Socializing in Online High School

When you first heard about switching to an online school, chances are you were worried you’d fall off the face of the earth. High school is where you go to socialize, after all!

And perhaps a decade ago, that would be true. In this digital age, however, connecting with people throughout the state is easier than ever! iSucceed has utilized technology tools to ensure our online high school students can socialize.

In fact, as many of our current students here at iSucceed know, meeting classmates and making friends is oftentimes much easier than at a traditional school. Here are some of the many ways iSucceed makes it easy to stay social in an online environment.

PSP Chat

iSucceed has an online Parent Student Portal (PSP) where you not only can access grades and contact your teachers: You also get to meet your classmates! Within the PSP is a community center where you can find your classmates and talk with them in a safe and fun way. 

School Events

 

If you enjoy hanging out with friends and eating free food, chances are you will love our school events! Held throughout the school year, these activities are a great way to meet classmates and have some fun.

To name a few, we’ve held school events like Cupcake Wars, Bowling Nights and Pizza and study events.

School events are open to all students at iSucceed! Oftentimes you can also bring your friends from other schools to join in on the fun.

Online Student Clubs

 

If you have a hobby you enjoy, come join a student club! iSucceed has a wide variety of online student clubs for students to meet fellow students who share similar likes and interests.

These clubs also hold monthly in-person events for yet another opportunity to socialize and make friends in online high school.

Prom

 

Nobody rocks prom like our students! We have games, food and a live DJ so you can dance the night away or enjoy hanging out with your classmates and friends.

At iSucceed there are so many ways to get involved, it’s easy to stay social in our online environment! Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for more information on upcoming school events and student clubs.

  • How do you connect with your friends at iSucceed? Share with us in the comments below!

 

Tips for Registering to Vote

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2016 is an election year and for many of our 18-21-year-old iSucceed students, it will be your first time voting! Becoming of age to vote is a very important step as a U.S. Citizen, and because of that, we want to provide our students with simple tips to help you get registered and informed to vote.

Tips for Registering to Vote

How to Get Registered

The deadline to pre-register to vote in the 2016 presidential election is October 14. Registering in Idaho is simple. Here’s how:
1. Download this form.
2. Fill out the information as directed.
3. Email the completed form to elections@sos.idaho.gov or mail it to the address listed in the instructions.

In order to register by mail or email, you will need to know your social security number and have a driver’s license. If you do not have a driver’s license, you can find the closest County Clerk Office to you and register in person.

Mailed-in registration forms must be postmarked by October 14.

How to Vote on November 8

Once you receive your voter ID information, you’re all set to vote this November 8! Voting booths are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and you can drop in at a time best for you. But remember, lines fill up fast, so be sure to get there early or set aside enough time to wait. To see your voting location, head to this web page.

If you are unable to vote in person, you can request an Absentee Ballot. In this case, you would have a ballot mailed early to your home, fill it out and mail in your votes. Requesting the Absentee Ballot is as simple as getting registered to vote! To do so, head to this website and follow the directions.

How Do I Decide on an Affiliation or Party?

One of the bigger questions you will have to answer is how you want to identify yourself on your voter ID card. While iSucceed does not endorse or support any one group, we do feel it is important that you research and come to an informed decision on whichever party or affiliation you choose.

Here are some ways to help you learn more:

  • Head to isidewith.org to read up on  presidential candidates, take a quiz to see which of the candidates most fit your views and learn more about each political party.
  • You can also take this PBS quiz to determine what political party you most side with.
  • Or head to this site to see all the different political parties available in the U.S., and which ones are ballot-qualified for the 2016 election.

Don’t forget, the deadline to get registered in order to vote in the presidential election is October 14, 2016. We wish you all luck and hope you exercise your rights as a U.S. Citizen this November 8.

  • Do you have any more questions? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help out our iSucceed students!

 

iSucceed Connections: Elective Work Credit

iSucceed_conections_blogheaderAt iSucceed Virtual High School, we provide our students with the tools needed not only to graduate, but to excel while in high school, and that’s why we have special resources that allow you to leave iSucceed with even more than just an accredited diploma.

Did you know you can earn high school credit for working a job? If you’re a junior or senior in need of some elective credits, take advantage of our work credit program.

Earning an elective Work Credit

In order to get an elective work credit, you need to:

  • Get permission from your guidance counselor
  • Have your job supervisor sign off on hours spent working

Once you’ve completed the set amount of hours needed, you will earn a high school credit to count toward graduation. While this will not be a core credit, it is a great way to catch up on some electives so you can get closer to that diploma.

Many of our students have full or part-time jobs in a number of industries including working at restaurants or fast food establishments, movie theaters, public pools, babysitting, landscaping, agriculture and even dog walking to name a few. The work credit allows students to get real world experience and earn money, all while working toward their goal of graduating!

  • Students, what kind of jobs do you work? Share with us in the comments below!

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

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

 

 

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