Joining the military after high school can bring many benefits. In addition to serving your country and learning important life skills, you can receive housing, subsidized food, health care, and an education. Opportunities are available to pursue undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through the military. There are many different programs and ways to serve depending on your short term and long term career goals. To learn more about the different branches of the military, follow the links below.
When you think of a learner who exemplifies the notion of what a homeschooled 10th grader might look like, you think of Grace. She thrives in this environment and strives for excellence in all that she does! Not only is she a talented dancer, spending countless hours in the ballet studio, but she also loves to perform on stage and beams in front of an audience. Grace has performed in the Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel, and will be in Cinderella this Spring. Dancing fills Grace’s heart with so much joy! Not only does Grace thrive in the dance studio, but she is also an amazing scholar! She puts forth so much effort in both areas, proving that hard work pays off.
Grace would love to attend the University of Nebraska when she graduates in 2022. We have no doubt that Grace will continue to find success in all that she does. It is part of her character and embodies who she is to the core.
“I know the price of success: Dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Have you visited our Free Online Educational Resources section located on the HUB lately? This awesome resource, collectively created by iLEAD’s educational facilitators, provides a host of free online educational opportunities for homeschoolers across multiple subjects and grade levels. We hope that you enjoy browsing this feature the next time you log into the website!
iLEAD Exploration learners Corban and Deacon Barnett are so different and yet these brothers both exude optimism, each with his own brand of it. Older brother Corban is a confident kid who never doubts his ability to do anything and he certainly never stops until he gets it right. He tried for a year to master a forward flip on the trampoline. He never got frustrated and didn’t give up until he had it perfect. Younger brother Deacon always sees the good in every person. As his family says, Deacon has “never met a stranger that wasn’t a friend.” Always hopeful to make a new buddy, he joyfully includes anyone in every activity that he does.
Corban (5th grade) and Deacon (3rd grade) love listening to audiobooks and dancing to music every morning. They enjoy doing flips and tricks on the trampoline, playing with neighborhood buddies and riding around the neighborhood on their hoverboards and crazy carts.
Corban adores both cooking and baking and reveals his creativity through producing new and exciting recipes. He also greatly enjoys writing short stories based on books that he has read as well as filming and editing movies for his YouTube channel. Deacon loves to use his imagination to build and is often found designing and constructing miniature golf courses in the backyard. He also adores making music and has created a number of one of a kind songs using GarageBand on his iPad.
In addition to a full workload at home, both boys enjoy taking art, writing, PE and science classes at a local learning center. When they are not participating in academics, both boys can be found learning new tricks in their acrobatic trampoline classes, or acquiring new techniques in their parkour classes.
At iLEAD Exploration, we are happy to provide learners with high school curriculum and online vendor suggestions, both of which can be purchased using instructional funds. We also have a variety of free resource suggestions for our high school families. While this list is non-exhaustive, we hope you find it helpful. These resources are available through the Hub on our website when you log into your account. The results can be narrowed down by subject and grade level. A few of our favorites are MITOpenCourseware, KhanAcademy
iLEAD Exploration learner Jaidynn Watson always sees the bright side of a situation even if the initial outcome isn’t always favorable. She is open to new experiences because she believes that there is always something new that can be learned.
Jaidynn, 6th grade, loves to participate in a wide variety of sports and activities. Her current favorite sport is standup paddleboard racing. She loves competing, especially in open water races. She took 1st place in her division during Pacific Paddle Games last year, one of the largest annual SUP contests, which was a very memorable moment for her. She has sampled many different sports and activities including basketball, soccer, gymnastics, ballet, dance, parkour, karate, jiu jitsu, kickboxing, swimming, and skateboarding.
Jaidynn loves science and has spent much of this school year studying marine life. Additionally, she is taking a math class that is above her current grade level and she has risen to the challenge with a strong understanding of the subject material. Being a part of iLEAD allows Jaidynn much flexibility in pursuing her passions. She can hit the skatepark in the morning when it’s empty or surf when the waves are good. She can also study the ocean and marine life in hands-on, in depth life lessons by visiting the beach regularly. She is grateful that being a learner with iLEAD allows her such flexibility that she is able to thrive in both her studies and sports.
This month’s SLO (Student Learner Outcome), optimism, focuses on a positive outlook on life. As you watch this video, think about how you can turn failures into learning opportunities and whether your willingness to take on new challenges helps to create strong relationships with others.
March 14 is Pi Day. It is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. Don’t let the sound of the name fool you: Pi Day does not commemorate the sweet, baked circular treat (though it is circular-related). It is the official day of the Greek letter symbolizing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, pi, also known as 3.14159265359… Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π.
Here are some fun ways to incorporate learning and to celebrate Pi Day. Don’t forget to enjoy your favorite fruit pie, meat pizza, or pot pie!
Physical fitness testing is underway! If you are in 5th, 7th, or 9th grade, now is your time to show that you have “Too Much Grit to Quit” by participating in iLEAD’s physical fitness testing! Please contact your EF right away for more information.
Another very important way to demonstrate your grit is by “Opting In” for CAASPP testing! These yearly summative assessments are for learners in grades 3-8, 11, and some learners in grade 12. Testing will be at various locations throughout April and May. Your EF will be sending you the sign-up parent letter this week! Participating and trying your best on the test will be very helpful for our school, so thank you in advance! Your support makes a huge difference, and iLEAD truly appreciates it!
Our family survey has begun and will be closing in two weeks.
Don’t miss this chance to share your feedback. Your input is critical as we work to make iLEAD Exploration as effective as it can be as we focus on each child’s mastery of core content, social-emotional growth, deeper learning, and leadership. If you haven’t completed the survey yet, please check your email (including your spam folder) for the survey email from Panorama Education.
You may complete the survey online using a computer, tablet, or smartphone by clicking on your individualized link in your email that we have on file for your family.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kennedy Gravitt meets every challenge head-on with an optimistic attitude, making her a great example of this month’s SLO: Optimism. This hopeful and confident iLEAD Exploration third grader has been homeschooled since kindergarten and has always been a very driven, agile, and fun-loving kid. She learned to walk at eight months and hasn’t stopped blowing her parents away with her abilities, drive, determination, and grit. She learned how to surf at age six, excelled with parkour and free-running, has grown immensely in her basketball skills, all while becoming an incredible little motocross racer. Kennedy is small in stature, but that seems to trigger something in her that makes her work ethic and drive that much stronger.
Kennedy has dedicated herself to honing her motorcycle skills and has participated in many different race series. As trophies and awards added up, her confidence and excitement for the sport also grew. Her races were based primarily on age and the size of the motorcycle, and for most occasions this meant she was the only girl in her race. Never daunted by a challenge, Kennedy always cheerfully rises to the occasion. As her confidence grew, she expressed an interest in racing in front of the biggest stage for motocross — Supercross — and her eyes were set on that goal.
Her parents did some research on the requirements to request an invitation to the coveted KTM Junior Supercross challenge. Each race selects only 15 kids throughout the world to race. After a few months of nervously waiting, Kennedy’s family received a phone call announcing that she was chosen as a competitor for the Anaheim 2 Supercross race at Anaheim Stadium! This was a dream come true for her (and her dad), and the whole family was beaming.
The month prior to her big race, Kennedy participated in a three-day camp with PanicRev, which is an intense training program. She continued to practice and prepare for the Supercross race. The day of the race came and her family was ready to watch Kennedy do what she loves, competing against 14 other kids (all boys) from New Zealand, Great Britain, British Columbia, Minnesota, Kentucky, Montana, and California. It was a busy day from beginning to end. Multiple track walks, photo opportunities, tours through the KTM factory semi, practice laps, meeting professional racers, autograph sessions (for the kids). After an awesome day of practice and fun, Kennedy put on her gear, complete with a brand-new hot pink 6D helmet, and hit the starting line ready to race. With 40,000 fans cheering wildly, it was a day, experience, and memory that will be forever cherished. Her family is so proud of Kennedy’s work ethic, accomplishments, humility, and overall confidence and grit. Way to go, Kennedy!
This month’s schoolwide learner outcome (SLO) is optimism. 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!Optimism Poster
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The iLEAD Exploration family survey is coming soon to gain insight into your perception of our school’s effectiveness! You may complete the survey online between March 2 and March 27 using a computer, tablet, or smartphone by clicking on the link that will be sent to the email address we have on file for your family.
To conduct our family survey, we have partnered with Panorama Education, who safeguard your privacy, keeping your responses confidential. The survey shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete and will be a valuable source of information for us as we work to make iLEAD Exploration as effective as it can be in our mission to prepare each child to be a lifelong learner and leader in the 21st century.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
iLEAD Exploration learner Ivan Baney is an ideal candidate to demonstrate self-control, this month’s SLO. He keeps a daily calendar to stay on track with goals and responsibilities. He chooses to finish his work, whether at home or at school, before doing extracurricular activities. The ninth grader cheerfully takes recommendations and constructive criticism and uses it to make better choices in future situations. And although he wants to relax and have fun, like all teens, he has set high goals for himself and is willing to work hard and then enjoy time off.
One of those high goals is to become an Eagle Scout. Ivan has been a scout since he was six years old and has moved from being a Cub Scout to a Boy Scout. He attends scout meetings weekly, participates in summer and winter camp, and also is striving to earn merit badges along the way to the prestigious distinction of Eagle Scout. Scouting is a big part of Ivan’s life and also keeps him involved in many service projects in the community as well as fun, team-building activities like a Dungeons and Dragons gaming group that many of his fellow scouts participate in.
Ivan wants to be an engineer when he grows up, so he is always learning new technology skills. This year he is learning how to build a computer from scratch and also dove into learning coding and basic programming. He has taken an intense interest in growing his math skills, as he knows this will be invaluable to his career. In middle school, Ivan struggled with math, but once he learned that he needs strong math skills for his dream job, he had a change of mind and activated his self-control. With daily work, tutoring when needed, and a dramatic shift in his attitude toward mathematics, Ivan is now seeing the fruits of his hard work in a high score in algebra!
Ivan is a work-hard, play-hard kind of guy. He has many hobbies, including playing complex board games with friends and family. His favorites are war games based on historical events. He also plays the piano daily both for school and for pleasure; he greatly enjoys the process of creating music. In the warm months he enjoys tennis, rebounding, and biking in the mountains.
Friendship Circle is looking for fun-loving teens who would like to donate their time once a week for one hour at-home visits with a child with special needs in their area. Friendship Circle enhances family dynamics and builds friendships through a wide variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups, and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle empowers teens to reap the rewards of selfless giving.
On Friday, April 10, dedicated volunteers from the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Galaxy, San Manuel Casino have sponsored the build of an accessible playground at Hudson Park in partnership with KaBOOM! The new playground will be an inclusive structure that will allow children of all abilities to engage in play. The new design will enable individuals with developmental disabilities to access the play equipment and engage in inclusive play with their peers.
Saffyre Sanctuary can use your help! This is a rescue and rehabilitation program that cares for horses that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. Whether you are a novice or have experience caring for horses, they can use your help! You will learn firsthand about the best holistic care, feeding, and handling of horses, some with very special needs.
Editor’s Note: This article is one in a series on the pillars of iLEAD’s educational philosophy and approach.
They say communication is key, but if we lack understanding in our relationships and interactions, how can we ever hope to truly, clearly communicate?
This week, we’re examining Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood.
Many of us often seek first to be understood; we want to get our point across. But in doing so, it’s easy to ignore the other person completely, pretend that we’re listening, selectively listen to certain parts of the conversation or attentively focus on only the words being said, but miss the meaning entirely. And so, what happens is that we filter everything through our life experiences and decide what someone means before they’ve even finished.
But is that the most effective communication?
Our listening tends to fall into four categories:
- Ignoring: We’re not listening at all.
- Pretending: We may say “uh-huh, right,” but we’re not really tuned in.
- Selective listening: We hear part of what the person says, but the rest of the time we’re distracted.
- Attentive listening: We’re actively listening, paying attention but not taking our listening to the ultimate level — empathetic listening.
Dr. Stephen Covey defined empathetic listening as listening with the intent to truly understand. To really understand, we need to get inside another person’s frame of reference, and see the world from their point of view. Our listening also needs to be driven by an authentic desire to understand the other person and to build trust with them.
As part of the iLEAD educational model, we encourage learners to incorporate the following practices into their communication:
- I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.
- I try to see things from their viewpoints.
- I listen to others without interrupting.
- I am confident in voicing my ideas.
- I look people in the eyes when talking.
When we listen with the intent to understand others, instead of simply with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship-building. Seeking to understand takes kindness; seeking to be understood takes courage. Effectiveness in our communication thrives in a balance of the two.
Join us next week as we explore Habit #6: Synergize.
For more information on the 7 Habits and other leadership resources, click here to visit the FranklinCovey website.
iLEAD Schools are always proud that the “i” in iLEAD represents “International,” highlighting the commitment to developing global citizens. Well, that same commitment, complete with the requisite compassion and community, can be found in yet another great “i” word at iLEAD. There is also the “i” in the Investment Teams of iLEAD Exploration.
These unique teams, according to iLEAD Exploration Investment Teams Coordinator Amber Musick, are a vehicle for all the facilitators to invest in their families and communities in a focused, meaningful way. “Facilitators choose an area to concentrate on based on their interests, passions and skills,” said Musick.
Currently, iLEAD Exploration has 14 investment teams supporting the needs of their 3,000+ learners and their families. Although more teams are in development, all the facilitators at iLEAD Exploration focus on one area, such as Educator University, compliance, curriculum, field trips, high school, training, resources, testing, subscriptions, subject expert teachers, English learners, MAP assessments, communication and enrichment.
Each of these teams produces a multitude of services, events and products that encompass a diverse set of learner, family and community needs. For example, Educator University provides workshops and webinars for all iLEAD Exploration families in various regions as part of an extended community beyond their facilitator and assigned location. They host unique learner experiences, such as Touch Math. And then there is the Enrichment Team, which produces such important projects as the Parent Roundtable and the three-city Talent Show. The vital Monday Message is produced by the Communications Team.
In addition to meeting the needs of their communities, iLEAD Exploration also believes that the investment teams accomplish a great deal more.
“They are an avenue for our facilitators to connect and collaborate with one another,” said Musick. “They also create opportunities to collaborate with other learners and families.”
Musick suggested that these teams allow for facilitators to have a larger reach, ultimately creating more opportunities for all learners and the community. “Teams are focused, passionate and experienced, so that allows them to quickly respond to learner and family interests,” said Musick.
“Many times, learners and their families will share a need with a facilitator and the facilitator will say, ‘I know a team that can take that on,’” said Musick.
Ultimately, like all things iLEAD, this is really about learning. In their investment teams, facilitators are modeling for our learners and others the authentic and powerful benefits of shared leadership, collaboration and ownership.
“We are always reflecting and adapting,” said Musick. “These teams make all of us better and ultimately serve our learners and their families at a higher level.”