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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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U.S. Chess Center

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 rising first graders through rising 12th graders.

Center 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.

Another 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 once or 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.

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

For the schedule and registration, please visit

"Thinking Outside The BOx" ONLINE ENRICHMENT CLASSES and CAMPS (Grades: Kindergarten - 6)

Thinking Outside The BOx

Do your children think they have all the answers?

“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 ONLINE SUMMER DEBATE CAMP @ Learn Public Forum Academy

We offer 2 sessions, each at $275. Camp hours are from 12:00 - 5:00 pm EST. Camp is taught exclusively online using Zoom

Session 1: June 14 - June 20, 2020
Session 2: June 21 - June 27, 2020 

Registration closes a week prior to the start of each session.

RSM-Reston ONLINE CLASSES: TJ Prep English & Math

June 15th - July 23rd

Do not miss an opportunity to prepare for the Thomas Jefferson High School entrance exam this summer! RSM interactive online class provides students with the opportunity to strengthen their grasp of the topics that are essential for success in Math and English portions of the test. In addition, students hone their test-taking skills by taking practice tests, where they analyze and correct their mistakes with our experienced teachers. Check schedule at


Call now for more information on tuition and class schedules

11250 Roger Bacon Dr, #19
Reston, VA 20190 Map

New RSM-Reston: 2020 ONLINE Summer School (June 15th - July 23rd)

Are you looking for productive ways to keep your student engaged over the summer?

With the end of the school year fast approaching and the likelihood we will still be social distancing, we have revamped our summer school schedule to make it more family-friendly and added exciting new options to appeal to a wide range of interests. 


In addition to our traditional math classes, which are great options for honing your student's problem-solving skills over the summer, we've added new classes like Coding, Creative Writing, IOWA Prep, and TJ Prep English and Math parts.  

Check schedule and reserve your spot here.

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 for details.

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

New Oakton Academy: Summer SAT/AP/TJ Online Courses

Summer SAT/PSAT: 6/22-7/10

§  Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm

§  3 weeks, 15 sessions


Summer TJ Prep: 6/22 - 7/17  

§  Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 3 pm

§  4 weeks, 16 sessions


Registration link:


Summer Weekend Courses (6/7-8/8):

  • Fundamental Physics (advanced 9/10 graders), Wed 7-9:30 pm
  • AP Physics: mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, 11/12 graders, Thur 7 - 9 pm & Sat 10-12 noon
  • AP Calculus AB/BC, Saturday 12 – 2 pm
  • Pre-Calculus, SAT Math II, Saturday 10 am – 12 noon
  • Honors Chemistry, Saturday 12-2 pm *new
  • AP Chemistry, Saturday 2-4 pm
  • College Essay Workshop for 2021 Application
  • Juniors’ Package or Students’ Profile Reviewing 
  • SAT Intensive Session, 8/17-8/21 
  • Public Speaking/Debate, Saturday
  • Summer Annual Music Fundraiser Event
  • Sign up for Summer Free Information Session, click the link and receive more details: 

Feel free to reach us at, or 571-354-7199 for any questions. Thank you!

Summer Registration

Oakton Academy

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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Looking for summer activities for your children? Sign up for our one-on-one virtual music lessons! 

Choose the summer package that works best for you!

Lessons available in Piano, Violin and Viola.

Summer School Dates: June 22nd - July 30th. 

Please feel free to call our office with any questions about our summer or fall schedules.

Job Openings



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 SENIOR ACCOUNTANT.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced and rapidly growing company focused on developing and commercializing products in a pre-IPO environment. Reporting to the Controller, the ideal candidate will be familiar with US GAAP and IFRS standards; be responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of the close process as week as analysis and review of the financial statements; and have experience working with an international company.  Worksite in Gaithersburg.  Salary range: $90k - $95k.



  • Responsible for numerous day-to-day accounting activities including, but not limited to, assisting with annual audit procedures, developing new accounting procedures, reconciling account balances, reviewing account reconciliations, performing account analysis, and preparation and review of journal entries and supporting schedules
  • Responsible for maintaining general ledger account information within accounting system
  • Responsible for accuracy of intercompany cross charges and allocation
  • Prepare and review financial information for quarterly and year-end audit including footnote support schedules
  • Document monthly close processes and procedures
  • Work closely with payroll team to understand ADP system logic, deductions, etc. to ensure proper accounting treatment
  • Variance analysis
  • Communicate with other departments as needed to ensure financial information is accurate as of each period end



·        Bachelors in Accounting or related discipline; CPA/CPA-in-progress preferred

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

·        Experience with large ERP system preferred (NetSuite, Oracle, PeopleSoft)

·        Because the literature and reports are in Chinese, fluency in Chinese would be highly preferred




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!


Software Engineer (McLean, VA)
Job#: 2020-96029Primary location: McLean, VirginiaClearance Requirement: Public Trust

Perspecta  (with a workforce of approximately 14,000 employees) has an immediate need for a Software Engineer in McLean, VA

Experienced software developer to work on Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) systems to support aviation safety research. Candidate is expected to be adventurous with new tools/technologies, propose innovative solutions, take reasonable risks and relentlessly eliminate manual processes.



A Bachelor’s Degree with 5 to 8 years’ experience or 3 to 5 years’ experience with MS/MA or 0 to 2 years with PhD.

  • Utilize C# (.NET core/standard) and SQL to implement ETL solutions which will be deployed to an OpenShift (Kubernetes/Docker) cluster via Ansible.  
  • Utilize other programming languages and net technologies as needed to implement solutions and maintain existing systems.
  • Bash
  • C#
  • Git
  • Linux
  • SQL

Desired Skills:

  • Ansible
  • Docker
  • GitLab CI/CD
  • Kubernetes
  • OpenShift
  • Java
  • Python

This position requires United States Citizenship or Permanent Residence (green card) and eligibility to obtain a FAA Public Trust.

For referral, please send your resume to:


Our camps teach students research, critical thinking, case construction, and other writing techniques to enhance their debating, public speaking, and persuasion capabilities.

Session I : July 13 – July 24 (9 AM - 11:30 AM) 
Session II : July 27 – August 7 (9 AM – 11:30 AM)
Vern Williams  Sessions I & II
Class Size:
12-15 students



July 27 - August 7 (1 PM – 4 PM)

Vern Williams and Dr. Ryan Grove
Class Size:
We will have two levels and will assign a maximum of 12 students to each class.



Please click on the individual courses for more information or feel free to contact me at:

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:

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 ( 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

    Food Inc Documentary - How is food mass produced?

    Dec 10, 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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