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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.

Student Spotlight: Michael Kuhlman

Michael Kuhlman
Jefferson State Community College Psychology Student of the Year

Michael Kuhlman, Everest Academy Senior, dual enrolled at Jefferson State Community College for the 2010/2011 school year.  He was awarded with  the Psychology Student of the Year Award for which he was chosen by the Jeff State professors out of 10,000 students.  He is also a member of the Scholars Team.  Congratulations to Michael!!!!

A note about Michael from his mom, Jeannie~
This is Michael's first year at college.  He was homeschooled for kindergarten and then went to public school for 1-7th grades.  We were told in 2004 that our house was no longer in the county but in the city, so we started homeschooling first with Heritage Christian, then Metro Family Christian, and then Everest Academy.  Michael's story started long ago when we started trying to have Michael 10 years before he was ever conceived.  He has a sister that is 10 years older than him.  We prayed for him so long before he came.  Everyone in our church knew to pray for us to be blessed with a baby.  A year and a half before he was conceived, an angel came to me in a dream and said, "This is Michael. The LORD just wants you to know he IS coming."  The little boy in the dream looked about 2 years old and had blond curly hair (Michael is the only child we ever had with curly hair).  Michael has always been very focused on pleasing THE LORD.  He reads his Bible first thing every morning and has been praying protection over his future wife since about age 10.  In the last year, he has lost 96lbs.  He is very disciplined.  His room is organized (even his Nintendo games are in alphabetical order).  He wants to go into marriage and family counseling and be a Pastor.   

Why Are Children Being Handcuffed at School?

Why Are Children Being Handcuffed at School?

posted by: Annie Urban 13 hours ago
Why Are Children Being Handcuffed at School?
According to AlterNet, students at Capital City Alternative School in Mississippi are routinely handcuffed for hours as punishment for minor misbehavior. On June 8, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Jackson Public School District for allowing this type of punishment. The lawsuit was filed after the school district refused to respond to a letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center asking that this practice be stopped. 

The AlterNet article gives some examples of the incidents where students were handcuffed to railings as a punishment:
  • One student was handcuffed all day for not wearing a belt. He even had to eat his lunch handcuffed.
  • Another student was handcuffed for hours for greeting a friend too loudly in the hallway.
  • A third student was handcuffed for wearing the wrong colored shoes. 
This is not the first time this has happened. There are many cases of schools using handcuffs or other restraints to punish children. Some examples include:
  • In July 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against officials at a Louisiana school for repeatedly handcuffing and shackling a 6-year-old child.
  • In May 2010, Police handcuffed a 10-year-old boy with autism at Oberon Public School in Geelong, Australia.
  • In December 2008, an 8-year-girl with Asperger's was handcuffed because she refused to take off a sweatshirt that she wanted to wear to the Christmas party.
  • In April 2011, a 7-year-old boy was handcuffed when he became upset while decorating Easter eggs at Public School 153 in Maspeth Long Island.
  • In 2004, a 10-year-old in Philidelphia was handcuffed and taken to a police station for having scissors in her bag, even though she hadn't threatened anyone with them or even displayed them.
These incidents are, unfortunately, even more common among children with disabilities. As our own Kristina Chew has written: "In other words, 'abusive practices' such as prone restraint were 'disproportionately' used on children who are disabled---on children whose needs and challenges, whose communicative and cognitive disabilities, are far greater than that of most."

Jody Owens, from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mississippi office was quoted by AlterNet as saying: "Not only does this handcuffing policy violate the U.S. Constitution but it demonstrates a diseased school culture and a broken model of school discipline that focuses on criminalizing students at the expense of educating them." 

I agree with this assessment. When children across the country are being handcuffed for minor issues, it demonstrates a significant problem that needs addressing. Hopefully it will be addressed soon. Last month, Care2's Kristina Chew wrote about the US Department of Education's plan to issue guidelines to school districts on the use of restraints and other tactics. Hopefully making this a national issue will help to ensure that children are treated with dignity and respect in public schools. 

Madison: Creative Learning Connection Newsletter

Note from Deb - Creative Learning Connection is an awesome resource for the homeschooling community.  Please support them by frequenting their business!!!!

Creative Learning Connection Newsletter

Writers’ Club/Self Publishing Q&A – rescheduled!!!
Our next get together at CLC for writers has been rescheduled.  Sorry, but my family may not be back in town from a soccer tournament in time to do it on June 20.  So we will be meeting on Tuesday, June 28 instead.  Official time is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Plan to come for any portion of that time that works for you.  Bring your laptops, your latest project and idea(s), or just your questions.

The idea is to encourage each other, ask questions, get feedback, etc. If we meet once a month (or so) it will give us deadlines to aim for, for our next goals, and we all know how important deadlines are! (I know I make them and move them on a regular basis!)

If you’ve missed the first Self-Publishing Workshops, feel free to still join us. We’ll all try to get you caught up on any of the general publishing information you’ve missed.

As usual, an email letting me know you’re planning to attend would be great, so that we know how many folks to expect!

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(tomorrow) Saturday, June 11, 2011
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Willowbrook Baptist Church Gymnasium
7625 Bailey Cove Rd. SE, Huntsville, AL 35803

Artistic Design Process taught from a Christian perspective
June 14th or June 22nd from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Cost: $20 per child includes materials for in class projects and snacks

Please email to state the number of students attending, and on which day.  The cap is currently set for 20 students, per class. Age ranges will be determined based on enrollment.  The plan is for one day camp for older students and one day camp for younger students.  The material covered will be the same.  Presentation and depth of material will be different.  A $5 nonrefundable deposit, per family, will be collected to reserve your student’s space.  The remainder of the fee will be due at the beginning of camp.

Please contact Bonnie Hardison for sibling and older student helper discounts.

 Bonnie Hardison
 Chevre Cheval Studio
Reminder - Upcoming Used Book Sales at CLC
The rest of the summer Used Books scheduled for Thursday, June 23, Monday July 18, and Monday, August 22. Set up is between 6 and 6:30, and the official selling time is from 7 to 9 p.m.  Please share this information with other homeschoolers, parents, and teachers you know – since with these sales, it is definitely a case of “the more the merrier”.  Please contact us at cmmjaime@alum.mit.edu or 256-325-3305 if you would like to reserve a table.  You will be manning your own table, and making your own sales.  So bring change, etc.  (There is a $5/table cost to participate in these sales as a “seller”, which you may pay that evening.)
Reminder – most of the links on our website are affiliate links – which means if you are going to shop on Amazon, Vision Forum, CurrClick, or Answers in Genesis – if you go through our website, we get credit for sending you there.  This is an easy way for you to help us pay the bills at CLC.  Speaking of which, 2011 is continuing to be a difficult year for us financially, even into June, which is quite unusual.  We appreciate the recent donations of books, those are a big help to us.  And we are looking for ideas/suggestions on how we might be able to shrink the gap between money coming in and money going out in expenses (rent, electric, phone, etc.).
Don’t forget CLC when you are looking for summer reading and activities, in addition to next year’s curriculum (or non-curriculum) options.
Catherine Jaime (cmmjaime@alum.mit.edu)
Creative Learning Connection
8006 Old Madison Pike, Ste 11-A
Madison, Alabama 35758
Regular Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Huntsville: 2011 - 2012 Homeschool Classes

2011 – 2012  Homeschool Classes 

STUDY HALL is an outgrowth of Mathnasium of Huntsville.  Our home school classes are provided to 6th through 12th graders.  Most clasess requires attendance two days a week.  Curriculum and books are provided.  Traditionally, homeschooled students attend the class or classes for which they are enrolled then leave the center to return home and complete their classes and assignments with their parents. We also provide a full-day schedule to students who come from a 2-income household with a part-time working parent.  A full-day schedule starts at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 2:30 Monday through Thursday each week.  During the time that the full-day student is not actively participating in class, they are working on completion of their assignments and are able to ask questions and receive assistance from qualified instructors.  Fridays are reserved for "senior level" classes.

We are not a private school, nor do we provide a homeschool covering.  We require that parents take full responsibility for the child's education and stay involved with completion of their assignments.  We are not a replacement for the active participation of the parent, but we strive to offer the homeschooling parent an alternative with exceptional academics and a nurturing, conservative environment.

I may be contacted at 256-885-0886 or on my cell at 256-503-9484. 
Our commitment to small classes provides excellent academic experience for our students.
We require a minimum of five students and a maximum of twenty students per class.

STUDY HALL - The Home School Alternative!

2011 – 2012  High School Schedule

9:00 - 10:00
Algebra I
English 9/10
Enviro Sci
Algebra I
English 9/10
Enviro Sci
9:00 to 11:00
Anatomy & Physiology
10:15 - 11:15
Algebra II
World History
Algebra II
World History

11:15 – 11:45
12:00 - 1:00
English 11/12
Physical Sci
English 11/12
Physical Sci

1:15 - 2:15
Until 2:30
U. S. History
Until 2:30
U. S. History

Tuition & Fees
$50 for the year + $150 non-refundable tuition deposit per class for each class in which you choose to enroll.  Balance of tuition is due before 1st day of class.  Registration for the Spring Semester will be required on or before Monday, November 7, 2011 when a $150 non-refundable tuition deposit will be due for each class in which you are enrolled.  The balance of the tuition for the Spring Semester is due the first day of class in January, 2012.

Tuition for traditional home school student:
$300 per class each semester for no more than two classes. 
Each class requires a full school year commitment except as noted.

Tuition for full-day attendance 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday:
$1,800 per semester                            $3,600 per year

Textbooks are provided for each core class.  In Science and Math, we typically employ Holt, McDougal, Littel publishers.  In English and History, BJU Press and Shurley Method English may be utilized.  You may be required to provide additional reading material such as literature.  However, these books will be available at your local library or free on the internet.

Materials Fee per school year – not per semester: 
$25 per class, not to exceed $100.  This fee helps defray the cost of copies, toner, calculators, pencils, math supplies, and other consumable products used during the course of the school year. 

Science Lab Fee:
$25 for each science class.  At the conclusion of each chapter or unit, a lab will be offered and attendance will be required.  If a student is absent on the day of a lab, it cannot be completed on a later date. 

Sharon Pursley
StudyHall Huntsville Homeschool

2045 Cecil Ashburn Dr., Suite 100
Huntsville, AL. 35802

The High Cost of Public Education

The High Cost of Public Education

By Gerri Willis
Published June 01, 2011

Does it seem like public education is carrying a private school price tag these days?

If you're a parent with children in public school you know just how ridiculous the charges and fees and special assessments can be. A new report from the Wall Street Journal shows schools aren't just charging for the frills -- like museum tickets for a field trip -- but for basics, like biology lab safety goggles, algebra workbooks and the like.

Sometimes, the schools charge for printer ink to copy grammar exercises. At high schools in several states, it can cost more than $200 just to walk in the door, due to registration fees, technology fees and instructional fees.

Isn't that what schools are supposed to do? Instruct?

Other schools have given up the fee-for-item scheme and charge students for taking classes. Money is due when your child registers. Some schools offer installment plans, while others accept credit cards -- but you have to pay a processing fee.

One particular family's finances tell the story. In Medina, Ohio, the Dombis spent $75 on generic fees, nearly $120 on class materials, $263 so their kids could get AP classes, and nearly $4,000 to join track and the band.

Not to mention the more than $2,700 in yearly property taxes. Their total cost to send their kids to public school for a year was almost $7,000 -- for a public school education.

To add insult to injury some schools even charge students who perform volunteer work -- charging a fee for kids who join Students Against Drunk Driving. Crazy? You bet.

Look, it's no doubt the case that the age of the free public education is over. Experts blame tight state budgets. And, it's true that cash-strapped states are slashing education -- in the past two years they've cut education funding by $17 billion.

And in some places like California, Texas and Florida, more major cuts could be on the way. But there may be more to blame than just tight budgets. According to the Journal, it's costing more -- way more -- to educate our kids today. Spending per student has increased 44% since the eighties.

And, the biggest single cost isn't fancy science labs or athletic fields -- its personnel. Teacher's salaries are up in the last decade by 26%. Those costs make up about 80% of a school district's budget.

Were results to be dramatically better, more kids graduating or significantly higher test scores -- many parents might be happy paying these higher prices.

But that's not what's going on. Performance is mediocre at best, while the cost of an education is soaring.

Educating our children is a high priority. Passing costs onto parents with sneaky fees is not a good solution -- especially when jobless rates are so high.

There has to be a better solution than nickel and diming mom and dad—and this is one problem that simply throwing more money at may not solve.

18 Signs...

18 Signs That Life In U.S. Public Schools Is Now Essentially Equivalent To Life In U.S. Prisons

Click on the words in blue for full articles.

~Deb's point of view:  While I realize that there is a need for these kinds of precautions and/or enforcements in some cases, my issue would be that I would not want my child in an environment where there was this kind of need.  
In the United States today, our public schools are not very good at educating our students, but they sure are great training grounds for learning how to live in a Big Brother police state control grid.  Sadly, life in many U.S. public schools is now essentially equivalent to life in U.S. prisons.  Most parents don't realize this, but our students have very few rights when they are in school.  Our public school students are being watched, tracked, recorded, searched and controlled like never before.  Back when I was in high school, it was unheard of for a police officer to come to school, but today our public school students are being handcuffed and arrested in staggering numbers.  When I was young we would joke that going to school was like going to prison, but today that is actually true.
The following are 18 signs that life in our public schools is now very similar to life in our prisons....
#1 Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has announced that school officials can search the cell phones and laptops of public school students if there are "reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school."
#2 It came out in court that one school district in Pennsylvania secretly recordedmore than 66,000 images of students using webcams that were embedded in school-issued laptops that the students were using at home.
#3 If you can believe it, a "certified TSA official" was recently brought in to oversee student searches at the Santa Fe High School prom.
#4 A few years ago a class of 3rd grade students at one Kentucky elementary school were searched by a group of teachers after 5 dollars went missing.  During the search the students were actually required to remove their shoes and their socks.
#5 At one public school in the Chicago area, children have been banned from bringing their lunches from home.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Students at that particular school are absolutely prohibited from bringing lunches from home.  Instead, it is mandatory that they eat the food that the school cafeteria serves.
#6 The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending huge amounts of money to install surveillance cameras in the cafeterias of public schools so that government control freaks can closely monitor what our children are eating.
#7 A teenager in suburban Dallas was recently forced to take on a part-time job after being ticketed for using bad language in one high school classroom.  The original ticket was for $340, but additional fees have raised the total bill to $637.
#8 It is not just high school kids that are being ticketed by police.  In Texas the crackdown extends all the way down to elementary school students.  In fact, it has been reported that Texas police gave "1,000 tickets" to elementary school kids over a recent six year period.
#9 A few months ago, a 17 year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father's lunch with her to school.  It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples.  So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this?  The schoolsuspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.
#10 A little over a year ago, a 6 year old girl in Florida was handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.
#11 In early 2010, a 12 year old girl in New York was arrested by police and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk. "I love my friends Abby and Faith" was what she reportedly wrote on her desk.
#12 There are actually some public schools in the United States that are so paranoid that they have actually installed cameras in student bathrooms.
#13 Down in Florida, students have actually been arrested by police for bringing a plastic butter knife to school, for throwing an eraser, and for drawing a picture of a gun.
#14 The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that it will begin using analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents and will place "potential offenders" in specific prevention and education programs.
#15 A group of high school students made national headlines a while back when they revealed that they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a visit to the Lincoln Memorial.
#16 In some U.S. schools, armed cops accompanied by police dogs actually conduct surprise raids with their guns drawn.  In this video, you can actually see police officers aiming their guns at school children as the students are lined up facing the wall.
#17 Back in 2009, one 8 year old boy in Massachusetts was sent home from school and was forced to undergo a psychological evaluation because he drew a picture of Jesus on the cross.
#18 This year, 13 parents in Duncan, South Carolina were actually arrestedfor cheering during a high school graduation.