ISBE Visits American School

Last week a team from the Illinois State Board of Education visited us and carefully examined our entire operation.  Some team members evaluated our academic offerings while others were focused on the physical plant.  We are grateful for their visit, which will result in recommendations that will help make us an even better school for our students in Illinois, across the country and around the world.

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Remembering Irene Nelson

Today we remember Irene Nelson, who joined American School in 1947, retired in 2002 and died earlier this week.  American School was the only place Irene worked, and these words were written about her in the January 2003 edition of the All American upon her retirement:

Mrs. Nelson started at the American School as a recorder, entering students' grades and making sure they had enough books on hand.  After a short period she was made a correspondent answering students' inquiries.  Later she worked as secretary to the educational director and then as assistant head of the Student Service Department.  These positions prepared her for the job she held for over 20 years–that of Head of Student Service.  Throughout her career, Mrs. Nelson's thoughts were always, "How can we best serve the student?"

Today we continue to keep Irene's thoughts in our minds as we try to best serve our students.  We are grateful for her 55 years of dedicated service and offer our sympathy to her family and friends.

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American School to Attend WHO Convention

If you read yesterday's blog, you know that we're in Virginia this weekend at the HEAV Convention in Richmond.  We're also on the other side of the country at the WHO Convention at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.  If you're in the state of Washington, visit us in booth 307 on June 12 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and on June 13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to learn about our accredited high school courses and diploma programs which are available in online and paper-based formats.  You'll also have the chance to pick up one of our fabulous free giveaway items to take home as a souvenir.  We look forward to seeing you!

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American School To Attend HEAV Convention

This wekeend we're on the road at two homeschooling conventions on opposite sides of the country.  The first is in Virginia at the 32nd annual HEAV Convention at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  Visit us in booth 816 from 5-8 p.m. on June 11; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on June 12; and 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on June 13.  We'll have information about our online and paper-based courses and diploma programs and have our unique giveaway items available to anyone who stops by our booth.  Check back tomorrow to see where else we're going this weekend.

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American School Holds 77th Annual Scholarship Meeting

The 77th annual American School scholarship meeting is underway, and we're excited to learn who this year's 18 winners are.  Three of the 18 will receive $2000 scholarships in the form of the R.T. Miller Founders Award, the Presidents Award or the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, and the other 15 will receive $1000 scholarships.  This year's $21,000 in scholarships will bring the all-time award total $823,200 spread out among 1,480 recipients.  We are proud to help so many of our graduates attend the college or university of their choice and will be notifying this year's winners soon.

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May June All American Newsletter Available

The May-June All American newsletter is available on the American School Community page.  It turns out that this issue contains a lot of information about American School employees, including some who are in the Double Decade Club and others who are celebrating milestone anniversaries or who recently retired.  We hope you enjoy reading about some of the people who help you earn your accredited high school diploma, and in the next All American you can read about some of your classmates as we'll profile the 18 graduates who earned our scholarships this year.

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American School Releases Updated Biology Course

American School has released an updated version of its popular paper-based Biology course.  The course now has 10 exams, and students will choose whether to do Unit 10A: Contemporary Issues in Biology or Unit 10B: History of Biological Diversity (including evolution).  There is a also a version of this course that contains lab activities.  Click here to enroll in the new Biology course or any of our other paper-based or online courses.

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Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so let's hear a testimonial from one of our students.  Normally we'd identify the student by first name and hometown, but we're keeping this one anonymous other than to tell you that she is in her 30s, owns her own business and was commenting on her instructor's feedback on a recent exam in our online  Life Management Skills course..  She writes, "Thank you for believing in me.  Your response made a difference to me.  It gave me encouragement that I can do it as long as I try.  And I wanted to see that if I didn't rush could I do it better.  And I saw that.  It's just owning a business and schooling was hard, but I may have figured something out like I did last night.  Thanks again."  We're thankful for those thoughts.  They verify that our instructors write detailed personalized comments on every exam they grade, and they also serve as a reminder that anyone can enroll with us.  We are grateful to have students of all ages, of all backgrounds and from all 50 states who are taking individual courses for enrichment or credit recovery or who are working toward their accredited high school diplomas.

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Reminder About Student Center Codes, Passwords and Emails

From time to time we like to use this blog to remind students about some Online Student Center services and policies.  We get calls and emails from students who have forgotten their passwords, and, while we're happy to mail out a new password, all new passwords must be sent through the mail for security reasons, and you won't receive them for approximately 5-10 days.  If you wish to obtain a password more quickly, you can go to the Online Student Center, click the "Forgot Your Password?" link, and enter the email address associated with your account.  Your current password will be sent to that email address.  Please know that making sure you have a working email on file with us is your responsibility.  We do not change email addresses for students or guarantors.  You can do that yourself by logging into the Online Student Center and clicking the "Change Email Address/Password" link in the "My American School" box on the right side of the page.  Please contact our Public Relations Department if you have further questions or need additional assistance.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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Today’s Birthday: Edward Elgar

It's June 2, and composer Edward Elgar was born on this date in 1857.  His most famous work, Pomp and Circumstance, is often played at high school graduation ceremonies.  Sometimes people ask us if we have a formal graduation ceremony since approximately 2500 students earn our accredited high school diploma each year.  Because those students are spread out throughout the country and around the world and earn their diplomas at different times of the year, we do not have a formal graduation ceremony.  Rather, we invite graduates to come into our building any time of the year to receive their diplomas in person if that is possible.  If not, we mail their diplomas shortly after all of their courses have been completed.  We are proud to have helped more than three million students earn their high school diplomas, and if you're ready to take the first step toward becoming an American School graduate, we invite you to enroll today.

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