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February 20, 2018

Sevenstar News ☆ 3 Easy Wins for Online Summer School

From Saturday’s inbox…

Put Your Online Program to Work this Summer!

Did you know that our full catalog of credit recovery and regular courses are available to take over the summer?

Sevenstar can help your school offer more courses and flexibility for families this summer.

  1. Meet More Academic Needs
  2. Generate New Revenue
  3. Attract New Students

If your school would like to create a free school account or explore a custom partnership with Sevenstar, please request an online learning consultation today!

Online Summer School Planning [Free Webinar]

Creating a viable online summer school program is a challenge for many schools.

In this 20-minute webinar, we will provide recommendations to address academic needs and interests, along with best practices to facilitate a successful summer program.

We will also highlight a growing online summer program at Wesleyan School in Georgia, USA.

Attend this free webinar on Tuesday, February 27!

New Location for Our User Support Portal

Sevenstar upgraded to a new User Support Portal for our knowledge base articles and support ticketing system.

If you are still visiting our previous User Support Portal atusersupportportal.freshdesk.com, please update your links to the new site at support.sevenstar.org

Join Us at an Upcoming Conference

Please contact us if you would like to discuss online education with an expert from Sevenstar at one of events listed above.

Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for enabling Sevenstar to serve these new partners in online Christian education!

News from Around the Web

A Look Back and a Look Ahead
CACE highlights their four most popular blog articles on Christian education from 2017, and identifies three themes to keep an eye on for the year ahead.

   

Online version is available here.

February 18, 2018

[Webinar] Online Summer School Planning and Tips

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Online Summer School Planning Webinar

Creating a viable online summer school program is a challenge for many schools.

In this 20-minute webinar, we will provide recommendations to address academic needs and interests, along with best practices to facilitate a successful summer program.

We will also highlight a growing online summer program at Wesleyan School in Georgia, USA.

Attend this free webinar on Tuesday, February 27!

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January 21, 2018

Sevenstar News ☆ 2018-19 Tuition Announcement

Note this newsletter that I received at the end of last week.

Tuition Update for Next School Year

Tuition for the 2018-19 school year has been released for schools and their families that use our direct enrollment service

The new prices will begin on 7/15/2018.

The current prices for tuition are still valid for orders completed by 7/14/2018.

If your school has a custom partnership with Sevenstar and you need a copy of the 2018-19 custom price sheet, please email us.

New and Improved User Support Portal

Sevenstar upgraded to a new User Support Portal to manage our knowledge base articles and support tickets.

If you linked to our previous User Support Portal atusersupportportal.freshdesk.com, please update your links to the new site at support.sevenstar.org

Meet Us at an Upcoming Conference in Q1 2018

Please contact us if you would like to discuss online education with an expert from Sevenstar at an event.

Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for bringing us the following new partner schools:

Devotional – The Ministry of Availability

Jesus was interrupted. A lot. Heal this, explain that, defend this, change that. Spend your time here instead of there. We need you now! Yet he never let it get to him. And he never let it take him off mission. Instead, he viewed the constant requests as part of his purpose; modeling a ministry of slowness, compassion, accessibility, and directness.

There is a time and a place for fast, focused, uninterrupted work. But the life of Jesus reminds us that we should always put people over projects. What matters most at the end of each day is how well we loved, not how much we got done.

How do you typically respond to interruptions? How approachable are you? Do you model the ministry of availability? Lord, in the midst of our busy schedules, help us follow your example. Help us work and love like you did.

News from Around the Web

10 Education Trends for 2018
Education experts forecast their predictions in this coming year for K12 education. We were especially excited to see this prediction for 2018: “Online schools will become more popular.”

   

Online version is available here.

December 25, 2017

Sevenstar News ★ Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

Another holiday greeting…

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Merry Christmas

Here we are in December, the month that wraps up the year and leaves us excited to enjoy time with family and friends.

This season feels like an especially good time to thank you for being a part of our global learning community.

Starting today, most of the Sevenstar team will be on break until January 2nd or later. If you need to reach support, don’t worry—we’ll still be there for you.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas break!

Keep Students on Track to Graduate on Time

Do you have a student who needs an out-of-sequence creditto graduate or complete a grade level?

Our Health course is a good example of a class that is often needed in the spring to meet graduation requirements.

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Christian schools can overcome a wide variety of academic, financial, and growth challenges with an online solution.

Our expansive catalog of online courses is available throughout the year to meet your school’s needs.

Please contact us with the ways we can serve you in 2018.

Chinese and Latin Teacher Openings

Sevenstar is seeking additional Chinese and Latin instructors to teach at our online Christian school in 2018.

Certified Chinese and Latin instructors who embrace our vision and mission may apply at our careers page.

Certified teachers in other subject areas may also apply for positions that will open in the future.

Devotional – What ‘The Star’ Can Teach Us

I recently saw The Star with my son. We both enjoyed it. Although the film took some creative license, it did not sugarcoat the fact that carrying the Messiah and traveling to Bethlehem were difficult. To illustrate, much of the story revolves around an attempt to prevent one of Herod’s henchmen from killing Mary. At one point, when things get especially hard, Joseph and Mary pause to acknowledge that following God’s path is not always easy, but it is still worthwhile.

Yet somehow, we want our own stories to be conflict-free. We want a Christmas and a faith that is easy, comfortable, and topped with extra sprinkles. We want the gain without the pain.

This is completely understandable. But it is not Christmas, and it is not real Christianity. Jesus was born into a world of suffering, to suffer for us, so that we might join in his suffering to share in his life. The Christmas story and our faith itself is marked by difficulty, yet our obstacles are opportunities to live a more meaningful narrative.

As you prepare your heart for Christmas this year, imagine the Father preparing to send his Son into our broken, sin-sick, wearisome world, knowing that he would suffer, but also knowing that it would be worth it.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

– Chaplain Dave

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November 19, 2017

Sevenstar Newsletter ★ 10 Popular Spring Electives

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November 2017


Personalize Learning and Resolve Out-of-Sequence Needs in 2018

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Sevenstar offers an extensive selection of one semester courses for students to explore their interests next semester. Some of our flexible online courses, like Health, are also popular with students who need to free up their schedules.

Explore our online learning solutions to meet more academic needs at your school next year.


Our Blog has a New Look & Address

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The Online Educator

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Improve Study Skills & Test Preparation Online

Is there a student at your school who wants to score higher on their ACT test?

By developing stronger test-taking skills, a three-point or higher increase is not only possible, it is a common result!

Explore our rigorous test prep and study skill courses that are available to start now.

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Powerful Practices: Implementing Deeper Learning in Christian Schools Conference

Do you aspire to offer students a Christian education that is more engaging and authentic?

This conference features over 45 workshops on implementing deeper learning at schools from Christian education leaders.

Discover all the benefits of attending at theconference website.

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January 11 – 12
Gainesville, FL

Register Here


Devotional – “Character Counts”

“This is a trustworthy saying: ‘If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.’ So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?” (1 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)

Okay, so you may not be a church leader. But odds are, if you’re reading his, you are a Christian leader. And if so, I believe that this passage may have relevance for you. Why? Because it points to God’s leadership priorities. First, get your own life and family in order. Live honorably and above reproach. Have nothing to hide. Be the real deal. Then, and only then, are you qualified to lead others.

This is a radically different approach than we get from the world. The world says “Look impressive, build your resume, get results. Character is secondary.” But according to God, character is primary. Effective Christian leadership flows from refined Christian character. Who we are matters more than what we do.

When I look at Paul’s list of leadership qualifications, I see room for improvement in my own life. I’m reminded of Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Where do you have room to grow? As you welcome God’s refining work, he will make you a more effective leader.

– Chaplain Dave


Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for bringing us the following new partner schools:

  • Christian Alliance International School (Hong Kong)
  • Springfield Christian School (IL)

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Industry News

How Project-Based Learning Unleashes Students’ Creativity

One way to engage students in meaningful learning is through project-based lessons that ask students to solve real-world problems. This provides students an opportunity to apply what they have learned on a deeper level and develop skills that will make them successful in college and beyond. View Article

Is Blended Learning the Future of Tailor-Made Education?

Michael Horn discusses the theory behind mixing in-class and internet-based instruction in a recent interview about the future of education, with a focus on improving the student experience. Tune in Here

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