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New 01/21/2020

Russian School of Mathematics (RSM) has opened a NEW location in DC!

An award-winning, after-school math enrichment program Russian School of Mathematics (RSM) has opened a NEW location in DC!

College Planning Webinar

(Sun, Jan. 26: 7 - 8PM ET) 

Why Top Students Don't Get Into Top Colleges?

Critical mistakes that stop students from getting into top colleges -- and how to avoid them

Join us for a free college planning webinar presented by Rhodes Scholar, Harvard College and Harvard Law School graduate, and national college consultant Susan Goodkin, "Why Top Students Don't Get Into Top Colleges."  

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International pharmaceuticals group, with their HQ in China, is opening up a new position within their US-based accounting group for a Mandarin Chinese-fluent CONTROLLER.  Chinese fluency is needed as the HQ-produced documents are in Chinese.  The CONTROLLER will report to the CFO with duties to encompass: overseeing the operations of the accounting department; financial reporting; cash flow; audit/internal controls; as well as driving strategy-related initiatives and analyses. 

Salary range is $145k - $160k.



·        Oversee financial reporting; timely close; cash flow; and ongoing optimization of the accounting department

·        Develop strategies to mitigate risk; improve forecasting

·        Provide reviews to CFO and China-based management on monthly/quarterly/yearly basis

·        Prepare necessary tax statements

·        Ensure compliance with statutory laws and financial regulations; ensure SOX compliance

·        Oversee smooth running of AP and Payroll functions

·        Serve as primary contact for external auditors and tax reviewers

·        Manage team of 3



·        Bachelors in Accounting or related discipline

·        8+ years of progressive experience, preferably within an international and/or publicly-traded company

·        4+ years of supervisory experience

·        CPA preferred

·        Must be fluent in Mandarin Chinese

·        Travel 5% - 10% to China HQ




Homer Yen

Greylocke & Company


3 Bethesda Metro Center

Suite 910

Bethesda, MD 20814


240.396.5837 (Direct)

301.775.4141 (Mobile)

800.664.5705 (Fax)


Celebrating 10 years of success!

Virginia Debate Academy is excited to open registration for its summer 2020 Speech and Debate Camp.


This year we are offering eight courses that cover High School, Middle School, and Elementary School competitive debate and Model United Nations. Register before February 20th to receive a 20% discount on registration. Please review the attached flyer and use the following link to see additional information:


  • Fundamentals of Debate and Public Speaking

-       Grades 5-7

  • Model United Nations

-       Grades 5-8

  • Introduction to Middle School Debate

-       Grades 7-8

  • Advanced Middle School Debate

-       Grades 7-8

  • Public Forum Debate

-       High School students or experienced 8th graders

  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate

-       High School students or experienced 8th graders

  • Policy Debate

-       High School Students

  • Advanced Research and Argumentation

-       Varsity debaters

Session I : July 13 – July 24 (9 AM - 12 noon) 
Session II : July 27 – August 7 (9 AM – 12 noon)
Vern Williams  Sessions I & II
Class Size:
15-18 students
George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043



July 27 - August 7 (1 PM – 4 PM)

Vern Williams and Dr. Ryan Grove
Class Size:
We will have two levels and will assign 12-15 students to each class.
George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike 
Falls Church, VA 22043



Potomac Oak Tutoring: Northern Virginia Debate Team (6th-12th Graders) Winter/Spring 2020 Season STARTS ON JAN 23!

Potomac Oak Tutoring is a full service tutoring and education center based in Rockville, MD and serving students in the DC Metro area. We are excited to announce that we are expanding our debate program into Northern Virginia! Our team, Potomac Debate Academy, is a competitive travel debate team for students in grades 4 through 12. Students compete in regional and national debate events. Our Academy is a member of the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) and National Circuit (US HS).

All students, including elementary school students, on our team have the opportunity to compete approximately once a month. We require students to compete in 2 competitions a year to remain an eligible member of the team. High school students have the opportunity to compete multiple times a month. We tend to do very well at every competition we go to, usually taking home multiple team and individual awards across all levels, e.g. Novice, JV, and Varsity. During the past season, alone, we did not leave a single competition without taking home top awards, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, and UPenn University invitationals.

Our blog showcases our latest results (, including qualifying Nationals students who competed at Club Internationals in New Jersey, Tournament of Champions in Kentucky, and NSDA Nationals.

Northern Virginia Debate Team 

Potomac Oak Tutoring is excited to announce that we are bringing our nationally ranked debate team, Potomac Debate Academy, to northern Virginia for our Winter/Spring 2020 season! 

Grade levels: 

  • Grades 6 - 8

          Date/Time: Jan 23 - Apr 30 Thursdays @ 7:00 - 8:30 PM 

  • Grades 9 - 12

          Date/Time: Jan 23 - Apr 30 Wednesdays @ 5:30 - 7:00 PM 

Location: George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 


APLUS: 2020 Spring Registration is Now OPEN!

2020 Spring - Enrichment, Test Prep, Math/Humanities
Date:Saturday, January 18, 2020 ~ Thursday, May 14, 2020

Jocelyn Park
Executive Director
T: (301) 838.9668 | W:
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2020 SAT , TJ Essay, AP Calculus, AP Physics @ Oakton Academy

Intensive SAT in January 2020

·       Schedule: Jan - Feb, Saturday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

·       Location: 2705 Hunter Mill Rd, Vienna, Oakton

·       Online registration is required:


TJ Essay Writing (Jan 11)

·       Saturday, 10 am – 12 noon

·       Essay Writing Practice

·       Personal Statement, Student Information Sheets

·       Math/Science problem solving and writing


2020 Programs @ Oakton Academy  

  • SAT/PSAT Test Prep
  • SAT Intensive Session for March (*student received perfect SAT score 800/800 in Dec'19)
  • SAT Intensive Session for June
  • SAT Essay Writing
  • SAT Math 2 / Pre-Calculus
  • SAT Math (800 Perfect Score)
  • TJ SIS and Essay Writing Practice for 8th Graders
  • TJ Test Prep for 7th Graders
  • AP Calculus Exam Prep 
  • AP Physics Exam Prep
  • AP Chemistry/AP Exam Prep
  • Physics Fundamental for 9/10th Graders
  • College Application Essay
  • College Admission Mock Interview  
  • Debate, Public Speaking
  • 4/5th Advanced Reading/Writing
  • 5/6th Advanced Reading/Writing
  • 7/8th Advanced Reading/Writing
  • 9/10th SAT Required Reading
  • 9/10th SAT Critical Reading/Writing (*almost full)

Oakton Academy

2705 Hunter Mill Road, VA

Discover Learning Center: Spring Semester 2020 Registration Starts Now!

Spring semester 2020 registration starts now at Discover Learning Center.  We waive your registration fee if you register any courses before 1/12/2020.

The spring semester will start in the week of 2/8/2020.  Please find the details on the website.
Here is the list of the courses in the spring semester.  

TJ prep-- Reading_Science_Math_SIS/ Essay Writing  2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm Herndon
TJ prep-- Reading_Science_Math_SIS/ Essay Writing  2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020 Sunday 8:30am to 12:30pm Herndon
7th Grade English Language/Writing 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 7:00pm to 9:00pm Herndon
7th grade Geometry Honors 2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020 Sunday 3:00pm to 5:00pm Herndon
6th Grade English Language/Writing 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 5:00pm to 7:00pm Herndon
6th Grade Algebra 1  2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020 Sunday 1:00pm to 3:00pm Herndon
5th Grade English Language/Writing 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 3:00pm to 5:00pm Herndon
5th Grade Math 2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020 Sunday 5:00pm to 7:00pm Herndon
9th to 10th Grade SAT English Reading &Writing 2/7/2020 to 5/29/2020 Friday 8:00pm to 10:00pm Herndon
Chemistry Honors 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 1:00pm to 3:00pm Herndon
SAT_ACT English prep. 2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020 Sunday 7:00pm to 9:00pm Herndon
4th Grade English Language/Writing 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 5:00pm to 7:00pm Reston
4th Grade Math 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 7:00pm to 9:00pm Reston
3rd Grade English Language/Writing 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 9:00am to 10:30am Reston
3rd Grade Math 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 10:30am to 12:00pm Reston
1st Grade Math/CogAT 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 12:00pm to 2:00pm Reston
2nd Grade English 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 2:00pm to 3:30pm Reston
2nd Grade Math 2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020 Saturday 3:30pm to 5:00pm Reston



Discover Learning Center
(703) 856 7057
Wechat ID: dlc386
Instagram: discover386

(January 22, 2020) Newport Academy Appeal Public Hearing

Newport Academy’s Kurtz Road Facility Heading to Board of Zoning Appeals

Newport Academy, a therapy program for teens with mental health or addiction problems, wanted to open two treatment facilities — one along Davidson Road and another at 1318 Kurtz Road — but faced a backlash from neighbors and local officials.

Fairfax County Zoning Administrator Leslie Johnson issued a letter in May saying that Newport Academy’s three adjacent properties at 1620, 1622 and 1624 Davidson Road would be a congregate living facility.

Newport Academy, which has hinged its claim on the two locations being by-right uses — a use that won’t require approval by the Board of Supervisors — originally appealed the Davidson Road decision.

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust previously told Tysons Reporter in the fall that Newport Academy plans to sell the properties and wants the determination reversed so that the zoning determination won’t negatively impact future plans.

Newport Academy, though, has withdrawn its appeal regarding the Davidson Road facility.

The Board of Zoning Appeals will just hear the three cases regarding the Kurtz Road facility in the Salona Village neighborhood.

In August, Johnson issued a letter saying that the Kurtz Road facility is a group residential facility — a win for Newport Academy that McLean residents are trying to appeal.

The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider the three appeals at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan 22.

Facebook group of local residents that has been fighting Newport Academy’s attempt to open the facilities is urging people to come to the appeal hearing.

Application number can be found on this link:

You can sign up to speak here: looks like the meeting starts at 9am.

The Stanford application has 11 essays/short answer prompts! 

Does your student know how to create a compelling Stanford application?  Join the experts for our 90-minute webinar, "The Ivy Essay Whisperers Decode Stanford." 

For more information or to register, go to


We had almost a 1/4 of the auditorium filled up, front and center. Thank you all who were able to come out on a workday morning in a show of support.

Foust and the other Supervisors couldn’t have missed us if they tried. There is another Supervisor’s Meeting on May 21st where folks can (and have) register to speak. We walked out together as a group after about an hour of holding our signs quietly - -


Animals make everybody happy :)

  • Deep Snow Gets Cleared From Yellowstone National Park
Published on Jan 28, 2019

Fascinating footage shows how deep snow is cleared in Yellowstone National Park.

Kerry Countryman was on holiday on January 14 when she came across the Canyon General Store covered in about seven feet of snow.

While she was watching, a member of staff expertly shovelled fridge-sized chunks of packed powder, sliding it down a slope.

From the shapes left in the remaining snow, the man had removed multiple towers of the snow before they break into a pile.

  • Fallen Bear Cub Climbs Back to Mama
Published on Nov 2, 2018

Occurred on June 19, 2018 / Magadan Region, Russia

"A mother bear with her cub on a cliff."

    • Wealth Inequality in America

    Published on Nov 20, 2012

    Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

    • Tax Plan Calculator

      A Student Ate Gas Station Sushi For Breakfast. This Is What Happened To His Stomach.

      Nov 10, 2019

      • NASA’s InSight spacecraft makes historic landing on Mars - 11/26/2018
      NASA’s InSight spacecraft makes its historic touchdown on Mars after an epic journey of just over 300 million miles. Video courtesy of NASA.

      Published on Jun 1, 2018

      Activists inside the federal government decided that air traffic controllers weren’t diverse enough and in recent years and in the first step of the hiring process, used a 'biographical questionnaire' to screen potential employees. One man is suing the FAA for its updated hiring practice. 

      Published on Sep 19, 2017

      A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America.


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