Mr. Clayton Trehal--iSucceed's Principal

This past school year, iSucceed received a new principal!

Clayton Trehal has been a teacher for 16 years, a vice principal for four years and is now with iSucceed as the Principal for the past year. Learn more about Principal Trehal below!

About Principal Trehal

 Principal Trehal is a true Idahoan–he loves the great outdoors. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, snowboarding, mountain biking and walking. Although there is one outdoor activity he doesn’t enjoy:

“I wish I liked running even a quarter as much as I like walking,” said Principal Trehal.

While he loves the great outdoors, Principal Trehal also enjoys watching a great movie.

Above all, Principal Trehal’s passion is helping and meeting diverse students.

“Working with our students gives me faith in humanity. You always hear the, ‘Oh, the younger generation is just the worst’ talk, but I doubt that few teachers or folks that actually work with the younger generation believe that,” said Principal Trehal. I’ve been in education for 16 years now, and every year I meet outstanding students of great character and integrity, who work hard to succeed and do what’s right. You realize that lots of young people are great quality people.”

For more tips on excelling in online school, head to this blog post.

Before coming to iSucceed, Principal Trehal was in a traditional, brick-and-mortar high school. Transitioning into the online realm comes with both its advantages and challenges, as Principal Trehal said.

“The advantages of being a principal of an online school are that we don’t really spend a lot of time dealing with discipline issues and I’m not constantly at a sporting event. So we get to spend more time on students.”

The challenge Principal Trehal faces is helping students stay on track in schoolwork. To help, there is something he always tells iSucceed students:

“I always ask students to tell me what would happen in brick and mortar school if they only went to school two days a week, and the predictable answer is that they would fail,” said Principal Trehal. “I tell them that the same thing is true with our school, but that it’s easier to miss school because we are not sitting on the students’ couches telling them to log in.”

Principal Trehal said being an administrator for an online school means he has to personally reach out to many students since he does not physically see them every day. Doing so has helped him get to personally know many iSucceed students.

“It’s been awesome working with online students because there are so many various reasons they are here and it’s amazing to see them juggle school, work, unique circumstances and to do well at all of these,” said Principal Trehal.

For the past 16 years, Principal Trehal has impacted many students’ lives by helping them achieve their goals. But if you ask him, it’s the students who are impacting his life. The most rewarding thing to Principal Trehal is seeing a student succeed.

“There is nothing cooler than reading a well-written essay that you know a student put a lot of work into, or seeing a marginal student turn themselves around, or, best of all to me, writing letters of recommendation for students’ college applications, and then hearing back from them a year or two later,” said Principal Trehal. “To play any role in helping a person move forward toward their goals and to know that you are at least a small part in helping them become the person they are meant to be is really the great reward of choosing teaching as a profession.”

When it comes to sharing advice, Principal Trehal wants to take a unique route using a picture:

“This is not a picture of a mini-Pac Man game. It’s a cardboard box for Valentine’s Day cards that my daughter and I put A LOT of work into, and we were proud of the finished result. And isn’t that true about everything in life? You get out what you put in, and giving something your all is always a victory.”

  • Students, do you have an iSucceed faculty member you’d like to give a shoutout to? Share with us in the comments below!

iSucceed's Spring 2017 Roadshow

iSucceed is back on the road and ready to help you get you enrolled for fourth quarter (Q4) classes starting April 3! 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 six info sessions taking place throughout the state March 24 – 30. Each event will have teachers and/or staff members available to answer your questions and help you get enrolled onsite.

Current iSucceed students are welcome to join as well! Come meet your teachers, receive or drop off your laptops and learn more about your school.

If you’ve recently enrolled, then be sure to drop by! These sessions are designed for you! In these sessions, we will help you learn how to log on your new laptop (if you have it), access your school email and your online classroom.

Did we mention there will be free refreshments available at many of the events? Check out the list below to see which event works best for you.

ROADSHOW DATES AND LOCATIONS

March 24–25: NORTH IDAHO 

  • Friday, March 24 from noon – 2:30 p.m. at Starbucks. 477100 US-95, Ponderay, ID 83852. Enjoy a free beverage!
  • Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. – noon at Springhill Suites Hotel. 2250 W. Seltice Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. 

March 27–28: EAST IDAHO

  • Monday, March 27 from 2 – 5 p.m.  at Residence Inn. 635 W. Broadway, Idaho Falls, 83402.
  • Tuesday, March 28 from 11 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m. at Moxie Java. 430 Blue Lakes Blvd., N Twin Falls, ID 83301. Enjoy a free beverage!

Wednesday, March 29: BOISE

  • 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the iSucceed Office. 6148 N. Discovery Way, Ste 120, Boise, ID 83713. This will also be an open house with presentations to attend. 

Thursday, March 30: CANYON COUNTY 

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Moxie Java. 2201 N. Cassia St., Nampa, ID 83651. Enjoy a free beverage!

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 express a financial need can receive a Google Chromebook to use free of charge while they are enrolled.

Q4 classes start April 3. 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!

Attend our Open House and Make the Switch to Online High School

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iSucceed is hosting an open house at its Boise office on January 4 for Idaho families interested in learning about the school and how to enroll for quarter three beginning Jan. 23.

Q&A Sessions

Attendees can choose from two one-hour information and Q&A sessions held at 5 p.m. and 6p.m., where staff will address the following topics and answer questions:

  • Katie Allison, head of school – Ms. Allison will share iSucceed’s mission and purpose, along with what makes iSucceed different than other high schools.
  • Clayton Trehal, principal – Mr. Trehal will walk attendees through the online parent/student portal and explain how online classes work at iSucceed
  • Crystal Sistoni, academic counselor – Ms. Sistoni will talk about scheduling classes and how iSucceed students can catch up on credits or graduate early
  • Melissa Price, enrollment – Ms. Price will discuss next steps for families interested in enrolling at iSucceed

How to Enroll Onsite

All Idaho high school students are eligible to enroll at iSucceed at the Open House or online at http://isucceedvhs.net/enrollment-info/ for quarter three beginning January 23. Families wishing to complete enrollment at the Open House should bring the following items:

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For any student who expresses a financial need, iSucceed will provide a Google Chromebook that can be used free of charge while the student is enrolled.

Open House Details

  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 4 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.
  • Where: iSucceed Virtual High School, 6148 N. Discovery Way, Suite 120 Boise, 83713
  • Phone: 855-375-3117
  • Contact:Melissa Price, Melissa.price@isucceedvhs.net, 208-375-3116, EXT 109

We’ll see you there!

  • Are you planning on attending the Open House January 4? Share with us in the comments below!

Confucius Says

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Celebrated every September 29, Confucius Day honors one of the world’s greatest philosophers hailing from ancient China. Check out some of our favorite facts about Confucius below!

Who is Confucius?

Born in China on October 18, 551 B.C., Confucius is one of the earliest, arguably the first great philosopher. He was also a teacher, a scholar, and a politician. He gave the world many teachings and famous sayings, though many of the quotes that follow a ‘Confucius Says’ joke in popular culture are not direct quotes from the philosopher.

Biography

Confucian philosophy has received renewed attention as a model for ethical living in a global community. Many teachings, like “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself,” are recorded in dialogs called The Analects. Confucius’s praise of civil service led to the creation of a civil service exam during Han dynasty around 200 BC to select government officials through testing. Mao Zedong’s regime embraced this practice during the Great Leap Forward, beginning in 1958. Civil service exams continue in China and have been adopted in many countries, including the United States.

According to most records, Confucius was born under the Chinese zodiac of the dog. Biographer Sima Qian credits this for Confucius having a sad dog face and often appearing rough, like a stray dog.

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According to most records, Confucius was born under the Chinese zodiac of the dog. Biographer Sima Qian credits this for Confucius having a sad dog face and often appearing rough, like a stray dog.

Quotes Confucius Actually DID Say

  • “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
  • “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
  • “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
  • “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
  • “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
  • “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

Chinese Philosopher | Teacher | Politician

Below is a Bio Card you’ll find within our Social Studies course. Click the card for a fun educational experience to keep your new knowledge of Confucius front of mind.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With iSucceed!

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Since 1988, America has celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month every September 15 to October 15. Do you know why or how it came to be? Read below to learn more on about the great, month-long holiday.

Why the September 15 Start Date?

There’s actually a good reason for Hispanic Heritage Month starting in the middle of the month: it’s an independence day for five different countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence anniversary on September 15 and a couple other Latin countries–Mexico, Chile and Belize–celebrate shortly after.

Other Fun Hispanic Heritage Month History Facts

  • It began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill extending it to a full 30-day period.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month was initiated to recognize the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.
  • It also includes celebrating the long history of Hispanic and Latino influence, starting all the way back to the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Some Notable Hispanic Historical Figures

We have many Hispanic and Latino Americans to thank for their contributions. Here at iSucceed, we try to include as many of these figures as we can into our curriculum.

Below are Bio Cards you’ll find within our Social Studies courses. Click on them for a fun educational experience on just a few Hispanic Historic Figures.

    • Romualdo Pacheco

    • Simon Bolivar

    • Lorenzo de Zavala

    • Cesar Chavez

Three Ways You Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

There are several ways to get in the spirit of Hispanic Heritage! Here are a couple of our recommendations:

1. Read up on some history!

In fact, iSucceed has some great ways for you to learn more in our very own curriculum.
You can start by watching this video on Pancho Villa:

Or check out this iSucceed lesson to learn more about the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens).

2. Attend an Event Near You

From summits to expos filled with yummy foods, there are a lot of community events happening throughout Idaho to attend! You can check them out on this website.

3. Try Some New Things

Maybe head to an authentic restaurant, try a new recipe or discover some music. You never know where you’ll find that next new thing you love!
We hope you take some time this month to learn and try new things. Don’t forget to stay tuned to our Facebook page as we post more on Hispanic Heritage Month!

  • How do you plan to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month? Share with us in the comments below!

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!

Pizza and Perks This Tuesday at iSucceed

Pizza&perks_blog_headerHey, students! We know you love iSucceed, and you love free food (because who doesn’t), so we’re bringing you the perfect opportunity this  next week!

This coming Tuesday, December 15 from noon until 3 p.m., come join us at our main office in Boise for a chance to meet classmates and get face-to-face support from one of our iSucceed instructors, all while filling up on free pizza and drinks!

PIZZA AND PERKS at isucceed

  • When: Tuesday, December 15, noon – 3 p.m.
  • Where: iSucceed’s office. 6148 N. Discovery Way Suite 120 Boise, ID 83713. View it on Maps.

Come eat delicious pizza, meet classmates, get homework help from our instructors, and don’t forget to bring your laptops!

We will see you there!

Pizza and Perks Coming to Coeur d'Alene!

Pizza&perks_blog_headerAttention to our students up in Northern Idaho! Next week, we are headed your way with free pizza and homework help!

This coming Tuesday, December 15 from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., come join us at Fire Artisan Pizza for a chance to meet classmates and get face-to-face support from one of our iSucceed instructors, all while filling up on delicious free pizza and drinks!

Coeur d’Alene Pizza and Perks

  • When: Tuesday, December 15, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Fire Artisan Pizza 517 Sherman Ave. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

This Tuesday, a newer teacher will be coming to Pizza and Perks, and is is excited to meet you and help you get ahead in your schoolwork! Read Ms. Knuchell’s personal biography below.

INSTRUCTOR IN ATTENDANCE

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“My name is Misty Knuchell and I am a special education teacher/coordinator here with iSucceed Virtual High School.  Presently, I live close to Coeur d’ Alene Idaho. I spent the majority of my years teaching in the Boise area where we raised our two, now grown sons. My oldest son is 28 and my youngest son is 24 and both reside in Boise. I love working with iSucceed for many reasons; however, probably the number one reason is because of the people I work with. We have a team of individuals who are dedicated to the students and families of our school. I’m proud the be here.”

Come meet classmates, get homework help from Ms. Knuchell and enjoy free pizza.

We will see you there!

Info Session Road Show

Info-Session-Road-Show-headeriSucceed is packing its bags and traveling throughout the state! Next week, 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. 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

Monday, August 17: Couer d’Alene & Sandpoint

  • Kootenai Coffee at 11 a.m. 5417 N. Government Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815. Come enjoy a free beverage!
  • Second Ave Pizza at 5 p.m. 215 S. 2nd Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864. Pizza will be provided!

Tuesday, August 18: Moscow & Lewiston

  • One World Cafe at 11 a.m.  533 S Main St., Moscow, ID 83843. Come enjoy a free beverage!
  • McDonald’s at 5 p.m. 711 21st St., Lewiston, ID 83501. Get one free ice cream cone when you attend!

Wednesday, August 19: Caldwell

  • Moxie Java on Cleveland at 11:30 a.m. E., 2904 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, ID 83605. Beverages will be provided!
  • Payette Public Library at 5:30 p.m. 24 S. 10th St., Payette, ID 83661

Thursday, August 20: Burley & Twin Falls

  • Burley Public Library at 11 a.m. 1300 Miller Ave, Burley, ID 83318.
  • Shari’s at 5 p.m. 1601 Blue Lakes Blvd N, Twin Falls, ID 83301. Come enjoy a free slice of pie!

Friday, August 21: Pocatello & Idaho Falls
*Last day to enroll for fall!

  • Pocatello TownePlace Suites at 11 a.m. 2376 Via Caporatti Dr, Pocatello, ID 83201. Pizza will be provided!
  • Idaho Falls Public Library at 4 p.m. 457 W. Broadway St., Idaho Falls, ID 83402.

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!

School starts August 24, so be sure to enroll by August 21. 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!

Four Myths About Online School—Busted!

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When you first heard about attending an online high school, you may have been a little hesitant. In fact, you probably had so many questions that you felt like it was just too much to handle. Well, you’re not alone. That’s why we took the top four online high school myths, and busted them, in this blog post!

Myth #1- Colleges won’t accept diplomas from online high schools

This is a big one. A lot of people worry that because they attended an online high school, the diploma they earn is somehow not worth as much as the one from a brick-and-mortar school. Not true. As long as the online school is accredited from the proper board such as the North Central Association Commission (NCA, the accreditation unit of AdvancED)—where iSucceed Virtual High School received its accreditation—you will get all the credit needed.

Myth #2- Online high schools are as expensive as private schools.

We can easily bust this one! iSucceed Virtual High School is completely tuition free. State-sponsored charter schools give online students the opportunity to get a quality education for free and get ahead. Some online schools do charge and that’s why we recommend you do your research and find out what the best fit is for you. At iSucceed, we are always enrolling. Apply online here!

Myth #3- Distance learning students don’t get enough socialization.

This is another myth that may worry some parents and students. Being in an online environment could seem isolating at times and even thought to have a negative impact on the students because they’re not socializing or making friends at school. At iSucceed, we have a variety of activities for students to attend so they can get to know their peers and be social. Because we have an online environment, we also provide the opportunity to interact with other students and teachers through our Parent Student Portal (PSP) where we house message boards, provide email communication and more. We value student and staff interactions and encourage the Primavera community to stay connected online, as well as offline.

Myth #4- Online Instructors can’t provide personal attention to students.

This one is an ongoing myth we are proud to say we can bust! Because online teachers don’t physically teach in a classroom, a lot of people think they can’t provide one-on-one support for students in the online environment. But in reality, the opposite is actually true. At iSucceed, our teachers hold “live” online sessions and communicate individually with students via phone calls, emails, tutoring sessions and in our PSP. Oftentimes, our students find that they communicate much more with their teachers here than they ever did in a traditional setting.

  • So, we’ve busted these four myths but know there are a lot more out there. Leave us a comment and share with us an online high school myth you’ve busted or feel free to ask us a question. We’re happy to help!

 

 

 

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