Smithsonian Virtual Adventures

Today's blog is about Smithsonian Virtual Adventures.  The Smithsonian is a wonderful collection of museums in Washington, D.C., and we encourage you to visit the Smithsonian if you are able.  Right now, however, we are in a time when people are staying close to home.  The Smithsonian Virtual Adventures series is a way for you to learn about the Smithsonian and its collections without leaving your home.  It would make a fine supplement to your middle school or high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and online high school courses.  Click the link in this blog to learn more! 

Remembering September 11, 2001

Today is September 11, the 19th anniversary of the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We pause and remember those who lost their lives that day and the survivors who still mourn them.  Almost a generation has passed since 2001, and many of you who are on our web site looking for information about online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and print and online middle school courses may not have been born when 9-11 occurred.  For those of us who were alive that day, the memories are still vivid.  If you are able, we encourage you to attend a local 9-11 memorial service today if there is one in your community.  You will learn more about the events of September 11, 2001, and likely become more appreciative of the freedoms you have as a citizen of the United States of America in the process.

Happy Grandparents Day

Today's blog celebrates Grandparents Day, which is happening this coming Sunday.  Over the years we've worked with many grandparents who have assumed responsibility for their grandchildren's educations.  Although you may not think it, many grandparents are adept at technology and have an interest in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Others prefer our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Either way, we are happy to work with them and grateful that they have chosen to support their grandchildren as they work to earn a high school diploma at home.  If you're a grandparent reading this blog, we wish you a happy Grandparents Day and encourage you to review our web site.  If you see something your grandchildren would like, we invite you to enroll them today!

Today’s Anniversary: Windows 95

It's August 24, and the Windows 95 operating system debuted on this date in 1995.  Because computer operating systems evolve on a regular basis, Windows 95 is obsolete now, but we mention it today because computer operating systems are very important to students who take our online middle school courses or online high school courses.  Our online learning page includes information about technical requirements you should meet before you enroll in those online courses.  We have middle school and high school correspondence courses available if you do not meet the technical requirements for our online courses, but we do not want you to enroll in online courses only to discover that you cannot complete them because you do not have the proper technology at home.  Before you enroll, please review the technical requirements.  If you meet them, then we'd be happy to have you enroll in our online courses!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we're back with another testimonial from a student or parent.  Today's testimonial comes from Richard from Texas, who writes, "American School provides a way for students to excel beyond the common limitations of a classroom."  We thank Richard for those words.  Even though Richard's testimonial is only one sentence long, it is a powerful statement.  Common limitations of today's classrooms might include too many students which could lead unsafe learning conditions for students.  Students in classrooms all work at the same pace, but what if you want to work more slowly or more quickly than your peers?  It is difficult to do that in a traditional classroom but easy to do that with American School.  Our students excel by working at their own pace and with the support of our instructors and staff.  Some take print or online high school courses, while others take print or online middle school courses, but all of our students receive the same type of quality education without having to leave their houses.  American School is a great way for someone to earn a high school diploma at home, and today is a great day for you or someone you know to get started.  Enroll now!

Saving Work in Edmentum

Today's blog has a reminder for students who take online high school courses and online middle school courses with us.  We strongly recommend that you save your work in these Edmentum courses on a regular basis, perhaps every five to ten minutes.  Many web sites or programs will automatically sign you out or time you out if you do not save your work or show some form of activity over a certain period of time.  Edmentum is among those sites, so please save your work on a regular basis, again, perhaps every five to ten minutes.  We are working to find a permanent solution to this issue and will do our best to ensure that no work you have done is lost.  In the meantime, please remember to save your work often, and thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school.

Update on Rosetta Stone Games

Today's blog has an update for students whose online high school courses or online middle school courses include world language courses from Rosetta Stone.  The following is copied from an email sent to us from Rosetta Stone:

As you may know, Adobe Flash will be completely removed from all internet browsers by the end of 2020. Rosetta Stone has been working tirelessly in the last year to update our online solutions so they will not be affected by this change.
 
While we were able to update most of our solutions to flash-free platforms, the games within our Extended Learning section of Foundations run entirely on Flash and were therefore unable to be updated.
 
As a result, games will no longer be available after August 14, 2020.
 
We hope your learners will continue enjoying the stories that will remain available in Extended Learning, along with the new stories for K-12 students which were released earlier this year.
 
Please contact us if you have questions about your Rosetta Stone courses.  We are happy to help and glad you chose us to be your distance education high school or middle school.
 

Do Not Reply to studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com

Today's blog has another reminder about not replying to emails you might receive from studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com.  The studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com email address is used to send automated emails to students.  You may receive an email from this address when you get an exam graded, for example, but the email address is not monitored. 

If you have questions about your online high school courses or online middle school courses, you should write to americanschoolonline@americanschool.org instead. 

For general questions, write to studentservice@americanschool.org. 

If you have questions about billing, write to studentaccounts@americanschool.org. 

We have an automated reply to send back to you if you do write to studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com, but please do not send anything to that email address.  Thank you for your cooperation and for making us your distance education high school or middle school.

Do Not Reply to donotreply@americanschool.org

Today's blog has another reminder about not replying to emails you might receive from donotreply@americanschool.org.  The donotreply@americanschool.org email address is used to send automated emails to students.  You may receive an email from this address when you get an exam graded, for example.  As its name implies, you should not reply to any email you receive from donotreply@americanschool.org. 

If you have questions about your online high school courses or online middle school courses, you should write to americanschoolonline@americanschool.org instead. 

For general questions, write to studentservice@americanschool.org. 

If you have questions about billing, write to studentaccounts@americanschool.org. 

We have an automated reply to send back to you if you do write to donotreply@americanschool.org, but please do not send anything to that email address.  Thank you for your cooperation and for making us your distance education high school or middle school.

 

Access to GradPoint Courses Ends Today

It's July 31, and as we've been reminding you over the last month, access to GradPoint courses ends today.  We've appreciated GradPoint's ability to offer our students online middle school courses and online high school courses, but now all of our students will be working exclusively on courses offered by Edmentum.  We appreciate the feedback we have received from students and parents who have shared their thoughts on GradPoint and Edmentum.  We listen to you and appreciate you making us your distance education high school and middle school.  Please email us if you have other concerns.  We will reply within one business day and will be happy to help you.