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iSucceed Connections: Physical Education Online

iSucceed_conections_blogheaderYou might be wondering how iSucceed Virtual High School can offer physical education as an online school. But the fact is, taking physical education online can be much more beneficial than in a traditional school setting. Here’s a little more information so you can see why taking physical education online with iSucceed is your best option.

How Physical Education Online Works at isucceed

When you take physical education online with iSucceed, you stay connected with an instructor who will keep you motivated to stay active. You can choose workouts you’re actually interested in, such as power walking, jogging, yoga or playing a sport, and keep a weekly log for extra credit, so you can be your best self.

What You Will Learn 

A big part of physical education is not only being active, but learning how to live a healthy lifestyle. At iSucceed, you will not only engage in fitness activities, you will also learn about nutrition and how to stay physically and mentally healthy, so that your health becomes a lifelong goal, instead of a class you dread.

Why Physical Education Online is Better

There are a lot of benefits from taking physical education online. For one, you don’t have to worry about being picked last, changing in a locker room or going to your next class sweaty. But what’s more important is that with iSucceed, you learn skills that you take with you for life. Many students who take physical education with us end up saying it was a much better option than traditional physical education classes.

What our Students Think About Physical Education Online

Alyssa, a former physical education student, told us how students at her old middle school would harass her during her physical education class, causing her to have low self-esteem and no longer want to be active. Once she tried out physical education online, she became motivated to exercise, and said she feels healthier and happier.

” I am choosing what exercises I am doing, where I do them and when I do them. At the beginning of this course, I barely even walked my dog. Now I bike again, I’m back on those long walks I loved as a kid, and come summer I’ll swim every other day at least. Doing these things now has made me endlessly happy.”
– Alyssa, iSucceed student

Six Ways to Communicate With Online Instructors

iSucceed_6ways_connect_with_teachers_headerTo those outside of the online high school environment, it can sometimes seem like online instructors are distant, no-faced beings who don’t communicate with students. But in reality, our students find that they communicate much more with our instructors than they ever did in their traditional schools! Without the distraction of managing 30+ kids at a time, iSucceed Virtual High School’s highly qualified instructors have more time to provide individualized instruction to every student. Check out the list of ways you can communicate with online instructors at iSucceed.

Six Ways to Communicate With Online Instructors

1. Email

At iSucceed, every teacher has an individual email provided to all students at the beginning of each course. This way, students can easily send messages to their teachers and usually get a response within 24 hours or less.

2. PSP instant messaging

Another way to contact teachers for a faster response is through iSucceed’s Parent Student Portal (PSP), where students log in to see announcements, check grades, chat with other students and even teachers. In the messaging section of the PSP, students can find their teachers, see if they are online and send instant messages with any questions they have.

3. Phone call

For an immediate response, students can call teachers and chat with them regarding any questions or concerns. Each instructor has a direct phone line, which is provided to every student in the PSP course announcements.

4. In many cases, text message

Many of our teachers even offer text messaging, either through personal phones or a Google phone line. If your instructor offers this option, you will find out at the beginning of class in announcements, or you can always reach out through one of the other communication lines and see if they have texting available.

5. Real-time online sessions

In our online courses, teachers will hold real-time classroom online sessions to instruct the course, answer questions and hold classroom discussions. If you don’t want to ask questions in the group session, our teachers are more than willing to schedule a one-on-one online session with you to provide tutoring and more personalized instruction.

6. In-person appointments

If you live within driving distance of the iSucceed office in Boise, you can always stop by the office and get in-person support when needed. Of course, you should schedule an in-person appointment ahead of time with your instructor, but an in-person session can be a great way to meet you teacher face to face and get face-to-face support from your instructors.

Remember, our teachers are here from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday and are always happy to help you during business hours. We hope you take advantage of all the communication channels available to you.

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  • Have you had a teacher who went above and beyond to help you here at iSucceed? Share with us in the comments below for a chance to be featured in an upcoming blog post!

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Q4 Info Session Road Show

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iSucceed is back on the road and ready to help you get you enrolled for our third quarter (Q3)! This month, we will be at various locations throughout Idaho for you to come meet our staff, enroll onsite and enjoy some treats at our Info Session Road Show.

The Details

There will be multiple events happening all next week. Each event will have staff members and teachers for you to come meet, ask questions and get enrolled onsite. For current iSucceed students, come meet your teachers, receive or drop off your laptops and learn more about your school. There will even be free food available at many of the events! Check out the list below to see which Info Session works best for you.

ROAD SHOW DATES AND LOCATIONS

Wednesday, March 16: Idaho Falls & Pocatello

  • Hastings Hardback Cafe at 2 p.m. 540 E 17th St., Idaho Falls, ID 83404. Enjoy a free coffee or tea!
  • Pocatello Towne Place Suites at 5 p.m. 2376 Via Caporatti Dr, Pocatello, ID 83201. Enjoy some free pizza and soda!

Thursday, March 17: Burley & Twin Falls

  • Nostalgia Coffee and Cafe at noon. 1332 Albion Ave, Burley, ID 83318. Enjoy a free coffee or tea!
  • Idaho Pizza Company at 2 p.m. 1859 Kimberly Rd, Twin Falls, ID 83301. Enjoy some free pizza and soda!

Monday, March 21: Lewiston & Coeur d’Alene Info Session

  • Blue Lantern Coffee at noon. 326 Main St., Lewiston, ID 83501. Enjoy a free coffee or tea!
  • Marriott Springhill Suites at 6 p.m. 2250 W. Seltice Way Coeur d’Alene ID, 83814. Enjoy some free pizza and a soda!

Tuesday, March 22: Sandpoint

  • Starbucks at 4 p.m. 477100 US-95, Ponderay, ID 83852. Enjoy a free coffee or tea!

Thursday, March 24: Boise

  • iSucceed Main Office from 3 – 7 p.m. 16148 N. Discovery Way, Suite 120, Boise, ID, 83702

Friday, March 25: Caldwell

  • Idaho Pizza Company from 3–6 p.m. 4816 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, ID 83605. Enjoy some free pizza and soda!

What to Bring

If you plan to enroll onsite, you will need to bring a couple important items with you. Check them out in the image below.

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To see the full list of items, download our Enrollment Packet. Students who enroll onsite and fill out an application will even get the chance to take home a school provided laptop!

Q4 starts March 30. Start your online application today at isucceedvhs.net/enroll.

We will see you along the road!

  • Do you have questions about the Info Session Road Show? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help!

Random Facts About Leap Day

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It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. Four years have come and gone, and we finally have an extra day of the year to enjoy! But what’s so great about Leap Day? We’ve got some random facts about the day to at least entertain you, if not, inspire you to do something great this February 29.

1. Leap Day is a day to get engaged…or get some gloves

Irish tradition (and at some points in history, law) states that every February 29, women can propose to a man that day, and the man has to accept. If he refuses, he must buy you a pair of silk gloves. So either way, leap day is a win for the ladies.

Of course, there is a slight catch. For any woman planning to propose, she must wear something scarlet colored to give guys proper warning.

2. Or, depending on your view, not get married this year

Greek and few other cultures, on the other hand, believes the entire year is bad luck to get married. So the silk gloves might be a better option after all!

3. Leaplings have special talents 

Leaplings, or people born on February 29, are believed by astrologers and some cultures to have special talents, ranging from burping the alphabet to being an accomplished piano player. But one thing they don’t have: A set birthday every year. In fact, country’s laws vary as to when important birthdays like the 18th, 21st actually occur for leaplings–some say February 28, others make them wait until March 1 to celebrate.

4. But if you’re not a leapling,  you can still get candy

If you’ve ever watched the TV series “30 Rock,” you’ve probably already heard of Leap Day William. Once ever four years, the old man with gills, a blue suit and top hat named Leap Day William emerges from the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the sea, and trades tears for candy.

5. Unless you don’t wear blue and yellow, then you get kicked and poked

There is a catch. If you don’t wear blue and yellow, you don’t any candy and risk getting either kicked, poked in the eye or have your hair pulled. It just might be worse than a pinch on St. Patrick’s Day.

6. But more importantly, it’s a day to take chances

Over the many years, leap day has become known as a day to, well, take a leap. After all, it only comes once every four years, so don’t miss your opportunity to take chances and try something you normally wouldn’t. Try a new restaurant, go to a new place or enjoy relaxing. Whatever you do, make the most of this February 29!

  • How do you plan to spend your Leap Day? Share with us in the comments below!

What You Need to Know About Free Online High School

iSuceed_free_highschool_headerAt iSucceed, we provide you with the connections you need to achieve your academic goals. Because we believe every student deserves a great education, we work hard to provide our online education to all Idaho students. To make it even more accessible, we provide completely tuition free online high school to all 9–12th grade students.

Free Online High School: Is there Actually a Cost?

Surprisingly, we receive this question a lot. And we’re happy to say the answer is “no!” There is no cost for students at iSucceed. In fact, we even provide our students with a school laptop free of charge to them while they are taking classes at iSucceed, so you can be sure to have all the tools you need to earn your free online high school diploma.

How Can You Provide Free Online High School?

iSucceed is considered a public charter school. Because of that status, that makes attending iSucceed the same as just about any other school in Idaho. The only difference is it’s online, more flexible and has more personal communication from your teachers and counselors.

Do iSucceed Graduates Receive an Actual Diploma?

Yes! iSucceed is fully accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). That means that all full-time students who graduate at iSucceed receive the same caliber diploma as any other school at iSucceed. Graduates can attend our annual graduation ceremony to receive their diplomas in person, or have it mailed to their homes. Either way, you will graduate with a tangible online high school diploma.

When Can I Enroll?

iSucceed is set on a quarter schedule, which breaks down students courses into three classes every nine weeks. As a result, iSucceed has four open enrollment dates throughout the year to help you be able to enroll at a time that’s convenient for you. Our next quarter starts March 30. To learn more about our Quarter Schedule, check out our Infographic.

Have more questions about online high school? Give us a call at 208.908.6250! Our enrollment advisor is happy to help!

Financial Aid Night February 8

iSucceed_FinancialNight_headerSeniors, it’s that time of year! By now, you may have applied for colleges, and now it’s time to start thinking about funds. If the thought of applying for grants and loans leaves you stressed with too many questions, don’t worry! We’re here to help with our Financial Aid Night happening this Monday, February 8 in person and online at the iSucceed office!

Now, a lot of you may be thinking you can’t afford college, but we’re here to say “Yes, you can!” Read on to learn more about the details of iSucceed Financial Aid Night.

What will I learn?

On Monday, February 8 at 6 p.m., you can learn everything you need to know about getting funding for college. There will be an information session, and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have so you can get ready and become a financial aid pro!

What is Financial Aid and FAFSA?

Simply put, financial aid is money granted to you by the Federal Government. In order to receive the aid, all college students must fill out fill out a Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA) form. This money is granted to college students with lower income, and depending on if you qualify, you can either get approved for a loan or receive a grant, which is money given to you to attend college that you don’t have to pay back!

Who will be there?

In attendance will be some faculty and staff, along with iSucceed Guidance Counselor Crystal Sistoni. Ms. Sistoni is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys camping, fishing, backpacking and rafting. She has been in the great state of Idaho for over 20 years, and loves working with our students to help them stay on track and get ready for life after high school.

How do I attend?

For those of you near the Boise area, come to our office, located at 6148 N Discovery Way Ste 120 Boise 83713. We will also be live streaming the event starting at 6 p.m., so all can attend. To access the event online, open this Adobe link, log in with your student info and enjoy!

For any questions, reach out to Ms. Sistoni at CSistoni@iSucceedVHS.net.

Three Things Only Online High School Students Enjoy

iS_3_Reasons_headerThere are endless advantageous of taking high school classes online at iSucceed, so we’ve condensed the list down to three benefits that our students enjoy. If you attend a traditional high school and can’t quiet relate but the following list seems appealing, trust us, it is!

Three Things Only Online High School Students Enjoy

1. Standing in Front of Fridge > Standing in Cafeteria Line

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So maybe you’ve caught yourself opening the refrigerator, scanning the inside and finding nothing appetizing, then moving on to the pantry, only to return to the refrigerator and repeat the process all over again. The fact that you get to choose what you want to eat–not to mention when you want to eat–adds a much more positive light to this entire ordeal though. At iSucceed, you operate on your own schedule, and do not have to oblige by a mandatory lunch hour or eat questionable cafeteria food!

2. You are Proud of Your Workspace

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Have you ever been jolted awake in class to find a small puddle of your own drool, or maybe worse, accidentally grazed your hand against some else’s chewed gum stuck to the bottom of one of the many tiny, uncomfortable desks you are assigned to sit at throughout the day? At iSucceed, you have the advantage of completing classwork in your own domain! If the epitome of comfort and efficiency is snuggling into a bean bag chair with your laptop, or even sitting at the kitchen table with music playing in the background, your workspace is entirely up to you.

3. Help Comes in Many Forms

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If even the thought of raising your hand to ask a question in front of the entire class makes your cheeks burn with embarrassment, or you have anxiety about approaching a teacher or tutor after class for extra help, you can avoid all of that at iSucceed while still getting the attention you need. Our teachers are easily accessible by phone, email and chat messaging and are always happy to help. iSucceed allows students to better focus on their studies by offering only three classes at a time. Students are also able to learn at their own pace and spend more time on areas that they have trouble with, or move on quickly without having to wait for the rest of the class to catch up.

Enrollment for Quarter 3 has been extended to January 30! If you are interested in learning more about the life of an online high school student, talk to one of our enrollment advisors today at 208.908.6250! Or click HERE to start an online application.

  • Students, what’s your favorite part of online high school? Share with us in the comments below!

iSucceed Connections: Foreign Language Courses

iSucceed_conections_blogheaderAt iSucceed, we provide our students with the connections needed not only to graduate, but to excel while in high school. That’s why we have special resources that allow you to leave iSucceed with even more than just a fully-accredited diploma.

Did you know learning a second language could help you improve your grades? According studies conducted by the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, high school students who study second languages perform higher in reading, math and even standardized tests. What’s more, becoming bilingual is always a great excuse to go and travel to another country!

If you’re considering learning a new language, iSucceed is a great place to start! We offer Spanish to all grade levels. To help you learn more, we asked one of our Spanish instructors, Angela Hunter, some important questions, and have the answers for you here! Read on to learn more about taking foreign language courses at iSucceed.

Who can sign up for foreign language courses?

Any student may sign up for a foreign language course. The only prerequisite is to take the classes in order. For instance, a student must take Spanish 1A and 1B before moving on to Spanish 2A.

Why should a student take a foreign language course in high school?

According to Ms. Hunter, there are a number of reasons why you should take foreign language in high school. Check out the list below.

  • Many higher education institutions  are now requiring at least two foreign language high school credits in order to be admitted.
  • Learning a foreign language provides students with the opportunity to explore new countries, customs and cultures. It helps students gain a broader view of the world.
  • Knowing a foreign language gives students an edge in the job force as many employers seek this skill.
  • Taking foreign language courses can actually help you understand your own language better. Taking a foreign language can help you in your English course!
  • Experiencing a foreign language in high school can help you to gain a basic understanding of the language if considering a foreign exchange program or travel.

What are some benefits of learning a foreign language through iSucceed? 

Learning a foreign language through iSucceed offers students the opportunity to work at their own pace. Learning a language can be difficult, but students are able to stay with a concept until they master it instead of being lost as the rest of the class moves on.

iSucceed also offers a variety of ways for students to display their learning such as discussions, projects, audio recordings, quizzes, workbooks and tests.

What advice would you give to a student wanting to learn another language?

If you really want to learn the language, Ms. Hunter says there is one main thing you should do in order to be fluent: Try to immerse yourself in it as much as possible. Below you will find a list of ways to achieve this.

  • Listen to music in the target language.
  • Watch movies in the target language. Use subtitles in English to aid in comprehension.
  • Label things around you at home in the target language.
  • Find a native speaker to practice speaking the language with.
  • In addition to learning the language, also learn about the culture, as language and culture are connected.
  • Find free online resources to aid in your learning. Play games and watch instructional videos to help you understand it better.
  • Download a free app such as Duolingo and practice on the go.
  • If possible, visit a country where the language is spoken.
  • Visit a restaurant that serves traditional food and practice ordering and conversing in the target language.

But perhaps this is the most important piece of advice Ms. Hunter could give you:

“Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. That is how you learn! If you never dare practice conversation, you will never get anywhere. Have a sense of humor about your mistakes and move on.

Practice, practice, practice! When it comes to learning a foreign language, if you don’t use it, you lose it!”
– Angela Hunter, iSucceed Spanish instructor

 

 

10 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year's Resolutions

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Although it’s only been about two weeks since we celebrated the start of 2016, many of us may have already forgotten some of the promises for change or goals we set for ourselves as part of our New Year’s resolutions. Even if you haven’t been fully committed, it’s not too late to start putting in the effort. Here’s some tips for sticking to it

1. Stay positive

You chose your New Year’s resolutions with the intention of bettering your life. If you are constantly beating yourself over not living up to your own expectations, the purpose becomes self-defeating. Instead, try focusing on all the positive aspects you are gaining. For example, if your goal was to lose weight, and you haven’t really seen the numbers budge on the scale, try thinking about how much more energy you have from eating healthier or focus on your new found love of being outdoors while you continue to exercise. After all, Idaho is such a beautiful place to explore!

2. Write it down everywhere

Writing down your goals can help as a reminder to yourself that every day you stay committed, you are one step closer to achieving success. Whether it’s keeping a journal and writing a few lines about what you did each day to reach your goal, keeping a log of improvements, or even writing on sticky notes and placing them in places that will always catch your attention and keep you on track, these are all ways to help flow your thoughts to reality!

3. Tell your friends

Sharing your personal goals with your friends will not only help build the bond between you, but also keep you accountable. If your friend knows that your New Year’s resolution is to practice better manners and they see you holding the door open for someone or giving your seat up on the bus, your friend will not only be impressed, but they are likely to share how proud they are of you. This is a great way to boost your self-esteem and keep you on track to reaching your goal.

4. Read up

Always keeping your New Year’s resolution fresh in your mind will help you maintain your focus and commitment. Not all goals will become easier by reading a how-to book, but there are many ways you can direct your attention and stay motivated. Maybe you want to dress better in 2016? Don’t be afraid to pick up a magazine or begin reading a fashion blog about style. Even watching YouTube tutorials on easy hairstyles or makeup tutorials will keep you involved and trying new ways to reach your goal!

5. Set a plan

Achieving goals doesn’t happen overnight. Taking small steps will be more attainable, and with each victory you will be reminded that you are making progress. By setting a plan, you can take into consideration all of the different ways your New Year’s resolution affects your life positively. If you want to save a certain amount of money, part of your plan could be to do activities with your friends that cost nothing. The next thing you know, you have become a great host because you invite your friends over to watch the game and you whipped up some killer bean dip to save money on going out for pizza and wings to catch the game. Or maybe instead of getting your nails done at the salon, you can invite your friends over and ask them to each bring their favorite nail polish, and suddenly you’re rocking a totally unique manicure with a color that you’ve never seen at a salon, and you saved a ton of money and got to hang out with your friends!

6. Get organized with an online app

Using an app can help you keep track of your progress and keep you excited about your goal. If your New Year’s resolution was to switch to a vegetarian diet, for example, you could download the Pinterest app and create a vegetarian board to pin different recipes. This way, you will come across so cool tricks and tips, and will be less likely to get bored of eating a certain way because you will have endless new recipes to try.

7. Set a pace

Having a realistic time frame in mind will help you stick to keeping your New Year’s resolution. Many of us will blurt out a resolution, but won’t think up a plan to stay motivated. If your goal is to be able to run a mile without stopping, set an achievable pace to help yourself get there.  During week one, push yourself to walk for 10 full minutes. Then the next week you could increase it to 15 minutes. After a month of progress, you will feel your body becoming stronger and will be able to push yourself further. You can then start challenging yourself in increments, like running for five minutes without stopping, then 10, then 20. Building up your momentum over the course of time will help keep you from burning out.

8. Reward yourself after each accomplishment

Each victory on your path to success deserves recognition, no matter how small. Say your New Year’s resolution was to reduce the stress in your life, so you decided to take up yoga. Once you master a certain pose, or even find yourself practicing deep breathing during stressful situations, reward yourself in a way to help continue to reach your goal. You can do this by asking your sibling for a back massage, or getting a soothing candle to light during meditation. Self-validation in the form of the small rewards will help you to continue improving.

9. Share your success

When you set out to change yourself for the better, and you take successful steps in getting there, you should be proud! You might be surprised by how suddenly, people look up to you and want to know your ‘secret’ to achieving your goals. Be honest along the journey, and share your story of the hard work and determination it takes. 

10. Reach out for help

If you still find yourself feeling discouraged, even after trying all of these tips, don’t be afraid to talk to someone. There are many people in your life who want to help you and see you happy. By simply asking, you could find mentorship from a close friend, classmate, aunt or uncle, and even from a teacher or guidance counselor. Many people are willing to listen if all you need to do is vent, which sometimes makes you feel tons better, or even offer suggestions because they were once in your shoes. Just don’t be afraid to ask!

  • What are your New Year’s resolutions? Share with us in the comments below!

Three Ways iSucceed Can Help You With Credit Recovery

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At iSucceed, we believe in helping you achieve all your academic goals. That’s why we have 100% online courses and dedicated, highly-qualified instructors ready to help. If you are in need of credit recovery, look no further! In fact, we can think of several reasons why you should catch up on credits with us; for you sake, we’ve narrowed it down to three. Check them out below!

Three Ways Credit Recovery is Better With iSucceed

1. Personalized instruction

One of the benefits of an online education is that our teachers have more time to provide individualized attention to each of our students. With iSucceed, you will be able to get personalized support from teachers through phone calls, emails, instant messaging and online Synchronous Sessions to help you master each subject and recover credits.

2. Flexible schedule

Another benefit that comes only through online high school is flexibility in your school schedule. While you are expected to participate in online discussions and must complete specified amounts of coursework each week, you have the freedom to work around your schedule. So enjoy some more zzz’s or wake up early to start your day off right, and as always, work hard!

3. Quarter system

The best reason to recover credits at iSucceed yet: We follow a Quarter Schedule with nine-week long courses. No need to worry about six finals, or six projects all due at once here! With iSucceed, you take an average of three courses each quarter to help you focus on what you’re learning and even catch up on credits.

How does the Quarter Schedule help you catch up? You can add an additional course (up to a total of 4 courses) every quarter to help you graduate on time. Because you’re taking three courses and not six like you would at a traditional school, adding on another course or two is much more doable at iSucceed. A few of our diligent students who came to iSucceed for credit recovery have even been able to catch up so quickly that they are set to graduate early!

How to Enroll in Credit Recovery at iSucceed

Step 1: Enroll with iSucceed Virtual High School.

Step 2: Talk with your guidance counselor and let her know you’re looking to recover credits.

Step 3: Complete one quarter with good grades.

Step 4: Talk with your guidance counselor to add additional courses to your load, for a total of four* courses per quarter.
*In special circumstances with a guidance counselor’s approval, students can take five courses at a time. 

Step 5: Work hard and earn your high school diploma!

After a full school year with iSucceed, students can earn up to nine extra credits, not counting summer school!

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