Career Paths Virtual Presentation Happening September 7!

You’ve likely heard this question all your life:

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Now is the time to start answering that question. Whether you’re a freshman or senior, it’s important to start realizing your strengths and exploring career paths you’d like to take.

iSucceed Virtual High School is hosting a Career Paths Virtual Presentation Thursday, September 7 from 2 – 3 p.m. for our students. Learn more about your college and career options straight from the comfort of your home!

Career Paths Virtual Presentation by Stevens-Henager College

Angela Robinson from Stevens-Henager College will be the main presenter for the event. She will discuss how to discover yourself by finding your purpose, career path, post-secondary route and your “vehicle” (more details in the presentation).

In today’s world, you have endless choices and deciding on the right path for you can be daunting. This presentation will help you make the right decisions so you can be ready for life after high school. You will also receive information on scholarships and financial aid.

Interactive Online Presentation

This online event will be extremely interactive. You will have the opportunity to answer questions throughout the presentation and ask your own questions. It will be a great way to interact with classmates too!

No RSVP necessary, all students are welcome to attend online from 2 – 3 p.m.

This will be the link for the presentation:

https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/isucceedvhs.net/go-on-live?authuser=0

This link will not work until the presentation starts.

Back to School 2017 Roadshow

iSucceed is back on the road and ready to help you get you enrolled for fourth quarter (Q4) classes starting August 21! 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 August 14 – 18. Each event will have teachers and/or staff members available to answer your questions and help you get enrolled.

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.

Orientation for New Students

If you’re new to iSucceed, then be sure to drop by for orientation! 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.

 

ROADSHOW DATES AND LOCATIONS

August 14: NORTH IDAHO 

  •  Monday, August 14 from noon – 1:30 p.m. at Sandpoint Library. 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint, ID 83864.
  • Monday, August 14 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Springhill Suites Hotel. 2250 W. Seltice Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. 

August 15: iSucceed Office

  • Tuesday, August 15 from 3 – 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. 

August 16–17: East Idaho

  • Wednesday, August 16 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn. 2270 Channing Way, Idaho Falls, ID 83404.
  • Thursday, August 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Twin Falls Public Library. 201 4th Ave. E Twin Falls, ID 83301.

August 18: CANYON COUNTY 

  • Friday, August 18 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Stevens Henager College. 16819 N. Marketplace Blvd., Nampa, ID 83687.

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.

Fall 2017 classes start August 21. 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!

iSucceed English Curriculum Sparks Imagination, Inspires

How many high schools do you know of that offer challenging and fun curriculum that students can really get into?

Our guess is just one: iSucceed.

That’s right. Our coursework goes way beyond those must-haves like rigor and accreditation to inspire our students with relevant information and cool elements — all delivered in ways to spark the imagination.

In this post, we’re shining the light on two recently released courses: Rhetoric and Composition (English 12A) and British Literature (12B).

Rhetoric & Composition

As you can see from our intro video below, we’ve approached Rhetoric in a fresh and unexpected way to teach students to think critically, learn how to persuade others and avoid being manipulated by groups or individuals.

According to English Instructional Designer, Megan, these courses were made to be interesting.

“Every time we put our fingers to the keyboard to create something, we want it to be engaging, useful and meaningful for students,” she said. “Rather than developing something you HAVE TO do, we create coursework you’ll look forward to diving into.”

We guarantee there will be something each student will be excited to discover and end up loving in Rhetoric because it covers the topics students care about like sports, technology, emotions, friends and family.

Here is an infographic from the course that shows how people use rhetoric and public advocacy to change lives:

British Literature

From conducting fictional interviews with characters from a dystopian novel to taking a Sherlock Holmes story and setting it in modern times, our British Literature class brings to life stories, poems and plays so students can see them in a new light.

Whether it’s creepy pieces or twisted tales, students will love the unexpected angles and surprise endings, and leave our class with a newfound appreciation for British Lit.

Check out this captivating reading of the famous Dylan Thomas Poem:

The team that creates our curriculum is made up of passionate, highly-skilled subject matter, instructional, creative and technology experts. They put their heart and soul into every course to deliver content that is meaningful and helpful in order to inspire a lifelong love of learning in students.

They also create award-winning course elements like this video titled ‘Ozymandias’ from British Lit that was just awarded three Telly Awards:

Stay tuned for information on more of our top-notch courses coming soon!

iSucceed's Winter 2017 Roadshow

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iSucceed is back on the road and ready to help you get you enrolled for the third quarter (Q3) this January 2017! 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 info sessions taking place throughout the state. Each event will have teachers and/or staff members on hand 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.

Did we mention there will be free refreshements 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

January 12–14: North Idaho 

  • Friday, January 13 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Starbucks 477100 US-95, Ponderay, ID 83852. Enjoy a free beverage!
  • Saturday, January 14 from 10:30 a.m. – noon at Springhill Suites Hotel. 2250 W. Seltice Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. 

January 17–18: East Idaho

  • Tuesday, January 17 from 4 – 6 p.m.  at Towneplace Suites. 2376 Via Caporatti Dr. Pocatello, ID 83201.
  • Wednesday, January 18 from noon – 2 p.m. at Starbucks.  900 E. 17th St., Idaho Falls, ID 83404. Enjoy a free beverage!
  • Wednesday, January 18 from noon – 2 p.m. at Moxie Java. 430 Blue Lakes Blvd., N Twin Falls, ID 83301. Enjoy a free beverage!

January 19: 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.

Friday, January 20: 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 will even get the chance to receive a Google Chromebook to use free of charge while they are enrolled.

Q3 classes start January 23. 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!

Spooky After-School Snack

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Halloween season is in full swing and we are getting in the spirit with a super-easy, super fun, super-spooky after school snack.

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After-School Mummy Dogs

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: approximately 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Mummy Dogs

Ingredients

1 package hot dogs

1 package dough

(optional) Ketchup & Mustard

Tools

Cutting Board

Knife

Baking Pan

Non-Stick Spray

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Directions

Step 1: Start by cutting the hot dogs ‘arms’ & ‘legs’

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Step 2: Roll out dough

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Step 3: Cut dough in to small strips. One package of dough should yield approximately 40 strips

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Step 4: Wrap ‘limbs’ of hot dogs with strips of dough. Make small dough balls for ‘eyes.’ Place on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.  

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Step 5: Bake at 350 for approximately 12-15 minutes, until dough is golden brown.

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Step 6: Serve warm with optional dipping sauces. Enjoy!

What is your favorite dish to get in the Halloween spirit? Share with us in the comments below!

Student-Friendly Pumpkin Flan

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We love any excuse to whip up a delicious treat, but since this month it’s finally fall, we couldn’t think of anything more fitting than Flan de Calabaza – AKA Pumpkin Flan.

We know half of you reading this immediately laughed thinking, “I can’t cook!” Luckily for you, this recipe is pretty easy. You will just need a little bit of patience, the right ingredients and tools, and an open mind – you might surprise yourself with what you can accomplish!

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Flan de Calabaza (Pumpkin Flan)

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: approximately 60 minutes
  • Chill Time: 4+ hours
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients to Make the Caramel 

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1/4 cup of water

Ingredients to Make the Custard Filling 

1.5 cups of whole milk

1 cup of pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 large eggs

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Tools

Small sauce pan

Medium sauce pan

Oven-safe bowl OR mold of choice

Directions

Step 1: Start by mixing the spices into the pumpkin puree

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Step 2: Make the caramel

Heat the water and granulated sugar in a saucepan (stainless steel works best) over a medium heat. Once it starts to bubble and change color, give the pan a shake or a quick stir. Let it cook and turn golden brown, but be careful it doesn’t turn dark brown and burn.

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Step 3: Pour the caramel in to baking pan

Once golden brown, quickly pour into a 4.5 cup baking mold (it can be one that is specifically for flan, or any baking dish with that capacity).

Quickly make sure that the caramel coats the bottom and sides of the mold, by swirling around to drag the caramel around the sides of the mold before it hardens.

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Step 4: Prepare the custard

To prepare the custard, put the milk, sugar, pumpkin and vanilla into a saucepan and heat over a medium heat until simmering. Cook until all of the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is evenly heated. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes, stirring every minute or two.

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Step 5: Preheat the over to 325°F 

Step 6: Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl

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Step 7: Temper the egg mixture in to the custard

Making sure that the milk and pumpkin mixture is sufficiently cool (so that it won’t scramble the eggs), whisk in this mixture little by little, until all is incorporated. This process is called ‘tempering’ and basically means to slowly bring up the temperature of the eggs without scrambling them. If you just combine the two mixtures, you’ll end up with cooked eggs in your mixture. We started the process by pouring the custard mixture in to the whisked eggs in 1/4 cup batches.

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Step 8: Pour the custard mixture over the caramel

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Step 9: Bake the flan for about one hour in a preheated oven at 325°F 

Place the flan mold/pan into a large baking pan. Boil enough water to fill the baking pan halfway. This method of cooking is called ‘bain marie’ and means a container holding hot water into which a pan is placed for slow cooking.

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Step 10: Let the flan chill

Remove the mold from the pan of water and allow it to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge overnight (or for at least 4 hours).

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Step 11: Chow down

When ready to serve the flan, run a knife around the edges of the mold to loosen the flan. Then place the serving dish on top, and quickly flip the flan over. Lift off the mold and the flan should slide right out, covered in a golden caramel sauce. We thought it looked nice garnished with some cinnamon sticks and pumpkin decor pieces.

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We’re serious, this is good stuff. Keep all eight servings for yourself or be generous and bring this along to your next family gathering. Either way, we don’t judge. 🙂

What is your favorite dish to get in the fall spirit? Share with us in the comments below!

  • **This recipe first appeared on ‘About Food‘, published by Spanish Food Expert, Lauren Aloise

 

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.

    8 Facts About Left-Handed People You Probably Don't Know

    iSucceed_Left_Handers_Day_HeaderThis August 13 is National Left Handers’ Day! To all our left-handed iSucceed students, congrats to having your very own holiday! While left-handed people make only about 10% of the population, they hold some pretty interesting facts that we’re willing to bet you didn’t know! Check them out below.

    8 Interesting Facts About Left-Handed People

    Fact #1: Left-Handed people might be smarter

    A few studies have shown that left-handed people are more likely to have an IQ of 131 or higher. Coincidentally, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein were all lefties.

    Fact #2: They’re also known as “Southpaws”

    The term was coined from baseball, as left-handed would pitch “south” of the diamond in order to accommodate for their left hand.

    Fact#3: Left Handers Can Have the Advantage in Some Sports…And Typing

    If you’ve seen the legendary “Rocky” movies, you’ll know that being left handed can have its perks in certain sports. Many boxers are left handed, or become left handed in order to deliver a punch their opponent isn’t used to. Tennis and baseball also can have its perks as a left hander.

    Because a large majority of words on the qwerty keyboard are typed solely with the left hand (around 3,000 words with the left hand, but only about 400 with the right), left handers are likely to be faster typers since they’re using their dominant hand.

    Fact #4: Living in a right-handed world can be tough

    Think about it: your scissors are right-handed, your pens are slanted for the right hand, even the words on your favorite mug are printed to show when holding it with your right hand. Plus, writing on a paper or chalkboard is bound to smear for left handers. It’s a right-handed world we live in, and it can be tough for the lefties!

    Fact #5: But there are left-handed tools!

    Luckily, companies are catching on! These days, you can purchase scissors, pens and even measuring tape that reads right-to-left to help ease the burden of our left-handed folk.

    Fact #6: Nearly half of cats are left-handed

    People might be mostly right-hand dominant, but for cats, it’s pretty 50/50. So if you’re a left hander, you can likely find a cat that understands how you feel, since it might just be left-handed too!

    Fact #7: Left Handers’ Day started 1976

    The holiday started as a way to raise awareness for left handed people and give them a day to shine. Although it started in 1976, it didn’t become an official holiday in the USA until 1992.

    Fact #8: Even if you are right-handed, you could have left-handed traits

    While chances are, you write and throw a ball with your right hand, you could still have left-handed traits. For example, which eye do you close to see better? Or maybe you use your left hand to cut foods when you’re also holding a fork? You can take this quiz to see how left-handed you are, or try and let Buzzfeed guess in this fun quiz!

    If you’re left handed, you can revel in a holiday dedicated just for you this August 13. If you’re right-handed, why not try being left-handed for a day and see what you can accomplish!

    • Do you have another fun fact you’d like to add to the list? Share with us in the comments below!

    iSucceed Q3 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. 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

    Tuesday, January 12: Lewiston& Couer d’Alene

    • Blue Lantern Coffee at noon 326 Main St., Lewiston, ID 83501
    • Marriott Springhill Suites at 6 p.m. 2250 W. Seltice Way Coeur d’Alene ID, 83814

    Wednesday, January 13: Sandpoint

    • 2nd Ave Pizza at 6 p.m. 215 S. 2nd Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864

    Tuesday, January 19: Twin Falls, Burley & Pocatello

    • Shari’s at noon. 1601 Blue Lakes Blvd N, Twin Falls, ID 83301
    • Nostalgia Coffee and Cafe at 2 p.m. 1332 Albion Ave, Burley, ID 83318
    • Pocatello Towne Place Suites at 6 p.m. 2376 Via Caporatti Dr, Pocatello, ID 83201

    Wednesday, January 20: Idaho Falls

    • Hastings Hardback Cafe at 10 a.m. 540 E 17th St., Idaho Falls, ID 83404

    Thursday, January 21: Caldwell & Boise

    • Moxie Java at 3 p.m. 2704 E. Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, ID 83605
    • iSucceed Main Office at 5 p.m. 16148 N. Discovery Way, Suite 120, Boise, ID, 83702

    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!

    Q3 starts January 25. 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!
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