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Debunking the Myths of Home Education in Class Dismissed - Take Two!

Class Dismissed

Thursday, January 22, 7:30 pm

  • Did you miss the Boston premiere of Class Dismissed? Been hoping there’d be another opportunity to see it on the big screen?

  • Did you make the premiere but want to see it again – this time bringing a family member or friend who just doesn’t “get” homeschooling?

  • Considering homeschooling and would like a non-threatening and fun way (with popcorn!) to get a lot of your questions answered?

  • Or do you simply want the affirming experience of watching the film in the company of lots of others who think out of the box?

Here’s your chance! AHEM is sponsoring another screening of Class Dismissed at the Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA on Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 pm.

Get tickets in advance here: https://ahemclassdismissed.eventbrite.com

Cost: Online tickets cost $10 each, plus Eventbrite processing fee. No refunds after January 18.

Space permitting, tickets at the door will be $15 each, cash only.

Class Dismissed is the world's first feature-length documentary exploring the rapidly growing homeschool movement. Class Dismissed follows one family’s quest to better their children’s lives by pulling them out of one of the highest-rated schools in L.A. Parents Rachel and Todd are frustrated by the rigid state-imposed standards of the modern educational system and hope 21st century technology and new research will provide a means for their two daughters to earn a quality education outside the modern school system. They quickly discover that they must overcome long-standing assumptions about education and face the social ramifications of their bold experiment. See the movie trailer here: http://classdismissedmovie.com/

After the 90-minute movie, there will be time (for those who would like to stay) to discuss the movie and ask AHEM representatives questions about homeschooling in Massachusetts.

Get your tickets here: http://ahemclassdismissed.eventbrite.com

All proceeds will benefit AHEM, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. You will be added to the Friends of AHEM announcement-only elist unless you specifically opt out. Friends of AHEM receive special notices of upcoming AHEM events.

Directions: http://feitheatres.com/capitol-theatre/directions/

The planners and sponsors of this event reserve the right to cancel this function without penalty. The total amount of liability of the planners and sponsors will be limited to a refund of the ticket cost.

Student Government Day

AHEM is thrilled to announce that homeschoolers will again be able to participate in Student Government Day on April 10, 2015 at the State House in Boston! The annual Student Government Day will begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1:00 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Students must be nominated to participate, and a lottery will be held to determine a participant and an alternate. Nominations must be postmarked by December 12, 2014 at the latest. Details below.

In 1947, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted this program which is traditionally held on a Friday in April. This is an informative program about state government that includes students participating in the role of elected or appointed officials to “observe the processes of government.” The program provides educators and students with many opportunities to learn firsthand about state government. It enables government officials to have contact with students. It allows students to voice their positions on important current issues through prepared debates. It enables students to participate in the legislative process through simulated committee hearings and House and Senate formal sessions. It provides the opportunity for students to exchange views with their peers throughout the state on statewide issues.

How does this program work?

Students will be assigned the roles of senators, representatives, constitutional officers and Justices of the Supreme Court. In March, information will be posted on the Massachusetts Department of Education website indicating the roles that each district's student(s) will play on Student Government Day. The website will also provide information about the bills that will be debated, further details about the day itself, and background information about the state government system.

On Student Government Day, students are able to experience the roles of members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government. Many students will participate as legislators in House and Senate sessions. All students may take part in a simulated committee hearing. Others will visit various elected and appointed office holders and staff as they carry out their daily activities.

Who is eligible to participate?

Homeschooled high school students in their junior or senior year. (As a general guide, a senior (grade 12) may be applying to college this year; a junior may have taken the PSAT in October 2014 and was eligible to enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11). Students must not have participated in Student Government Day in the past.

How can a homeschooled student be nominated?

Students may nominate themselves. Download a nomination form in .pdf format here. Mail the form and documentation to AHEM, PO Box 1307, Arlington, MA 02474. Nominations must be postmarked by December 12, 2014 at the latest. A lottery will be held to determine a participant and alternate from each of the eight Governor’s Council Districts.

The elected student designee and student alternate should both attend. If for some reason the student designee is unable to attend Student Government Day, the student alternate will serve as the district's homeschool student designee to Student Government Day. Please note that whether or not the student alternate takes the role of an absent student designee to Student Government Day, in most cases he or she will also have the opportunity to participate in the day's activities.

Important details that may influence your decision to participate:
  • Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the State House on April 10, planning to arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.

  • They will need to wear “appropriate attire” aka for men a sport coat/slacks or a suit, shirt with a collar, tie, and dress shoes. For women a business suit/dress or blouse/shirt and skirt or pants and dress shoes.

  • They will need to bring a government-issued ID (passport, driver’s license, or Massachusetts ID http://www.mass.gov/rmv/license/13bMAID.htm).

  • Nominees must read and sign the Consent Form for Student Government Day Activities, and submit it to AHEM with the nomination form.

  • Parents are welcome to attend Student Government Day. Details will be sent to participants and alternates.

See the answers to frequently asked questions regarding Student Government Day (SGD) here: http://www.doe.mass.edu/famcomm/student/sgd_faq.html

Again, download a nomination form in .pdf format here. Mail the nomination form, consent form, and a copy of your ID to AHEM, PO Box 1307, Arlington, MA 02474. Nominations must be postmarked by December 12, 2014 at the latest.

Questions? Email info@ahem.info.