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Welcome to The Dragon’s Lair.  We are delighted that your student is apart of our team, and we are very excited to begin the school year. This website will serve as the primary source for team announcements. Please check often.


Week of 9/17-18 – 9/21/18

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English Language Arts

HW: Monday: Please interview your family about your name and write down their answers in your Name Poem Organizer. Where did your name come from? Why did they choose it?

For the rest of the week, read for thirty minutes every night. Please bring your book with you every day.

In-class: Students will spend this week drafting and sharing their name poem. They will also be listening to, responding to, and imitating a mentor text poem.


In-class-  We worked on lab safety and the lab safety quiz.All students are required to sign a Lab Safety by Friday, 9/21/18.  This week we will begin our scientific investigation.

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Math: Please contact your child’s math teacher.

Pre-Algebra 7- 8

Week of Sept. 17, 2018

Pre-Algebra 7- 8 will continue to work on unit 1: Real Numbers. We will focus on square roots and the order of operations (focusing on integers, but including all rational numbers). Students should continue to work on dream box (this is a weekly requirement for the entire year). Students are encouraged to check Canvas for notes and daily homework assignments.


Math 7:

Week of Sept. 17, 2018

We will continue learning about squares, square roots, absolute value, and operations involving rational numbers through practical problems and classroom activities.
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Ms. Civics, History, and Economics:

Week of September 10th

Monday: What are the responsibilities of the Supreme Court? In class, students will complete ATL 11 and 12. For HW, students should prepare for Wednesday’s UNIT TEST.

Tuesday: In class, students reviewed for tomorrow’s UNIT TEST. For HW, students should study ATL 1-12 to prepare for tomorrow’s UNIT TEST.

Wednesday: In class, students completed a UNIT TEST.

Thursday: FIELD TRIP!

Friday: What challenges did Southerners face after the Civil War? In class, students completed ATL 1 and 2. No HW this weekend. Students can retake their unit test next Wednesday at Lunch with parents permission:)


Clan Leaders 

Peter Andersonpeter.anderson@apsva.us Language Arts

Traci Holland-Shufordtraci.holland@apsva.us  Life Science

Maureen McMorrowmaureen.mcmorrow@apsva.us US Civics, Economics and History

Kipchoge Dowkipchoge.dow@apsva.us  Math

Emily Calhounemily.calhoun@apsva.us Special Education

Cassidy Nolencassidy.nolen@apsva.us Technical Education

Iris Jonesiris.jones@apsva.us HILT A

Jeffrey Lashjeffrey.lash@apsva.us HILT A

Reema Chawlareema.chawla@apsva.us HILT B


Weekly Updates

  • The Dragon team will be collecting a $40.00 activity fee. The funds will cover the purchase of a team t-shirt and several field trips including the Outdoor Lab and the Kennedy Center. Please make checks payable to TJMS.
  • Parent volunteers are always welcome to chaperone any field trips. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mrs. Holland-Shuford .  All volunteers must undergo a district-mandated background check. 

Counselor’s Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,Hope your children have had a great beginning to their 7th grade year! It has been wonderful getting to know this amazing group of students and I’m excited to be able to take this journey with them until they head to high school. I will continue to go into classrooms about once a month for what we call “Classroom Meetings.” This year we will cover topics such as cyberbullying, career exploration, academic planning and stress management. Additionally, I offer several groups throughout the year depending on the needs of the students and also see students individually as needed. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free, as always, to reach me by phone or email: 703-228-8779 or susan.russo@apsva.us.  Here’s to an awesome year!

Susan Russo

7th Grade School Counselor