Accelerated Schools Co-Hosting Virtual Executive Functioning Webinar
Aundrea McCormick, Principal

On August 19th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and on August 26th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Accelerated Schools is proud to be partnering with executive functioning expert Cyle Feingold from Results Learning to share learning strategies that you and your student(s) can use during these uncertain times. 

Sign up for our free webinar to learn strategies that will enable you to support your child’s executive functioning whether they are at school or learning from home. You will leave this webinar with tools to help your child become more independent in their studies. Topics that will be addressed include:
 
· Planning and prioritizing assignments
 
· Getting unstuck when starting school work is a struggle
 
· Using self-advocacy strategies
 
· Effectively managing screen time at home

Click HERE to sign up now!
Accelerated Schools' New and Unique Blended Learninng Model
Kyle Pepper, Educational Recruiter and Enrollment Counselor

In these very unpredictable and unprecedented times that we are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, public, private, and charter schools all over the U.S. are having to try and innovate new and unique ways of ensuring education for all. We are very excited about transitioning to our unique, blended model of learning on August 17th, the beginning of our Fall Quarter.

We will be utilizing both E-Learning and In-Person learning in a unique, blended model that truly sets us apart from other schools. Using both of these platforms, we feel that we will be able to meet the specific needs and requirements of our students and provide the individualized education we pride ourselves on. We are currently enrolling and are operating as an Open Enrollment school. Please contact the school to find out more information and get in touch with one of our Enrollment Counselors.
What?? I Lost Two Months!
April de Roin, High School and Middle School Instructor
 
Many experts agree that if you check a student’s progress in late May and recheck in August, the performance dips by about two months. Over summer, students on average lose about two months worth of what they learned the previous year. There are, however, things students can do to jumpstart for the Fall: read twenty minutes a day, follow the news, do five math problems a day (one should be a word problem), write a little each day (an email to a friend with proper spelling, a poem, journal), and exercise some each day. There are also some activities that force your right and left brain to work together:
1) Solve sayings that involve numbers and words
  • 8 s_____ on a s_____ s______; 8 sides on a stop   sign
  • You try - 88 P______ K_______ (hint- music)

2) Write your first and last name in cursive three times, leaving space under it. Now write it three times back to front, starting with the last letter of your last name.

3) Draw a few lines. Pretend that these are the start of a picture. Finish the picture for each line.
Big Addition to the Library
Nadean Johnson, Director of Security and Transportation

In the last few weeks, I have had the privilege of assisting Miss Jane with the donation of her in-home library to Accelerated Schools. Miss Jane has donated hundreds (and I do mean hundreds) of books. There is everything from History, Gardening, Astrology, Science, you name it, it’s probably there! I’ve packed and moved them to the school and Miss McCormick has sorted and logged them in. I’m excited for the students (and staff) to have such a variety of books to choose from!
Achieving Life-Work Balance
Debby Sharp, Middle School Instructor

We are living in some very upside down, stressful times. What we knew as normal is gone and we have had to learn and adapt to a very different learning/working environment. Working from home and being online has created new challenges and we need to learn how to balance work with our personal needs.  
 
What gets in the way of you achieving life-work balance? Learning a new mode of teaching and learning takes time and energy, so we must remember to take those breaks for ourselves. Remember to try and eat healthily, and more importantly, stop to take lunch and snack breaks. Take exercise breaks and stretch. Talk about stressful situations with peers or teachers and always ask for help. Use relaxation techniques to calm your mind and body. Personally, I have taken up yoga, and my husband starts his day with a 15-minute meditation routine.
 
Make sure you know the signs of stress overload: Irritability and moodiness are a sign you need to slow down. A feeling of being pressured, hassled, or hurried may mean you need to stop and talk to someone about your feelings. Stress can cause physical symptoms such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain. When we’re stressed we can have problems with sleep, which in turn may lead to overindulging in other areas to compensate for not being able to sleep.

Being aware of these signs of stress overload, and being aware of all the stress reduction techniques we can use, will help us all navigate through these difficult times and come out stronger and, in turn, more capable of helping others.
For more than 40 years, concerned parents have turned to Accelerated Schools for individualized learning programs helping students overcome challenges, and excel academically. The fact is, a traditional school system is not designed to meet the needs of every child. When a student is not being successful, or is not thriving in a traditional environment, parents must often look elsewhere for a solution. This is were Accelerated Schools comes in.

Accelerated Schools begins by creating a learning program designed specifically for a student. Our work points are toward changing the ratio of failure to success and by cultivating an environment of accountability. Our students are given attainable goals and are rewarded by celebrating their accomplishments. Once a student starts experiencing success, their attitude, motivation and effort improve dramatically. This ends the negative cycle and leads to positive academic progress and positive self-esteem. 
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