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An “A” Gets You Free Admission at Noah’s Ark Waterpark During “A Days” 2017

Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, WI, as the self-proclaimed “America’s largest water park” is a favorite summertime treat for families. Many deals and discounts will help you squeeze more fun into your visit. By far, one of the most popular is Noah’s Ark Waterpark’s “Report Card A Days” which is a reward for excellent behavior, preparation and achievement for students.

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Any “A” or equivalent grade in any subject on a recent 2017 report card will get a student – from Kindergarten through College – in for Free during A Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark.

(More details below.)

For 2017 – Report Card Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells will be June 11th through June 15th, 2017.
 
(Regular Park Hours:10 am to 6:30 pm)

Noah’s Ark Waterpark
1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-6351
Get Directions

The weather forecast
may have ups and downs, but don’t let that scare you away. Sometimes when the skies are cloudy and the temps are cooler, the lines for the rides are shorter!

There’s lots to do at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. More than 25 attractions await you, from the water coaster, Black Anaconda, to drifting down Adventure River or splashing around one of the Kiddie Areas, Noah’s Ark is pure family-fun.

What qualifies for a student’s free admission during A Days?

Any A will do!

Show up on the designated days with an official student report card or transcript.

The document must show at least one A grade or the equivalent of an A grade from the most recent 2017 version that they can obtain.

Homeschoolers need to have a “bona fide” report card or transcript showing a grade equivalent to an A. Many parents have used forms found on websites like Donna Young or forms that they use for their record-keeping. What is important is that the document is real and unaltered; it cannot be copied or transferred to another individual or hand-created by the student.

You are only permitted to attend once on the A Days promotion. The report card acts as the admission ticket, so it is valid for one use only. To prevent multiple uses or device transfer, they need to stamp the actual paper report card or printed screenshot with name. Students get in free when presenting their most recent report card featuring any A in any subject!

You must follow the dress code and other rules of the park. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the park.

Noah’s Ark has over 250 trained and licensed Lifeguards stationed throughout the park to help you have a safe day. They even help you get on rides and provide “splashdown” assistance. Life jackets are available at the wave pools at no charge and are required in the wave pools for those under 48 inches tall.

Parents and relatives will have to pay regular admission in order to enter the park. Admission for the 2017 season is $38.99 Monday through Friday and $41.99 Saturdays and Sundays. admission applies for all guests 48 inches and taller. (There is no discount for those who will not be getting wet.)

Special admission days in 2017 include Grandparents Days (June 10th – 18th) and Fathers Day (June 18th).

Parking has gone up again, and this year will cost you $15 for the day. Or you can get Preferred parking closer to the gate for $20. There are handicap accessible spaces for those with a valid Disabled Person Placard.
Noah's Ark Waterpark

Get your report card and your swimwear, and head out to Noah’s Ark Waterpark for some fun!

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Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program

2017 Kohl Excellence Scholarship for graduating homeschoolers in Wisconsin 

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The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation provides graduating high school seniors with scholarships each year through the Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program.

The Excellence Scholarship is a one time only $5,000 award that is paid directly to the recipient’s chosen college. One hundred scholarships are awarded annually. Since 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship Program has awarded $3,300,000 to 2,700 students.

In 2015, a homeschooled student from Hillsboro was a winner of the Kohl Excellence Scholarship.

pic2_homeThe program searches for students that excel in leadership, academics, and giving back to the community. The goal is to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or non-public university, college or vocational/technical college.


The application process is divided between public school students, religious and independent school students, and homeschooled students.

 

This is a competitive scholarship. Students will be evaluated on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in each of four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals. See How Your Application Will Be Scored for details.


Wisconsin Parents Association (
WPA) has been designated by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation to coordinate and administer applications for homeschoolers. A WPA selection committee will review the applications and submit finalists to the Foundation.

The application form for homeschoolers is almost the same as that for other students with only minor changes because of the way homeschools are constituted. Neither Herb Kohl nor anyone in the Kohl Family plays any role in the evaluation and selection of the candidates or recipients. It requires several short essays, one 300-500 word essay, three letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript. Completed applications must be mailed by November 23, 2016.


Application forms for homeschoolers can be found on the WPA website here.


Please tell other homeschoolers about this opportunity.
Although we recommend that homeschool families become members of WPA, it is not necessary to be a WPA member to apply for the scholarships.

 

 

Any “A” Will Do for Free Admission Noah’s Ark Waterpark During “Report Card Days”

Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, WI, as the self-proclaimed “America’s largest water park” is a favorite summertime treat for families. Many deals and discounts will help you squeeze more fun into your visit. By far, one of the most popular is Noah’s Ark Waterpark’s “A Days” which is a reward for excellent behavior, preparation and achievement for students.

Noah's Ark DarkVoyage

Any “A” or equivalent grade in any subject on a recent 2016 report card will get a student – from Kindergarten through College – in for Free during A Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark.

(More details below.)

Noah’s Ark is proud to announce 2016 “A Days” Sunday, June 12th, Monday, June 13th, and Tuesday, June 14th

*Go here for the UPDATE for JUNE 2017*

(Regular Park Hours:10 am to 6:30 pm)

Noah’s Ark Waterpark
1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-6351
Get Directions

The weather forecast
may have ups and downs, but don’t let that scare you away. Sometimes when the skies are cloudy and the temps are cooler, the lines for the rides are shorter!

There’s lots to do at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. More than 25 attractions await you, from the water coaster, Black Anaconda, to drifting down Adventure River or splashing around one of the Kiddie Areas, Noah’s Ark is pure family-fun.

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{You also may want to check out the
special summer ticket deal of $10 per person that Wisconsin Dells neighbors, Mt. Olympus Outdoor Waterpark have going on until Labor Day 2016.)

What qualifies for a student’s free admission during A Days?

Any A will do!

Show up on the designated days with an official student report card or transcript.

The document must show at least one A grade or the equivalent of an A grade from the most recent 2016 version that they can obtain.

Homeschoolers need to have a “bona fide” report card or transcript showing a grade equivalent to an A. Many parents have used forms found on websites like Donna Young or forms that they use for their record-keeping. What is important is that the document is real and unaltered; it cannot be copied or transferred to another individual or hand-created by the student.

You are only permitted to attend once on the A Days promotion. The report card acts as the admission ticket, so it is valid for one use only. To prevent multiple uses or device transfer, they need to stamp the actual paper report card or printed screenshot with name. Students get in free when presenting their most recent report card featuring any A in any subject!

You must follow the dress code and other rules of the park. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the park.

Noah’s Ark has over 250 trained and licensed Lifeguards stationed throughout the park to help you have a safe day. They even help you get on rides and provide “splashdown” assistance. Life jackets are available at the wave pools at no charge and are required in the wave pools for those under 48 inches tall.

Parents and relatives will have to pay regular admission in order to enter the park. Children under 48 inches tall are $28.99, Children age 2 and under are free. Seniors age 55 and up with ID are $28.99. (There is no discount for those who will not be getting wet.)

Veterans and active or Reserve Military get FREE admission during Military Days June 1-30, 2016. Plus, Military Family members get half off admission during June 2016. Just bring your valid Military ID.

Parking has gone up in price again, and this year will cost you $10 for the day. Or you can get Preferred parking closer to the gate for $15. There are handicap accessible spaces.
Noah's Ark Waterpark

Get your report card and your swimwear, and head out to Noah’s Ark Waterpark for some fun!

Great Teachers Sale April 6-13, 2016

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Compass Classroom is having their big Spring Sale until April 13th.

They call it the Great Teachers Sale!

There are significant discounts on homeschool curriculum.

HIGHLIGHTS

Compass Course Subscriptions

  • Four NEW Free Resources!

Mr. President


Mr. President

Historical dramatizations of an episode in a particular President’s life or administration, without using his name. Each is about 30 minutes long. You are given a chance to guess the president at the end of the show!


Democracy in AmericaDemocracy in America

Fourteen, 30-minute historical dramatizations bring to life important sections of Alexis de Tocqueville’s examination of American liberty as he observed it firsthand. The book upon which these dramatic excerpts are based was published in 1835 and 1840.

The Great Teachers Sale only lasts until April 13th.

Go grab some deals now!
(DISCLOSURE: This post does contain affiliate links. I appreciate your support.)

Meet & Listen to Gloria Home School Choir Recorded Live on WRCO

By now, many of you have heard the Gloria Home School Choir, which is an organization of home-schooled singers ranging in age from 12 years and up.

Since beginning in 2012, the Choir presents concerts in the winter and the spring, singing traditional and classic pieces representative of the Christmas and Easter season.

They connect as one voice to create a joyful noise to glorify God.

It’s a local tradition to feature the Gloria Home School Choir on the WRCO Morning Show. The most recent show was live on Dec. 4th, 2015.

If you are not in the Richland Center listening area, or missed the show, you have a chance to get a taste of the Choir  through the recorded presentation for a limited time.

The recording will be up for one week so you can listen to it now or download the 42 minute interview for later…

Here’s a sample from the show: http://goo.gl/0mw3RR

gloria christmas concerts

Enjoy a little Christmas spirit and embrace the talents of local community homeschoolers during one of their scheduled Christmas performances:

  • December 11, 2015 7pm Faith Independence Baptist Church, Ontario, WI
  • December 12, 2015 7pm First Baptist Church, Richland Center, WI
  • December 15, 2015 2:30pm, VA Hospital, Tomah, WI
  • December 15, 2015 7pm, United Methodist church, Tomah, WI
  • December 17, 2015 6:30 pm, Hillsboro Library

The concerts are free; however free will offerings will help the choir purchase sheet music.  The director is Dennis Baldridge; accompanist, Jane Baldridge.

Embrace beautiful music, extra joy for the season, and talents of young people.

The Gloria Home School Choir is out to make a powerful sound for Christ.

Online Animation and Drawing Classes Taught by a Homeschool Dad

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Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and homeschool Dad is offering online animation and drawing classes.

Chad has been a professional animator for the past 26 years, working in the traditional hand-drawn style to animate Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove and Fantasia 2000, and animating on the computer for Polar Express, Open Season and Surf’s Up.

Now he teaches students online, offering a 12 week online animation course for 11-18 year olds and an online drawing class for multiple ages.

Sessions start in the Spring, Summer, and Fall with each session running 12 weeks.

Weekly classes are one hour long and the cost is $300 for the full 12 weeks.

Each class meets live for one hour a week in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom where the students interact directly with the teacher. For each assignment there is a You Tube video to walk you through the drawing process. Homework can range from 2-6 hours depending on the complexity of your animation projects. Students get a custom critique on projects with technical pointers and encouragement.

Through the 4 levels in the course, your student will learn the 12 principals of animation, dive into physical locomotion and acting, learn storyboarding and make a movie!

The next session starts January 25, 2016.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students per class, so they tend to fill up very quickly, but you can hold your child’s spot with a non-refundable $50 registration fee.

No special software is needed for the weekly classes.

Students will need an animation program for assignments in The Animation Course.  Students can use one of the suggested software programs (2 are free and the other is a professional level program which you can buy at a  50% discount) or another one.

No software is needed for the assignments with the Drawing Course.

Animation LEVEL 1 Covers:

  • The Principles of Animation
  • Traditional Hand Drawn Animation
  • Computer Generated Animation
  • Joint Critiques of Student Work
  • Animation History
  • “How did they do that?” – Explanation of Visual Effects

Drawing LEVEL 1 Covers:

  • Perspective & How to “See”
  • Texture & Line and Shape
  • Design
  • Light, Shadow & Silhouette
  • introduction to “Creating a Character”
  • and much more

Contact:

Chad animation class small logoand Kayla Stewart
kayla@theanimcourse.com
661-755-5775
theanimcourse.com

Kohl Scholarship for Homeschooled High School Seniors

Kohl Scholarship – Wisconsin Homeschoolers

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation provides graduating high school seniors with scholarships each year through the Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program. The Foundation awards $3,000 Excellence Scholarships to 100 Wisconsin high school graduates annually.
Since 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship Program has awarded $2,800,000 to 2,600 students.

The program searches for students that excel in leadership, academics, and giving back to the community. The goal is to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or non-public university, college or vocational/technical college.

The application process is divided between public school students, religious and independent school students, and homeschooled students.

In 2015, one of the homeschooled student winners was from the Southwest Wisconsin area.

This is a competitive scholarship. Students will be evaluated on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in each of four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals.

Homeschooled Wisconsin students receive a proportionate number of the total scholarships awarded each year. Wisconsin Parents Association (WPA) has been designated by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation to coordinate and administer applications for two Kohl Excellence Scholarships of $3,000 each for homeschoolers.

A WPA selection committee will review the applications and submit finalists to the Foundation, just as Wisconsin’s 12 CESAs will submit finalists from public schools and the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS) will submit finalists from private schools that are not homeschools. Winners will be chosen by a state selection committee from CESAs, WCRIS, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Kohl Educational Foundation, and statewide education-related associations.

The application form for homeschoolers is almost the same as that for other students with only minor changes because of the way homeschools are constituted. It requires several short essays, one 300-500 word essay, three letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript. The application must be typed. Completed applications must be mailed by November 25, 2015.

Selection of homeschool finalists will be made by a committee named by the WPA Board of Directors. On or before December 21, 2015, WPA will advance the finalists to the state level. The state selection committee will convene on February 2-3, 2016 to score applications. Recipients will be notified of their selection in early March, 2016. The state selection committee will consist of representatives of the cooperative educational service agencies, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, education-related associations, and the community. Kohl Scholarship rules, application form, selection criteria, etc. are all determined by the Kohl Foundation.

Application forms for homeschoolers can be found on the WPA website here.

Please tell other homeschoolers about this opportunity. It is not necessary to be a WPA member to apply for the scholarships.

Gloria Homeschool Choir seeking new members

Gloria Home-School Choir
2015 Christmas Concert Season
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The Gloria Home School Choir is an organization of home-schooled singers ranging in age from 12 years and up.  (Home school graduates are welcome and appreciated!) Our purpose is to glorify God through skillful and artistic music presentations while teaching our students the art of proper singing and musicianship.  The director is Dennis Baldridge; accompanist, Jane Baldridge.
Our repertoire consists of a variety of classical, sacred, patriotic and folk songs, and spirituals, performed with piano accompaniment in a manner that reflects the order, design and glory of our Creator.  Performance opportunities include a variety of venues such as retirement homes, community events, and on local radio stations.
The rehearsal and performance schedules are still being confirmed, but here is the initial plan.
 
Rehearsals —
Thursday Evenings except where noted!
6:30 – 8:30 in Hillsboro, WI
September 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10
Concerts: (*tentative dates)
December 04, 2015 9am WRCO morning show with Ron Fruit
December 11, 2015 7pm Faith Independence Baptist Church, Ontario, WI
December 12, 2015 7pm First Baptist Church, Richland Center, WI*
December 15, 2015 3pm, VA Hospital, Tomah, WI*
December 15, 2015 7pm, United Methodist church, Tomah, WI*
December 17, 2015 6:30 pm, Hillsboro Library
We are now accepting applications for our 2015-2016 concert season. To express your interest, or for more information, you may e-mail or call Dennis or Jane at baldridge7@gmail.com or 608-489-3999
*                    *                    *                    *                    *                    *

August 2015 Letter from Dennis and Jane Baldridge

August 14, 2015

Dear Gloria Choir members and parents,

It’s still summer, but we are beginning to plan our 2015 Christmas Concert Season. Please take a moment to look at the dates at the end of this letter for rehearsal and performance dates. Attendance ateveryrehearsal is important and expected unless you are ill or extenuating circumstances exist. Please consider your commitment to the choir and let us know as soon as possible if you are planning to participateagain this fall. We need to know in advance if we will have enough students on each part, and how much music to order.

We are now accepting new applications for the 2015-2016 Gloria Choir. Feel free to forward this letter to friends who may be interested in joining. The applications are available here. New students will need to do an audition, which as you know can be more fun than scary. :)

One new and exciting addition to our choir rehearsals this fall is instruction in music reading. Beginning September 17, 2015, the first two rehearsals will be devoted exclusively to this training. The lessons will include rhythm training in the Kodaly method, note reading, and musical terms. We will begin regular choralrehearsals October 1, while the continuing reading lessons for a few weeks. Parents wishing to learn along with the students are encouraged to join the choir for this portion of the rehearsals. This music reading instruction is required for all members. Students who already read music well may “test out” of the first two sessions by taking a written exam. They will be provided with a hand-out outlining the basics of the Kodaly method to review at home so they will be able to participate in rhythm drills when the regular rehearsals begin. We hope this addition to our choir program will help all choir members to learn the music more efficiently, and provided them with a life-long skill.

We are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas concert Season.

Dennis & Jane Baldridge

Gloria Homeschool Choir

Tri-County Athletics Knights Volleyball for Girl’s 8-18

Tri-County Athletics Girls Volleyball Season Begins in August

Parent Meetings for Volleyball will be on 8/3/15 and 8/20/15.

Parents need to attend one of two scheduled meetings for each sport program.
Handbooks, rules, and policies will be explained.

Fees and Forms which are necessary for a player to begin practice, will be distributed at the Parent Meeting or you can find them on the website and download, print, and complete them.

An additional $20 late charge will apply after the last scheduled Parent Meeting for the program.

Volleyball Practices start August 24th in Westby.

All forms and fees must be turned in before a player may attend practice.

Fees for Girl’s Volleyball 2015
Varsity  $150
JV  $150
Middle School  $60

Late fee of $20 applies after 8/20/15.

New! Cross Country for Homeschoolers in Richland Center

Exciting news!

Cross Country Teams are available in Platteville, Sparta, and now Richland Center!

Cross country is a great, flexible activity that ​has many benefits.

If you’re interested in being involved in the new Richland Center Cross Country organization – even if you can’t make it to the organizational meeting on July 23rd – contact Doug Landsee at the phone number below.  ​

Hello,
My name is Doug Landsee and I’m starting a homeschool cross country team in the Richland Center Area with some interested homeschooling parents.

My background includes 24 years at Riverdale Schools as a high school/middle school counselor. I coached cross country for 21 years and track field for 25 years.

A cross country meet consists of a single run for the various grade levels; 7th and 8th (and sometimes 6th) grade run anywhere from 1.2 to 2 miles, high school junior varsity and varsity run 5K (3.1 miles).

Our age range would be 10 years to 18 year olds.  We gradually work runners into these distances in our practices.

We will have an organizational meeting on Thursday, July 23 at 7:00pm at the Brewer Library on the second floor.

I will answer any of your questions at that time.

We will choose a team name – some of the possibilities are Center Cyclones CC, Raging Roadrunners CC, Cruzin Cranes CC and possibly others.

We will also be choosing the team colors.

Our first official team practice would be August 12 at 3:30pm.  If you can’t make the meeting, please feel free to call me at 604-6486.