2019 Convention #25: AkSCA Counselor Conference

Today's blog promotes the Alaska School Counselor Association Annual Conference at the Anchroage Marriott Downtown.  Normally a convention blog would promote our appearance at a convention, but since it's a loooooong way to fly to Alaska, we won't be at this one in person.  The AkSCA team, however, realizes that American School can be a great resource for children who live in Alaska, and so they invited us to send materials and information to be displayed at an unmanned table.  We are grateful for this opportunity and are happy to serve students in Alaska.  Counselors can pick up information on Thursday, November 14, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We will have information about our independent study high school program, accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  Our full-year middle school and high school programs may be of particular use to students who live in remote areas and travel one hour or more each way to attend school, a trip that can be even longer in wintry weather.  Although we wish we could attend this convention in person, we hope many school counselors stop by our table and take information.  We'd be happy to help their students!

2019 Convention #24: MSCA Conference

This coming weekend we will return to Michigan and exhibit at the Michigan School Counselor Association Conference.  It's taking place at the Lansing Convention Center, and we invite counselors to stop by table 5 on November 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will have information about our print and online independent study programs and share how our independent study high school program has made us a leading distance education high school for several decades.  This is our penultimate convention appearance of 2019, and we want to send the year out on a high note.  Come join us in Lansing this coming weekend and check back next week to see where we are headed for our final convention appearance of 2019! 

Today’s Special Occasion: Halloween

It's October 31, and today is Halloween.  Halloween is often characterized by jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts and children trick-or-treating while wearing interesting costumes.  If you're taking one of our print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses and are uncomfortable if you're asked to read stories that contain witches or ghosts, let us know.  We respect your beliefs and are happy to make alternate arrangements for you.  Halloween is also a good time to remind you that there is nothing scary about becoming our student.  Homeschooling may seem frightening, but our staff is here to put your mind at ease and assist you with your accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  Thank you for reading today's blog, and look for our next post on Monday.     

2019 Convention #23: MSCA Fall Conference

American School is excited to exhibit at the Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference next week in Osage Beach.  Counselors are invited to visit us at the Margarita Lake Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A Resort) on November 3 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will have information about our independent study high school program in which students can take online high school courses or high school correspondence courses to recover credit.  We will also have information about our print or online high school diploma program for the potential dropout and also have details about our accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  Come join us in the Show Me State!  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Today’s Anniversary: The Statue of Liberty

It's October 28, and the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on this date in 1886.  The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous symbols of the United States, and an image of it appeared on previous versions of our web site.  We're excited about the upcoming new version of our web site which will contain new applications for our general high school program, college preparatory program, independent study high school program and accredited middle school program.  It also will be more mobile-friendly and easier to navigate, just like our new online course platform.  We are always on the lookout for ways to improve student experience, and our new web site will help us do that.  Look for it soon!   

American School Closed Monday, October 14

American School will be closed Monday, October 14, in observance of Columbus Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, October 15.  If you're willing to explore something new, why not consider enrolling with us?  We offer accredited high school courses online or in print and offer similar courses in our accredited middle school program.  Take them collectively to complete full grades or earn a high school diploma at home, or take them individually as part of an independent study high school program or simply for your own enrichment.  We'd be happy to have you as our student!

Today’s Anniversary: The Great Chicago Fire

It's October 8, and the Great Chicago Fire started on this date in 1871.  By the time it was contained two days later, most of the city had burned.  A few buildings survived the fire and remain standing to this day, including the Chicago Water Tower and Chicago Avenue Pumping Station on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.  Nobody wants to think about fires, hurricanes, tornados or other disasters, but they happen.  We have taken steps to ensure your records are safe if a disaster ever strikes our building.  We keep records and other important documents in fireproof safes or cabinets.  In addition, records for students who take our accredited high school courses as part of a general high school or college preparatory program or through our independent study high school program are backed up by our internal record system on a regular basis.  The same is true for records of students who enroll in our accredited middle school program.  We even have records of students who enrolled with us shortly after we moved to a rebuilt Chicago in 1903.  Safe and accurate record-keeping is one reason why more than three million students have enrolled with us over the years.  You can be next by enrolling today!

Emails from studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com

Today's blog has a reminder about emails you receive from studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com.  These emails are automated and are usually sent when you ask for or make changes to your online student center password.  Please DO NOT REPLY to these emails.  They are being sent automatically and the account is not checked for replies.  If you have questions about your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program, please contact us using another email address.  Any emails sent to studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com will not receive a reply.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Today’s Anniversary: George Washington’s Farewell Address

It's September 19, and George Washington's Farewell Address was published on this date in 1796.  These days, the speech would've been on every TV station and all over the internet, but back then it was published in the American Daily Advertiser, one of the first newspapers in the United States.  Although it wasn't a speech, it was one of the most important presidential addresses or documents in history.  In any given year, about 2000 people say farewell to American School and leave with a print or online high school diploma.  Others may take just one course with us through our independent study high school program.  Even after students complete their studies, we never say farewell to them.  We keep their records on file in case they ever need them in the future.  It's one of the many ways we make distance education as personal as possible.  Enroll today and make us your distance education high school or middle school!   

Rosetta Stone Receives Improvements

Recently our Rosetta Stone courses were updated and no longer include Adobe Flash.  Not having Adobe Flash should make these online high school courses and online middle school courses easier to use, and we are hopeful that one of the 22 languages we offer through Rosetta Stone will appeal to you.  More information is available here.  Learning a foreign language can help you in a number of ways, including helping you use English grammar and vocabulary more effectively.  A foreign language course would be a great addition to your accredited high school program or accredited middle school program, or you can take one as part of an independent study high school program or simply for enrichment.  We hope you'll say "bonjour" to us and enroll today!