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Kindness Rocks!

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Kindness Rocks!

Fall MAP Testing

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We wanted to remind you that our MAP testing window is coming to a close on October 30. We hope you take this opportunity to gather information regarding your learner’s progress.

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Upcoming Educational Events

Virtual Activities

We are very excited about the upcoming virtual events listed below! Please register for the upcoming Pet Show & Tell on November 5th at 1:00 p.m. by visiting here. Now is your chance to show off that pet of yours!

You can also register by clicking on any upcoming events on the flier.

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Scoir

College Application

Last week, an invitation to Scoir was sent to all iLEAD-issued high school email addresses. Scoir is a college search tool that helps you search for colleges in greater depth. You can take an interactive tour of the college’s campus, watch student videos describing student life, and visit a school’s social media wall to learn about campus clubs and activities. Scoir provides an overview of important college information, such as admission stats, costs, and application deadlines. There is so much to learn about a college and Scoir can help!
Through Scoir, all iLEAD high school learners have access to YouScience. YouScience is a comprehensive career assessment program that combines aptitudes, interests, and 21st century careers to make career and educational recommendations. Through the use of 5-8 minute performance-based exercises, YouScience captures a learner’s true areas of highest potential. Once logged into Scoir, you will click on “My Profile”, then “Career Profile” on the left side bar. Then select “YouScience” to get started. It will redirect you to their outside website, but saved careers will sync back to your Scoir account.

College Deadlines

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College application season is upon us, and learners are hard at work filling out applications. Each college will have its own decision dates and rules. Here is an overview of the different types of applications.

Early Deadlines: Learners apply early and receive an early admission and financial aid response. Early option deadlines are often in November and December. There may be more than one early option:

  • Early Decision (ED) is a binding decision and cannot be broken. The parents, learner, and the high school counselor will sign a contract stating that if the learner is accepted, they will withdraw all other college applications and commit to the college. You should only use this option if you know you can afford and are willing to attend this college. Students can only apply to one college using early decision.
  • Early Action (EA) is a non-binding decision. While the college’s admission and financial aid offers come early, an admitted student has until May 1 to make a decision. A student can apply to as many early-action colleges as they wish. EA can be advantageous because it shows learner interest and could result in special scholarships. Important note: Early decision overrides early action admission offers.
  • Restricted Early-Action (REA) or Single Choice Early Action (SCEA) is a non-binding decision; however, often the college adds restrictions. Most often a learner who applies under REA/SCEA may not apply using early decision to any college and may also not be allowed to apply early action. REA/SCEA does not restrict regular decision applications. Only a handful of very selective colleges use REA/SCEA.

Regular Decision (RD): Most colleges have a regular-decision deadline in January or early February. The deadline allows students to take the time they need to complete a strong application and apply to numerous colleges. All colleges must provide an admission response by April 1, and the student has until May 1 to accept an offer and submit a deposit.

Surprise Deadlines: Students who are applying to majors such as music, dance, theater, film, business, or other programs may have an earlier deadline. This is especially true for majors that require auditions, creative supplements, or an extended interview process. Some colleges may also require an earlier application if the student would like to be considered for scholarships. Check the website of each college for financial aid deadlines.

Rolling Decisions: Many colleges have a rolling application process. This allows the student to apply anytime in the fall and receive an admission and financial aid offer quickly, sometimes as early as two weeks. Some colleges with rolling decisions do not stop taking applications until they are full and applications may continue to be accepted into the spring. Other colleges may have a final application deadline.

Congratulations to our new ASB team for the 2020-2021 school year!

ASB iLEAD Exploration

Regional Presidents
Julianna Longhenry
Ariella Clarino

Communications Coordinator
Charis Dubois

Junior Reps
Kassandra Corral
Xenia Badillo

Sophomore Reps
Miya de Vera
Maia Longhenry
October Bartlett
Kelly Henley
Zion Garrett
Daniel Munoz

Freshman Reps
Michael Lawrence
Catalina Pena
Kylie Carson
Aidan Freel
Karina Ramirez
Raegan Brown
Ezra Watrous
Shayna Hewitt
Zeke Griffice

Fall Webinars

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Interested in learning about your child’s learning modalities? Join us for a webinar on October 21 at 12:00 p.m. Register here.

Updated Webinars flyer with links

Upcoming Educational Events

Virtual Activities

We are very excited about the upcoming virtual events listed below!

  • Please register for Skribbl Pictionary on October 23 at 2:00 p.m. by visiting here. Also, please note that we have extended the registration deadline for Let’s Cook to 10/23.
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Upcoming Educational Events

Virtual Activities

We are very excited about the upcoming virtual events listed below:

  • TK-3 Show and Tell, October 13 at 11:00 a.m. Register here.
  • Let’s Cook, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. Register here.
  • Skribbl Pictionary, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. Register here.
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Virtual Wax Museum

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Student Support Symposium

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This year’s Student Support Symposium will be held virtually on October 13, 2020. Please register here.

Jonathan Mooney, an award-winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist who first learned to read at 12 years old, will be the keynote speaker. In addition, over 20 exceptional education sessions will be offered. Topics include the following:

  • Understanding the Assessment Process and the Role You Play
  • How Present Levels Drive the Whole IEP
  • Occupational Therapy Activities to Support Optimal Participation in School
  • Understanding Anxiety in Children
  • 8 Skills to Facilitate Learners’ Optimal Communication Skills
  • And many more!

Due to the symposium, the curriculum library will be closed for any pickups on Tuesday, October 13, as iLEAD Exploration staff will be attending the Student Support Symposium. We hope you will find topics of interest to attend as well!

Upcoming Educational Events

Virtual Activities

We are very excited about the upcoming virtual events listed below:

  • Virtual Book Club: October 8 at 11 a.m. Register here by October 5.
  • Scattergories for learners in grades 3-5: October 5 at 2 p.m. Register here.
  • TK-3 Show and Tell: October 13 at 11 a.m. Register here.
  • Let’s Cook: October 16 at 1 p.m. Register here.
  • Skribbl Pictionary: October 23 at 2 p.m. Register here.
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Fall Webinars

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Have college application questions and need answers? Join us for our next College Application Q&A webinar on October 9 at 10 am. Register here:

Updated Webinars flyer with links

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Every year from September 15 to October 15, we honor our ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America during Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 15 was chosen as the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month because it marks the anniversary of the independence of Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence during this period on September 16 and September 18.

To help honor this amazing culture, we are including some resources that you may want to investigate:

PBS Learning Media

Scholastic: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Book Ideas

NEA: Hispanic Heritage Month

Teaching Central America

Teaching Tolerance: Latino Civil Rights Timeline

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hight School Clubs and Organizations

Every year from September 15-October 15, we honor our ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America during Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 15 was chosen as the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month because it marks the anniversary of the independence of Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence during this time period on September 16 and September 18.

To help honor this amazing culture, we are including some resources that you may want to investigate:

PBS Learning Media

Scholastic: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Book Ideas

NEA: Hispanic Heritage Month

Teaching Central America

Teaching Tolerance: Latino Civil Rights Timeline

Virtual Scattergories

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If you have a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade learner, please join us for a few rounds of virtual Scattergories. You can register here if you are interested.

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Distance Learning Helpful Hints

Online Learning iLEAD Exploration

Now more than ever, learners are using distance learning as the foundation of their education. Learning from home has great benefits but can also pose organizational challenges. Below are some hints that might help you stay more focused and organized in your virtual classes.

Organize Your Digital Workspace

  • Try creating an orderly folder/file system in Google Drive or Evernote that works for what you need.

  • Session Buddy is a great way to save your tabs, windows, and bookmarks.

  • Try using Google Sticky Notes for deadline reminders or to keep a record of your different log-ins and passwords for your classes.

Minimize Distractions and Save Time

  • If you get distracted by the internet, try using a timed internet blocker, such as SelfControl.

  • Taking an intentional break from social media or email on your phone can also prevent distractions.

  • Some learners find that peaceful music helps them focus. There are many different kinds of ambient and classical music tracks specifically designed for studying and staying focused.

  • Google Calendar is a great way to organize your time and set class times as well as due date reminders for yourself.

Keep Your Workspace Functional

  • Look around your workspace to see if it functions well for you. Does it have proper lighting? Are pens and notepads and other supplies in reach where you can quickly grab them? Do you have access to enough plugs and outlets in case you need to quickly charge your computer?

  • Keep your desk clear of dirty dishes, trash, or junk papers. A quick cleanup of your desk area between classes can keep your area tidy and organized. We recommend keeping a small trash bin near your work area.

  • You may find it helpful to print out the schedule of your weekly classes as well as user names and passwords and post them on your wall near your desk where you can easily refer to them.

Fall Webinars

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Fall webinars are here! Please click the event title on the flier to register for each webinar. Please join us this week on Wednesday, September 23, at noon, to learn more about how to use MAP results to guide learning. You can register here for this webinar!

Updated Webinars flyer with links

TK-1 Virtual Read Aloud

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If you have a learner in grades TK-1, you won’t want to miss this virtual event! We hope you’ll join us for our first TK-1 read aloud. RSVP here if you would like to participate.

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Fall 2020 Virtual Events

Virtual Activities

This year we are excited to announce a whole new approach to field studies. Each month, we will offer learners unique virtual opportunities and experiences.

We hope that you are able to check out our first event, “Where Am I? Guessing Game”, taking place on Monday, September 14.

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Upcoming High School Events

Virtual High School Meet and Greet

We hope you are all settling into the new school year. If you have a high school learner, please take a look at the exciting opportunities below, as deadlines are quickly approaching.

NHS
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. iLEAD Exploration is excited to invite all iLEAD Exploration learners who are currently in 10th-12th grade and who have been enrolled with iLEAD a minimum of one full semester and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply. The application period is open from now until September 30 at midnight. If you have a learner who applied last fall and received an acceptance letter, they do not need to apply again. Meetings will begin in October. Please share with your 10th, 11th, and 12th grade learners who qualify. Please click HERE to apply.

ASB
ASB (Associated Student Body) is a leadership team comprised of learners who will represent the entire student body of high schoolers. The main objective of ASB is to help learners feel more connected to school and each other through involvement in ASB-organized activities. This year, we plan to launch virtual clubs as well as several fun virtual events! Click HERE to apply!

Virtual Field Trip

Virtual Field Trip iLEAD Exploration

We invite you to embark on a virtual field trip to the United States capital! This four-day adventure takes you inside Washington DC’s most popular attractions. Mix and match activities or explore the entire city. There is so much to see! Access the tour here.

National Honor Society

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. iLEAD Exploration is excited to invite all iLEAD Exploration learners who are currently in 10th-12th grade and who have been enrolled with iLEAD a minimum of one full semester and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply. The application period is open from now until September 30 at midnight. If you have a learner who applied last fall and received an acceptance letter, they do not need to apply again. Meetings will begin in October. Please share with your 10th, 11th, and 12th grade learners who qualify. Please click HERE to apply.

Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education

Career & Technical Education is a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses covering technical and occupational knowledge. The goal is to provide learners with a pathway to postsecondary education and/or career. You can think of this as a way for learners to “major” while in high school and focus on elective courses of specific occupational interest. iLEAD Exploration is offering the following career pathways:

  • Patient Care
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public Service
  • Childhood Development
  • Performing Arts
  • Game Design
  • Animation
  • Photography

To complete a CTE Pathway, learners need to choose a pathway, identify a career within that pathway, and then complete a two-year sequence of courses. Talk with your EF (educational facilitator) about adding a CTE pathway to your courses for this school year.

Don’t see a career of interest above? That’s okay! There are many CTE opportunities available through your local community college. These programs offer state-of-the art equipment and accredited certificates that can lead directly to a career. As a bonus, you can also earn college units while working toward your career of interest! A simple search for CTE + the college name will bring up a listing of all their CTE pathways. If you are interested, contact the Strong Workforce Counselor at your local community college.

For more information or assistance, view our CTE informational video and PowerPoint (also located here on the Hub) or reach out to us directly at cte@ileadexploration.org.

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