Upcoming Classes/Contest

ECHSDA is giving away 1 FREE REGISTRATION for the 2016 CHAP Convention!

This year, entries are for First Time Convention goers ONLY.


1. You have NEVER been to ANY Homeschool Convention


2. You have a homeschool child age 5-17

You may enter to win!

Please send your name, phone number, and child’s(children’s) age(s) to me by email at pamtesti@gmail.com or phone (814) 763-1159.

(Please use FREE CHAP in the subject line)

Drawing will be held on March 31, 2016.

Pass it on!  It is a $40.00 value and a great experience!


Do you have a student that loves writing, art or yes, even science?  There are many opportunities waiting for your students at the CHAP convention.  This year there is an essay contest, an art show, and a science fair.  Has your child been working on some artwork this year?  Does your child love science or has he or she done a science fair project this year?  This is their chance to show it off to people around the state.  These contests are held during the convention.  The judging of the art and science contests start at 9am on Friday.  On Saturday at lunch time, there will be a small ceremony where the winners will be announced.  You can register on the CHAP convention registration site for any of the contests.  There is a fee to enter some of the contests of $10.
The science fair contest is open to all traditionally (parent-directed, private) homeschooled students between the ages of 10 to 18. Multiple students (up to 3) may work together on one project. However, only ONE prize will be awarded in the age category of the oldest student. Each student is only permitted to enter ONE project. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners in each age group (10-14 and 15-18). Only 10 projects will be allowed for each group, so register soon.

1st place – $25
2nd place – $15
3rd place – $10
Deadline is March 31, 2016
The art contest is open to all traditionally (parent-directed, private) homeschooled students between the ages of 10 to 18.
The art contest will be divided into 2 categories (artwork MUST fit into one of these categories:
Category A: artwork using any of the following mediums: pencil, pen, pastels, paint.
Category B: photography.
Artwork must be the participant’s own original work and must be mounted on a mat and no larger than 20″ x 20″ (including mat). NO FRAMED ARTWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED! (Mounting is the way a print is attached to a support board; matting is the paperboard window which surrounds the print).
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners in each category (A & B), in each age group (10-14 and 15-18).
1st place – $25
2nd place – $15
3rd place – $10.
All entries must be submitted online by March 31, 2016.
If you have questions about these contests, please see the CHAP Website http://www.chaponline.com/chap-convention-2016-student-contests-and-gallery/ or feel free to email me directly at pegeth13@hotmail.com
Peggy Greene

As program director of Penn State Behrend’s College for Kids and High School Academy, I am requesting your permission to distribute our 2016 summer program brochures to students within your school. I appreciate your past participation and look forward to partnering with you again in providing summer educational and career exploration opportunities to your students.  Once again College for Kids will be offering an array of new and returning classes for students’ ages 6 to 14. For the second year, Behrend’s High School Academy will provide exciting STEM and career exploration opportunities to students ages 14-18. Please visit our web sites at www.behrend.psu.edu/kids and www.behrend.psu.edu/academy for more information.Please complete and sign the attached writable form and email it back to Kelly Kemmet at klk48@psu.edu by Monday, March 7, 2016.  The brochures will arrive at your school during the month of April and we ask that schools distribute them as quickly as possible since registration will begin early May and enrollment is limited.

Classical Conversations of Erie will be hosting an open house on Wednesday March 9th.  CC of Erie, which meets at First Alliance Church on Wednesdays, is a Christian homeschool community based on the classical model of education. If you’ve been wondering what classical education and/or our classical community is all about, this is the perfect time to see us in action, talk with our parents, and ask your questions.    Our Foundations/Essentials director, Corina Wheeler, will be available throughout the day, and our Challenge director, Karen Alex, will be available 12:30-1pm and after 3:30 to answer your questions.  To help us prepare for your visit, please let us know you are coming by selecting “Going” and adding a comment telling us the ages of your children on the Open House event on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CCofEriePA) or email Corina Wheeler at bronzebird825@gmail.com.

PHAA High School at Home Conference   http://www.phaa.org/conference2016.pdf  We would like to invite you and them to attend our annual PHAA High School at Home Conference, set for Monday April 18, 2016, at the Bongiorno Conference Center just outside of Carlisle PA.  You can now register online at www.phaa.org— and till March 1st, you’ll get the ‘early bird special’ rate of just $29.95 for the whole day.    This includes generous snacks and a buffet lunch.  The conference is a great way for you and your families to gain real inspiration for making their high school programs REACH FOR EXCELLENCE– in fact, that’s our theme for this year’s conference!  Last year’s conference was a great success– everyone appreciated the new location, and the energy was positive. Hoping to see you on April 18th!  Susan and Howard Richman,Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency

Pro-Life Essay Contest  Open to PA students in Grades 7-12.  Write a pro-life essay about abortion, euthanasia, or stem cell research.   Word Limit: 500 for Grades 7-9      750 for Grades 10-12  Essays must include a cover page with the student’s name, address, phone number, grade and school.   Cash prizes!  Interested?  Submit entries by  Monday, March 7, 2016 to  lifelines@paprolife.org or mail to  PA Pro-Life Federation 4800 Jonestown Rd, Suite 102 Harrisburg, PA 17109-1741

KING’s Co-op in North East will be offering Apologia Biology in a lecture and lab format for interested 8th-12th graders during the 2015-2016 school year. Microscope work and dissection will be included in the lab portion of the class. Apologia Biology is an AP Test prepatory class. For more information, please PM Joy Switala or email at theswitalas@roadrunner.com

Live Algebra Classes via Webinar for Homeschoolers


My name is Steve Sobek.  I am a homeschool father and a Pennsylvania certified math and computer teacher with 33 years of experience.  After retiring three years ago I started an online website with flashcard-like drills for learning mental math, geography, Bible, vocabulary, and music.  The web address is www.AmysFlashcards.com .

I would now also like to teach some algebra classes by way of webinar beginning perhaps as early as this fall.  The experience would be similar to a normal classroom with students asking and answering questions right from the comfort of their own home and would get to know and develop friendships with other students across the country who are also enrolled in the class. The class size would be small with about 20 active students.

All the important details of the class are found on the following web page: www.amysflashcards.com/algebra.html


The Erie Youth Gaveliers is a Toastmasters International Gavel Club.
Toastmasters International is a club for adults to help members improve their public speaking and leadership skills. Gavel Clubs do the same for students under 18.
Public speaking situations happen all the time, from delivering formal speeches to participating in a roundtable discussion at school or work, to introducing friends and relatives to new acquaintances. What better time to learn than as a student who will sooner rather than later be facing job and college admissions interviews?
The Erie Youth Gaveliers meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning September 8, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Glenwood UM Church (2931 Myrtle St.- corner of Peach and Myrtle). Students ages 9 to 17 are welcome. Students work through project books as they participate in the club. They begin with Competent Communicator, which contains five different formal speech projects with speeches ranging from three to seven minutes, and then work through books of their choice on topics like storytelling, technical speaking, and more. Students work at their own pace through the books. They also have roles to fill each meeting, including timing speeches, counting votes, giving impromptu speeches and evaluating others’ speeches (like I said, there are all kinds of public speaking). Club officers are elected by members. Cost is $20 per student per year.
Allison Judd


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