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Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon rocket launch

Published on May 30, 2020

See NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral, FL for the first manned mission from US soil in nearly a decade.

Astronauts' on-orbit tour of SpaceX Crew Dragon ‘Endeavour' includes ‘zero-g dinosaur'

Published on May 30, 2020

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken give a tour of the Crew Dragon a few hours after launch. Hurley and Behnken named the capsule 'Endeavour' and a zero-g indicator dinosaur toy their sons picked out was featured. -- Liftoff! SpaceX launches 1st astronauts for NASA on historic test flight.

Watch SpaceX Crew Dragon hatch open and board the ISS

Published on May 31, 2020

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken open the hatch from the Dragon capsule and board the International Space Station (ISS).

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RSM-Tysons is OPEN! 
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Virtual Town Hall for New Families Sep 10th at 6:00 PM

Due to increasing demand and to better serve the needs of students, we are excited to announce the 


Russian School of Mathematics is opening a NEW location at Tysons!


Virtual Town Hall at RSM Tysons 

September 10th 6:00 PM 


Learn more and sign up for a FREE math evaluation at 


Virtual Town Hall at RSM Tysons

September 10th 6:00 PM 

The Russian School of Mathematics will be hosting Parent Information Night for the upcoming school year. During this session, we will share our school’s educational approach, provide updates, and respond to the questions about the 2020/21 school year.

We invite you to forward your questions to excelinmath@russianschool.com or to the Q&A section during the forum. Please register for the webinar on 9/10/20 at 6:00 pm: 


Call now 571-334-8472 for more information on tuition and class schedules


Fall 2020 Online Clarinet Technique Group Classes

Elizabeth Bley’s Clarinet Studio, LLC is Pleased to Offer Fall 2020 Online Clarinet Technique Group Classes:

Taught by Vandoren Artist-Clinician and Vienna Band Camp Clarinet Technique Instructor Betty Bley 

For Bb Clarinet students and Bass Clarinet students with a minimum of one year of school band experience or one year of private lessons, ages fifth grade through high school.

Mondays from October 19 through December 14, 2020

Each student will be offered 9 weekly one-hour online classes, with a maximum of 15 students per class and a minimum enrollment of 5 students per class. 

Classes will be held on Mondays from October 19 through December 14, 2020. 

Level 1 classes will be from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm; 
Level 2 classes will be from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm; 
Level 3 classes will be from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. 

Class assignments will be based on skill level. 

Tuition is a total of $195.00 per student, which includes printed class materials. 

Students must have their own working clarinet, a good supply of working reeds, and access to a computer or laptop with an internet connection and email. 

There are no refunds or discounts for classes missed by students. 

The online group classes will include:

  • Warmups
  • Major Scale Studies
  • Chromatic Scale
  • Embouchure
  • Articulation
  • Breath Support
  • Finger Technique
  • Posture and Hand Position
  • Reed Selection & Maintenance
  • Maximizing Tone Quality
  • Sight Reading Strategies
  • Holiday and Movie Music
  • Solo Repertoire
  • Adding Emotion and Expression to Playing

To register, please complete this online registration form:



and send your tuition payment via Zelle to 703-585-5717.

(Please be sure to put the student’s name and “online clarinet group” in the comments with your Zelle payment.)

If you are not familiar with Zelle, visit www.Zellepay.com

To learn more about Mrs. Bley, visit www.theclarinetstudio.com

For questions, or to inquire about private lessons, contact Mrs. Bley at BleyClarinetStudio@gmail.com or text 703-585-5717.


U.S. Chess Center

2020 Fall Online Chess Lessons

Learn chess with the most experienced chess teachers available online.


The U.S. Chess Center offers online group lessons for all levels of students from first graders through 12th graders. The Center offers more than 25 schedules to allow families to avoid conflicts with other distance learning programs.

The Center’s students have won more than 50 state and national chess championships (individual and team) and several hundred of our long-time students have gone on to attend highly selective universities, many on scholarship.

One of our long-time students, International Grandmaster Alex Sherzer, wrote, “Not only did the U.S. Chess Center’s methods help me achieve my goals in chess, but I also developed valuable intellectual skills that I use as a doctor.”

Our online lessons meet twice per week for 30 minutes, as we believe that more lessons or longer lessons will dull the students’ appetite for the game. We also offer daily sessions for online play.

The lessons are fully interactive, asking students to share their ideas and questions throughout. We do not use pre-recorded videos.

For the schedules and registration, please visit:



Oakton Academy

2020 Fall Registration



AP Prep


SAT Subjects


Public Speaking/Debate Classes for 2020

Registration link: https://www.oaktonacademy.com/registration2020/

Fall Semester, September 12 – December 5, 2020

9-12th Grade: 

  • August Intensive SAT Session (8/25-8/27)

  • PSAT/SAT English, 12 – 2 pm 

  • PSAT/SAT Math, 11 am – 12 pm 

* SAT test date (9/26; 10/3; 11/7; 12/5) ; PSAT test (10/14) 

  • Critical Reading/Writing/Grammar for Standard Test Success, 10 am – 12, for 9/10th graders

  • Advanced Trigonometry (9/10th Grade)  

  • SAT Math II / Pre-Calculus (10/11th Grade) 

  • Fundamental Physics, Physics 1 (E&M), all levels

  • AP Physics (E&M)  

  • SAT Physics Test Prep  

  • College Application/Essay Writing (sign up for details) 

  • College Admission Mock Interviewing (sign up for details) 

4-8th Grade:

  • TJ Test Prep: English/Science/Math, 9:30 am – 1 pm 

  • 5/6th Advanced Writing (9:30 – 11 am) 

  • 7/8th Advanced Writing (11 am – 12:30 pm) 

  • Public Speaking, 11 am – 12 noon, 12 – 1 pm 

  • Advanced Trigonometry 

  • Fundamental Physics

Website: Registration link;  

Email: oaktonacademy@gmail.com

Tel: 571-354-7199

Oakton Academy

2020 Fall Semester 

September 12 – December 5


Saturday Schedule:
 August SAT Intensive Session, 8/25-8/27

 PSAT/SAT English, 12 – 12 pm

 PSAT/SAT Math, Saturday 11 – 12 pm 

 Critical Reading/Writing for Standard Test Success, 10 am – 12 

 TJ English/Science/Math, 9:30 am – 1 pm

 5-7th Advanced Reading/Writing (9:30 – 11 am)

 7/8th Advanced Reading/Writing (11 am – 12:30 pm)

 Public Speaking

 Interviewing Workshop, 11 am – 12 noon, 12 – 1 pm

 College Application/Essay Writing (sign up for details)

 College Admission Mock Interviews (sign up for details)

 SAT Physics Test Prep (2020)

Sunday Schedule:
 PSAT/SAT Math, 2-3 pm

 SAT Math II / Pre-Calculus, 3-4 pm

 AP Calculus 4-6 pm  

 AP Physics 2-4 pm 

 5/6th Advanced/Classic Reading/Writing (2-3 pm) *

 7/8th Advanced/Classic Reading/Writing (3-4 pm) *New

 9/10th Advanced/Classic Reading/Writing (4-5 pm) *New


Website: www.oaktonacademy.com

Registration: https://www.oaktonacademy.com/registration2020/

Email: oaktonacademy@gmail.com; Tel: 571-354-7199


PIANO VIOLIN VIOLA Virtual LESSONS @ Chanson Music Studios



Language & Music Immersion Program 
Music Appreciation & Composer Lessons
Piano & Violin | Group Lessons & Guided Practice
Tel: 240-288-1130

7750 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012

APLUS Education: GT Mathematics & Humanities Program for Middle School Students

Virtual Open House & Gallery Walk for Prospective Parents

Dear Parents of Highly Gifted Montgomery County Middle School Students: 

If you have a highly gifted rising 6th, 7th or 8th grader whose need for accelerated and enriched instruction cannot be met by his or her current middle school and/or the district’s on-grade-level curriculum, your child may well benefit from APLUS Learning Center’s GT Mathematics & Humanities program. Our Humanities courses are based on award-winning William & Mary GT Language Arts curricula supplemented by the Vocabulary from Classical Roots program, as well as interdisciplinary strands from history, oratory, visual arts, film studies and philosophy. Our GT mathematics courses are scheduled according to our students’ current math levels rather than by age or grade level. Currently we offer Honors Algebra I, Honors Geometry and Honors Algebra II. Students are scheduled for these courses based upon placement tests administered in-house (online for Fall of 2020).

If you missed our virtual Open House last spring, you may access a recorded version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHh1tBUDgUA:

In it, you will meet our GT Director, retired MCPS magnet teacher and IB Middle Years Programme coordinator, Ms. Ashley Moss-Pham, as well as our Humanities and math magnet faculty and two student ambassadors, both of whom are rising 8th graders in the program. The purpose, intended audience and content of the APLUS GT program, as well as logistics for testing, applications, class sessions, etc., are covered in the presentation as well. 

In addition, we are pleased to share a virtual glimpse of some of the work our GT students have produced over the past year. If you would like to preview the type and level of projects and assignments our GT Humanities students are routinely asked to create, please visit our Online GT Gallery at: https://aplusgtprogram.wordpress.com/


Jocelyn Park, Director

Address: 215 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850

Tel: 301-838-9668


New online classes from Mulan Academy

Math, Reading, Writing, Math Olympiad, Chinese. 

$10/class. Choose 2-day/week, 3-day/week or 5-day/week. 

Experienced teachers.

Mulan Academy

"Thinking Outside The BOx” A fun way to learn problem solving, creative and critical thinking


Grades: Kindergarten - 6


Thinking Outside The BOx

“Thinking Outside The BOx" is just the right thing for them! This class gives your child the opportunity to learn how to think on their feet and spend time in a wonderfully stimulating and creative environment while learning how to tackle challenging problems. The class usually starts with a brain warm up question or challenge, followed by a presentation and open discussion on a specific concept/topic, such as brainstorming, team building, problem solving, critical and creative thinking , leadership development, etc and ends with a subject related hands-on project or activity, individual or team oriented. Children use their imagination to  build and create all sorts of contraptions, structures, bridges, vehicles, creatures, etc out of all kind of materials such as pasta, marshmallows, straws, toothpicks, elastic bands, plastic cups, paper, clay, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, bubble wrap, yarn, duck tape, card board, etc. In TOB they will have fun and apply their creative and critical thinking while learning crucial concepts and skills for our new digital increasingly complex and challenging world.

For more information and class schedule, please visit:


Paula De Brito Cohen
“Thinking Outside The BOx”
703 536 6555 - office
703 963 6840  - cell


New Russian School of Mathematics offers Online Math Classes

Looking for teacher-led online math classes to keep your child’s education moving forward during this turbulent time? RSM offers new spring sessions. Please call us at (571) 306-2355, or email ExcelinMath@RussianSchool.com for details.

571-306-2355Call now for more information on tuition and class schedules
11250 Roger Bacon Dr #19
RestonVA 20190 Map



2020 Fall Test Strategy Prep is 
Open for Registration!



8th Grade - Test Strategy Prep
For 8th grade students in 2020 Fall
8/29/2020 - 12/03/2020 (at Rockville & Germantown)
  1. Saturday AM Class: 09:30AM-12:30PM (R) 09:00AM-12:00PM (G)
  2. Saturday PM Class: 01:30- 4:30PM (R) 01:00-04:00PM (G)
  3. Saturday Evening Class: 05:00-08:00PM (R Only)
  4. Wednesday (G)/Thursday (R): 05:45-08:45PM
5th Grade - Test Strategy Prep
For 5th grade students in 2020 Fall
8/29/2020 - 11/14/2020 (at Rockville & Germantown)
  1. Saturday AM Class: 09:30AM-12:30PM (R) 09:00AM-12:00PM (G)
  2. Saturday PM Class: 01:30- 4:30PM (R) 01:00-04:00PM (G)
  3. Wednesday (G)/Thursday (R): 05:45-08:45PM
3rd Grade - Test Strategy Prep
For 3rd grade students in 2020 Fall
9/26/2020 - 2/06/2021 (at Rockville & Germantown)
  1. Saturday AM Class: 09:00-11:00AM (R) 09:30 - 11:30AM (G)
  2. Saturday PM Class: 12:30- 2:30PM (G Only)
  3. Saturday Evening Class: 04:30-06:30PM (R Only)

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Summer SAT Prep Classes + Sample Lesson

Due to the recent SAT exam cancellations, the College Board is offering a test every month from August-December. To help students prepare for these exams, I will be running a series of SAT classes during the summer and fall. The course dates and registration can be found here: https://www.prepwithjen.com/course-enrollment/8-week-sat-class/

I've also launched a YouTube channel sharing my best test-taking tips. If you have a pre-teen or teenager at home, I'd love for them to subscribe to my channel. I make free strategy videos every week that will prime them for the exam, even if they choose to study on their own. I've included one of my videos below to give you a sense of my teaching style.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to me by email (hello@prepwithjen.com) or phone (571-295-7867).

About Jen

I'm a graduate of the University of Virginia with nearly a decade of SAT teaching experience. In that time, I have coached students to scores in the 99th+ percentile! My students have gained acceptance into highly competitive schools including Princeton, UPenn Wharton, NYU, and UVA. I firmly believe that test prep does not need to be dry or intimidating. Through my approachable teaching style, I’ve helped students build confidence and achieve academic success. To hear from my students themselves, I invite you to read my 5-star google reviews!  

Jen Lu, President
Prep with Jen, LLC
Phone: (571) 295-7867


Apply on our site to get your free trial class. 

You will need a piano or a keyboard, a smart phone or a tablet or a computer, and internet access. For music, not piano lessons, you do not need even a keyboard!

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.

    How Corporations Ruined Food (Food Industry Documentary) | Real Stories

    Nov 17, 2017

    • 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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