Tuesday, June 27, 2017

California Connections Academy at Ripon Graduates More Than 100 Seniors

Online Public School Students Celebrate Academic Achievements, Continue to Distinguished Universities
Ripon, Calif. (June 23, 2017) – California Connections Academy at Ripon, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-12, graduated more than 100 high school seniors at a commencement ceremony held at the San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton on Friday, June 23. Kara Mannix, high school principal, Dr. Richard Savage, the school’s executive director, Heath Flora, the assemblyman for District 12, and Shide Dehghani (pictured below), the 2017 valedictorian, delivered inspiring remarks as hundreds of family members, friends, teachers and administrators filled the audience to honor the students’ accomplishments.
“Right before the start of 11th grade, after years and years of going back and forth between Iran and America, my family and I decided that we should stay, and I should continue my education in the States,” said Dehghani. “I chose Connections that summer because I knew that amongst other reasons, I loved independent study.”

Dehghani of Berkeley, will head to the University of California, Berkeley to double major in computer science and mathematics, and salutatorian Jerry Qian of San Jose, will attend the University of Toronto to major in computer science with a strong interest in computer coding. Many students have attended online school to help balance personal interests, including Priscilla Chau who recently won third in senior level at a national figure skating competition in Hong Kong and will pursue journalism at University of California, Los Angeles.
“We are exceptionally proud of our 2017 graduating class,” said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “These graduating seniors pursued a unique learning path, which will continue to distinguish them as innovative self-starters who will excel in our digital and global society.”
Additional students from the 2017 graduating class will go on to pursue higher education at institutions including San Jose State University, John Hopkins University, University of California, Riverside, University of California, Davis, University of Oregon, among others.
Dehghani concluded, “I encourage each of you to go out and explore, be scared, find out who you truly are, get lost, find yourself and in that exploration, you’ll find greatness.”
California Connections Academy @ Ripon, which has been serving students since 2012, provides an innovative and flexible learning environment for more than 1,100 K-12 students in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and Stanislaus counties. Through a combination of state-credentialed teachers and an award-winning curriculum which meets stringent state education standards, the school provides an individualized and top-tier learning program for its students.
Throughout the school year, students have many opportunities to interact with their classmates in-person and prepare for the next stage in their lives. Recently, California Connections Academy organized field trips to various academic institutions, including University of California, Merced, University of California, Berkeley, and California State University, Fresno. In addition to college exploration, California Connections Academy offers a variety of clubs and activities for students, including National Honor Society, sports club, movie club, and robotics club, among others.
Juniors and seniors planning to attend college may adapt their schedules to accommodate exam preparation and applications, as well as take advantage of the school’s diverse course catalog, including expanded AP classes and career technical education offerings. Unique electives include economics, medical terminology and journalism.
To learn more about California Connections Academy @ Ripon and begin enrollment for the 2017-18 school year, please visit CaliforniaConnectionsAcademy.com.

About California Connections Academy @ Ripon
California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in grades K-12, including transitional kindergarten, in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. California Connections Academy is accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school opened in 2012 and is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District. California Connections Academy provides students who meet state residency requirements with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an internet connection with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards.  The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit the school’s website.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Live-streamed Fall classes from Shasta College begin on August 14. Enroll today!

Fall college classes offered in Amador are announced live streamed from Shasta College. Call Amador College Connect at 217-8239 to enroll. Fall semester starts August 14th!

Fall 2017 iTV College Classes in Amador
General Information:
  • Courses are interactive, live-streamed at the ACTC Video Conference Center in Sutter Creek; Students must attend at the designated times.
  • High School juniors and seniors may enroll and are not required to pay the $46 per unit fee.
  • Some classes are “Hybrid” courses meeting once per week with the remaining work done online.
  • **Denotes CSU transferrable units
BUAD 120- Starting a Small Business-The Entrepreneur (1 unit) (F 12:00P-12:50P)
EDUC 001- Introduction to Education and Teaching (3 units) (W 10:30A-11:45A)
HEOC 110- Medical Terminology (3 units) (MW 1:30P-2:45P) Pending Approval: Contact Amador College Connect for status.
HUM 002- Exploring the Humanities (3 units) (MW 12:00P-1:15P) **
HUM 004- Humanities Through the Film (3 units) (TTH 4:30P-5:45P) **
NUTR 025- Nutrition (3 units) (MW 3:00P-4:15P) **
PSYC 001A- General Psychology (3 units) (T 11:30A-12:45P) **
PSYC 015- Social Psychology (3 units) (W 4:30P-5:45P) **
SOC 001- Introduction to Sociology (3 units) (F 9:00A-11:50A) **
THTR 001- Introduction to Theatre Arts (3 units) (TTH 2:00P-3:15P) ** Pending Approval: Contact Amador College Connect for Status

For detailed information including complete course description and prerequisites, please call Amador College Connect at 209-217-8239! If you have questions, or to begin the enrollment process contact Rachelle at 209-217-8239 or info@amadorcollegeconnect.org

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Performance Arts at Amador HS really needs YOUR support!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Amador County Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program

The Amador County Library will be holding its annual Summer Reading Program June 12-July 21. The theme for this Summer Reading program is "Reading by Design". The focus is on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Program highlights include:
  • STORY TIME & PLAY DAYS - Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00
  • HAPPY HOBBIES with TONY BORDERS- June 20th - 2:00
  • 3D PRINTING DEMO (Ages 7 and up) - Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00 - June 27, July 11 & 18
  • LAVENDER MOON HENNA & FACE PAINTING - Thursday, June 29 1:00 - 3:00
  • MAKER FAIR FOR CHLDREN (Ages 7 and up; registration required.)- Saturday, July 15, 10:00 - 2:00
For more information, contact the Amador County Library (530 Sutter Street in Jackson) at 209-223-6400, or visit its website at www.amadorgov.org/departments/library. The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Amador County Library.