Why I’m now totally disassociated from public education.

Molly Crocker explains.



Come Celebrate a Spanish Christmas


Student Noah Johnson on “Why People Need Jesus”

Essay written for Beyond the Basics English Class.

Why People Need Jesus

Our world is filled with people who are misunderstood, and treated badly just because of stupid stereotypes and prejudices. Looking through my “Christian eyeballs” I don’t see these people with stereotypes and prejudices, I see them as people who need and love help and I want to reach out to them and guide them to God.

We see people like the ones in The Outsiders around our world all the time. People who party, drink, smoke, lie, pilfer and get arrested on a regular basis. We see people who don’t get along with other people other than their friends and family. And the people who live a reclusive life and don’t like other people and just get along with a select group-”outsiders”. We look at these people and think: “Uhhh…Let’s not talk to those people.” But reading this book has really made me think about the expression: “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” because I see that these people aren’t “bad people” they’re just people who need something to fill the void in their hearts with something good, Jesus’ love.

“I’d been to church before. I used to go all the time, even after Mom and Dad were gone…..When Johnny and I went , we sat in the back, trying to get something out of the servmon and avoiding the people…” – Ponyboy wants to know the truth and learn about the Bible and Jesus, but…“well, Soda can’t sit still long enough to enjoy a movie, much less a sermon. It wasn’t long before he and Steve were throwing paper wads at each other and clowning around…” (66) Ponyboy tries to apprehend the concept of a God and someone who loves him no matter what stuff he does. People like Dally need Jesus because his parents neglect him, and don’t care about him and he only gets love from his friends (mostly Johnny who gets the same treatment from his parents). He loved one person, Johnny, and he had no other real love for anyone else, and once that one person he loved so dearly died, the memory haunted  him, and he just couldn’t live with it so, he killed himself. He just needed love, he needed a pure, real, genuine affection from Jesus Christ to save him, and he just needed to ask him for forgiveness.

In our world, we see people like these, but hopefully, I’ve encouraged you not to look at these people the same was but look at them through your “Christian eyeballs” and help them see the light that is God’s love.



Congratulations!!  Isaiah Pellerin (current freshman) and Elizabeth Hale (a freshman last year) are two winners of  the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest!  Last spring during Mrs.Likkel’s poetry unit, kids were invited to write a poem about how to respond to conflict in a healthy way, maybe even offering peaceful solution ideas.  Many of our students & other kids in the county submitted poems and the Resolution Center chose six winners from those entrants.   We are so pleased that out of those six, two of the winners are from ZLO!!  Isaiah, Elizabeth and their families are invited to a dinner and auction in November in which they will read their poems for the audience.  Congratulations again to these two writers!

Advice From a Student

Student Abbey Clarke offers advice on getting through the school year.

read here: Blog post Clarke

Study History to Understand Our Future

“Why do we need social studies, when we won’t use it on a daily basis? Good question.
Consider, do we want our children to be cogs in the grind of daily life or actively impact their

Vanessa Vis asks and answers why Social Studies is necessary, especially now. READ HERE

Changing Course

They teach to a high standard not determined by the public school but by the parents and ultimately Our Heavenly Father.”

A new instructor’s view on being a part of ZLO at her blog here.

Why do I teach at ZLO?

I’d like to expand on the comment posted a few weeks ago and tell you why I very much enjoy teaching at ZLO.  Please connect to my blog by clicking here.

Books vs. Devices

With the proliferation of cellphones and other handheld devices, we might begin to worry that our teens don’t or won’t read anymore.  Our English teacher, Sue Likkel, has written her thoughts on that in this week’s ZLO blog post.  Click here to read it!

It’s the parents. It’s the kids. It’s the PEOPLE!

Seen today on FB:

“Grateful for a fine summer day and the wonderful friends my children have made at ZLO. The parents I’ve met are delightful folks who are all deeply invested in their children’s spiritual, educational and emotional well being.” – Kristin Uhrig

I’m trying to think of what to add to this.  This pretty much sums up what we want to support here – parents deeply invested in their children’s lives.  Us instructors – we’re on YOUR side, serving YOUR family, not an educational system invented by someone else, administered by people who have never met you.