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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Middle School Science

  • MEDtropolis - Virtual Body
  • HowToons - http://www.howtoons.com Do-It-Yourself website that provides a free and unique way for kids to learn science and engineering by building cool things using illustrations and instructions provided in comic-book format.
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  • Archive of Question
  • Toxic Town - Want to learn about the toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places? Toxic Town is an interactive Web site that enables the general public, students, and teachers to learn about the environmental health concerns in various neighborhoods.
  • Meet the Greens - MeetTheGreens.org is a new kids' guide to looking after the planet.  Kids can watch The Greens'  cartoon adventures and discover related green games, news, downloads, a blog, action tips, links, and more.  This innovative, Web-only project comes from WGBH in Boston, the producer of shows like ZOOM, ARTHUR, Frontline, and NOVA.
  • Virtual Volcano is a Discovery Channel interactive where students learn about and test out volcanoes.  First students get information about plate boundaries, active volcanoes around the world, and tectonic plates.  They see all of this information on a 3-D rotating globe.  Next students can learn about the different types of volcanoes, they will discover the three most common categories and read about each categories profile and its association with types of magma.  Then students can take a journey inside the volcano.  Here they will learn about the vents and how the volcano works.  After students have learned some basic information about volcanoes, they can build their own volcano and watch it erupt.  Students can set the conditions for the volcanoes, changing the viscosity and gas.  When they are finished creating the volcano, they can test out it’s eruption.
  • Birth of a Giraffe
  • Environmental Footprint - So, Americans are always being blamed for consuming more than we should. We package things in too much packaging, throw things away without bothering to recycle, and clearly eat too much (or at least, too much of the wrong thing). Are you better than the average American when it comes to how many resources you do use? Well, now's your chance to find out what your environmental footprint is. Simply go to www.myfootprint.org
  • Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome free flash games, interactives and videos.  Anatomy Arcade is perfect for the novice teenager in the classroom, right through to students and professionals of health care looking for a fun way to revise.
  • Live Monarch - Raise Your Online Butterfly! A Fun Free Educational Experience.  This 30 day program will give you professional insight and knowledge into all aspects of the lifecycle of a Monarch.  We will send an email update every few days with a link to see your Egg become a Caterpillar, then a Pupa and with your help, a beautiful Monarch Butterfly.  Plenty of really great pictures and detailed information so you will be an expert soon!
  • Journey North – Spring Projects begin February 1.  Teachers and students in K-12 classrooms are invited to participate in Journey North’s 14th global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. One of the nation’s premier Internet-based “citizen science” projects, Journey North enables students in 11,000 schools to track the seasons on a real-time basis. Standards-based lesson plans, activities, and information help students make local observations and fit them into a larger context by collecting and submitting data into common database. Learn more about Journey North.
  • Colorado has had some extreme weather conditions in the past week.  With tornadoes, rain, rainbows, and hail, The Why Files seemed like a fitting site to highlight today.  The Why FilesThe Why Files begin each interactive with a brief “why” of how the weather occurrence works, students can read all about the occurrence and even get a link where they can learn more.  The fun starts when the students enter the interactive where they can control the weather. bring science to life virtually.  Students can make rainbows, control a tornado, play with lightning, and build a snowflake.  If only the real weather was this easy to control!
  • DIY Science Experiments  Popular Mechanics bought eight science kits for kids, reviewed them, and found instructions on the internet for replicating the same experiments with materials many people have on hand.  …homemade experiments can be just as complex and educational (while costing up to $100 less), so we found alternatives to each of the boxed kits that teach similar lessons just as well. Bottom line: Whether preassembled or drawn from kitchen cupboards, science kits can be educational and fun.  Link
  • Browse the Gizmo Collection ExploreLearning
  • OLogy The Gene Scene
  • A Field, A Forest, and A Stream - Introduce your students to the scientific process by getting them outside to conduct their own investigation.  Students collect and record scientific data from three ecosystems and then make observations about differences and similarities.  This great hands-on activity can also be adapted for younger audiences.
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Woodlawn High School on Lock Down

Woodlawn High School on Lock Down
Copied from NBC13
BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WVTM) – A Lockdown at a Birmingham School was lifted earlier today, but the search for two suspects continues.
Officials put Woodlawn School on lockdown around 10:30 Tuesday morning, after two burglary suspects ran into the school.
Police arrested a third suspect away from the school. The man was armed with a “sawed off” shotgun.
Police also say someone called in a bomb threat after the school went on lockdown. Bomb sniffing dogs were deployed to make sure a bomb wasn’t actually inside the school.
Captain Allen Hatcher says the two men entered the building from its back side. Hatcher says the men were able to easily blend in. “School was in the middle of changing classes at the time that suspects ran into the building,” Hatcher told Alabama’s 13’s Hilary Golston.  “That’s why they were able to kind a intermingle in with the students and go where they went.”
Hatcher says he’s been at the East Precinct for 18 months and has never seen anything like this before.
Several parents were wondering how the suspects were able to get into the building at all. It’s kind of stunning to me,” parent Irma McCoy said. “How did they get up in there in the first  place.”

Student Spotlight: Bailey Warren

Area youngster to benefit from upcoming event
by David Lazenby
Article copied from the Daily Mountain Eagle
Five year old Bailey Warren, who suffers from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, will be the junior honoree of the Sixth Annual Jasper Arthritis Walk, which will be held on Nov. 6 at Gamble Park. (Photo Special to the Eagle)
Five year old Bailey Warren, who suffers from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, will be the junior honoree of the Sixth Annual Jasper Arthritis Walk, which will be held on Nov. 6 at Gamble Park. (Photo Special to the Eagle)

Bailey Warren is not the archetypal arthritis sufferer. The Fultondale resident who will turn 6 on her next birthday has been afflicted with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since she was a toddler. 

“It’s not just adults who suffer from arthritis,” said Bailey’s mother, Kim Warren, who is currently promoting the Sixth Annual Jasper Arthritis Walk, an event that will be held Nov. 6 starting at Gamble Park and the Bevill State Community College Quadrangle. The fundraiser will kick off at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m.

The theme for this year’s event is “Let’s Move Together.” The event will feature a health and wellness fair, dog walk, costume contest and the Show Us Your Moves dance contest. 

Also this year, Bailey will be the junior honoree of the arthritis walk.

Warren, said when Bailey is playing, it’s not always apparent that anything is wrong with the child with caramel-colored tresses.

“If you see her run and jump you’d think she was a normal child,” said Kim, who explain that Bailey’s ability to overcome her disorder is due largely to her being diagnosed at age 2.

Kim has seen first-hand how devastating juvenile diabetes can be. 

“When we left the hospital when she was diagnosed we saw some children in braces that were crippled, some that were bed-ridden and some who were blind.”

Because of Bailey’s condition, she is required to receive chemotherapy shots on a weekly basis. She also has to take eye drops to combat uveitis, which is an inflamation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. 

“That is the main thing we struggle with,” Kim said about her daughter’s uveitis. “She has been through a lot in three years.”

Kim said her daughter is not alone. She said, “4,500 kids in Alabama have some type of arthritis. Bailey is just one of them.”

Among adults, Kim said 1.2 million Alabamians suffer from arthritis. 

Kim said children’s arthritis is often misdiagnosed as simple growing pains.

Thankfully, Bailey’s pediatrician did blood work when Bailey was taken to the doctor for swelling in her knee. Bailey’s white blood cell count prompted him to send Bailey to an orthopedic surgeon who drew fluid from her knee. “When they saw the fluid coming out of her knee, they sent her to Children’s Hospital that night,” Kim said. 

Kim said she was surprised to learn her daughter had arthritis. 

Because the medication currently being used to treat Bailey, Remicade, has stopped working, doctors plan to put her on Orencia as soon as she turns 6. The drug is not yet approved for children 5-and-younger.

However, Kim said her daughter is fortunate to live in a location in which there is a pediatric rheumatologist.

“The main problem kids run into is they don’t have a pediatric rheumatologist in their state. So some of them have to travel several hours to maybe overnight to get to a hospital with a pediatric rheumatologist.”

The walk not only raises money for arthritis research, but also increases awareness of the seriousness of arthritis. 

Additional information on the walk can be obtained by calling 205-979-5700 or by visiting the websites www.letsmovetogether.org or www.jasper2010aw.kintera.org.

Bham (Near the Summit): Piano Lessons

Now offering Group and Private Piano Lessons for Beginning and Intermediate Students

Originally from Seattle, WA, Erika Stewart is a former homeschool graduate with a lifelong passion for music, beginning piano studies at the age of 5 and continuing for another 20 years.  Those years included an emphasis on classical as well as sacred music, church piano accompaniment and children's music programs.  Erika has always enjoyed working with children and has over 15 years experience in various settings, both stateside and overseas.  In combining her love for music, teaching and children, she has found great joy in teaching piano, believing that each child has potential no matter their musical gifting!  It is Erika’s desire to adapt to each child’s individual needs and enable them to reach their full potential.   In order to gain a solid musical foundation, lessons are designed to equip the beginning student with a clear understanding of basic techniques, including finger positioning, sight-reading simple melodies,  rhythm and meter, dynamics and listening.   Private and Group Lessons for children and adults are offered in Erika's home studio in Birmingham (located off Hwy 280 near the Summit).  Please contact her for more information at erika@stewartpianostudio.com or visit her website at www.stewartpianostudio.com.

Huntsville: Boy's Home School Gymnastics Class


Starts November 3rd

The class will be held at Southern States Gymnastics

We are located at 4546 Research Park BLVD Huntsville, AL 35806

The class will be held on Wednesdays from 1:00 till 2:00 pm

and costs $55.00 per month

For more information check out our website www.southernstatesgymnastics.com

or call us at 256-837-7395

All boys enrolled in the class will be eligible for a men's home school competitive team

Student Spotlight: Zac Carden

Each year Habitat for Humanity hosts a "Carter Work Project," named in honor of former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who are major supporters of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project is an annual, internationally-recognized week of building that brings attention to the need for simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The Carter Work Project is held at a different location each year and attracts volunteers from around the world (http://www.habitat.org). This year, Birmingham was one of six U.S. cities that hosted Carter Work Project. Volunteers from all over the country, and even some from other countries, came to Birmingham to help work on 28 houses for a week. Zac Carden, an Everest Academy Homeschool Student, spent 8 hours a day Monday-Friday painting, cleaning, and doing yard work for the Smith House. He briefly met Garth Brooks on Thursday and had his picture taken with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on Friday. He highly recommends this experience to anyone who would like to do it in the future. 

Zac's work group and house (though some were just with group that donated money rather than hours working)

The Carters checking out the new houses.

Zac with the new home owner.

"The Respect Dare" FREE Small Group Guide

"The Respect Dare"
Small Group Guide

We’ve noticed your endorsement of our book, “The Respect Dare,” for Christian wives and would like to offer a small group guide to you at no charge.  Thank you for standing up for what’s right in this world!  It is my privilege to walk with you, homeschooling my kids (although in a different state!) and encouraging and supporting my husband, while providing Titus 2 encouragement to those wives who need it.

Blessings to you and all you do!,

Nina Roesner
Executive Director
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554 Belle Meade Farm Drive
Loveland, OH  45140
513-310-6019 (office)
513-348-2083 (cell)

Redefining training to redefine lives.

Crazy Teen Sleep Habits

Wake Up!  Go To Bed! 
Teen Sleep Habits Gone Wild!
"It's noon!  Get out of bed!"  "Tell your brother to get up RIGHT NOW!"  "It's past midnight!  Go to bed!"  Does this sound familiar?  Have your teen's sleep habits gone wild?  Well, things at my house had gotten totally out of control!  My hubby was getting mad at me for letting my teen stay up late or for sleeping in!  My teen was getting into trouble, until....  I went to the place I always go to for answers...the great and wise "Google", and look at what I found!

In a nutshell, a teen between the ages of 13 - 18 (sometimes up to 25)  needs an average of 9 - 10 hours of sleep per night.  Their brain is going through a second growth spurt, and if they do not get the right amount of sleep, it is very detrimental.  Foregoing all of the technical terms, their bodies do an internal flip, and they start to stay up later at night.  If they do not get enough sleep, their brain will not develop correctly, they have low learning retention, get grumpy, and just overall do not function well. 

See for yourself: 
American Psychological Association
Keep Kids Healthy
Mayo Clinic
Family Education

So be patient, educate yourself (like I FINALLY did), and let that teen get his zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's!!!

Sweet Dreams!
Deb Spradlin

Carlsbad School Shooting

Gunman in Carlsbad school shooting was carrying jack-o'-lantern as he opened fire, wounding 2 students [Updated]

Story posted 2010.10.08 at 03:20 PM PDT

A gunman dressed in black and carrying a Halloween jack-o'-lantern or can of gasoline wounded two students at an elementary school in Carlsbad, Calif., before being tackled by construction workers.

Ed Willins, who was nearby when the incident occurred, said he saw the workers tackle the gunman. "They were on him immediately," he told The Times. "They administered a little street justice on him before the cops got there."
Shortly after noon, the gunman rolled up to Kelly Elementary School in his car, said Lt. Kelly Cain of the Carlsbad Police Department. Armed with a .357-caliber handgun, Cain said, the assailant stepped onto the sidewalk next to the playground and started firing "wildly."

Two students suffered "non-life threatening" graze wounds and were being treated by doctors, officials said, and the bomb squad was called to examine a propane tank found in the gunman's car.

After the shooting, parents were notified and came to pick up their children at the school, located in an upper middle-class neighborhood with tall trees and a spacious park.

[Upated at 3:24 p.m.: Construction worker Carlos Partida said he saw the suspect firing his gun at the children. He said the gunman appeared to be reloading and trying to leave the scene when he jumped in his truck and rammed the man, knocking him down.

"My reaction was to get him. Get him away from the kids," he said. Partida said he and two other construction workers held the gunman down until police arrived.

The two children were airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital. Witnesses said they did not appear to be seriously injured as they were taken to the aircraft and that one of them even waved to onlookers.

It was an emotional scene outside the school as parents arrived to pick up their children. Many were sobbing. "I looked in his eyes and it was scary," one little girl said of the gunman.]

Cain said the gunman, described as a white male in his 20s, has given three names, one of them a woman's name. Witnesses said the gunman was "ranting" and may have mentioned the president.
-- Tony Perry in Carlsbad, Calif.

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Nebraska City bus driver faces child abuse charge

Just one more reason, in the LONG list of reasons, to homeschool.

Nebraska City bus driver faces child abuse charge

Article from www.journalstar.com

The Nebraska City school bus driver who dropped off a 6-year-old far from home now faces a child abuse charge.

The misdemeanor was filed Wednesday against Thomas O. Mead, the 71-year-old who left first-grader Seth Foreman alone in the small town of Union on the third day of school.
Mead was still on the job Wednesday, his wife said.
Nebraska City School District Superintendent Jeffrey Edwards -- surprised to learn of the charge Wednesday -- said he wouldn't discuss personnel issues.
On Aug. 27, Seth climbed on the wrong bus after school. He was still on it when Mead reached his last stop -- the post office in Union, more than 15 miles from the boy's home.
Mead told police he called his boss and was told leave the boy off in Union.
A construction worker heard, then found, Seth crying as he walked out of town along U.S. 34.
The boy knew his mother's phone number, so the worker called her and watched Seth while she drove north to retrieve him.
Seth's mother then reported the drop-off to Nebraska City police and enrolled her son in Catholic school.
Even though Nebraska City is in Otoe County, the charge was filed in Cass County, where Seth was left.
Mead is tentatively scheduled to appear in court Oct. 26, Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox said.
The district has since taken steps to make sure students get on the right bus -- and get off where they're supposed to, Edwards has said. It now uses paraeducators, stickers, numbered popsicle sticks, radios and roll calls to track its 350 to 400 bus-riding students.

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Faulkner University Dual Enrollment Program

QuestionsFaulkner University Dual Enrollment Program

Want to get a jump start on your college career? Then you definitely need to check out the dual enrollment program here at Faulkner!
Our dual enrollment program allows high school students to take college classes and earn college credit while fulfilling high school class requirements. Dual enrolling allows students to gain early exposure to the college learning environment in order to get ahead in their college career. Students must check their high school's acceptance policy of dual enrollment credits in order to ensure their high school will allow the college classes to take the place of regular high school class requirements.

Please look here for more information:  http://www.faulkner.edu/admissions/dualenrollment.aspx

Vestavia: Swim Classes

Vestavia Hills YMCA is offering homeschool group swim lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 1:40.  The cost is $54 for members and $87 for non-members.  They have a nice outdoor, heated pool.

(205) 823-0144

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