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PALCS Students participate in the Harrisburg Farm Show.
We recently had the opportunity to speak to PALCS High School Math teacher, Mr. Jeff Smith, who has been working at PALCS since 2007. Mr. Smith teaches Algebra 1B, Pre-Algebra & Geometry to students in grades 9th-12th.
Mr. Smith grew up in the small city of Greensburg located in Westmoreland County. He enjoys cheering on his favorite sports team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and tries to attend as many games as he can during their season! During his summer breaks he takes time to relax, spend time with his nieces & nephews, and adventure through different trails on his mountain bike.
Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Education degree from California University of Pennsylvania in 2000. He began working at PALCS shortly after he graduated from college. While working for PALCS, he decided to pursue his Masters of Special Education Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Growing up he was surrounded by educators, and influenced by his mom, who was a Reading Specialist. From a very young age, Mr. Smith felt that he had a calling for a future career path in the Education field.
Mr. Smith believes that here at PALCS students are able to grow and be successful in a unique way with the resources that every teacher provides. “School comes down to giving students opportunities. If you can make students feel successful and confident in what they are learning, then they will do well.” Mr. Smith connects with his students through email, phone, live virtual lessons and school events.
“I want my students to feel comfortable asking for help and guidance whenever they may need it,” said Mr. Smith. “All of my students know that if they need me for anything, they can easily contact me and I’ll […]
Meet Jaclynn Grace Heckendorn, a 10th grader at PALCS. After hearing about PALCS through her best friend, Grace started her cyber-education journey with us when she was in 6th grade. In her spare time, Grace raises, breeds, sells, and shows goats!
PALCS’ flexible schedule allows Grace to spend more time with her goats than she ever could in a regular brick and mortar school. Grace says that her experience with PALCS so far has been great! She feels as though she is getting a better education, and “loves [her] teachers, classes, and that there are so many different electives to take.”
Grace grew up with a passion for animals, as her parents always had pets. When she was six years old, she got a pony, and then shortly after the Heckendorn’s decided to get goats. “Our neighbors raised goats, so we decided to buy a male and a female.” Grace explains that the female goats are referred to as “does”, and the neutered males are called “wethers”. Grace and her family currently have about twenty goats, and four that are currently pregnant.
Grace has been raising goats for seven years now, and shows in local fair’s and farm shows. This past summer, Grace won the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the Dayton Fair 2018.
When showing animals, appearance, grooming, and showmanship are all factors that are taken into account when being judged. According to the American Goat Society (AGS), “a good showman is a person that can effectively present an animal in such a way as to enhance its best characteristics.” AGS continues to explain that during the shows, “you are judged on your abilities to both control and present your animal, and how you and your animal can […]
Happy New Year! We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year for our University Scholars Program! It is not too early to begin exploring your options for next school year and see if PALCS, or USP, is a good fit for you and your family!
The University Scholars Program (USP) is a cyber-blended, honors college-preparatory program for eligible students in grades 6-12, enrolled in PALCS. USP opened its doors in the fall of 2005, and has over 245 middle and high school students today. As a highly competitive and rigorous program for students, eager to learn at a more advanced level, an additional application and test is required for acceptance to the program.
Students may participate in the program either virtually, or on-site at our Advanced Ideas Center, located in West Chester, PA. The Advanced Ideas Center provides a small learning community, with an average class size of about 12, where individual and diverse academic achievement is valued and supported in this blended learning situation. The University Scholars Program Curriculum focuses on synapse building through problem-solving, rich experiences, and challenging content. Lessons are designed to be interdisciplinary, engaging, project-based, and to spark intellectual curiosity.
If accepted, students participate in the program two to three days per week. Middle school students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and every other Friday, while high school students attend on Mondays and Wednesdays, and every other Friday. Classes are generally offered from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm. Classes range from 60 to 90 minutes, allowing students to take at least four classes a day. Students who are accepted into USP will take their core classes through this program, and their electives either online through […]
As our year winds down to winter break, there is a lot of success that we should recognize here at PALCS in 2018. Our PALCS students and families have made this year one to remember and we are excited to see what 2019 has in store.
Meet Dominic Corcoran, an 8th grader at PALCS, and an avid performer. Dominic and his older sister, Sofia, were born in Philadelphia and now reside in Delaware County. Growing up, Dominic was a very precocious child, reading and entertaining at a very young age. Dominic fell in love with the theater after seeing The Lion King on Broadway when he was 4 years old. “He has always enjoyed performing, acting and singing, as well as drawing and writing,” his mother, Trisha, explains. Dominic’s inspiration to draw and write came from simple stories such as the Captain Underpants series, with its simple but creative illustrations, and memorable characters and story lines.
PALCS is proud to announce that our 2018-2019 school year is off to a fantastic start! We would like to thank our incredible students, families and staff for their hard work. A total of 1,246 students, or 41% of our student body, have earned an honor roll certificate, recognizing them for their devoir and commitment. These students have earned exceptional grades in the first marking period.
It is already mid-November and the holiday season is quickly approaching! It has been such an amazing year for PALCS so far, and we would like to reflect on all of the reasons we have to be thankful. Our latest breaking news is that PALCS, for the first time in its 15 year history, has over 3,000 students currently enrolled students state-wide. This milestone was reached just this week, and is our largest student body ever.