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Congratulations, 2020 Graduates!

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We are so proud of our 2020 graduates. During a time of uncertainty, these learners persevered and were able to complete their high school journey. They embody all that is iLEAD, and we would like to recognize each and every one of them. As C.S. Lewis said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” From all of us here at iLEAD, we wish them luck in their future endeavors. Congratulations!

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Together Tuesdays

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We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our Together Tuesdays. We are so proud of all our learners and the work they have completed this year!

Together Tuesdays

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We love seeing the positive images submitted throughout LEAD Schools every week, joyful reminders that we are all in this together. Thank you to everyone who submitted this week! Click the image or link to view the video.

Together Tuesdays

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It is time for another Together Tuesday update. This week we are including an extra video made by two of our very own creative learners, Bowie Bundlie, 2nd grade, and Bradley Bundlie, 5th grade. We hope that you enjoy it just as much as we did.

Share YOUR Together Tuesday images and stories with us by sending them to stories@ileadschools.org by midnight every Monday.

Together Tuesdays

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We love seeing the positive images submitted throughout iLEAD every week, joyful reminders that we are all in this together. Thank you to everyone who submitted this week! Click the image or link to view the video.

Share YOUR Together Tuesday images and stories with us by sending them to stories@ileadschools.org by midnight every Monday.

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That’s right, it’s Together Tuesday! We love seeing the positive images submitted throughout iLEAD nation every week — joyful reminders that we are all in this together. Thank you to everyone who submitted this week! Click the image or link to view the video.

Share YOUR Together Tuesday images and stories with us by sending them to stories@ileadschools.org by midnight every Monday.

Summer Classes With iLEAD Online

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Registration is open now for all families to enroll in iLEAD Online’s July 1 Track C Program. A few highlights about this year’s program:

  • There is no cost, and any child in grades 2-12 living in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Kern counties may enroll. Special note: Because your child is enrolled in a different school (iLEAD Exploration is part of iLEAD Hybrid’s charter school), you would need to enroll your learner with iLEAD Online’s charter school for the summer.
  • iLEAD Online courses begin on July 1. Learners complete courses at an accelerated rate. They have two cycles of accelerated learning from July 1 through August 14, at which point most Track C learners will withdraw from this program to return to the school they attend during the school year.
  • Courses are all online and facilitated by a credentialed master of distance learning. Live office hours, extra tutoring and support, and customizable content make their program user-friendly.
  • High school learners receive UC a-g, NCAA approved, and WASC accredited transfer grades.
  • Grades 2-8 have some great project-based learning courses that you can find here. These courses touch on all four core disciplines in an engaging and fun way that builds skills through active, hands-on learning.
  • Registration is open until June 1 this year. Families must submit an intent to enroll. Once this is submitted, the iLEAD Online office team will guide you through the rest.
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Together Tuesdays

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives, and while the constant flow of serious news can feel overwhelming, we are setting aside time every Tuesday to focus on positive images from throughout iLEAD Schools. A reminder that we are all in this together. Thank you to everyone who submitted this week! Additionally, you can share YOUR Together Tuesday images and stories with us by sending them to stories@ileadschools.org by midnight every Monday. Our theme for next week is school spirit. How creative can you get? Just in case you missed last week’s video, you can view it here.

Additionally, the iLEAD family resource helpline is available to you toll free, M-F, 8am-8pm at 833-610-0700. Please do not hesitate to call if you are in need of support. You may also want to watch our webinar on anxiety and stress here.

Online Educational Resources

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Enjoy these at-home resources for kids.
Explore, discover and connect with the many animal resources and activities.
Newsomatic allows students to have a safe, age-appropriate resource for global news.
If you love Disney music, and occasionally a Disney dance party, then this is the playlist for you! While you’re dancing your Main Street U.S.A. heart out, you might as well break a sweat and tone up!
Turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab with these simple science experiments! Get creative using minimal materials from your pantry.
Learners can find a number of videos related to a topic that they find interesting. Each video is accompanied by a lesson.
The new at-home version of GoNoodle is designed to get kids moving so they can be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, and best selves.
Learners can take a virtual field trip to amazing places and remarkable experiences.
Enjoy a new daily craft on Joann’s YouTube channel.

Online Educational Resources

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We continue to be amazed by the generosity of many educational companies as they provide virtual learning for families. Your educational facilitators are working hard to provide you with a list of these opportunities, and the full list can be viewed here.
Learners everywhere can stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.
The Berliner Philharmoniker invites you to visit their virtual concert hall free of charge.
Daily learning workbooks for grades K-6
Many favorite authors are offering online read-alouds and activities on social media.
The most popular science lessons are being offered for anyone to use for free, and no account or login is needed.
Check out these five free middle school science resources.
This website provides art lessons for ages 5-12.
Enjoy books being read by astronauts!
ST Math is a web-based visual instructional program that leads to deep conceptual understanding of math.
Are your learners fascinated by extreme weather or crazy about reptiles? Do they want to know more about their state or outer space? Learners can start watching, reading, and exploring today with TrueFlix.

Educational Resources

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Here at iLEAD, we have a family first approach to learning. During this virtual time, we want to further support you by providing you with some more free online resources. With changing schedules, we hope these help enrich your day!

Storyline is an incredible site that offers videos of picture books being read by actors and actresses. They have a wide variety and it is a wonderful resource to utilize from home!

Teacher Created Materials is curated by teachers is proud to offer these FREE teacher-approved resources for at-home learning! These materials are designed to help learners solidify educational concepts.

Terra Arts is offering free virtual lessons that address core content and include worksheets and teaching guidance.

Pobble 365 offers an incredible technique for encouraging kids creative thinking, story telling, and grammar basics. Each day a photo/painting is displayed along with questions to help develop the creative thinking process. They often provide a story starter based on the image, as well as ways to develop literary devices such as personification, and how to “fix”/edit sentences.

Kennedy Center Artist in Residence, Mo Willems, is offering daily live drawing “doodle” classes! Classes are at 10:00 a.m. but can be streamed later in the day as well! Mo Willems is the author/illustrator of several children’s series.

The Cincinnati Zoo is bringing the zoo to you via Facebook live.

National Geographic offers resources and student experiences that can be adapted to all grade levels and subjects.

Virtual Field Trips allows you to explore the world without leaving your home.

Planets for Kids is a free astronomy website for kids who are curious about the stars and planets.

Sciencing is a site that offers easy science project ideas for kids of all ages.

Code Wizard HQ offers free coding websites, classes and apps to help kids interested in coding.

Storytelling in a Box is brought to you by Disney Imagineers. Hundreds of career disciplines around the world share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – that all come together to create immersive experiences. Imagineering in a Box allows you to explore different aspects of theme park design, from characters to ride development, as you design a theme park of your very own.

Science Fair 2020: Deadline to Enter 2/24

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Summer Programs for High School

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If you’re looking for a productive way to spend your summer and are interested in greater college preparedness, consider attending a pre-college summer program. These programs can be a great opportunity to experience life on a college campus, earn advanced college credit, build relationships, and increase your admission chances. Summer programs are available locally, with commuter or on-campus options, and across the country. They can cover general college readiness and subjects or focus on specific areas of study. Is there a specific college you are interested in attending? Apply to their summer program! Don’t delay! Most programs have application deadlines in March and April and many offer financial aid for those who qualify. Here are a few suggestions, but you can do your own research as well:

General Studies:

Specific Subjects:

This list is in no way exhaustive but should get you started in the right direction. If summer programs like these are out of your reach, acquiring a summer job or taking a course at the community college can also add depth to your admissions profile.

Scholarships

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The best form of need-based and merit-based financial aid comes directly from a college or university. Need-based aid depends on a family’s financial situation while merit-based aid, also known as scholarships, comes from student achievement or talent. This can be in the areas of academics (grades and test scores), visual and performing arts, community service, leadership, athletics, and more. It takes effort to research scholarships provided by each college, but it is worth it.

Some things to know when exploring scholarships:

  1. Locate the financial aid section of each college to see what types of scholarships they offer.

  2. Check carefully for scholarships that require an extra application or additional requirements.

  3. Be aware of stacking and displacement. When a student receives a scholarship and need-based aid, the college may stack the aid, allowing the student to receive both, or displace one form of financial aid with the other.

Local Scholarships

Students may also be able to find scholarships through local businesses, service organizations, or even their parents’ employers. It is wise to conduct a Google search to see what is out there. Organizations such as the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Los Angeles, and other organizations may provide financial opportunities.

High Achieving Underrepresented Students

There are several large scholarships that are available to high achieving students from underrepresented groups such as low-income students or minorities. These include Questbridge, The Posse Foundation, the Gates Scholarship, and others.

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

California is in a group of states that offer a tuition exchange called the Western Undergraduate Exchange or WUE. Participating colleges require a minimum GPA and/or test score to qualify. Some colleges award the WUE rate automatically and some award the rate to only a few students. WUE nonresident tuition discounts average up to $9,400 per year making these schools more affordable than some California schools.

RaiseMe

RaiseMe is a website that allows students to earn micro-scholarships based on grades, activities, work experience, and more. Participating colleges guarantee that students will be awarded a minimum amount of scholarship money based on the accurate information provided. RaiseMe is a great way for a student to gauge how much a college might award in merit aid as well as earn scholarship money that would otherwise not be available. Students can start adding their grades and activities as early as 9th grade and watch their scholarships build up throughout their high school years. Check out iLEAD’s RaiseMe page.

To explore and learn more about financial aid, make an appointment with our College Advisor, Laura Kazan.

Keep an eye out for our webinar on financial aid and the college search in April.

Second Semester Workshops and Webinars

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Opening of the Curriculum Library

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We are excited to announce that our curriculum library located at our OC Learning Center is officially opening! The listed events and the curriculum library are located at our OC Learning Center at 2850 Fairview Road in Costa Mesa 92626. During the open library days/hours, families are welcome to peruse the curriculum as well as check out curriculum for use at home.
Beginning the week of January 13, the library will be open the following days/hours:
Additional library days/hours the curriculum library will be open (as aligned with upcoming school events at our OC Learning Center) include:
CTE Labs – January 16: 9 am – 12 pm
High School Game/Pizza Day – January 17: 10 am – 12 pm
Touch Math Workshop – February 7: 10 am – 1 pm
High School Science Lab – March 6: 11 am – 2 pm
Leprechaun Traps – March 13: 10 am – 12 pm
Science and Vendor Fair – March 27: 10 am – 12 pm
Cardboard Arcade and High School Science Lab – May 29: 10 am – 12 pm
The curriculum library will not be open on these days/weeks:
If you have any questions, please email curriculumlibrary@ileadexploration.org.

Charter Profile

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Be sure to view our public school profile for iLEAD Exploration (our official charter name is iLEAD Hybrid). Since opening five years ago, we have built a solid charter school option for all types of learners!

Tales2go

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Wondering what to do for a reading program for your K-12 learners? Look no further than your complimentary Tales2go subscription. There’s more to the Tales2go App than just a great audiobook selection. Tales2go is a great way for learners to hone their listening, language acquisition, and comprehension skills. Visit the Tales2go website at the Resources tab; click on Lesson Plans, and you will find detailed lesson plans, printouts, graphic organizers, fun activities, and craft suggestions for audiobooks at every grade level. These resources are all linked to specific CA state standards. If you’re looking for inspiration, or if you want to be alerted to new titles or learn how other families are using Tales2go, you can also subscribe to their blog (also found under the Resources tab).
There are so many ways to incorporate this awesome resource into your day or week. Listen together in the car, during dinner prep, or cuddled up on the couch. Having paper and various drawing materials prepared is a great way to help active learners listen more carefully, or provide visual learners with a way to bring the stories they hear to life.

Save The Date

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High School Graduation will be held on June 3 at 4:00 p.m. at The Grand in Long Beach. We look forward to seeing all our graduates participate in this special event.

ASB News

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iLEAD Exploration is thrilled to present our inaugural high school ASB team! These student-leaders have already had their first meeting, and the wheels are enthusiastically spinning as we are beginning to plan some community service events for our high school learners! Throughout the year, we hope to provide our high schoolers with the opportunity to serve our school and the local community.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 ASB Team!

12th Grade:
Alyssa Sanchez
Mary Miller

11th Grade:
Camilo Whitfield
Julianna Longhenry
Sydney Shepherd

10th Grade:
Abigail Myers
Ariella Clarino
Charis Dubose
Kniya Rogers

Talent Show and Artisan Bazaar

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