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…

Continental Math League Results

The second Continental Math League contest of the season is now complete.  Out of a possible six points, the third graders’ scores ranged from 3 – 6.  The average score earned was 4.6 points.  Four students received perfect scores for their efforts.  Congratulations to Sasha Courtney, Alexandra Larson, Jane Riblett, and Lucas Zambito!   The…

A World of Fun!

Quick!  Can you name a country bordered by Ukraine and Croatia?  Do you know the name of the channel into which the Zambezi River empties?  Are you familiar with the location where the Blue Nile and White Nile Rivers meet?  Well, a group of impressive TJ 4th and 5th graders were able to answers questions…

A Simple Equation

It’s pretty straightforward really – TJ Kids + Any Competition = Success.  That’s certainly true with the most recent Math Olympiad contest, and it’s absolutely the case with the Word Masters Challenge. On the December Math Olympiad challenge, two fourth graders earned perfect scores of five.  Congratulations to Duke Crespin and John Steyn!  The fifth…