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TJ Prep class for the 8th grade students in fall of 2018: Science, English 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. In fall of 2017 class, there were more than 35 students were accepted by TJ, near 70% of acceptance rate.  
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 has been introduced during 2017-18 School Year. The ACT Aspire test tested reading and science skills, and the Quant Q tested 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 2018. 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.
Dear parents and students,
Discover Learning Center has built a top-notch TJ prep. team for our summer semester. Our science teachers designed our curriculum and mock tests from the ground up, tailored specifically for the latest revision of the TJ admissions test. On the English side, last year's students raved that our reading/writing teachers helped them tremendously. Similarly, our math teacher is very familiar with the Quant Q test set. Thus, the Discover Learning Center team is the best resource in Northern Virginia for preparing students to receive the Fall 2018 TJ admissions test. Please find the feedback and comments from the students and parents at 

Below are our students feedback following the 2017 revision of the TJ test:
Question--Are the questions in the test harder, or same level or easier than what we taught in the TJ prep. Class? 
Answer--The TJ test was actually easier than what we taught in the TJ prep. There were only a few questions that needed outside knowledge.

Question--Are the questions in the test harder__, or same level__ or easier __ than in our 3 mock tests? Please provide detailed examples
Answer--The T.J test was easier than our 3 mock tests. The questions were the same level as what I learned in TJ prep. There were a lot of questions where the things we learned class was related to the test questions. 

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. 


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

Class Calendar: 
Class on Saturday Class on Sunday 
8/25/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English8/26/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English
9/1/2018Seminar 2:30pm to 4:30pm Seminar 2:30pm to 4:30pm
9/1/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math9/2/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math
9/8/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English9/9/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English
9/15/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math9/16/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math
9/22/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English9/23/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English
9/29/2018Mock Test 1:30pm to 5:30pm9/29/2018Mock Test 1:30pm to 5:30pm
9/29/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math9/30/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math
10/6/2018Mock Test 3:00pm to 6:00pm10/6/2018Mock Test 3:00pm to 6:00pm
10/6/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English10/7/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English
10/13/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math10/14/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math
10/20/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English10/21/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am English
10/27/2018Mock Test10/27/2018Mock Test
10/27/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math10/28/20188:30am to 9:30am Science 9:30am to 11:30am Math
11/3/20188:30am to 9:30am Science, 9:30am to 10:30am English, 10:30am to 11:30am Math11/4/20188:30am to 9:30am Science, 9:30am to 10:30am English, 10:30am to 11:30am Math


12/1/20188:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Math Essay writing12/2/20188:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Math Essay writing
12/8/20188:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Science Essay writing12/9/20188:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Science Essay writing
12/15/20188:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Math Essay writing12/16/20188:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Math Essay writing

1/5/2019Seminar1/5/2019Seminar
1/5/20198:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Science Essay writing1/6/20198:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Science Essay writing
1/12/20198:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Math Essay writing1/13/20198:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Math Essay writing
1/19/20198:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Science Essay writing1/20/20198:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Science Essay writing
1/26/20198:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Math Essay writing1/27/20198:30am to 10:00 SIS writing, 10:00am to 11:30am Math Essay writing
2/2/2019Mock Test2/2/2019Mock Test


Team: 
English Language/Writing Teacher: Mrs. D. R (on Saturday)
English Language/Writing Teacher: Mrs. J. K (on Sunday)
Science Teacher: Dr. J. M (on Saturday)
Science Teacher: Ms. C. M (on Sunday)
Math Teacher: Mrs. K

Teacher: Mrs. D. R. English teacher on Saturday
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!

Teacher Ms. J. K. English teacher on Sunday
Ms. J.K. has a BA in history from the University of Mary Washington and a Masters of Education from Rutgers University. She is certified to teach K-12 Gifted Education. Over the past 26 years, Ms. K taught writing and research in AP courses and Pre-IB courses at the secondary level in Virginia and in New Jersey. Currently, she is an Advanced Academics middle school teacher in the Fairfax County School System. Her extensive experience includes helping mentor students writing their college application essays and IB History essays during their senior year. Ms. K is well versed in the area of differentiation. Her writing lessons challenge students to analyze and to explain their ideas using evidence to support their arguments. She looks forward to working with her new students and helping them achieve their goals.

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. 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.

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.  


Math Teacher: Mrs. 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. Mrs. K. is currently teaching at a magnet high school in Fairfax County.

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


Grade 6 English Language Class – Fall 2018

Course Description: Targets the 7th/8th level. Students study rich vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively write academic essays, participate in critical analyses, and share with small/large groups. Students will develop an understanding of the six traits of writing, the eight parts of speech, and numerous poetic tools: all elements of higher-level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of prefixes, suffixes, and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of literature comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. 
3.Study of grammar and academic writing in areas of science, math, literature, and research
4.Free writing every day.
5.Timed writing every week.

Teacher: Mr. V thoroughly enjoyed the English classes he taught at Discover Learning last fall, spring, and summer, and looks forward to more this school year. Since graduating from the College of William and Mary with degrees in English and Education, he has taught English in Mexico, England, Peru, and Spain. Mr. V is a veteran instructor, teaching gifted/talented FCPS students for more than 11 years. In recent years, Mr. V has been gratified to see a number of his graduates go to TJ for high school. No matter what grade level (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or high school), Mr. V has been excited by the opportunity to engage and challenge children. Seeing light bulbs go off in the heads of his students makes teaching the only job he would ever want to do.

Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.


Supplies To Bring The First Day: 

1.A 1-inch or 1.5-inch binder with five dividers

oDivider one- Bellwork
oDivider two - Classwork
oDivider three -Homework
oDivider four-Heavy Work* [This includes major projects and essays.]
oDivider five -Other

2. A pouch to store at least 3 sharpened pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter.
3.Post-its
4.Colored Pencils
5.*Your A.R. Book* (AKA your ‘Always Reading’ Book. AKA any book you have not yet read.)

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

Class Calendar: Once a week, Saturdays 1:30pm-3:30pm

SaturdayTime
9/8/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
9/15/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
9/22/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
9/29/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
10/6/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
10/13/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
10/20/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
10/27/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
11/3/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
11/10/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
11/17/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
12/1/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm
12/8/2018 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Skill Calendar: Saturdays 1:30am-3:30pm: [When it is in the best interest of his students, Mr. Verbicar will modify the calendar. He will also supplement lessons with age-specific examples.]

9/8: Primary Skills: Organization, Alliteration.

9/15: Primary Skills: Writing Traits  Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice. Types of Conflict.  

9/22: Types of Conflict. Parts of Speech.

9/29: Short Story Elements. AR Book Review Essay.

10/6: Short Story Elements. Writing Meaningful, Organized Letters.

10/13: Poetic Tools, Imagery, Analysis.  

10/20: Plot: Exposition, Initiating Event, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution/Denouement. 

10/27: Plot Essay. Affixes.

11/3: Analogies. Foreshadowing.

11/10: Roots. Research.  

11/24: Analogies. Anthropomorphic Personification.

12/1: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. General vs. Specific Writing.

12/8: Writing Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. Constructive Feedback. Prior Skill Review.  





Grade 5 English Language Class – Fall 2018

Course Description: Targets the 6th/7th level. Students study rich vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively write academic essays, participate in critical analyses, and share with small/large groups. Students will develop an understanding of the six traits of writing, the eight parts of speech, and numerous poetic tools: all elements of higher-level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of prefixes, suffixes, and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of literature comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. 
3.Study of grammar and academic writing in areas of science, math, literature, and research
4.Free writing every day.
5.Timed writing every week.

Teacher: Mr. V thoroughly enjoyed the English classes he taught at Discover Learning last fall, spring, and summer, and looks forward to more this school year. Since graduating from the College of William and Mary with degrees in English and Education, he has taught English in Mexico, England, Peru, and Spain. Mr. V is a veteran instructor, teaching gifted/talented FCPS students for more than 11 years. In recent years, Mr. V has been gratified to see a number of his graduates go to TJ for high school. No matter what grade level (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or high school), Mr. V has been excited by the opportunity to engage and challenge children. Seeing light bulbs go off in the heads of his students makes teaching the only job he would ever want to do.

Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.


Supplies To Bring The First Day: 

1. A thick, 1.5-inch binder with five labeled dividers
oDivider one- Bellwork
oDivider two - Classwork
oDivider three -Heavy Work
oDivider four-*Homework*
oDivider five -*Life Notebook*

2. A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter. 3. Post-its  

4. Your AR Book: i.e. your ‘Always Reading’ Book, i.e. any book you want to read that you have not already read.  

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

Class Calendar: Once a week, on Saturday from 11:30am to 1:30pm

SaturdayTime
9/8/201811:30am to 1:30pm
9/15/201811:30am to 1:30pm
9/22/201811:30am to 1:30pm
9/29/201811:30am to 1:30pm
10/6/201811:30am to 1:30pm
10/13/2018 11:30am to 1:30pm
10/20/201811:30am to 1:30pm
10/27/201811:30am to 1:30pm
11/3/201811:30am to 1:30pm
11/10/201811:30am to 1:30pm
11/17/201811:30am to 1:30pm
12/1/201811:30am to 1:30pm
12/8/201811:30am to 1:30pm

Skill Calendar: Saturdays 1:30pm-3:30pm: [When it is in the best interest of his students, Mr. Verbicar will modify the calendar. He will also supplement lessons with age-specific examples.]

9/8: Primary Skills: Organization, Alliteration.

9/15: Primary Skills: Writing Traits  Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice. Types of Conflict.  

9/22: Types of Conflict. Parts of Speech.

9/29: Short Story Elements. AR Book Review Essay.

10/6: Short Story Elements. Writing Meaningful, Organized Letters.

10/13: Poetic Tools, Imagery, Analysis.  

10/20: Plot: Exposition, Initiating Event, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution/Denouement. 

10/27: Plot Essay. Affixes.

11/3: Analogies. Foreshadowing.

11/10: Roots. Research.  

11/24: Analogies. Anthropomorphic Personification.

12/1: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. General vs. Specific Writing.

12/8: Writing Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. Constructive Feedback. Prior Skill Review.  





Grade 4 English Language Class – Fall 2018

Course Description: Targets the 5th/6th level. Students study rich vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively write academic essays, participate in critical analyses, and share with small/large groups. Students will develop an understanding of the six traits of writing, the eight parts of speech, and numerous poetic tools: all elements of higher-level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of prefixes, suffixes, and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of literature comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. 
3.Study of grammar and academic writing in areas of science, math, literature, and research
4.Free writing every day.
5.Timed writing each week.

Teacher: Mr. V thoroughly enjoyed the English classes he taught at Discover Learning last fall, spring, and summer, and looks forward to more this school year. Since graduating from the College of William and Mary with degrees in English and Education, he has taught English in Mexico, England, Peru, and Spain. Mr. V is a veteran instructor, teaching gifted/talented FCPS students for more than 11 years. In recent years, Mr. V has been gratified to see a number of his graduates go to TJ for high school. No matter what grade level (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or high school), Mr. V has been excited by the opportunity to engage and challenge children. Seeing light bulbs go off in the heads of his students makes teaching the only job he would ever want to do.

Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.


Supplies:

1.A 1-inch or 1.5-inch binder with five dividers

oDivider one- Bellwork
oDivider two - Classwork
oDivider three -Homework
oDivider four-Heavy Work* [This includes major projects and essays.]
oDivider five -Other

2. A pouch to store at least 3 sharpened pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter.
3.Post-its
4.Colored Pencils
5.*Your A.R. Book* (AKA your ‘Always Reading’ Book. AKA any book you have not yet read.)

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

Class Calendar: Once a week, Saturday 4:00pm to 6:00pm

SaturdayTime
9/8/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
9/15/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
9/22/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
9/29/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
10/6/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
10/13/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
10/20/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
10/27/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
11/3/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
11/10/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
11/17/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
12/1/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
12/8/20184:00pm to 6:00pm

Skill Calendar: Saturdays 4:00pm-6:00pm: [When it is in the best interest of his students, Mr. Verbicar will modify the calendar. He will also supplement lessons with age-specific examples.]

9/8: Primary Skills: Organization, Alliteration.

9/15: Primary Skills: Writing Traits  Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice. Types of Conflict.  

9/22: Types of Conflict. Parts of Speech.

9/29: Short Story Elements. AR Book Review Essay.

10/6: Short Story Elements. Writing Meaningful, Organized Letters.

10/13: Poetic Tools, Imagery, Analysis.  

10/20: Plot: Exposition, Initiating Event, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution/Denouement. 

10/27: Plot Essay. Affixes.

11/3: Analogies. Foreshadowing.

11/10: Roots. Research.  

11/24: Analogies. Anthropomorphic Personification.

12/1: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. General vs. Specific Writing.

12/8: Writing Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. Constructive Feedback. Prior Skill Review.  



5th to 6th Grade Pre-Algebra/Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) – Fall 2018

Course Description: Targets the 6th/7th level. Students will transition to foundations of algebra. This includes a focus on rational numbers and operations involving rational numbers, using ratios to compare data sets; recognizing decimals, fractions, and percent’s as ratios; solving single-step and multistep problems, using positive rational numbers; and gaining a foundation in the understanding of and operations with integers. Students will solve problems involving area and perimeter, and begin to graph in a coordinate plane. In addition, students will build on the concept of graphical representation of data developed in the elementary grades and develop concepts regarding measures of center. Students will solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable, and use algebraic terminology. Students will represent proportional relationships using two variables as a precursor to the development of the concept of linear functions, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively progress with an end goal of doing calculus one day at the high school level. 

Goals: To build a foundation in algebraic reasoning and improve critical thinking skills.  
Challenging class-opener in a competitive setting with prizes.
Lesson to engage concepts.
Homework handed back with feedback.
Challenging multi-concept problems with a gentle walkthrough.
Timed mini quiz each week.

Teacher: Mr. V.
Mr. V has taught all levels of Mathematics from 4th grade through AP Calculus BC over his 8 year teaching career. He built and maintained an AP Calculus program at his first teaching assignment in PA where the course was never offered. He was brought to Fairfax County four years ago to help develop a non-AP Applied Calculus course for Fairfax County Schools (which has been adopted county-wide). He currently leads the AP Calculus AB Team at a top Fairfax County Public School. He has been an AP Reader (expert teacher flown to Kansas City, MO to grade the official AP Exam Free Response Sections) and has attended several AP Collegeboard trainings and Summer Institutes for Calculus. He was a part of the leader teachers’ panel to adopt textbooks for the 2019 school year and beyond in FCPS for Computer Science and Calculus. Even with his work at the high school level, he has experience with rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who are looking to advance as far in mathematics as they can go. He has been a coordinator for middle school Mathcounts to which several of his students made it to rounds beyond their expectation. He has been the American Math Challenge coordinator for High school students for the past four years. Recently, he has helped a group of rising 6th graders master BOTH Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 this past summer 2018. He’s very excited to work with Discover in the hopes that he can have an even larger impact on students’ lives.

Expectations: How succeed in this class:
1. Be Competitive. 
-- Come prepared to engage your mind in challenging tasks for prizes.  
-- Work together as a team. 
2. Complete Homework.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Bring a pencil with an eraser! Use the eraser!
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.



Supplies To Bring on The First Day: 
A 1-inch binder with three labeled dividers
Divider one - Logic Groups
Divider two - Classwork/Notes
Divider three - Homework

A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter. 

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

Class Calendar: Once a week, on Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
SaturdayTime
9/8/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
9/15/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
9/22/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
9/29/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
10/6/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
10/13/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
10/20/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
10/27/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
11/3/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
11/10/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
11/17/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
12/1/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
12/8/20181:30pm to 3:30pm


Skill Calendar: Saturdays: [When it is in the best interest of his students, Mr. V will modify the calendar. He will also supplement lessons with age-specific examples.]


9/8: Ratios

9/15: Understand Rational Numbers

9/22: Understand Integers

9/29: Exponents and Perfect Squares

10/6: Solve Practical Problems involving Fractions/Decimals

10/13: Solve Problems Involving Integers

10/20: Solve Circumference/Area/Perimeter Problems

10/27: Coordinate Plane
11/3: Congruence
11/10: Circle Graphs and Measures of Center

11/24: Proportional Relationships

12/1: Solve Practical Problems Involving Linear Equations

12/8: Solve Practical Problems Involving Linear Inequalities


Grade 4 Mathematics Class – Fall 2018
Course Description: Targets the 5th grade level. The fifth-grade level places emphasis on number sense with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. This focus includes concepts of prime and composite numbers, identifying even and odd numbers, and solving problems using order of operations for positive whole numbers. Students will develop proficiency in the use of fractions and decimals to solve practical problems. Students will collect, display, and analyze data in a variety of ways and solve probability problems, using a sample space, a tree diagram, or the Fundamental Counting Principle. Students will also solve problems involving volume, area, and perimeter. Students will be introduced to expressions with a variable. Students will solve problems using strategies including place value and the properties of addition and multiplication. All of these skills assist in the development of the algebraic concepts needed for success in the middle grades, setting students up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively progress with an end goal of doing calculus one day at the high school level. 

Goals: To build a foundation in number sense, preliminary algebraic reasoning and improve critical thinking skills.  
Challenging class-opener in a competitive setting with prizes.
Lesson to engage concepts.
Homework handed back with feedback.
Challenging multi-concept problems with a gentle walkthrough.
Timed mini quiz each week.

Teacher: Mr. V. has taught all levels of Mathematics from 4th grade through AP Calculus BC over his 8 year teaching career. He built and maintained an AP Calculus program at his first teaching assignment in PA where the course was never offered. He was brought to Fairfax County four years ago to help develop a non-AP Applied Calculus course for Fairfax County Schools (which has been adopted county-wide). He currently leads the AP Calculus AB Team at a top Fairfax County Public School. He has been an AP Reader (expert teacher flown to Kansas City, MO to grade the official AP Exam Free Response Sections) and has attended several AP Collegeboard trainings and Summer Institutes for Calculus. He was a part of the leader teachers’ panel to adopt textbooks for the 2019 school year and beyond in FCPS for Computer Science and Calculus. Even with his work at the high school level, he has experience with rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who are looking to advance as far in mathematics as they can go. He has been a coordinator for middle school Mathcounts to which several of his students made it to rounds beyond their expectation. He has been the American Math Challenge coordinator for High school students for the past four years. Recently, he has helped a group of rising 6th graders master BOTH Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 this past summer 2018. He’s very excited to work with Discover in the hopes that he can have an even larger impact on students’ lives.

Expectations: How succeed in this class:
1. Be Competitive. 
-- Come prepared to engage your mind in challenging tasks for prizes.  
-- Work together as a team. 
2. Complete Homework.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Bring a pencil with an eraser! Use the eraser!
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.

Supplies To Bring on The First Day: 
A 1-inch binder with three labeled dividers 
Divider one- Logic Groups
Divider two - Classwork/Notes
Divider three -Homework
A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter. 

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

Calendar:
SaturdayTime
9/8/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
9/15/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
9/22/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
9/29/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
10/6/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
10/13/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
10/20/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
10/27/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
11/3/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
11/10/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
11/17/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
12/1/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
12/8/20186:00pm to 8:00pm


Skill Calendar: Saturdays: [When it is in the best interest of his students, Mr. V will modify the calendar. He will also supplement lessons with age-specific examples.]


9/8: Understand Fractions and Decimals

9/15: Characteristics of Numbers, Create and Solve Practical Problems with whole Numbers

9/22: Decimal Operations

9/29: Solve Practical Problems with Fractions

10/6: Order of Operations

10/13: Perimeter/Area/Volume and Solving Measurement Problems

10/20: Characteristics of Circles

10/27: Classify and Measure Angles, Investigate Triangles
11/3: Recognize/Apply Transformations and Combine/Subdivide Polygons
11/10: Probability

11/24: Line and Stem-and-Leaf Plots, Mean, Median, Mode and Range

12/1: Patterns

12/8: Variables, Expressions and Equations


6th Grade Algebra 1/Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) practice course in Fall 2018:

This course extends students' knowledge and understanding of the real number system and its properties through the study of variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, and analysis of data derived from real-world phenomena. Emphasis is placed on making connections in algebra to geometry and statistics. Calculator and computer technologies will be used as tools wherever appropriate. Use of a graphing calculator is considered essential to provide a graphical and numerical approach to topics in addition to a symbolic approach. Topics include linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, relations, functions, polynomials, and statistics. 
Also, we will prepare the students for Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT).
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. 


Math Teacher: Mrs. N. K.
Mrs. K. taught Algebra 1 for 11 years and created strong curriculum. She also 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. Mrs. K. is currently teaching at a magnet high school in Fairfax County.

Calendar: Once a week
SaturdayTime
9/8/201811:30am to 1:30pm
9/15/201811:30am to 1:30pm
9/22/201811:30am to 1:30pm
9/29/201811:30am to 1:30pm
10/6/201811:30am to 1:30pm
10/13/201811:30am to 1:30pm
10/20/201811:30am to 1:30pm
10/27/201811:30am to 1:30pm
11/3/201811:30am to 1:30pm
11/10/201811:30am to 1:30pm
11/17/201811:30am to 1:30pm
12/1/201811:30am to 1:30pm
12/8/201811:30am to 1:30pm


2nd Grade Core Academic Acceleration and AAP Readiness-CogAT Fx
In mid-Oct, all the students enrolled in FCPS Grade 2 will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Students with test scores equal or exceeding the cutoff will be placed in the screening pool to be evaluated for possible admission into the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP).  
DLC’s CogAT prep course is specifically designed to give students the practice and confidence they need to do their best at the exam. The 6-week course will familiarize students with different types of CogAT questions. They will work through at least 2 full-length practice tests in the format that is similar to what they will encounter during the CogAT. Each test contains 3 batteries/9 subtests and 154 questions. Our course focuses on building their reasoning and problem-solving skills through explanations for every question.

Teacher: Ms. C
Ms. C joined Discover Learning Center this summer and had a wonderful experience teaching CogAT/NNAT prep courses. She has a BS degree in Computer Science, a MS degree in Education and a teaching license in Mathematics. In the past 10 years, she was an instructor for JHU CTY Online programs. Her 20 years of experiences are accumulated from working with students K-12 (both in classroom and online), tutoring outside classrooms, and coaching her own children (age ranged from elementary school to college). She is excited to have the opportunity to teach 2nd graders again and looks forward to many successes prepping them for the upcoming AAP testing.

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

Class Calendar: Once a week, on Saturday from 9:00am to 11:00am
SaturdayTime
9/8/20189:00am to 11:00am
9/15/20189:00am to 11:00am
9/22/20189:00am to 11:00am
9/29/20189:00am to 11:00am
10/6/20189:00am to 11:00am
10/13/20189:00am to 11:00am


Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.
Supplies To Bring The First Day: 

1. A folder

2. A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter.


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.
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: Once a week, on Friday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

FridayTime
9/7/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
9/14/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
9/21/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
9/28/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
10/5/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
10/12/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
10/19/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
10/26/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
11/2/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
11/9/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
11/16/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
11/30/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
12/7/20187:00pm 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. 


Geometry Honor for 7th and 8th grade students: 

Course Description:
Geometry introduces the study of points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, solid figures, and their associated relationships as a mathematical system. Emphasis is placed on the description and use of inductive, deductive, and intuitive reasoning skills. Powers of abstract reasoning, spatial visualization and logical reasoning patterns are improved through this course. Points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, and solid figures are the structures studied. The focus is on comparisons between these figures concerning surface areas, volumes, congruency, similarity, transformations, and coordinate Geometry

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: Mr. V.
Mr. V has taught all levels of Mathematics from 4th grade through AP Calculus BC over his 8 year teaching career. He built and maintained an AP Calculus program at his first teaching assignment in PA where the course was never offered. He was brought to Fairfax County four years ago to help develop a non-AP Applied Calculus course for Fairfax County Schools (which has been adopted county-wide). He currently leads the AP Calculus AB Team at a top Fairfax County Public School. He has been an AP Reader (expert teacher flown to Kansas City, MO to grade the official AP Exam Free Response Sections) and has attended several AP Collegeboard trainings and Summer Institutes for Calculus. He was a part of the leader teachers’ panel to adopt textbooks for the 2019 school year and beyond in FCPS for Computer Science and Calculus. Even with his work at the high school level, he has experience with rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who are looking to advance as far in mathematics as they can go. He has been a coordinator for middle school Mathcounts to which several of his students made it to rounds beyond their expectation. He has been the American Math Challenge coordinator for High school students for the past four years. Recently, he has helped a group of 7th graders master Geometry this past summer 2018. He’s very excited to work with Discover in the hopes that he can have an even larger impact on students’ lives.

Class Calendar: Once a week, on Saturday 4:00pm to 6:00pm
SaturdayTime
9/8/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
9/15/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
9/22/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
9/29/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
10/6/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
10/13/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
10/20/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
10/27/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
11/3/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
11/10/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
11/17/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
12/1/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
12/8/20184:00pm to 6:00pm




Trigonometry_Pre-Cal /TJ Math 4_5

Course Description:
This class will cover the most important concepts of the newly designated TJHSST course "TJ Math 4" commonly referred to as "Trigonometry". In this course, students will become familiar with the following topics: right triangle ratios, radian angle measures, circular functions, the unit circle, solving trigonometric equations, inverses, identities, the Laws of Sines, the Law of Cosines, graphing trigonometric functions, and applying trigonometric techniques to solving real-world problems. A transformational approach to graphing is used with families of related graphs. Numerical, graphical, and algebraic solutions are considered for all problems as applicable. Graphing utilities on the graphing calculator are integral to the course. 

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 Mr. V
Mr. V has taught all levels of Mathematics from 4th grade through AP Calculus BC over his 8 year teaching career. He built and maintained an AP Calculus program at his first teaching assignment in PA where the course was never offered. He was brought to Fairfax County four years ago to help develop a non-AP Applied Calculus course for Fairfax County Schools (which has been adopted county-wide). He currently leads the AP Calculus AB Team at a top Fairfax County Public School. He has been an AP Reader (expert teacher flown to Kansas City, MO to grade the official AP Exam Free Response Sections) and has attended several AP Collegeboard trainings and Summer Institutes for Calculus. He was a part of the leader teachers’ panel to adopt textbooks for the 2019 school year and beyond in FCPS for Computer Science and Calculus. Even with his work at the high school level, he has experience with rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who are looking to advance as far in mathematics as they can go. He has been a coordinator for middle school Mathcounts to which several of his students made it to rounds beyond their expectation. He has been the American Math Challenge coordinator for High school students for the past four years. Recently, he has helped a group of 7th graders master Geometry this past summer 2018. He’s very excited to work with Discover in the hopes that he can have an even larger impact on students’ lives.

Class Calendar:Once a week, on Sunday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
SundayTime
9/9/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
9/16/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
9/23/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
9/30/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
10/7/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
10/14/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
10/21/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
10/28/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
11/4/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
11/11/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
11/18/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
12/2/20184:30pm to 6:30pm
12/9/20184:30pm to 6:30pm


Grade 3 English Language Class – Fall 2018
Course Description: Targets the 4th/5th AAP level. Students study rich vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively write academic essays, participate in critical analyses, and share with small/large groups. Students will develop an understanding of the six traits of writing, the eight parts of speech, and numerous poetic tools: all elements of higher-level communication.

Teacher: Mr. V thoroughly enjoyed the English classes he taught at Discover Learning last fall, spring, and summer, and looks forward to more this school year. Since graduating from the College of William and Mary with degrees in English and Education, he has taught English in Mexico, England, Peru, and Spain. Mr. V is a veteran instructor, teaching gifted/talented FCPS students for more than 12 years. In recent years, Mr. V has been gratified to see a number of his graduates go to TJ for high school. No matter what grade level (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or high school), Mr. V has been excited by the opportunity to engage and challenge children. Seeing light bulbs go off in the heads of his students makes teaching the only job he would ever want to do.

Supplies:

1.A 1-inch or 1.5-inch binder with five dividers

oDivider one- Bellwork
oDivider two - Classwork
oDivider three -Homework
oDivider four-Heavy Work* [This includes major projects and essays.]
oDivider five -Other

2. A pouch to store at least 3 sharpened pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter.
3.Post-its
4.Colored Pencils
5.*Your A.R. Book* (AKA your ‘Always Reading’ Book. AKA any book you have not yet read.)


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

Brief Class Calendar: Once a week, Saturday 6:00pm to 8:00pm

SaturdayTime
9/8/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
9/15/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
9/22/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
9/29/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
10/6/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
10/13/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
10/20/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
10/27/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
11/3/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
11/10/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
11/17/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
12/1/20186:00pm to 8:00pm
12/8/20186:00pm to 8:00pm

Detailed Course Description / Curriculum Calendar: Saturdays 6:00-8:00pm: 

9/8: Organization, Alliteration.

9/15: Literary Conflict Objects.  

9/22: Parts of Speech.

9/29: Story Traits. Independent Reading Reflection.

10/6: Time, Place, Mood. Appreciation Outline.  

10/13: End Rhyme, Couplet. Rhyme Scheme.

10/20: The Six Parts of Plot. 

10/27: Plot Essay. Initial Word Parts.

11/3: Synonyms, Antonyms. Inferences.

11/10: Core Word Parts. Analogy Formation.  

11/24: Stump Trebek. Poetic Tool Presentations.

12/1: Volume, Speed Activity. Oral Analysis.

12/8: Tying Up Loose Ends. Vocabulary Exam. 


1st Grade Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) prep.
In mid-Nov, all first grade students attending FCPS are administered the online Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 2nd Edition (NNAT2). This is the first step to identify who qualifies for the gifted and talented programs. The first grade NNAT2 result is one piece of information that will be reviewed in their second-grade year to determine the second grade screening pool for the full-time AAP Level IV placement in third grade.
DLC’s NNAT2 prep course is specifically designed by following the new NNAT2 format to give your first graders the practice and confidence for the exam. The 6-week course will familiarize them with all 3 types of questions. They will work through 2-3 full-length NNAT2 practice tests.

Teacher: Ms. C
Ms. C joined DLC this summer and had a great experience teaching NNAT/CogAT classes. She has a BS degree in Computer Science, a MS degree in Education and a teaching license in Mathematics. In the past decade, she was an instructor for JHU CTY Online programs. Her years of experiences are accumulated from working with students K-12 (both in classroom and online), tutoring outside classrooms, and coaching her own children (age ranged from elementary school to college). She is excited to have the opportunity to teach 1st graders and looks forward to many successes in the upcoming testing season.

Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County Pkwy). It is right off Elden Street. 
Calendar
DateTime
10/6/20189:00am to 11:00am
10/13/20189:00am to 11:00am
10/20/20189:00am to 11:00am
10/27/20189:00am to 11:00am
11/3/20189:00am to 11:00am
11/10/20189:00am to 11:00am



Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.
Supplies To Bring The First Day: 

1. A thick, 1.5-inch binder with five labeled dividers
oDivider one- Bellwork
oDivider two - Classwork
oDivider three - Heavy Work
oDivider four- *Homework*
oDivider five - *Life Notebook*


2. A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter.

Overview: TJ prep. Writing Course for the Essay/SIS writing test on 2/9/2019 
The goal of the Writing course is to prepare students for the Students Information Sheet Writing, Math Essay Writing and Science Essay Writing of the TJ Admissions test.  
Over the course of the fall 2018, students will spend considerable time 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 instructors will provide students with individualized feedback designed to help each student to improve his/her writing skills. 
The course will cover:
--SIS: Students Information Sheet
--TJHSST Essays: Math Problem Solving 
--TJHSST Essays: Science Problem Solving 

The goal is to prepare the students to write well under limited space and limited time. We require the students to have every day at least 15 min free writing; every week one prompt. The teacher will provide lectures for how to write a strong SIS; powerful openings, detailed supporting, and concise conclusion; go over writing skills; go over strategies, such as think about how you will respond to the question before drafting your response; go thorough over the evidence; teach the students how to manage the time wisely during the test.

Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 275, Herndon, VA 20170

Part B 
12/1/20188:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing
12/8/20188:30am to 10:00 Science Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing
12/15/20188:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing
1/5/20198:30am to 10:00 Science Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing
1/12/20198:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing
1/19/20198:30am to 10:00 Science Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing
1/26/20198:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing
2/2/2019Mock Test

Team: 
English Language/Writing Teacher: Mrs. D. R (on Saturday)
Science Essay Teacher: Mr. V (on Saturday)
Math Essay Teacher: Mrs. K

Teacher: Mrs. D. R. English teacher on Saturday
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!

Math Essay Writing Teacher: Mrs. 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. Mrs. K. is currently teaching at a magnet high school in Fairfax County.

Science Essay Writing Teacher: Mr. V
Mr. V. has taught all levels of Science and Mathematics over his 8-year teaching career. He was brought to Fairfax County four years ago. He currently leads a Team at a top Fairfax County Public School. He was a part of the leader teachers’ panel to adopt textbooks for the 2019 school year and beyond in FCPS for Computer Science and Calculus. He’s very excited to work with Discover Learning Center in the hopes that he can have an even larger impact on students’ lives.


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