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TJ Prep for 7th grade students: Language/Writing Class and Math Class (Part 1):
 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 2018, and Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Essay writing in February 2019. 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 has been introduced during 2017-18 School Year. The ACT Aspire test will test reading and science skills, and the Quant Q will test math skills. We successfully prepared the students for the new test on November 18th 2017. All of the students from the center were very confident after the test.

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 

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 11:30pm
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. 

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



Class Calendar:
SaturdaySundayClassSchedule
2/03/20182/04/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
2/10/20182/11/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
2/17/20182/18/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
2/24/20182/25/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing/science 9:30am to 10:30am,science8:30am to 9:30am
3/03/20183/04/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am,writing9:30am to 10:30am,science8:30am to 9:30am
3/10/20183/11/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am,writing9:30am to 10:30am,science8:30am to 9:30am 
3/17/20183/18/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am,writing/science 9:30am to 10:30am,science8:30am to 9:30am
4/07/20184/08/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
4/14/20184/15/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
4/21/20184/22/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
4/28/20184/29/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing_science9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
5/05/20185/06/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
5/12/20185/13/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing_science9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
5/19/20185/20/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am
6/02/20186/03/2018reading10:30am to 11:30am, writing9:30am to 10:30am, science8:30am to 9:30am

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. Mike 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.

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!

Teacher Ms. J. K.
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. Kleman 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. Kleman 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.



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 – Spring 2018

Course Description(part 2): 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 each week.
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. 
Day and Time: Saturday 11:30am to 1:30pm
Class Calendar:
SaturdayTime
2/3/201811:30am to 1:30pm
2/10/201811:30am to 1:30pm
2/17/201811:30am to 1:30pm
2/24/201811:30am to 1:30pm
3/3/201811:30am to 1:30pm
3/10/201811:30am to 1:30pm
3/17/201811:30am to 1:30pm
4/7/201811:30am to 1:30pm
4/14/201811:30am to 1:30pm
4/21/201811:30am to 1:30pm
4/28/201811:30am to 1:30pm
5/5/201811:30am to 1:30pm
5/12/201811:30am to 1:30pm
5/19/201811:30am to 1:30pm
6/2/201811:30am to 1:30pm


Teacher: Mr. Verbicar thoroughly enjoyed the English classes he taught at Discover Learning in 2017 and looks forward to more in 2018. 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. Verbicar is a veteran instructor, teaching gifted/talented FCPS students for more than 11 years. In recent years, Mr. Verbicar 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. Verbicar 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.)


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.

Syllabus
2/3: Primary Skills: Organization, Alliteration

2/10: Primary Skills: Annotation, Expectations, Affixes

2/17: Affixes. Annotation. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

2/24: Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

3/3: Time, Place, Mood. Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

3/10: Time, Place, Mood. Inferences. Writing Conventions.  

3/17: Flat, static, round, dynamic characters. Writing Conventions.  

4/7: Writing Conventions. Evidence. Precept Proverb Adage Axiom Moral Maxim.  

4/14: Personal Connection. Textual Interpretation. Rhythm, Mood, Quatrain, Couplet.

4/21: Inferences. Noun Pronoun Verb Adjective Adverb Preposition Conjunction Interjection.

4/28: Inferences. All Prior Skills.

5/5: Vocabulary, Etymology, Observation Inference Conclusion, Prior Knowledge.

5/12: Prior Knowledge, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Letter Writing.

5/19: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization.

6/2: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. Constructive Feedback. All Prior Skills. Foreshadowing.  




Grade 5 English Language Class – Spring 2018

Course Description(part 2): 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 each week.
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. 
Day and Time: Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Class Calendar:
SaturdayTime
2/3/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
2/10/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
2/17/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
2/24/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
3/3/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
3/10/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
3/17/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
4/7/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
4/14/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
4/21/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
4/28/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
5/5/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
5/12/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
5/19/20181:30pm to 3:30pm
6/2/20181:30pm to 3:30pm


Teacher: Mr. Verbicar thoroughly enjoyed the English classes he taught at Discover Learning in 2017 and looks forward to more in 2018. 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. Verbicar is a veteran instructor, teaching gifted/talented FCPS students for more than 11 years. In recent years, Mr. Verbicar 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. Verbicar 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.)

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.

Syllabus:
2/3: Primary Skills: Organization, Alliteration

2/10: Primary Skills: Annotation, Expectations, Affixes

2/17: Affixes. Annotation. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.
  
2/24: Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.
 
3/3: Time, Place, Mood. Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

3/10: Time, Place, Mood. Inferences. Writing Conventions.  

3/17: Flat, static, round, dynamic characters. Writing Conventions.  

4/7: Writing Conventions. Evidence. Precept Proverb Adage Axiom Moral Maxim.  

4/14: Personal Connection. Textual Interpretation. Rhythm, Mood, Quatrain, Couplet.

4/21: Inferences. Noun Pronoun Verb Adjective Adverb Preposition Conjunction Interjection.

4/28: Inferences. All Prior Skills.

5/5: Vocabulary, Etymology, Observation Inference Conclusion, Prior Knowledge.
  
5/12: Prior Knowledge, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Letter Writing.

5/19: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization.

6/2: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. Constructive Feedback. All Prior Skills. Foreshadowing.  

Grade 4 English Language Class – Spring 2018

Course Description (part 2): 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.

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. 
Day and Time: Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Class Calendar:
SaturdayTime
2/3/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
2/10/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
2/17/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
2/24/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
3/3/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
3/10/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
3/17/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
4/7/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
4/14/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
4/21/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
4/28/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
5/5/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
5/12/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
5/19/20183:30pm to 5:00pm
6/2/20183:30pm to 5:00pm


Teacher: Mr. Verbicar thoroughly enjoyed the English classes he taught at Discover Learning in 2017 and looks forward to more in 2018. 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. Verbicar is a veteran instructor, teaching gifted/talented FCPS students for more than 11 years. In recent years, Mr. Verbicar 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. Verbicar 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.)

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.


2/3: Primary Skills: Organization, Alliteration

2/10: Primary Skills: Annotation, Expectations, Affixes

2/17: Affixes. Annotation. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

2/24: Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

3/3: Time, Place, Mood. Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

3/10: Time, Place, Mood. Inferences. Writing Conventions.  

3/17: Flat, static, round, dynamic characters. Writing Conventions.  

4/7: Writing Conventions. Evidence. Precept Proverb Adage Axiom Moral Maxim.  

4/14: Personal Connection. Textual Interpretation. Rhythm, Mood, Quatrain, Couplet.

4/21: Inferences. Noun Pronoun Verb Adjective Adverb Preposition Conjunction Interjection.

4/28: Inferences. All Prior Skills.

5/5: Vocabulary, Etymology, Observation Inference Conclusion, Prior Knowledge.

5/12: Prior Knowledge, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Letter Writing.

5/19: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization.

6/2: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. Constructive Feedback. All Prior Skills. Foreshadowing.  


7th grade English Language and Writing Class (part2):
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:
SaturdayTime
2/3/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
2/10/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
2/17/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
2/24/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
3/3/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
3/10/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
3/17/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
4/7/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
4/14/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
4/21/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
4/28/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
5/5/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
5/12/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
5/19/20187:00pm to 9:00pm
6/2/20187:00pm 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. 


Grade 3 English Language Class – Spring 2018

Course Description: Targets the 4th/5th 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. Verbicar thoroughly enjoyed the English classes he taught at Discover Learning in 2017 and looks forward to more in 2018. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with degrees in English and Education, and has taught English in Mexico, England, Peru, and Spain. Mr. Verbicar is a veteran instructor, teaching gifted/talented FCPS students for more than 11 years. In recent years, Mr. Verbicar 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. Verbicar 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 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  

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. 


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.

Calendar: Saturdays 5:00pm-6:30pm: [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.]

2/3: Primary Skills: Organization, Alliteration

2/10: Primary Skills: Annotation, Expectations, Affixes

2/17: Affixes. Annotation. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

  
2/24: Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

 
3/3: Time, Place, Mood. Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.

3/10: Time, Place, Mood. Inferences. Writing Conventions.  

3/17: Flat, static, round, dynamic characters. Writing Conventions.  

4/7: Writing Conventions. Evidence. Precept Proverb Adage Axiom Moral Maxim.  

4/14: Personal Connection. Textual Interpretation. Rhythm, Mood, Quatrain, Couplet.

4/21: Inferences. Noun Pronoun Verb Adjective Adverb Preposition Conjunction Interjection.

4/28: Inferences. All Prior Skills.

5/5: Vocabulary, Etymology, Observation Inference Conclusion, Prior Knowledge.
  
5/12: Prior Knowledge, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Letter Writing.

5/19: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization.

6/2: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. Constructive Feedback. All Prior Skills. Foreshadowing.  

SaturdayTime
2/3/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
2/10/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
2/17/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
2/24/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
3/3/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
3/10/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
3/17/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
4/7/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
4/14/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
4/21/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
4/28/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
5/5/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
5/12/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
5/19/20185:00pm to 6:30pm
6/2/20185:00pm to 6:30pm


Algebra 1

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. 
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:
SundayTime
2/11/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
2/18/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
2/25/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
3/4/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
3/11/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
3/18/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
4/8/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
4/15/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
4/22/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
4/29/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
5/6/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
5/13/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
5/20/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
6/3/20184:00pm to 6:00pm
6/10/20184:00pm to 6:00pm


  Free Trial in spring semester
Please contact us at discover386@hotmail.com to obtain a permit if you want to have a free trial for the courses listed at Discover Leaning Center. The seats are limited, first come first serve.

Free trial for the courses: 
7th grade English Language/Writing
6th grade English Language/Writing
5th grade English Language/Writing
4th grade English Language/Writing
3rd grade English Language/Writing_
Algebra 1 Honor

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. 

TJ prep. classes are Full, we are not able to offer free trial.
Friday
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2/2/2018
2/3/2018
2/4/2018
2/9/2018
2/10/2018
2/11/2018
2/16/2018
2/17/2018
2/18/2018
2/23/2018
2/24/2018
2/25/2018
3/2/2018
3/3/2018 Cancelled
3/4/2018 Cancelled
3/9/2018
3/10/2018
3/11/2018
3/16/2018
3/17/2018
3/18/2018
4/6/2018
4/7/2018
4/8/2018
4/13/2018
4/14/2018
4/15/2018
4/20/2018
4/21/2018
4/22/2018
4/27/2018
4/28/2018
4/29/2018
5/4/2018
5/5/2018
5/6/2018
5/11/2018
5/12/2018
5/13/2018
5/18/2018
5/19/2018
5/20/2018
6/1/2018
6/2/2018
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6/9/2018
6/10/2018
Enroll now -- 2018 Spring Semester
​Discover Learning Center offers high quality learning environment with small class size (16 max.)
​The spring semester will start from Feb. 2nd to June 2nd, 2018. For details for each courses please go to 2018 Spring courses
​Please download a Registration Form from 2018 Registration Form

Mail the Registration Form and Check to:
Discover Learning Center
P.O. Box 386
Great Falls, VA 22066

The schedule and location may be changed due to the best interest.
Registration fee: $30 per student, per course. It is non-refundable. We waive your registration fee if you register any courses before January 20th 2018 .
We are in middle of developing a new website with online registration. But for now, please mail the registration form and check to us.
Middle School Biology
This course will provide a solid foundation in the biological sciences to prepare students for the rigorous Biology courses offered at high school. . The course will provide an overview of the topics that will a focus on content. Problem solving and real-world applications will be integral to this course. The Biology course will last one semester (10 weeks). Please find the detailed syllabus. 

TEACHER BIO – Dr. Mike, M.D.
Dr. Mike is a graduate of Georgetown University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, in premedicine program. She then graduated from Georgetown University with a Doctor of Medicine degree. After spending time in the Air Force Flight Medicine office, she retired and became a teacher. She began teaching high school chemistry before switching to middle school science and math. She has 16 years of teaching and 8 years of private tutoring experience. She has taught Chemistry, Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science and has worked with students in Grades 5 through 11. 
Dr. Mike has been the science department chair at Kilmer Middle School for the past 5 years. She is the Fairfax County instructor for all new 8th grade science teachers. She has been a science fair coordinator for two years and head coach for the Kilmer Science Olympiad team for the past 5 years. She has tutored students in all levels of science from elementary to high school. She has extensive experience writing physical science and life science curriculum, assessments and labs. She has taught many students that currently attend TJHSST as well as students that attend other local schools and is certified as an Advanced Academic instructor. 

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. 

FridayTime
3/16/20187:30pm to 9:30pm
4/6/20187:30pm to 9:30pm
4/13/20187:30pm to 9:30pm
4/20/20187:30pm to 9:30pm
4/27/20187:30pm to 9:30pm
5/4/20187:30pm to 9:30pm
5/11/20187:30pm to 9:30pm
5/18/20187:30pm to 9:30pm
6/1/20187300pm to 9:30pm
6/8/20187:30pm to 9:30pm



Session NumberDate Topics to be CoveredEssential QuestionsPractice
13/16/2018The Science of Biology
The Chemistry of life
The Biosphere 
24/6/2018Ecosystems and Communities
Populations
Humans in the Biosphere 

34/13/2018Cell Structure and Function
Photosynthesis
Cellular Respiration and Fermentation 
44/20/2018Cell Growth and Division
Introduction to Genetics
DNA
RNA and Protein Synthesis 

54/27/2018Human Heredity
Genetic Engineering
Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
Evolution of Populations 
65/4/2018Classification
History of Life 
75/11/2018Viruses and Prokaryotes
Protists and Fungi 
85/18/2018Introduction to Plants
Plant Structure and Function
Plant Reproduction and Response 
96/1/2018Introduction to Animals
Animal Evolution and Diversity 
106/9/2018Animal Systems I
Animal Systems II
Animal Behavior