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Peter Olsen


Homeschool Friendly College:  


Valley Community College


NEW Column: Stepping Stones, by Michaela Popielski


Millie's Column: "Discerning Distractions," by Millie


The Bookshelf by Rebekah:


"Unplanned" review


Libbi's Nonfiction Book Review:

"Don't Check Your Brains at the Door"


Catherine's Column: by Catherine


Anime Review: by Xbolt


Homeschooling High School:

Transcript Credit for Homeschoolers





E-Mail Etiquette: Tip-of-the-Month


And much more!!!






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Preparing For College - ACT & SAT Information  

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parity [pear ·it ·ee] - noun - The state or condition of being equal, esp. regarding status or pay. Example: "Women have achieved parity with men as leaders in the professions." See if you can find the word "parity" used elsewhere in this issue!

E-mail Etiquette Tip of the Month


If it is pointed out to you that you made a mistake in a previous e-mail or other online environment, offer your humble apology and take corrections with grace.


Certainly some folks will be nicer about pointing out your mistakes than others, however, regardless of how they do it, take the high ground and thank them for their time.


Using technology successfully requires you be prepared to be on a continual learning curve. Heck, I still learn something new every day!


And when my mistakes are pointed out to me, regardless of the other side's motives in doing so, I just look at it as them doing me a favor, thank them and let them know a correction has been made.


This E-mail Etiquette Tip is provided as a courtesy by: www.NetManners.com 


"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." ~Les Brown




MOVIE QUOTE- Can you guess what movie this quote came from?


"I always surprise myself on my ability to turn a phrase. Words are, in my not so humble opinion, the most inexhaustible source of magic; capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it."

(Answer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2)

Catherine's Column


By: Catherine Amaris Munoz


"Love righteousness, you who judge the earth; think of the Lord in goodness, and seek Him in integrity of heart." ~Wisdom 1:1


Hi, fellow home-schooling teens!! My name is Catherine Munoz. I am a homeschooler from Monrovia, California, USA. I am in the 12th grade. This is my fourth column for the "Homeschooling Teen e-zine", and I am excited to share more columns with you all in the future!

On Saturday, July 23rd, I went in to the L.A. County Fair fairgrounds, located in Pomona, California. I was there to set-up my display of collected internationally postmarked postcards, which was started only 6 months ago. 13 of these postcards are personally addressed to me, and they are from various countries, including Italy, Germany, China, Spain, and Turkey. So far, I have a total of 25 postcards in the collection, which is what my display is comprised of. (I say "so far" because I am just barely beginning my collection.) It was SO much fun to plan and set-up my display, and if you haven't yet tried entering something to your local county's fair, I would encourage you to do so. It really provides an outlet for creativity! By the way, if this postcard exchange project that I am a part of sounds like something you'd also like to take part in, check out http://www.postcrossing.com for more information. It's free to join, and totally fun: Perfect for home-schoolers! Here is a photo of my completed display, if you are interested in viewing it. =oD


August Music Corner

This month's featured Christian music artists are: "Skillet" & "Leeland"


Skillet is an American Christian rock band. They have been together as a group since 1996, with the exception of a slight change of band members. For example: Skillet's drummer, Jen Ledger, took the place of their previous drummer when she was only 18 years old. Two of my favorite Skillet songs, "Whispers In The Dark", & "Rebirthing", can be found on their album released in 2006: "Comatose". Skillet's band members "rock", and they rock hard! Don't hesitate to listen to their other popular songs. A great one is, "Awake and Alive", from their newest 2011 album-release, "Awake and Alive". Check out Skillet if you are interested in hearing some "surprisingly-Christian" rock music!


Leeland is a Christian progressive rock group, which formed in Texas in 2004. The band obtained its title from the lead singer's name: Leeland Mooring. This group has been nominated 3 times for the Grammy Awards, and understandably so. They are unique in that they have, what I would describe as being, an ethereal sound: almost heavenly! The songs, "Reaching", and, "Yes You Have", are particularly home to what I just mentioned. You may find both of those songs on the album titled, "Sound of Melodies"(2006). Look for their album, "The Great Awakening", which is being released later on this year in 2011. To compare Leeland to another band or artist would be quite difficult, considering their originality. Give them a listen and you'll see what I mean!


August Movie Review


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (2011)


My movie of choice for this month of August 2011 is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I made it absolutely essential that I go to the movies on the opening day, in order to watch the epic and emotional close of the series. Like all of the other Harry Potter movies to come before it, I enjoyed every moment of this most recent movie. Being that I am a reader of the HP book collection, I was pleased to see that the action in the movie was parallel to that within the pages. My favorite part was the last scene, where Harry, Ron, and Hermione are shown - 19 years later - sending off their own Hogwarts-bound children. And, what a superb finale! I don't know about you fellow HP fans/ readers out there, but after a certain point, I lost count of how many times I had been asked, "Does Harry die?" I would just reply, "I can't say." Though I can almost guarantee that if you are reading this, you have most likely already seen the movie for yourself, I will not go into too much detail regarding the ending. But what's so amazing is that the ending is... perfectly unexplainable for words. All I will say is that I just love the whole underlying moral of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series: Good always prevails over evil. I give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 an A+ grade: For entertainment, action, acting, emotion, and parallelism to the book.


Sincerely, A totally and completely loyal Harry Potter fan =oD


August Recipe:  





Vanilla Frozen Yogurt 




Above photo provided by: http://healthyhoggin.com/2011/01/homemade-frozen-yogurt/


"This month, as summer-time is slowly coming to a close, I found it fitting to include a chilly recipe! Home-made frozen yogurt quickly became my choice of preference over home-made ice cream: it's so creamy and flavorful, with some added health benefits, too!"


Makes about one quart.

Estimated total time required: Preparation- About 1 hour; Freeze time - Usually under 30 minutes, but time varies, depending on ice cream maker's instructions.


What you'll need:

3 cups Greek-style yogurt

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



1.) Blend the yogurt, sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Refrigerate for 1 hour.


2.) Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Enjoy!












Submitted by Abigail T.


Ok, so this is a not-so-beautiful side of life, but it sure is old fashioned.  I was posting about something [on my blog], but got interrupted by yells of "Get the shotgun, there's a rattlesnake!" from several siblings.  I rush to the closet, pull out my lovely 16 ga. side-by-side, run out the door while slipping a couple shells in breech, run to the pile of rock where it supposedly went.  I have the butt of the gun pressed to my shoulder, ready to shoot any second.  I can't see anything as it is getting dark, so I pause for a second and listen.  A rustle in the leaves, I'm straining my eyes, I see movement.  Quickly, aim and shoot.  I know I hit because the thin form jerks; I fire the second cartridge, it jerks again.  Darn! I forgot more shells!  Siblings come running with more, and I replace the spent ones with shaking fingers.  Now where did that rattler go?  There it is in the blackberry bushes!  I fire both cartridges.  As I pull the shells out, suddenly I realize that one of them was a 20 ga. shell.  Ooops!  Thank God that nothing bad happened, except for having to use my brother's pocket knife to pry it out.  (Sidenote: the larger the gauge number, the smaller the size.  So 20 ga. is smaller than 16, and 10 ga. is practically a cannon, well close to it!)  That crazy snake is STILL moving so I fire one last shot (Yikes, that was FIVE of them!  Ok, I promise, it was not my shooting abilities, I really am a good shot! Usually.....)  Finally, it is still.  Mom pulls the now mangled body from the bushes with a hoe.  I see now why it didn't die quickly.  Although the tail is blown off and it's been hit all over the body, somehow I never hit its head.  With the bad lighting and all the bushes, I just couldn't see its head clearly and had to guess.  After a few minutes of searching, we find the tail and the rattle.  Then as we're standing there, the nerve reflexes cause the very-much-dead snake and its disconnected tail to start twitching. Ewww!  That I cannot stand, so I run screaming into the house, sit down and write this.  The end.  (P.S. This is a completely true story with no exaggeration what-so-ever.)


Visit Abigail's blog at http://www.oldfashionedbeauty.blogspot.com/



Millie's Column


Discerning Distractions


The other day while I was at work I had two customers that stayed with me in my head. The first customer was in quite a hurry, had an attitude and was very abrupt. The second customer's personality was very nice and she gave me several compliments regarding my quickness and as she stated "dexterity". Both of these customers stayed in my head during my whole shift. But then when I got home a revelation dawned on me. I realized that I had been distracted. I had allowed myself to get distracted from the most important PERSON onto something that was unimportant. Saint Paul said in the epistle to the Philippians. Philippians 1:10 "For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ's return" NLT. Yes we must pay attention on what really matters. Believe me in this day and age it is easy to lose focus on what really matters (serving God with true devotion and going out into all the world preaching the gospel. Mark 16:15) and to find yourself consumed in worldly matters like secular television shows, music, books and magazines, social networking or any online sites for that matter, the latest fashions, news, gossip, talking, schoolwork, worry, stress, et cetera. Whatever it maybe you must not "fall asleep" as did the ten foolish virgins. Because those who fall asleep (figuratively speaking) will miss out on what really matters. I am not saying it is wrong to watch your favorite show or read a heathen magazine (though it would be  good if you choose to do neither) but it is important to make sure that you renew your mind every morning and at the very end of your day which is every night with the HOLY BIBLE and with praise to GOD. Paul said in Romans 12.2 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." David said in Psalm 119:148 "My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises". David even takes it a step further by saying in 119:97 "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long." And in psalm 1:1,2 "Blessed is the one... whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night". Paul says in Ephesians 5:19-20 "Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Yes my dear brother and sisters our mind should constantly be tuned into CHRIST and into HIS law. We should fall asleep and wake up thinking about GOD's word. Lastly Philippians 4:8 says "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." If you spend your time thinking about these things you will find yourself less distracted on the things that doesn't matter and focused on what really matters. And to God what really matters is for us to continue growing spiritually and for us HIS children to become more firmly planted in CHRIST. Amen


Millie is the youngest of three siblings. A Christian, she has been homeschooled for ten years and her favorite subject is math. Millie also enjoys reading, writing, cooking, studying, movies, comedy, dancing and exercising. Millie's career aspirations include either criminal justice or law school, and she hopes to attend college soon.





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The Bookshelf, by Rebekah Hall





Review: Unplanned


Autobiographies are very simple to sort through. Either the author actually had a real and meaningful purpose to share their personal story with the world, or they didn't. The autobiographies that do are usually worth the time it takes to read them; they age like wine, and they occasionally go on to be some of the best books ever written. The ones that don't are nothing less than shameless self-exploitation and should all be titled, as a warning, "Let's Celebrate Me".


So where does that put Abby Johnson's autobiography, Unplanned? Published earlier this year, Abby Johnson's story is as much about fall and redemption as it is about the sanctity of human life. If you are not familiar with the name, Abby Johnson was a director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. (Incidentally, the clinic was located in the same area that Jane Roe herself came from.) In her memoir, she tells of how she got to that position after being raised in a Christian/pro-life household, and what brought her back eight years later.


A story like this could easily turn into sentimental drivel pretty quickly, but surprisingly Johnson keeps it together from beginning to end, giving the book a tone of true sincerity that it wouldn't have had otherwise. In the book she tries to be as painfully honest and objective as possible, not only in dealing with herself, but with both sides of the pro-life/pro-choice debate as well. Planned Parenthood certainly gets the beating that it deserves, from its shocking indifference to what is really healthy for women to its despicable single-minded goal of earning more money, no matter what it takes; but on the other flip of the coin, Johnson also has a thing or two to say about the ugly side of the pro-life movement as well. (There was actually a man who showed up at the clinic every morning dressed as the Grim Reaper.)


She doesn't spare herself any grief, either. As anyone could imagine, this sort of conversion isn't pleasant in any sense of the word. "Rough" probably isn't even an adequate word to describe the transition from being the director of an abortion facility to believing that all abortion is murder. She leads the reader through this process step by step, and the passages where she quotes prayers from the Episcopal services (she was an Episcopalian at the time) to better describe her feelings at those particular moments are really quite beautiful.


Unplanned has been pretty well received so far by a good number of readers, save for one main criticism. Even when she first signed up to work for Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson never actually believed in abortion. In fact, in the book Johnson claims that that's the reason why she joined Planned Parenthood: because they told her that their mission was to reduce the number of abortions. So her conversion, then, wasn't so much a sudden point of revelation as it was a final acknowledgement of something she'd known all along.


According to the criticism, this turns Unplanned into a sort of false advertising. Because Johnson never unabashedly waved the "all abortion is good" banner, this apparently disqualifies her as a real convert, which is nonsense. The fact of the matter is that, while she did have severe misgivings about abortion, she still continued to work with it on a daily basis, to the extent that she had two abortions herself. More importantly, one has to wonder how many abortion advocates are the loyal team-members that this criticism implies that they are; with the constant repetition of the "safe, but rare" mantra, or even Planned Parenthood's own insistence on reducing abortions, the evidence seems to point to the fact that Abby Johnson's uneasy attitude toward abortion is not unique, and perhaps it's even common.


There is, however, one criticism that I have, and that's the book's timing. When Abby Johnson wrote this book, it had only been close to a year and a half after all the events that she describes took place. A year and a half, at least in my opinion, is not an adequate amount of time to reflect on a complete turn-around of one's life. That sort of interior meditation usually takes years for most people, and even then it still might not be clear. Unfortunately, Unplanned ends up suffering from this, with an ending that's far from satisfactory. At the book's climax, there is nothing less than a personal betrayal, and no real answer as to why it took place, mainly because Johnson herself didn't know at that point. She ends her story still in the doe-eyed honeymoon stage of her new convictions, leaving the book wanting of a bit more of a mature outlook than she has at that time. She now writes a blog, and I suppose that a remedy to this problem of the ending would be to continue to follow her story as it develops, but that really robs the book of its rightful due; good autobiographies truly do sweeten with time, and Unplanned has all the markings of a good autobiography, with only that one disappointment that it wasn't allowed to age as well as it should have.                        


Rebekah is a senior in high school who loves reading, writing, or anything that contains a story and a puzzle. She runs the review blog "And a Sweet Sound it Made" - http://www.andasweetsound.blogspot.com



Nonfiction Book Review by Libbi

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door, by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door 


"Seven in ten Protestants ages 18 to 30-both evangelical and mainline-who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research." (USA Today)   

Do you ever wonder why the statistics are so grim? How could Tom from youth group or Jane from your Bible study, abandon their faith? As Josh and Bob both show in this interesting book, the cause is that these seemingly devoted highschoolers were playing a Christian game, rather than having a real relationship with Jesus Christ. They knew the scriptures to recite, just not the significance of them. This handy book (which also can be purchased as an e-book) shows 42 myths, and how we can disprove them using scriptural proof, archeological proof, and good ol' common sense.    

I thought this book was a well organized, easy-to-understand book. Never had I realized how many of the facts I had not ever thought about, and how necessary they are to maintaining a relationship with Christ through the rest of my life. I looked at my youth group, and applying the statistic, I realized that seven of every ten could possibly leave their faith. This  is a tragic story, that we as Christians will end. With the easy to access chapters and the "Brain Food" section at the end, I would highly recommend asking everyone in their early to late teens to read this. Overall, it was a highly researched book, full of vivid detail, and wonderful truths. 


Sincerely, Libbi H.


Libbi is a homeschooler who runs the Life is Funner blog at http://lifeisfunner.blogspot.com . She likes peacocks, the color pink, hair accessories, and reading biographies.



Homeschooling High School: Helpful Tips

Transcript Credit for Homeschoolers


By Dr. Ronald E. Johnson


Practical Life Experiences

Most states recognize and accept two or three transcript credits for practical life experiences. Home school students may earn transcript credit for real life experiences based on the Carnegie Unit formula of 45 minutes multiplied by 180 days. For example, a student who trains and rides horses may legitimately earn one half to one full transcript credit under several titles: physical education, equine studies, or animal husbandry. A student who practices and/or plays a musical instrument at church or in an instrumental quartet for 45 minutes a day for 90 days may earn one-half transcript credit for instrumental music. A student who works on a family farm or ranch may earn one half transcript credit in agriculture for every 67 hours of supervised work involving such skills as hauling hay, plowing fields, harvesting crops, wrangling cattle, shearing sheep, or raising turkeys. A student who completes an apprenticeship in an auto mechanic shop or family ranch may earn transcript credit based on the Carnegie Unit formula. The same formula is applicable for students who work or complete apprenticeships in a commercial businesses such as a flower shop, bakery, cabinet shop, or restaurant.


Earning High School Credit "Early"

Home school students do not need to wait until age 15 to start earning high school transcript credit. Students may start earning academic credit whenever they complete a high school level course. Many home school students are quite capable of understanding and completing high school level courses before attaining the normal high school age of 15 years. Such students need not wait to begin their high school studies. Parents should set up an official high school transcript whenever their child completes an academic study that is considered to be a high school level course, such as Algebra I, English Writing Skills, Physical Science, History, or Geography.


Literature Credit For Books Read At Home

Students may earn high school transcript credit in literature when parents select a variety of books to be read and summarized.  Selections should include historical non-fiction, historical fiction, novels, and biographies. Suggested titles are Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson, Pilgrim's Progress, Black Beauty, Scottish Chiefs, Little Women, Little House on The Prairie, Noble Imposter, Tale of Two Cities, The Book of Job, Animal Farm, and Chariots of Fire.  Biographies could include such persons as Florence Nightingale, George Washington, George Mueller, Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Gladys Aylward, Ronald Reagan, Lewis and Clark, and Clara Barton. At least a dozen books should be assigned for reading and summarizing to earn one high school transcript credit.  Parents may want to require their teenagers to view and summarize such films as "One Against The Wind," "Ben Hur," "The Great Escape," "Florence Nightingale," "The Robe," and "Beyond The Next Mountain."


Dr. Ronald E. Johnson is the founder/CEO of Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (PAC). The mission of PAC is to provide an accelerated learning system and principle-based core curriculum specifically designed to address the character, academics and emotional needs of students who have been under-served or have underperformed in conventional classrooms. To that objective, PAC publishes soft-cover 8-1/2  by 11 textbooks and computer-based texts with companion student activity books for math, science, history, and English for grades seven through twelve. For more information, refer to www.pacworks.com



Career-of-the-Month: Veterinarian

Career-of-the-Month: Veterinarian 



Veterinarians take care of sick and injured animals. When an animal is sick, vets examine it to find out why. Vets give blood tests, x-rays, and other tests, looking for clues about an animal's illnesses. Then the vets decide what kind of medicine or treatment the animal needs. Like doctors, veterinarians can fix broken bones, perform surgery, and give medicine to animals. Vets also prevent problems by giving vaccinations, check-ups, and cleaning teeth. They check for infections in the animals and give advice to the animals' owners. They teach owners how to feed and train their animals. Some vets specialize in certain kinds of animal care, such as dentistry.


Most vets treat small pets like dogs, cats, rabbits and gerbils. They work in animal clinics and hospitals. Some vets focus on large animals like sheep, cows, and horses. Large-animal vets usually drive to ranches and stables where their patients live. A few vets work in zoos, aquariums, and wildlife rescue/rehabilitation centers. They care for zebras, sharks, and other exotic or wild creatures. In addition to helping sick animals, vets can work as animal inspectors, checking to make sure that farm animals are healthy and that their living spaces are clean. Vets also work for governments, universities, scientific research and pet food companies.


It will take eight years to become a veterinarian - four years of college and four years of veterinary medicine school. Veterinarians study biology, chemistry, nutrition, and animal science. Pre-veterinary studies should demonstrate a strong aptitude for math and science. Veterinary schools typically require applicants to have taken one year equivalent classes in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physics, and general biology. Usually the minimal mathematics requirement is college level trigonometry. Most students admitted to veterinary schools have completed an undergraduate program and earned a bachelor's degree.


In the United States, there are only 28 veterinary schools that meet the accreditation standards set by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Admission to these veterinary schools is highly competitive; only about 1 in 3 applicants are accepted. In addition to satisfying pre-veterinary course requirements, applicants must submit test scores from standardized tests such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT), or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).


An application committee decides who gains admittance and who does not. Most schools place heavy emphasis and consideration on a candidate's veterinary and animal experience. Formal experience is a particular advantage to the applicant. This would include working with veterinarians or scientists in clinics, agribusiness, research, or some area of health science. Less formal experience is also helpful for the applicant to have, and this includes working with animals on a farm or ranch or at a stable, or volunteering at an animal shelter and basic overall animal exposure.


In veterinary college, students learn how to handle and care for animals, do surgery, and do laboratory tests with microscopes and other equipment. They may work with professional veterinarians during a 2-year internship. New graduates with a DVM/VMD/BVS/BVSc degree cannot begin to practice veterinary medicine until they have received their license. To be licensed in the United States, one must receive a passing grade on a national board examination, the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam.


An alternative to becoming a licensed veterinarian is becoming a veterinary technician. Veterinary technicians are essentially veterinary nurses, and are legally qualified to assist veterinarians in many medical procedures. Veterinary assistants are not licensed by most states, but can be well-trained through programs offered in a variety of technical schools. Many veterinary technicians are trained on the job by directly assisting the veterinarians.


Most vets like their work since they can be with animals every day. But they have to be careful because when some animals are scared or hurt they may try to bite, kick, or scratch their vets. In the early history of veterinary medicine, most veterinarians were males. However, in the 1990s this ratio reached parity, and now it has been reversed. Today, approximately 80% of veterinary students are female.


Well-known depictions of a veterinarian at work can be found in James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small which was made into a BBC series. In addition, Doctor Dolittle is a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting, one of which was turned into a 1967 movie. The movie was remade in 1998 with Eddie Murphy as Dr. Dolittle. The cable network Animal Planet has frequently featured veterinarians. Two notable shows are Emergency Vets and E-Vet Interns, both set at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colorado, one of the world's leading veterinary hospitals.


Related Occupations:
Animal care and service workers
Pet store clerk
Veterinary technician
Wildlife biologist




HOMESCHOOLING RESEARCH PROJECT: A Study of Youth Electronic Media Use and Parental Monitoring


Dear Parents,


My name is Heather Giles-Woerner. I am a graduate student in developmental psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I would like to ask you and your family to participate in a research study about your child's electronic media use and other social interactions. The questionnaires are delivered online through the Qualtrics survey system. All of the information gathered is anonymous. We are asking both parents (mothers and fathers) to fill out questionnaires about the oldest home schooled child in your family between the ages of 9 and 17 years old regarding electronic communication and monitoring of different activities. The oldest child that is chosen by the parents will also complete questionnaires.


In recent years, the problems of electronic aggression and electronic victimization have received attention from parents, educators, and researchers. We are interested in furthering our understanding of this growing problem by collecting information about the extent to which youth are participating in various online and cellular activities. This study is looking specifically at the homeschool populations with regard to electronic media use and parental monitoring. There is a theory that electronic aggression and electronic victimization are an extension of aggression and victimization that starts in school but then continues outside of school through electronic mediums. Since homeschooled youth do not attend public or private schools but do have outside contact with peers, this study is looking at the rates of electronic media use, electronic aggression, and electronic victimization within the homeschool population. Currently there is a lack of information available on these processes within the home school community.


Your child will be asked questions about their use of the Internet, social networking sites such as My Space and Facebook, e-mail and texting of friends. Also, because we are interested in how these activities relate to youth peer interactions during face to face contact, there will also be questions such as "Some people try to keep certain people from hanging out with friends. How often do you do this?  Some people try to cheer up friends who feel upset or sad. How often do you do this?" Questions regarding parental monitoring, "During the past month, how often have you started a conversation with your child about his or her free time?" and questions about your child's disclosure of information, "When your child has been out at night, does your child tell you what he or she has done that evening?" are also asked. We believe the information gathered in this project will provide important information to researchers about the incidence and harm of these activities.  


The parent forms should take about 15 minutes to complete. The youth forms will take longer, about 40 minutes depending on reading ability and ability to focus attention. The questionnaires are all online, so there is no contact with any of the research personnel. Please keep in mind that your identity will not be known and will not be a reflection on you or your child. None of your or your child's personal information will be gathered during this project. An eight (8) character code is generated so that information between parents and youth can be matched during the analysis portion. The information will be reported in aggregate form (boys vs. girls, mothers vs. fathers). We will be happy to provide you with a general report of the study findings if you are interested. Please e-mail Heather at hgileswoerner@unomaha.edu. You will be put on the e-mail list to be sent the findings.


For more information and to complete the study, please go to the study website at https://unopsychology.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cOpxsS0Umayvpcg . This link is just for the parents. The child link is available for you to give to your child after you have decided if the child should participate. If you have any questions regarding the study, please feel free to e-mail me at hgileswoerner@unomaha.edu.


Thanks in advance for your willingness and time to consider this study.


Heather Giles-Woerner, BA, MHR

Graduate student in Developmental Psychology


Testimonial from Jack Donnelly, Director of the Omaha Homeschool Learning Center: "If you are like me, you never do online surveys because who has the time? On the other hand, I rely on the results of research like this to confirm that homeschooling is valid. Until I talked to my former colleague, Heather Giles-Woerner, I did not realize that the data that comes from the HSLDA is rarely used by those outside of the homeschooling community because much of it comes from Brian Ray, who is a homeschooler himself. Also, Ray does not publish his findings in customary educational periodicals; indeed, since other researchers have to pay to access his articles (unlike other published material), most, if not all of it, goes unread by those working in the field. So here's a chance to move some research out into mainstream articles. If you have the time, Heather would appreciate your input."


P.S. from Homeschooling Teen: Heather Giles-Woerner has a BA in psychology, a master's degree in counseling, and is currently finishing up a master's degree in developmental psychology and working toward a doctorate. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metropolitan Community College. She enjoys learning new things and reading the latest research especially in the area of neuroscience. Her passions are gardening, canning, cooking, and decorating cakes when she has the time. Heather also has three children that keep her very busy outside of school.







August 2011


Welcome... Homeschooling Teen is a free e-zine for homeschooled high schoolers and young adult alumni. Published once a month, much of the content is written by our subscribers, and there are many opportunities for readers to participate - whether it's writing book or movie reviews, sending in original short stories and poems, or submitting other articles of interest. Additionally, in each issue we feature a profile of a Homeschooling Teen and a Homeschool Friendly College. Write to us at mail@homeschoolingteen.com 




Be Somebody...Be Yourself 

Homeschooling Teen Profile: Peter Olsen

 Peter Olsen


Peter Olsen, one of our regular Homeschooling Teen contributors, graduated on May 13 from Paradise Valley Community College with Highest Distinction as a member of the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa. Peter received both an Associate in Arts degree and a certificate in Web Design. He's also enrolled at Mesa Community College where he has one more semester to go before completing his Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Game Design. Peter entered PVCC as a full-time student and Presidents' Scholar in January 2009. The Presidents' Scholarship is full tuition waiver for up to four consecutive fall and spring semesters, awarded to high-achieving high school seniors.


Throughout high school, Peter was active in service learning and volunteer projects. He earned the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award in 2005 and the President's Volunteer Service Bronze Award in 2006 and 2007. Peter was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and Eta Sigma Alpha National Homeschool Honor Society, Epsilon Delta Chapter. While in high school, he also worked as a packaging assistant at PC NetwoRx, a nutritional supplement business owned by a local homeschool family. Since graduating from high school in May 2008, Peter has served as an Audio-Visual Technician at Desert View Bible Church. Peter grew up in a unique homeschool environment, as described in the following autobiographical sketch.


About Me, by Peter Olsen


Before attending college, I was homeschooled my whole life. We used an eclectic assortment of materials from traditional textbooks and educational software to science kits and DVDs. Our family's library of over 5,000 books was a treasure trove of knowledge at my fingertips. Much of my learning took place during activities in which I worked independently and which allowed for flexibility. For example, in kindergarten I'd spend hours playing my favorite computer game, Logical Journey of the Zoombinis. But with educational freedom came the responsibility for getting my own work done. By the end of my junior year in high school I was determined to finish calculus so I completed eighteen chapters in one week, receiving A's and B's. The home learning environment was ideally suited to self-discipline as well as constructive creativity.


My growing up years were enriched with many family adventures. Packed with education as well as fun, each experience opened my eyes to different cultures and environments. Memorable images continue to fuel my imagination - building sand castles on the beach, hiking up volcanic cinder cones, walking among ancient Indian ruins, discovering ghost towns, participating in historical re-enactments, and driving on dusty dirt roads through the desert. I climbed the highest mountain in Arizona as well as a 14,000 foot peak in the Colorado Rockies. These wide-ranging learning situations helped to broaden my horizons both literally and figuratively. This taught me that a real education is more than book learning - it also includes exploration.


Although science was my best school subject, throughout childhood I wanted to be an architect. I developed strong conceptual and visual design skills through hobbies that consisted of drawing maps and floor plans, playing SimCity, putting together 3-D puzzles of famous buildings, and building LEGO structures. These pastimes allowed me to experiment with a variety of simulated landscapes and layouts. Then in my early teens I began creating new levels and cinematics for a computer game called Chex Quest. That's when I decided to become a game designer instead of a building designer. At the same time, I applied my analytical and problem solving skills when I built my own computer and three more computers for other family members.


While my aptitude for math and physics shows that I possess a high level of critical thinking skills, being creative is my real passion. A combination of logical and creative abilities is ideal for programming interactive multimedia, as in my college majors of Web Design and Game Technology. By taking general studies courses I was able to delve more deeply into geography, another interest of mine. Although most of my classes were held on campus, recently I've had the opportunity to take some online courses. One was a communications class in which we created PowerPoint and video presentations, then uploaded them to YouTube. In a presentation titled "Computer Games: Enhancing Education," I made a persuasive argument for the educational value of computer games.


From a little boy playing with LEGOs... to a teen making computer game mods... to a college student majoring in web and game design - the skills I've developed throughout my life have prepared me for a future in any field that uses innovative multimedia content. My varied interests in this area are reflected in a blog that I maintain for discussing anime, webcomics, games, machinima, Vocaloid music, and random topics from the world of computers and entertainment. Although my ultimate goal is to design computer games, I am competent in varied forms of interactive media. I believe that to attain success one must not only be skilled, but also versatile and able to meet any challenges. I'm confident that I have what it takes to succeed: creativity, technical proficiency, and determination. My aim is to create imaginative games and dynamic environments for fun and learning!


http://portfolio.xboltz.net - Peter's portfolio website

http://blog.xboltz.net - Peter's blog

http://www.xboltz.net - Peter's personal website



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Stepping Stones, by Michaela Popielski




Stepping Stones



Hi everyone. My name is Michaela, I'm 17 and I had this idea to start a monthly devotional because reading The Bible is so important to our spiritual lives such as fruit, veggies and meat are needed for our physical bodies. Well I've been wanting to start this devotional for a while and I think its time I started. I've decided to call it 'Stepping Stones' since God wants us to be stepping stones and not stumbling blocks for other people. This devotional is for August and I think the theme should be on prayer and peace. How many of you struggle with consistent and sincere praying? I know I do. If you don't then that's awesome. Before I totally sold out to Christ I wasn't that much into prayer. I mean I prayed just to get by and to avoid going to Hell. Even though I was practically born in church and had given my life to Christ and I've been going since I could remember it all seemed routine to me. Get up, do chores, eat breakfast etc. and go to church. I loved it as a kid but I didn't understand what they were really talking about. I mean when you're three, four, five, six you think 'church is where Jesus is'. Which he is but there's so much more to it And it didn't click till I was a sophomore in high school. Long time right? Well that's how most if not all of us think of it. 'I'll pray to stay on Gods good side' or 'Dear Lord' and you fall asleep mid - prayer. I've done both and I regret it. But that's how we are: sinners, human and any other terms you can think of. (Within reason of course.) Well thanks to Google and some thought and prayer I've compiled a collection of bible verses all about prayer. Please don't think I cheated on finding verses or anything but I lost my bible and my memory hasn't been that good. Anyway I hope you enjoy this collection of verses. Also a tip: if you have trouble focusing or paying attention if you want play worship music. It helps and keeps you focused on the verses and what they are saying. So without further adieu here are the verses.




P.S. I kept it light this time so with the end of summer plans and back to school shopping you'll still get your bible in without stress. Maybe you could pray for less stress.


Aug. 1. Proverbs 21:13. Psalm 46:10.


Aug. 2. Matthew 6:6. Matthew 7:7-11.


Aug. 3. Matthew 18:19-20. Matthew 21:22.


Aug. 4. Mark 10:27. Mark 11:24.


Aug. 5. Luke 22:40. Luke 11:9-10.


Aug. 6. John 14:13. John 15:7.


Aug. 7. John 16:23. Ephesians 3:20-21.


Aug. 8. Philippians 4:6-7. Philippians 4:19.


Aug. 9. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. 1Timothy 2:1-4.


Aug. 10. Hebrews 4:16. James 1:5-6.


Aug. 11. James 4:2. James 5:16.


Aug. 12. 1 John 3:21-22. 1 John 5:14-15.


Aug. 13. James 4:3. Ephesians 6:18.


Aug. 14. 1 John 1:9. Matthew 6:5-8.


Aug. 15. Luke 18:9-14. Mark 11:22-25.


Aug. 16. 1 Chronicles 16:11. 2 Chronicles 7:14. 2 Chronicles 7:14-15.


Aug. 17. Psalm 4:1. Psalm 5:3. Psalm 17:1.


Aug. 18. Psalm 25:1 Psalm 37:7. Psalm 50:15.


Aug. 19. Psalm 55:17. Psalm 55:17. Psalms 145:18.


Aug. 20. Proverbs 15:8. Proverbs 15:29. Isaiah 55:6.


Aug. 21. Matt 5:43-44. Matthew 6:5-12. Matthew 7:7-8.


Aug. 22. Luke 6:12. Luke 11:1-13. Mark 11:17.


Aug. 23. Mark 9:28-29. Luke 18:1-10. John 14:13-14.


Aug. 24. Luke 18:1. Romans 8:26. 1 Corinthians 14:15 Colossians 4:2.


Aug. 25. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Hebrews 4:16. 1Timothy 2:8. 1 John 5:14-15.


Aug. 26. Revelations 5:8. 1 Peter 3:7. Ephesians 6:18-19.


Aug. 27. Psalm 95:2. Romans 15:30. 2 Corinthians 1:11.


Aug. 28. Jonah 2:7. Psalm 42:8. Jude 1:20.


Aug. 29. Luke 21:35-36. Luke 22:46. Matthew 26:41.


Aug. 30. Romans 12:12. Psalm 18:6. James 5:14-15. Luke 2:36-37.


Aug. 31. James 5:16a. Matthew 17:21. Luke 18:1-8. Luke 11:5-13.


Editor's Note: Visit www.HomeschoolingTeen.com on the first of each month for Michaela's Stepping Stones Devotionals. Then you can get started on them right away without having to wait for the magazine to come out!




How Combining High School & College Will Pave the Way for Success in College and Life Beyond

Kelly Negvesky 


Speaker: Kelly Negvesky

Webinar date: 8/18/11

Start time: 8pm EDT; 7pm CDT; 5pm PDT


You are encouraged to REGISTER NOW for this webinar at http://www.collegeplus.org/leadershipwebinar as space is limited and will fill up fast. After you register, you will receive the webinar participation instructions in your email.


Kelly Negvesky, Curriculum Specialist & Dual Credit Consultant, will lead this webinar on combining high school and college to save thousands of dollars in tuition fees. Kelly is the author of The Official Homeschooler's Guide to Dual Credit (available for free at http://www.collegeplus.org/prep/ebook). In 2007 she received her BA in Humanities through distance learning in only 12 months by earning72 credit hours with CLEP and DANTES tests. Kelly will discuss the "how to's" of dual credit - from high school transcripts to the methods of acquiring credit. In 60 minutes Kelly will help you become an expert in dual credit, and give you the tools and information you need to make the right dual credit decision.


This webinar is one of five seminars in the Christian Leadership Series sponsored and hosted by CollegePlus! CollegePlus! is a mentoring program that helps homeschoolers get credit for college classes by examination. Homeschool students as young as age 13 can start earning dual credit, thus slashing both cost and time investment. CollegePlus! creates a customized accredited degree program designed around the student's specific needs, personality, and life purpose.


Homeschoolers are known for thinking outside the box and making choices that differ from the status quo. Many will become leaders who possess the ability to influence others and positively impact the culture. Kelly Negvesky recently took the time to answer some questions about leadership for our Homeschooling Teen readers.


Interview with Kelly Negvesky


HST: How do you define the difference between a leader and an influencer?


KELLY: A leader goes first, ahead of the rest. This does not mean the leader influenced anyone with his direction. He just pointed a direction. When someone is influenced they are moved to take a difference stance, they know why they are heading in this new direction and have plans to imprint themselves morally with the change.


HST: What are some of the character qualities that make up a great leader? A powerful influencer?


KELLY: Great leaders are led by the Lord. They have never arrived. A great leader will say really hard things and then share how they fell in their achievement of those hard things. Great leaders assume the best in those around them but never, ever settle for anything but the best in others or themselves.


HST: Who influenced you as a child?


KELLY: My parents have a deep, impacting influence on my life and the choices I make. I had a strong relationship with all the Pastors in our home church. Each taught me valuable lessons from the pulpit and from the way they lived their daily lives. There are several authors that left deep imprints setting the stage for a different way to live my life. They pulled back the curtains on the multi-generation sin in my life and influenced lifelong changes that have led to great blessing. These are Larry Crabb, James Dobson, Bill Gothard and C.S. Lewis.


HST: Who influences you now?


KELLY: There are the well-known leaders in the Christian community and my thoughts are affected by their insight, but it is the Holy Spirit that has guided and directed me faithfully through my life.


HST: Who do you think are the major influencers within the homeschool community?


KELLY: Since the homeschool community is who the parent chooses to bring into the home this varies. In the Negvesky home we follow a very classical approach so we are heavily influenced by the authors of Memoria Press, Vision Forum and Veritas Press. We read history written by the history makers, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and we aren't afraid to read from differing perspectives to either widen our horizon or solidify our current stand. I love reading articles from World Magazine and then grabbing an issue of Time to read the differing slant.


HST: When should a child make the transition from leader to influencer?


KELLY: Each child matures differently, but in our home we have set an expectation of 13. Our heart is to train them to lead and at the age of 13 create opportunities to step outside the realm to influence their world. We plan strategic opportunities to set them up for success. Sometimes they fall and we bring them home, discuss what happened and set up the next opportunity for success.



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Homeschool Friendly Colleges


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Paradise Valley Community College


Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is a two-year college in Phoenix, Arizona.

It's one of ten colleges, two skill centers, and multiple satellite locations which comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. The district was established in 1962 with a single college and has since grown to become the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state of Arizona - and the largest community college district in the U.S. in terms of enrollment.The district's colleges and centers offer comprehensive professional, occupational, special interest, and continuing education curricula as well as innovative, award-winning programs that have been replicated at other community colleges across the nation.


Despite its name, PVCC is located in Northeast Phoenix some distance from the actual town of Paradise Valley. PVCC was originally founded in 1985 with classes temporarily held at Paradise Valley High School. The school district gave the college its present name, and construction of the campus began in 1986. PVCC operated as an extension of Scottsdale Community College until it gained independent accreditation in 1990. PVCC is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The college mascot is the puma, and the school colors are sand and turquoise.


PVCC has expanded in both campus size and enrollment along with the development of the north Phoenix area. The main campus is nestled in a quiet neighborhood, easily accessible from both SR51 and Loop 101. A branch campus, PVCC at Black Mountain, opened in August 2009. PVCC serves over 9,000 students enrolled in degree programs, along with more than 4,500 residents taking advantage of continuing education opportunities. However, students won't get lost in the crowd because PVCC has small class sizes with a low teacher-to-student ratio (average class size is 26).


From traditional college physics to the cutting-edge course Introduction to Programming iPhone Applications, PVCC has it all! With 64 degree and certificate programs, you will be sure to find the path that's right for you whether you want a broad general education, a solid academic foundation that will transfer to the state universities, if you want to enter an occupation immediately upon graduating, if you are seeking career advancement or professional development through a certificate program, or if you are simply looking for personal intellectual enrichment.


Students can learn a skill to begin a new career or complement an existing one by completing one or more certificate programs in areas such as: EMT, Fire Science, Early Childhood Education, Journalism, International Business, Microsoft Technology, Music Business, Nurse Assisting, Practical Nursing, Personal Trainer, Programming & System Analysis, Organizational Management, Retail Management, Small Business, Sound Design, Technical Theatre, and Web Design.


Associate Degree programs include: Associate in Arts (AA); Associate in Fine Arts (AAFA); Associate in Elementary Education (AAEE); Associate in Business (ABUS); Associate in General Studies (AGS); and Associate in Science (AS). PVCC also offers 21 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees which are two-year occupational degrees requiring 60-64 credits.


The Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) is another available program of study. This curriculum does not result in a degree, but helps students fulfill 35 semester hours of lower-division general education requirements before transferring to a four-year college in Arizona. Students who complete the AGEC core curriculum at PVCC are guaranteed admission to all three Arizona state universities with a smooth transfer of lower division credits. Differing tracks are tailored to students looking to pursue degrees in the liberal arts (AGEC-A), business (AGEC-B), or math and science (AGEC-S).


The Associate in Transfer Partnership (ATP) degree was developed specifically for students who have an identified major and have selected the baccalaureate degree-granting institution to which they intend to transfer. The lower division course degree requirements of the major are jointly planned and agreed on by the community college and the institution to which the student plans to transfer.


Alternatively, through an agreement between the Maricopa Community Colleges and Northern Arizona University (NAU), you can continue your education toward a bachelor's degree after completing your associate's degree - while still attending the community college! The 90/30 program allows you to transfer up to 90 college credits from the community college toward a B.A. or B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS). This allows you to save on the overall cost of your bachelor's degree by paying the lower community college tuition rates. Then you will need only 30 hours of credit from NAU to complete the bachelor's degree requirements.


PVCC has a highly qualified faculty dedicated to teaching and student achievement. As of 2009, the campus had 117 full-time residential faculty and 444 adjunct faculty, most of whom have advanced degrees in their field of expertise. Even the fitness instructors have bachelor's or master's degrees in exercise science, and the individualized attention they provide is like having your own personal trainer at no extra charge. PVCC is dedicated to helping students reach their goals in every way.


The student body at PVCC comprises about 55% women and 45% men. The percentage of students aged 19 and under (including dual enrollment high school students) is over 34%, while almost 16% of the student body is age 40 or over. Daytime enrollment is approximately 68% of the total, while night enrollment is strong as well.


Despite being a commuter college (parking is free, and there is a bus stop on campus), PVCC offers many ways for students to get involved in college life - including over 32 student clubs and organizations, Student Leadership Council, Peak Leadership Institute, Honors Program, Service Learning (volunteerism), sports, arts and cultural events. Opportunities are numerous for study groups, peer tutoring, faculty interaction, integration of assignments, group projects, and development of teambuilding skills.


PVCC athletic facilities include a state-of-the-art indoor fitness center, outdoor sports fields, tennis and handball courts. The eastern edge of the campus borders the Paradise Valley Golf Course, operated by Maricopa County. PVCC is affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association. The women's cross-country team has won the national championship many times since their first in 1997, and the men's team has carried two national titles.


The PVCC Center for Performing Arts, opened in 2005, contains stage facilities for drama and music performances. A 12-foot-high colorful horse sculpture titled "Gateway to a Life-long Journey of Learning" stands outside the building. The Center for Performing Arts Gallery also hosts several art exhibits annually including shows by faculty and students. Various art collections, including over 600 Western-themed pieces donated by faculty-emeritus Dr. Warren Buxton, and a set of life-size figures of Chinese warriors and horses like those discovered in 1974 near Xi'an, China, are on display in the Learning Resources Complex (LRC). The LRC contains the college library, computer labs, and tutoring center.


Stretching across the PVCC campus is a Scale Model Solar System, a detailed true scale model at 1:15,000,000,000 (1 to 15 billion). This means that every step you take in the model is equal to 15 billion steps in the actual solar system. The model solar system is set in a straight line spanning the length of four football fields (about a quarter of a mile), beginning with the Sun at the northwest corner of the J-Building and ending with Pluto near the south entrance of the Center for Performing Arts. When you stand at the Earth station and look at the Sun sphere, it will appear exactly the same size as the Sun does in the sky. There are fourteen learning stations along the way - two informational, one of the Sun, nine for each of the planets, and two for the two asteroid belts. In addition, there is a Telescope Dome on campus for astronomy events and star parties.


A new building for the study of life sciences at PVCC includes seven classrooms, six biology labs, and two anatomy/physiology labs (one of which is a cadaver lab), plus lab support spaces and administrative offices. The Life Science Building's masonry and copper architectural design is a tangible symbol of its commitment to collaborative learning in the context of sustainable desert architecture. The xeriscape landscaping around the building relies only on natural rainfall for irrigation, and the sloping roof is equipped to collect rainwater. The roof has a white coating to reduce solar gain, and all of the labs and classrooms make use of daylighting to reduce energy usage. A large terrace provides a shaded outdoor gathering place divided into informal meeting spaces complete with tables, chairs, chalkboards, and ceiling fans.


In 2010, PVCC celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated Q building, now home to the Math and Continuing Education departments as well as the Center for Teaching and Learning, which focuses on expanding and improving instruction to support learning and student success.


Personal or group walking tours of campus are available year-round. All tours are led by PVCC Ambassadors, a group of volunteer students. The walking tour includes visits to academic buildings, student services areas, the student union, and other attractions. Make sure to ask your guide what it's like to study at PVCC. Guided walking tours last approximately 35-40 minutes and it is highly recommend that you call in advance to confirm that there will be someone available to give you a tour. For more information, see: http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/orientation/walk.html. You can also take a campus virtual tour here: http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/tour/index.html. For more information about PVCC, visit the college website: http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu.



A Homeschooler's Guide to Paradise Valley Community College

By Peter Olsen, Class of 2011 




If you've been homeschooled all your life and have never set foot in a classroom, it can be a little intimidating going to college for the first time. For this reason I think a community college is a good place to start, because it's not such an abrupt change as going off to a university. The admission process is easier, and you also get a lot more value for your money at the community college. Tuition for a full-time student at PVCC is only one-third the cost of attending similar classes at a state university, and most of the core community college courses are fully transferrable. Now that I've completed two years at PVCC, I can tell you all about it so you won't have to wonder what it's like. Other community colleges are probably very similar.


If you are new to PVCC, you will be required to complete the Student Information Form. This application simply asks for standard information such as name, address, phone, birthdate, social security number, driver's license number, residency status, and high school status (high school diploma, GED, currently enrolled, home taught, no diploma/GED). ACT or SAT scores are not necessary for admission to the community college, which is another plus if you've never gotten around to taking those tests. I was 18 years old at the time of admission, but they won't deny anyone younger than that from enrolling as long as the student gets a satisfactory score on the college entrance exam, thus demonstrating the ability to do college level work.


All students taking their first college-level English, reading, or mathematics course must complete a placement test at the campus testing center before they can register for classes. This is a computerized assessment test that helps admissions personnel evaluate incoming students in reading, writing, and math skills. There are no passing or failing grades; the test results are only utilized to determine your current skill level in the areas tested so that you can be placed in the appropriate class. You may also qualify for a scholarship and/or enrollment in the Honors Program based on your scores. Several homeschoolers have received the Presidents' Scholarship as a result of their high placement test scores.


If you enroll at PVCC within one year after graduating from high school, there are two ways to be eligible for the Presidents' Scholarship: (1) Graduate from an accredited high school and rank in the top 15% of your class; OR (2) Eligibility via ASSET, COMPASS, or ACCUPLACER placement test by placing in Honors English and MAT 120 or higher. (When I took the test, the required minimum COMPASS scores were: English 97, Reading 91, Intermediate Algebra 41, and College Algebra 23.) The Presidents' Scholarship provides full-time tuition (a dollar amount equal to 15 credit hours) for up to four consecutive fall and spring semesters, and automatically qualifies you for the Honors Program. 


A variety of financial aid resources are available to all students from federal, state, college, and private funding sources including scholarships, grants, loans, and even an online tuition payment plan. Although financial aid is available throughout the year, students who apply early have the best chance of receiving funding. To begin the process, simply complete a "Free Application for Federal Financial Aid" (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov . Students can see if they qualify for any other scholarships based on need, merit, or area of interest. Deadlines vary, but most occur during December and March for the following academic year. In addition, Project Ayuda helps students earn money for college through a local AmeriCorps program.


Registering for classes is easily done in person, online, by phone, fax, or mail. However, you may want to meet with an academic advisor to help you select the classes that will fulfill your academic goals - especially if you plan to transfer to a university - or you can meet with a career counselor if you are uncertain about what to study. If you should ever want your parents to be able to contact the college on your behalf, you can submit a Student Information Release Authorization which will allow them to access your records. This can be helpful when dealing with the financial aid office, for example.


First-time college students are required to take a one-credit College Success class, which serves as a starting point to improve study skills and ensure college preparedness. In addition, PVCC's "iStart Smart" program brings a unique approach to college orientation, course placement, and academic success. The First Year Experience (FYE) program groups first-time college students in cohorts for their first semester. They take a few classes together in addition to participating in social events and activities, providing an integrated experience for new students. If you can, try to get involved in other aspects of college life besides just attending classes. The overall enjoyment of your college experience will increase in direct relation to your involvement on campus, both inside and outside the classroom.


If you qualify for the Honors Program, you should definitely consider taking advantage of the opportunity. The Honors Program challenges students with small classes (about 10 students) in which active participation is expected. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach where connections are made across academic disciplines. The Honors Program at PVCC also provides special opportunities for cultural enrichment, educational enjoyment, and personal growth through exclusive social functions, guest speakers, educational travel, free Phoenix Symphony tickets, retreats and conferences.


The faculty and staff in the Honors Department at PVCC are all friendly and eager to help, but the scholarship committee was rather strict in regard to a high school transcript. I can tell you from personal experience that it's best to have someone other than your parents sign your homeschool transcript, thereby avoiding any potential hassle. Ask your support group leader, or perhaps a teacher or tutor who can vouch for you. (They didn't seem to care who signed it, as long as it wasn't the parents!)


To graduate from the Honors Program with an honors designation on your diploma and college transcript, you must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and complete 15 credit hours of honors classes including HUM190. (This Honors Forum course involves a lot of writing and supplemental reading as well as service learning work, so try not to take it at the same time as another course requiring a similar amount of effort.) There are a variety of designated honors courses to choose from, or with an instructor's permission you can turn any class into an honors course by completing an honors project in addition to the regular course requirements.


Among the many fine instructors you will find at PVCC is Dr. John Douglass, a geography professor and one of the nation's leading experts on the geology of the Grand Canyon. Another geography professor, Dr. Lew Deitch, greatly enriched my knowledge of Southwest landscapes, cultures, and places. His lectures were always interesting and informative. Dr. Jon Storslee, with whom I was able to take a web design class every semester, is a fun instructor who likes to joke with his students. These were just a few of my favorite professors.


I'll never forget my first experience at PVCC. My parents and I were walking around campus on our own self-tour to see where my classrooms were located. It was winter break and classes hadn't started yet. The door to one of the buildings was locked but we were peeking in the window. An older gentleman was standing off to one side smoking a cigarette. He asked if we needed any help, and when we explained what we were doing, he offered to show us around. Leading the way, he told us that he was an economics professor. In the course of conversation, he asked what high school I had graduated from. When I said that I'd been homeschooled, he stopped abruptly, turned to face me, and shaking his finger at my parents exclaimed, "You be sure to thank these people! They have done a great service for you."


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The World Around Us, by Evangeline


It recently occurred to me that the majority of news in the papers isn't good at all. Most times, it is depressing. As someone who reads the British and Malaysian news online everyday, I don't know why it has taken me so long to realize this.


In the local Malaysian news, there are reports of corruption and all the evil the government is committing; in the international news, there are the articles on the shooting in Norway and the debt crisis in the United States; in the sports news, bribery scandals are seemingly endless; in the entertainment news, yet another celebrity has gotten a divorce.


Yet, millions of people worldwide enjoy reading the newspapers. If you read the news regularly, email me at writer.chicka@gmail.com and tell me why. I would love to hear from you!


Evangeline is a 17-year old homeschooler from Malaysia. She likes reading, writing, editing Wikipedia, listening to music and surfing the net. She is always on the lookout for new posts for her blog: http://sugarpeach.wordpress.com





Anime Reviews by Xbolt


A Summer Day's Dream


A Summer Day's Dream 


I've saved the best (or at least, the most important to me personally) for last. This week is the crown jewel of this season of Xbolt's Anime Reviews.


A Touhou anime.


Granted, it's not an official anime done by a professional studio, but honestly, who cares? The fans who put this together did a superberiffic job! It's pretty much exactly how I imagined a Touhou anime would look. Seriously.


But while the animation may not have been done by a professional company, they somehow managed to hire big-name seiyuu (voice actresses) for it. (Where they got the money for it, I'll never know.) I was amused to see that...


The narrator is played by Sanae Furukawa, and Reimu by Nagisa. Suika is played by Yui Hirasawa. Marisa is played by Shinku, and Sakuya by Koyomi Mizuhara. I haven't watched any shows with Aya, Remilia, or Patchouli in them, but I've heard of some of them. (Aya is credited in Clannad as "Female student (ep 6)". So I suppose technically, I have seen her in a show before. Technically.)


Well. Now that my glowing fanboyism was allowed to speak out, here are all the little details that I feel could have been better: I was disappointed to see that neither Flandre nor Cirno was in it. (Cirno did make a brief "appearance", but that doesn't count. Flan was mentioned, but not seen.) But Suika was there, so that's ok.


Remilia's voice sounds different than what I'd imagined, though the others are really good. I'd have given her a more sultry-sounding voice as opposed to a high pitch. But that's just my opinion on how it should be; obviously other people will interpret the character differently.


The last thing that I would have liked to see, is some danmaku action. The fight between Patchy and Reimu was great, but danmakus are what it's all about! (Danmaku literally means bullet curtain, an attack move involving channeling energy into large amounts of weaker bullets, as opposed to the large single attacks Reimu and Patchy did here.)


But despite these niggles, I really liked this production, and can't wait to see the rest. (It's only one episode long. For the moment. They're still working on episode 2.) And I want to find out who the culprit is behind Gensokyo's newest incident. I have several people on my "Persons of Interest" list, but that's only based on my external knowledge of those characters. It could still be someone else entirely.


Have about 20 minutes to spare? You can view A Summer Day's Dream right here: http://blog.xboltz.net/2010/02/a-summer-days-dream/ 


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Betrothal Project:seeking families considering Father-Directed Biblical Betrothal or Courtship

Hello! My name is Dan Kolen, and I work for a production company called Kinetic Content. We are a fairly new company (have been around for less than a year), and we are working on several documentaries and docu-series for film and television.


Right now I am in the process of researching Biblical, Parental Directed Betrothal. It is in the hope of doing an unbiased, informative documentary series where we follow families (up to 4 different families) who are going through a Betrothal. I am specifically reaching out to the home school community as I proceed with the project. 


We are hoping to create a documentary series showcasing Biblical Betrothal as an alternative to today's mainstream dating and marriage trends. Ideally, we would like to film each family during the most important betrothal steps along the way. We wouldn't 

be filming every single day, just the important moments that highlight the steps of the Biblical Betrothal process.


I would also like to mention that in return for allowing us to be part of these occasions, each couple we film with will receive $1,500 for each part that they are in. We are hoping to break the documentary into an 8 part documentary series. Ideally, we would love to have them featured in each of the 8 parts which could lead to a total of $12,000 appearance fee, or we will gladly donate that fee to a charity of their choice. Based on the personal nature of the story, we hope to provide a monetary thank you to those who end up helping us. We are also offering a $500 finder's fee to anyone who can direct us to a family that ends up participating.

We are hoping to find either a respected television network to air it on or submit it to film festivals for independent distribution, but at that this point I'm still doing research, and I am hoping to be put in touch with families who are taking part in the Betrothal process.


Visit http://transfer.kineticcontent.com/Betrothed%20HTML/main.html for a sample 3 minutes from what we shot with a family in Georgia for your reference to give you an idea about how we are approaching the topic.


Dan Kolen 

o. 310.382.1513

c. 319.541.5873





Attention: Arizona College Students!


The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) currently has openings for fall semester interns. CAP's Legislative Intern Program provides students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in nonprofit government relations and participate in the daily operations of a policy organization. Interns will become familiar with the intricacies of the Arizona legislative process and the philosophy behind and methodology of implementing pro-family public policies by working side-by-side with CAP's policy staff.


The program is open to college undergraduates and graduate students. Interns must agree with CAP's Statement of Faith, have a basic understanding of the legislative process, computer competency, and strong written, oral, and research skills. Fall interns are heavily involved in Voter Guide projects, legislative and policy research, and church relations projects. If you are interested in applying, send a résumé, two letters of recommendation, a college transcript, and two essays by mail or email to:


Legislative Internship Program

Center for Arizona Policy

P.O. Box 97250

Phoenix, AZ 85060



The essays should be typed and no longer than 500 words. In the first essay, explain your interest in working for Center for Arizona Policy and how this internship relates to your future goals. In the second essay, describe your spiritual pilgrimage, including your relationship with God and how this relationship affects your personal life and future goals.


For more information about the internship program, see: http://blog.azpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2011CAPInternship.pdf . To learn more about CAP, visit: http://www.azpolicy.org 


Enroll NOW for Concurrent Enrollment at Arizona Christian University        




High school students seeking university level courses taught from a Christian worldview can now take classes at ACU. Through our concurrent enrollment grant, tuition is greatly reduced for up to 7 credit hours per semester. All credits from ACU, a regionally accredited university, can be transferred into any college or university toward degree or certification programs. Imagine finishing school in less time at a lower cost!


Application - Interested students should submit a Non-degree Seeking Application and provide one of the following sources to demonstrate academic ability prior to enrolling: Sanford 10, Compass or Accuplacer test results. In addition to academic readiness for university level work, students should also possess the requisite maturity appropriate for the subject matter in question.


A Biblical Worldview - Arizona Christian University exists to educate and equip followers of Christ to transform culture with the truth. ACU classes are taught from a biblical worldview and offer students a high quality liberal arts university experience.


Rates and Classes - Classes taken under the concurrent enrollment grant are done so at a cost of only $125/credit hour, a tremendous savings from the standard rate of $636/credit hour. Lab and registration fees are not included.


Questions? Contact Tami Lopez @ 602-386-4109




HSLDA 2011 Poetry Contest Winners


The results of the 2011 Poetry Contest are in! Students were asked to submit poems in the form of a ballad using one of the two titles listed in their age category as inspiration for their poem. The examples did not have to be included in the poem; students were permitted to simply use the title. Judges were delighted with the entries they received- hundreds of poems were submitted in all three categories.


In Category I, students ages 7 to 10 wrote ballads based on Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.


For Category II, students ages 11 to 14 wrote ballads based on Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare and Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry.


Finally, in Category III, students ages 15 to 19 wrote ballads based on War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.


See the list of winners and read the winning poems at: http://www.hslda.org/Contests/Poetry/2011/2011winners.asp 




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