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TJ Prep for rising 8th grade students: Language/Writing Class and Math Class (Part 2):
 Our TJ admission test preparation program is well known for being a highly successful program in the Northern Virginia area. Students in this program will learn the tools that enable them to be successful when they take the New TJ Admissions Test in November 2017, and Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Essay writing in February 2018. In the fall of 2010 class, 10 out of 12 students were accepted for the 2015 class. In the fall 2011 class, 21 out of 27 students were accepted for the 2016 class. In the fall 2012, 13 out of 20 students were accepted, plus two students were accepted in summer round in 2013. In fall 2013 class, 22 out of 30 students were accepted by TJ. In 2014 classes, 23 out of 37 students were accepted by TJ. In 2015 classes, 28 out of 43 students were accepted by TJ. In fall 2016 classes, 16 out of 25 students were accepted by TJ.
We designed a one-year program for the TJ Admissions Test preparation from spring/summer (Part 1) to fall (Part 2) semester. In the spring/summer semester, we focus on more basics. In fall, we will have more practices and test skill practices. We recommend students to take the TJ preparation program from spring/summer to fall. The statistics data indicates to us which students who took both the spring and fall semester had a much higher TJ acceptance rate. Also, we always implement the new requirement changes from TJ admission office to the classes.
The New TJ Admission Test for TJHSST will be introduced during 2017-18 School Year. The ACT Aspire test will test reading and science skills, and the Quant Q will test math skills.

Overview: Reading/Science/Writing Course
The goal of the Reading/Science/Writing course is to prepare students for the Reading and Science of the TJ Admissions test and to prepare students for both the Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Timed Essay. Over the course of the spring, summer and fall, students will spend considerable time reading, science and writing, both in and out of class. The course will cover grammar and writing conventions, and students will be required to practice writing one essay during each class session and another essay between sessions at home. The instructor will provide students with individualized feedback designed to help each student to improve his/her writing skills. Students will also spend considerable time reading non-fiction passages to prepare for the verbal section. The course will cover:
-- ACT Aspire reading comprehension
--ACT Aspire science
--SIS: Students Information Sheet
--TJHSST Essays: Problem Solving 

Overview: Math Course
The math course will prepare students to take the math portion from Quant Q of the TJHSST admissions exam in November 2017. The course will cover all of the following topics: Pattern Recognition, Probability Combinatorics, Out of the Box Algebra, Geometry and Optimization.
Plus the math problem essay writing. The course will also cover test taking strategies and multiple choice strategies. Intensive practice will be introduced.

Date and Time: Once a week for 3 hours. Students can take class either on Saturday or on Sunday.  
Saturday: 8:30am to 11:30am
Sunday: 8:30am to 11:30am
Note: If students have schedule conflicts, they can switch between Saturday Class and Sunday Class, but has to obtain permit from the teacher. 

Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County PKWY) and is right off Elden Street. 

Language/Writing Teacher: 
Math Teacher: Mr. A

Class Calendar:
SaturdayTime
9/2/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
9/9/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
9/9/2017Seminar 2:00pm to 4:00pm
9/16/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
9/16/2017Practice Test 1:00pm to 4:30pm
9/23/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
9/30/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing

10/7/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
10/14/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
10/21/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
10/21/2017Practice Test
10/28/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing

11/4/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
11/11/2017Practice Test

12/2/20178:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing
12/9/20178:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing

1/6/20188:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing
1/13/20188:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing
1/20/20188:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing
1/27/2018Practice Test

SundayTime
9/3/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
9/9/2017Seminar 2:00pm to 4:00pm
9/10/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
9/16/2017Practice Test 1:00pm to 4:30pm
9/17/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
9/24/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing

10/1/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
10/8/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
10/15/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
10/21/2017Practice Test
10/22/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
10/29/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing

11/5/20178:30am to 10:30am -- Reading, Science, Writing, 10:30am to 11:30am -- Math, Essay Writing
11/11/2017Practice Test

12/3/20178:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing
12/10/20178:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing

1/7/20188:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing
1/14/20188:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing
1/21/20188:30am to 9:30am, SIS writing, 9:30am to 10:30am Essay writing
1/27/2018Practice Test

Mr. Ascarrunz, Math Teacher
Mr. Ascarrunz is a former graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has also attended George Mason University where he received his Masters degree in Secondary Education. He has 8 years of high school teaching experience in the Fairfax County Public School system, and 8 years of private tutoring experience. He has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Geometry, and AP Calculus AB and has worked with students in Grades 9 through 12. He is certified to teach both AP Calculus AB and BC. Every student doesn’t want to miss his class. The students love his teaching style very much.

Mr. L.F., English reading and writing teacher:
Mr. L.F. is one of the top notch teachers in the test preparation in northern Virginia area. He has two university degrees and 15 years of experience teaching English and test preparation, including the T.J. Admissions Test, S.A.T. and A.C.T. and G.R.E. He has taught English at Northern Virginia Community College and S.A.T. courses for the Fairfax County Public Schools. Mr. L.F. graduated with honors (Magna cum Laude) from U.C.L.A. and later trained at a European language institute before teaching English for five years overseas. After returning to the U.S., he earned his Juris Doctorate before resuming teaching. He specializes in teaching all non-math portions of the S.A.T., including the essay.

Science teacher:
Ms. C. M. Science teacher on Sunday
Ms. C. M. completed her Master’s degree in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction (science) at the University of Toronto. Her undergraduate degree in biology/chemistry (interdepartmental) was completed at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She has a VA state professional teaching license with endorsements in biology, chemistry and gifted education. She is currently an eighth grade physical science teacher in FCPS. Ms. C. M. has taught various subjects, including chemistry, biology, physical science and math. With 20 years of experience teaching at all levels of the education system, Ms. C. M. has also served in other capacities such as educational administration and doing educational development work with international donor agencies in Belize.  

Dr. J. M. Science teacher on Saturday
Dr. J. M. has been the department chair at Fairfax public school for the past five years. She is certified in middle school math and science, and teaches 7th and 8th grade science at Fairfax public school. Before that, Dr. J.M. taught in three different private schools, starting in 1992 when she retired from her career as an Air Force physician. Dr. Mike has a special certification in teaching Advanced Academic courses and has seen more than 100 of her students reach Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology.

Supplies (required)
Please read the supply list carefully. NO substitutions. There are reasons for everything on the list.
laptop (don't forget your power cord)
TWO (2) dedicated flash drives
college/narrow-ruled 8 1/2 x 11 notebook paper
college/narrow-ruled 8 1/2 x 11 SPIRAL notebook
two blue or black BALLPOINT pens (not gels, not rollers, not erasable) 
BALLPOINT pen in a color OTHER THAN blue, black, or purple
sharpened pencil (no sharpener in room)
highlighter


Advanced SAT intensive course in Critical Reading, Writing Multiple-Choice, Essay Writing and Math target 10th and 11th grade students. The students should have basic language skills. The class intends to significantly enhance testing skills and language skills for SAT testing.

Advanced SAT intensive course: 
Including the optional essay, this course focuses on what students need to know for all subsections of the S.A.T. We cover both the substantive knowledge and the test-taking techniques required to excel on the tests.
Classroom instruction will be a mixture of tips-based lecture and drills. The textbooks reinforce this approach. There is a strong emphasis on acquiring proficiency at thinking logically and analytically. In the reading comprehension subsection, students learn how to recognize and avoid the major types of "traps" that are built into the questions and answer choices--and how to avoid these traps. We also cover time-saving practices, analytical shortcuts, and all the basic areas of English that are tested: syntax, diction, grammar, punctuation, and editing.  

This course will help students gain the strategies, skills and practice needed to achieve a top SAT score. Instruction will focus on the specific mistakes and deficiencies of the high-scoring students in the class, and the lessons will be tailored to the participants. Students will also learn how to be more consistently accurate, how to improve their pacing, and how to identify and fix their own mistakes while taking the test. This course requires extensive work outside of class on the part of the student. 

After taking the course, the average of student's SAT score increased by 300 points on a real SAT test. We are extremely confident in our method and in the instructor's unique experience and ability to teach high-scoring students the skills and strategies necessary to achieve a phenomenal score.

English Teacher: Mr. L.F. 
Mr. L.F. Is a top-notch subject matter expert in SAT preparation field. He has two university degrees and 15 years of experience teaching English and test , including the S.A.T. and A.C.T., T.J. Admissions Test, S.O.L. and G.R.E. He has taught English at Northern Virginia Community College and S.A.T. courses for the Fairfax County Public Schools. Mr. L.F. graduated with honors (Magna cum Laude) from U.C.L.A. and later trained at a European language institute before teaching English for five years overseas. After returning to the U.S., he earned his Juries Doctorate before resuming teaching. He specializes in teaching all non-math portions of the S.A.T., including the essay.

 Math Teacher: Mrs. N. K.
Mrs. K. taught middle school, high school, and college math for more than 15 years. She has secondary math professional teaching license, AAP certificate for gifted-talented teaching, and Intel Master certificate about creating mathematics curriculums. She also tutored SAT math more than 10 years. Mrs. K. is currently teaching at a high school in Fairfax County.


Location: 503 Carlisle Dr. room 125, Herndon, VA 20170 Near 7100 (Fairfax County PKWY and Elden Street). 

Schedule:
English Schedule
Saturday        Time                            Sunday                Time
9/9/2017        7:00pm to 9:00pm        9/10/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm
9/16/2017      7:00pm to 9:00pm        9/17/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm
9/23/2017      7:00pm to 9:00pm        9/24/2017            6:00pm to 9:00pm test
9/30/2017      7:00pm to 9:00pm        10/1/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm
10/7/2017      7:00pm to 9:00pm        10/8/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm
10/14/2017    7:00pm to 9:00pm        10/15/2017          6:00pm to 9:00pm test
10/21/2017    7:00pm to 9:00pm        10/22/2017          7:00pm to 9:00pm
10/28/2017    7:00pm to 9:00pm        10/29/2017           7:00pm to 9:00pm
11/4/2017      7:00pm to 9:00pm        11/5/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm
11/11/2017    7:00pm to 9:00pm        11/12/2017           6:00pm to 9:00pm test
11/18/2017    7:00pm to 9:00pm        11/19/2017           7:00pm to 9:00pm

Math Schedule
SaturdayTime
9/9/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
9/16/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
9/23/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
9/30/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
10/7/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
10/14/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
10/21/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
10/28/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
11/4/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
11/11/20175:00pm to 7:00pm
11/18/20175:00pm to 7:00pm

college/narrow-ruled 8 1/2 x 11 notebook paper
college/narrow-ruled 8 1/2 x 11 SPIRAL notebook
two blue or black BALLPOINT pens (not gels, not rollers, not erasable) 
BALLPOINT pen in a color OTHER THAN blue, black, or purple
sharpened pencil (no sharpener in room)
highlighter


4th grade English Language Course Description:
  In middle and upper elementary levels, students study rich vocabulary and grammatical writing necessary to master written communications setting them up for success in higher education experiences. Students benefit from strengthening vocabulary in order to effectively write academic essays, to participate in critical analysis both orally and in writing as well as to develop critical thinking while reading rigorous nonfiction, fiction text and classical literature. Students will develop an understanding of the eight parts of speech, rich vocabulary, and paragraph and essay structure which are the recipe for effective higher level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of Latin stems and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of classical literature which is comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. Classical literature contains rich and sophisticated topics, vocabulary, and structure fundamental to a quality education.
3.Study of grammar and academic writing on current events in science and math, literature, and research topics. Study of structured writing in narrative, expository, persuasive, and research forms is essential to academic success.
BIOGRAPHY: Ms. Conselatore is a veteran gifted and talented teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the US and abroad. She has worked in Fairfax County Public Schools and the Japanese Ministry of Education where she introduced English language and analytical reading and writing to the public elementary school system.  
Ms. Conselatore received her bachelor degree from Temple University, M.Ed. from Marymount University, and MA from George Washington University. She is certified by the Virginia Department of Education as a Gifted and Talented Teacher and for Administration and Supervision as well. 
Ms. Conselatore has earned her an outstanding reputation in FCPS where she lives every moment to teach middle school analytical academic reading and writing to her beloved students in elementary school. 


EXPECTATIONS: Students come to class eager to engage in discussions, are respectful to one another, and complete all assignments and homeworks on time. Students will check email and Drive teacher comments regularly to fully benefit from ongoing interaction with teacher and their progress. 
laptop/tablet
1” binder & dividers
Lined paper
Marble composition notebook
Pencil pouch
pens/highlighter
3x3 sticky notes
Student/Parent emails with Google Drive

Literature provided by Ms. Conselatore

SYLLABUS
Each class is structured to provide opportunity to warm-up with a brief free-writing exercise, introduction and interaction with new Latin roots and vocabulary, grammar instruction and practice, instruction and practice in academic writing, and reading, discussion, and writing with literature.

CLASS CALENDAR
SaturdayTime
9/9/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
9/16/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
9/23/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
9/30/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
10/7/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
10/14/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
10/21/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
10/28/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
11/4/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
11/11/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
11/18/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
12/2/20173:30pm to 5:00pm
12/9/20173:30pm to 5:00pm


5th grade English Language Course Description:
  In middle and upper elementary levels, students study rich vocabulary and grammatical writing necessary to master written communications setting them up for success in higher education experiences. Students benefit from strengthening vocabulary in order to effectively write academic essays, to participate in critical analysis both orally and in writing as well as to develop critical thinking while reading rigorous nonfiction, fiction text and classical literature. Students will develop an understanding of the eight parts of speech, rich vocabulary, and paragraph and essay structure which are the recipe for effective higher level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of Latin stems and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of classical literature which is comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. Classical literature contains rich and sophisticated topics, vocabulary, and structure fundamental to a quality education.
3.Study of grammar and academic writing on current events in science and math, literature, and research topics. Study of structured writing in narrative, expository, persuasive, and research forms is essential to academic success.

BIOGRAPHY: Ms. Conselatore is a veteran gifted and talented teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the US and abroad. She has worked in Fairfax County Public Schools and the Japanese Ministry of Education where she introduced English language and analytical reading and writing to the public elementary school system.  
Ms. Conselatore received her bachelor degree from Temple University, M.Ed. from Marymount University, and MA from George Washington University. She is certified by the Virginia Department of Education as a Gifted and Talented Teacher and for Administration and Supervision as well. 
Ms. Conselatore has earned her an outstanding reputation in FCPS where she lives every moment to teach middle school analytical academic reading and writing to her beloved students in elementary school. 


EXPECTATIONS: Students come to class eager to engage in discussions, are respectful to one another, and complete all assignments and homeworks on time. Students will check email and Drive teacher comments regularly to fully benefit from ongoing interaction with teacher and their progress. 
laptop/tablet
1” binder & dividers
Lined paper
Marble composition notebook
Pencil pouch
pens/highlighter
3x3 sticky notes
Student/Parent emails with Google Drive

Literature provided by Ms. Conselatore


SYLLABUS
Each class is structured to provide opportunity to warm-up with a brief free-writing exercise, introduction and interaction with new Latin roots and vocabulary, grammar instruction and practice, instruction and practice in academic writing, and reading, discussion, and writing with literature.

CLASS CALENDAR
SaturdayTime
9/9/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
9/16/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
9/23/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
9/30/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
10/7/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
10/14/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
10/21/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
10/28/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
11/4/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
11/11/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
11/18/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
12/2/20171:30pm to 3:30pm
12/9/20171:30pm to 3:30pm


6th grade English Language Course Description: 
 In middle and upper elementary levels, students study rich vocabulary and grammatical writing necessary to master written communications setting them up for success in higher education experiences. Students benefit from strengthening vocabulary in order to effectively write academic essays, to participate in critical analysis both orally and in writing as well as to develop critical thinking while reading rigorous nonfiction, fiction text and classical literature. Students will develop an understanding of the eight parts of speech, rich vocabulary, and paragraph and essay structure which are the recipe for effective higher level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of Latin stems and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of classical literature which is comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. Classical literature contains rich and sophisticated topics, vocabulary, and structure fundamental to a quality education.
3.Study of grammar and academic writing on current events in science and math, literature, and research topics. Study of structured writing in narrative, expository, persuasive, and research forms is essential to academic success.
BIOGRAPHY: Ms. Conselatore is a veteran gifted and talented teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the US and abroad. She has worked in Fairfax County Public Schools and the Japanese Ministry of Education where she introduced English language and analytical reading and writing to the public elementary school system.  
Ms. Conselatore received her bachelor degree from Temple University, M.Ed. from Marymount University, and MA from George Washington University. She is certified by the Virginia Department of Education as a Gifted and Talented Teacher and for Administration and Supervision as well. 
Ms. Conselatore has earned her an outstanding reputation in FCPS where she lives every moment to teach middle school analytical academic reading and writing to her beloved students in elementary school. 


EXPECTATIONS: Students come to class eager to engage in discussions, are respectful to one another, and complete all assignments and homeworks on time. Students will check email and Drive teacher comments regularly to fully benefit from ongoing interaction with teacher and their progress. 
Materials:
laptop/tablet
1” binder & dividers
Pencil pouch
pens/highlighter
3x3 sticky notes
Student/Parent emails with Google Drive

Literature provided by Ms. Conselatore


SYLLABUS
Each class is structured to provide opportunity to warm-up with a brief free-writing exercise, introduction and interaction with new Latin roots and vocabulary, grammar instruction and practice, instruction and practice in academic writing, and reading, discussion, and writing with classical literature.

CLASS CALENDAR

9/9/201711:30AM-1:30PM
9/16/201711:30AM-1:30PM
9/23/201711:30AM-1:30PM
9/30/201711:30AM-1:30PM
10/7/201711:30AM-1:30PM
10/14/201711:30AM-1:30PM
10/21/201711:30AM-1:30PM
10/28/201711:30AM-1:30PM
11/4/201711:30AM-1:30PM
11/11/201711:30AM-1:30PM
11/18/201711:30AM-1:30PM
12/2/201711:30AM-1:30PM
12/9/201711:30AM-1:30PM


3rd grade English Language Course Description: 
 In middle and upper elementary levels, students study rich vocabulary and grammatical writing necessary to master written communications setting them up for success in higher education experiences. Students benefit from strengthening vocabulary in order to effectively write academic essays, to participate in critical analysis both orally and in writing as well as to develop critical thinking while reading rigorous nonfiction, fiction text and classical literature. Students will develop an understanding of the eight parts of speech, rich vocabulary, and paragraph and essay structure which are the recipe for effective higher level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of Latin stems and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of classical literature which is comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. Classical literature contains rich and sophisticated topics, vocabulary, and structure fundamental to a quality education.
3.Study of grammar and academic writing on current events in science and math, literature, and research topics. Study of structured writing in narrative, expository, persuasive, and research forms is essential to academic success.
BIOGRAPHY: Ms. Conselatore is a veteran gifted and talented teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the US and abroad. She has worked in Fairfax County Public Schools and the Japanese Ministry of Education where she introduced English language and analytical reading and writing to the public elementary school system.  
Ms. Conselatore received her bachelor degree from Temple University, M.Ed. from Marymount University, and MA from George Washington University. She is certified by the Virginia Department of Education as a Gifted and Talented Teacher and for Administration and Supervision as well. 
Ms. Conselatore has earned her an outstanding reputation in FCPS where she lives every moment to teach middle school analytical academic reading and writing to her beloved students in elementary school. 


EXPECTATIONS: Students come to class eager to engage in discussions, are respectful to one another, and complete all assignments and homeworks on time. Students will check email and Drive teacher comments regularly to fully benefit from ongoing interaction with teacher and their progress. 
Materials:
laptop/tablet
1” binder & dividers
Lined paper
Marble composition notebook
Pencil pouch
pens/highlighter
3x3 sticky notes
Student/Parent emails with Google Drive

Literature provided by Ms. Conselatore


SYLLABUS
Each class is structured to provide opportunity to warm-up with a brief free-writing exercise, introduction and interaction with new Latin roots and vocabulary, grammar instruction and practice, instruction and practice in academic writing, and reading, discussion, and writing with literature.

CLASS CALENDAR

SaturdayTime
9/9/20175:00 to 6:30pm
9/16/20175:00 to 6:30pm
9/23/20175:00 to 6:30pm
9/30/20175:00 to 6:30pm
10/7/20175:00 to 6:30pm
10/14/20175:00 to 6:30pm
10/21/20175:00 to 6:30pm
10/28/20175:00 to 6:30pm
11/4/20175:00 to 6:30pm
11/11/20175:00 to 6:30pm
11/18/20175:00 to 6:30pm
12/2/20175:00 to 6:30pm
12/9/20175:00 to 6:30pm



7th grade English Language and Writing Class:
The 7th grade Language and Writing class will target at the 8th to 9th grade level.

Course Description: Because we write as we read, students will be immersed in a variety of classic and seminal reading material that will provoke higher-order thinking and discussion, and culminate with effective written responses. Emphasis will be on expository and persuasive writing assignments, and because classes are small, students receive useful and comprehensive feedback on their weekly essays. It is expected that all students who demonstrate perseverance in this class will build their skills of problem-solving, personal reflection, evaluation, and creativity. Greater than all of these skills, however, is a student’s sense of self-efficacy that comes with tackling a challenge.
Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County PKWY) and is right off Elden Street. 

Teacher: 
Mrs. D. R is thrilled to become part of the team at Discover Learning Center. Her 22 years of teaching experience includes certifications in middle and high school English, middle school Social Studies and K-12 Gifted Education. Mrs. D. R earned her Bachelor of Science in Education through East Carolina University, and later pursued her Masters degree in Education there as well. Her love of learning compelled her to complete an additional certification in School Administration and Leadership through The George Washington University. Currently, Mrs. D. R is part of the exemplary school system of Fairfax County, where she works tirelessly to instill a love of learning through critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Mrs. D.R. believes learning should be rigorous, collaborative, and above all, fun!

Calendar:
SaturdayTime
9/9/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
9/16/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
9/23/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
9/30/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
10/7/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
10/14/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
10/21/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
10/28/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
11/4/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
11/11/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
11/18/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
12/2/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
12/9/20177:00pm to 9:00pm

Course Syllabus
Course Topics: 
Language: Vocabulary (Greek and Latin roots, affixes; words from texts; analogies)
  Figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, idioms)
Writing: Writing process (prewrite, draft, revise, edit, publish)
  Six traits of effective writing (idea development, organization, voice, word
  choice, sentence fluency, conventions)
  Forms (narrative, expository, persuasive, informational) and rubrics
  Grammar (parts of speech, mechanics, usage)
Research: Locate and evaluate sources
  Avoiding plagiarism
  Analyzing persuasive literature 
Literature: Forms (fiction: short stories, novels; nonfiction: essays, speeches, news articles,
  etc; poetry; and drama)
  Elements (characterization, setting, plot, conflict, theme, symbolism, point of
 view, voice, tone, mood, dialogue, figurative language, rhythm, rhyme,
structure, main idea, cause-and-effect, sequence, predictions, fact or opinion, genre, etc.)
Supplies: View 1 inch, three ring binder with front and back pockets, a spiral note book, pencils, blue or black pens, green or red pens, colored pencils, yellow highlighters, paper and a small pouch to hold the supplies that can be kept in the binder, and a black and white composition book.

Late Work Policy: Parental notification
Homework/Assignment Policies:  
Homework is assigned on a regular basis and is discussed in class the day it is due. Timely homework completion is essential for student comprehension and participation (e.g., reading and drafting assignments). Homework reflects what is being done in class—it may be an opportunity for practicing, discovering, or enrichment and extending knowledge. 


4th grade Math Course Description
 On the most fundamental level, the study of mathematics boils down to the understanding of numbers and how we use them to problem solve and explore our physical world. Students in grade 4 will study mathematics on the 6th grade level. Mathematical connections and problem solving highlight this math class.

Goals: A deep understanding of problem solving and mathematical connections and relationships.  
1.Study of numbers and operations and how they relate to one another.
2.Study of ways to represent numbers, relationships, and systems.
3.Study of multiple paths to problem solve using models and in the context of word problems.
4.Introduction of pre-algebra concepts.



BIOGRAPHY: Ms. Conselatore is a veteran gifted and talented teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the US and abroad. She has worked in Fairfax County Public Schools and the Japanese Ministry of Education where she introduced English language and analytical reading and writing to the public elementary school system.  
Ms. Conselatore received her bachelor degree from Temple University, M.Ed. from Marymount University, and MA from George Washington University. She is certified by the Virginia Department of Education as a Gifted and Talented Teacher and for Administration and Supervision as well. 
Ms. Conselatore has earned her an outstanding reputation in FCPS where she lives every moment to teach middle school analytical academic reading and writing to her beloved students in elementary school. 


EXPECTATIONS: Students come to class eager to engage in discussions, are respectful to one another, and complete all assignments and homeworks on time. Students will check email and Drive teacher comments regularly to fully benefit from ongoing interaction with teacher and their progress.

Ms. Conselatore will provide add’l math materials from NCTM and MOEMS.
Materials needed:
1” binder, dividers, & lined paper
Plastic pocket folder
Pencil pouch with pencils, sharpener, highlighter
3x3 sticky notes
4-function calculator
Student & Parent emails and Google Drive






SYLLABUS
Each class is structured with warm-up and discussion problem, development of multiple pathways to problem-solve, skill and concept development, practice, and multiple lessons per class in Number Sense focusing on ratios and proportions and the foundations of pre-algebra throughout the Fall semester. Students will build a solid mathematics foundation in each class and should expect homework practice exercises as well.


CLASS CALENDAR
SundayTime
9/10/201712:30am to 1:30pm
9/17/201712:30am to 1:30pm
9/24/201712:30am to 1:30pm
10/1/201712:30am to 1:30pm
10/8/201712:30am to 1:30pm
10/15/201712:30am to 1:30pm
10/22/201712:30am to 1:30pm
10/29/201712:30am to 1:30pm
11/5/201712:30am to 1:30pm
11/12/201712:30am to 1:30pm
11/19/201712:30am to 1:30pm
12/3/201712:30am to 1:30pm
12/10/201712:30am to 1:30pm


5th grade Math Course Description:  
On the most fundamental level, the study of mathematics boils down to the understanding of numbers and how we use them to problem solve and explore our physical world. Students in grade 5 will study mathematics on the 7th grade level. Mathematical connections and problem solving highlight this math class.

Goals: A deep understanding of problem solving and mathematical connections and relationships.  
1.Study of numbers and operations and how they relate to one another.
2.Study of ways to represent numbers, relationships, and systems.
3.Study of multiple paths to problem solve using models and in the context of word problems.
4.Introduction of pre-algebra concepts.



BIOGRAPHY: Ms. Conselatore is a veteran gifted and talented teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the US and abroad. She has worked in Fairfax County Public Schools and the Japanese Ministry of Education where she introduced English language and analytical reading and writing to the public elementary school system.  
Ms. Conselatore received her bachelor degree from Temple University, M.Ed. from Marymount University, and MA from George Washington University. She is certified by the Virginia Department of Education as a Gifted and Talented Teacher and for Administration and Supervision as well. 
Ms. Conselatore has earned her an outstanding reputation in FCPS where she lives every moment to teach middle school analytical academic reading and writing to her beloved students in elementary school. 


EXPECTATIONS: Students come to class eager to engage in discussions, are respectful to one another, and complete all assignments and homeworks on time. Students will check email and Drive teacher comments regularly to fully benefit from ongoing interaction with teacher and their progress.
Ms. Conselatore will provide add’l math materials from NCTM and MOEMS.
Materials needed:
1” binder, dividers, & lined paper
Plastic pocket folder
Pencil pouch with pencils, sharpener, highlighter
3x3 sticky notes
4-function calculator
Student & Parent emails and Google Drive






SYLLABUS
Each class is structured with warm-up and discussion problem, development of multiple pathways to problem-solve, skill and concept development, practice, and multiple lessons per class in Number Sense focusing on ratios and proportions and the foundations of pre-algebra throughout the Fall semester. Students will build a solid mathematics foundation in each class and should expect homework practice exercises as well.


CLASS CALENDAR
FridayFriday
9/8/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
9/15/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
9/22/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
9/29/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
10/6/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
10/13/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
10/20/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
10/27/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
11/3/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
11/10/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
11/17/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
12/1/20177:00pm to 9:00pm
12/8/20177:00pm to 9:00pm