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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 Wednesday, December 13 from 2 – 3 p.m.  MST for our students to attend online or in person at the iSucceed office in Boise (6148 N. Discovery Way). Learn more about your college and career options at the iSucceed building in Boise. Or online, 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 options through Stevens-Henager College.

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 from 2 – 3 p.m. either in person at the iSucceed office or online.

This will be the link to join the event online:

https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/isucceedvhs.net/stevens-henager?authuser=0

This link will not work until the time of the presentation.

Surfing and Schooling: The Story of Camila Vaquez

Think for a second about your childhood. What was your most fond memory? Perhaps it was a bedroom to escape for a few hours, the living room filled with family or a favorite meal.

No matter what your favorite part of your home is, it’s become apart of who you are.

For Camila Vaquez, a student here at iSucceed, that was the oceans of Costa Rica, her childhood home.

Camila may live in Idaho now, but she certainly hasn’t left the oceans behind. In fact, she travels back and forth as a professional surfer.

If we had to guess, it isn’t every day that you meet a professional surfer in Idaho. But Camila has worked to make those dreams a reality.

Much of what she attributes to iSucceed Virtual High School’s flexibility.

The Story of Camila Vaquez, iSucceed Student, International Surfer

Camila is a motivated, excelling student here at iSucceed. Originating from Costa Rico, since she was little, she’s loved to surf.

“I’ve been familiar with the ocean ever since I can remember. It’s like a second home to me. My first memory on a surfboard was when I was six years old,” said Camila. “My dad used to push me on the little foams of the waves until the sun went down and the water became too cold for both of us to bear.”

Camila first started getting serious about surfing when a competition came to her hometown.

“When I was twelve years old the Costa Rican National Circuit surf event came to my hometown,” said Camila. “To this day I’m still not sure what inspired me to enter, but before I knew it I had a jersey on, and I was paddling out with the best girl surfers of my country. Ever since then I’ve been hooked on the world of competitive surfing. I wake up at the crack of dawn every morning to go out to the water and practice, I have a routine of intense indoor exercising I do every day, and I compete in every event I can.”

Balancing Surfing and Schooling

Still surfing competitively in Costa Rica, Camila leads a busy life. But thanks to the ability to study on her time, she is able to stay balanced between her education and her dreams.

“To me, the greatest benefit of iSucced has definitely been the flexible schedule,” said Camila. “Thanks to iSucced, I’ve been able to receive a proper American Education, and be a competitive surfer at the same time.”

Having constant interaction with teachers has helped Camila with her schooling as well.

“The constant interaction with teachers and comments posted by students also makes it feel more like if we were in a real classroom,” said Camila. I don’t feel like I’m alone in the process, and at any moment, if I need help, I know I can reach out to my teacher, who by now I feel like I know personally.”

Camila says that the key to staying successful in online schooling is preventing procrastination as much as possible.

“A busy life requires order and the proper time management. Having a mapped out schedule and set goals for every day are great ways to stay on top and avoid falling behind,” said Camila. “Just like most people, I have my busy moments followed by peace times. To stay on top of my school work, I take advantage of those peace times to get as much work done as I can.”

Plans After High School

After she graduates, Camila knows she wants to attend college. Where to attend and what she wants to study, though, she’s not quite decided.

“I definitely want to go to college, never the less I’m not sure whether I want to go right after I finish high school,” said Camila. “For now, I plan to continue with my competitive surfing and save up as much money as I can so that I can pay for college when I decide to go.”

Advice to Classmates

When it comes to succeeding in online school, Camila has a few words of advice:

“I thinks the key to being a successful online student is proper order and self-motivation. Make a schedule for yourself and set daily, weekly and monthly goals. I also like to strive to get more than what’s expected done. I’m supposed to complete 10 lessons every week, but I make it my goal to complete 12. That way if something comes up and I fall behind on my weekly expectations, I’m not so worried, because I’m already ahead. It’s like having a savings account, and you never know when you might need it.” – Camila Vaquez, iSucceed student

iSucceed's Holiday Celebration Party--December 20

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iSucceed Students: Celebrate the Holidays with iSVHS!

On Wednesday, December 13, iSucceed will host its annual holiday celebration, where students are invited to come together to celebrate the holidays and their hard work over the first two quarters (you’re almost there!).

Attendees must RSVP by Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m. See RSVP details below.

The party will take place at the Boise Study Lab from noon – 3 p.m., and will be filled with fun activities where students can:

Watch a Flick or Two

Nobody spreads holiday cheer better than Buddy the Elf and nobody helps us embrace the true spirit of the season like the Grinch! Students are encouraged to dress comfy and join us for two holiday classics, “Elf” and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” We’ll supply the hot cocoa, popcorn and cookies.

Build a House–And Get a Chance to Win a Giftcard!

Students can show off their architectural and artistic skills by creating the best gingerbread house on the block! Gingerbread houses and supplies will be provided. Voting will take place the following day by iSVHS staff and a $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded for first place and a $10 Amazon gift card for second place.

 

iSucceed Holiday Celebration Details:

When: Tuesday, December 20, Noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Boise Study Lab, 6148 N. Discovery Way, Suite 120

RSVP*: Tara Downs, tdowns@isucceedvhs.net or 208.991.3898

*All attendees must RSVP by Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m.

We look forward to seeing students at the festivities!

Balancing High School and a Job

About 1 in 4 high school students in the United States have a part-time job. That’s about 3 million high schoolers working in the United States.

Working a job in high school certainly has its value. Not only do you get paid, you can learn important traits like time management and budgeting.

School is your first priority. Obtaining good grades opens the path to a much brighter future.

With school requiring about 30 (likely more) hours every week, balancing that with a 10–20-hour-a-week job can get overwhelming. However, working and going to school is completely manageable. All it takes, really, is scheduling and discipline.

Easier said than done, of course.

But it certainly can be done. To help our working high school students, Primavera faculty and staff members have compiled some tips and tricks to balance high school and a job.

Tips to Balance High School and a Job 

Tip 1: Eat Well and Get a Good Night’s Rest

Living a healthy lifestyle can help you manage the stress of school and work.  Adopt these healthy habits to stay energized for your busy schedule:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat less sugar and processed foods.
  • Drink more water and fewer sodas.
  • Get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night.

Balancing life begins with sleeping and eating.

Tip 2: Find a Job That Will Be Flexible With School

Your education is your first priority. There are some employers who will not work with your schedule; they will try to schedule you as many hours as possible. Avoid those jobs. There are plenty other flexible managers who want you to do well in school.

Tip 2: Set Aside “School” Hours Like You Would Work Hours

One of the most important aspects of balancing high school responsibilities and a part-time job is scheduling your daily tasks.

As Head of School Katie Allison said:

“You have ‘work hours,’ so be sure to set your ‘school hours.’ This ensures you set aside time to devote to school only in order to get on track with classes.”

“Match the task to the time. Take some time to plan what you do before you just jump in, and as you do things, time yourself,” said Principal Trehal. “Learn how long it takes you to do different things, and then begin to think about how to plan your day. If you know you only have 90 minutes to do schoolwork, don’t try to do something that will take you 120 minutes. Save that task for when you have time.” 

The beauty of online school is that you can focus on school when you choose. This means you have the ability to set your schedule. Know when you can focus best, and stick with those times.

“Teachers may be asleep at 3:30 a.m., but you can access your curriculum anytime,” said Mrs. Allison.

“Other people may not like this idea, but most evenings I will jump in and grade before I go to bed,” said iSucceed Social Studies instructor Joe Rollins. “I am typically a night owl, and my wife works nights, so using this time to grade works for me, since it is not taking away from family time. I find that when I do this, the load of grading I have in the morning is never some giant mound as what there would be had I not done grading in the late evening. I try not to think of it as working late, but more like starting early.”

Once you find a job that will work for you, make sure you pick a realistic schedule. Know your limits and be real with what you can handle.

“Don’t bite off more than you can chew,” said Mrs. Allison. “Be realistic with your time, if you take three classes per quarter you need to average 3 lessons per course per week to stay on task. 🙂

Tip 3: Separate School, Work and Free Time Whenever Possible

As Principal Trehal said, “We work more efficiently without distraction, so the better you can match your tasks to the time you have, the more productive you’ll be. This also speaks to the focus part: distractions kill productivity, so being able to finish things without any distractions will really help.”

Generally, your daily routines can be separated into three categories: School, work and free time.

Try to keep the three separated in order to help your brain transition from task to task. This can be as simple as having separate locations for each place. Work is the simplest one. Wherever you work is your designated location.

Free time and school time are a little different. Since you are an online student, you can study anywhere. But to help your brain focus, try not to do schoolwork at places where you usually relax, like the couch or your bed. Instead, create a designated workspace.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t make your workspace fun! In fact, we encourage you to incorporate some of your favorite items in your workspace. This will help your brain make positive associations with your schoolwork, so you don’t dread working so much.

“When you are doing work or school, minimize your distractions and focus just on that,” said iSucceed Principal Clayton Trehal. “It’s the same with home and other responsibilities. When you’re at work, be at work. When you are at home, be at home and not at work mentally. If you do a good job focusing, you’ll maximize your productivity.”

Tip 4: Remember to Take Breaks

As Principal Trehal said:

“We all have things we want to do (other than work/schoolwork),” said Principal Trehal. “It’s best to use these things to motivate you rather than distract you. Say to yourself, ‘After I finish (whatever task), I can now watch the latest episode of Longmire on Netflix.’ Then you’ll have something to look forward to and it will help motivate you.”

“Remember to take a break, exercise and do something fun to reward yourself after you put in hard work,” said Mrs. Allison. “Even if you only have a short amount of time, take a YouTube break or reward yourself with your fav Netflix episode ;-).”

  • Students, do you work a part-time job? Share some tips with us in the comments below!

Donuts & Tutoring Tuesdays With iSucceed

At some point in high school, you will struggle with your homework. There will be a math problem, a complex novel or a scientific concept you just don’t understand. That likely will happen more often than not.

Our advice to you? Eat a donut.

Well, eat a donut at iSucceed. On Tuesdays, that is.

To help our students receive face-to-face, personalized support, we’ve started Donut & Tutoring Tuesdays. This is an ongoing event happening at the iSucceed main office in Boise from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn more about this great opportunity below!

Donuts & Tutoring Tuesdays

Get quiet time to study and work on homework at the iSucceed office. Happening every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 6148 N. Discovery.

First, you start with a brain wake up from a good ol’ sugar rush and caffeine. If you don’t drink coffee, then maybe have two donuts to get the brain going and ready and mingle with fellow iSucceed students. Once you’re ready to work, a tutor is onsite to help you out.

Bring your laptop, work on homework with a tutor or assistant. They are available to spend as much time with you as needed to help you understand your homework. Well, until 2 p.m., at least.

No RSVP is necessary! Just drop by and get help whenever you need on Tuesdays.

Can’t Make it Tuesdays? We Can Still Help!

If you need homework help and aren’t available to come to the iSucceed office on Tuesdays, your teachers are still readily available to help you. You can contact your teachers a few different ways:

  • Phone Call
    Teachers have a direct line so you can easily contact them. You can find that information on your PSP homepage.
  • PSP Instant message
    If your instructor is online, you can get immediate help through the PSP instant chatting feature.
  • Email
    For less immediate needs, you can always email your instructor. They will respond within 48 hours.
  • Online tutoring sessions
    In addition to your online class sessions, you can schedule a one-on-one online tutoring session with your instructor.

For more information on contacting your instructors, head to this blog post.

We will see you there!

iSucceed Fall Events

Fall is finally here! That means cooler weather, beautiful fall colors and pumpkin flavored everything.

It also means a bunch of school events!

This month, we have a number of fun school events for you to attend. Come get homework help, participate in fun activities and meet classmates.

Check out the list of activities happening this fall.

Twin Falls: Pizza & Study Time

When: Wednesday, October 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Gertie’s Pizza, 602 2nd Ave South Twin Falls, ID
What’s happening: tutoring help from an onsite instructor, free pizza.

RSVP HERE.

Boise: Pumpkins, Pizza & a Movie

When: Thursday, October 12, noon – 3 p.m
Where: iSucceed Boise Office, 6148 N. Discovery Way
What’s happening: pumpkin decorating contest, movie, study and homework time.

*The winner of the pumpkin decorating contest will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

RSVP HERE.

Nampa: Messenger Pizza & Study Time

When: Friday, October 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Messenger Pizza, 12241st Street South Nampa, ID
What’s happening: tutoring help from Mr. Rollins, free pizza.

RSVP HERE.

Coeur d’Alene: Frozen Yogurt & Study Time

When: Saturday, October 14, 3 – 5 p.m.
Where: Jamms Frozen Yogurt, 3500 N Government Way Coeur d’Alene, ID
What’s happening: tutoring help from Ms. Knuchell, free frozen yogurt.

RSVP HERE.

Bonners Ferry: Bowling & Pizza

When: Wednesday, October 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: AJ’s Lanes Bowling & Pizza, 6696 Main Street Bonners Ferry, ID
What’s happening: bowling (costs are covered for students), tutoring help from Ms. Ferrari

RSVP HERE.

 

Idaho Falls: Frozen Yogurt & Study Time

When: Thursday, October 19, 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: Kiwi Loco Frozen Yogurt, 3198 South 25th Street East Idaho Falls, ID
What’s happening: Tutoring help from Ms. Hale, free frozen yogurt.

RSVP HERE.

ONGOING: Coffee & Donut Tuesdays

Get help with your homework from onsite tutors at the iSucceed office. Happening every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 6148 N. Discovery. Bring your laptop, work on homework and the best part: Enjoy free donuts and coffee.

Please be sure to RSVP to any event you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!

October 2017 College Tours

Hey, students! If you are considering attending an in-state university after graduation, then we’ve got a great opportunity for you!

This October, there are multiple college tours happening throughout Idaho. We hope you take advantage of these great opportunities and explore your options after high school.

Students are welcome to bring friends and family to each event! Here are the details:

For questions, email Tara Downs at TDowns@iSucceedVHS.net.

We will see you there!

Charter School Wait List? Not at iSucceed!

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In Idaho, there are thousands of students placed on a wait list for a charter school, hoping they can receive a more personalized, quality education.

At iSucceed, we believe every student deserves a great education. That is why we have no wait list and offer open enrollment throughout the year.

You might have heard that charter schools create wait lists to keep their class sizes “small.”

But small class sizes don’t equal a personalized education. Constant student-teacher interaction and support are what’s key to achieving academic success.

About iSucceed’s Personalized Education: Instructors

Our students often report that they communicate more with their teachers here than they ever did at their old school.

How?

Our teachers spend their day a little differently from the traditional teacher. They don’t focus on 30+ students each hour, then go home to grade papers.

Our teachers hold a few 1-hour live online sessions, the way a traditional teacher holds a class. But most of their day is dedicated to helping students individually. Here are some of the ways teachers communicate with students:

  • Phone calls
  • Instant messaging
  • Emails
  • Course announcements
  • 1-1 online tutoring
  • In-person appointments

You can read a more detailed post on this topic here.

Personalized Education with iSucceed: Quarter Schedule

iSucceed does not follow the traditional semesters. Several classes over a long period of time create unnecessary stress and cause students to lose focus.

That’s why our students enroll in three courses every nine weeks. How does this provide a personalized education?

It allows for credit recovery or early graduation.

On average, students enroll in three courses at once. But a struggling student could take four courses to get back on track. Alternatively, an excelling student could add on courses to graduate early. This way, our students can achieve their academic goals, no matter how unique their needs.

This cool infographic explains the benefits of our Quarter Schedule over semesters. Check it out!

Personalized Education with iSucceed: 100% Online

One of the reasons we don’t need a wait list is because we are 100% online.

Being 100% online has several added perks for our students:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Complete weekly coursework at the time of their choosing
  • Study at a coffee shop, library or from the comfort of their home.
  • Students with family responsibilities, jobs or extracurricular activities can better balance their lives.

About iSucceed Virtual High School

iSucceed was founded in 2008 by a group of caring, inspired parents. We have a vision to create opportunities to enable all students to earn a high school diploma online. This includes under-served, minority and at-risk students situated throughout the state of Idaho.

iSucceed is:

  • A non-profit public charter school
  • Tuition free
  • Accredited
  • 100% online
  • A safe online community
  • A place to meet students throughout the state and make friends

We also feature award-winning curriculum that’s aligned, rigorous and immersive. Within each course, you will find a variety of multimedia, including:

  • Videos
  • Graphic novels
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Infographics
  • Animations

You can sample a bit of the award-winning content in this post.

For steps on enrolling with iSucceed, head to this post.

Classes start August 21. ENROLL TODAY

Get Started in the New Year With iSucceed Virtual High School

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Another summer has almost come and gone. The 2017-18 school year is fast approaching, and with a new school year comes the opportunity for a new beginning. If you are struggling with your academics or simply aren’t enjoying your school, then resolve to make a change. Consider making the switch to iSucceed Virtual High School!

If you are struggling with your academics or simply aren’t enjoying your school, then resolve to make a change. Consider making the switch to iSucceed Virtual High School!

How to Get Enrolled With iSucceed Virtual High School

Enrolling with us is simple! Watch the video below for quick instructions.

For more detailed instructions on enrolling with iSucceed, head to this blog post.

Q1 Classes Start August 21!

iSucceed enrolls every quarter. Our first quarter starts August 21, so don’t delay!

Why Enroll With iSucceed?

  • Tuition-free, quality education
    iSucceed is a public charter school, which means it is tuition free and accredited. We are held to the same standards as other schools, and work to provide a rigorous, engaging online education with self-authored, award-winning curriculum.
  • More personalized attention
    Our teachers are highly qualified and provide students individual support through phone calls, emails, instant messaging and online tutoring sessions. Oftentimes, our students report that they receive more personalized attention with us than they did at their old schools.
  • Three courses every nine weeks
    iSucceed’s curriculum is structured into three courses every nine weeks for better focus, greater retention and reduced stress. Check out this cool infographic to learn more about our quarter system.
  • Ability to catch up or get ahead on credits
    Because of our nine-week blocks, catching up or getting ahead is more doable with iSucceed. Students can take additional courses each block with approval to earn a total of 6 extra credits each school year.
  • 100% online, flexible schedule
    iSucceed courses are 100% online, which means you can do schoolwork wherever you have access to a computer and the internet. It’s a great model for anyone needing flexibility due to demanding extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, illness or work.
  • Vibrant student life
    iSucceed hosts student clubs and an array of events, including monthly gatherings, a prom and live graduation ceremony. There’s a monitored online student community chat so that you can make friends in a fun, safe way.

Head to ChooseiSucceed.com/Enroll to get started, or give us a call at 208.908.6250.

  • Do you have a quick question for us? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help!

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!
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