Homeschooled students win mock trial state championship, first team title

The Oregonian/OregonLive, March 19, 2015, Written by Laura Frazier

Claren Walker said her team wasn't expecting much heading into this year's state mock trial competition, held in Portland March 13-14. 

Walker, a senior at the Village Home Education Resource Center, said some of her teammates were new to mock trial this year. They'd had to cram in last minute practice sessions. Their team was small with only eight members.


Big M Little m Blog Post: Class Dismissed


October 28, 2014, posted by Big M Little

On Sunday night I went to see the premiere of the Documentary “Class Dismissed“.**

This was monumental for two reasons.  One, it is the first time I actually recruited a baby sitter for MJ (yes, she’s 3) so I could do something.  And two, it is the first documentary to really explore what happens when you pull a child out of school and convert from traditional schooling to homeschooling/ unschooling.

This documentary was absolutely captivating.  It was extremely well done, thoughtful, and educational without being “preachy”.  I found myself completely inspired by it, without ever feeling like they were specifically making a judgement on you as a parent for your educational choice.  It just really encouraged you to think about what education really means.

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Class Dismissed in Huffington Post


Class Dismissed: New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response


Huffington Post, October 23, 2014, Written by Christine Escobar


A new independent film, now showing in select theaters on the West Coast and making its way to the Midwest and East Coast in November, is currently screening to sold out audiences. Class Dismissed explores the fast growing movement in the U.S. toward home education and learning outside of the traditional confines of a classroom. Produced by 3StoryFilms, the movie follows a homeschooling family from LA who decide to take their two children out of school to pursue learning in a completely different way.

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Class Dismissed in the Oregonian

The Oregonian, October 22, 2014, Written by Amy Wang

A new documentary aimed squarely at parents questioning traditional public education has been released for screenings in selected U.S. theaters, including Beaverton's
 Valley Cinema Pub.


Class Dismissed: Relearning Education

Portland Family, September 29, 2014, Written by Village Home Education Resource Center

Village Home Education Resource Center, an alternative to school for homeschooling families in the Portland area, is featured in an upcoming documentary entitled, “Class Dismissed,” directed and co-produced by Jeremy Stuart with Three Story Films.


Homeschoolers Head to College

The Beaverton Resource Guide, Volume 4, Issue 3, March 2014, Written by Lori Walker

As homeschooling continues to grow in popularity (2009, Department of Education), university are getting accustomed to seeing applications from homeschoolers. At Village Home in Beaverton, college-bound teens prepare for college in many unique ways that reflect their learning interests, skills, and talents.

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Tualatin Teen Dances to Glasgow

Tigard-Tualatin-Sherwood Times, Pamplin Media, Thursday, September 12, 2013, Written by Saundra Soreson

Taylor-Dixon has long admired Amelia’s work ethic, which allows her to practice ballet about 20 hours a week on average while dancing for the pre-professional Northwest Dance Theatre - all while maintaining a grueling course load. While Amelia is homeschooled under the supervision of her mother, a former NASA researcher, she takes high-level math and science courses at Portland Community College. And she enjoys a few extracurricular activities through the Village Home Education Resource Center in Beaverton, participating in a Model United Nations program and a decorated mock trial team.

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LO student lands in middle of Turkish riots

Pamplin Media, June 20, 2013, Written by Ian Kronquist

[Former Village Home learner] Ian Kronquist, Lake Oswego, is serving in southern Turkey with an American Field Service student exchange program. What began late in May as a protest by environmentalists upset at government plans to build on a public park adjoining Taksim in Instanbul has generated into a national movement against Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, whom opponents say is overbearing and meddles in their personal lives. Violence at Taksim, where Kronquist traveled to, was pronounced over the weekend, with police firing teargas and water cannons to clear thousands of people from the square. He safely returned to his host town in Turkey before contacting his friends and family.

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Village Home Celebrates 10 Years


Many local families use the education resource center

Lake Oswego Review, May 30, 2013, Written by Jillian Daley

Parents work hard to obtain the best education for their children in the Lake Oswego community, but not all local families go about it in the same way.

About 45 Lake Oswego families have been members of the Village Home Education Resource Center in the past five years. Located in Beaverton and Northeast Portland, Village Home offers more than 200 classes and resources to its 275 families. The education center will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a big bash today in Portland.

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How Homeschoolers Connect

Metro Parent, April 2013, Written by Sue Campbell

If you've ever considered homeschooling but worried your kids would feel isolated or lack social interactions, you clearly haven't met many local homeschooling families.

"The danger for homeschoolers is that you end up too busy," says Alison Jakel, president of the Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN), a nonprofit supporting Oregon's homeschooling community. In fact, she advises parents who are new to homeschooling to "make sure you carve out time in your week to be home."

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Portland Kids Rock!

Portland Kids Rock with Benetar and Beethoven, June 13, 2012, Written by Cathy Marshall, KGW Staff

When you hear the word “orchestra” you may think of the serene sounds from composers like Bach and Beethoven. Some young musicians who will play at Portland’s Newmark Theater on Friday would like you to add Pat Benatar and The Beatles to that list. They are members of the Portland Youth Rock Orchestra. At just 12-years old, Ava Creasy plays classical music and The Kinks on her viola. “With the rock I’ve had to learn to play faster,” she said. That’s just what the founder of the group had in mind.

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15 Year-Old Aspiring Opera Singer

15-year-old College Student Eyes Opera Career
Special to The Seattle Times, May 30, 2012, By Melinda Bargreen
An interview with Denná Good-Mojab, a 15-year-old college senior who has already appeared onstage with Portland Opera and will sing in Seattle Opera's "Turandot."
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Scripps-Howard Bee Winner and Runner-up from Village Home

Home school student’s correct answer makes trophy ‘materialize'

From Portlland Tribune, Pamplin Media Group, March 3, 2012, Written by Ray Pitz

Home-schooler Katie Carter correctly spelled “materialize” and “irascible” to win Saturday’s 2012 Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee. Carter, 12, a seventh-grader, represents Village Home School in Garden Home (correction: Beaverton and NE PDX). This was her second time competing in the regional bee. Last year, Carter came in fifth in the contest. The runner-up was 13-year-old home-schooler Ellie Phillips [Village Home student]. (Photo from Portland Tribune)

Mock Trial Team Wins 4th!

Mock Trial Team Wins 4th Place at State
Oregonian, Sunday, March 18, 2012, By Bill Graves
For the first time, a 3-year-old team of home-school students organized through the Village Home Education Resource Center in Beaverton made it to state competition and placed fourth, behind third-place West Salem. (see full story)
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Beaverton Team Named Co-champion

Beaverton Team Named Co-champion in Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League Contest
By Special to The Oregonian, January 21, 2010, By Angella Foret Diehl
Beaverton's Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies and Portland's Nanites took home top prizes last weekend at the ninth annual Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League 2009 Championship held at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
The competition theme, "Smart Moves," asked participants to transform the way we look at transportation.
The all-girl Rubber Duckies, from Village Home Education Resource Center, tackled the project of solving the germ problem within a busy hospital environment by conducting research at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland. The team presented a two-step solution composed of a unique air-purification system and an artificial-intelligence-driven cleaning robot......

Village Home Learner Connor Aberle Wins Spelling Bee

Home-schooler Makes a Beeline to National Spelling Competition
Portland Tribune, 03/16/09
Raleigh Hills home-schooler Connor Aberle correctly spelled olivaceous and erythromycin to take the top prize during Saturday’s Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee. Aberle was one of 42 students from schools (and home schools) in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties who competed in the sixth-annual spelling bee at the Hollywood Theatre. The bee was open to students in third to eighth grade who compete in their schools for a chance to show their stuff at the regional event.

About Village Home Education Resource Center

Examiner Online, December 15, By Ute Mitchell
Although most homeschoolers hate the dreaded socialization question, it is a subject they're all too familiar with, when they choose the path of homeschooling. After all, homeschooling means that it is now up to parents to make sure their offspring gets socialized. Portland is an extremely homeschool-friendly city and offers various coops, field trips, and even recreation center classes geared especially toward homeschooling families. See attachment for full article, or ONLINE
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Robotics Skills Tested at OMSI Competition

Students Put Robotics Skills to the Test at OMSI Competition
The Oregonian, October 24, 2009, By Allan Brettman
Tyley Fitzgerald, 10, of Tigard (center) watches over her team’s Lego robot at the FIRST Robotics Competition held today at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Lauren Mickelsen, 10, of Hillsboro (left) helped put together the robot for the Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies team. The wigs, tropical hats and imitation leis worn by Tyley and Lauren were in keeping with their team’s theme of goofiness.
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A Very Young Fiddling Champion

8-Year-Old Portland Girl a Fiddling Champion
The Oregonian, Monday August 24, 2009, By Kristi Turnquist
Listening to Isaaiah Ruby Jean Baltzell play her fiddle, it's easy to lose track of time. Isaaiah is practicing waltzes, hoedowns and rags, of the sort that families used to entertain themselves with in the days before television, radio or iPods. It takes work to be a champion, which Isaaisah is. In July, she won the Small Fry division at the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival, in Weiser, Idaho. Isaaiah also is fresh off a win in the Pee Wee (8 and under) category of the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association Willamette Valley Contest. Her brother, Gabriel, won the Junior-Junior (9-12) category.

It Takes a Village (Home)

It Takes a Village (Home)
Savvy Women Magazine, 06/01/09
It’s confession time. Before watching this video, I’d always had kind of a negative feeling about homeschooling. I’d wondered if homeschooled children were getting the sort of educational experience that would allow them to become happy, well-adjusted people and productive members of society. But I now realize that those notions were based on what? Ignorance, I suppose, would have to be the answer to that question. After all, what experience did I have with homeschooling? What did I really know about it? Not much before viewing the Village Home Education Resource Center video.

Homeschooler in full ‘bee’ mode...

Connor Aberle in full ‘bee’ mode for national competition
Portland Tribune, 5/28/09
Raleigh Hills home-schooler Connor Aberle used his full “bee” mode Wednesday to make it to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.