Today’s Special Occasion: The National Geographic Bee

Yesterday's blog talked about the National Spelling Bee, which ended in a tie for the first time in more than 50 years.  When we posted that blog, we realized we had forgotten about the National Geographic Bee which was held in Washington, D.C. last week.  You can view the competition online, and you'll likely be very impressed with what you see.  Certainly the students who participated in that event, including the ten finalists shown below, would be well-prepared to take our World Geography course in a paper-based or online format.  If you want to become as familiar with geography as they are, we invite you to enroll today!    


Today’s Special Occasion: The National Spelling Bee

It's May 29, and today is the final day of competition in the National Spelling Bee.  If you watch the televised finals tonight, you'll see spellers tackle words that are often very long and unfamiliar, yet, amazingly it seems, they spell most of them correctly.  You might think words like bibliophile, effervescent, gestalt, kerfuffle, schottische and snickersnee are impossible to spell, but, in reality, these champion spellers use some of the same techniques and methods that we teach in our half-unit Spelling course.  They sound out words, they remember familiar rules, and they use the language of origin to help them spell these unfamiliar words correctly.  Tune in tonight, and you may just become a better speller yourself!


Today’s Birthday: Rudy Giuliani

It's May 28, and many great people celebrate birthdays today, including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who turns 70 years old.  He was universally praised for his leadership during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and just recently a museum opened as part of the 9-11 Memorial in New York.  Periodically this blog has suggested going to historic places as a way to supplement your American School education.  We realize that not all of you may be able to visit New York, and even if you go there, you may not feel comfortable going to Ground Zero.  That is ok.  We do recommend, however, that you look for and visit interesting places wherever you might be.  Perhaps you'll go to a national park, a zoo or a museum.  You could also see a play or visit an art gallery. You probably don't have to go very far from your home to find such a place, or perhaps you'll discover one on a summer vacation.  Either way, let the interesting places around you enhance your already robust American School education.  You'll be glad you did!

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Anna Tatishvili Falls in French Open First Round

American School graduate Anna Tatishvili couldn't duplicate the championship runs of fellow alumni Andre Agassi (1999 men's singles winner) and Mary Pierce (2000 women's singles winner) as she dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to Japan's Karumi Nara in the first round of the French Open in Paris.  We wish Anna the best as she begins her preparations for Wimbledon, which starts June 23.

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American School Closed Monday, May 26

The American School will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, May 27.  We wish all of you a happy and safe weekend.

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American School Tours Available

As a premier distance learning high school with students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world, we don't see the majority of our students in person.  There is a select group of students, however, who either live near our headquarters in the south suburbs of Chicago or who might be passing through the area on vacation.  We invite those students in their families to take a tour of our building.  Guests will see where exams are graded, books are stored, study guides are created and much more.  They'll also learn a bit about our 117-year history.  There is no set schedule for tours, but most tours take about an hour, so plan on arriving between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.  To schedule a tour, please call or e-mail first to ensure a tour guide is available.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Reminder About Passwords and E-mail Addresses

This time of year we get a lot of calls and emails from students and guarantors who don't have their online student center passwords or who wish to change or add an e-mail address associated with their accounts.  If you have an e-mail address on file with us, you can go to the password assistance page to retrieve your password.  Simply enter the e-mail address associated with your account, and your password will be sent to you right away.  Remember that your student code is exactly the same as your 7-digit student number.  If you do not have an e-mail address on file with us, for security reasons, we must send you a new password in the regular mail.  Once you have your password and have logged into the online student center successfully, you can use the appropriate link in the My American School box on the right side of the page to add or change your e-mail address or to change your password.  Please note that you do not have to change your e-mail address and your password.  You can do one, leave the other boxes blank or unchanged, and then save your updates.  Also, please use a different e-mail address for your student account and your guarantor account.  We are working on a system update that will allow the same e-mail address to be used multiple times in the online student center, but until that update is finished, it is best to use different e-mail addresses for each code and password combination you have.  If you have questions or need to request a new password, you can write to the Public Relations Department.  Remember to include your full name, student number, and specific details about your password situation.  We will reply within one business day.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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American School to Attend FPEA Convention

The American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention to be held May 22-24 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit us in booth 400 on Thursday, May 22, from 4-9 p.m.; on Friday, May 23, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to learn more about the educational services we provide to students.  We have attended the FPEA Convention for many years, and every time we visit the Sunshine State, we are impressed by the large number of current and future students who stop by our booth and say hello.  Those who visit us at this year's event will get a chance to receive our latest promotional item, a triple threat that in some ways signifies our commitment to both paper-based and online education.  We're not going to spoil it here by revealing what the item is.  You'll have to visit us at a convention this summer to find out for yourself!

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Method Test Prep Monday

Our partners at Method Test Prep have a special SAT-ACT essay class scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, from 8-9 p.m. EDT.  The class will share tips for writing essays on both exams, including what the essay graders look for as they read students' writing.  Click here for registration information, and don't forget to enter AMERICAN as the promo code to receive a discount.  For information on other classes offered by Method Test Prep, click here.

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American School to Attend Teach Them Diligently Convention in Washington, D.C.; Blog to Return May 19

The American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the Teach Them Diligently Convention to be held May 15-17 at the Gaylord National in Washington, D.C.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit us in booth 208 on Thursday, May 15, from 6-9 p.m.; on Friday, May 16, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. to learn more about us and the educational services we provide to students.  We are excited about attending this event and are hoping to meet current and future American School students from Maryland, Virginia and surrounding states.

Please note that this will be the only blog entry this week.  Our next blog entry will occur a week from today on Monday, May 19.

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