academic situation that seemingly has no escape? Do you think that you’re going to be shackled by dead-end jobs the rest of your life because you don’t have a high school diploma? Or do you think you might not graduate from high school this year and attend college next year because you’re missing a credit from a class you should’ve passed when you were a freshman? The American School can be the key to free you from those handcuffs. Our high school diploma program helps people of all ages and backgrounds graduate, and our independent study program is perfect for those students who need to make up a class or two so they can graduate with their friends at school. Don’t feel like you’re in a hopeless academic situation from which you can’t escape. Let the American School help you and give you the freedom to pursue your dreams as a high school graduate.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
March 23 Birthday: Roger Bannister

It’s March 23, and Sir Roger Bannister turns 82 years old today. He is one of the best-known track and field athletes of all-time even though he never won an Olympic gold medal. In fact, he never won an Olympic medal of any color, finishing fourth in the mile at the 1952 Summer Olympics. So what makes him so special? More than a half-century ago, running a mile in less than 4 minutes was THE sacred record or milestone in all of sports. You might equate it today to someone trying to break Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game hitting streak. No one thought anyone could run a mile in less than 4 minutes, but on May 6, 1954, Bannister did. He ran a mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds, and he was awarded the inaugural Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year for his accomplishment. As athletes have evolved over the years, the fastest times for running a mile (or the 1500 meter dash) gradually got lower and lower and lower. Right now, elite runners complete that race in around 3 minutes, 30 seconds. Over time, the American School has evolved into the school that it is today. Several years ago, online courses were something far off in the distance for us. Many people thought we’d never get there, but, like Bannister and the 4-minute mile, we reached that milestone. Earlier this year we launched 3 online courses, and this week we launched 4 more. Like elite runners of the past 60 years, we’re going to keep going and offer more online courses in the future. Plenty of enrollment spots are still available for our 7 existing online courses. Send an email to americanschoolonline@gmail.com for more information. We’re happy to have our online courses off and running, and we hope you’ll join us as we move full speed ahead into a bright future.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
March 22 Birthday: Marcel Marceau

It’s March 22, and mime Marcel Marceau was born on this date in 1923. He’s probably the most famous and the best mime of all-time, and as you know, mimes don’t talk. They expresses their feelings through a series of movements and facial expressions. Most people, however, do talk, and the American School’s Speech course can teach you how to talk more effectively. The course takes apart the process of preparing and delivering speeches and tells students how to master the ability to talk on a one-to-one basis as well as before large audiences. Among the topics covered are giving different types of speeches, leading conferences and meetings, expressing oneself on the telephone, and successful interviewing. A CD with examples of speeches and a listening exercise is supplied with the course and students have the option of submitting their speeches on CD or cassette tape for evaluation by an instructor. In completing this half–unit subject, among other activities, students analyze speeches to evaluate techniques used by the speakers and prepare their own speeches for a variety of situations. By the end of the course students are asked to prepare a three-minute talk on a subject of their own choosing. Get started today, and you might find yourself giving a speech of your own at your high school graduation ceremony one day!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Four New Online Courses Now Available

The American School is pleased to announce that Earth Science, English 4, Geometry and World Geography are now available to students in an entirely online format. Those four courses join Calculus, Economics and Pre-Algebra in our ever-expanding online curriculum. Send an email to americanschoolonline@gmail.com for information on these classes and how you can enroll today!
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Friday, March 18, 2011
March 18 Birthday: Gualterio Marchesi

It’s March 18, and Italian chef Gualterio Marchesi, considered by some to be the founder of modern Italian cuisine, turns 81 years old tomorrow. We chose to highlight him today because tomorrow, his birthday, is a big day for Italians and for food. It’s St. Joseph’s Day, and on St. Joseph’s Day, many people prepare fabulous feasts because, as legend as it, Italians in the midst of a drought once prayed to St. Joseph for rain, and since the rain did come, they decided to celebrate by eating. Who knows? Maybe Marchesi will prepare both a birthday feast and a St. Joseph’s Day feast at his restaurant in Rome, which is located in a palace that was built in 1400. If you’re thinking about preparing a St. Joseph’s Table for yourself and your family, consider taking our Food Study course. In Food Study students focus on the principles of nutrition and the relationship of good nutrition to our well-being. Students learn how to plan diets appropriate for their age and lifestyle as well as how to find and evaluate information on nutrition. In addition, they are introduced to the fundamentals of food preparation for all the major food groups as well basic cooking tools, microwave cooking, and safety precautions in preparing and handling food. In completing Food Study students do activities such as identifying the nutrient content of food prepared in various ways, describing how to prevent foodborne illnesses, reading and understanding the information on a can of food and on a meat label, identifying nutritious and easy to fix snacks from the major food groups, and describing how to prepare food to preserve the nutrients. You’ll develop a greater appreciation for food, learn how to eat properly and earn a high school credit in the process. Get cooking and enroll today!
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Friday, March 18, 2011
American School To Attend AdvancEd International Summit

This weekend and into next week, several American School employees will attend the AdvancEd International Summit in Chicago. AdvancEd is an organization dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide, and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), which accredits the American School, is an accreditation division of AdvancEd. You can read more about our accreditation at http://www.advanc-ed.org/oasis2/u/par/accreditation/summary?institutionId=35124, and we are excited to take the information we learn at the summit and translate it into more effective learning methods for our students.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
March 17 Birthday: Mathew St. Patrick

It’s March 17, and actor Mathew St. Patrick, who starred in Six Feet Under, General Hospital and All My Children, turns 43 years old today. It’s appropriate that we feature him today because, as you know, today is St. Patrick’s Day. Many American School employees are wearing green to celebrate, but you’ll save a little green when you enroll in either of our high school diploma programs. The $1399 price for 18 units of credit includes all textbooks and study guides, personal handgrading of exams, access to our online student center and more. You won’t find a better educational value anywhere! The luck of the Irish might be a good thing, but you’ll need more than that to graduate. You’ll need to work hard and remain dedicated to your studies, and our friendly and knowledgeable stuff will be here to help you in any way they can. Finally, you might not be Irish, but your eyes certainly will be smiling the day you receive your accredited American School diploma. Make this a St. Patrick’s Day to remember and enroll now!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
March 16 Birthday: James Madison

It’s March 16, and James Madison, the 4th President of the United States, was born on this date in 1754. Madison led our country from 1809 to 1817, which included the difficult War of 1812 against Great Britain, but he is perhaps best-known for what he did before he became President. Madison is largely responsible for writing the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land. He was the one who came up with the three branches of government–legislative, executive and judicial–which at that time was considered revolutionary since so many other nations were ruled by a king and that was it. If you want to learn more about those three branches of government, then enroll in our Social Civics course. This course is the study of how our government is organized and run at the national, state and local levels. Beginning with a look at how government developed, you’ll learn about such topics as our federal constitution, political parties, and government policy and involvement in various areas of our lives, including the economy, education and foreign affairs. The course stresses the importance of citizen involvement. Along the way, you’ll complete various tasks such as describing actions in the process of lawmaking, distinguishing among the various powers vested in the three branches of government, developing a position on the appropriate means of funding local services, and drafting a letter outlining a proposed solution for a current issue of your own choosing. You’ll earn a high school credit and become a more informed citizen by taking Social Civics, so enroll today
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
March 15 Birthday: Curtis Granderson

It’s March 15, and baseball player Curtis Granderson turns 30 years old tomorrow. He broke into the majors with the Detroit Tigers but currently plays for the New York Yankees. Curtis didn’t take any American School courses when he was growing up, but he attended high school in the same town in which the American School is located. Not too long ago, our independent study coordinator and public relations coordinator made personal appearances at Curtis’s alma mater to explain our Independent Study program to interested students, parents and school officials. Our Independent Study program serves students who need to make up credits in order to graduate on time with their class or who might want to take a course that is not offered at their school for personal enrichment. Through this program, we work with 6,000 schools around the country and help countless students graduate on time. Visit the Independent Study portion of our Web site to learn more and to see if this program suits the needs of you, your children or your students.
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Monday, March 14, 2011
March 14 Birthday: Waclaw Sierpinski

It’s March 14, and mathematician Waclaw Sierpinski was born on this date in 1882. This Polish genius is known for his contributions to number theory, set theory and fractals. If you’re wondering why we didn’t choose to profile someone more famous today, it’s because we wanted to feature a mathematician on Pi Day. The number pi, which is 3.1415927… is often shortened to 3.14, and today’s date, March 14, is sometimes abbreviated as 3-14. Eating pie is appropriate today, but if you want to learn more about the number pi, consider taking our Algebra 2 course. Algebra 2 is an advanced math course which begins with a review of some of the concepts and principles introduced in Algebra 1. Students then move on to topics such as linear and quadratic relations, irrational and complex numbers, polynomial functions, logarithms, trigonometric functions and identities, statistics and matrices. Among the activities students do in completing this subject are graphing relations, using systems of linear equations to solve problems, solving polynomial equations and inequalities, solving equations containing radicals, graphing parabolas and quadratic functions, using exponential and logarithmic functions to solve problems, finding specific terms of arithmetic and geometric sequences,writing equations for conics, determining the values of trigonometric functions, using periodicity and symmetry to graph functions, finding the probability that events will occur, and solving problems using matrices. Students will need to supply and use a scientific calculator for some problems in this course, but although a calculator may be used, students must show their work and demonstrate to their instructors how they have solved problems. The course is also a prerequisite for our new online Calculus course and is a good preparation for college math courses, so the benefits of taking Algebra 2 really do add up. Visit our enrollment page to get started today. That way, you’ll have yourself a Pi Day to remember!
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Friday, March 11, 2011
March 11 Birthday: Antonin Scalia

It’s March 11, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia turns 75 years old today. He currently is the Senior Associate Justice, having been appointed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States, and the group is very selective about the cases they hear. If you are interested in the legal system and perhaps one day presenting your case in front of people like Justice Scalia, consider taking our Business Law course. Business Law focuses on the application of law to business operations and transactions in the United States. It covers such topics as contractual agreements, employment, commercial paper, insurance, personal and real property, partnerships, and corporate organization. In completing this subject you’ll apply the knowledge and concepts you have learned to new situations involving legal issues. We are proud to offer Business Law and other specialty courses among the more than 70 courses we have in our curriculum. Visit our course descriptions page and our enrollment page to learn more!
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
March 10 Birthday: Jim Valvano

It’s March 10, and college basketball coach Jim Valvano was born on this date in 1946. It’s almost NCAA Tournament time, so you’re going to see a lot of college hoops on TV, including highlights of the 1983 national championship game, when Valvano’s underdog N.C. State team upset Houston at the buzzer to win the title. Valvano celebrated by running all over the court looking for somebody to hug, but, sadly, he himself would be in need of more than hugs less than a decade later. Dying of the cancer to which he would succumb in April of 1993, he appeared on the inaugural ESPY Awards show and announced the formation of a charity whose motto is “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” In addition, he said these words: “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” We all would be well-served to remember his words, whether we are working toward our high school diplomas or working through the challenges all of us face in our daily lives, since they give a great deal of perspective on life and how we can live it to the fullest.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
March 9 Birthday: Amerigo Vespucci

It’s March 9, and explorer Amerigo Vespucci was born on this date in 1454. His last name might not be as famous as those of explorers Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, but you say a derivative of his first name many times a day. That’s because the United States of America, North America and South America were all named after this explorer who sailed to South America in approximately 1500 and discovered the continent extended much farther south than originally thought. If you have the spirit of an explorer like Vespucci but not the means to take an around-the-world voyage, our Geography course can take you around the globe without having to leave your home. Geography is the study of the spatial distribution of physical and cultural features, including the interaction between the physical characteristics of a place and human endeavor. These physical and cultural features affect the global similarities and differences in economic, political and social activities. This course will give you basic knowledge about the major geographic regions, particularly as they relate to contemporary developments. In this subject you will read and interpret maps and various types of graphs and charts and apply the knowledge and concepts they have learned to explain historical and contemporary developments in regions around the world. You’ll do this through writing both short responses and longer essays, including compare and contrast, cause and effect, descriptive and position essays. World Geography will soon be available in both print and online formats, so there is no better time to enroll. Head over to the enrollment portion of our web site to begin your around-the-world voyage today!
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Tuesday, March 08, 2011
March 8 Birthday: Jenna Fischer

It’s March 8, and actress Jenna Fischer turned 37 years old yesterday. She’s best-known for her role as Pam on the hit TV show, The Office, but she has also acted in several movies and plays. Jenna’s character on The Office is probably familiar with how to run an effective and efficient workplace, but if you want to acquire the same skills, then enroll in our Office Procedures course. This course focuses on the needs of the modern office worker. It stresses communication and interpersonal skills, including proper handling of the telephone; the processing of information and managing of records in modern business organizations; common business documents and procedures; and efficient time and task management. In completing this subject you’ll apply the skills and concepts you’ve learned to determine what to do and how to handle various business situations. Among other activities, you’ll write emails, proofread and properly format business letters, prepare an invoice, work with a records retention schedule, properly prepare file folders, process mail and prepare an agenda for a meeting. All of these skills will serve you well in the future, so why not start learning how to do them today? Enroll now, and by the time The Office returns for a new season in the fall, you’ll have mastered many of the skills needed to be an great employee at Dunder Mifflin or a real office close to your home!
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Monday, March 07, 2011
March 7 Birthday: Alan Greenspan

It’s March 7, and Alan Greenspan celebrated his 85th birthday yesterday. For nearly 20 years, Greenspan was Chairman of the Federal Reserve, which means he wielded enormous economic power and shaped the fiscal policies in this country for nearly two decades. For his work, he was awarded in 2005 the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian award in the United States. If you want to learn more about his area of expertise, you can take either of our two economics courses. First, our traditional Consumer Economics course gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to make wise choices as consumers. You’ll learn about the roles of consumers, producers and the government in our economic system, the decision-making process, how to budget, and managing consumer credit. In addition, students study available options and how to get the most for their money in specific areas of spending, such as food, transportation, housing and insurance. In completing this subject you’ll do activities such as discussing steps to protect against identity theft, calculating the net worth of an individual, reconciling a bank statement, deciding what type of life insurance would best suit a particular situation, and interpreting the information on a nutrition label. While Consumer Economics is available with a textbook and study guide, our new online Economics course is available to students exclusively via the Internet. If you are interested in this new Economics course, which is worth one-half unit of credit and costs just $100, email americanschoolonline@gmail.com or call Dave Perry at 708-418-2800 today. You’ll find that taking either course will be money well spent as you move one step closer to earning your high school diploma from the American School!
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Friday, March 04, 2011
American School To Launch Four More Online Courses

Earlier this year the American School introduced Pre-Algebra, Calculus and Economics in an entirely online format, but this spring we’re going one better and launching not three but four more online courses. The new online courses are Earth Science, English 4, Geometry and World Geography. Each of them is worth one unit of credit, as are Pre-Algebra and Calculus, while Economics is worth one half unit of credit. Students must have completed Algebra 1 in order to take Geometry and must have completed Algebra 2 in order to take Calculus. During this introductory period, students will complete surveys throughout the course, and these surveys will help shape the future of online education at the American School. As a thank you for giving us your feedback, we are pleased to offer special pricing for the first 50 students who apply for any of these seven courses. Economics will cost $100. The other six courses cost $150 each. Remember, this special pricing is available only during this introductory period, and enrollment spaces are limited to the first 50 students who apply. For more information on these seven courses, send an email to americanschoolonline@gmail.com. If you think of a course you’d like us to offer online, whether we have it in our currrent curriculum or not, let us know at followup@americanschoolofcorr.com. We look forward to your participation in these courses and your feedback which will help us offer more online courses in the future.
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Friday, March 04, 2011
March 4 Birthday: Knute Rockne

It’s March 4, and Knute Rockne, one of the greatest college football coaches in history, was born on this date in 1888. Rockne’s Notre Dame teams had a crazy good record of 105-12-5 and won five national championships in 13 seasons, capping off one of those championships with a victory in the 1925 Rose Bowl. He coached such legends as George Gipp, a.k.a. The Gipper, and the Four Horsemen and popularized the use of the forward pass which has since become such an integral part of the game. Who knows what his final coaching record would have been had he not tragicaly died in a plane crash in 1931 or if he never became a football coach at all. You see, Rockne’s first job at Notre Dame wasn’t on the gridiron. It was as a lab assistant for noted chemist Julius Nieuwland, who was a member of Notre Dame’s faculty in the 1920s. You’re probably not surprised that there is a building named after Knute Rockne on the Notre Dame campus, but there’s also a building named after Julius Nieuwland. It was in the Nieuwland Science Hall that your blogger took a freshman year physics course while a student at Notre Dame. Taking a physics course in high school is good preparation for taking physics in college, and the American School’s Physics course can help you do just that. Our course, which is open to students who have completed Algebra 1, studies the science which explores matter and energy in terms of motion and force. Along the way you’ll be asked to solve problems involving mathemtical computations, but the main focus of Physics is on understanding concepts rather than on numerical manipulations. The course contains examples of how physics is used in everyday life, and Knute Rockne would like that some of them involve sports such as football! Students will also notice many illustrations which will encourage them to think through specific applications of the general concepts which they study. Even though Physics is a challenging subject, you’ll be glad you took it and will come away with a better understanding of the world around you when you complete it.
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Thursday, March 03, 2011
March 3 Birthday: Alexander Graham Bell

It’s March 3, and Alexander Graham Bell was born on this date in 1847. If his name, ahem, rings a bell, it’s because he invented the telephone, but what you might not know about him is that he never used a telephone while in his study. In fact, he felt his most famous invention got in the way of his work as a scientist, so he didn’t keep a telephone near where he worked! You also might find it ironic that Bell, who invented a device that made it easy for people to communicate by talking and listening to each other, did great work in helping deaf people communicate more easily too, largely because his mother and wife were deaf. Communication has greatly expanded since Bell invented the telephone back in the 1870s, but the best way to reach the American School is still by telephone. You may call us at 708-418-2800 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Central time to speak with an instructor, get help enrolling, request more books, or receive any number of services. Then when you’re done speaking with us, you can continue to communicate with us through more modern means of communication. We’re on Facebook (search American School of Correspondence and look for our logo) and on Twitter @amerschoolcorr, and of course you can count on this blog to provide you with the latest news too! We love hearing from our students and helping them in any way we can, so take advantage of these means of communication to get in touch with us!
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
March 2 Birthday: Jay Osmond

It’s March 2, and entertainer Jay Osmond turns 56 years old today. If you read yesterday’s blog, you know that Jay and his siblings all attended the American School at the peak of their careers back in the 1970s. Their first hit, One Bad Apple, went to the top of the charts, and the Osmonds have been fixtures in the entertainment world for more than 50 years now, earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 2003. A half-century might seem like a long time to you, but the American School has been around for more than twice as long. Since our founding in 1897, we’ve adapted with the changing times. One way we’ve done this in recent days is to introduce online courses. We introduced Pre-Algebra, Calculus and Economics in January, and later this month we’ll be offering four other courses in an entirely online format. We hope that offering these online courses will be music to your ears. More information on the four new online courses will be coming soon, but if you can’t wait for more information, send an email to americanschoolonline@gmail.com, and we’ll help you get started today.
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
March 1 Birthday: Justin Bieber

It’s March 1, and, as every teenage girl in America probably knows, Justin Bieber turns 17 years old today. He’s the latest teenage music sensation, but there have been others before him, and many of them attended the American School. Back in the 1950s, the Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, had a string of top 40 hits, and they both attended the American School. Likewise, in the 1970s, Donny Osmond was everyone’s teen idol. He was an American School student, too, along with his sister Marie and all of their brothers. In the 1990s Tejano singer Selena won a Grammy after studying at the American School. And just a couple years ago, American School student Tiffany Evans won her category on Star Search and has since recorded her first solo studio album. The American School has a long legacy of educating people like the Everly Brothers, the Osmonds, Selena and Tiffany Evans–young stars who can’t attend a resident school for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re famous or not, we promise to provide you with innovative curriculum, outstanding credibility, affordable costs, and caring student service. Get started today and let us treat you like a celebrity while you work toward your accredited high school diploma!
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Monday, February 28, 2011
February 28 Birthday: Linus Pauling

It’s February 28, and chemist Linus Pauling was born on this date in 1901. He’s one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century, doing much work in quantum chemistry and molecular biology. Specifically, Pauling was intersted in the structure of double helix DNA, the nature of chemical bonds, and the structure of the atomic nucleus. His early research focused on the structure of hemoglobin, the oxygen-rich portion of red blood cells, and later he focused on the nature of Vitamin C. You can learn more about such things when you enroll in our Chemistry course. Although students are required to have completed Algebra I to take this subject, the focus of the course is on the conceptual foundations of chemistry rather than on computation. In completing this course students demonstrate their understanding through a wide range of types of questions, many of which require students to apply the concepts they have learned in specific contexts. A DVD is included with this course’s study materials. This DVD helps guide students through each chapter by providing video lectures and experiements on important concepts and principles. Soon, our students will be able to take a lab version of Chemistry. Keep reading this blog for more details!
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Friday, February 25, 2011
February 25 Birthday: Ron Santo

It’s February 25, and Ron Santo was born on this date in 1940. He’s one of the best baseball players not presently in the Hall of Fame and is beloved by generations of Chicago Cubs fans on two fronts: those who saw him as a player in the 1960s and 1970s and those who listened to his colorful commentary as a radio broadcaster from the 1990s until his death last winter. Ron Santo had many reasons to be bitter about his life. He should be in the Hall of Fame but isn’t. His Cubs never won the World Series or National League Pennant. And most serious of all, he suffered from diabetes and lost portions of both legs because of the disease. Yet whenever people listened to him on the radio, saw him being interviewed on television or perhaps even met him in person, he was always grateful for his life and had a sunny, optimistic attitude. His birthday is a good reminder for all of us, especially our students, to keep thinking positively. Don’t let anything leave you feeling blue. Be grateful for what you have and keep dreaming of a brighter future. You’ll live a more fulfilled life that way!
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
February 24 Birthday: Edward James Olmos

It’s February 24, and actor Edward James Olmos turns 64 years old today. He’s had many roles over the years, but one that stands out is his portrayal of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver,” a movie which premiered in 1988. The movie describes how Escalante began teaching basic math to a group of students at a high school near Los Angeles. He used props and everyday situations to make math more applicable to their daily lives. Despite some resistance at first, Escalante’s students quickly warmed up to his tactics. In the process, they mastered basic math skills, and Escalante saw they were capable of much more, even though other teachers at his school felt otherwise. He devised a summer school course just for them, and topics were much more advanced, such as algebra, geometry and trigonometry. By the time they returned to school in the fall, Escalante’s students were ready to tackle AP Calculus and earn college credit in a subject that just 12 months ago many of them would never have dreamed of taking. There are many lessons to be learned from this real-life event. First, it’s important to believe in yourself. You can achieve anything you want if you believe you can do it and are willing to work for it. Second, it is important to have people who believe in you, whether they be your parents, family members, friends, teachers, clergy or coaches. Let them inspire you to achieve greatness. And third, it is important to remember that, unfortunately, some people are not going to believe in you. That’s how the world works, and there’s nothing you can do about that except work hard, believe in yourself, and receive support from people who truly care about you. Eventually you’ll prove that third group of people wrong. So no matter where you are in your high school education, perhaps just considering the American School or nearing the end of your studies, don’t stop believing in yourself, and know that all of us are here to support you and help you become the best person you can be!
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
February 23 Birthday: Michael Dell

It’s February 23, and Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell Computers, is 46 years old today. His company had humble beginnings, starting off in his dorm room at the University of Texas and only employing a handful of people, but by 1992, the company was listed in the Fortune 500, and less than a decade later, Dell was the world’s largest maker of personal computers, including the one on which this blog is being written. If you have an interest in computers and how they work, consider taking our Introduction to Computers course, which is designed for both students who are experienced computer users and those who have had little or no experience in using a computer. The aim of the course is to give students a general overview of how computers operate and, given the proper software, what they can do, including word processing, spreadsheets, graphics and online photoediting. Students also develop skills in using the Internet to obtain useful information and learn how to protect their privacy and their computers from outside threats. Access to a computer and to the Internet is required in this course. In completing this subject, among other activities, students will demonstrate the ability to do online research, outline a plan for backing up data on their computers, do basic character and paragraph formatting, and describe how a firewall protects a computer. Introduction to Computers will help anyone get more out of their computer, whether you’re a computer novice or a seasoned veteran. Enroll today by using your computer fill out our interactive enrollment application found elsewhere on this site!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
February 22 Birthday: George Washington

It’s February 22, and George Washington was born on this date in 1732. If you’re ever in Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital and the city which bears his name, take a side trip to Mount Vernon, Washington’s home. It’ll be well worth your time. Presidential homes, libraries and museums are fascinating places where presidential history comes to life. Your blogger has been to the homes of famous presidents such as Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant and lesser-known presidents such as Warren Harding, Benjamin Harrison and Rutherford B. Hayes, and each of them was immensely interesting and enjoyable. You might even have a presidential home right in your area, so pick out your favorite president and plan a trip to visit his home and museum as part of your summer vacation. You’ll be glad you did!
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Friday, February 18, 2011
February 18 Birthday: Ansel Adams

It’s February 18, and we’re celebrating photographer Ansel Adams’ birthday a couple days early. Born in 1902, Adams was homeschooled as a child and spent summers in and around Yosemite National Park in California. It’s no wonder the glorious landscape and terrain of that park became an inspiration for many of his photographs. Indeed, the entire American West and Southwest became Adams’ own personal photographic playground, and the United States government was so impressed that it commissioned Adams to take pictures of national parks across the country beginning in 1941. Not only did Adams take outstanding pictures, but he also was a pioneer in developing new photographic techniques. His Zone System helped to determine proper exposure and contrast, and Group f/64, which he founded with other photographers and named after a focal system aperture, ultimately turned into the Museum of Modern Art’s department of photography. If reading today’s blog has inspired you to become a serious photographer like Adams or if you just like to take a million pictures of your family and friends and post them to your Facebook page, our Photography course can help you improve your skills. The course introduces students to both the technical and artistic aspects of taking photographs. On the technical side students learn about such things as operating a camera, selecting film and what happens in a darkroom. On the artistic side students learn about vocabulary for discussing photographs, elements of composition and a brief overview of the history of photography. Students are required to submit examples of their work and therefore must have access to a camera, either manual or digital. Access to a darkroom is not required. In completing this subject, among other activities, students complete several shooting assignments and conclude the course by creating a photo essay of their own work on a topic of their choosing. If you’ve ever pictured yourself as an American School graduate, today is the perfect day to get started. Visit our enrollment page to download and print an application to be mailed to us, or you can fill out our online interactive application and we’ll get you started right away!
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
American School Releases Updated Planning Your Career Course

The American School recently released a new version of its popular Planning Your Career course. We are proud to have Planning Your Career as a required course in both our General High School and College Preparatory diploma programs. Whether you’re planning on entering the workforce right after graduating from high school or later on after you graduate from college, this course will be a valuable resource for you. This new version contains the latest information on career trend, government assistance and e-resumes and is beneficial whether you’re applying for your first job or for the job of your dreams.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
February 17 Birthday: Michael Jordan

It’s February 17, and, even though some of us in Chicagoland don’t like to admit it (because it makes us feel old and nostalgic), Michael Jordan turns 48 years old today. It seems like yesterday he was leading the Bulls to the first of their six NBA championships during the 1990s, but that first title came 20 seasons ago in 1991. Long before MJ became “Air Jordan”–arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time and the greatest athlete of the 20th century according to a 199 ESPN survey–Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. If you’re experiencing any type of adversity as a high school student, don’t let it stand in the way of you earning your high school diploma. Use it as motivation and view it as an obstacle for you to overcome. A high school diploma can help you achieve many great things in life. Don’t let anything prevent you from earning yours with the American School!
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
February 16 Birthday: LeVar Burton

It’s February 16, and actor LeVar Burton turns 57 years old today. He first gained fame from his role as Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed 1970s miniseries Roots, and later he portrayed Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation. In between those shows, though, you may have seen him hosting and producing Reading Rainbow on PBS. Reading Rainbow encouraged kids to read by having a celebrity read from his or her favorite children’s book and by having kids themselves appear on camera to give reviews of their favorite books. Your blogger was among Reading Rainbow’s biggest fans when the show was at its peak in the 1980s! If you like to read, consider taking our Literature 1 and Literature 2 courses. Students who take these half-unit courses will read a wide range of poems, short stories, plays and non-fiction prose by authors from different time periods and cultural backgrounds. These works will help students become familiar with basic literary devices and how they are used in the works they are reading. The courses’ study guides and textbooks lead students to an understanding of the structure and meaning of these literary works. Skillbuilder exercises in the textbook will prepare students for writing short answers and essays about the literary works they have read. As students progress from Literature 1 into Literature 2, they will be required to do more extensive analysis in their writing. Get started today, and the pot of gold at the end of your reading rainbow will be a high school diploma!
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
American School Earns Two Practical Homeschooling 2011 Reader Awards

The American School is the proud recipient of two Practical Homeschooling 2011 Reader Awards. Our Introduction to Computers course earned third place in the Computer Science category, and our Consumer Economics course earned third place in the Personal Finance category. We are very grateful for these awards, which prove our consistent efforts to give our students the best courses we can. Visit www.home-school.com for more information on Practical Homeschooling magazine and their awards program.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
February 15 Birthday: Susan B. Anthony

It’s February 15, and Susan B. Anthony was born on this date way back in 1820. You might equate Susan B. Anthony only with the dollar coin that bore her picture on its front, but there was a whole lot more to her than currency. She was a pioneer in women’s rights, particularly women’s right to vote. Before 1920, when the 19th amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution, women could not vote. That didn’t stop Anthony from voting in the 1872 presidential election, which ultimately got her arrested. The subsequent trial was rigged to find her guilty, but by then, her women’s suffrage movement was in full force, and the government could not put her in prison or collect on any fines it levied against her. In the years that followed, Anthony took over in 1892 as president of the National Women’s Suffrage Association, an organization she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded in 1869. Sadly, her prophecy–“It will come, but I shall not see it…It is inevitable.”–regarding women’s suffrage came true. She died in 1906, 14 years before women were officially given the right to vote in elections. If you’d like to learn more about government, our Social Civics course, which covers the study of how our government is organized and run at the national, state and local levels, can give you a lot of insight. Beginning with a look at how government developed, this course, which stresses the importance of taking an active role in government much like Anthony did, covers such topics as our federal constitution, political parties, and government policy and involvement in various areas of our lives, including the economy, education and foreign affairs. If you enroll in this course, you’ll describe actions in the process of lawmaking, distinguishing among the various powers vested in the three branches of government, develop a position on the appropriate means of funding local services, and draft a letter outlining a proposed solution for a current issue of your choosing. When you complete this course, you’ll not only be one credit closer to your high school diploma, but you’ll be a much more informed citizen too!
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Monday, February 14, 2011
February 14 Birthday: Rob Thomas

It’s February 14, and singer Rob Thomas turns 39 years old today. He’s the main vocalist for Matchbox Twenty and has had a successful solo career away from the band. As we sometimes do when we feature a musician in our blog, we’ll try to incorporate as many of the artist’s song titles as possible into our discussion of the American School. When you are accepted with the American School, you can work at “3 A.M.” or whenever it is convenient for you because you work entirely at your own pace. If you work better first thing in the morning, you can work then. If you work better in the middle of the night, you can work then instead. Your schedule and pace is entirely created by you. Also, “If You’re Gone” away from home or traveling for an extended period of time, you can still do your schoolwork. That’s because the American School is portable. You can take your textbooks and study guides with you and mail your exams to us from any post office in the country. If you have questions, our caring student service staff and instruction department are here to “Smooth” over any rough spots you have. Just give them a call and they’ll be happy to help! We’re confident that when you earn our diploma, you’ll be ready for the “Real World” and all its challenges, so why not enroll today on Valentine’s Day? We think you’ll LOVE earning your high school diploma from the American School!
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Friday, February 11, 2011
February 11 Birthday: Thomas Edison

It’s February 11, and Thomas Edison was born on this date in 1864. Edison invented many things, including a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, a motion picture camera and a phonograph, but his most famous invention is the lightbulb. Every so often research groups ask people what their favorite invention of all-time is, and the answers are what you might expect: car, television, refrigerator, computer, telephone, etc., but would any of these things work without electricity of some kind? Probably not. Or to put it another way, think about what your life is like during a power outage. You probably have difficulty cooking, you might not be able to go anywhere if your car is parked in a garage with an electric opener, and your options for home entertainment are limited since your television and computer might not work. That’s why Edison’s work in electricity was and is so important. Without electricity, our lives would be drastically different. If you have an interest in how electricity works, or if you think you might like to pursue a career as an electrician, consider taking our Fundamentals of Electricity course. Fundamentals of Electricity will give you a basic understanding of electrical principles and their real world applications. From an introduction to the basic concepts of work, energy and charge, you’ll proceed to a study of various types of circuits and the use of electromagnetism, capacitors, inductors and transformers. In completing this subject you’ll be required, among other activities, to calculate the efficiency of a motor and of a transformer, determine resistance, read circuit diagrams and determine circuit values, conduct a loop analysis of a circuit, use standard theorems to analyze circuits, and calculate voltage across a capacitor. You don’t have to have previous knowledge of electricity to take this course, but you must have completed Algebra 1 to enroll. Earning your high school diploma from the American School is a bright idea, and Fundamentals of Electricity can help get you there. Enroll today!
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
February 10 Birthday: Abraham Lincoln

It’s February 10, and we’re celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday a couple days early. The 16th President of the United States was born on February 12, 1809, but his life wasn’t always as legendary as you might think. Consider this list of his “accomplishments” which is commonly found on motivational posters and signs. “He failed in business in ’31. He was defeated for state legislator in ’32. He tried another business in ’33. It failed. His fiancee died in ’35. He had a nervous breakdown in ’36. In ’43 he ran for Congress and was defeated. He tried again in ’48 and was defeated again. He tried running for the Senate in ’55. He lost. The next year he ran for Vice-President and lost. In ’59 he ran for the Senate again and was defeated. In 1860, the man who signed his name A. Lincoln, was elected the 16th President of the United States. The difference between history’s boldest accomplishments and its most staggering failures is often, simply, the diligent will to persevere.” Keep that last sentence in mind as you work toward your high school diploma. Don’t let anything disappoint you or get you down. Don’t let a particular subject or exam frustrate you. Keep moving forward and you, like Lincoln, will do great things in your life.
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
February 9 Birthday: Thomas Paine

It’s February 9, and patriot Thomas Paine was born on this date in 1737. He wrote a pamphlet called “Common Sense” that really got colonists behind the idea of declaring their independence from Great Britain. In fact, John Adams was reported as saying, “Without the pen of the author of ‘Common Sense,’ the sword of (George) Washington (who was a general at the time of the Revolutionary War) would have been raised in vain.” The American School is doing some revolutionary things of our own these days. We’ve begun offering online courses, and many students are excited about taking Pre-Algebra, Economics and Calculus in an entirely online format. We plan to offer additional online courses later this year. We’re also expanding our presence at conventions around the country. If you’re attending the homeschool conventions in Memphis, Greenville, Cincinnati or King of Prussia later this year, look for our enrollment application right in your registration packet. And finally, we’re doing a complete redesign and overhaul of our Web site that will make the site more attractive and user-friendly to all who visit it. But even though we’re making changes, we’re keeping some things the same. Our commitment to providing our students with quality and affordable high school courses hasn’t changed. Neither has our commitment to offering outstanding service every time you contact us. Those have been hallmarks of the American School for the past 114 years, and we will never waver from those. So if you’re thinking about earning your high school diploma from home, use some “common sense” and enroll in the American School. You’ll be glad you did.
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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
February 8 Birthday: Jules Verne

It’s February 8, and author Jules Verne was born on this date in 1828. He was a founding father of science-fiction literature, and works like “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and “A Journey to the Center of the Earth” were written long before submarines or space shuttles existed. Because so many people are interested in his science-fiction works, Verne is the third-most translated author in history. You can read another of his works, “Around the World in Eighty Days,” if you enroll in our Classic Adventure Literature course. This half-unit course will allow you to explore three other classic adventure Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild,” and J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” While you read, you’ll learn about the basic elements of a novel, such as plot, character and setting. You’ll also be asked to analyze the authors’ use of basic literary elements in the four novels by answering objective questions and providing written answers. In the process, you’ll discuss such topics as how the setting affects the plot, how the style affects the tone, and where the climax of a novel occurs. The graphic organizers and character maps you create for yourself will help you prepare your analyses. We are excited to offer this new course and hope you will find it both educational and exciting!
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Monday, February 07, 2011
February 7 Birthday: Ronald Reagan

It’s February 7, and, while there are a number of prominent people born today, we’re going to focus on someone whose birth centennial was celebrated yesterday. Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was born on February 6, 1911, and ceremonies were held yesterday in Illinois, where he was born, and in California, where he lived most of his adult life, not counting the eight years he spent in the White House. Besides his two terms in Washington, Reagan was the governor of California for eight years, and before then, he was an actor perhaps best known for his role as George Gipp in “Knute Rockne, All-American,” which chronicled the life of Notre Dame’s legendary football coach (Rockne) and his best player (Gipp). One of the many things Reagan did while in the White House was develop a new economic plan in response to high inflation rates that plagued the country in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This system, sometimes called “Reaganomics,” revitalized the country but not without some consequences. You can learn more about different economic systems and theories by enrolling in our new entirely online Economics course. This course, worth one-half credit, costs just $100 and is a great option for students needing an economics course in order to graduate from their local high school. Email americanschoolonline@gmail.com for details on how to enroll in Economics or our other two online courses, Pre-Algebra and Calculus. President Reagan revitalized the country with new ideas, and we are confident our online courses will do the same for our students!
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Friday, February 04, 2011
February 4 Birthdays: Charles Lindbergh and Rosa Parks

It’s February 4, and two legends in American history were born on this date. Both were pioneers in a sense, but one made his mark in the air while the other made her mark by holding her ground. Charles Lindbergh was born on this date in 1902, and he is famous for piloting the Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris in the first solo non-stop flight in 1927. Rosa Parks was born on this date in 1913, and she is famous for not giving up her seat on a bus in segregated Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. You can read about many other American heroes in our United States History course. The course starts with an overview of the Native American settlement of the New World and traces the major events and trends in United States History down to the present. In the process it seeks to develop various skills involved in comprehending, analyzing and interpreting the past. Students in this course will read a custom-published textbook and complete a series of Skill Modules designed to progressively build their skills in comprehending, evaluating and synthesizing historical documents and information. Students also will write various types of essays typically used in social studies, such as cause-and-effect and compare-and-contrast essays. In short, U.S. History will teach you about America’s past and prepare you for your future by making you a better thinker and writer. Get started today!
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Thursday, February 03, 2011
February 3 Birthday: Norman Rockwell

It’s February 3, and artist Norman Rockwell was born on this date in 1894. He is best-known for his drawings of common people and scenes in American culture that appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, and he also contributed drawings to the Boy Scouts’ calendars for more than 50 years. We can’t guarantee you’ll end up being a prolific artist like Norman Rockwell if you take our Art: Drawing People course, but we can assure you that you’ll receive the basic skills needed to render realistically in pencil the human figure and face, full and in profile. The course pays special attention to mastering the use of a pencil, proportion, shading,and perspective with the goal of helping you capture through drawing whatever it is that you find interesting about a person, and you’ll receive the appropriate drawing pencils and paper needed to complete the sketches and drawings required for this course. The textbook for this subject contains sketches of unclothed figures to demonstrate techniques, but students are not required to sketch such figures as part of this course. Even though this course requires you to devote plenty of time and effort to mastering the basic drawing skills, it will be well worth it when you become a better artist and earn a half-unit of credit in the process!
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Wednesday, February 02, 2011
February 2 Birthday: Christie Brinkley

It’s February 2, and supermodel Christie Brinkley turns 57 years old today. She’s had a 30-year career in modeling and fashion, and you’ve probably seen her on magazine covers, runways, infomercials, music videos (including several for songs by her ex-husband Billy Joel), ad campaigns and more. In addition to wearing the latest style, Christie has designed fashions too. If you have an interest in fashion and design, or if you simply just want to look your best, then consider taking our Clothing course, which will teach you how to make the most of your looks and how to get the most for your clothing dollar. You’ll learn about the basic principles of color and design and how to apply these in choosing clothes which flatter your figure, the cloth-making process and fabric selection, planning your wardrobe, taking proper care of your clothing, how to use a pattern, how a sewing machine operates, and how to do simple hand stitches. In completing this subject you’ll complete a wide range of projects including determining your figure proportions and body shape, doing an inventory of items in their wardrobe (something your blogger really needs to do!), identifying techniques used in advertisements, drafting a complaint letter, describing how you could redesign or recycle items in your wardrobe, and providing samples of basic hand stitches. For the last exam in the course you’ll submit a completed sewing project from a kit provided. Access to a sewing machine is recommended, but not required. So if you want to look your best, even in a blizzard, take our Clothing course. It’s a cut above the rest!
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011
February 1 Birthday: Langston Hughes

It’s February 1, the first day of Black History Month, and appropriately, one of the most famous African-American authors and poets was born on this date in 1902. Langston Hughes is perhaps best known for his works “Harlem” and “Let America Be America Again” and was a leader in the Harlem Renaissance movement. What you might not know about him is that in 1949 he was a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Lab Schools, just steps away from the American School’s headquarters just down the block in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. You can read Hughes’s work when you enroll in our Literature 3: Selected American Classics course. You’ll also read passages from authors like Willa Cather, Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, O. Henry, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many more. The course places an emphasis on reading for enjoyment, understanding the works through analsysis and developing several different types of writing skills. If you’re enrolled in a resident high school and are short a half-unit of credit for graduation, Literature 3 is a great option. Use our interactive independent study application and get started today!
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Monday, January 31, 2011
January 31 Birthday: Justin Timberlake

It’s January 31, and Justin Timberlake turns 30 years old today. This multi-talented entertainer has won six Grammy awards and two Emmy awards and is best-known as a member of N Sync, the band he joined when he was just a teenager. The American School has a number of staff members who keep our students “in sync” and on track with their education. Our instructors grade every exam by hand, pointing out students’ strengths and weaknesses and offering positive, constructive criticism so that students can do their very best. Our guidance department can answer any questions you have about taking the ACT or SAT, filling out financial aid forms, or making preparations for college. Our student service department can send you more books and supplies, and when they’re not doing that, they’re busy processing your ungraded exams and recording your graded exams. These are just three examples of how each American School department has a specific role in helping you graduate from high school. Enroll today and reap the benefits of receiving an outstanding education and outstanding service from the leader in personal attention in distance education–the American School!
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Friday, January 28, 2011
January 28 Birthday: Oprah Winfrey

It’s January 28, but we’re celebrating Oprah Winfrey’s birthday a day early. She turns 57 years old tomorrow and is possibly the most influential woman in the world. Most everyone knows of her main job hosting her self-titled talk show, but she’s also been an actress–she earned an Oscar nomination for The Color Purple, a writer/editor, a businesswoman and a philanthropist. One of her philanthropic acts was to establish a school for girls in South Africa at which Oprah herself teaches a class via satellite. So in a way, Oprah has even impacted distance education! All of Oprah’s achievements are examples of how someone from any type of background can go on to accomplish great things. You can be successful too, and a high school diploma can help you get there. Don’t let anything get in your way–get started now!
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Thursday, January 27, 2011
January 27 Birthday: Donna Reed

It’s January 27, and actress Donna Reed was born on this date in 1921. She starred as Mary Bailey in one of the most popular Christmas movies of all-time, It’s a Wonderful Life, but she also had her own hit television series. Appropriately titled The Donna Reed Show, the comedy ran for eight seasons in the 1960s and earned its star a Golden Globe Award. Reed’s role on the show was that of a suburban housewife, and, even though the role of a housewife has changed considerably in the past 50 years, learning how to properly manage a household, whether you’re female or male, is still very important. That’s where the American School’s Home Planning and Decorating course enters the picture. When you enroll in this course, you’ll receive a comprehensive look at how to plan for your housing needs–from budget considerations to designing the interior. You’ll also learn about such things as the elements and principles of design, house and furniture styles, evaluating the structural soundness of a building, and making the best use of natural resources and the environment in meeting our need for shelter. Best of all, you’ll be able to apply what you have learned to real life scenarios, including your own personal situations. Now is the right time to enroll in our courses if you attend a resident school and are short a credit or two for graduation this year. Visit the Independent Study portion of this site for more details.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tips For Counselors Wishing To Download Final Exams

We’ve had several counselors call us for help with downloading final exams for their students. Since graduation will be here before we know it, here is a step-by-step guide to downloading these finals. Access the online counselor office as you normally do. Enter your school code and password to access that portion of our site. Once your code and password have been accepted, you’ll see a series of 10 links. Click on the very first one, which allows you to retrieve your students’ academic records. Now you should see a list of all your students who are also taking (or took) our courses. Click on the name of the student for whom you wish to print a final exam. You should now see that student’s entire American School academic record, which includes grades for all unit exams as well as a blue link for the final. Click on the link to open up a pdf version of the final. Print the final and administer it at your convenience. When finished, mail the exam to us. Counselors, if you have further questions about downloading finals, call Jeff at 708-418-2800. He’ll be happy to assist you.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
January 26 Birthday: Wayne Gretzky

It’s January 26, and Wayne Gretzky turns 50 years old today. He’s widely considered the best hockey player of all-time, and if you need statistical evidence, there’s a whole stack of numbers to back it up. He holds records for goals in a season (92), assists in a season (163), points (goals and assists) in a season (215), career goals (894), career assists (1963), career points (2857), and he also won four Stanley Cups as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. With all those accomplishments, it’s no wonder why is nickname is The Great One. If you’re looking to earn your high school diploma at home, why not consider the great one in that field–the American School? We offer you innovative curriculum, affordable tuition, caring student service, and outstanding credibility and would be happy to assist you in reaching your goal of a high school diploma. Without a diploma, you’d be on thin ice trying to obtain the career of your choice, so get started today!
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
January 25 Birthday: Robert Burns

It’s January 25, and Scottish poet Robert Burns was born on this day in 1759. Burns’ best-known work is Auld Lang Syne, a poem which, converted into song, is popular on New Year’s Eve, but he wrote countless other works of influence. He is so much celebrated in Scotland that today, his birthday, in his home country, people annually hold Burns Suppers, during which they recite Burns’ Address to a Haggis and then eat the Scottish delicacy. In addition, Burns was voted in 2009 as the Greatest Scot of all-time. You can read the works of other great authors from the United Kingdom in the American School’s British Literature course. The course provides a survey of major British authors from the 7th through the 20th centuries and emphasizes understanding the content and form of the readings as well as how they reflect the literary trends of their time. The reading assignments include short stories, poems, nonfiction prose, a Shakespearean play and a complete novel such as Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Students taking the course will complete a variety of activities and assignments, including comparing and contrasting literary elements in different works, taking a position on the interpretation of a literary work and supporting the position with relevant details, and writing a compare and contrast essay on the novel read for this course. The course contains a CD with actors reading of various selections as well as a custom-published textbook. For more information on British Literature or any of our other courses, check out the Course Descriptions page of this site, and if you’re ready to enroll today, you can do that by surfing over to our interactive enrollment application.
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Monday, January 24, 2011
January 24 Birthday: Neil Diamond

It’s January 24, and singer Neil Diamond turns 70 years old today. As we sometimes do when a singer celebrates a birthday, we’re going to include a few of his hits as possible in this blog as we tell you how the American School will benefit you. When you are accepted, you’ll become a “Solitary Man” (or woman) and work independently toward your high school diploma. Many of our students tell us that working independently is a great benefit. They don’t have to deal with the distractions of being in a classroom with 30 other students who may or may not be working at the same pace as they are, and working at home allows them to remain “Forever in Blue Jeans” and be comfortable while they learn. Sometimes people are misinformed and think that the American School isn’t accredited or isn’t accepted in their state, but if you’re a “Kentucky Woman” or resident of the other 49 states, you can be assured that the American School is accredited and that our diploma is accepted at colleges and universities across the country. Finally, when you receive your diploma, you’ll definitely say “I’m a Believer” not only in the American School but also, and more importantly, in yourself. We think you’ll find our program to be a real gem, perhaps a diamond in the rough, so enroll online today!
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Friday, January 21, 2011
January 21 Birthday: Casey FitzRandolph

It’s January 21, and speedskater Casey FitzRandolph turns 36 years old today. He won the 2002 Olympic gold medal in the 500 meter distance and participated in the 2006 Olympics as well. A few years ago, Casey and fellow Wisconsin native Suzy Favor-Hamilton, herself an outstanding distance runner, appeared at a school board convention the American School was attending in Wisconsin, and our representatives got the chance to meet him. They told him a little bit about what the American School does and how we educate students all over the world, and Casey was very interested in what we do and congratulated us for having a positive impact on so many lives. We don’t go to conventions to meet celebrities, but sometimes it works out that way. Our main goal at conventions is to connect with students, parents and school officials and introduce them to the American School, or, in some cases, strengthen existing relationships with them. To that end, we focus on attending homeschool conventions and school counselor conventions. This year, at four homeschool conventions in Memphis, Greenville, Cincinnati and King of Prussia (just outside Philadelphia), guests will receive our enrollment application right in their enrollment packets, and our representatives will be on site in Cincinnati to answer any questions guests might have. In addition, we’ll be attending school counselor conventions in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and several other states in addition to the national counselor convention this summer in Seattle. This blog, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages, will keep you updated on where we’ll be. If you happen to be attending the same convention, be sure to stop by our booth. We’d love to meet you!
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
January 20 Birthday: Buzz Aldrin

It’s January 20, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin turns 81 years old today. Seeing the space shuttle blast off is a familiar sight in our time, but back in the 1960s, space travel was a new phenomenon. It reached a fever pitch during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. It was during this mission that Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, and Buzz Aldrin, whose birthday we celebrate today, followed him onto the lunar surface, thus becoming the second man to walk on the moon. In popular culture, Aldrin has appeared on The Simpsons and Dancing with the Stars, and the Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear is named after him. We at the American School are entering into a new frontier of our own with the recent launch of our online courses. The excitement in our office on the day the courses began was similar to the excitement shared by the entire country when Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon. Something that was once a far-off goal was finally here, and we celebrated the achievement. Spots remain for students who wish to enroll in Calculus, Economics and Pre-Algebra. We’re confident that you’ll find those courses–as well as the 70 courses we continue to offer in traditional format–to be out of this world!
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
January 19 Birthday: Phil Everly

It’s January 19, and American School graduate Phil Everly turns 72 years old today. Phil and his brother Don, also an American School alum, formed one of the most successful singing duos of all time, not surprisingly calling themselves the Everly Brothers. They had hits such as Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, Cathy’s Clown and many more. In fact, no duo in history has had more top 100 hits than the Everly Brothers! We’re proud to have the Everly Brothers as two of our most famous graduates, but we value all our graduates whether they become famous or not. We believe a high school diploma is a means to fulfill your dreams, whatever they may be. You might become famous and you might not, but a high school diploma can and will change your life for the better and help give you the life you’ve always wanted. Get started today by completing our online enrollment application which may be found on the enrollment portion of this site!
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Testimonials Wanted

If you’re pleased with your American School education, we want to hear about it! We’re interested in testimonials from students, parents and school officials who use our courses. Email your feedback to followup@americanschoolofcorr.com. Include your name, hometown, state and student number or school for verification. We may use your comments, first name and hometown on our Web site!
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
January 18 Birthday: A.A. Milne

It’s January 18, and author A.A. Milne was born on this date in 1882. Milne is best known for creating Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. If you are down on yourself because you don’t have a high school diploma, don’t sit around like Eeyore and mope about it. Enrolling with us will send you on your way and give you some bounce to your step just like Tigger. Visit our enrollment pages to enroll in our high school diploma program or independent study program today!
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Monday, January 17, 2011
January 17 Birthday: Benjamin Franklin

It’s January 17, and there are a ton of famous people born on this date, so today we’ll be talking about a journalist, a postman, a scientist, an inventor, a politician and an educator. Believe it or not, Benjamin Franklin, who was born on this date in 1706, was all of those things–and more! He edited the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard’s Almanack. He was the first Postmaster General of the United States and established the postal system that is still in use today. In fact, if you go to Philadelphia and visit the post office at 316 Market Street, your letters will be postmarked “B. Free Franklin” and you won’t see an American flag there because the American flag didn’t exist in 1775 when the post office was founded. As a scientist, Franklin conducted many experiments which led to the inventions of the lightning rod, bifocals, Franklin stove and more. You’re probably most familiar with his life as a politician and are familiar about his roles in writing the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, but he was also influential in colonial relations with Europe. Finally, as an educator, Franklin established the first lending library in the United States and founded the University of Pennsylvania, whose football team still plays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Clearly our country wouldn’t be what it is today without the contributions of Ben Franklin, Martin Luther King, whose birthday is observed today as a national holiday, and so many more. It’s because of them that we are proud to include American in our name.
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Friday, January 14, 2011
January 14 Birthdays: Samir Patel and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s January 14, and Samir Patel turns 17 years old today. Samir is a homeschooled spelling expert who competed in the National Spelling Bee five times. His best finish was second in that event, and he would no doubt ace our Spelling course. We can’t guarantee that after you take this course you will be able to spell words like boudin and clevis, but you will gain a deeper understanding of why words are spelled the way they are. Tomorrow, January 15, is the birth date of a man who we’ll remember in a special way on Monday. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in 1929 and devoted much of his adult life to furthering the cause of civil rights. Despite numerous personal struggles, including imprisonment, hate crimes and ultimately his own death in 1968, King traveled more than 6 million miles and spoke more than 2500 times between 1957 and 1968. Often he would appear and speak in areas of particular injustice, such as Birmingham, Alabama, but other times he would appear in more peaceful settings, such as Washington, D.C., where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Time magazine named him Man of the Year in 1963, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and President Ronald Reagan made his birthday (observed annually on the third Monday in January) a national holiday beginning in 1986. This weekend, think of people who inspire you, and then think of ways you can inspire others. In that way you will be keeping Dr. King’s legacy alive.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
January 13 Birthdays: Orlando Bloom and Patrick Dempsey

It’s January 13, and today we’re featuring two birthday boys who are very popular among the ladies. Orlando Bloom turns 34 years old today. He’s best known for his roles in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings. Last week we featured our new Classic Adventure Literature course, which features a novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, who also wrote Lord of the Rings. It’s important to note that our curriculum department is always working to give our students the best courses, whether they be revising and updating any of our 70 courses currently available or creating an entirely new course to meet demand and changing interests. Patrick Dempsey, who turns 45 years old today, would appreciate our Physiology and Health course, or at least his TV persona would. He’s starred as McDreamy on the popular drama Grey’s Anatomy for several years now, so his character is probably very familiar with the various body systems discussed in Physiology and Health. Our course, however, goes beyond physical health by discussing mental and emotional health and how all three are needed to form a truly healthy person. We’re excited to offer such interesting and diverse courses and look forward to offering many more in the future!
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
January 12 Birthday: Jeff Bezos

It’s January 12, and Jeff Bezos turns 47 years old today. Bezos worked on Wall Street for a few years after graduating from Princeton, but on a cross-country trip from New York to Seattle, he put together a plan of attack for the company that would soon become amazon.com, one of the best-known internet retailers of the past 15 years. Today amazon.com is a multi-billon dollar company, and Bezos has been recognized as Person of the Year by Time magazine in 1999 and as one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World’s Report in 2008. The American School has also made strides online in recent years. Consider the Online Student Center, which gives students and their guarantors 24-7 access to grades, help sheets, homework web sites and more. Similarly, the Online Counselor Office gives counselors and other school officials the ability to check grades of all their students who take courses through us. And soon, students, guarantors, school officials and everyone else who visits our web site will notice an entirely new look. Keep checking back for the launch of the brand new americanschoolofcorr.com in the coming weeks!
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
January 11 Birthday: Fischer Black

It’s January 11, and economist Fischer Black was born on this date in 1938. Black worked to find common ground between Keynesians and monetarists and partnered with Myron Scholes to write the Black-Scholes equation, which financial markets and options. Had he not died in 1995, Black would’ve shared the 1997 Nobel Prize for Economics with Scholes and Robert Merton for their work on stock option pricing. Economics is a required course in many states, and now students can fulfill that requirement by taking our new online Economics course. At just $100, all economists can agree the half-unit course is a great value, so email americanschoolonline@gmail.com to get started today!
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Monday, January 10, 2011
January 10 Birthday: Rod Stewart

It’s January 10, and singer Rod Stewart turns 66 years old today. He’s had hits in five decades, and Billboard magazine ranked him as the 17th most successful artist of all-time. Younger readers might remember Rod from his guest appearance on American Idol in season 5, when he mentored contestants on songs from the great American songbook, but older readers might remember him singing “Have I Told You Lately?” in the 90s, which was his last top 5 hit. The American School is always looking for new ways to tell you, our students, information you’d like to know. This blog is one way, but we’re also on Twitter @amerschoolcorr and on Facebook. Also, if you’re enrolled, log into the online student center and give us your email address. You’ll receive email notification every time an exam of yours is graded and recorded. Communication with our students is very important to us, so please make every effort to use these various forms of communication we have in place for you.
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Monday, January 10, 2011
Our Online Courses Launch Today!

Today is the big day! The American School is ushering in a new era of distance education by launching three new online courses, and today is the first day our new courses go live. Spots are still available in Pre-Algebra, Calculus and Economics. Pre-Algebra and Calculus are each one credit and cost $150 each, and Economics is one-half credit and costs $100. Pre-Algebra and Economics are open to all students, while students who plan to enroll in Calculus must have completed Algebra 2 in order to do so. Only the first 50 qualified students who apply can take these new courses, so think about enrolling today! For more details, email us at americanschoolonline@gmail.com.
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Friday, January 07, 2011
January 7 Birthdays: Millard Fillmore and Elvis Presley

It’s January 7, and Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States, was born on this date in 1800. Popular culture has made this man’s unusual name more famous than his political accomplishments, but he actually got a lot of things done in his short time in office. After assuming the presidency when Zachary Taylor died, Fillmore helped pass the Compromise of 1850 and worked to expand trade in the Far East, especially with Japan. He also served as part-time chancellor of the University of Buffalo while in the White House. Sure it was a step down from his previous position as full-time chancellor of the school he helped found, but, hey, he had other things to do, like run the country. To this day, there are schools and buildings named in his honor at the university. Looking ahead to tomorrow, we can’t promise we’ll do weekend birthdays every week, but what would have been the 76th birthday of Elvis Presley cannot be overlooked. The King of Rock and Roll has been a favorite of generations, and so has the American School. We always like hearing stories of how mothers or fathers earned high school diplomas from us and now their children are following suit. “Don’t Be Cruel” and deprive yourself of the life you’ve always wanted. Get started on your high school diploma today!
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Friday, January 07, 2011
Online Enrollment Application Security Information

Occasionally we get calls from people who, understandably so, are worried about entering sensitive information such as credit card numbers when they fill out our online enrollment application. We asked our web provider to double-check the site’s security and got the following response: “We’ve looked at these pages, and while the pages themselves are not https, when credit card information is entered, users are redirected to https://payflowlink.paypal.com/, which is secure.” So you can rest easy when you enter personal information on our web site and know that you or your child is about to get an outstanding distance education with personal attention from the American School!
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Thursday, January 06, 2011
January 6 Birthday: Carl Sandburg

It’s January 6, and on this date in 1878, Carl Sandburg was born. Sandburg was a dual threat as a poet and historian, winning Pulitzer Prizes for each of his talents. As a poet, he best known for his works about Chicago, a city in which he was a newspaper reporter for many years. In fact, his description of Chicago as “the city of big shoulders” is still a popular nickname today. As a historian, he wrote a complete biography of Abraham Lincoln that many people still consider to be one of the finest accounts of Lincoln’s life. Sandburg is an American legend and one of the best authors this country has produced. More great American writers are featured in our American Literature course, which provides a survey of major American authors from the early 17th to late 20th centuries and teaches students how authors convey their ideas and produce emotional effects in their works. Students will also learn how these works fit into the overall development of American literature, and by the end of the course, they’ll analyze and write about one of four great American novels. The American Literature course is a great way to expand your language arts skills and learn more about your country at the same time, so make it a part of your American School curriculum!
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Wednesday, January 05, 2011
January 5 Birthday: Zebulon Pike

It’s January 5, and Zebulon Pike was born on this date in 1779. You might not know his first name was Zebulon, but you probably have heard of a famous mountain named after him, Pikes Peak in Colorado. Even though Pike was a military man by trade–he fought in the War of 1812 and was killed in battle in 1813, his skills as an explorer helped the United States discover the properties and terrain of the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The American School’s World Geography course can help you discover the properties and terrain of countries around the globe. You’ll learn how different geographic features affect climates and socio-economic systems on each of earth’s continents, and you’ll also receive an atlas to guide you on your world tour. For more information on World Geography, visit our course descriptions page, and if you’re ready to begin your world tour without leaving your home, fill out the online enrollment application today!
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011
January 4 Birthday: Sir Isaac Newton

It’s January 4, and Sir Isaac Newton was born on this date in 1643. Newton’s influence on science cannot be underestimated. In fact, members of Britain’s Royal Society said in 2005 that no one made greater contributions to science than those made by Newton. He is perhaps best known for his three laws of motion, which you can discover in our Physics course, but you may also be familiar with him because of an apple. Newton reportedly watched an apple fall from a tree (perhaps hitting him in the head) and that was the seed for his theory of gravitation. He also made contributions to mathematics, optics and mechanics, and our math and science courses are great places to learn more about this fascinating man and his work. Check out our course descriptions page to see what catches your eye and then enroll today!
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011
January 3 Birthdays: J.R.R. Tolkien and Danica McKellar

Author J.R.R. Tolkien and actress/mathematician/author Danica McKellar were born on January 3. J.R.R. Tolkien, who was born in 1892, is best known for the Lord of the Rings series, but you can read one of his other classics, The Hobbit, if you enroll in our new Classic Adventure Literature course. This snappy little course, worth one-half credit, will find you reading The Hobbit as well as other tales such as Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Information on how to enroll is available on the enrollment pages of our site. One other January 3 honoree (and one of our blogger’s favorites) is Danica McKellar, who turned 36 yesterday. She is best-known for her role as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, but after that series ended, she graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics and penned three books designed to make math more friendly and accessible to middle school and high school students. If you’re scared of math, don’t be. Check out Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail; Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss; and Hot X: Algebra Exposed! to put your mind at ease before you begin any of our math courses, and check back later to see who our January 4 birthday honoree will be!
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011
New Year, New Blogs

Happy New Year! As we begin 2011, we’re happy to announce that technology will be at the forefront of what the American School has planned for the coming year. You already know about our new online courses and our presence on Facebook and Twitter, but we have even more in store, and you’ll hear and see those things in the coming months. One other thing we’ll be doing is updating the blog more often. One popular feature of blogs gone by was the birthday of the day, in which our blogger highlighted a famous person’s birthday and how his or her life relates to the American School, so we’re going to do that more often this year, as well as use the blog to promote upcoming conventions, famous students in the news and a whole lot more. We wish you a happy and successful 2011 and are excited you’re a part of the American School!
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Accreditation Update

It has come to our attention that people are having difficulty verifying our regional accreditation in part because the American School is not listed on www.ncahlc.org, the Web site of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The Higher Learning Commission accredits only colleges and universities. The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), which accredits schools like the American School, is–along with its sister organization, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)–an accreditation division of AdvancEd, an organization dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide. Therefore, information on the American School’s regional accreditation may be found on AdvancEd’s Web site at http://www.advanc-ed.org/oasis2/u/par/accreditation/summary?institutionId=35124. We take our accreditation very seriously and are proud to have had North Central accredit us since 1975.
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Friday, December 17, 2010
American School Celebrates 113th Anniversary

The American School was founded 113 years ago today in Boston. Not even our founder, the legendary R.T. Miller, could have envisioned what would become of his school. More than three million students have earned their high school diplomas with the help of the American School, and soon our students will learn in an entirely new way as we introduce online courses in 2011. Looking back at our history, it’s amazing to see how far we have come, but we’re not even close to being finished yet. We have many exciting things in store for our 114th year, so keep reading this blog and checking us out on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Like Us On Facebook

The American School now has its own official Facebook page. Simply direct your browser to http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/American-School-of-Correspondence/147773661940583 and click the Like button. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @amerschoolcorr too. We’re on the verge of doing some very exciting things, starting with the three online courses we introduced yesterday, and Facebook and Twitter are great ways for you to hear about American School news as it happens.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Remembering Bob Feller

Bob Feller is being remembered today as one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball history and as a World War II hero. You can read tributes to him on Web sites from media in Cleveland, where he starred for the Indians, and on national sports Web sites, but none of them mention his ties to the American School. Bob Feller took American School courses before beginning his baseball and military careers, and we are proud to count him among our most famous and accomplished students.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
American School Introduces Online Courses

The American School is kicking off its 114th year in style by introducing three new online courses. Beginning January 10, 2011, students may take Pre-Algebra, Calculus and Economics in a fully online format. Pre-Algebra and Calculus are each one credit, and Economics is one-half credit. Pre-Algebra and Economics are open to all students, while students who plan to enroll in Calculus must have completed Algebra 2 in order to do so. We are excited about the prospects of soon offering a full array of online courses to all our students, but during this introductory phase: Enrollment in these courses is available to the first 50 qualified students who apply. Students enrolled in these courses will participate in a series of short surveys throughout the course in which they will offer valuable feedback. As a thank you for providing their comments and suggestions, students will receive special pricing for these courses. Pre-Algebra and Calculus are only $150, and Economics is only $100. There are several great benefits to enrolling in these online courses today! You will, of course, receive the same outstanding American School instruction to which you have become accustomed, but you’ll be learning in an entirely new and cutting-edge format. You also will have the opportunity to help shape the future of online education at the American School through the comments you provide in the surveys. We listen to what our students have to say and look forward to hearing what you think! If you are ready to become one of the first 50 students to enroll in our new online courses, please call our online courses administrator, Dave Perry, at 708-418-2800 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Central Standard Time. We are excited to offer these online courses to you and look forward to your participation as we begin our 114th year-and a new era-of helping students earn their high school diplomas.
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Friday, December 10, 2010
Practical Homeschooling Readers Like American School Courses

The readers of Practical Homeschooling Magazine selected the American School’s Consumer Economics course and Introduction to Computers course as third-place winners in the magazine’s 2011 Reader Awards. We are thrilled that so many homeschoolers from around the country like our courses, but we are not resting on our laurels. In fact, we’re working more diligently than ever to offer our students the most innovative courses we can create. To that end, soon we will have a big announcement that will take American School courses in a new and exciting direction. Check back with this blog next week for more details.
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Monday, November 08, 2010
American School Celebrates National Distance Learning Week

National Distance Learning Week is being held from November 8-12, and the American School is proud to be a leader in distance learning for nearly 113 years. Early next year, our students will be able to learn from us in an entirely new way, so keep reading this blog for exciting details as they become available! As always, you can email your blog feedback to followup@americanschoolofcorr.com. We like hearing from students, guarantors and counselors and listen to everything you have to share with us!
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Friday, November 05, 2010
American School Has Busy Convention Schedule

The American School has had a busy slate of conventions to kick off November. We attended the All Ohio Counselors Conference in Columbus this week and will attend the Indiana School Counselor Association Confernce in Indianapolis next week. In addition, we will have information present at the Michigan School Counselor Association Conference going on this weekend. These conventions are a great way for counselors and other school officials to learn more about us and the services we offer. Starting in 2011, we will have exciting new services for students in our Independent Study program as well as our High School Diploma program. Keep reading this blog for further details as they become available.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
American School To Attend INPEC Convention

The American School will attend the Indiana Non-Public Education Conference next week in Indianapolis. Stop by booth 302 in the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, October 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday, October 29, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. local time to learn how the American School can help you or someone you know earn an accredited high school diploma.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
American School Offers New Final Exam Service To Counselors

The American School is pleased to announce that school counselors can now print the end-of-course final exams for their students whenever they need them simply by accessing the Online Counselor Center. Because we now have our library of final exams online and available for counselors to print, we are no longer automatically mailing final exams to counselors. If school counselors prefer not to print the final exams themselves, they may call our Student Service department at 708-418-2800 to request a copy be mailed to them. If school counselors do not have their school code and password to access the Online Counselor Center, they may call Paul at 708-418-2850 or Jeff at 708-418-2170 to request that a new code and password be sent to them through the regular mail. We hope that this new service will benefit both students and counselors alike.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Celebrating John Wooden’s 100th Birthday

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who died earlier this year, would’ve turned 100 today, but he was more than just a basketball coach. Consider the following quotes, all of which are attributed to him, and think about how they can influence your career as an American School student. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” “Never mistake activity for achievement.” “Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” “Be prepared and be honest.” “Be quick, but don’t hurry.” “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” “Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.” “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” “I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.” “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.” “Ability is a poor man’s wealth.” “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” “Consider the rights of others before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights.” “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” “Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Convention Update

The American School had great success at the Southeast Homeschool Expo in Atlanta and at Homeschool Day at Six Flags Great America just north of Chicago. Upcoming conventions include several state counseling conventions all throughout the autumn. We’ll post dates and locations soon.
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Friday, September 17, 2010
New Electricity Course Available

The American School has released an updated version of the Fundamentals of Electricity course. Algebra 1 is a pre-requisite for the course, which contains seven exams and is designed to give students basic knowledge of electrical systems and how they work. Taking this course would be a bright idea for any student who wishes to pursue a career as an electrician, so enroll today using our online or printable enrollment application.
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Friday, September 17, 2010
American School Introduces New Classic Adventure Literature Course

The American School is proud to offer a new Classic Adventure Literature course. Students who enroll in this half-unit course will experience all the adventurous excitement of The Hobbit, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Call of the Wild and Treasure Island without leaving their homes. The course contains four exams–one on each novel–and is an exciting new option for students who need a half-credit of language arts on their high school transcripts. Soon independent study students will be able to enroll in Classic Adventure Literature using our online indepdendent study enrollment application, but if you can’t wait, download the new printable independent study enrollment application and mail it to us. Students who will be earning the American School’s diploma can call or write us if you wish to add this course to your curriculum.
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Monday, July 19, 2010
Travis Pastrana Grants A Wish On ESPN

American School graduate Travis Pastrana is one of five athletes granting wishes on ESPN this week as part of SportsCenter’s My Wish feature. His segment airs Wednesday, July 21 and will be available for viewing online later this week.
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Monday, July 19, 2010
New Physics Course Available

The American School’s Curriculum department has released a new version of our Physics course. Physics is the science which explores matter and energy in terms of motion and force. While Algebra I is a prerequisite for the course and solving problems involving mathematical computation is required, the focus of this course is on understanding concepts, rather than on numerical manipulation. Everyday examples and illustrations are used wherever possible, and students are encouraged to think through specific applications of the general concepts which they study. In completing this subject, among other activities, students apply the concepts they have learned to explain the physics of actual situations. There are 11 examinations in Physics. For more information on our other courses or to enroll online, visit the Course Descriptions and How to Enroll portions of our Web site.
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Thursday, July 01, 2010
Graduate Katie Hoff Featured In Sports Illustrated

2007 American School graduate Katie Hoff is featured in the July 5 issues of Sports Illustrated. She and four other swimmers recently joined a newly-created training center in Fullerton, California, where she is preparing for the 2010 U.S. National Championships to be held in Irvine, California, from August 3-7. Hoff, who won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, is hoping that her work in Fullerton will pay off not only in national events but also the 2011 World Championship meet and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The American School wishes her the best of luck!
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
American School Attends ASCA Convention

The American School attended the ASCA Convention last weekend in Boston. We enjoyed meeting counselors from across the country and around the world and look forward to serving you and your students through our Independent Study program. We are already making plans to attend next year’s ASCA Convention, to be held June 25-28 in Seattle. In the meantime, keep checking this blog for updates on which conventions and conferences we’ll be attending next.
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Friday, June 04, 2010
New Help Sheets Now Available

New help sheets for Drafting, Photography and all three Art courses are now available in the Online Student Center. These help sheets are exclusively for American School students, and our Instruction and Curriculum departments are always working to add new help sheets to those already on the site. If you are a student in these or any of our courses, remember to use the Online Student Center to get help, either in the form of help sheets or by checking out the homework Web sites we have listed there. You may also call us at 708-418-2800 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m Central time to speak with an instructor. All of us are dedicated to seeing you do your very best and look forward to helping you in any way we can.
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Friday, April 16, 2010
New Blueprint Reading 1 Course Available

The American School’s Curriculum department has released a new version of the Blueprint Reading 1 course. This half–unit course introduces students to the fundamentals of printreading, particularly as it relates to residential construction. Students begin by learning about the various types of graphic information used to communicate construction ideas and information. They then are given the necessary background to read plot plans, floor plans, elevations, sections and details. In addition, students are introduced to building trades information. Two sets of plans are included with the course, one of which is also on the accompanying CD-ROM, which provides supplemental reference material. In completing this subject students take competency exams included as part of the textbook materials. There are 10 examinations in Blueprint Reading 1. For more details on our courses and for enrollment information, visit the rest of our Web site!
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
New Blueprint Reading 2 Course Available

The American School’s Curriculum department has released a new version of the Blueprint Reading 2 course. This half–unit course provides printreading experience in residential and light commercial construction. The text/workbook is designed to reinforce concepts regarding elements commonly found on prints. The course provides a detailed description of various construction materials and explores the typical use of working drawings and written specifications by building trades for various types of construction. Real world building plans for a brick veneer residence, condominium, commercial building, bank, and restaurant are examined in detail. Written specifications for both the brick veneer residence and restaurant are studied, as are building codes. Five sets of plans are included with the course, many of which are also on the accompanying CD-ROM, which includes supplemental reference material. In completing this subject students take competency exams included as part of the textbook materials. There are 10 examinations in Blueprint Reading 2. For more details on our courses and for enrollment information, visit the rest of our Web site!
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
American School Attends AdvancEd Conference

The American School attended the AdvancEd Conference this past weekend in Atlanta. This event was important because AdvancEd is one of our main accrediting bodies, and the information we received at this conference will help us become a stronger school.
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
American School Attends Midwest Homeschool Convention

The American School attended the Midwest Homeschool Convention last weekend at Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center. We were excited to meet many homeschoolers and their families and are looking forward to helping you earn your high school diploma. Keep reading this blog for updates on our next convention appearances!
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Thursday, April 01, 2010
Final Four Blog 4: Duke

Today we conclude our look at the teams and schools in the Final Four by discussing Duke. The Blue Devils are making their 11th Final Four appearance under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski and are looking to win Coach K’s fourth national championship. This year the Blue Devils relied on three elite scorers and good team defense to get to Indianapolis, and now they are just two wins away from reclaiming their place as college basketball’s elite program. In terms of your education, you can take a page out of Duke’s book and try to create a good support system for yourself. Coach K alone doesn’t make Duke great. Neither do the players themselves. Collectively, the coaches, players and staff work together and support each other. In the same way, you will be doing your own work throughout your American School curriculum, but surround yourself with good influences, whether they be your parents, friends, relatives or other people who believe in you. Looking ahead to college, Duke is a small private school consistently ranked in the top 20 universities in America. Attending a school such as Duke requires hard work, but you can do anything you put your mind to. Another point to remember is that the American School is fully accredited, so your American School diploma carries the same value as diplomas from resident schools. It should NOT be a hindrance in you being accepted at Duke, West Virginia, Butler, Michigan State or any other college you wish to attend. We hope you’ve enjoyed this week of Final Four blogs and that you came away with the impression that these schools are about much more than basketball. They are universities that happen to have sports teams, not the other way around, and the players in the games this weekend are student-athletes, not athlete-students. We’ll resume regular blogs next week, but for now, enjoy the Final Four and have a good weekend!
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Final Four Blog 3: West Virginia

Our series of Final Four blogs continues today with West Virginia. The Mountaineers are making their first trip to the Final Four since 1959 and are perhaps the most athletic team in the field. That’s not to say WV has always been sharp this season. They found themselves trailing Notre Dame by 20 at halftime before making a furious comeback that fell just short. In several other games, they were down big but rallied for victories. Their ability to make comebacks is a reminder that they will not go down without a fight in Indianapolis. In your high school career, you’re going to have bad days. The important thing to remember is that you have opportunities to bounce back. There’s always the next exam on which you can do better and improve your overall grade for the course. No mountain is too big to climb if you put your mind to it. Looking ahead to college, West Virginia has many of the same characteristics as Michigan State, which we discussed in Monday’s blog. Don’t forget that our guidance office can help you with the college application process, and the American School offers scholarships to qualified graduates. We’ll wrap up our Final Four blogs tomorrow with a look at Duke, so make plans to join us then.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Final Four Blog 2: Butler

We continue our series of Final Four blogs by looking at the most unlikely of this year’s Final Four: Butler. If you think the Bulldogs’ run to the Final Four is something out of Hollywood, you’d be right. They play their home games in Hinkle Fieldhouse, where the movie Hoosiers was filmed. The small school on the north side of Indianapolis will bring its tough defense and winning attitude across town to Lucas Oil Stadium for the Final Four, and they’ll bring the nation’s longest winning streak–24 games–with them. Very few people thought Butler would get this far, and perhaps outsiders or maybe even you yourself feel the same way about your education. Maybe people have told you you’re not good enough or smart enough to get where you want to go. Don’t listen to them. Believe in yourself and you can do anything you want to do, including earning your high school diploma. Looking ahead to college, don’t be afraid to strongly consider smaller schools like Butler. Smaller schools can offer comfortable class sizes, a homey atmosphere, and are sometimes closer to your hometown than larger state schools. Remember that, while your friends may be attending the popular school, you have to choose the school that is best for you, whether it’s large, small, or someplace in between. Join us again tomorrow as our series continues with a look at West Virginia.
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Monday, March 29, 2010
Final Four Blog 1: Michigan State

All this week, the American School Blog will be talking about the four teams participating in this weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis. We’ll do so in a way that gives you some insight into the teams and some insight into your education, both at the American School and beyond. First up is Michigan State. There has been a Spartan existence in six of the last 12 Final Fours, but this year’s club is perhaps the biggest surprise of the six. Highly touted in the preseason (and indeed your blogger’s pick to win it all before the season began), MSU dealt with injuries in the regular season and in the NCAA Tournament but persevered and is now two wins away from its second national championship in 11 years. As you continue your American School work, earn a lesson from MSU and don’t let adversity get you down. You’re going to face tough classes and confront material which doesn’t suit your talents or interests. It happens to everyone at some point. Don’t give up and use that as an excuse for not giving your best effort. Learn to make the best of what you have and keep moving forward. Looking ahead to college, certainly state schools like Michigan State have a lot to offer. Large schools offer more majors, have thousands of students, are usually more affordable than smaller colleges, and are often located in urban settings. These are all things to consider as you decide which college is best for you. Be sure to come back tomorrow and read about Butler’s amazing run to the Final Four and what lessons you can learn from the upstart Bulldogs.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at the American School. Green is a popular color here. After you enroll and become an American School student, you’ll receive a green first page form to use on your first exam. That indicates to us that you’re a brand new student, and our instructors will take special care to formally welcome you to the American School. You’ll also save a lot of green because the American School is the most affordable distance-learning school on the market. Our four-year diploma program costs just $1399, and that price includes all books, study guides, personalized grading and access to our online student center. We’re confident that your friends will be green with envy as they watch you earn your high school diploma from the American School, so enroll online today!
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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Chat Room Ideas Wanted

In the past couple weeks, English department chairperson Sarah Hunter conducted a chat session on the novels in American Literature, and guidance counselor Janet Howe conducted a chat session on the ACT and SAT. We would like to conduct more topic-specific chat sessions in the future, but we want to know what you want. Give us your ideas for chat sessions by sending an email with the subject line “chat ideas” to followup@americanschoolofcorr.com. We will do our best to accommodate your ideas!
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Friday, February 05, 2010
Reminder About First Page Forms

A reminder to our current students: please do not discard the first page forms of graded exams. Those first page forms and the hand-written grade and instructor’s signature on them are, along with the graded exam itself, proof that you received a grade for that exam. We recommend that you save all graded exams and first page forms you that you have additional verification of your grades. Thank you for your cooperation!
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Friday, January 29, 2010
Reminder About Telephone Numbers

Recently we have seen an increase in the number of current or past students calling our 866 number to receive information about their records. The 866 number is only for prospective students. If you are a current or past student, please call 708-418-2800 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Central time, and we will be happy to answer your questions immediately. Thank you for your understanding.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
Easy As 1-2-3

Today is January 23, or, if you choose to write today’s date in numbers, 1-23. Our new online enrollment application is as easy as 1-2-3. Filling it out and completing the enrollment process with a credit card allows you to become an American School student within a matter of minutes, so if you’re looking for a jumpstart to your high school career, take advantage of our online enrollment application. You’ll be glad you did!
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Hat’s Off To You!

Today is National Hat Day, and one of our favorite hats at the American School is the mortarboard. Even though we don’t hold an official graduation ceremony or issue caps and gowns to our graduates, we like the mortarboard because it’s a symbol of graduation, and there’s nothing we like more than helping students graduate. In life, people wear many “hats” but the “hat” you will wear as a high school graduate will give you more career opportunities, earn you more money, and help you live the life you always wanted. The American School can help you achieve those goals. Visit our enrollment page and enroll online today!
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Happy Birthday, Mary Pierce

American School graduate and tennis champion Mary Pierce turns 35 years old today. Mary won the 1995 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open and was runner-up in four other Grand Slam events. In between winning her two major titles, Mary earned her American School diploma, which showed that she is as dedicated to her education as she was to becoming a great tennis player. We are proud to count Mary among our graduates and wish her a happy birthday.
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Reminder About E-mail Addresses

A reminder to students and parents who use our Online Student Center to monitor academic progress. If you need to add or change your e-mail address, you MUST do this yourself after you log into the Online Student Center. Simply click the “change e-mail address or password” link and follow the instructions. You do not need to change your password in order to change your e-mail address. Also, be aware that we send grade notification e-mails only to e-mail addresses which have been entered after using the student log-in button and student code and password to access the site. We do not send grade notification e-mails to e-mail addresses which have been entered after using the guarantor log-in button and guarantor code and password to access the site. If you have questions about adding or changing your e-mail address, please let us know by writing to followup@americanschoolofcorr.com or by calling 708-418-2800 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. Thank you.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
MTV Features American School In “True Life: I’m Homeschooled”

This week MTV has begun airing a homeschool-themed episode of its popular True Life series. The hour-long episode, entitled “I’m Homeschooled” includes a segment on an American School student and will air on Wednesday, January 13, at 1 p.m. EST, with additional dates and times to be announced on MTV’s web site, www.mtv.com, and, if possible, on this blog.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Donny Osmond To Host Nationwide Radio Show

Former American School student Donny Osmond is scheduled to launch a syndicated nationwide radio show on 60 stations across the country. The show, which first airs January 18, will be geared toward women who listen to adult contemporary or classic hits during the day, whether they are at work, in the car, at home, or someplace in between. In addition to playing music, Donny plans to include personal stories from his decades in entertainment as part of the show. In addition to his Dancing With The Stars triumph and his new radio show, Donny and his sister Marie, herself a former American School student, continue to perform shows at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, which recently extended the duo’s run at the famed casino and hotel through 2012.
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010
American School Launches New Home Page

Visitors to www.americanschoolofcorr.com are seeing the American School’s new home page for the first time today. Don’t worry–the famous hallway that has been our home page for the past four years is still there and may be accessed by clicking the link on the bottom of the new home page, but the new home page contains a brief history of the School, famous students, and why students should enroll. We hope you will enjoy the information on our new home page and use it as a gateway to check out the rest of our site.
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Monday, January 04, 2010
Enroll Online Today!

The American School is kicking off 2010 with a bang! Beginning today, you don’t have to print out an application from our Web site or request one be sent to you in the mail if you want to become our student. You can enroll with a credit card online. To enroll in our high school diploma program, visit http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/enroll/hsapp.aspx. To enroll in our independent study program, visit http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/enroll/isapp.aspx. You will need a credit card to complete online enrollment transactions. If you prefer not to pay by credit card, you can still download applications at http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/enrollment. We look forward to having you as our student in the new year!
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Monday, November 23, 2009
American School Announces New Student Co-Op Credit Policy

Effective today, the American School no longer has a limit on the number of student co-op credits a referring student can receive. In other words, current students may now refer to us as many potential students as possible, and should those potential students enroll, current students will receive a tuition credit for each of them. That means if you are a current student and refer 10 students, you will get 10 tuition credits. Word of mouth is a great way of advertising, and we hope that this new tuition credit policy will give you more incentive to spread the word among your friends and let them know you enjoy earning your high school diploma the American way from the American School! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
New Child Care Course Arrives

The American School’s Curriculum department has released a new version of the Child Care course. Students who take this course will study the care and guidance of children from infancy through adolescence. The focus of the course is on the physical, intellectual, and emotional/social development of the child at each stage of his or her life as well as on the role of the caregiver in promoting the child’s well-being at each stage. In completing this course students are asked, among other things, to apply what they have learned to determine appropriate actions that a caregiver might take in a wide range of situations and will take six unit examinations to earn one credit. For more details on how to enroll in Child Care or any of our courses, visit the rest of our web site for course descriptions and enrollment applications. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Christopher Paolini Releases New Book

American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini has released “Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia” which is sure to give fans an ever deeper look inside Christopher’s popular Inheritance cycle. Buy it wherever books are sold! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
New Carpentry Course Hammered Out

The American School Curriculum department has released an updated version of our Introduction to Carpentry course. The course provides a systematic overview of the most common tools, materials and procedures used in residential construction, from laying a foundation to finish work. Students who enroll in this course will calculate board feet, interpret labeling information, identify components in drawings as well as complete objective questions which test their knowledge of the basic tools, materials and procedures. You’ll hit the nail on the head if you take this course, so enroll today! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
American School Holds 112th Annual Meeting

The American School held its 112th Annual Meeting of Trustees and Corporate Members earlier this week, and those present, along with the entire American School staff, are determined to make 2010 an outstanding year for the School and its students. Before meeting participants began looking forward, they looked back at the many accomplishments of the past year. These include developing a School Improvement Plan as required by members of the CITA review team after their visit in late 2008, improving service in areas such as book shipments and exam turnaround time, developing new courses, and using the Web site to host chat sessions. The School will continue these and similar endeavors in 2010, and we look forward to serving our students in the months and years to come. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

In accordance with National Arts and Humanities Month, Illinois governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed October 2009 as Illinois Arts & Humanities Month and encouraged citizens to celebrate and promote the arts and culture in their local communities. Even though you might not be an Illinois resident, the American School offers several courses that fit right in with Arts & Humanities Month. These include three art courses (Drawing People, Drawing Animals, and Drawing Landscapes), two history courses (U.S. History and World History) and a host of literature courses. Taking arts and humanities courses can enhance your life in several different ways, so consider taking some of our arts and humanities courses as you work toward your American School diploma. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, October 05, 2009
American School Receives Centennial Award

This past weekend, the Illinois State Historical Society presented the American School with a Centennial Award in recognition of the School’s 107 years of business in the state of Illinois. Originally founded in Boston in 1897, the School moved to Chicago in 1902 as part of a 5-year collaborative experiment with the Armour Institute of Technology, and the School has been headquartered in Illinois ever since. The American School is one of just 24 businesses or groups to receive a Centennial Award this year. Not only is this a significant achievement for the School, but it’s a significant achievement for our past, present and future students as well. It’s a sign that the American School has existed for a long time in part because it has adapted to the changing times. This is evident in recent years as the School has expanded its online presence, and we look forward to serving our students in the years to come. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, September 18, 2009
New Course Descriptions Added

New and expanded course descriptions have just been added to our Web site. Our Curriculum and Instruction departments collaborated on this project, and the result is that students, parents and school officials can now see more details about every course, including what topics are covered, what kinds of activities students will undertake, and how many exams students will need to complete in order to pass the course. Check them out and see what courses interest you! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, August 17, 2009
We’re Not Run Of The Mill

Oreo might be milk’s favorite cookie, but Oreo the Cat in Georgia is a high school graduate. How can this be? Simple. His owner, the head of Central Georgia’s Better Business Bureau, enrolled Oreo in high school courses from a diploma mill. With minimal help from his owner, Oreo earned a diploma in a matter of weeks. When considering correspondence and online high schools, please be careful to avoid diploma mills. Your diploma could turn out to be worthless. The American School is not a run of the mill correspondence high school. We offer personalized attention, quality courses, detailed handwritten comments on exams, and much more, and we do all of it at a reasonable cost. Check out the rest of our Web site to learn more about us. We think you’ll find us to be the cat’s meow! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, August 14, 2009
Homeschool Conventions Wrapup

The American School recently attended homeschool conventions in Atlanta and suburban Chicago and enjoyed meeting all those who stopped by our booth. The conventions were part of a busy summer in which we have criss-crossed the country meeting students, parents and counselors. Even though we don’t see our students in person very often, we make every effort to create a personal connection between ourselves and our students. Our instructors write personalized comments and call students by name when they grade exams. Our president personally signs each student’s diploma. And whenever you call us for assistance, we will be polite and give you attentive personal service. If you’re ready to enroll today, download the application on our Web site, and keep checking this blog for an updated list of where we’ll be visiting next. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Follow Us On Twitter

If you like the American School blog, then you’ll love following the American School on Twitter. We’re on Twitter @amerschoolcorr, so be sure to check us out. We’ll be tweeting often, and, while we won’t be able to write back to any tweets you send our way, we’ll be more than happy to have you follow us! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, July 10, 2009
American School Attends ASCA Convention In Dallas

The American School attended the American School Counselor Association Convention in Dallas in late June. Students from all across the country use our independent study program to help them make up credits, and our presence at this national convention gave their counselors the opportunity to meet with us face to face to discuss our program and what we can do to improve it. We look forward to implementing some of their suggestions in the weeks and months ahead so that we can give all our students the best educational experience we can. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
American School Holds 71st Annual Scholarship Meeting

Today the American School is holding its 71st annual scholarship meeting at nearby Lansing Country Club. American School President Gary Masterton, President Emeritus William Hunding, and Guidance Counselor Janet Howe are helping to choose this year’s winners along with permanent scholarship committee members, Dr. John Kemp and Ms. Cher Tufly, and this year’s guest member, Dr. John Murphy. Together, they will select three graduates to receive $2000 scholarship awards and 15 graduates to receive $1000 scholarship awards. Over the years, the American School has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to our graduates. Profiles of this year’s winners will appear in an upcoming All-American newsletter, which will be posted on our Web site as soon as it becomes available. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
American School Receives A+ Rating From BBB

The American School is pleased to announced that we have been given a grade of A+ by the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. The A+ grade is the highest a business can receive under the BBB’s new rating system, which replaces the previous ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ rating. Letter grades are calculated by computer using a ratings formula that takes into account 17 weighted factors, the largest single factor being the company’s overall complaint history with the BBB. We are proud of our 75-year affiliation with the BBB and even prouder to receive this A+ rating. When you enroll with us, you can be assured that you’ll receive A+ service from us as you work to achieve A+ grades of your own on your way to your high school diploma. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, April 03, 2009
American School Attends Inaugural AdvancEd Conference

The American School recently attended the inaugural AdvancEd Conference in downtown Chicago. AdvancEd is a new organization which combines the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and the Commission on International and Transregional Accreditation (CITA) into a single body. Nearly 1400 educators from across the country attended the conference and went to sessions to learn about the latest innovations in education. American School staff members attended some of those sessions and greeted people who stopped by our display to learn more about our school and the services we offer. Keep reading this blog for details on our upcoming conferences and conventions. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, March 13, 2009
American School Honored By Better Business Bureau

The American School received special recognition from the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois at the BBB’s 82nd annual dinner meeting. The BBB chose to honor us because we are in our 75th year of supporting their efforts to maintain ethical business practices in the marketplace. American School President Gary R. Masterton graciously accepted the award and described how we incorporate the BBB’s standards and values into our business model and policies. Other speakers and honorees include Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago television personalities Allison Rosati and Darlene Hill. We are proud of our affiliation with the Better Business Bureau because it helps us provide our students with the best service possible. We look forward to working with them for the next 75 years and beyond. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, March 02, 2009
NASSP Convention Recap

The American School attended the NASSP Convention this past weekend in San Diego. Educational Director John McCulley met with several high school principals from across the country and introduced them to our Independent Study program. The Independent Study program is a great way for students who attend local high schools to make up credits so they can graduate on time with their classes. More information on this program can be found in the Independent Study portion of this Web site. Keep checking this blog for a list of upcoming conventions we’ll be attending. We could be coming to your hometown next! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
February Chat Session Recap

Students and parents who attended our Online Student Center’s chat sessions yesterday learned about several policies and procedures that are in effect during the spring months. If you were unable to attend the chat session but would like to learn more about these policies, simply log into the Online Student Center and look for the Student Center News box on the right side of the screen. Click on the link in the box and you’ll be all set. We are also looking forward to adding additional dates to the chat room schedule. Keep reading this blog for more details. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Independent Study Brochure Now Online

For years the American School has had its Independent Study program application on our Web site with great results. Many people have found it convenient to simply download the application, fill it out completely and mail it to us, and they wind up getting started on their courses as quickly as possible. Now, in addition to the Independent Study application, you can download our Independent Study information brochure from the Independent Study page of this Web site. The information brochure gives you some guidelines to follow while you’re taking our courses and informs you of our policies and procedures for Independent Study students. Please take a moment to download the brochure. It’s a great resource for students, parents and school officials alike. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Important Notice For Independent Study Schools And Students

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
WASB Convention Recap

The American School attended the 88th annual Wisconsin Association of School Boards Convention last week in Milwaukee. We were excited to introduce our Independent Study program to school board members and superintendents from across the Badger State, and we look forward to helping their districts improve their completion rates through our convenient home study courses. Next up on our schedule is the National Association of Secondary School Principals convention from February 27-March 1 in San Diego. Keep reading this blog for more details about our appearances at conventions across the country. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, January 05, 2009
American School Announces Departmental And Policy Changes

The New Year has brought several changes to American School departments and policies, including the following: Effective January 5, the Student Service and Customer Service departments have been merged into a single department, known as Student Service, under the supervision of Robin Fisher. Meanwhile, the Admissions department has been reorganized into two distinct departments. The new Admissions department, under the supervision of Registrar Donna Stimac, will process high school and Independent Study enrollments and handle inquiries about those matters. The Admissions department will also have the responsibility of evaluating transcripts. The newly-formed Fulfillment department, under the supervision of Minnie Koske, will organize and distribute enrollment packets, folders and similar documents created when a student enrolls. In addition, the following prices are now in effect for duplicate textbooks, study guides and examination booklets. Textbook or Instruction Book: $40 (For Essential Math I and II and Understanding English I and II, the charge will be $20 if only one book is needed.) Study Guide: $10 Examination Booklet: $5 (Planning Your Career, Sociology, General Science and Earth Science only) If a student request duplicate copies of examinations and needs to complete more than half of the exams in a course, the student must purchase the publication that has the examinations in it: either a study guide or examination booklet, depending upon the course. The item(s) will be sent only after payment is received, either by mail or by credit card over the phone. Thank you for your cooperation with these matters. We are confident that these changes will allow us to more effectively serve you in 2009 and beyond.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
American School Celebrates 111th Anniversary

It’s December 17, and on this date in 1897, the American School received its charter in Massachusetts. We were founded out east, but for more than a century, our home has been in Chicagoland, first in the Hyde Park neighborhood near the University of Chicago and now in the far south suburb of Lansing, Illinois. We’ve seen a lot of changes in the past 111 years, but our mission has always remained the same: to serve our students first. We’ve always endeavored to give our students the most informative courses we can. In the past two years, our service has expanded through the Online Student Center, where students can view their grades and download help sheets any time of the day or night. We are excited about what the next year has in store, and you’ll read about it first right in this blog! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
December Chat Session Recap

Students who stopped by the chat sessions held earlier today learned more about the American School’s course offerings, as well as how and when to choose electives. Because only a few students participated in each session, those who attended received extra special personal attention, which has been a hallmark of the American School for its entire 111-year history. We look forward to holding more chat rooms sometime in early 2009. Be sure to check this blog and the chat page in the Online Student Center for exact dates and times. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Introduction To Computers Course Expanded

The American School is proud to add a new and expanded Introduction to Computers course to its curriculum. The new course is a one-unit course for both students who are experienced computer users and those who have had little or no experience in using a computer. The aim of the course is to give students a general overview of how computers operate and, given the proper software, what they can do, including word processing, spreadsheets, graphics and online photoediting. Students also develop skills in using the Internet to obtain useful information and learn how to protect their privacy and their computers from outside threats. Access to a computer and to the Internet is required in this course. The cost of this full-unit course is $170 for students in our independent study program, and students in either of our two diploma programs may take this new course as an elective. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
November Chat Session Recap

This month’s chat sessions gave students the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences with each other and with the American School staff member who facilitated the chat. Those who attended the chat sessions had great ideas for making the chat sessions and the School in general more effective. We are always open to new ideas for making ourselves better, and it was beneficial to us to hear exactly what our students are thinking so that we can give them better service. Keep watching this blog for dates and times of future chat sessions. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
American School Holds 111th Annual Meeting

The American School held its 111th Annual Meeting of trustees and corporate members earlier today, and all who attended were pleased with the accomplishments of the past year and excited about what the future holds. President Gary Masterton praised the entire staff for their efforts in serving our students and making their educational experience the best it can be. Their efforts in the past year included taking steps to improve turnaround time on students’ exams, instituting new shipping and mailing procedures, updating courses to give students the most current material possible, producing cable television ads, and modernizing our accounting system. We are considering many other possible improvements, but they will be implemented only after a careful review to ensure that they truly benefit our students. We have not held 111 Annual Meetings by making rash decisions. Rather, it is our ‘conservative progressive’ approach which guides us and keeps us moving forward into a future with unlimited possibilities. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, October 09, 2008
October Chat Session Recap

Yesterday the Online Student Center hosted two more chat sessions. Students who attended the sessions learned about the American School’s grading scale and turnaround time for exams and received tips on how to get into the college of their choice. Currently the chat room is open two hours per month, and the next chat sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, from 1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Central time. We hope to see many of our current students there, and if you haven’t enrolled yet, do so today so that you have your Online Student Center code and password in time for the November chats! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, October 06, 2008
Christopher Paolini Featured In People Magazine

American School graduate Christopher Paolini is featured in the October 13 issue of People magazine. In the one-page interview, Chris describes the process he went through to write Brisingr, his latest best-selling novel, and discusses how he rewarded himself after he completed the book. Be sure to keep reading this blog later this week, when we will again feature Chris and update you on his travels as he criss-crosses the country promoting Brisingr. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, October 01, 2008
CITA Reaccredits The American School

Shortly after visiting us last week, CITA wholeheartedly reaccredited the American School for another five-year period. We are very pleased by this news and most grateful to CITA, not only for reaccrediting us, but also for their help and suggestions in making the American School even better. We look forward to implementing many of their ideas and giving our students the best educational experience possible. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
CITA Visits The American School

Yesterday and today, the American School played host to an accreditation team from CITA (The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation). We were very happy to welcome Dr. John Murphy and Ms. Laura Fischer into our building so they can see first-hand how we operate. The purpose of their visit is to review our self-evaluations and to steer us in the right direction so that we can become an even better school. We take our accreditation very seriously. We are proud to be accredited by CITA and by NCA (North Central Association) and recognized by the state of Illinois as a non-public secondary school, and we look forward to reading the report prepared by Dr. Murphy and Ms. Fischer in the coming months. Their insights will help us do a better job and, therefore, will ensure that all of our students get the best education we can offer. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
American School Releases Two Updated Courses

The American School is proud to release two newly updated and revised courses. One is our popular Planning Your Career course, now in its sixth edition. The course, which is designed to assist individuals in making decisions about their career both now and in the years to come, begins by helping students explore how their interests, abilities, values and personality relate to choosing a career and ends with practical advice on how to get a job. Students who take this new edition of the course will receive the latest information on topics such as sources of career information, training and educational options, financial aid for going to college or vocational school and much more. Now in its third edition, our Keyboarding course will benefit both the beginner as well as the individual who has learned the keyboard but wishes to improve his or her technique. Efficiency, accuracy and speed are all emphasized in specially designed exercises. Students also learn how to type copy in the most commonly used formats. Revising courses is one of the specialties of our Curriculum department. We make every effort to provide students with the most current course content possible. If that means revising a current course, we’ll do it. If it means creating an entirely new course to suit our students’ needs, we’ll do that too. Take a look at the Course Descriptions portion of our Web site and you’ll see for yourself how diverse our course offerings are. If you see something you like, don’t delay. Enroll today! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, September 15, 2008
A Perfect Ten

It’s September 15, and ten years ago today, the American School Blogger’s career began. Of course, there was no American School blog last century when the Blogger’s career first started. The Online Student Center was several years down the road as well, and this very Web site was just a shell of what it is now. So needless to say, there’s been a lot of changes around here in the past decade. Our Curriculum department has developed several new courses, and I’ve had the opportunity to work on several of them, including Build Your Writing Skills, Spelling, United States History, Physiology and Health and Latin I, just to name a few. We’ve also reached out to more school board members, principals, counselors, and parents than ever before thanks to our appearances at conventions across the country. I personally have enjoyed meeting people in Orlando, Philadelphia, Columbus, Denver, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Chicago, while other staff members have attended conventions in other cities. Of course, I did none of these things completely on my own. I’m one of nearly 300 American School employees, and each of us has a unique set of responsibilities which are vital to the success of the School. When I’ve collaborated on projects, many times I’ve done so with people who are not only my co-workers but also my friends. And when the situation called for me to take action on my own, I did so with the encouragement of supportive supervisors. Past blogs have made reference to our Double Decade Club, a select group of employees who have been with the School for at least 20 years consecutively. As of today, I am halfway to joining their ranks. The Double Decade Club’s mission, my mission, and our newest employee’s mission are all the same: to serve our students the best we possibly can. It’s a mission all of us at the American School look forward to carrying out in the years and decades to come.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
September Chat Session Recap

Students from across the country partcipated in the afternoon and evening chat sessions held earlier today in our Online Student Center. The chat sessions gave them the opportunity to learn more about the School and about each other. Many of them had such a good time in the afternoon chat session that they returned this evening to chat some more. The next chat sessions will be held in early October. If you enroll now, you will have your Online Student Center code and password in time to participate. Get started today! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, September 05, 2008
Online Student Center Reminders

Today’s blog entry continues our periodic series of reminders to students, guarantors and counselors who plan to access our Online Student Center. 1. Recently several people have called us to say that they cannot get to the screen where they enter their code and password. After they hit the appropriate blue log-in button, the screen does not advance, and the same screen comes up. This is likely caused by using AOL’s browser to navigate the Internet. We recommend using Internet Explorer as your main Internet browser when you attempt to visit the Online Student Center. Internet Explorer is pre-installed on most computers, and you can use Internet Explorer as your browser even though you are connected to the Internet through AOL. 2. For students and guarantors, once you have successfully logged into the Online Student Center, it is important to provide us with an e-mail address. You may do this by clicking on the ‘Change E-mail Address And/Or Password’ link that appears on your list of options on the first screen you see after you log into the Online Student Center. Providing us with your e-mail address allows us to resend your password to you in case you lose it and to send you periodic e-mails announcing chat sessions, new courses and more. 3. For students only, the e-mail address you provide will be the one at which you receive e-mail notification of grades. Thirty minutes after we enter your grade into our main computer system, it will be posted in the Online Student Center and you will receive a grade notification e-mail. Grade notification e-mails are not sent to e-mail addresses provided after a guarantor logs into the site, but those e-mail addresses will receive the e-mails described in Step 2 above. 4. For counselors only, you may provide us with an e-mail address at which we will send you weekly student progress reports. You may do this by following the steps for changing counselor report preferences that appear on the first page you see after successfully logging into the Online Student Center. 5. For anyone providing us with an e-mail address, please add the domain @americanschoolofcorr.com to your safe list. This will ensure that you receive e-mails from us. Many of the larger e-mail services mistakenly think our e-mails are spam because we send thousands of grade notification e-mails a day to our students all over the world. Any e-mail we send out is not spam. In fact, e-mails that you receive from us are some of the most important ones you’ll get all day. We don’t want you to miss them. We hope that the above reminders will enable to you get the most out of using the Online Student Center. Keep checking this blog for more reminders and announcements as we continue to update the Online Student Center to serve you.
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Monday, August 25, 2008
Words About Passwords

It’s August 25, and entertainer Regis Philbin turns 77 years old today. He’s best known for hosting Live with Regis and Kelly and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, but his latest game show success is as host of Million Dollar Password. The passwords that we assign our students after they enroll might not be worth a million bucks, but they are very important nonetheless. The password, along with your code, will give you access to the Online Student Center, where you can view your grades, download help sheets, visit homework web sites, and participate in chat sessions. From time to time, students, parents and counselors have questions about their passwords. Please take a moment to review the following reminders. 1. The American School sends code and password letters ONLY through the regular U.S. Mail. We do NOT send new codes and passwords by any other means, including fax or email. The only time a person can receive a password via email is if the person has previously entered an email address into our system and has forgotten the original password. Then we will be able to send you your original password via email. 2. Passwords sometimes contain commonly confused characters. These include the letter o and the number zero and a lowercase L and the number one. If you have one of these characters in your password and are not able to access the site, please try the similar-looking character and see if you can access the site by using it instead. We hope that these two reminders will help make your Online Student Center experience more efficient. We thank you for making the American School your final answer when it comes to earning your high school diploma.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008
August Chat Session Recap

Students from across the country gathered yesterday in the American School’s Online Student Center to participate in a pair of chat sessions. In addition to getting answers to their questions about American School courses and procedures, the chat sessions gave our students the opportunity to share experiences and get to know each other better. The monthly chat sessions are a great place to meet other students and to remind yourself that, even though you are working independently, you’re not working alone. The chat room will be open on Wednesday, September 10, from 1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Central time. If you are an American School student, please make plans to stop by. If you have not yet enrolled, do so today, and you will have your Online Student Center code and password in time for the September chats. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
AFT Convention Recap

The American School had a booth at last week’s American Federation of Teachers convention at Navy Pier in Chicago. While convention delegates weren’t listening to speeches from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, many of them stopped by our booth to learn more about our program and how we can serve their students. We enjoyed meeting educators from all across the country and look forward to being of service to their students. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
July Chat Session Recap

Those people who attended the American School’s chat sessions yesterday received the personalized service and attention that have been our trademarks for over 110 years. They learned more about our courses and policies and shared some of their post-high school plans with our facilitator and their fellow students. The chat sessions are a great way to connect with your classmates all over the country. We hope more students and guarantors will take advantage of this opportunity and join us at future chat sessions. Keep reading this blog for exact dates, times and topics. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, July 09, 2008
American School Has Peachy Time In Atlanta

The American School’s booth at the ASCA conference last month in Atlanta was abuzz with excitement as hundreds of school counselors from across the country and around the world stopped by to learn more about our Independent Study program. Many counselors who visited the booth were already familiar with what we offer, and they were pleased to know that student records are now available in a secure online counselors office. Those guests who were previously unfamiliar with us were excited to learn how we can offer their students interesting courses at a reasonable price to help ensure they graduate on time with their class. Nearly 200 counselors entered their names in our special gift card raffle, and the winner was Lakya Washington of Macomb, Missisippi. We thank Lakya and all of the counselors who stopped by our booth. We look forward to helping your students during the 2008-09 academic year and seeing you again at the 2009 ASCA Conference in Dallas. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Important Notice Regarding Introduction To Computers

We have received word that the publisher of the textbook used in our Introduction to Computers course has removed the links for online help for those students using the 4th edition of the textbook. Therefore, the Web address that was printed in the introduction of the study guide is no longer valid. Please follow these steps to access the online materials that supplement that course. 1. Go to www.mhhe.com/teched/norton. 2. Click on the 6th edition. 3. On the left side of the page, click on the Online Learning Center link. 4. Select student edition. 5. Choose a chapter from the left side of the page. 6. Begin your online quiz, access online presentations, and more. We are currently revising our Introduction to Computers course. Thank you for your patience as we update this course to include the most relevant information possible. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, June 16, 2008
American School Announces Changes To Home Page

Visitors to the American School’s home page now see a new pop-up menu that will take them directly to useful parts of the site, including the enrollment application and the online student center. If you choose to visit parts of the site not listed on the new menu, simply click on the link that allows you to explore the rest of the site. The menu will disappear and you will have access to the rest of the site. We hope this new menu will make your time on our web site even better. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
June Chat Session Recap

Yesterday the American School’s chat room was open for business, and we welcomed several students who visited the chat room for the first time and others who are regular participants. One topic that arose in both chat sessions was the American School’s curriculum and what new courses are in the works. A newly-updated Careers course will soon be available and will include the latest news and trends from the job front. Build Your Writing Skills 2 and Latin 2 are currently in production, and Introduction to Business is currently being revised. We are always updating and revising courses so that our students get the most out of their American School education. Keep reading this blog for further updates, and if you are a current student, make plans to attend the July chat sessions, which will be held Wednesday, July 9, from 1-2 p.m. Central time and 7-8 p.m. Central time. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
American School Holds 70th Annual Scholarship Meeting

The American School held its 70th annual scholarship meeting earlier today and is pleased to once again award $21,000 in college scholarships to 18 deserving graduates. President Gary Masterton was joined on this year’s scholarship committee by School trustees Dr. Fred Aho, Dr. John Kemp and William Hunding, guidance counselor Janet Howe and CITA regional coordinator Cher Tufly. Together, they reviewed this year’s applicants and selected three graduates to receive $2000 scholarship awards and 15 other graduates to receive $1000 awards. All awards are paid as tuition to the accredited college or university selected by each winner. In his remarks to the School’s corporate members, President Masterton thanked them and the entire American School staff for working hard to ensure the success of all of our students, not only those who were awarded scholarships today. In our history, the American School has awarded nearly $700,000 in scholarships. Information on scholarships to be awarded in 2009 will soon be available in our guidance department. Please contact them for details as to how you might continue the tradition of those outstanding students who have received American School scholarships to further their education at colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008
May Chat Session Recap

Yesterday a record number of visitors participated in the American School’s monthly chat sessions. Those who attended comprised a nice mix of students just starting their programs and others who are close to graduating in a matter of weeks. In the presence of an American School employee who acted as facilitator, students shared their experiences in certain courses and discussed their post-high school plans. The chat sessions are a great way to connect with fellow students and to share experiences, but the only way you can participate in our chats is to become a student yourself. Whether you need one class to graduate from a resident school or 18 classes to earn the American School’s diploma, we have the curriculum to suit your needs. Take a look around the rest of our site. Then download the enrollment application, complete it, and mail it to us. We will send you a student code and password in time for the June chat sessions. Keep reading this blog for exact dates and times. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wrapping Up April Conventions

The American School recently attended two conventions and got to meet counselors from Illinois and Indiana who use our courses to help their students graduate from high school. Many of them were impressed that they can now view their students’ progress any time they want in our online student center and were equally pleased when we told them that they can receive weekly student activity reports delivered to their email inbox every Monday morning, provided they supply us with an email address after logging into our site. We are looking forward to meeting counselors from across the country at the American School Counselors Association convention from June 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. More details about this convention and some special events we have planned will be posted on this blog soon! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, April 09, 2008
April Chat Session Recap

We just wrapped up our April chat sessions, and in addition to the usual orientation topics, today’s chat session talked about the American School’s scholarship program. Each year we award $21,000 in scholarships to graduates who meet certain academic requirements. The $21,000 is split so that three students receive $2000 awards and 15 students receive $1000 awards. Information on our scholarship program is available by calling the School during our regular hours. In addition, one of today’s chat participants mentioned that he stopped by for a tour of the American School. Even though we do not see our students on a daily basis, that doesn’t mean we don’t like to see them. In fact, we love meeting our students, and, in some cases, personally presenting them with their diploma. Our next chat sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Central time. Make plans to attend, and keep reading this blog for further details on our chat room and other events happening in the Online Student Center. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, April 07, 2008
The Rice Is Right

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Friday, April 04, 2008
American School Attends Chicago Southland Business Expo

Yesterday the American School attended the annual Chicago Southland Business Expo in nearby Tinley Park, Illinois. The event was a great opportunity to meet nearby businesses and to introduce them to what the American School is all about. One of our fellow exhibitors, however, already knew about us. That’s because he’s an American School graduate. With a high school diploma, you’re on the right path to having the life you’ve always wanted. Maybe you’ll even have your own business to exhibit at a convention someday. And if you do, be sure to stop by the American School’s booth. We’re always happy to hear from our graduates who have gone on to lead successful lives after earning their American School diploma! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, March 14, 2008
American School Honors Double Decade Club Members

Yesterday the American School honored members of its Double Decade Club. This select group consists of employees who have logged 20 or more continuous years of service with the School. In his remarks, American School President Gary Masterton praised these employees, not only for their dedicated service to the School, but also for their dedicate service to millions of students over the years. The very fact that the American School has a Double Decade Club should tell you something about the School and its employees. We have been around for over 110 years, and our mission and philosophy have always been the same. The student comes first. Our employees feel the same way and enjoy working with others who share that belief. The result is that many of our employees make careers out of serving our students. To them, the American School is most grateful. We are also grateful to those students, parents and school officials who have put their faith and trust in us to give their children an outstanding education. It is a responsibility that all our employees, both those in the Double Decade Club and those just beginning their American School careers, take very seriously. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, March 13, 2008
March Chat Session Recap

Yesterday the Online Student Center hosted two chat sessions for current American School students and guarantors. Each chat session had a nice mix of students and guarantors, some of whom were just starting their program and others who are close to graduating. Those who are very familiar with how the American School works were able to assist the facilitator in making newer students feel more comfortable and confident in the program. Next on the agenda is a special counselors-only chat session on Wednesday, April 2, at 1 p.m. Central time. Dates and times for the next general chat sessions will be posted in this blog and on the schedule of chats in the chat room itself as soon as they become available. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, February 29, 2008
Happy Leap Day

It’s February 29, and, no, that’s not a typo. Today is the extra day added to the calendar every four years because the time it takes the earth to travel around the sun is not exactly 365 days. It’s more like 365 1/4 days. It would be impossible to add 1/4 day to the calendar every year, so every four years, an extra day, namely February 29, is added. Normally American School students can view their grades 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, but not in 2008! They’re able to view their grades all 366 days of 2008, including today! If you want to be like them, there’s no time like the present to get started. What better way to celebrate this extra day than by making the most of it and committing yourself to earning the high school education that will serve you well for endless days, weeks and years to come. After you download and complete our application, hop over to the post office and mail it to us. Once we receive it, we will send you your first two courses so you can jump right into your studies. Our instruction department and online student center will do their best to ensure your grades never take a dive, so take a leap of faith and get started today! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
February Chat Session Recap

The American School’s Online Student Center once again hosted a pair of chat session last week, and those who attended either the afternoon or the evening session got the benefit of talking directly with an American School representative about a variety of topics related to their program. There is no more personal service than that! Our next chat sessions are scheduled for mid-March. Exact dates and times and topics will be made available in this blog and in the Online Student Center chat room page as soon as they are finalized. You still have time to enroll and receive your Online Student Center log-in information which you will need to access the chats. Simply download our application and mail it to us, and we will process it and send you your log-in letter in no time.
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Friday, January 25, 2008
WASB Convention Recap

Earlier this week the American School had a booth at the Wisconsin Association of Schools Boards’ annual convention in Milwaukee. Special guests at the convention included Henry Winkler of ‘Happy Days’ fame and 3 of the sausages who race around Miller Park during Brewers baseball games. While we were there, we met many school board members who were excited to learn about what we can do for students in their districts. We can help their students graduate on time by offering independent study courses that they can take to make up credits. We offer students, parents and counselors access to our online student center, where they can view grades and download help sheets whenever they want. And since we are a not-for-profit institution, we do all of this at a very reasonable cost. So if you are ready to take a course, we are confident that you’ll find us to be ‘cool’ like the Fonz himself. And like the hot dog who wasn’t there to participate in the sausage race yesterday, let us be your ‘missing link’ that will connect you to a high school diploma and the life you’ve always wanted! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, January 10, 2008
January Chat Session Recap

Yesterday the American School’s Online Student Center hosted two chat sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, and those who attended exchanged study hints and learned how the American School’s guidance department can help them prepare for college. Our chat sessions are a great way to meet other American School students and learn about the latest developments here at the School. Make plans to join us Wednesday, February 13, again at 1 and 7 p.m. Central time, and keep reading this blog daily for further updates. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, November 29, 2007
November Chat Session Recap

Last night we had another successful chat session as several new students and guarantors dropped by the online student center. The chat room facilitator discussed American School policies and procedures and answered students’ questions about final exams, receiving more subjects, and how to apply for our annual scholarships. We’re looking forward to the new year and new chat sessions, the first of which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, at 7 p.m. Central time. If you enroll soon, you will have the code and password you need to access the online student center in plenty of time for the January chat session. Get started today by downloading and filling out the application and sending it in to our admissions department. We hope to chat with all of you in January! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
American School Holds 110th Annual Meeting

A week ago today, the American School’s trustees and corporate members gathered for the School’s 110th annual meeting. The event gave attendees the chance to look back at the accomplishments made by the School in the past year, and indeed, there were many accomplishments since the 109th annual meeting, not the least of which is the expansion of the online student center. A year ago, you could not view your grades any time of the day or night. Now you can. A year ago, you could not receive grade notification via email. Now you can. A year ago, you could not participate in monthly chat rooms. Now you can. You get the picture. The coming year is going to be even better. We will soon have new courses that will both challenge and inspire our students. We are also phasing in new and more efficient customer service methods, everything from how you can pay for your education to how your exams are returned to you. Keep reading this blog for more details. A lot has changed since the American School’s first annual meeting in 1898, but our commitment to serve our students has never wavered. That commitment has only gotten stronger, and we are looking forward to another great year of serving our students! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, October 29, 2007
October Chat Session Recap

Last Wednesday night a record number of students and guarantors gathered in our online student center for our October chat session. The one-hour event gave people from all over the world the chance to talk about their American School experiences in a supervised, moderated setting. Plans are already in place for the November chat session, which will be held Wednesday, November 28, at 7 p.m. Central time. If you download our application and enrol today, you will have access to the online student center by that date. Not only will you be able to participate in chats, but you will also have 24-7 access to your academic records, help sheets and links to homework Web sites. Get started today, and we’ll look for you in our chat room November 28! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
September Chat Session Recap

Students and parents from as far away as Hawaii gathered in the American School’s chat room last night to discuss a variety of topics. A handful of students who were just starting their American School program were excited about Build Your Writing Skills and many of the other courses awaiting them. Several students who are nearing the finish line are already thinking about receiving their American School diploma, class ring and applying to colleges. Parents who stopped by were interested in how to more effectively motivate their children to complete their studies. The chat session allowed the participants to share experiences and support each other as they all work toward a common goal: earning a high school diploma. The chat sessions are open only to American School students and guarantors, and if you enroll today, you should have access to the online student center in time for the October chat session. We are happy to provide the chat room, and we hope to see you there next month. Keep reading this blog for the exact date and time! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Saturday, September 15, 2007
To The Nines

It’s September 15, and nine years ago today, your faithful blogger’s career at the American School began. During those nine years, I’ve had the opportunity to do many things, from grading exams, to writing and editing study guides, to representing the School at conventions across the country, and, of course, writing this blog. And, as you might have guessed, there have been plenty of changes in those nine years. For example, blogs didn’t even exist nine years ago, and our online student center didn’t launch until earlier this year. The one thing that hasn’t changed in the past nine years, though, is the American School’s commitment to providing students all over the world with the best high school education possible. It’s a commitment we’ve had since our founding in Boston in 1897, and it’s a commitment I and over 300 fellow American School employees will always honor. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
August Chat Session Recap

Last night’s inaugural chat session in the American School’s online student center was a success. Several students and parents stopped by to learn more about our program and to share experiences with other students and parents. We are hoping for an even bigger turnout on Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. Central time for our next chat session. You yourself can participate in the chat room, but only if you’re an American School student. If you have not enrolled yet, today is the perfect time to do so. You will get a welcome letter containing the information you’ll need to log into the online student center and participate in the September chat, as well as view your academic records, download help sheets, and view links to homework Web sites. See the rest of our Web site for more details. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Important Notice Regarding British Literature CD

The CD which comes with our new British Literature course contains spoken versions of some of the written selections assigned in the course. Students who take British Literature are NOT required to listen to the spoken versions in order to successfully complete this course. The CD is provided as a supplement to enrich the experience of the literature. Recently we have discovered that the CD included in this new course was inadvertently formatted by the publisher to only play using Apple software. If you already have a Mac or a PC which has Apple QuickTime Player, you can play the CD. You can also download for free the appropriate software at: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ The publisher is preparing new CDs with audio files that can be played on standard compact disc players and on PCs using other common software. If you are enrolled in the new British Literature course and would like a copy of this CD when it becomes available, please contact the American School, and we will be happy to send one to you when we receive them. This offer is only for students enrolled in British Literature. While we are disappointed that the current CD is not compatible with all software, we are excited that a new CD is being produced so that all students may experience British Literature to the fullest. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, July 19, 2007
American School Introduces British Literature

The British Open is underway at Carnoustie in Scotland. Tiger Woods is trying to become the first golfer in 51 years to win the Claret Jug three times in a row, and he’s off to a good start, shooting a 2-under 69 that places him in the top 10 as of this writing. If you’re feeling British this weekend but can’t cross the Atlantic to be there to follow Tiger’s progress in person, the American School has a brand new course that will allow you to experience the literature of Scotland and the rest of the British Isles like never before. British Literature, which replaces English Literature in our curriculum, is a detailed survey of British literature from the Middle Ages to the present. You’ll read works from such authors as Shakespeare, Chaucer, Donne, Heaney and many others, but you’ll do more than just read stories, plays and poems. Rather, thanks to the course’s study guide, you will learn about literary devices and terms and how to best critique and analyze what you have read. An accompanying CD includes audio excerpts to make what you read come alive. The course culminates with the reading of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility or one of three other novels you may choose to read and critique instead. We hope that you have the good sense and sensibility to sign up for our new British Literature course or any of our other offerings. You’ll find that our courses and service are much more than just par for the course! Enroll today! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Monday, July 16, 2007
American School Forms Admissions Department

This blog has talked many times about the numerous changes that have occurred at the American School in the past 13 months, and today we are proud to announce another change. The American School has combined the talents and resources of the Sales and Registration departments to form the Admissions department. Thanks to upgrades in our computer system, this new department will process your enrollment applications more quickly and more accurately than ever before. Once you are enrolled, these upgrades will also result in you getting your books quicker, which ultimately leads to you earning your diploma in a shorter amount of time. This new department is just another example of how the American School is adapting to the needs of our students, parents and school officials. We are happy to serve you, and we hope you will become acquainted with the Admissions department soon when you enroll with the American School. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Happy 1st Birthday, American School Blog!

Today is July 11, and one year ago today, this American School Blog was born. In that very first blog, we talked about the Major League Baseball All-Star game, which was being played in Pittsburgh that evening, and how earning your high school diploma from the American School can make you an all-star too. Since then, this blog has had a starring role in giving you the latest American School information. For example, regular blog readers were the first to know about the opening of the American School’s online student center, the first to know about the American School’s 3,000,000th student, and the first to know about the American School’s new service of having your grades emailed to you. As we look back over the blog’s first year, we hope that this blog has been both informative (since we’ve profiled all of our courses and have told you about many of our school procedures) and fun (see our Bob Barker Tribute last month). As this blog begins its second year, we’re looking forward to doing more of the same, but even better. This blog will be the place you find out the date and time of the first American School live chat session coming up later this summer, and when our other exciting changes and developments happen, you’ll be among the first to know those too! If this blog had a birthday wish, it’s that you tell your friends to read the blog too. Then even more people will become familiar with the American School and everything we have to offer. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, June 22, 2007
American School To Launch Two New Internet Services

From time to time this blog talks about the headway the American School is making in using the Internet to better serve its students. Today is one of those occasions. Soon, two exciting things will be happening. First, if you have a valid email address in our system, we will email you your exam grades within 15 minutes after they are entered into our system. As you know, grades are posted in our online student center within 15 minutes after they are entered into our main system, and this service has been met with rave reviews from students, parents and counselors alike. Now we are making it even easier by having your numeric grades delivered right to your inbox. In preparation for this new service, please put the domain @americanschoolofcorr.com on your email safe list. This will ensure that you receive your grades and other emails from us without interruption. As usual, your exams themselves will arrive at your home 5-10 days after they have been graded and entered into our system. Even though you can now have grades emailed to you, by no means should you shun the online student center. For one thing, the online student center is the only place where you will be able to see your entire academic history, and from there you will also have access to help sheets and helpful homework Web sites. The online student center will also be the home of the second exciting thing that will happen soon: the American School chat room. The chat room is scheduled to open in mid-July and will be a forum for enrolled American School students to become acquainted with the School and its procedures. Keep reading this blog for more details about this new service and when it will make its debut. We’re looking forward to serving you in new and exciting ways!
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Friday, June 15, 2007
The Fabulous Showcases

Today as Bob Barker ends his run as host of The Price is Right, we end our series of tribute blogs in grand style. At the end of each episode of The Price is Right, contestants are shown two fabulous showcases filled with fantastic prizes. The contestant who bids closest to the actual amount of his or her showcase without going over wins all the prizes in that showcase, and if a contestant is within $250 of the actual price of the showcase, he or she will win both showcases. Since this is the final blog in our special tribute, it’s a good time to showcase what the American School can offer you. To do so, we’ll incorporate the names of some other pricing games that we didn’t have time to discuss in our series. One of the first pieces of information you’ll receive from us after you enroll is a Lucky Seven-digit student number. That student number is important because you will need it when you access our online student center. You don’t need to worry about one of those Safe Crackers having access to your records. Our online student center is completely safe, and to ensure security, we only issue codes and passwords through the mail. New enrollments now have the option of paying by Credit Card, and with our affordable pricing plans, you’ll never say That’s Too Much when talking about paying for your American School education. We are happy to serve students who need additional credits too. Sometimes people feel like they’ve already had their 3 Strikes and won’t complete high school. We believe that a student should have 2, 3 or even Ten Chances to succeed. When you near the end of your American school curriculum and are One Away from graduating, we will take special care to ensure that your diploma is sent to you as soon as possible after you complete your work. It’s a proud day for you and for us when your high school education is In The Bag and you’ve hit the Bullseye and earned your diploma. We’ll be back to our regular blogs on Monday, but our tribute wouldn’t be complete without a traditional signoff: ‘This is Bob Blogger reminding you to help control the uneducated population. Have yourself and your friends educated with the American School. Goodbye everybody!’
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Plinko

We close the pricing games portion of our Bob Barker Tribute with perhaps the best-known and most popular of all pricing games, Plinko. In this game, a contestant gets the chance to win five Plinko chips by correctly guessing the prices of small appliances. Then the contestant climbs a staircase to the top of the giant Plinko board, which is made up of many rows of pegs all offset from each other. At the bottom of the board are these slots: $100, $500, $1000, 0, $10000, 0, $1000, $500, $100. The contestant lays a chip flat against the board and releases it. The chip bounces off the pegs and ultimately lands in a slot, and the contestant wins money that corresponds to the slot in which the chip lands. In the early days of Plinko, chips would hit pegs and fly off the board and onto the stage. Other times they would get stuck on a peg and not go all the way down. These days the Plinko board is covered in clear plexiglas to prevent chips from flying off, but in the event that chips still get stuck, Bob uses the trusty Plinko stick to pry them loose. Since this is everyone’s favorite game, it’s likely to be played on Bob’s final episode, which airs tomorrow in daytime and in prime time. As exciting as it is to watch the Plinko chips fall down the board and into slots, you can’t just let the chips fall where they may when it comes to your education. Getting a good education requires hard work, determination and a can-do attitude. The American School can help you get the education you have always wanted and the education you deserve. Download, print, complete and mail your application today, and come back tomorrow for the fabulous showcases as our Bob Barker Tribute concludes.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Cliff Hangers

If you watched The Price is Right yesterday, you got a chance to see for yourself how Hole In One is played after reading about it in yesterday’s blog. As wonderful as it was to see the contestant roll in his second putt to win the car, yesterday’s show reached new heights in the following game, which was Cliff Hangers. We couldn’t do a series of blogs about The Price is Right without devoting a day to this great game. Cliff Hangers begins with a mountain climber at the base of a mountain. There are 25 steps from the base of the mountain to the top of the cliff. The contestant is asked to bid on three small prizes. If the contestant guesses a price exactly right, the mountain climber stays where he is. If the contestant misses (which is usually the case), the mountain climber will move one step for per dollar difference between the contestant’s guess and the actual price while yodeling music plays in the background. For example, a contestant might bid $35 on a handy appliance that lets you cook an egg and toast a muffin at the same time. The actual price of that item is $39, so the mountain climber would move 4 places while the audience yodels along with the music. If the mountain climber is still on the board after the contestant has bid on all three prizes, the contestant will win a larger prize such as a spa or furniture. If the mountain climber falls off the cliff, more’s the pity. When it comes to your education, maybe you think you have many mountains standing in your way. These mountains might include time, money and lack of self-confidence, and they might be steep mountains, but you shouldn’t be afraid to climb them. The American School can give you the tools you need: not ropes and hooks and things the mountain climber in Cliff Hangers would use if he was climbing a real mountain, but things like the ability to work at your own pace, flexible and reasonable payment plans, and helpful feedback from our instructors to boost your self-confidence. When you receive your American School diploma, you will feel proud that you conquered these mountains, and you’ll have the confidence and the skills you need to conquer any other mountains that come your way. Take a ‘peak’ at the rest of our Web site for more details, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the final pricing game in our Bob Barker Tribute.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Hole In One

Today’s pricing game in our Bob Barker Tribute coincides nicely with the U.S. Open golf tournament going on later this week at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh. Holes in one will be rare at Oakmont, but holes in one happen about once a week on The Price is Right when the game called Hole in One is played. To win the car, a contestant must make a putt on a miniature putting green. The distance of that putt is determined by how accurate the contestant prices six grocery items from cheapest to most expensive. If the contestant prices all six items correctly, he or she wins a $500 bonus and has a tap-in putt to win the car, but the earlier a contestant makes a mistake, the farther his or her putt is. Needless to say, not all contestants are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or Jim Furyk, and many of them miss their putt. Fortunately for them, Bob gives them a second chance and the game becomes Hole in One (or Two). The American School gives students second chances too. Many of our students take a course with us to make up credits so they can graduate on time with their classes. We also give our students second chances to pass exams they have failed by assigning them alternate exams with specific helpful comments from our instructors. One of Hole in One’s best-known features is Bob’s inspiration putt, in which he’ll putt from the farthest point on the putting green in an attempt to inspire the contestant. It is our hope that after you read this blog and check out the rest of our Web site that you will be inspired to enroll with the American School and continue your education. Do that today, but come back tomorrow as our exciting Bob Barker Tribute will reach new heights. And yes, that’s a hint at what tomorrow’s game will be!
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Monday, June 11, 2007
The Big Wheel

If there’s one item that immediately comes to mind when you think of The Price is Right, it’s probably the big wheel that contestants spin at the end of the first and second halves of the show to see who will advance to the Showcase Showdown. Contestants have up to two spins to see who is closest to a dollar without going over. If a contestant gets a dollar, he or she gets a bonus spin. If the bonus spin lands on the green 5 or 15, the contestant gets a $5000 bonus. If the bonus spin lands on the $1.00, the contestant gets a $10,000 bonus. Here at the American School, we are doing much more than spinning our wheels. In fact, our wheels are always in motion, moving the School and its curriculum forward. This blog has spoken several times about the online student center and all the new features that are available there to American School students, parents and counselors. Soon we will be giving you the option of having grades directly emailed to you within an hour of their entry into our main system. Those grades might come from some of our new courses too. A revised British Literature course will be available soon, and Latin 2 is in the early stages of development. Another new development just happened last week. We now accept credit cards as a method of payment. See our June 5 blog for more details, and come back tomorrow as we begin the second half of our Bob Barker Tribute. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Friday, June 08, 2007
Any Number

Today we wind up the first half of our Bob Barker Tribute by going all the way back to the very first pricing game played on The Price is Right when the show premiered in 1972. That game is Any Number, and 35 years later, it remains one of the show’s most popular games. The premise is simple. The contestant sees a board with three prizes and spaces for numbers in the prices of those prizes. One of those prizes is an automobile which costs at least $10,000, one is a prize which costs between $102 and $987, and the piggy bank consists of an amount between $1.02 and $9.87. The first number in the price of the car is given to the contestant as a freebie. The contestant then begins calling out numbers 0 through 9, and those numbers go where they belong on the board. Each number (not counting the first digit in the price of the car) is used only once. The contestant wins the first prize whose price is completed. When it comes to enrolling in high school, we know you have any number of options, from public school to private school to home school. Sometimes those who enroll in a large public school feel like a number or a face in the crowd rather than uniquely talented students that they are. We can ensure you that when you enroll with the American School, you won’t be just any number with us. Yes, you will be a given a student number, and that student number is important. It will allow us to better monitor your academic progress, and it, along with a password, will grant you access to our online student center. But more than that, you will be a student first, and our main goal is to give you a quality education. Others feel the cost of enrolling in a private school is just too big a number for their family to bear. Our four-year program costs $1189. When you do the math, that’s $297 a year, $5.63 a week, or 81 cents a day. No doubt our price is definitely right! Next week we’ll be back with a showcase showdown, three more pricing games, and the exciting showcases a week from today. Have a terrific weekend!
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Thursday, June 07, 2007
Master Key

Today we’re going to play Master Key. On The Price is Right, this game is played for three prizes, one of which is a car. By correctly guessing the prices of two smaller items, a contestant can select two of five keys. Each of the five keys has a different effect on the three locks which represent the three prizes the contestant can win. One key is a dud and opens nothing. Three of the keys open one lock each. One of the five keys is the Master Key, which opens all three locks. If a contestant picks the Master Key, he or she wins all three prizes. The American School works with keys too. Our Curriculum department, in collaboration with our Instruction department, puts together the keys that our instructors use to grade exams. You might think that keys only consist of the correct answers, but American School keys consist of much more. They include point values so that all of our instructors can grade your exams fairly, accurately and consistently. Our keys include page references so that, in the event you miss a question, the instructor can write on your exam the page number where you may find the correct answer. We also put supplemental information on each key so that our instructors can pass more information on to you if you are interested in a particular topic. You can also rest assured that the people who use our keys to grade your exams are highly-qualified. All of our instructors have completed at least 24 college hours in the subjects they grade, and many have advanced degrees. As you can see, well-written keys are, well, key to our success and your success. Let the American School unlock your future. Enroll today, but be sure to come back tomorrow for the next pricing game in our weeklong Bob Barker Tribute.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Golden Road

The Golden Road is always the first pricing game of the day whenever it is played on The Price is Right, so it is appropriate that it is the first game we talk about in our special Bob Barker Tribute. The Golden Road is very large and takes up the entire stage. Therefore, whenever it is played, Bob will make his stage entrance by walking through the audience rather than coming out of the giant doors. The game begins with a grocery item (such as a can of corn) which costs less than a dollar. The contestant sees the price of the grocery item and then goes over to a prize whose price is between $100 and $999. One of the numbers in that price is missing, and the contestant has to decide which of the two numbers in the price of the grocery item is the missing number. The process continues with a prize whose price is between $1000 and $9999 (the missing number in this price is found in the price of the three-digit prize) and continues to the end of the Golden Road where a prize whose price is usually over $50,000 awaits (the missing number in this price is found in the price of the four-digit prize). Your American School experience is much like the Golden Road. That game is set up so that the contestants will, at the very least, make it to the four-digit prize. Your first couple courses with us, Planning Your Career and Psychology, are designed to give you the solid footing you will need to continue in our curriculum. In these courses, you will learn more about yourself and become comfortable with the process of earning your high school diploma at home. Just like the prizes build on one another in the Golden Road, subsequent courses will build on the knowledge you learned in those initial courses. At the end of the Golden Road, the contestant, if he or she is lucky, will win a fabulous prize such as a sports car or a motor home. At the end of your American School experience, you, if you work hard, will receive something more fabulous: an American School diploma. Check out the rest of our Web site for more details, and come back again tomorrow to see which pricing game we’ll talk about next!
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Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Come On Down!!!

Tomorrow legendary game show host Bob Barker will tape his final episode of ‘The Price is Right,’ retiring after 35 years on the show and 50 years in television. That episode is scheduled to air on Friday, June 15, but if you need a game show fix between now and then, be sure to read this blog every weekday from June 6 to June 15. To pay tribute to Bob Barker, we’ll be playing our own version of ‘The Price is Right’. The title of every blog will be the name of a pricing game on the show, and we’ll tell you how that game relates to what’s happening at the American School. Be sure to ‘come on down’ and check it out! Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, June 05, 2007
American School Awards Scholarships

The American School’s Scholarship Committee will meet over the next two days to determine scholarship winners for 2007. Every student who is enrolled to earn an American School diploma is eligible to receive one of 18 scholarships totalling $21,000. Scholarship candidates are the highest-ranking graduates for the calendar year, but while high scholastic achievement is essential, the Scholarship Committee considers other factors as well. These include character and personality traits and community activity, among others. Three graduates will win $2000 scholarships. These awards are the R.T. Miller Scholarship, the Henry Buresh Scholarship and the President Emeritus Scholarship. The other 15 scholarships are for $1000 each. All awards are paid as tuition to the accredited college or university selected by each winner. For more information on our scholarship program, contact our guidance department. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Tuesday, June 05, 2007
American School Begins Accepting Credit Cards

As of June 4, 2007, the American School is accepting credit cards as an additional form of payment for walk-in registrations and all incidental costs (transcripts, requests for overnight exams, duplicate books, etc.). In the near future, our Web site and registration forms will include information on how to pay by credit card. Once the credit card information and authorization forms are in place, existing students who have an outstanding balance will be able to pay their monthly fee or balance by credit card. The School has made every effort to ensure that your credit card information will be kept confidential, and we are confident that this is yet another way for us to better serve all of our students. Keep visiting this blog and our Web site for new developments. Dribble unwritten pantryman pasteurizing labourist insequent supratrochlear benzanilide cleaning elegancy? Simplifying heteresthesia amagat skewbald theological tetraborate oximeter.
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Thursday, April 26, 2007
Important Online Student Center Information

The American School’s Online Student Center is up and running, and we have received many calls from students, guarantors and counselors who are pleased with this new service we are providing. We have, however, received calls from a handful of people who, for a variety of reasons, have not been able to access certain portions of the site. This blog offers the following suggestions.

If you are having trouble getting to the online student center, you may go directly to the site by typing the appropriate address from the following list.

For students and guarantors:

http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/student.asp

For counselors and other school officials:

http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/school.asp

If you have successfully gotten to the above sites, but the page does not advance when you click on the appropriate blue log-in button at the bottom of the screen, you may go directly to the log-in site you need by typing the appropriate address from the following list.

For student log-in:

http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/form_login.asp?type=1

For guarantor log-in:

http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/form_login.asp?type=2

For counselor/school log-in:

http://studentcenter.americanschoolofcorr.com/form_login.asp?type=3

As previously posted, we recommend that you view the site using Internet Explorer. We hope that you are enjoying the benefits afforded to you by our Online Student Center, including secure access to your grades, help sheets for many of our courses, and links to useful Web sites, all of which are available exclusively to American School students.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Access the Online Student Center in Internet Explorer

Recently we have received a number of calls from people who have had minor difficulties viewing some portions of the Online Student Center. If you are having difficulty getting the log-in page to come up on your screen after pressing the blue Student Log-In, Guarantor Log-In or School Log-In button, try accessing the site using Internet Explorer as your browser. We have found the site works best when viewed using this browser. Keep checking this blog for further updates on the Online Student Center and all the other exciting things happening at the American School.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007
Latin I Now Available

Today is March 15, and on the Roman calendar, today is known as the Ides of March. For the ancient Romans, the Ides was the middle day of the month. Sometimes it fell on the 13th, but in most months the Ides was the 15th. The Ides of March is the best-known of all the Ides because it was on this day in 44 B.C. that Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of conspirators who worried he was gaining too much power. A seer warned him to ‘beware the Ides of March,’ but Caesar went to the Senate anyway. The rest, as they say, is history.

2051 years after Caesar’s death, the American School is proud to mark the Ides of March with happier news. The long-awaited Latin I course, which contains 12 exams and is worth one unit of credit, is complete and now available to students. Contrary to popular opinion, the Latin language did not die with Caesar. Rather, it is alive and well throughout the world, particularly in the medical and legal professions. In addition, many world languages, including English, derive at least half their words from Latin. If you take this course, your command of the English language and vocabulary is sure to improve. You will also learn about the fascinating culture of the Romans and read about some legendary Roman heroes.

‘Carpe diem’ is a popular Latin expression. It means ‘seize the day,’ which is what you should do when it comes to completing your high school education. Now is the time to get started and enroll in Latin I or any of our other courses. You may do so by printing out the application from our Web site, filling it out completely, and mailing it to the School for processing.

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Monday, December 18, 2006
Another American School Milestone

This blog has often talked about the American School’s illustrious past and its strong connections to Chicago, but you might be surprised to know that the American School wasn’t always located in or near Chicago. In fact, the American School was founded in Boston in 1897 by R.T. Miller with the help of some of his Harvard classmates. Later that year, in keeping with its instructional objectives, R.T. Miller and other school officers applied for a charter as an ‘educational institution not for profit.’ The Commonwealth of Massachusetts granted that charter on December 17, 1897.

109 years and 1 day later, that same charter still governs and guides the American School. Times have certainly changed, but the American School’s commitment to quality, affordable education through correspondence has not. That commitment remains as strong as ever, and it’s only getting stronger. You, too, can be a part of our storied history and our bright future. Enroll today!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006
American School Welcomes Three-Millionth Student

Recently the American School enrolled the three-millionth student in its storied 109-year history. Timothy Graziano, 15, of Tinley Park, Illinois, and his mother, Krista, visited the school last week, where they were given a tour of the building and received gifts commemorating Tim’s achievement.

American School President Gary Masterton presented Tim with a certificate, an American School pen and pencil set and an American School watch, among other gifts. Other American School dignitaries joining in the celebration were Roberta Allen (Vice-President/Curriculum Director), John McCulley (Vice-President/Educational Director), Marie Limback (Prinicpal), Vince Immordino (Comptroller) and William Hunding (Trustee).

Tim and Krista were very appreciative of the gifts they received. Even though they had never visited the School before, they knew about the American School because Tim’s brother, Tony, is also an American School student.

‘We enrolled Tim with the American School because we were familiar with it,’ Krista explained. ‘We knew what was expected, we are pleased with the customer service, and the School has an affordable montly payment.’

Tim is looking forward to a career in perhaps the education or medical fields, but before then, he is excited about taking the American School’s World History and Food Study courses, since becoming a chef is also a possible career option. When he visited the school last week, he also took note of the American School’s dedicated staff.

‘I was surprised by how many people work here,’ he said. ‘I thought it would be smaller, but it was definitely nice meeting everyone.’

And we at the American School enjoyed meeting Tim and Krista too. It’s not every day we meet our students and parents in person, but it’s not every day we enroll our three-millionth student either. We are already on our way to serving four million students, and you can be a part of it by enrolling today. You’ll receive the same outstanding customer service and affordable monthly payments that the Grazianos receive, and you’ll feel like a million bucks when you receive your American School diploma. Get started today!