It is so great to have the students back two days a week. However, having more students on campus does pose some new challenges. There are new guidelines in place for schools including updated mask information, room usage, and parent meetings.
All students and Parents (and preschool age children) must be wearing masks on campus.
Often it is difficult to maintain six feet distance when in our outdoor areas, so it is important to have a mask with you even if you are outside. Traditionally we have younger students picked up and dropped off at the classroom door, and we do want to continue with this procedure. We always have masks available right at the entrance to the CHSA office.
As a reminder, masks that are beaded need to have a second layer underneath to keep droplets from escaping. Attached is the latest information on "Your Guide to Masks”.
New Check-in procedures on campus
If you enter the building for a meeting, to check out a book, or to drop off materials, You Must sign in at the blue counter. If you are meeting with a teacher in one of the classrooms, please sign-in in the classroom with the teacher. The purpose of this is so we can contact anyone who was in the building if there happens to be a positive case of Covid 19. Students will not be required to sign in if they are here for classes. However, if they are here outside their regular schedule, they will sign in.
Parent Meetings on Campus
Parents meetings are still allowed on campus with check in and mask protocols being followed. However, we encourage remote or online caseload meetings as often as possible. The goal is to keep the classrooms safe and clean so we do not have to interrupt our class schedule.
Middle School Think Tank - Goal is to start February 3.
We were originally hoping to start academic support January 27. We still need to do some configuration of rooms and schedules to support guidelines. Because of this we will now look to start support on February 3. More details to follow.
Once again we know this is a challenging time for most families. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Charter Home Study Academy K-8 (CHSA) students are continuing their traditional Annual Craft Faireand sales begin TODAY!
Students have been busy creating their business plan and are now marketing their products online Etsy-style, known as CHetSAy! Begin shopping today at chsacrafts.com through November 27. New products are still being added, so keep checking back to secure the best one-of-kind, handmade treasures.
The Craft Faire began 21 years ago as an entrepreneurial project for K-8 students. Over the years, it has evolved into a thriving marketplace of handmade wares and international cuisine that draws hundreds of patrons. The CHSA students appreciate your interest and continued support as they learn and grow in business, creativity, production, marketing, and have a lot of FUN!
Plan to PAY & PICKUP during school hours from December 7 through 15. As in the past, we only accept CASH for CHetSAy purchases.
The first day of school is August 12. Our initial six weeks of the school year, August 12 – September 25, will be conducted through distance learning. We will then re-evaluate conditions and modify accordingly.
CURRICULUM AND MATERIALS CHECKOUT AUGUST 7-14
School curriculum will be provided to all families and available to pick up on campus by appointment. Caseload teachers will reach out to families at the end of this week to set these appointments. During this appointment teachers will instruct families on how to log into Google Classroom and Pathways and families will complete the enrollment paperwork. A distance learning meeting schedule will also be available at that time.
If you requested a Chromebook or Verizon Hot spot through our survey, they will be handed out at the materials pickup time. If you are more comfortable having a staff member meet you at your car, please let the teacher know when you sign up for a material checkout time.
PROGRAM PLANNING MEETINGS WITH HOME SCHOOL FAMILIES.
Each family and student will have a caseload teacher to help guide families. Meetings with Kindergarten through Fifth grade tend to have more meeting time than middle school. Middle school will have longer class Zoom meetings. Unless there is a need for materials pick up or drop off, caseload meetings can be held virtually. Teachers can also schedule in person meetings. Meetings on campus are by appointment only. Teachers will schedule the appointments with families. If you want to schedule an appointment on campus, please contact your caseload teacher.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS ON CAMPUS
For the health and safety of all individuals, we will be following the CDPH guidelines.
CLASSES THROUGH DISTANCE LEARNING
Classes will be held on Zoom, will meet at a standard time, and will include direct instruction. A schedule of zoom classes along with teacher office hours will be provided for all families. Students are expected to participate in Zoom classes. K-5 students will be meeting through zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays at a set time for each grade. 6-8 students will be meeting through zoom on Wednesdays and Fridays at a set time for each class. (English, History, Math, and Science). Teachers will focus on group activities, discussion of subject matter, and direct instruction during these classes. Classes will be shorter than an in person class. It is very important for students to be present during these class times. In Addition to the live zoom class, each Middle School class will have at least two asynchronous (recorded) lessons with video available in google classroom per week included in the weekly assignments. K-5 class will have asynchronous science lessons and weekly guidelines/suggestions for homeschooling.
Master Agreement Signatures and Technology Survey
By now, you should have signed the Master Agreement for Charter Home Study Academy. If you have not signed the Master Agreement sent out last week, you are not enrolled. Please contact the office if you need assistance firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-622-6984. We also sent a technology survey on Friday. Please make sure to fill out the survey if you need a Chromebook or hot spot. Senior Secretary Janet Johnson and Principal Steve Bryant will be on campus daily.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the required paperwork. We look forward to starting school and at least seeing everyone through Zoom. Take care and please let us know if there is anything you need.
Principal Steve Bryant
Charter Home Study Academy
Dear Charter Home Study Academy Families,
We are reaching the end of the 2019-20 school year and I know this is not what any of us expected. We have missed seeing the students on campus this last quarter; being a teacher and principal on a school campus without children is something I never expected to happen. So here we are at the end of May with the opportunity to reflect on the 2019-20 year, learn from our experiences, and plan for the 2020-21 school year.
School opening is scheduled for August 12. We are continuing to work with the El Dorado County Health Department and the El Dorado County Office of Education to ensure the safety of our students upon return.
We do have some exciting changes happening in the new school year. Traditionally our K-5 classes alternated morning and afternoon by grade. In order to offer a consistent schedule, all classes will be held in the morning. K-3 will be from 8:30-11:30 and 4-5 will be from 8:30-12:30. We are excited about this change because it will allow us to expand parent workshops, offer mini-class workshops or offer parent co-teaching opportunities in the afternoons. It will also create more opportunities for cross grade-level activities.
There will also be changes to our 6-8 program. Classes will still begin at 8:30, but after 2:45 students will have time to review and begin assignments or take part in some electives. We found that students are most successful when they have the opportunity to plan and review at the end of the day. At the end of a class, many often rush to move to the next activity. This study time will allow students to take a second look at what needs to be done at home, to ask questions of the teachers, and to get extra support before they head home.
Standard grading for the second semester this year has changed due to Covid crisis. We are following the guidelines established by Charter Alternative Programs and other local districts in order to document this period. Student report cards will be emailed to families at the end of the school year. The report cards will show the student’s third-quarter grades as well as a semester grade. Students in grades K-5 will continue to have grades O,S,N (Outstanding, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement) for their semester marks. Students in grades 6-8 will have A, P, NM (Excellent, Pass, No Mark) for semester marks. Students earning a No Mark did not fail the course. This indicator is to note that many struggled during this difficult period. The third quarter grade is a more accurate indicator of academic work. Teachers included comments on the grading for a more accurate picture of the grading period. If you need further clarification, please feel free to reach out.
Typically CHSA holds a Parent Round-table meeting on campus at the end of each year. Our original plan was to offer an online meeting, but we are hearing families are a little “zoomed” out. In the survey please indicate if you would like to have a zoom meeting or if you would like to wait until we can have an in-person meeting. As always, you can contact me through email anytime.
Of course Covid 19 is on all of our minds. Please take a brief survey to gather more information on how families experienced these changes and their thoughts on the coming year.
Please Take The Survey
Thank you families for making this school year a success even in difficult times.
Charter Home Study Academy
Charter Home Study Academy(CHSA) is uniquely designed to serve families in a hybrid and distance learning environment. Education is all around us and is not limited to one location or time frame. This is one component of homeschooling and is a driving force in how we incorporate all modes of learning, including distance learning. Our teachers engage with students and families using a variety of tools and methods. Charter Home Study Academy teachers and classes have the ability to quickly adapt to the changing environment in education.
For more information about our program, please read through the Frequently Asked Questions. If you are ready to enroll or would like to hear more about our program, please fill out the request form or call 530-622-6984 to schedule an appointment. At this time, informational appointments are held through phone and zoom appointments.
Dear Charter Program Families,
Please see the following press release that was sent out to our community last night from Dr. Manansala, our County Superintendent of Schools, and our School District Superintendents, detailing the extension of school facilities closures in El Dorado County for the remainder of the school year. This follows guidance earlier from Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
Though we were all hoping this would not happen, we fully acknowledge the seriousness of the emergency and the necessity of following public health guidelines to ensure the safety of students, families, and staff. Charter Principals will be following up with our families at each school and program with regard to our plans to keep improving our distance learning services for our students and families, which are continuing.
The full closure extension order press release can be read on the El Dorado Office of Education website: http://edcoe.org/
Dave Publicover, Executive Director
Dear Charter Families,
Children and teenagers react differently to situations involving stress induced by change, and we are sensitive to the impact the current situation may be having on your student’s well being. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our ongoing priority, so we wanted you to be aware that our mental health coaching services are still available to our students during the school closure. We have worked with our partners at Minds Moving Forward to continue these services through telephone conferences. Our health coaches will be contacting current student clients during the next week.
If you feel your student may benefit from health coaching during this time, these free services are available on a limited, space-available basis. Simply call or email your school office at one of the numbers below, and we will connect with you to help you complete the necessary paperwork.
CCP: email@example.com (530) 295-2259
CHSA: firstname.lastname@example.org (530) 622-6984
CCA & CUPrep: email@example.com (530) 622-8594
If your child needs crisis or clinical counseling, please contact a local provider such as New Morning Youth and Family Services, which is offering crisis counseling services for stress and anxiety exhibited by children and families. To make an appointment, please call (530) 622-5551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If you have a mental health emergency, please contact the El Dorado County Mental Health Crisis Line at (530) 622-3345 or dial 911.
Dave Publicover, Executive Director
Dear Charter Program Families,
Please see the following press release that was sent out to our community earlier from Dr. Manansala, our County Superintendent of Schools, and our School District Superintendents that details the extension of school closures in El Dorado County. The first paragraph of the letter is below: http://edcoe.org/message-to-el-dorado-county-school-closure-extension
In response to the rapidly evolving COVID‐19 circumstances and the potential impact in El Dorado County, School District Superintendents and the County Superintendent of Schools, have decided in concurrence with Dr. Nancy Williams, County Public Health Officer, to extend the closure of all public El Dorado County schools through the district’s upcoming spring break. We urge families to prepare for closures of a longer duration. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the status of closures. Dr. Nancy Williams continues to report that while there are no current positive cases in our county, the El Dorado County Public Health Division expects to begin seeing positive cases in the coming days and weeks, which may require a continued response... (additional information in the full letter)
Thank you for your understanding, and we will continue to provide information to our families as it relates to curriculum and services as information is available.
David Publicover, Executive Director
Although the COVID-19 closures are not easy for anyone, especially if you have children at home, our mission remains the same: providing our families with the best educational support possible. Though there are many challenges, our staffs are working very hard on further improving our support and outreach. This includes making steady progress in improving our online curriculum support, as well as connecting with our students on a regular basis through a variety of methods. Each of our schools is tailoring its approach to best meet the needs of its student population.
Even during this challenging situation, we can create positives together. This unprecedented event is not only an opportunity to dedicate more time with family, it is also an opportunity to share resources that many of our alternative learning and home school families and teachers use on a regular basis. These resources will help families discover reliable distance learning experiences or expand on what many teachers have already assigned to students. For teachers, looking for new online activities, these resources will help prepare exciting and interactive distance learning lessons.
It is important to note that this resource is not a replacement for the activities a teacher has assigned, but it is a valuable tool to help enhance learning in this new educational environment.
Please visit our new online curriculum resource website here and know that we are adding new resources every day! The website is designed to allow our families to quickly find subject level resources at the elementary, middle school, or high school level.
At this time, Charter Home Study Academy campus at Charles Brown will be closed from March 16 to March 20. All school activities are cancelled. At home education will continue at this time.
We know a lot of people are not only worried about COVID-19, but also about what to do with your students while school facilities are closed. Luckily, as homeschool families, we are well prepared! Please continue with your current education assignments. We will keep all of our families updated as far as when the school campus reopens.
Our K-5 families have the tools necessary to keep calm and carry on with the curriculum and path the students are currently on. Your caseload teachers will continue to coordinate lessons with you and answer any questions you may have. Teachers will be able to communicate via phone or video meetings. Please work with your teacher for the best way for your family to communicate. The K-5 classroom teachers will be posting activities through Google Classroom as well and may be setting up online “hangouts” through Google for students and families.
Middle school students are also well set up for continuing with the school year. Students are all familiar with how to use Google Classroom and how to access assignments. Students already have all of their assignments up that are due Wednesday, March 18. Teachers will continue to post assignments through Google Classrooms. Teachers will also add short videos to help families navigate assignments when necessary. Teachers will post any handout needed for assignments as well. It will not be required to print out these pages. If it is a worksheet that needs to be “filled out” there are a variety of ways to accomplish that. The easiest way is to type the answers on a Google Doc and submit that through google classroom.
Teachers are also working hard to make sure that students have access to all of their assignments. This is a new experience for all of us, and it’s also an opportunity for a new adventure!
Parents, there are a lot of resources being made available for families at home. We are working on the best way to share this information. Let’s use this time to help each other become even better home school parents and teachers. We would love to hear more about what our families are doing at home. (My daughter and I are currently making pies for PI day (3.14) If you are on Facebook, share your learning with our page @charterhomestudyacademy.
As we learn more about our next steps, we will do everything we can to keep our families informed. Thank you for all that you do for our community!
Charter Home Study Academy’s fourth-grade core class celebrated their mastery of multiplication facts with a Multiplication “Mathquerade” Ball. Throughout the year students have been working on using the four mathematical operations to solve problems, to practice the academic language of math, and to generate and analyze patterns. To celebrate and demonstrate their abilities, teacher Sue Beaudette created the “Mathquerade” Mystery Ball. Using terms in the academic language of multiplication such as factor and product, students had to determine which numbers were “invited to the ball”.
Principal, Steve Bryant, and middle school teachers, Coral Brunet and Julie Donner made guest appearances during the ball to provide more mathematical sentences and to allow students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge.
“The students enjoyed having the staff come in and celebrate their skills. This gives the students a new avenue to engage in the standards and to demonstrate their abilities in a fun and interactive way,” stated Sue Beaudette. The students added that they loved making the masks and were excited to show off their knowledge.
The Mathquerade Ball is the most recent of many activities at CHSA that not only make learning fun and engaging, but also facilitate enriching social events for home school families.
Charter Home Study Academy K-8 (CHSA) program is a public school option that provides support for families choosing to educate their children at home. Parents facilitate daily lessons, enrichment activities, and correct student’s work. Parents choose from a variety of program options including half-day, twice-weekly classes in grades K-5, full-day, twice-weekly classes for grades 6-8, art-based writing labs, music programs, and skills improvement labs. Staff and parents collaborate to create an individualized academic plan for each student. For more information on the programs or to enroll a student, please call (530) 622-6984 or go to chsa.edcoe.org.
"Mathquerade" students at CHSA!
On Tuesday, December 3rd, Charter Home Study Academy’s (CHSA) multipurpose room was filled with eager customers traveling from booth to booth to purchase homemade creations from student business owners. CHSA’s Craft Faire, where transitional kindergarten through eighth-grade students sell art, holiday decorations, hand-made toys, international cuisine, and more, has become an annual tradition for many in the Charter Alternative Programs community.
The event, now in its 21st year, celebrates the variety of unique artistry skills that students of CHSA have while fostering entrepreneurial proficiency.
This event is designed to allow students to experience entrepreneurialism by developing an idea for a product, creating a business plan, obtaining materials, marketing and selling their product.” said school Principal Steve Bryant, “Our goal at CHSA is to create opportunities for each student to discover a deeper understanding of self and their relationship to the world around them.“
In addition to learning how to run their business and making a little money, students also received prizes in categories such as Master Entrepreneurs, Best Marketing, Best Display and Most Innovative Products.
First place, Master Entrepreneur — Britton Chaloupka - Grade Eight
Second place, Master Entrepreneur — Evelyn Shugart - Grade Four
Third place, Master Entrepreneur — Devin Houk- Grade Four
Best Display — Riley Smith - Seventh Grade
Best Marketing — Jacob and Jarrod Berry - Grade Eight, Grade Five
Most Innovative Product — Kadence Gobble - Grade Eight
Best Slogan — Mabel Hinds “If you want treats for your table, come see Mabel” - Grade Three
Best Logo — Lilah Hinds - Grade Six
Best Business Card - Peyton and Taylor Smith - Grade Four, Grade First
The CHSA program, which is located in El Dorado, provides significant support and resources for families who choose to homeschool their children. Students have the option to attend classes in core content areas, or do their studies entirely at home, guided by parents and supported by credentialed teachers.
More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6298.
Messers Mining Company conducting a sale
Evelyn Shugart displaying her hand made snowman lights
Devin Houk and his cat-fishing poles
Britton Chaloupka, Master Entrepreneur winner, in her “Slime Squad” booth
Dear Charter Home Study Academy Families,
Welcome Back! I hope you had a fantastic summer and are rejuvenated as we begin another school year. Our entire staff is looking forward to an exciting year of partnership with you to provide educational excellence for your children. In this letter, you will find important information for the start of school.
Important Dates - The first day of school is Tuesday, August 13th.
The first day of the K - 5th core class is Tuesday, August 20th.
The first day of the 6th - 8th core class is Wednesday, August 21st.
Meet and Greet – This is our kick-off event for all students and parents on Tuesday, August 13th (please refer to the flier below). Families will meet the teachers, receive the first-week assignments for grades 6-8 classes, attend information meetings for K-5 classes, pick up class supply lists, and much more. At the K-5 information meetings (for students attending core class) - you will hear from your student’s teacher about the year they have planned, including curriculum, activities, class expectations, and parent-teacher communication. It is important to attend these meetings in order to receive necessary information. Attached is the flier for the Meet and Greet.
6th – 8th First Day Classes – On the first day of core class, Wednesday, August 21st, parents and students will attend together at 8:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. Students will attend the full day, until 3:25 p.m. After visiting all of the classes together to hear from teachers about the year they have planned, including curriculum, activities, class expectations, and parent-teacher communication, parents will have a special program back in the Multi-Purpose Room until 12:30 p.m. It is important to attend in order to receive necessary information.
School Pictures and I.D. Cards– Ultimate Exposers Photography will be here on Wednesday, August 28thand Thursday, August 29th, to take student portraits. All students will be photographed for an I.D. card, and pictures will be available for purchase.
Class Schedule for Core Classes:
Tuesday / Thursday
Wednesday / Friday
School Lunch Program: Lunch is available each and every day on campus from 11:20 -11:50. Students in grades K, 2, 4 and 5 can order lunch in the office by 8:30 each day and pick it up before or after class. Students in grades 6-8 will place their order each morning in the CHSA office and will be served during the school lunch period. Students in grades 1 and 3 can still take advantage of the lunch program. Please see office staff to work out times to pick up lunch. The menu will be posted in the office and on the website. The Lunch / Title 1 form will be available at the Meet and Greet.
What’s New – This year we have four new faces joining Charter Home Study Academy. As most of you know, Collette Dickerson, Paula Wohlwend, and Dianne Deitchman retired at the end of the 2018-19 school year. We are all sad to see them go, but we are excited to hear of their next journeys. This also gives the opportunity for new and, for some, familiar faces to join the team. Amy Butera will join our office staff on Wednesdays and Fridays to help with the busy office times as well as lunch and break supervision. M.C. Abajian is a former home school parent who will now be the 5th grade core teacher. Coral Brunet is joining the team as well and will be teaching 6th grade science. The final person joining the team is myself! I will be the new principal for Charter Home Study Academy. I’ve been with Charter Alternative Programs for over twenty years working primarily with High School students at Charter Connections Academy (in the building right next door). I’m excited to work with our K-8 families and to continue to provide a nurturing and safe academic environment for our families.
We appreciate you choosing Charter Home Study Academy K-8 as your family’s educational partner! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to check in with your caseload teacher or call us at 530-622-6984. Again, on behalf of our entire staff, welcome back and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Steve Bryant, Principal
Charter Home Study Academy K-8
Charter Alternative Program students now have an opportunity to experience a music instruction class unlike any other in El Dorado County. In January 2019, Charter University Prep (grades 7-12), Charter Connections Academy (grades 9-12) and Charter Home Study Academy (grades TK-8) launched a Japanese Taiko Drumming program.
“Taiko incorporates movement and is amazing to watch. Students learn teamwork and a bit of the Japanese mindset that working together is powerful and fulfilling” said Mike Harris, Principal for Charter University Prep and Charter Connections Academy.
Taiko is an ancient style of Japanese drumming that features a focus on both musical skill and a dynamic playing style. Our classes and ensemble will have up to 22 drums of three various size are played; the large O-deiko drums, the medium-sized chu-daiko drums and the smaller shime daiko drums.
Instructor Sascha Molina, Director of the Sacramento Taiko Dan Youth Ensemble, has 12 years of Taiko drumming experience. Her experience as a student of Taiko allows her to connect with her charter students, “It is important for me to be seen — especially by the kids — because people see cultural arts and immediately think ‘I’m not from that culture, so I can’t do that’...It’s interesting to see how the kids react to me. ‘Wow. You do this?’”
“I have students approach me saying they remember the Japanese phrases used in Taiko class from Japanese 1,” said Japanese teacher Joseph Reichmann, “When I teach about culture, we talk a lot about Taiko as the performances are a huge presence at festivals in Japan. Giving the students the ability to perform and experience these drums allows them not just the learn about Japan but to experience it, even here in Northern California.”
While the program is still very new, Charter Alternative Programs hopes to eventually gain an advanced, traveling, performance team that will perform at assemblies and events outside of school.
We are thrilled to bring Taiko drumming to our students in coordination with our two sister programs on campus, Charter University Prep (CUP) and Charter Connections Academy (CCA). Taiko performance consists of an ensemble playing on different drums incorporating many components of technical rhythm. Taiko is unique and fun. It can be learned and enjoyed by students of any age and ability level and students can quickly participate in learning a song. As students continue with the art, complexity and high levels of performance can be attained.
Currently, no one in the county is teaching Taiko or has a Taiko team. We envision exposing students to Taiko in early elementary grades and give them an opportunity to join a class in grades 6-8. As the program builds, they can participate, compete and perform demonstrations in our community and region. Public performances at various community events, regional competitions, and other schools in our area will be venues for our students to highlight their new skills and offers opportunities to interact in their community.
Our plan is to host two Taiko classes during spring semester as well as put on several workshops for our K-8 homeschool students. The classes will be open to CHSA students in grades 6-8 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The class options for 6th – 8th are as follows:
Tuesday/Thursday – 1:05-2:00
Tuesday/Thursday – 2:05-3:15
Both classes will have junior high and high school students from CUP and CCA, in addition to CHSA.
K-5 classes will have workshops during spring semester. Dates and times will be announced when the schedule is finalized.
If you are interested in signing up your 6th – 8th grade student for one of these classes, please contact Janet in the office by next Wednesday, December 12th.
On Thursday, November 15th, the Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) program celebrated the 20th anniversary of its annual Student Craft Faire, where student entrepreneurs peddled their wares to customers of all ages. Each booth, staffed by a student crafter between transitional kindergarten and eighth-grade, sold handmade products such as jewelry, toys, cuisine, and decorations. By having students create and run their own business, the Craft Faire aligns to CHSA's mission of building and applying foundational skills in ways that make learning engaging, relevant, and fun.
“In order to participate, students must submit a business plan that outlines their products, prices, and marketing strategy,” said school administrator Dianne Deitchman. “In doing so, students gain valuable experience in creative thinking, economics, and money management.”
After selling their wares, vendors visited classmates’ booths to barter and purchase goods. Students also received prizes in categories such as Master Entrepreneurs, Best Marketing, Best Display, and Most Innovative Products.
1st Place: Master Entrepreneur - Peyton Smith, 3rd grade, patriotic signs
2nd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Riley Smith, 6th grade, western-themed decorations
3rd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Abby Montgomery, 8th grade, hot cocoa & desserts
Best Display: Evelyn Shugart, 3rd grade, created a tiny bedroom to display her doll pillows
Best Marketing: Hunter Tranum, 7th grade, superhero & Disney truffles
Most Innovative Product: Kadence Gobble, 8th grade, decorative succulents
Best Slogan: Levi Morton, 6th grade, “Take a ride on the sugar side”
Best Logo: Riley Smith, 6th grade, “Lucky Buckaroo”
Peyton Smith, winner of the Master Entrepreneur award with her storefront, Peyton’s Patriotic Signs, made an impact on the judges with her business cards, slogan, and overall theming, decorating her booth in red, white, and blue as well as wearing clothing featuring stars and stripes. “I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to sell this year,” noted Smith. “My brother won last year, so I worked hard to put as much effort into my store as he did. I was happy with my store and how I supported our country while learning about business.”
The CHSA program, which is located at the Charles Brown campus, provides significant support and resources for families who choose to homeschool their children. Students have the option to attend classes in core content areas, or do their studies entirely at home, guided by parents and supported by credentialed teachers.
More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.
Peyton Smith, third grade, Master Entrepreneur winner, selling her wares with her siblings
Hunter Tranum, seventh grade, best marketing winner, displaying his themed chocolates
Evelyn Shugart, third grade, with her award-winning doll pillow display
Thanks to a new, innovative math support program at Charter Home Study Academy - students, parents, and teachers are seeing increased academic engagement and performance this year. The positive results are reflected in students’ real-world understanding and excitement about math.
“I like math in this new class!” said 3rd grader Evelyn Shughart. “We do lots of activities and games that make math way more fun!”
As a means to support parents teaching math at home, Kindergarten through 5th-grade classes added an hour a week of conceptual and visual math instruction, while students in grades 6-8 supplement core classes with an extra period devoted to math exploration and discovery.
“Parents appreciate our ability to build on foundational math skills vital for student success,” noted Program Administrator Dianne Deitchman. “Our program provides an unparalleled amount of support for home school students to succeed in rigorous mathematics courses.”
Students strengthen their math skills through engaging conceptual and visual instructional strategies. For example, 3rd-grade teacher Laurie Powell recently taught her students the concept of a perimeter by having them surround various items in the class with different lengths of string.
“The new classes are showing students that solving real-world math problems can be fun,” noted 6th-grade teacher Julie Donner. “Students are enjoying the new courses and readily applying what they learn. The average score of our last chapter test was 27% higher than last year.”
Charter Homes Study Academy’s unique program serves TK through 8th-grade families who homeschool their children. Classes are offered for a portion of the week so that students can receive direct instruction and support from credentialed teachers while collaborating with peers.
More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.
Adriana Santana, Maddox Greco, Steven Hernandez, and Ally Summers collaborating during Math Expansion
Evelyn Shughart practicing newly learned math skills
Students from Charter Alternative Programs held their first gaming event of the 2018-19 school year on Friday, August 31st. This Welcome Back gathering was open to all 6th through 12th-grade students attending Charter Connections Academy (CCA), Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA), and Charter University Prep (CUP). Levi Ainsworth, a member of the CCA student leadership, organized the event to bring students together in a setting outside of the classroom. “Gaming is a great way to get students to interact who may not know each other very well. We play a variety of video game systems, so there is a game for everyone!” exclaimed Ainsworth.
Wyatt Wells and Timothy Moss, students from Charter University Prep and Charter Connections Academy, ‘came to hang out and play games together’, as explained by Wells. Steven Bryant, Coordinator for CCA elaborated, “The games are all family-friendly and allow the kids from various programs to get to know each other while having a great time. It doesn’t matter which Program you attend, it’s all about exercising your skills, making friends, and having fun”.
Charter Home Study Academy K-8 invests in families who choose to be active participants in their children’s education. Charter Connection Academy’s (9-12) mission is to prepare students for success in future careers and targeted advanced education. Charter University Prep (7-12) students take rigorous academic courses as well as advanced courses at Folsom Lake College during their Junior and Senior years.
For more information on the programs available at Charter Alternative Programs, please go to charter.edcoe.org.
The Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) multipurpose room was filled with eager customers traveling from booth to booth and purchasing homemade creations from student business owners. Nov. 16 was CHSA’s annual Craft Faire where transitional kindergarten through eighth-grade students sold holiday decorations, hand-made toys, international cuisine, and more.
The event, now celebrating its 19th year, exemplifies CHSA’s mission, which emphasizes empowering students by building and applying foundational skills in ways that make learning engaging, relevant, and fun.
“Students gain valuable experience in economics and money management,” noted school administrator Dianne Deitchman. “In order to participate, students must submit a business plan that outlines their products, prices, and marketing strategy. Students were encouraged to adapt to the challenges of running their own business, and they did so brilliantly!”
After selling their wares, vendors visited classmates’ booths to barter and purchase goods. Students also received prizes in categories such as Master Entrepreneurs, Best Marketing, Best Display and Most Innovative Products.
1st Place: Master Entrepreneur - Riley Smith, 5th grade
2nd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Jayden Lemming, 4th grade
3rd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Christian Vos, 6th grade
Best Display: Katy and Michael Tudor, 4th & 8th grade
Best Marketing: Olivia Kaihe, 7th grade
Most Innovative Product: Hunter Tranum, 6th grade
Best Slogan: Ryan Bowen, 6th grade
Best Logo: Levi Lemming, 6th grade
Riley Smith, winner of the master entrepreneur award with his storefront, Riley’s Rusty Stuff made an impact on the judges with his handmade business cards; his slogan, “Turning Trash Into Treasure”; and his idea to use reclaimed materials to make products with history, character, and style. Smith also drew people to his booth with a display that included live chickens. “I started my plan by seeing what my sister and I had to work with,” noted Riley. “We had a lot of what some people would consider junk, so we took it and turned it into something different. I had a lot of fun, learned a lot, and want to continue participating in the future.”
The CHSA program serves families who choose to homeschool their children. Students have the option to attend classes in core content areas and continue their academics at home, or do their studies entirely at home. Lessons at home are guided by parents and supported by credentialed teachers.
More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.
Riley Smith, Best Entrepreneur Winner, selling his wares
Olivia Kaihe, Best Marketing Winner, displaying her themed cupcakes
Chloe Messer, seventh grade, serving traditional Hungarian cuisine
For one night only, some of the finest young acts in El Dorado County, performed on stage in the Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) talent show, held on December 1, 2017. Each student who performed was introduced by another member of the drama club, displaying their own writing and public speaking skills. The program consisted of five very different acts with a boundless amount of talent and passion.
Siblings Ariana and Aydan Cooper (third grade) showcased their respective talents by contributing a variety of classic songs, such as When the Saints Go Marching In on the piano and ukulele. Faryn Jordan (third grade), who has been dancing since the age of two, inspired the audience with her ballet to the song Roots, by Imagine Dragons, and later returned to the stage with a spell-binding Serpentine dance. Braelynn Lee (third grade) gracefully displayed a style of ribbon dancing known as Poi, which she learned from her mother; and Hunter Tranum (sixth grade) closed the show by playing Everlong by the Foo Fighters, on his electric guitar.
“Our overall goal is to inspire a love of the theatrical arts in our students,” said director Stephanie Lee, “Age and experience don't generally play a role; everyone is encouraged and supportive of each other.”
This after-school drama club trains under the direction of Randy and Stephanie Lee, and currently has 12 students ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. “The drama club's talent show is in its early stages of development”, noted Program Administrator, Dianne Deitchman, “but a number of our students have enrolled through CHSA to pursue their talents and extracurricular such as music or athletics. I believe this event will definitely grow in the future.”
There is no cost to see the shows, as the Drama Club holds a number of events to raise funds, including the upcoming, full-length play premiering in May.
CHSA K-8 supports and invests in families who choose to be active participants in their children’s education. Staff, students, and their families use a team approach to recognize, encourage, and develop individual potential as a limitless resource. Educators build foundational skills, empowering students to find solutions and adapt to the challenges of an ever-changing world. The whole child is educated in an inspiring and nurturing environment where students have an opportunity to flourish.
More information about the EDCOE Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.
Ariana and Aydan Cooper
Faryn Jordan performing a ballet
Faryn Jordan performing the serpentine dance
Students, families, and educators came together and enjoyed beautiful crafts and tasty food produced by Charter Home Study Academy K-8 (CHSA) students at their 19th Annual Craft Faire, on November 17th. The multipurpose room at CHSA, located at the Charles Brown Education Center, was buzzing with activity as student vendors sold their homemade creations to appreciative customers of all ages. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade eagerly participate in the annual event by creating their own small business product and then promoting and selling their product at the big event. “Participating in this faire, students gain valuable experience in economics, money management, and marketing,” noted Administrator, Dianne Deitchman.
The Craft Faire exemplifies the mission of the Charter Home Study Academy program, which emphasizes empowering students by building foundational skills and then applying those skills in ways that make learning engaging, relevant, and fun. Student products at this year’s faire included an amazing variety of creative handicrafts and tasty treats, featuring holiday decorations, bracelets, paintings, origami, and sumptuous food fare.
After selling their wares, vendors visited classmates’ booths to barter and purchase goods, as they awaited the prize announcements. While all students created wonderful crafts to sell, several students were recognized for their product and marketing accomplishments.
1st Place Master Entrepreneur Olivia Kaihe, 6th grade
2nd Place Master Entrepreneur Joey Chaloupka and Jude Gilmore, 7th grade
3rd Place Master Entrepreneur Riley Smith, 4th grade
Best Display Libby Webb, 8th grade
Best Marketing Eva Smith, 6th grade
Most Innovative Product Lilah Hinds, 3rd grade
Best Slogan Faith Hinds, 6th grade
Best Logo Jayden Lemming, 3rd grade
Olivia Kaihe, our Master Entrepreneur, named her storefront, “Dessert Imposters” which featured cupcakes from around the world. “There were some bumps along the way with planning, but it taught me to keep moving forward,” said Olivia. “When challenges arise, I’ve learned to persevere because in the end it will be well worth it!”
Charter Home Study Academy serves families who choose to home school their children. Students have the option to attend classes in core content areas, in addition to academics received at home guided by their parents and supported by credentialed teachers. For more information about the Charter Home Study Academy program visit us at chsa.edcoe.org or by call (530) 622-6984.
Sixth grade student, Olivia Kaihe, markets her "Dessert Imposter" cupcakes at CHSA's 19th Annual Craft Faire.
We offer an outstanding K-8 public school option for families wanting to home school their children and our school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Each family works with a highly qualified teacher to support their studies at home. Parents and students meet with their teacher on a regular basis for resources, assessment, support and discussions of student progress. Teachers and parents work collaboratively to ensure that each student’s academic needs are met. We follow the California State Content Standards and curriculum is provided for all grade levels.
Additionally, students can choose the option of attending classes two days per week in core subject areas with work assigned for completion on the home days. Classes provide an opportunity for students to learn, interact, and collaborate with their peers.
Several family events and field trips are held each year, providing enriching experiences while enhancing our school’s sense of community. If you would like to schedule an individual information appointment, please contact us.
The El Dorado County Office of Education’s (EDCOE) Charter Alternative Programs were recently awarded a six-year term of school accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The six year accreditation, which is the longest term available, is formal recognition on the part of WASC as to the very high caliber of our Charter educational programs, which included all K-12 programs. A five person visiting committee from WASC completed a three day review of our programs March 9- 11, and the WASC team was very impressed with the quality and range of educational opportunities afforded the community through EDCOE’s Charter Alternative Programs. Students, parents, staff, and other stakeholders played a key role in writing the Self-Study Report. The positive report from WASC was due to the highly collaborative nature of those relationships. Jeremy M. Meyers, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, noted, “WASC’s awarding of a six year term is recognition and confirmation of the outstanding work our staff delivers to our students and families.”
To view our full Self-Study report please click here: Final Self-Study
To view the Visiting Committee’s full report please click here: WASC Visiting Committee Report