American School at 120 (Part 4)

As American School has evolved over the years to offer accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses to go along with its existing high school correspondence courses, we should recognize certain American School employees who had large roles in making that evolution possible.  Earlier this week we discussed R.T. Miller.  He led American School until 1945, when James McKinney became president.  He was followed by C.M. Elliott, W.K. Lasher, William Wright, William Hunding and Gary Masterton.  When Gary retired earlier this year, Valerie Riley became the first woman to serve as president, though she is not the first woman to have had an enormous impact on the American School.  Mary McKeown (pictured below) served the American School in some capacity for 75 years, starting as an instructor and working her way up to become principal, educational director and trustee.  Roberta Allen was guidance counselor, curriculum director and remains a trustee to this day.  She is joined on the board of trustees by John Kemp, Leslie Ballard, Gary Masterton, John McCulley and Cher Tufly.  Together the trustees are responsible for the American School.  Those of us who work here are grateful to them and all American School employees past and present who perform good work to serve our students. 

American School at 120 (Part 1)

The American School received its charter on December 17, 1897, and in this week leading up to our 120th anniversary, we're doing a series of blogs about the past 12 decades.  The American School simply would not exist without Romanta Tillotson Miller, Jr.  Our founder, pictured below and better known as R.T., graduated from Oberlin College and Harvard Law School and worked for a publishing company preparing its reading courses.  He realized that not many people had the opportunity to receive the type of training and education they should.  That's when he decided to offer courses through the mail.  Those courses, which included electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, machine shop practice and mechanical drafting, eventually blossomed into our high school correspondence courses and in more recent years our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  People loved the courses and distance learning so much that others began to take notice, including a group in the city of Chicago.  Check back tomorrow to learn how American School started near Boston but moved to Chicago, where we've been ever since! 

Today’s Anniversary: Pearl Harbor

Today's blog solemnly remembers the day that will live in infamy–December 7, 1941.  On that day Pearl Harbor was attacked, and today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  We've said countless times over the years how visiting historic places can make your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses come to life.  There is no better place to experience history than Pearl Harbor.  If you go there, you may even be fortunate enough to visit with one of the survivors of the events of 76 years ago.  We thank them and all members of the military for their service in keeping our country safe.   

Illinois Announces Statewide Poster and Poetry Contest

We love all of our students and all of our blog readers, but today's blog applies only to students who live in Illinois and are in 5th or 6th grade.  If you're in 6th grade of our accredited middle school program consisting of online middle school courses (and in 2018 paper-based middle school courses), keep reading!  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is holding its annual Environmental Pathways poster and poetry/prose contest.  Click the link in this blog for more information.  We hope our eligible students will participate and are happy to share contests like this one with students in our distance education middle school and distance education high school programs.

 

Today’s Special Occasion: National Cookie Day

It's December 4, and today is National Cookie Day.  That has us hungry thinking about all the different varieties of cookies.  There are chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, sugar and many more.  Think about all the different types of cookies, and then think about all the different online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses we offer at American School.  Just like the cookie aisle at the grocery store contains something for everyone, so do we.  We offer the best English, math, science, social studies, career, fine arts and world language courses, and we do it at a reasonable cost so that you only need to go to the cookie jar for cookies and not for extra money.  Get started today and you'll have your first courses before the end of the year!

Today’s Birthday: Mark Twain

It's November 30, and the author known as Mark Twain was born on this date in 1835.  We say "known as Mark Twain" because his real name was Samuel Clemens.  A few years ago, American School employees were traveling through Missouri and stopped in Hannibal, where they visited a museum dedicated to Mark Twain and saw landmarks which were featured in many of his books.  One of Twain's books, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, is featured in our English 3: Selected American Classics course.  We're happy to feature legendary authors such as Mark Twain in our English courses and encourage our students to read works by as many authors as possible, whether as part of our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses or just for fun.

American School Closed November 23-24

American School will be closed November 23 and November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving.  We're thankful for a number of things this year, but at the top of the list are the people who make American School possible.  We have dedicated trustees, officers and employees who put students' needs first.  With that in mind, we offer the best high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses we can provide, and we do so at an affordable cost.  The most important group of people, however, are our students.  As stated earlier, we put their needs first.  It's a major reason why we've helped more than 3 million students earn a high school diploma at home, and we'd like to do the same for you.  Enroll today.  We and you will be thankful you did!

Kind Words from a Parent

Today we're happy to share these kind words from a parent of a student who lives in Oklahoma.  "I wanted to extend my thanks and truly heartfelt appreciation for all of your efforts in going above and beyond in helping my daughter.  Additionally, I thank you for helping me to be able to assist her as well.  While she has learned a tremendous amount in reference to course subject matter, this exprience and your efforts have allowed her to learn so much more than you may realize.  She has gained understanding of many important secondary skills that will greatly benefit her as she continues her studies.  My wife is a teacher and over many years I have come to appreciate the challenges of the profession. The challenges you all face are further compounded with distance learning and I cannot imagine the difficulties that must exist in teaching via an online format to children and young adults with sometimes very little time management and other self sufficency skills.  I send my sincerest thanks and appreciation!"  We appreciate those words very much.  Taking online high school courses, high school correspondence courses or online middle school courses can be challenging, but you can feel confident taking them with us because of our outstanding curriculum and dedicated staff.  Enroll with us today! 

Problems with Grade Notification Emails

Recently we’ve experienced problems with sending grade notification emails.  We know many of you rely on these emails to get your exam scores for your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses, and we hope to have the problem fixed permanently very soon.  In the meantime, you are always welcome to call or email us.  We are happy to have you as our student and will be happy to assist you in those ways until the grade notification emails are up and running again.  Thank you for your patience, and thank you for being our student.

Introducing a Science Education Web Site

Today we’re introducing you to a science education web site that may be helpful as you work on your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Please note that by providing links to other sites, American School  does not guarantee, approve, or endorse the information or products available on these sites.  We just want to make them available as resources to you.  We hope you’ll find the information useful.  Be sure to check back often to see what sites we recommend next.