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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High School Spotlight: Amy Baldwin

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Hey, I’m an Aussie who moved to Los Angeles almost 5 years ago as my brother is an actor and musician.

I have always loved sports. At one time, I was even pursuing professional soccer but, I didn’t really have the passion for it. However, about a year and a half ago, I decided on a career in stunts. My brother and most of my friends are actors, and while I’ve never had any interest in acting, stunts are something that fill me with so much excitement. I knew right away that stunts and I were a perfect match.

So for the past eighteen months, I have been studying taekwondo, wushu, trapeze, silks, sword-fighting, bo staff spinning, parkour, and tricking. I have made some great relationships with stunt coordinators and met people that are featured in the Avengers, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey movies, and many more. The one thing they all tell me is, “You are so lucky to start so young.”

Being a student of iLEAD Exploration has allowed me to work all these lessons into my existing academic curriculum to be able to train with industry professionals on their timetables. I’ve found it’s been a great balance to do a couple of hours of physical work and then a couple of hours at my desk. I am so very grateful to iLEAD that it has allowed me to dedicate many hours to my career, giving me a head start in a competitive and physical industry.

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The high school team at iLEAD is so proud of you, Amy, and we look forward to seeing you and your awesome moves on the big screen someday!

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.

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February Book Club

Book Club

Join 4th-6th grade learners for our book club this week. Please see below for more details on this fun event and how to register.

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Virtual Science Fair 2021

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We invited learners in grades TK-12 to participate in our virtual science fair, and here is the link to all the wonderful submissions. Prepare to be amazed, inspired, and educated by the science projects shared here.

Spring CAASPP Testing – Be Proactive!

CAASPP Testing

Parents of iLEAD learners in grades 3-8 and 11, as well as high schoolers who are taking the science test, received a letter last week with details about preparing for the CAASPP assessments coming this spring. So let’s talk about testing! Being proactive is one of the best ways you can support your learner when preparing for these statewide assessments.

Taking a practice test is a fantastic way to ease some of those testing jitters. We encourage you to walk through the steps below to get comfortable with the testing format and exposure to various types of questions asked.

Taking a Practice Test:

1. Click the practice test link: Take the Practice or Training Test

2. Click the green box.

3. Keep the guest user and guest session boxes already set to “ON” and click the green “Sign In” box.

4. Select your child’s grade.

5. Select the practice or training test you would like your child to take.

6. If your child has an IEP with testing accommodations, you now have a chance to “Choose Settings” by selecting any accommodations that you would like to have included in the practice tests. Scroll to the bottom and click the green “Select” box to move to the next page.

7. Make sure you can hear the sound with the sound check.

8. Click “Continue” and then click “Begin Test.”

Practice tests are more for experience in using the testing system, but If you would like to score the practice and training tests, they have to be scored manually. Here is a link to the scoring guides.

Learner Spotlight: Fiona Zoss

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When 3rd grade iLEAD Exploration learner Fiona Zoss first started reading, it was tough for her to finish one chapter of a book. Since then, she has developed a love for reading and reads every moment she can. She recently wrote her favorite author, Ellen Miles, who penned The Puppy Place series. Surprisingly, Ms. Miles sent a lovely card and wrote her encouraging words to continue with her love of reading. Fiona definitely took Ms. Miles’ advice and is currently reading an average of four books per day.

Fiona’s other passion is dance. Due to the pandemic, she hasn’t been able to train in the studio, but she has embraced other ways to stay inspired and continue doing what she loves. Despite all the changes, Fiona remains optimistic and is currently preparing for her first solo. Dance gives Fiona joy, and it gives those around her joy to watch her perform and grow her talent.

Every month Fiona sets goals and achieves them, whether mastering Stack the States, preparing for a virtual spelling bee, conducting a new science experiment, or just trying something new. She is a joyful example of a thriving 3rd grader.

Fiona and her family enjoy traveling, and although they haven’t been able to go very far lately, this past month Fiona went on a little field trip to tour Fox Studios. She learned a lot about the history of the Fox Lot and got to see some of the studio’s cool sets. She also enjoys hiking several times per week. Fiona is a talented artist and incorporates art projects into most of her units of study.

Overall, Fiona has had a successful first year of homeschooling!

Virtual Events

Where Am I

TK-3rd Grade Virtual Show-and-Tell: On February 16 at 11 a.m., we are offering a fun show-and-tell opportunity for TK-3rd grade learners! Please register here for this event.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

PBS.org created a lesson for learners in grades 6-12 that discusses 22-year-old Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb.” You can find the lesson here.

 

March Field Studies

Pioneer

Join us on March 11 at 11 am as we travel back in time with Flat Stanley to the days of the pioneers. Learners will have the opportunity to experience what it was like before modern comforts. Please take a look below for more details on how to register for this fun event.

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Spring CAASPP Testing

Test Prep

Spring state testing is right around the corner for many iLEAD learners who will be participating in the California Assessment of Student Progress. CAASPP includes the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC) in English language arts/literacy and mathematics which is administered to all learners in grades 3rd-8th and 11th, as well as the California Science Test (CAST) assessment which is administered to all learners in grades 5th, 8th, and once in high school. CAASPP is a statewide assessment program that measures learner performance with the goal of boosting the quality and standards of learning.
This year, we are excited to announce that iLEAD is preparing for remote CAASPP testing sessions. For the first time ever, learners will be able to take the state test from the comfort of their home. A parent letter with more information on CAASPP assessments has been emailed to you by your EF. The Monday Message will offer support to families through a series of testing tips, strategies, and fun activities to help build confidence as we approach our testing window.

Learner University

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Learner University is excited to share their new and updated schedule for the spring semester. They are 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 along with additional practice, if needed.

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

Learner Spotlight: Ethan Datt

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Have you ever met a ninja warrior who is also a dodgeball champion? Well, look no further: We would like you to meet iLEAD Exploration learner Ethan Datt!

Ethan, age 10, has been homeschooling for four years now. His family decided to homeschool so that their children would have an education based on the values of their family. They wanted to put an emphasis on leadership, growth mindset, finance, morals, and values. They also wanted their children to get the attention they needed while providing an individualized learning environment.

Ethan does his best to be proactive by making sure he completes work ahead of schedule. He is a positive and fun person to be around. He shows optimism daily in various tasks and as he communicates with others. Ethan shows his optimism for his future by always talking about the life he will live as an adult. He aspires to own a gas station “because people will always need gas” and so his business will thrive. He also plans to be married and have a family.

Ethan loves to boogie board at the beach, skateboard and travel. Last year he won Jr. American Ninja Warrior for the city of Santa Clarita. He was also featured in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper for his donations to the children in the ER. A fun fact about the Datt family is they have won two first-place trophies from the Canyon Country Recreation Center for family dodgeball.

Ethan enjoys entertaining family and friends with his sense of humor. He is extremely confident and can make friends anywhere he goes. He is certainly the light in any room.

College Corner: College Expo & Scholarship Opportunities

College Expo

Virtual California Black College Expo

The Virtual California Black College Expo is a two-day ONLINE experience for you to access colleges highlighting HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) and other educational programs. Click here for more information on how you can virtually learn about college acceptances and scholarships, college application fees being waived, and enjoy informative seminars and workshops.

2021-22 HSF Scholar Application

Learners of Hispanic heritage are invited to apply for the HSF Scholarship. As an HSF Scholar, you will have access to HSF’s invaluable Scholar Support Services and be eligible to receive a scholarship, depending on available funds. Click here to apply by February 15!

Learner University

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Learner University is excited to share their new and updated schedule for the spring semester. They are offering small group lessons to our 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 along with additional practice, if needed.

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

Virtual Events

Where Am I

Attention, iLEAD Learners!

We hope you will be able to participate in these February events:

TK-1 Read-Aloud: If you are in TK-1, please join our virtual read-aloud taking place on February 8 at 10 am. Register here for this fun event.

Send some LOVE to the residents at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center! On February 10 at 10 am, learners are encouraged to play a musical instrument, read a poem, sing a song, show a project/artwork, or just say hello to residents at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center. Register here to join in.

Friendship Scavenger Hunt: Join us on Friday, February 12, at 1 pm for a friendship scavenger hunt. This interactive event will have learners “hunt” for things around their house based on cue cards. It’s a great way to engage with others and get to know each other better! Register here for this exciting event.

TK-3rd Grade Virtual Show-and-Tell: On February 16 at 11 a.m., we are offering a fun show-and-tell opportunity for TK-3rd grade learners! Please register here for this event.

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Spring Webinars

Fall Webinars

We are excited to share our upcoming webinars for 2021. On February 10 at 12 pm, our Educator University team will be spotlighting science kits. Please register here to learn more about great science kits that can supplement your curricula. Then, on February 12 at 10 am, join us for our High School Overview for New Families and Incoming 9th Graders. Please register here to learn more about iLEAD Exploration’s high school team and program.

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March Book Club

Book Club

If you are in grades 6-8, you won’t want to miss our March book club. We encourage you to join the fun and register soon to secure your spot! Please see below for more details on the event and how to register.

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Learner Spotlight: Tyson Olivieri

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iLEAD Exploration learner Tyson Olivieri is a four-time jiu-jitsu world champion. This talented 8th grader is also a top-ranked athlete for Sports Jiu-Jitsu International Federation in both Gi and NoGi.

It’s easy to see that Tyson acts daily upon this month’s habit from the 7 Habits: “Be proactive.” He trains up to two hours every day at his dojo and puts in extra time at home. He is always eager to learn new tips to better himself as an athlete. Despite the fact that there are currently no competitions, he trains hard daily to keep his skills sharp so that he will be ready when competitions resume. Tyson is an excellent example of being proactive even when things are difficult.

Tyson, age 13, began his homeschool journey four years ago when some learning challenges led his family to seek options outside of the traditional classroom. They found that homeschooling allowed Tyson to learn in a way that works best for him. It has turned out to be the best decision for Tyson and his education.

During his years homeschooling, Tyson has shown optimism while working through many challenges, including dyslexia and ADHD, to become a successful learner. iLEAD has helped support Tyson by giving him the tools and resources he needs to be successful in his education. Jiu-jitsu has also helped instill optimism in him and has given him the confidence he needs to keep working hard in school.

Tyson is a friendly, positive, and outgoing kid. At jiu-jitsu competitions, he has been nicknamed the Social Butterfly of the Bullpen. While he waits for a match, he likes to chat with his opponents about common interests, such as video games and surfing. Aside from jiu-jitsu, Tyson enjoys surfing, skateboarding, video gaming, reading, and playing the guitar. He has long aspired to own a business, so last year he started his own sticker business called Stick Sticky Stickers and makes unique and custom stickers.

The Science of Circus Arts Virtual Tutorial (Grades 2-6)

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The Circus Arts are filled with relationships between art and science. Most times you are aware of the visual excitement while watching your favorite act, but do you know the science behind the magic? On February 9 from 1:00 pm2:00 pm, learners in grades 2-6 are invited to explore the science behind hooping, juggling and fire dancing through live performance, science experiments, and videos in the Circus Arts Exploration Event with JennaH2O of Flowbox Circus!

Tickets are $10 and only learner funds will be accepted (no credit cards, please). Please register each learner in grades 2-6 (per vendor request, only these grade levels may attend) who will be participating. Tickets will be available until February 1 at 5 p.m.

Additional info: Bring hoops and balls for juggling, if you would like (but not required).

Spring Webinars

Fall Webinars

We are excited to share our upcoming webinars for 2021. On February 10 at 12 p.m., our Educator University team will be spotlighting science kits. Please register here to learn more about great science kits that can supplement your curricula. Then on February 12 at 10 a.m., join us for our High School Overview for New Families and Incoming 9th Graders. Please register here to learn more about iLEAD Exploration’s high school team and program.

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February Field Studies

Virtual Park Tour

Discover what life was like living at a California Frontier Army Post in the 1850s! Take a live, virtual, docent-led tour through Army Post Fort Tejon, where original and reconstructed buildings help to tell the story of the native Californian, the Gold Rush, and the influence of the American Civil War on the settlement of the West. Various “living history” topics and stations are presented, such as mid-19th-century Army drills and weapons, blacksmithing, frontier carpentry, tack and saddlery work, open-hearth cooking, adobe brick-making, period laundry practices, and candle-making. Please take a look below for more details on how to register for this fun event.

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Learner Spotlight: Faye Battat

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Thank goodness for the endless supply of ebooks at Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL)! iLEAD Exploration fourth grade learner Faye Battat is an insatiably voracious reader and LAPL helps keep her immersed in reading material. She loves reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, whether it is fantasy, classics, poetry, mystery, or nonfiction. Faye is always ready to engage in learning and loves to anticipate the next book she will read or the next meal she will cook. She will excitedly retell stories and adventures and activities. She and her family are very proactive with planning assignments for the learning period and creating folders with worksheets and activities they will need every school week.

Having a goal is crucial to accomplishing anything, and Faye is optimistic and self-confident enough to keep on achieving. Whether it is working through a math book or perfecting a contortion move, ten-year-old Faye trusts that every day brings her an inch closer to her target, and she believes regular small progress is the only way to achieve it. After a hundred days or so, her progress is undeniable. Assessing how far she has come spurs her on to continue for another hundred days.

Aside from reading, Faye is also passionate about cooking and contortion. Recently she has taken up piano. She writes her own comic books, complete with very accurate facial expressions. She also enjoys outdoor activities, such as climbing trees, riding a bike, visiting the beach, hiking, rock climbing, and swimming.

It is clear to see that Faye is never afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig into hard work. Every morning she goes through a routine that includes vigorous stretching to wake up her body, a healthy breakfast to fuel her endeavors, a chore to keep her environment in good order, and a review of that day’s schedule to mentally prepare her for what lies ahead. The schedule includes break times for things she enjoys, such as baking a beef Wellington or watching videos of her favorite contortionists. Knowing that she has something to look forward to helps her work diligently on her less-than-favorite assignments. When something happens that really bothers her and tempts her to lose control, she knows that she can always talk to her family to help her feel better. For some alone time, she retreats to a quiet spot with a good book, which always helps her bounce back with a renewed determination.

The two years Faye and her family have spent homeschooling so far have been quite fruitful. It has allowed them increased focus and the ability to learn at the specific pace needed in each subject. It also grants them adequate time to develop interests outside of academics without rushing through family life. Faye and her siblings creatively engage in learning together and have each found a special niche where they can create, discover, collect, explore, and imagine. They are so fortunate to have a loving home with room for them all to grow into the special learners they are meant to be.

Virtual Events

Where Am I

Attention, iLEAD learners!

There are a few events taking place in February that we hope you will be able to attend:

  • TK- 1 Read Aloud: If you are in TK-1, please join our virtual read-aloud taking place on February 8 at 10 a.m. Register here for this fun event.
  • Send some LOVE to the residents at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center! On February 10 at 10 a.m., you can send some LOVE to the residents at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center! Register here to join in.
  • Friendship Scavenger Hunt: Join us on Friday, February 12, at 1 p.m. for a Friendship Scavenger Hunt. This interactive scavenger hunt will have learners “hunt” for things around their house based on cue cards. It’s a great way to engage with others and get to know each other better! Register here for this exciting event.
  • TK-3rd Grade Virtual Show and Tell: A fun “show and tell” opportunity for TK-3rd grade learners! Please register here for this event.
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Schoolwide Learner Outcome: Optimism

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This month’s schoolwide learner outcome (SLO) is optimism. Optimism, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is, “an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.” Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Optimism is an attitude that positively affects your outlook on life and education. We will continue to explore the concept of optimism in upcoming Monday Messages!

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