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  • Danville - Laurie Fleming 11/25/2014 (0)
  • Homeschool Day and field trip opportunities! - Sky Zone Lancaster 11/19/2014 (0)
  • Volunteers Needed: Scholastic Book Fairs Holiday Sale - Coleen Komishock 11/19/2014 (0)
  • counseling resources - Sally Zehmisch 11/18/2014 (0)
  • Moving to PA from NC - Dawn 11/13/2014 (0)
  • Colonial Arts Hands-On-Learning Program - Eleni Delopoulos 11/12/2014 (0)
  • Greater Philadelphia (Bucks County): Youth Basketball! (Boys and Girls Welcome) - Matthew Piccirilli 11/11/2014 (0)
  • Kennett Square PA Homeschool Facebook Group - Julie 11/9/2014 (0)
  • Terra Nova - Tracy B 11/8/2014 (0)
  • Christmas Mini Sessions - Kristen Mckay 11/8/2014 (0)
  • NEW SPANISH CLASSES ONLINE - MARIA MAYOR 11/7/2014 (0)
  • HB 1013 Approved by Gov. - Jenny 11/4/2014 (0)
  • Invitation to GIVING THANKS Performance (York Area) - michelle robinson 11/4/2014 (0)
  • Invitation to THE LIONS OF TRONDHEIM PERFORMANCE (York Area) - michelle robinson 11/4/2014 (0)
  • Visiting Mercyhurst in Erie, PA - Robin A. 11/4/2014 (0)
  • Piano Lessons Available in the Robinson/Pittsburgh Area - Brandy Woods 10/30/2014 (0)
  • Youth Basketball! (Boys and Girls welcome) - Matthew Piccirilli 10/30/2014 (0)
  • Tutoring Available for Homeschoolers - Mary Knapp 10/30/2014 (0)
  • Free Dance Classes for Homeschool students - Julia Crawford 10/28/2014 (0)
  • Pa Certified Art Teacher - Angela 10/27/2014 (0)
  • Ski and Snowboard club at Blue Mountain - Matt Ransil 10/27/2014 (0)
  • Free Webinar for parents of children with special needs this Wed., Oct. 29 - Karen Weber 10/27/2014 (0)
  • Heinz History Center Home School Program on November 18 - Kate Lukaszewicz 10/23/2014 (0)
  • Old Fashioned Election Day Sermon - Beth Bingaman 10/21/2014 (0)
  • The Wizard of Oz - On Stage in Ambler, Trappe & Newtown - Family Stages 10/20/2014 (0)
  • College Workshop - Ron Louder 10/16/2014 (0)
  • Grandmom to a new generation of homeschoolers - Sheila Tobey 10/15/2014 (1)
  • Want to home school-where to start? - Rhonda 10/13/2014 (1)
  • Huge YARD SALE that includes educational items and resources from a former private school! - Jessica Wargo 10/11/2014 (0)
  • Girls basketball - Aubri 10/9/2014 (0)
  • Child care provider needed in West Chester - Diane Persons 10/9/2014 (0)
  • Kennett Square - Julie 10/8/2014 (0)
  • Fall Testing - Lisa 9/30/2014 (0)
  • Communicators for Christ Conference Oct 17-18 - Libby O'Linger 9/30/2014 (1)
  • Unique Learning Opportunity for Students and their Dogs! - WHOODLES, LLC 9/29/2014 (0)
  • Private Oboe Lessons for 4th-12th Graders - Sarah Kendis 9/29/2014 (0)
  • Special Needs and Immunization/Medical Records - Anne Foster Coleman 9/24/2014 (1)
  • Babysitter needed in Lancaster, PA area - Sarah 9/22/2014 (0)
  • Safari Scholars Homeschool Classes begins in one week! - Education Reservations at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium 9/22/2014 (0)
  • does a child's having a 504 require the pre-approval process to homeschool? - Nicholas 9/20/2014 (0)
  • violin, viola and piano lessons in Pittsburgh (Brookline) - Carol Capps 9/18/2014 (0)
  • 1 Free Yoga Lesson for Homeschoolers ages 3 -17 - Valerie Beckford 9/18/2014 (0)
  • Piano Lessons - Trish Fishman 9/13/2014 (0)
  • September 23rd Homeschool Day at the Heinz History Center - Kate Lukaszewicz 9/12/2014 (0)
  • An Evening with William Bradford - Kim Kennedy 9/11/2014 (0)
  • Repost-3rd Grader filing for first time-District problems... - Rachel 9/11/2014 (4)
  • sending best wishes - randall 9/11/2014 (0)
  • Webinar for Special Needs on Extracurricular Activities - Karen Weber 9/10/2014 (0)
  • Homeschool Physical Education Program-MURRYSVILLE,PA - Murrysville Sportzone 9/10/2014 (0)
  • Reading/Orton-Gillingham Tutor - Gifted Education/Enrichment Tutor - PreK-5 - Wexford, PA - Curry Mura 9/10/2014 (1)
  • Social Studies and Science for Homeschool - Lia 9/9/2014 (0)
  • 3rd Grader - Filing for first time in Northampton County - Rachel 9/9/2014 (0)
  • Sports/Gym Curriculum - Jennifer Johnson 9/9/2014 (0)
  • Portfolio - Julie 9/7/2014 (4)
  • School Sports/activities - Kelly P. 9/5/2014 (1)
  • Thank You - Jan 9/5/2014 (0)
  • Three Home School Days at Pearl S. Buck House - Pam Carroll 9/5/2014 (0)
  • Need a special-ed homeschool evaluator - Kristen 9/4/2014 (1)
  • Dual Enrollment & SD red tape - Joanna 9/4/2014 (2)
  • Fall Testing: Any updates? - Julie 9/4/2014 (2)
  • Armstrong Co. Boy Scouts - Francis Batson 9/3/2014 (0)
  • York Area Homeschool Drama Camp - Michelle Robinson 9/3/2014 (0)
  • Pittsburgh Home School Opportunities at the Heinz History Center - Kate Lukaszewicz 9/3/2014 (0)
  • Kindergarten - Dee 9/3/2014 (1)
  • High school speech class - ANNA 9/2/2014 (2)
  • Message board - Can this be viewed by County? - Julie 9/1/2014 (0)
  • Sep 5 Free Program at Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia - suzanne matlock 8/30/2014 (0)
  • participation in music ensembles - Colleen 8/26/2014 (0)
  • Home School Cooking Classes - Kristie Walter 8/26/2014 (0)
  • kindergarten - Stacey 8/26/2014 (4)
  • Scared - Julie 8/25/2014 (4)
  • Homeschool classes at the Heinz History Center - Kim A 8/25/2014 (0)
  • testing - Greta 8/25/2014 (1)
  • New to Homeschooling in Philadelphia Please help - Alexis 8/19/2014 (1)
  • Volleyball Tournaments - Victoria Robinette 8/18/2014 (0)
  • Pocono Mountain School district - CJ 8/18/2014 (0)
  • oct testing - Tania Pineo 8/16/2014 (0)
  • St. Vincent College Step-Up Enrichment Classes for Home School Students - Carol Borland 8/15/2014 (0)
  • Music Classes/Private Lessons - Victoria May 8/15/2014 (0)
  • moving to PA - Portfolio question - Rachel Parks 8/13/2014 (1)
  • Looking for help and/or direction - Jessica 8/11/2014 (0)
  • Classical Conversations Info Meeting - Angela Hunter 8/11/2014 (0)
  • Home schoolers and Catholic school sports. - Greg 8/9/2014 (1)
  • KidScience Program at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - Mandy Revak 8/6/2014 (0)
  • Art Teaher Offering Art Lesson to Students - Kati M 8/5/2014 (0)
  • homeschool group Lancaster Pa - Sandy Riker 8/4/2014 (0)
  • Volunteer Opportunity - Erin Shoaf 7/23/2014 (0)
  • how to sign up for HS homeschooling in Pittsburgh, PA public school district? - Milonica Stahl-Wert 7/22/2014 (2)
  • Fall testing - Patricia Motter 7/22/2014 (3)
  • Homeschoolers vacation savings - BRAVE:Stan K McVay 7/19/2014 (0)
  • Free Media Literacy Curriculum - Meg Martin 7/16/2014 (0)
  • Homeschool group in West Allegheny area - ernie 7/16/2014 (2)
  • legal question - Renee 7/13/2014 (1)
  • Home School curriculum/materials sale Saturday 7/12. - Tracy Pelle 7/11/2014 (0)
  • Re: Geometry 2.0- A Teaching Textbook for sale. - Tracy Pelle 7/9/2014 (1)
  • Materials for sale. - Tracy Pelle 7/8/2014 (1)
  • music - Victoria May 7/6/2014 (0)
  • 3rd Grader - Filing for first time in Northampton County - Rachel 7/3/2014 (1)
  • Scrapbooking Your Favorite Novel - The Tutoring Connection 7/2/2014 (0)
  • Reading, Study Skills, English and Math Tutoring - The Tutoring Connection 7/2/2014 (0)
  • Reading, Study Skills, English and Math Tutorin - The Tutoring Connection 7/2/2014 (0)
  • best writing curriculum for 9th grader who is passionate about writing - Lynne 6/26/2014 (3)
  • WTB: The Language of Composition, 2nd ed. - Sherri 6/24/2014 (0)
  • National Honor Society - Sarah 6/24/2014 (0)
  • Sola Gratia Musicians homeschool choirs (Hatfield, PA) - Janice Firth 6/23/2014 (0)
  • Children, History and the Environment Weekend June 21 & 22 - Roberta Smith 6/19/2014 (0)
  • Revised message for Homeschoolers with Children with Special Needs - Karen Weber 6/18/2014 (0)
  • Resources for Families with Special Needs Child(ren) - Karen Weber 6/16/2014 (1)
  • Art Camp! - Mandy Hain 6/10/2014 (0)
  • Great Educational Opportunity at Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS in Cambria County - Megan O'Malley 6/10/2014 (0)
  • Important Info - Brett Wagner 2009 PHAA Grad - Mary Wagner 6/9/2014 (0)
  • Homeschool Workshops - Katie Samson 6/6/2014 (0)
  • Viola/Violin Instruction - Sarah Sutton 6/5/2014 (0)
  • Theater scripts for summer camps/school year '14-'15! - Anna Lauffer 6/5/2014 (0)
  • 7th and 8th grade Classical openings - NAM 6/4/2014 (0)
  • Drum/Percussion Tutor - William Wozniak 6/2/2014 (0)
  • Summer Reading Programs @ your library - Judy Takoch 5/31/2014 (0)
  • Still figuring out what your teens are doing this summer? Good news - we still have spots left in our wildlife/fisheries focused summer camps!! - Michele Kittell 5/30/2014 (0)
  • Homeschool Supplies Swap - Calloway House 5/30/2014 (0)
  • Teaching Supplies Swap - Calloway House 5/30/2014 (0)
  • Certified Art Teacher available for lessons & classes (K-12) - Rachel Stockard 5/28/2014 (0)
  • Brett Wagner, 2009 PHAA Grad, directing Indie film - Mary Wagner 5/27/2014 (0)
  • Curriculum Sale / Swap in Easton, PA - Sarah 5/26/2014 (0)
  • Homeschool groups near Moon PA - Tim Ranck 5/23/2014 (0)
  • Ala carte homeschool ? - Devon mcvey 5/22/2014 (1)
  • Dog Grooming School. Always Wanted to work with animals? - Allison Alonso 5/21/2014 (0)
  • Not doing PAVCS next year, but questions about finishing it this year - Sherry Francis 5/20/2014 (1)
  • Homeschoolers Moving to PA - Stephanie 5/18/2014 (1)
  • PA Homeschool Students Win 1st Place at Regional ROV Competition! - Christine Gahman 5/17/2014 (0)
  • Bushy Run Battlefield - Scott Perry 5/16/2014 (0)
  • placement test - francine 5/16/2014 (0)
  • Summer Language Scholarships - Rebekka Egger 5/15/2014 (0)
  • TEACHING TEXTBOOKS - OK for PHAA? - Lori Ann 5/14/2014 (1)
  • Guide to PA Homeschool Law - Marcia Stauffer 5/14/2014 (0)
  • Affidavit form for school district? - Jana Walker 5/13/2014 (0)
  • Help getting to graduation - Carolann 5/12/2014 (1)
  • transitioning from online public school to homeschool - Sherry Francis 5/11/2014 (3)
  • PSAT/SAT or English 9 - Sharad 5/10/2014 (1)
  • Homeschool Help for Special Needs Child... - Melanie 5/7/2014 (0)
  • Speech/Language Evaluation At No Charge - Linda Gillingham-Marra 5/6/2014 (0)
  • French tutor - Alexandre de Chambure 5/4/2014 (0)
  • Private Tutor Available - Alexis 5/2/2014 (0)
  • Production of Seussical Jr - istage 5/1/2014 (0)
  • specialists--reading program for apraxia?? - mary ann 4/30/2014 (0)
  • Newspaper in Edcuation Program - michael Francis 4/28/2014 (0)
  • What is being tested on April 30 in Harrisburgh? - Joanna 4/26/2014 (0)
  • New to PA - Joni 4/21/2014 (2)
  • Common Core - LJMann 4/19/2014 (1)
  • Road Schooling - Dawn 4/17/2014 (0)
  • Application deadline extended to April 30 for deer trout grouse summer field schools for teens - Michele Kittell 4/10/2014 (0)
  • Information Request - Stacy 4/8/2014 (1)
  • Private Tutor Available - Alexis 4/7/2014 (0)
  • Homeschool discussion at Crafton Public Library - Beth 4/3/2014 (0)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk - On Stage in Ambler - Family Stages 4/3/2014 (0)
  • Looking for lifeguards for day shifts - Cindy Drob 4/1/2014 (0)
  • Please Help Looking for Homeschool evaluator - Korinna 4/1/2014 (2)
  • Please Help Looking for Homeschool evaluator - Korinna 4/1/2014 (0)
  • Homeschool ID - Toni Ferrara 3/31/2014 (0)
  • Using a calculator on the spring testing? - Faith Flores 3/31/2014 (0)
  • what education do I need to learn to be a tech support person - maryann 3/28/2014 (0)
  • vaccination exemption form - Marie 3/27/2014 (1)
  • computer programming - maryann 3/27/2014 (1)
  • Newbie doing research - Ashley Strnisa 3/26/2014 (1)
  • Beginning Homeschoolers Get-Together - Michelle Croyle 3/26/2014 (0)
  • New Karate Classes Just For Homeschoolers! - Vicki Mowod 3/21/2014 (0)
  • Does PHAA accept/approve of using Teaching Textbooks? - Lori Ann 3/21/2014 (1)
  • Less than two weeks for teens to apply to deer, trout and grouse summer camps! Read what our students think about the camps... - Michele Kittell 3/20/2014 (0)
  • Bucks County: Homeschooling through high school? - Marla Ashton 3/20/2014 (0)
  • Beaver/Butler/Allegheny/Lawrence Co. Area - PGH Refugee 3/17/2014 (1)
  • 9th grade son - Jean Sutton 3/17/2014 (2)
  • Group Violin Lessons for home schoolers - Kathleen Thomas 3/17/2014 (0)
  • testing - Janet 3/17/2014 (0)
  • Special Education Teacher- available for tutoring in Philadelphia area - Jessica 3/16/2014 (0)
  • Square and Pattern Dancing - Scott Brown 3/15/2014 (0)
  • Please help. I need support desperately! - Heidi 3/14/2014 (5)
  • Summer Science Programs at NCSSM now open to public - Jen Jenkins 3/11/2014 (0)
  • homeschooling 14 and 15 boys - terri hippensteel 3/9/2014 (1)
  • New mom and Piano Tutor in State College :) - Robin Yukiko 3/8/2014 (0)
  • hands-on summer programs - Lynda Gillow 3/5/2014 (0)
  • Sola Gratia Musicians Spring Concerts Invitation - Janice Firth 3/4/2014 (0)
  • Harcum College offers classes in Fashion Design and Digital Design - Julian Crooks 3/4/2014 (0)
  • Sheltered Homeschooler - Carrie 3/1/2014 (3)
  • Do you know a teen with potential? Plus, Wildlife Leadership Academy FAQs - Michele Kittell 2/28/2014 (0)
  • Moon Area homeschoolers? - Tim Ranck 2/28/2014 (0)
  • The Legend of Finn McCool - Family Stages 2/27/2014 (0)
  • Summer Theology Program for High School Juniors and Seniors - Erin Davenport 2/26/2014 (0)
  • Guitar and Music Theory lessons for Homeschoolers - Mike G. 2/25/2014 (0)
  • 501(c)3 status-tax exemption - Karen 2/24/2014 (0)
  • Possibly moving to PA from TX in the summer and have a question - bren 2/24/2014 (1)
  • Used Homeschooling Books for sale - Beth 2/22/2014 (2)
  • woodworking classes - carmen 2/21/2014 (3)
  • 40Days for Life Pittsburgh - Join St Regis at the vigil - Diane Deely 2/20/2014 (0)
  • Register by Monday to sell your used materials at the Homeschooling Workshop Book Sale! - Crystal M. Jones 2/20/2014 (0)
  • K-12 Certified Art Teacher Available 9/2014 - Sandra Eckert 2/17/2014 (0)
  • Wilson Language Certified/Reading Specialist - Kerri Fitzsimmons 2/11/2014 (0)
  • IEP - Francine 2/11/2014 (1)
  • Pittsburgh Area Catholic Homeschoolers St Paul Cathedral Pro-Life - Diane Deely 2/8/2014 (2)
  • 29th Annual Greater Pittsburgh Homeschooling conference and workshop - Sue Gorecki 2/7/2014 (0)
  • River Researchers Teen Camp - Rebecca Holler 2/6/2014 (0)
  • Evaluations - Mary Horvath 2/5/2014 (0)
  • Newbie High School - Patty 1/31/2014 (2)
  • help!!! - Amy 1/30/2014 (7)
  • Moving from VA to Pa - Sheri 1/30/2014 (1)
  • PE requirements? - Kristen 1/29/2014 (1)
  • Peter Pan - On Stage in Ambler - Family Stages 1/28/2014 (0)
  • filing your affidavit and objectives - Jodi 1/27/2014 (2)
  • Spring Testing - Eleni 1/21/2014 (2)
  • private tutor option - two questions - Nikki 1/17/2014 (2)
  • Winterthur Museum 2014 Homeschool Days! - Katie Wynne 1/15/2014 (0)
  • Casting Call!! - iStage Performing Arts 1/14/2014 (0)
  • Deer, Trout, Grouse-Focused Summer Field School Opportunities for Teens and Teachers - Michele Kittell 1/14/2014 (0)
  • Looking Forward Conferecne (FREE) - Paul Nobile 1/13/2014 (0)
  • Homeschool Moms in Centre County? - Sarah 1/12/2014 (6)
  • Standardized Testing for a 3rd grader??? HELP! - Cara Dyson 1/10/2014 (2)
  • Charlotte's Web Drama Class at Cairn Community Arts Academy - Kari Morris 1/8/2014 (1)
  • Homeshoolers around Snyder, Mifflin, or Union counties - Ruthy 1/8/2014 (1)
  • Homeshoolers around Snyder, Mifflin, or Union counties - Ruthy 1/8/2014 (0)
  • Aladdin On Stage in Ambler & Trappe - Family Stages 1/2/2014 (0)
  • high school completion status on FAFSA - Nancy 1/2/2014 (1)
  • Is there a date set for the western PA graduation ceremony? - Stacy 12/30/2013 (1)
  • ebook for PA homeschool parents discounted! - Beth 12/29/2013 (0)
  • ed. event announcement - Sylvia 12/28/2013 (0)
  • need suggestions... :) - Tracy 12/20/2013 (3)
  • How to start studying for AP as a homeschooler - Adnan Zaber 12/18/2013 (2)
  • Homeschool Encouragement - joy Thacker 12/18/2013 (0)
  • Silent films with live music -- Tonight! - Laurie Reese 12/16/2013 (0)
  • how to transcript junior and senior year in one school year - Teresa Rogers 12/15/2013 (0)
  • Common Core question - Kg 12/10/2013 (3)
  • Fun Christmas gift idea for homeschoolers that benefits recent homeschool grad - Joy Thacker 12/10/2013 (0)
  • Scripts and Teachers' Resources for Drama Classes! - Anna Lauffer 12/9/2013 (3)
  • Suzuki Violin Program - Erie Suzuki Violin 12/6/2013 (0)
  • Outdoor Science Classes - Parker McMullen-Bushman 11/26/2013 (0)
  • Veteren Homeschooler - Marianne 11/17/2013 (0)
  • Daytime Piano and Guitar lessons for home school students. - Frank Gorgo 11/14/2013 (0)
  • Activities for Teens in Bucks-Montgomery-Lehigh Counties - Alicia 11/13/2013 (0)
  • FAMILYtime FREE Matinee in East Liberty - Kelly Strayhorn Theater 11/12/2013 (0)
  • Harrisburg Area Homeschool Assoc. Meeting - April White 11/10/2013 (2)
  • finding a Little Flower club nearest our home - Mary Porter 11/8/2013 (0)
  • Marple Public Home School Group - Ebony 11/7/2013 (0)
  • Girl Scouts - Pamalee Lady 10/31/2013 (1)
  • no answer - Nancy 10/30/2013 (2)
  • New English requirement - Denise 10/30/2013 (2)
  • Public School Resources - Christina Vensel 10/30/2013 (2)
  • History Contest for Washington & Greene Co students - Denise Cummins 10/30/2013 (0)
  • homeschool group - jen 10/28/2013 (0)
  • homeschool prom - Michelle 10/28/2013 (0)
  • Algebra 2 - Beth Frye 10/26/2013 (3)
  • VIOLIN LESSONS - Rachael Brown 10/24/2013 (0)
  • Harvest Party Open House - Ashley Malm 10/22/2013 (0)
  • Books available - Melissa Hickey 10/16/2013 (0)
  • How to find out how homeschool friendly my school district is - Colleen 10/14/2013 (2)
  • Free ebook about Pa Homeschool Law-one day only! - Beth 10/9/2013 (0)
  • Toad's Escape, Peter Pan & Snow White On Stage in Ambler - Family Stages 10/8/2013 (0)
  • Thinking about homeschooling my 6th grade son - Martha 10/4/2013 (3)
  • Gifted in Bucks County: Math Olympiad & other cool stuff - Abby O'Keeffe 10/2/2013 (0)
  • possible learning disability - Nichole 9/30/2013 (0)
  • FREE Hands-On Chemistry for Homeschoolers - Andrea Session 9/29/2013 (0)
  • math competitions near Kittanning - Liz 9/27/2013 (2)
  • Math olympiad in Kittanning - Liz 9/26/2013 (1)
  • Carbon County- Jim Thorpe district- Penn Kidder - CJ 9/24/2013 (1)
  • Keystone Testing - Christina 9/24/2013 (2)
  • New resource for Bucks County PA Homeschoolers - Wendy Sheahan-Coyne 9/24/2013 (0)
  • Student ID - Makenna Masenheimer 9/23/2013 (0)
  • School dance - Sandy 9/20/2013 (1)
  • (Article)New School Year Success - 5 Easy Steps to Making Presentations a Breeze for your Child - Brenda 9/18/2013 (0)
  • Green Tree Library Used Book Sale - Pat Kaczmarek 9/17/2013 (0)
  • Moving to PA from Florida - CJ 9/17/2013 (8)
  • about homeschooling - Swarupa 9/17/2013 (1)
  • Fall testing - SAH 9/16/2013 (0)
  • Fall testing - SAH 9/16/2013 (0)
  • Filing after age 18 - Courtney 9/13/2013 (1)
  • Homeschoolers in btwn meadville and erie ? - Nichole 9/12/2013 (0)
  • Theatre Class for Home Schooled kids in Philadelphia - David Pershica 9/12/2013 (0)
  • Extra non academic courses - Andrea 9/11/2013 (0)
  • extra cirricular activities - kelley biechler 9/6/2013 (0)
  • Seeking Student Work! - Meg Hamilton 9/6/2013 (0)
  • Free Home School Program this Friday at the Wagner Free Institute of Science - Abby Sullivan 9/3/2013 (0)
  • Home School Students athletic training - Ron Anzevino 9/3/2013 (0)
  • "Counting" days - Cam 9/2/2013 (0)
  • federal funds to public schools for enrolled homeschoolers? - Lynne 8/28/2013 (1)
  • York Area Homeschool Drama Camp Auditions 9/10/2013 - Michelle Robinson 8/26/2013 (0)
  • FIRE SAFETY, FIRST-AID, CPR CLASSES - Elizabeth Bird 8/25/2013 (0)
  • Philadelphia Honey Festival - Jessica B 8/23/2013 (0)
  • FREE COOKING CLASSES - Elizabeth Bird 8/21/2013 (0)
  • Youth Drawing Classes at Southern Lehigh Public Library - Sudha Bulusu 8/21/2013 (0)
  • Just 3 more openings in our SAT ESSAY PREPARATION ONLINE CLASS! - SRichman 8/20/2013 (0)
  • Private Violin Lessons in Pittsburgh, PA - Bethany Landby 8/15/2013 (0)
  • Spanish Online Courses, AP Spanish and More - Ray Leven 8/12/2013 (0)
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  • testing - Pamela Woods 7/31/2013 (0)
  • Classical Conversations info meeting - Michelle Mussari 7/30/2013 (0)
  • Catholic homeschoolers In ERIE?? - Maureen J Gallagher 7/29/2013 (3)
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  • private tutor option - ernie 7/23/2013 (6)
  • Classical Conversations coming to Doylestown - Michelle Mussari 7/19/2013 (1)
  • Spelling Bee - Julia Moss 7/10/2013 (0)
  • Pennsbury Manor Project (Interviewees needed) - Lindsay 7/3/2013 (0)
  • Homeschool support group in Lower Merion? - Pam 7/2/2013 (2)
  • Affidavit for Phila w/health attachments - Helen 7/1/2013 (1)
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  • 8-year old homeschooler - Marie 6/29/2013 (2)
  • English/Grammar/History classes offered this fall - Karema Greene 6/28/2013 (0)
  • IEW Classes starting in the Fall for 3-12th - Karema Greene 6/28/2013 (0)
  • FALL SCIENCE COURSES OPEN for REGISTRATION - Karema Greene 6/28/2013 (0)
  • outlines - L Diehl 6/27/2013 (1)


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    Twelve Peace Essay Contest state winners from Maya Inspektor's AP English Language class!
    Maya Richman Inspektor, 4/13/2011

    Editor's Note from Susan Richman: I was so proud to hear this wonderful news from our daughter Maya about her AP English Language online students. I think this helps families see, too, that often work in an AP (Advanced Placement) online class in our program can have 'spill over' impact into further challenges that a student may take on-- I know that many of my AP US History students did very well in various history essay and project contests this year (not to mention homeschool speech and debate leagues!), and I know many of our AP science students take part in science-related contests, and that several AP Studio Art students earned scholarship and contest awards. Once students get the courage to try for a higher challenge, you never know where they might end up! 

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    Maya Richman Inspektor, AP English Online teacher

     
    As a teacher, it's important to me that not every assignment feels like an "exercise." While practice exam essays are important (and believe me, I assign plenty of them!), I also want my students to understand that they have an audience beyond the exam graders or their classmates. I also want them to get used to the idea that I'm not their ultimate audience. It might be simple for them to figure out my quirks and learn how to get a high grade from me, but where does this leave them when they graduate from my class? 

    With this in mind, three years ago I decided not to assign a typical research paper to my AP English Language students. Instead, I gave them the challenge of responding to someone else's assignment and writing for an audience beyond our class: the Peace Essay Contest. 

    The National Peace Essay Contest has been around since I was in high school, and it challenges high school students across the United States to write a researched argument paper in response to a very specific prompt related to world peace. It demands not fluffy "let's all be friends" idealism but rather careful research into case studies and critical consideration of how third parties (such as the US) can prevent violence, encourage good government, and protect civilians. In my experience, conservative students do just as well in this contest as liberal students; they are asked not to parrot an ideology but to present original thought. 

    As an AP English teacher, I love this contest because it fosters the skills demanded of students on the synthesis essay on the AP exam. Students are unlikely to come into this assignment with any knowledge of, say, corruption in Liberia, so they must rely on their own research in order to form an educated opinion. They also must craft a persuasive argument, learn to reference sources correctly, and take Strunk & White's famous mantra ("omit unnecessary words") to heart-- one of the most challenging parts of this contest is often cutting enough words from a first draft to meet the contest's 1,500-word limit. 

    As students work on their papers during December and January, I see them mature as writers before my eyes. Some students are enthusiastic about this assignment from the outset, but some are so daunted that their hesitation is palpable through their posts on our class message board. Many aren't used to being asked to form an opinion a topic so literally foreign to their life experiences. By the time they submit their papers, though, the surge of confidence and "expertise" gained through this experience is equally palpable. In addition to their progress as AP English students-- growth that directly translates into their exam-style essays-- they seem to grow as people. This year my students submitted papers about establishing good government in the wake of conflict just as protests broke out across the Middle East. This was the point, we realized-- my students could read news stories about the uprising in Tunisia and not only understand the circumstances that led to this unrest but also speculate about how a new Tunisian government might be best formed. These real people, on the streets of Tunisia-- in a small way, my students now understood them. 

    And, I'll admit, the possibility that students might come away from this contest with scholarship money is a nice bonus. 

    The first year that I assigned this paper in my class, two students won their state level competitions (earning $1,000 scholarships and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington DC for a five-day awards seminar), and another three received second place honorable mentions. The next year, three of my students made the trip to Washington DC, and another three won honorable mentions-- and one of the three state winners actually received second place nationally, for an additional $4,000 in scholarship money. 

    On Friday, April 8th, information packets arrived at the homes of this year's winners. All eleven of them. Twelve, in fact, if you count Erica Weston, who was an AP Lang student last year and decided to enter the contest again on her own this year. Fully eight of my students won their state competitions, and they'll get to meet each other in person for the first time at the awards seminar in DC. Let's just say that this proud English teacher has been breaking her own rule and including many exclamation points in some class website posts. (Twelve winnners!! Did I say that already??) If you're keeping track, by the way, this brings the scholarship money won by my AP students up to $17,000 so far, and this year's state winners are still in the running to win national prizes. 

    Here's a list of the twelve winners:

    • Jesse Villines, Idaho (First)
    • Justin Banda, Indiana (First)
    • Caroline Harper, Maryland (Second- honorable mention)
    • Kathleen Ten-Hove, Massachusetts (First) 
    • Thomas Nath, Minnesota (Second- honorable mention)
    • Megan Kruitbosch, Nevada (First)
    • Meredith Pochily, New York (First)
    • Erin Mainwaring, Pennsylvania (Second, Tie- honorable mention)
    • Evan Booher, Tennessee (First)
    • Jackson Reed, Washington (First)
    • Courtney Klauber, Washington (Second- honorable mention)
    • Erica Weston, Connecticut (First)

    To whet the appetites of the eight students who will attend this year's awards seminar in Washington D.C., here's what some past state winners said about the experience.

    First, from Anna Boynton, who was the Virginia winner in 2009:

    I have to start out by saying I am really excited for you guys! Not only are you fortunate enough to have ended up in Ms. Inspektor’s wonderful AP English Language class, but you are about to start writing what could very well be the most important essay in your life. I know it was for me! The process of researching and writing the essay, and the awards program changed my life more than any other experience I‘ve had.

     I’ve always had a drive to help people somehow, but before last year the BIG issues seemed so far out of my reach I couldn’t imagine being able to effect them. The people in Darfur, or Haiti, or any other war and poverty torn region in desperate need of aid seemed completely beyond anything I could do to help. I had decided I would be a Therapist, and left it at that. During this process I learned about so many remarkable individuals, normal people with extraordinary drive, who have done so much for the places in the world that need their effort most. I realized that there’s nothing keeping me from being like the people I admire so much. My career goal right now is to work for NGOs bringing Psychological aid to traumatized victims of conflict around the world, and I have never felt more passionately about anything. Now, the USIP Essay isn’t necessarily going to turn your life in a completely different direction, but I think it’s impossible to partake in it without having your prospective on the world changed in some way. 

    As if that’s not enough, the scholarship money and bragging rights for your college applications are not the only rewards awaiting you. The United States Institute of Peace really pulls out the stops when it come to us. The Awards Program was one of the craziest yet most fun weeks of my life. There are so many opportunities to learn, we get a kind of access and time from important people a DC graduate student would kill for. But the best thing about the USIP week, by far, are your fellow winners. In the five days we were together my USIP friends and I formed a really amazing bond. I can’t describe the energy at the Awards Ceremony. All the people there really believe in us, and in our ability to change the world. There’s nothing like it.

    Anna is now spending a gap year volunteering at an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, inspired by her experience in the Peace Essay Contest.

    Next, from Connor Perkins, the Missouri Winner in 2010:

    I wanted to thank you for telling us about and encouraging us to participate in the United States Institute of Peace NationalPeace Essay Contest. It was the best week of my life thus far! While very few people--one exception being [AP Lang classmate] Jessi Countryman--shared my worldview, these were some of the most amazing people I have ever met. The camp was life-changing, though maybe not in the way that it would be for most of the campers. It makes me more convinced that there is a need for people who believe what I believe to be active and vocal leaders in America, because the other side certainly has its share of them. I feel so motivated to be a difference-maker. I don't think I can thank you enough for encouraging us to participate in this contest; you have given me some direction in life, I think.

    In addition, it was very fun to meet Jessi and Sara after having been in a class with them all year. It was kind of ironic, but we homeschoolers were the only people there who "knew" anybody else at the camp. Both Jessi and I called Sara's victory that night, and it was amazing to feel that happy for someone I barely knew. If it had been my best friend, I couldn't have been much more proud or excited. Something magical happened at that camp....


    Connor is a senior this year in my AP Lit class, and next year he plans to study history in college with an emphasis on public policy. 

    I couldn't be more proud of all of my students, not just the winners-- I saw them all grow immensely as they completed these challenging papers, and I was proud of the way they helped each other through the process. I can't wait to hear about this class's experience at the awards seminar.

    And if you're interested in my AP English Lang class for next year, consider this: your tuition fee just might pay for itself! 

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    Comment by Evan Booher, 4/14/2011:

    I will add my thanks to Mrs. Inspektor here (the APLang WWW board is already filled with them!). The peace essay competition was probably the most fun part of this class, but Mrs. Inspektor's entire class has been amazingly helpful and fun. This was actually the first class I have ever taken that my parents did not teach (excluding Bible classes at church), and I couldn't have wanted a better teacher than Mrs. I! A hesitant and uncomfortable writer has become a strong and confident one through this class (and one who really ENJOYS writing now, too). I have not only had great oppurtunites to write, but chances to read and discuss literature by authors from Homer to Machiavelli to Dickens to Thoreau. I genuinely thank Mrs. Inspektor for such a great year and recommend as strongly as I can her class to all other students!


    Comment by Luke Burns, 4/14/2011:

    I did not place in my state (PA), but this essay undoubtedly improved my writing, and I have undying gratitude for Mrs. Inspektor and all the help from my classmates for such a new and amazing experience.

    The class isn't over yet, but I want to put this on the internet: I recommend this class to everyone. It has inspired me in countless ways and has engaged me ten times more than any other English class I had in the past-- and this is my first year home schooling. That says a lot, I think, when I can say an online class is more engaging than any "real-life" class I've had.

    Thank you Mrs. I and everyone in my class!


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