Invitation to Compete in Online Chess Tournaments

One of the things we try to do, but which is not always easy to accomplish, is to bring American School students together into some sort of community.  It's challenging because our students are spread out all over the country and indeed all over the world, but the internet is a good place to connect with fellow students and graduates.  Many of you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, and we are grateful that you are present on our social media sites.  Still, we're always looking for ways to bring American School students together for activities that are both educational and fun.  Recently we were contacted by the director of www.chessdr.com, and he invited American School students to participate in summer virtual chess tournaments.  There is a cost involved, and it is your responsibility to learn more about the web site and its contents, but we want to pass along this opportunity to any of our students who also enjoy chess.  We also will continue to look for opportunities such as this to bring American School students closer together.

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National Spelling Bee Held Near Washington, D.C.

Earlier this week we said this blog would be buzzing with bees, and today's entry is another example.  The National Spelling Bee is being held in National Harbor, Maryland, all week long, and the competition will draw to a close today with semifinals this afternoon and a live broadcast of the finals tonight on ESPN.  If you watch the bee, you'll probably be amazed at how well students spell such complicated and unfamiliar words, but if you watch and listen closely, you'll see and hear them ask for the word's language of origin, its part of speech and how it is used in a sentence, all of which can be help them spell the word correctly.  We teach those techniques and more in our Spelling course, and while we can't guarantee that you'll become a champion speller, we can guarantee that you'll become a better speller and "bee" one step closer to earning your accredited high school diploma.

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Today’s Anniversary: The Three Little Pigs

It's May 27, and on this date in 1933, Walt Disney premiered a short film version of The Three Little Pigs.  It would go on to win the Oscar for best animated short film and be ranked as the 11th-greatest cartoon of all time in a 1994 survey of animation experts.  You may not think there are many correlations between this childhood tale and American School, but there are more than you think.  American School offers accredited high school courses which can provide a solid foundation of "brick" for your future, whether you plan to go to college or join the workforce after you earn your diploma.  Other schools which are not accredited may promise you a diploma quickly, but in reality all they are offering are "straw" and "sticks" which won't provide you the security you need or be of much use to you after you complete high school.  Visit our enrollment page if you are ready to start building today.  Our friendly staff, which doesn't have a Big Bad Wolf among it, looks forward to having you as our student!

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National Geographic Bee Held in Washington, D.C.

We're abuzz with bees this week as two national bees were held or are being held in and around Washington, D.C.  The first is the National Geographic Bee, which was held last week and is being broadcast on PBS affiliates around the country.  We invite you to tune in and match wits with some of the brightest young minds in the nation, and if you yourself want to learn more about Geography, consider taking our online Geography course or our paper-based World Geography course.  We can't guarantee you'll win the National Geographic Bee, but we can guarantee you'll become more informed on the countries of the world and be one step closer to your accredited high school diploma.

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American School Closed Monday, May 25

American School will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.  We wish all of you a happy and safe holiday weekend.

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American School Participates in Red Nose Day

Today American School is participating in Red Nose Day, a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people in need.  Staff members are wearing red noses around the office in support of the Red Nose Day Fund, which donates money to 12 charities, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America, Save the Children and United Way.  The Red Nose Day Fund helps people in the United States and abroad, and American School is happy to do its part to keep children around the world educated and healthy.

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American School to Attend FPEA Convention

Once again this year, we are spending Memorial Day weekend in Florida at the Florida Parent Educators Association Convention at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee.  Convention attendees are invited to visit booth 617 on Thursday, May 21, from 5-9 p.m.; Friday, May 22, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday, May 23, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to learn about us and our services, including our new online diploma program and online world language courses offered through Rosetta Stone.  This convention is one of the best and biggest we attend, and we are expecting more of the same this year.  Come join us!

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American School Holds Double Decade Club Luncheon

Twenty Double Decade Club members, each of whom has at least 20 years of continuous full-time employment with American School, are being honored today for their combined 562 years of service to our students.  The current standard-bearers each have 39 years of service under their belts, but all 20 Double Decade Club members have devoted a good portion of their lives to helping our students earn the high school credits they need so that they may receive their accredited high school diplomas.  We are grateful for their many years of hard work and dedication..

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Method Test Prep Monday

In previous Method Test Prep Monday blog entries, we've told you a little bit about Method Test Prep's ACT and SAT courses, and we've directed you to our ACT-SAT Prep page where you can receive more information.  Today, however, we're inviting you to see how Method Test Prep's courses work for yourselves.  Attend a free Method Test Prep demo session this Wednesday, May 20, at 12 noon EDT.  The session comes just in time if you are interested in last-minute help before the June 6 SAT or June 13 ACT.

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This Weekend’s Special Occasion: College Graduation

This weekend many colleges and universities around the country will be holding commencement ceremonies, and so today is a good time to remind you of some things we offer to help prepare you for college.  We recommend Method Test Prep if you need extra help in preparing for your college entrance exam.  More information may be found on our ACT-SAT Prep page.  As you begin to think about where you want to attend college and eventually begin applying to different universities, remember that our school counselor can answer any questions you have about the college admissions process, including the financial aid process.  Guidance Department contact information may be found in the Online Student Center.  Finally, we are happy to award post-secondary scholarships to 18 deserving graduates each year.  We'll be determining this year's winners soon, and you'll read about them and their future plans in a future blog and All American newsletter.

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