Monday, July 19, 2010

Laurel Springs School Launches Virtual Clubs to Enhance Student Community for Homeschoolers

Laurel Springs School Launches Virtual Clubs to Enhance Student Community for Homeschoolers

Laurel Springs brings its global student population together with special interest clubs.

Ojai, CA (Vocus) September 29, 2009 -–

Laurel Springs School, the accredited, college prep private school offering distance learning programs and teacher services for students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade, launches seventeen virtual clubs for its middle school and high school students.

Because Laurel Springs’ students, who live in all 50 states and 43 countries, have shown they want closer connections with one another, the school has launched a school community project to fulfill their wishes. Middle school and high school students can now join virtual online clubs such as astronomy, book club, creative writing, debate, French, music, technology, and more, to connect with peers who have similar interests. These clubs also provide enriching experiences that are particularly beneficial for college bound students.

"At Laurel Springs, the relationship is the difference. We do everything we can to help our students build strong bonds with their peers, as well as with their teachers and our staff," said Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, founder and Executive Director of Laurel Springs School. Over the past year, the school offered a few clubs in a pilot project to evaluate student participation and viability. They enjoyed such remarkable results with their homeschool students that expanding the program was inevitable. The Creative Writing Club members designed their own magazine, called Visions and Voices; the Debate Club was so engaged, they continued meeting over the summer months; and Music Club members worked together to compose a piece of music.
One of the most unusual clubs Laurel Springs has formed is the Antarctic Expedition Environmental Club for seventh and eighth graders. Club members will learn how to help in being responsible for Earth's ice and water by studying its importance for sustaining life on Earth. They will also learn what it takes to be an explorer in Antarctica and consider the value of freedom by reflecting on how and why people travel. Mosley Gordanier added, "Online clubs are a wonderful way of building our virtual school community, deepening relationships, and giving students the opportunity to work collaboratively. These clubs’ success validates that students can, and do, develop deep relationships in an online environment."

About Laurel Springs School
Laurel Springs School, founded in 1991, is an accredited, college prep private school offering distance learning programs and teacher services for students in grades K-12. Located in Ojai, California, Laurel Springs serves students across the United States and in 43 countries worldwide. Using web-based communication tools, a standards-based curriculum, and personalized instruction, the school offers students a home education experience of the highest quality. Laurel Springs also offers gifted and talented students an alternative to traditional schools and the opportunity to become part of a thriving online community.
Www. laurelsprings. com

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A Wickedly Funny Tale of Political Satire and Delusion

A Wickedly Funny Tale of Political Satire and Delusion

BookSurge proudly announces the publication of Tony Blair: The Wilderness Years by Ian Duncan Smith.

READING, UNITED KINGDOM (PRWEB) August 27, 2005

BookSurge announces the release of Tony Blair: The Wilderness Years by Ian Duncan Smith.

Tony “Bono” Blair is a bit confused. He believes he is the famed British Prime Minister of the same name, deposed after winning a third term. Things begin to look up for Tony when a letter arrives offering a position with McCreedie construction. Thinking he is taking over as CEO of a powerful NASDAQ company, Tony accepts the offer and travels to Scotland, hoping to meet the people, regain their trust, and use his new career as a springboard back into high office.

The new career isnÂ’t all Tony had hoped, and he finds himself building a cement runway at Ardrossan International Airport. Hilarity ensues as TonyÂ’s career in manual labor gets off to a rocky start. But TonyÂ’s strength is his determination. He stumbles upon drums of hazardous chemicals and discovers that they contain additives that weaken the concrete and save McCreedie lots of money. Tony aims to blow the whistle on the weak concrete and be a hero, but his employer has other ideas.

This scathingly funny novel is equal parts political satire and comic thriller, complete with an unforgettable protagonist. Readers are drawn in by SmithÂ’s clean, understated prose as Tony descends into danger and his own delusions. The novel weaves its way through laughter and intrigue, culminating in a harrowing climax on the runway at Ardrossan.

Will Tony be able to blow the whistle in time to avert disaster and earn the trust of his people? Will the distractions of the lovely Connie Delaney prove fatal to his mission? Will his dastardly employers get the upper hand? These questions and more are answered in Ian Duncan SmithÂ’s Tony Blair: The Wilderness Years, a novel that is both wickedly entertaining and culturally relevant.

About the Author

Ian Duncan Smith holds an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to this novel, he has written short stories and award-winning poetry. Before beginning his writing career, he was trained as a civil engineer, and worked with a construction company in Scotland. He wrote Tony Blair: The Wilderness Years partly because he feels there is a lack of relevant political satire in contemporary literature.

For more information or for a free review copy, please contact the author at 0044 118 9586972 outside the UK, or 0118 9586972 within the UK. You can visit him at www. catallus. freeserve. co. uk., or www. tonyblairthewildernessyears. co. uk. Books are available to order at Booksurge. com, Amazon. com, Alibris. com, and Abebooks. com.

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