iLEAD Exploration Remains Open Virtually for Learners

iLEAD Exploration continues to operate its independent study model in an entirely virtual format.

Feb 1, 2021 @ 18:00

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The Discovery of Gold

Virtual Park Tour

We hope you’ll join us on April 22 at 11 a.m. when we explore the story of how the discovery of gold impacted California. Please take a look at the flier below for more information and registration details:

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Spring Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We are springing into the season with more great webinars and field study opportunities just for you! Please take a look at the fliers below for all of the upcoming events in April:

4/20 at 11 a.m.: TK-3 Show and Tell

4/21 at 12 p.m.: How to Create a Dinner Club

4/23 at 10 a.m.: Unique Learner Experiences at Exploration

4/23 at 1 p.m.: Earth Day STEM Activity

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2021 Virtual Talent Showcase

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Each year, we celebrate our skillful learners at the iLEAD Exploration talent show. This year, we are excited to bring you our presentation virtually through the 2021 Virtual Talent Showcase. We invite all learners to participate and submit original work based on the theme “Together We Can” in one of six areas: dance choreography, literature, photography, film production, music composition, and visual arts. Please see below for more details and to learn how to register.

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Spring Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We are springing into the season with more great webinars and field study opportunities just for you! Please take a look at the fliers below for all of the upcoming events in April:

4/13 at 10 a.m.: Steven Quartly Art Studio Tour

4/14 at 12 p.m.: Learn How to Create Digital Portfolios

4/20 at 11 a.m.: TK-3 Show and Tell

4/21 at 12 p.m.: How to Create a Family Dinner Club

4/23 at 10 a.m.: Unique Learner Experiences at Exploration

4/23 at 1 p.m.: Earth Day STEM Activity

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Virtual Excursions

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Museums still closed? No problem! Join us for a virtual tour of the Getty Museum on April 15 at 1 p.m. Then on April 22 at 11 a.m., you won’t want to miss the story of how the discovery of gold impacted California. Please take a look at the fliers below for more information and registration details:

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KHTS Radio Interviews iLEAD’s High School Leadership

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KHTS, Santa Clarita’s hometown radio station, recently interviewed iLEAD Exploration’s high school counselor Bethany Maddox, college advisor Laura Kazan, and high school coordinator Lisa Rittenhouse. The high school team is a great resource for families and learners seeking flexibility in education and guidance towards achieving their higher education goals. With many different college routes to take, iLEAD strongly encourages all high schoolers to pursue their true interests and passions.

During the 2020 pandemic, many schools were shut down. With SAT sessions no longer held in person, many colleges and universities no longer required an SAT score for admission. Removing these barriers greatly increased the possibilities for college entrance into a variety of colleges and universities, as the criteria for how students obtain admission to colleges across the country is changing. iLEAD Exploration has seen its students enter schools including the University of Arizona, University of California Santa Cruz, University of California Riverside, Howard University, and many other private colleges.

Working at iLEAD has empowered these women to motivate high schoolers and has also provided them with an environment where they feel highly valued and are given the freedom to research and develop programs to benefit their students’ educational journeys. Please click here for the story and interview at KHTS!

Raising Humans in the Digital Age: Summer and Technology

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Come spend an hour discussing the topic of technology use as we prepare for summer break. Using research, we’ll discuss easy-to-implement strategies that promote a healthy balance of being unplugged and productive tech use, building digital citizenship, and leadership skills for all ages.

Thursday, April 15, at 6 PM on Zoom.

Register here, and we will send you the link to join us!

Learner University

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Learner University is offering small-group lessons to learners struggling in language arts and math. They will provide everything learners need during the sessions. Each session will have two parts to support the learner:

Part 1: Learners will be taught a specific concept from one of our wonderful educational facilitators. Homework will be emailed after the session.

Part 2: Learners will bring completed homework to review with the educational facilitator and have additional practice.

Please see the flier below for specific topics and details on how to register.

Learner U April 2Sessions

 

 

2021 Virtual Talent Showcase

talent show

Each year, we celebrate our skillful learners at the iLEAD Exploration talent show. This year, we are excited to bring you our presentation virtually through the 2021 Virtual Talent Showcase. We invite all learners to participate and submit original work based on the theme “Together We Can” in one of six areas: dance choreography, literature, photography, film production, music composition, and visual arts. Please see below for more details and to learn how to register.

together we can - talent show 2021

Steven Quartly Virtual Studio Tour

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Please join us for an art studio tour, Q&A and art tutorial with Steve Quartly on April 13 at 10 a.m. The recorded art tutorial will help learners create this beautiful vineyard scene.

Career artist Steven Quartly has invited our iLEAD Exploration learners to a virtual tour of his working studio. This Californian modern-day impressionist’s work is collected internationally and represented nationally in galleries coast to coast. Steven Quartly has been creating masterpieces since the age of 10. Oil on canvas is his most common medium; however, he has been recently painting on wood medallions, using many techniques. Come join this virtual tour to see what life as an artist looks like and become inspired to create your own masterpiece. There will be Q&A period after the tour, as well as a prerecorded art tutorial for any learners interested in participating. To experience this fun event, please register here.

Spring Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We are springing into the season with more great webinars and field study opportunities just for you! Please take a look at the fliers below for all of the events coming up in April:

4/13 at 10 a.m.: Steven Quartly Art Studio Tour

4/14 at 12 p.m.: Learn How to Create Digital Portfolios

4/20 at 11 a.m.: TK-3 Show and Tell

4/21 at 12 p.m.: How to Create a Family Dinner Club

4/23 at 10 a.m.: Unique Learner Experiences at Exploration

4/23 at 1 p.m.: Earth Day STEM Activity

Webinars 2021
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Virtual Excursions

museum

Museums still closed? No problem! Join us for a virtual tour of the Getty Museum on April 15 at 1 p.m. Then on April 22 at 11 a.m., you won’t want to miss the story of how the discovery of gold impacted California. Please take a look at the fliers below for more information and registration details:

Linked Getty Virtual Tour
LINKED The_Gold_Discovery

Learner Spotlight: Mailee and Keoni Wun

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The Wuns are a family who play together and learn together! Meet iLEAD Exploration learners Mailee (8th grade) and Keoni (6th grade)!

The Wuns have been homeschooling for the past three years. They describe choosing to homeschool as the best decision they have made. Mailee and Keoni are so much happier and learning at their level with their preferred learning style. This was not always the case. Even though their mom, a 20 plus-year veteran of private and public school teaching, had always wanted to homeschool, their dad wasn’t so sure. He was hesitant because of the old “homeschool” stereotypes. After talking to an experienced homeschooling friend about all the amazing resources available, he became willing and excited to give it a try.

Even though both Mailee and Keoni excel at learning at home, math lessons had become a bit of a challenge. Both learners were complaining, saying they didn’t like math. Well, this didn’t fly with their math-loving mama! Since both learners were strong in math, she knew she just needed to find out how to make it more enjoyable for them. The family was able to choose teachers, curriculum, and other activities to best fit each learner’s personality and learning style. It turns out, making math the first lesson of the day (putting first things first), made a huge difference in their attitude and success.

Mailee has been working hard at ballet and just moved up a level. She is so proud of herself! She also loves gymnastics, art, and music. She has shown a lot of grit by sticking with ballet classes via Zoom, which is not easy. She was able to participate in an online dance show highlighting what she has learned and worked so hard to achieve.

Keoni loves baseball and is really good at it. He recently tried out for a competitive travel baseball team. He made the team but didn’t have a starting position due to not being in his top shape. He knew he had some hard work ahead of him to earn a starting spot on the team. He strove to put first things first with baseball. He exhibited such grit in achieving this goal: exercising with ladders and cones out back, cardio workouts on YouTube, and daily fielding practice. After a lot of difficult training and determination, Keoni has gotten back in shape for baseball and even earned a starting position in his last game this season. He played hard and did a great job! He saw firsthand how putting first things first and demonstrating perseverance can pay off.

Aside from baseball, Keoni enjoys sailing and robotics, while Mailee is drawn to ballet and acting. Overall, Mailee and Keoni have been more curious in their learning since the family began homeschooling. Since homeschooling is flexible, they are able to travel more and do school on the go at times. This has initiated new curiosities and questions about the places they visit and new things they see. A perfect example is when they recently traveled to Lake Havasu, Arizona, for Keoni’s baseball tournament. They were able to take a hands-on learning approach while visiting lakes, dams, windmills, and the London Bridge in field-trip style.

Mailee and Keoni have attended the OC Learning Studio for the last three years and have made good friends and learned so much. They love their teachers and have grown in their leadership skills, working with other learners on projects and book discussions.

6th-8th Grade Book Club

Book Club

We are excited about our final virtual book club of the year. Please join us Tuesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. for this fun event!

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Student Poster Design Contest

Art Studio Virtual Tour

Calling all 6th through 12th graders interested in art! Here is your chance to design a poster for a former Exploration graduate’s upcoming film. See details below:

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CAASPP Testing

CAASPP Testing

Attention, iLEAD families of learners in 3rd-8th and 11th grade: We have posted a helpful webinar just for you! In case you missed it the first time around, here is the link to the 2021 CAASPP Testing Parent Webinar that contains pertinent information to help you and your learner be prepared for this statewide assessment.

We also encourage you to use the following printable math packets. These are designed to expose a learner to the different types of questions they may encounter on the math portion of the CAASPP test. These are also great assignments to add to your learner’s ILP.

Click, Print and Practice!

Student Support Resources

Sending Love

Here at iLEAD we value the well-being of all our learners. Our Student Support teams are hard at work creating and providing services that target and support the needs of our learners. Their team is offering virtual lunch bunches to help learners meet new friends, chat with classmates, check in with a school counselor or just play fun activities…and more! Please check out this calendar for the next lunch bunch.

You can check out guidance lessons and presentations for learners of all ages here. These lessons address such topics as virtual safety, cyberbullying, and coping skills. If you are in need of counseling resources, you can find them here. Topics include anxiety, depression, suicide, and other pressing issues that learners may face.

Lastly, if you have any counseling needs, please sign up here for support. All of the info can be found on our counseling page.

Learner University

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Learner University is offering small group lessons to learners struggling in language arts and math. They will provide everything learners need during the sessions. Each session will have two parts to support the learner:

Part 1: Learners will be taught a specific concept from one of our wonderful educational facilitators. Homework will be emailed after the session.

Part 2: Learners bring completed homework to review with the educational facilitator and have additional practice.

Please see the flier below for specific topics and details on how to register.

Learner U April 2Sessions

 

 

Learner Spotlight: Mateo and Quinn Garcia

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iLEAD Exploration learners Mateo and Quinn Garcia have been homeschooling for three years. Originally, they began homeschooling to have more time together as a family after a particularly trying year. They had planned to return to brick-and-mortar school after the first year, Quinn to the Waldorf school for 6th grade, and Mateo to a local public high school.

After one year of homeschooling, both learners discovered they enjoyed the rigor of homeschooling. They decided to continue so that they could pursue their outside interests. Homeschooling has allowed them to dive into the topics that interest them most and to focus on independent projects.

The essence of synergy is to value and respect our differences, build on strengths, and compensate for weaknesses. Through family time, friendships, and other outside interests, the Garcia Family has been given the opportunity to practice this habit to build and reinforce a mindset that says, “I get along well with others — even people who are different from me.” For curious learners like Mateo (11th grade) and Quinn (7th grade), it is less important to have the “right” answers and more important to create an environment where questioning and learning can occur.

Eighteen-year-old Mateo has many active hobbies; he enjoys surfing, skating, and snowboarding. He is also an accomplished musician. He plays bass and guitar and studied music at Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano with a Grammy-winning musician as his mentor. He plays in the advanced live group at his rock school, performing at multiple venues around Orange County, including House of Blues and Coach House. Mateo has worked with the younger and less experienced students at his school, volunteering as a junior instructor. Mateo played bass on a re-creation of The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” album through Los Rios, which was a final contender for a Grammy nomination for 2020. He is currently in a band that plans to release an album of original music soon. Mateo has taken community college courses in music, in addition to his regular curriculum load through iLEAD. Mateo is particularly interested in music technology and production. Mateo also really loves the ocean. He often cleans our local beach, which he can walk to, after rainstorms or high surf. He is conscientious and diligent. Mateo is very good at balancing his work and leisure activities.

Quinn (7th grade) is as accomplished as her brother. She enjoys reading, writing, creating, and surfing. Quinn is a multitalented young lady and never has trouble filling her time. She is nearly always writing or creating something. Her mind is full of imagination for stories and drawings. When she isn’t creating new work, she is reading. She hopes to become a published author at a young age. She loves to recommend books to other people and likes to say that she is a “book doctor,” giving a prescription to cure what ails you. Quinn is currently creating content with the intention of either publishing a blog or hosting a website for her fan fiction and fan art. She is a member of South Coast Repertory Theatre’s Junior Players ensemble, which is a select group of young actors that participate in paid performances at the theatre. In addition, Quinn performed in A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory as one of the Cratchit children. She also participates in musical theatre classes. Since COVID-19, Quinn has acted in two radio plays, and she wrote a play that was performed virtually through Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, CA. Most recently, she won Drama Notebook’s contest for Best Original Monologue. Lately, Quinn has enjoyed making videos of her science experiments.

Summer School

Never Stop

Are you looking to get credits over the summer this year? While iLEAD Exploration is not in session during the summer, parents may pay out-of-pocket for summer courses. Below are some credit-granting summer options to consider.

Explore Careers Using YouScience!

You Science

YouScience is the science of you! Utilizing a series of brain games, YouScience analyzes your unique aptitudes and interests and matches you to potential careers. If you are unsure what fields are a good fit for you or are simply seeking confirmation that what you’ve chosen is a match, YouScience can help! Once you’ve completed the “brain game” skills assessments, YouScience provides the following:

  • A comprehensive written report all about you, your skills, how you interact with others, how you learn, and what work/school environments are the best fit;
  • A list of in-demand careers matched specifically to your unique aptitudes (skills) and interests. You can view careers based only on skills, only on interests, or where these two overlap. You can even sort careers by the required years of education (0-3 yrs, 4 yrs, or 5+ yrs);
  • Detailed career information covering “A Day in the Life,” core tasks, which of your aptitudes match, and where your interests align. You’ll also see related careers, years of education required, suggested majors or programs, and salary and job openings.
Aptitude and career ideas gained from the YouScience program can be used in a variety of ways. They can help determine new electives to try before you graduate, college coursework on which to get a head start, and confirm or help you realize an intended college major. If you need any assistance with what to do once you have your results, set up an appointment with your counselor for additional guidance.

To access YouScience, log in through your Scoir account. If you have not yet registered your Scoir account, you should have a registration email waiting for you in your ileadexploration.org email. If you are not able to access your school email, be sure to submit a tech ticket to reset your password so you don’t miss out on all that Scoir and YouScience have to offer.

National Honor Society: Application for 2021-22

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school learners. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those learners who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. iLEAD Exploration is excited to invite all iLEAD Exploration learners who will be in 10th-12th grade during the 2021-22 school year, 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 Friday, May 14th. If you applied last fall and received an acceptance letter then there is no need to apply again. Meetings will begin in October. Click HERE to apply.

ASB Corner

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GAME DAY RECAP
Hello, High Schoolers! On February 26th, iLEAD ASB hosted a virtual game day where we met fellow iLEAD learners and played fun virtual games. We played Among Us, Scattergories, and Gartic.io (Pictionary). There were about 15 learners and we all had an amazing time getting to know each other. We hope to see you all at our next ASB event!
Ariella Clarino
ASB Regional President

NOW ACCEPTING ASB APPLICATIONS FOR 2021-22
It’s that time of the year again!! ASB is accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. If you are interested in meeting other learners, planning events, and developing your leadership skills, we encourage you to apply! The deadline for applying is Friday, May 14, 2021.
ASB Application for New Members

HIGH SCHOOL CLUBS
It’s not too late to join the Gaming Club or Creative Writing Club! To join one or both clubs, RSVP here.

High School Spotlight: Heather and Hope Hemsley

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We are the Hemsley twins. Not only are we sisters, but we are also best friends. We share so many interests: musical theatre (acting, singing, and dancing), piano, volleyball, traveling, and serving others (through our church, camps, food distributions, etc.). We are very similar and sometimes our identity is linked to one another being twins, but we assure you we are two distinct people! Our differences confirm our uniqueness and point us toward our own future dreams.

I, Heather, am a writer. I find fulfillment in expressing myself through the written word, and this results in short stories, novellas, and drafts of books and TV scripts. I am passionate about writing content for future generations that is inspiring, encouraging, and challenges them to discover who they are and establish their beliefs. I have won a Sweepstakes Ribbon for my creative short story at the L.A. County Fair, have edited and published a children’s book, and have written and published two historical fiction novellas. Editing and composition are also passions of mine, which I practice while creating newsletters. In addition, I enjoy helping others with their struggles. In the future, I hope to become a motivational speaker and/or a mentor.

I, Hope, am an artist. My two biggest passions in life are helping others and expressing myself through artwork, both of which I hope to do in my future as an art therapist. I love art of any kind and have worked with almost every medium, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, charcoal, etc. One of my new favorite mediums, however, is digital media, in which I use a drawing tablet to paint on my computer. I draw inspiration from the world around me, whether it is nature, music, or movies, using it to paint scenery and characters. Like my sister, I have entered some of my drawings into the L.A. County Fair, and have received multiple 1st place awards and sweepstakes. I continue to sharpen my gifts by practicing new styles and entering into art challenges, as well as creating character concept art for an L.A. director (who happens to be my cousin!). I hope to not only spread light and joy through my art in my future career but in my everyday life.

We continue to develop our gifts and passions through the flexibility of being learners through iLEAD Exploration. Our schedule allows us hours of time for rehearsals, shows, recitals, tournaments, writing, and art. We are excited about our futures and hope to make a difference in our world through our gifts. We understand that getting the most out of life isn’t about how much we keep for ourselves, but how much we pour into others.

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Thank you, Heather and Hope, for sharing your stories with us! We are so proud of you and grateful to have you as part of our iLEAD family!


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