Geography

The classroom rounds of the National Geographic Geography Bee are one short week away.  Students in fourth and fifth grade will be given the opportunity to participate in this annual contest of geographic knowledge some time during the day of January 16th. Student knowledge of geography will be tested through seven rounds of questions presented…

What is the Meaning of Life?

If you’re reading this post to try to find the answer to that question, well, I can’t help you.  But maybe your child can!  Your child can share responses as part of their Kids Philosophy Slam entry. The Kids Philosophy Slam is an annual contest in which students express their feelings or ideas about a…

Wondering About Word Masters?

The Word Masters word lists should have made it home to all the participants by now, but if you’re wondering how to get a copy because they didn’t make it home, there are several ways to do so: (1)  Email me at langh@fccps.org (2)  Check the Word Masters page on this site; they’re posted! (3) …

By Popular Demand

At least fifteen kids have asked me to tell their parents about Puzzlements in the past few weeks and so, by popular demand, here goes! I have a subscription to something called Puzzlements.  Five carefully curated videos or photographs arrive in my inbox each week. The items are designed to spark curiosity.  If you’re in…

Q: What do Lady Gaga and Luna Lovegood have in Common?

A:  They both attended the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth!  (As did Mark Zuckerberg, Ronan Farrow, and a host of other accomplished people!) The Center for Talented Youth offers loads of academic summer classes, family programs, distance learning opportunities, and enrichment activities throughout the year. Enroll in their family programs and you might find yourself…

Math Kangaroo

The results for the 2019 Math Kangaroo USA competition have been announced at last!  More than 100 students came to school one rainy night in March to pit their math skills against tens of thousands of other students from across the nation. In the end, FCCPS had seven students from Thomas Jefferson and two students…

My Favorite New List

Posted below is my favorite new list.  It shows the top ten performing schools in the state of Virginia on the Continental Math League tests.  Yay for TJ’s 3rd graders, who have earned a third place ranking in the state!  And double yay for our top ten scorers for the year:  Will Creswick, Noah Mayer,…

HUGE Thanks!

It’s been nearly a week since the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition took place and I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to celebrate our top finishers and thank, well, just about everybody! First and foremost, kudos to the coaches.  TJ students were fortunate to have a long list of individuals…

Hey! This is Awesome!

Just looking at the Continental Math League site this morning and came upon a listing of the top ten third grade teams in Virginia.  Go TJ! Learning Fun School VA 3 72 Smita Classes VA 3 71 Colvin Run Elementary School VA 3 68 Kent Gardens Elementary VA 3 67 Thomas Jefferson Elementary School VA…

Word Masters Update

The second Word Masters Challenge of the year is now complete.  I’ve just placed individual score sheets in the teachers’ mailboxes, so they’re likely to be in this week’s Friday Folder.  Keep an eye out! You may recall that the team score is made up of the top ten scores from each team.  The third…