New All American Newsletter Available

Our Halloween treat to you is the release of the September-October All American newsletter, which contains several stories including features on many different American School students and graduates from the past 60 years.  We hope you enjoy this issue and invite you to visit our Community page for archives of past newsletters going back to 2011.

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American School to Attend All Michigan Counselors Fall Conference

American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the All Michigan Counselors Fall Conference. The event is scheduled for November 2-3 at the Auburn Hills Marriott at Centerpoint in Pontiac.  Counselors attending the event may visit our booth most of the day on Sunday, November 2, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, November 3, and learn more about our Independent Study Program, which allows students at resident high schools to take individual courses for credit recovery or enrichment purposes, as well as our two high school diploma programs.  We always enjoy attending this event and we anticipate this year will be no different.

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American School Adds New Trustee, Assistant Treasurer

Two highlights of yesterday's annual meeting were the announcements of a new trustee and a new assistant treasurer.  Cher Tufly, who previously served as consultant until she became a corporate member last year, was elevated to trustee, joining Roberta Allen, John Kemp, Gary Masterton, John McCulley and Mary McKeown.  Judy Piscione, who previously served as accounting manager and became a corporate member last year, was elevated to assistant treasurer.  We congratulate Cher and Judy and wish them the best as they assume new responsibilities which will help our entire staff serve our students more effectively.

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American School Holds 117th Annual Meeting

Today American School is holding its 117th annual meeting of trustees and corporate members.  The annual meeting is a great opportunity to review the past year's accomplishments–of which there were many–and set goals so that we can accomplish even more things which will benefit our students in the year to come.

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Illinois Students Encouraged to Enter Arts and Writing Contest

American School students who live in Illinois are invited to share their feelings on "New Lives, New World: Survivors in the Aftermath of the Holocaust" as part of the 2015 Leo and Antonia Gershanov Memorial Student Arts and Writing Contest.  Entries may take the form of 2-dimensional artwork, poetry, short story or musical composition and should focus on how survivors of the Holocaust met the challenges they encountered following World War 2.  The deadline for all entries is January 26, 2015, and entries will be accepted by electronic submission only.  Click here for complete contest details.

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Today’s Anniversary: Toastmasters International

It's October 22, and on this date in 1924, Toastmasters International was founded.  It's a group dedicated to helping its members improve their communication skills, particularly when it comes to public speaking.  American School has two courses designed to help you improve your public speaking skills.  Our paper-based Speech course is a half-unit subject in which you'll learn how to talk more effectively.  We also offer an online Public Speaking 1 course that is a full-unit subject.  Consider taking one of these as you work toward your accredited American School diploma, and check back here Monday to see what this blog will talk about next!

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American School to Attend Indiana Non-Public Education Conference

American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the Indiana Non-Public Education Conference to be held October 23-24 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit us in booth 105 on Thursday, October 23, from 12 to 5 p.m. and on Friday, October 24, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn more about us and the educational services we provide to students and schools.  We look forward to attending this biennial event and meeting many counselors and school representatives from our neighbors to the east.

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Method Test Prep Monday

Our friends at Method Test Prep have scheduled a webinar to discuss changes in the SAT that go into effect during the 2015-2016 school year.  Click here to reserve your spot at the webinar next Monday night, October 27, at 8 p.m. EDT.  Don't forget to visit our ACT-SAT Prep page to learn more about Method Test Prep and how their courses can help you succeed on your college entrance exams!

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American School Nominated for MacArthur Foundation Staff Holiday Award

American School was recently nominated for a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Staff Holiday Award.  The purpose of the award is to recognize Chicago-land area organizations that normally would not fall under the Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines.  We are proud to receive the nomination and wish to thank the MacArthur Foundation for not only nominating us but also for its outstanding work throughout the year.  

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Today’s Special Occasion: Boss’s Day

It's October 16, and today is Boss's Day in the United States.  This gives us a chance to look back at the seven individuals who have served as American School President.  Our founder, R.T. Miller, served from the School's founding in 1897 until he retired in 1945, and his tenure of 48 years is likely never to be surpassed.  Following R.T. Miller's retirement, James McKinney took over and was in office from 1945-1957.  He was followed by C.M. Elliott, who served from 1957-1970.  W.K. Lasher started with American School in 1922 but didn't ascend to the presidency until 1970, where he remained until 1975.  At that time, William Wright took over and remained in that office until 1992, when he retired and was replaced by William Hunding.  Our current president, Gary R. Masterton, took the reins in 2006 after William Hunding retired and has been our leader for the past eight years.  American School has had steady leadership in its 117-year history thanks in large part to the seven people mentioned in this email.  You'll benefit from that and get our president's signature on your diploma after you enroll and become our student!

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