Class Acts: Valedictorian Bound for London

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This article was originally published in Learning Liftoff.

Learning Liftoff’s Class Acts series profiles inspiring online education graduates.  Their stories showcase how individualized, award-winning curriculum and technology combine to greatly influence student success and help propel the pursuit of post-graduate dreams.

Haley Justice has always been an academically driven student. When her family lived in Vietnam, the grading scale was one through seven versus the A–F scale used in the United States. She received a five in physical education and was devastated. Haley was determined to receive a seven, and she worked daily to improve her skills.

Her efforts triggered an interest in fitness, so she joined the basketball and volleyball teams. It wasn’t until her freshman year that she decided to focus on dancing.

Haley’s passion for fitness and dancing grew, and she was eventually accepted into New York’s Joffrey Ballet School her junior year. From the fundamentals of ballet and jazz to hip hop and contemporary, Haley performed them all.

Through K12 International Academy, Haley was able to excel in both her dancing and educational pursuits. She took the AP classes she wanted, and was more determined than ever to be successful in all of her courses. She achieved her goals, and this year she graduated first out of a class of 250 to be named iCademy’s 2015 valedictorian!

She’ll start in the fall as a freshman at Kingston University in London, England, where she’ll be studying dance, of course. She hopes to dance as long as she can and eventually become a manager or director one day.

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K¹² International Academy wins big with Poetry

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This year’s poetry contest was quite a success! The theme was “Smiles and Laughter Poetry,” and we received more than 1,000 poems from students in grades K–12 that demonstrate their poetic genius and creativity.

Our school winners:

Hafsah Peracha 1st place Grade 2

What Makes Me Happy By Hafsah P. I like to make a goal Across the North Pole My favorite part Of the day Is when I play I love it when it snows Drink the hot chocolate And make the funny Snowman’s nose I love to eat healthy food Because it makes my mom In good mood I like to ride in convertible car While eating A yummy chocolate bar I like to see a huge bear Sitting on Top of the brown pear I love to visit New York City Because the view is So pretty!

Khadija Jameel 3rd place Grade 7

“Hidden Beauty” A star, lit up or falling, A candle in a sky twinkling. Dawn, the sun rising slowly, Soft morning hues mingling. My cat, yawning, spreading his paws For me to rub his fur. His upturned stomach just white and gold fluff, Vibrating with a contented purr. A stallion, build strong yet coat satin. Hoofs beating, mane sailing behind. Forests, mountains, seas, lakes, and rivers – Whatever nature gives me to find. The warmth of a friend, and the joy Of a joke or a secret shared. Poetry, peace, and perfection. Life or freedom spared. Discovery, love, and happiness. A comical coincidence. Awe, life, color and snow. Silent, lonely quiescence. This is what the world is made of, like a mosaic, Tile after glimmering tile. This is beauty. This is what makes me laugh Or what makes me smile.

You can view our online collection of participants and see the fantastic submissions we received this year.

If you submitted a poem, you can download your certificate of participation, print it, personalize it by filling in your poet’s name, and pin it somewhere in your home to encourage more writing.

This story was first featured in Learning Liftoff–To read more about the contest and get a list of all winners click HERE

Join the Summer Pin and Win Contest

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Students in every grade level can be found counting down to the highlight of their year, summer vacation. While we encourage students to celebrate their ability to sleep in, bask in their assignment-free schedules, and soak up some summer fun, we also want to encourage them to exercise their minds and engage in some summer learning.

This summer, we’re featuring resources and ideas for preventing summer learning loss, including suggestions for outdoor activities, educational games, and tips and tricks for the whole family. These articles about summer learning are a great way to ensure that your students retain what they learned this past school year and stay on track for the grade level they’ll be entering in the fall.

And, as in years past, the upcoming school year will likely be expensive, from purchasing school supplies and new clothes to planning meals packed with brain food. In an effort to help with these back-to-school expenses, we’re kicking off a Summer Learning Pinterest Sweepstakes, giving you the opportunity to win a $500 Visa Gift Card!

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Teacher Appreciation Week_ Become a Titan of Literature with Mrs. Wyatt

Become a Titan of Literature with Mrs. Wyatt

By: Kimia Pourali

In honor of Teacher Appreciation week this month, I decided to interview my fabulous AP English Literature and Composition teacher, Mrs. Wyatt, to express my utmost gratitude for the wonderful classes, tips, resources, and advice she generously provides for students, ensuring our success in such rigorous courses.

Mrs. Wyatt holds, "bachelor’s degrees in Music, English and Secondary Education from MidAmerican Nazarene University. Her teaching career consists of,

“ten years in the brick and mortar setting, two years with another K12 virtual academy based in Colorado and this will be [her] fourth school year with K12 International Academy."

She is,

"originally from Hacienda Heights, California but [has] lived in Olathe, Kansas; Denver, Colorado; and now lives in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville." On the topic of family, she mentions, "we have three girls: a fourteen year-old…and twin eight year-olds." She enjoys,

"traveling with [her] family, reading, running, cycling, practicing Pilates and watching [her] girls play soccer or compete in gymnastics.”

She, really enjoys,

“ living in Tennessee and appreciates all the fantastic local music as well as the southern-style home-cooking and family-friendly lifestyle" she discovered in her current home state.”

Reeling back to before I decided to take AP English, frankly, I was somewhat…flabbergasted. I perused the curriculum, reading materials, expectations, work load, and so on, and truly doubted it could be a possible feat. How could I, a student from a household where English is not my mother’s tongue, but rather the third language, possibly make it through such an intensive course, full of analysis of some of the most archaic, to modernist writing styles? Clearly, my worries and prayers were answered when I found out Mrs. Wyatt, who had taught my Literature Analysis and Composition II class in freshman year would be in charge of guiding me, and plenty other curious learners, through these challenging, college-level classes. Mrs. Wyatt has the power and familiarity to take a task so daunting, and break it down into sensible milestones, that both push for growth out of a comfort zone, while also creating a buffer from outright failure.

Simply put, she has her strong expectations, as teachers should have, and they are fully justified because she provides all the tools any student could possibly need. If you ever had the privilege to have her as a teacher, you would likely agree what is most astounding is her extent of knowledge on so much literature, history, old and modern culture, and – most important to students who want to analyze the importance of all these facets – the métier in connecting all these abstract and concrete concepts into ideas that make sense.

Clearly, I have enthused over my gratefulness for Mrs. Wyatt – and the sentiment extends to all our school’s fantastic teachers. With her expertise and interest in student success abound, I desired to illuminate this for our school community to know: you have the opportunity to benefit just as much!

I initiated my questions on our topic by asking what “type” of students should think of taking an AP English class; she exclaimed, “Many students should consider taking AP English classes!” Upon elaboration, “First, students who have met the K12 International Academy requirements should look into AP courses. Second, students who are highly motivated, can follow the course calendar closely, and want to take a college-level course to better prepare for the AP exam and college-level writing expectations should consider taking an AP English course.”

Considering our school offers a couple different AP English classes, I wondered how we should prioritize these classes, and how they can be differentiated in layman’s terms. Mrs. Wyatt encourages,

“any interested students to take AP English Language and Composition first.” She specified, “This provides essential practice of college-level writing and rhetorical analysis,” emphasizing, “students who begin with AP English Language will transition well into AP English Literature and Composition as AP Literature builds upon what students have learned in AP Language.”

Ultimately,

“both courses employ extensive reading and writing; however, AP Language focuses on brief, interesting, non-fiction pieces, whereas AP Literature students read longer novels, plays, and works of poetry.

On the details of curriculum and expectations, Mrs. Wyatt admits,

“Ask any AP English students about the coursework and they will undoubtedly say it is a heavy workload. This is because students write 2-3 practice essays in each unit, in addition to taking a unit exam that is similar – although much shorter – in format to the AP English exams. AP English courses are challenging!” Nevertheless, Mrs. Wyatt countered this plausible factor of intimidation – workload – by reiterating what students gain from these classes; “most will say they were prepared for college-level writing expectations. Students also have the opportunity to take the AP exam in May and earn college credits based on their AP Exam scores. This is a bonus!

” Indeed, it is, and if your institution of interest doesn’t offer credit, they may use your scores or class performance as placement markers.”

She concluded by reinforcing student confidence, and advising

“students who are interested in AP English to speak with their current English teacher to find out if they are ready for an AP English course.”

Students can also talk to Mrs. Wyatt, herself, or one of our own iGlobe Advisors, Mrs. Hartmann, for, more information on AP English courses and prerequisites.

Thank you so much to Mrs. Wyatt for her interest in this interview, and an even larger thank you to her as one of our school’s remarkably valuable teachers, and, for any of you iGlobers reading this who are interested in taking AP English classes, I hope this managed to be enlightening and reassuring in your pursuits!

P.S. Be sure to thank a teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week, and whenever else!

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K¹² International Academy Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

K¹² International Academy Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

By Janelle Chuah

How has your teacher(s) impacted your life? If I were to answer that question exactly and specifically, it would at least three pages, single spaced, (no exaggeration intended J). However, the objective of this post is not to tell stories, it is to inform my teachers that I appreciate all they have invested into my life throughout my high school years. Teachers are often taken advantage of and underestimated, but truly, what they do is life-changing. Teachers prepare us for the future, whether that is college, military, or working. They mold our minds, hearts, and personality.

Many times, when I communicate with my teachers, I learn life lessons that I know I will keep with me for the rest of my life. One of the most significant lessons I learned from a teacher was to know that I cannot get everything right all the time. In other words, failure is part of nature. I was in a study hall session to review my quiz mistakes and I spoke to my teacher about how I was so frustrated with myself because I would often get 4/5 but rarely 5/5. My teacher’s comforting words made me feel proud of myself and know that at least I scored some points. My teacher changed my perspective on grades and influenced me to take pride in my work, where necessary.

Another lesson I learned from my teachers was everyone goes through hardships. As a student, or rather a teenager, I tend to think that my problems are the worst in the world. Sometimes, I also think that the reason why I experience hardship is because I am not good enough. However, when I hear from my teachers that they struggled during their high school years, I discover, “hey, I am not that bad. “ Right now, I am taking AP US History and there are moments when I regret enrolling in the course. I tell APUSH teacher about how difficult it is and in response, she said that she had a similar experience when she took that course. It is a simple response, but it boosted my confidence and made me think, “if my teacher struggled before and now she’s an amazing history teacher, then I can get through this and become someone as awesome as her!”

Teachers are more than educators; they are mentors, a source of wisdom, and just fantastic people to be around. To all teachers, on behalf of the students at K12 International Academy, HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!

K¹² International Academy Student Interviews Paul Anderson

 

By Janelle Chuah

Learning with Technology + An Interview with a YouTuber + Tips on the AP Science Exam

Learning with technology has never been more interesting. Many students today learn within virtual classrooms and attend classes or lectures at the comfort of their own home. Besides accredited online schools and online tutoring, there are also online educational videos. Many of these videos are directed by well-qualified educators and can be found on mediums, such as YouTube and Discovery Education. Other than the fact that these videos are interactive and educational, some of these videos are also great for students who cannot afford to pay for extra assistance. Through these learning methods, educators have understood how technology can efficiently help students to comprehend what they have been taught and learn at their individual pace whilst socializing in a fun and safe environment

Recently, I got an opportunity to interview a YouTuber/Educator named Mr. Paul Andersen. Mr. Andersen has been a science teacher at Bozeman High School in Montana for over 20 years, teaching different sciences, including AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics. He is currently on sabbatical leave to focus on uploading videos and hosting workshops on topics such as using iPads in classrooms and educational technology all over the world.

(In 2012, Mr. Andersen gave a Ted Talk about how incorporating elements of video gaming into schools keeps students engaged and interested about learning.)

Six years ago, Mr. Andersen, a technology enthusiast, created videos on the big ideas of AP Biology for his students in hopes of keeping the students exciting about learning. After uploading these videos on YouTube as a result of a friend’s suggestion, his YouTube channel currently has close to 300 thousand subscribers. His channel has over 500 videos on topics such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Earth Science, Statistics and Graphing, and all three AP sciences. His videos have collectively been viewed over 30 million times. In addition, he has been chosen to be an EDU Guru, receiving support from YouTube for uploading educational videos. His videos are in such high demand by students all over the world that they have been translated in languages such as French, Spanish, Arabic, and Thai. Now, he is also working on creating the best methods that uses technology to help students live up to their full potential.

As an educator who focuses on helping students all over the world to cope with the AP Sciences material, he believes that it is important for students taking the AP Exam to study over a long period of time, as opposed to cramming for the exam, and utilize the review books. During the interview, he said, “I encourage all of my students to purchase review books for their specific exam. The most important part of review books are the practice tests. Set aside some time in the weeks before the exam to take a practice test. This allows you to focus your studies on the material that you don’t understand rather than wasting study time on everything. Study groups can be helpful if they are productive but individual study time is more important.

” When asked what’s his advice for students struggling with science in general, he replied, “it is difficult to understand larger concepts if you are stuck with simple vocabulary. Learning to read a science textbook is difficult but it is the single best indicator of how students do in my class. It is also a skill that you will need as you move to university.”

Today, because of educators like Mr. Andersen who are supporting the idea of learning with technology, many students have access to more interactive and interesting methods of learning. In fact, students studying for exams like the SATs and the AP Exam can now enroll in preparation courses offered through credible websites such as Kaplan Test Prep and Khan Academy, some of them offering one-on-one tutoring. Learning with technology is not only interactive and interesting, but also effective as proven by the fact that Mr. Andersen’s viewers on YouTube continue to grow. Also, graduates from online schools such as K12 International Academy have enrolled in institutions such as Harvard University, Duke University, and Berea College.

For more information on Mr. Paul Andersen and his videos:

http://www.bozemanscience.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/bozemanbiology/featured

Click here for resources to the K¹² International Academy AP program

Follow K¹² International Academy Students as they travel together through Rome

we are in the Caput Mundi : Roma , the capital of the world .

So it was once upon a time when the Roma itself meant civilization. We are also excited to discover more about this place. In the morning we visited the Vatican , a foreign country. This tiny independent country , contained entirely in Rome , has its own postal system, armed guards , helipad , mini train station and radio station. Small as it is , Vatican city has one huge sight: St. peters basilica. Perhaps there is no instance in western architecture of a building achieving such an arousing success as St. Peters basilica . after launch we drove to the coliseum and Roma forum. The Flavius Amphitheatre is the biggest and most imposing in the roman world , but it is also the most famous monument in tome and it is known as the Coliseum or coliseum. started by emperor Vespasian of the Flavian family , it was opened by its son Titus in 80AD. we have learn that the highly ostentatious opening ceremony lasted one hundred days during which people saw great fights , shows and hunts involving the killing of thousands of animals ( 9000 some say) . For the opening the arena space was filled with water for one of the most fantastic events held in roman times, naumachias _ real sea battles reproducing great battles of the past. the coliseum is one of the most imposing ancient structures. We imagined it all white , completely covered in splendid travertine stone labs . we are in love with Rome … not to mention that we have become experts in ordering gelato!

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