Book Club participants come together each month to discuss and choose books. A variety of theme-based books are presented to club members in each division of the Book Club, who then choose one of them. The timeline for reading and the topics to be discussed are also presented during the session. Meetings include opportunities for students to collaborate with published authors. The club facilitator guides and encourages student interaction using prompts in the live meetings and online forums, which are updated weekly. Our online school Book Club is open to students in all grade levels.
The Brainteasers Club is all about critical thinking and problem solving for online students. Club members engage in a variety of brainteasers such as anagrams, pattern puzzles, logic stories, Sudoku puzzles, and word searches. To take it to the next level, students are challenged to create their own brainteasers, and an opportunity for sharing and feedback is provided through Connexus®, our education management system. Our online school Brainteasers Club is open to students in all grade levels.
Debate Club students learn the arts of public speaking and critical thinking. Participation in this club allows students to socialize and build friendships with teammates while collaborating and sharing ideas. Club members build their individual abilities to reason and employ analytical thinking as they strive to understand all the possible arguments about the week’s topic. Each group’s decisions, research, and presentation tactics help determine which side is deemed most convincing. Facilitators help students gauge the impact of current events, develop position statements, support arguments, think analytically, abide by debate rules, and become comfortable with friendly discussion in a virtual environment. Our online school Debate Club is open to students in grades 6–12.
Digital Storytelling Club
The Digital Storytelling Club for online school helps bring storytelling into the 21st century. The club uses a variety of web-based software programs that allow students to incorporate pictures and audio into their original tales. These stories are then shared with peers, and an opportunity for feedback is provided through our LiveLesson® sessions and Connexus, our education management system. The Digital Storytelling Club is open to students in all grade levels.
Pen Pals Club
Pen Pals is a new twist on a classic way to build friendships. Students develop their skills in letter writing, written expression, and penmanship, while making friends with other Connections Academy students. The Pen Pal Club is open to students in all grades.
Student Literary Magazine—Pens and Lens
This monthly web-based literary magazine recognizes and publishes original student work. This recognition encourages and inspires others to pursue both writing and photography. Student writers and photographers in all grade levels are able to join Pens and Lens.
Poetry Corner challenges middle and high school students with various advanced poetic forms. Students learn how to convey ideas, situations, and feelings in inventive and original ways. Lessons teach students how to communicate ideas using metaphors, similes, and imagery. Students are encouraged to share their poetry twice a month during LiveLesson sessions as well as in online forums. Poetry Corner is open to students in grades 6–12.
Quiz Bowl Club
Elementary, middle, and high school whiz kids test their knowledge of fun facts in the Connections Academy Quiz Bowl Club. Trivia questions are presented by level (elementary, middle, and high) in the form of a weekly academic competition. Winners are identified by state and grade. The Quiz Bowl Club is open to students in all grades.
Student Newspaper Club—The Monitor
The Monitor is Connections Academy’s student-managed, student-staffed monthly newspaper. As they work together, students learn about group dynamics, organizational strategies, and team-building exercises while researching, writing, and editing stories on current events, sports, entertainment, and fashion. The Monitor is open to students in grades 6–12.