Dragons’ Lair

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Welcome to The Dragon’s Lair.  We are delighted that your student is a part of our team. This website will serve as the primary source for team announcements. We will update this website weekly.


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Please join Megan Detweiler, resource teacher for the gifted, for a parent information session on gifted services at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. We will meet in the library before school on November 21st from 7:30 am-8:30 am. The session will involve an explanation of how differentiation in the classroom works, Megan’s role with students and teachers, the referral and identification process, and researched-based strategies for the gifted used in classrooms at Thomas Jefferson. Feel free to contact Megan with questions – megan.detweiler@apsva.us

ScienceScreen Shot 2018-09-12 at 12.33.05 PM We are coming to the conclusion of the Ecology unit. Please see the calendar below for upcoming due dates.  

It’s science fair time again:

The science fair project consists of six phases:

Due Date
Phase 1: Science fair contracts due Science research project title and brief description due (including independent variable, dependent variable, constants, control. Friday, October 4
Phase 2: Research questions-   Students are to develop and research 10-20 questions about their selected topics.  Students must have a minimum of 5 APA Friday, October 11
Phase 3: Design Diagram uploaded to Canvas Monday, October 14
Phase 4: Introduction  & Bibliography (APA) Wednesday, October 30
Phase 5: Procedure & Data table layout due  with 5 resources Monday, November 4
Phase 6: Proposals Due November 22


Week of January 6th

Monday- What is trench warfare? In class, students completed ATL 3. For HW, students should be sure to complete document study on ATL 4.

Tuesday- What is submarine warfare? Why did the US join the war? In class, students completed ATL 5. For HW, students should complete ATL 6.

Wednesday- What was included in the treaty of Versailles? In class, students compelted ATL 7. For HW, students will select one political cartoon to analyze.

Thursday and Friday – IN class, students used a variety of resources to learn about America’s role in WWI.



English – Week of January 6, 2019

Students should read for 30 minutes every night for their homework. This is the main homework I will assign, so the expectation is that students are doing it. I am happy to make recommendations.

Students are continuing to work on their Unit 3 – Community and Change projects. Students are writing letters, creating presentations, and recording podcasts about specific improvements they want to see at TJ and APS. This week students will be finishing up their drafts, participating in structured group feedback, and putting any finishing touches on before next week’s community forum.


Pre-Algebra 7/8

This week we will conclude our study of ratios and proportions. Students will understand how to find a missing element in a proportional relationship by either finding a common factor, calculating a common ratio or applying the cross product. The unit will conclude with a real-world investigation/analysis of the factors that affect the purchase of a car. Students will apply proportional reasoning, simple interest and percentages to create a report discussing why and when to buy a car.

 Math 7:

This week Math 7 will begin Unit 3: Functions. We will review ordered pairs and learn about the slopes of lines. By the end of the week, students will be able to describe a line using ordered pairs, input/output tables, graphs, and equations. Students should continue to complete 5 Dreambox lessons every week.


English Language Development (ELD)

In January students in ELD Reading (level 3-4), will be starting a new unit on poetry. They will be learning various types of poetry: Free Verse, Narrative, Poetry Slam, Haiku, & Limerick. During this process, students will be learning about figurative language: Metaphor, Hyperbole, Onomatopoeia, Personification, Line Breaks, and Simile.

ELD English (level 3-4) students will be learning about how to Write as a Citizen and will be analyzing arguments and identifying evidence while maintaining their focus on Aristotle’s Three Emotional Appeals: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos.

Reading Inventory on 1/9/20 Spelling Test and Reading Fluency on Flipgrid on 1/10/20



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 7 and Pre-Algebra 7/8

Emily Calhounemily.calhoun@apsva.us Special Education

Cassidy Nolencassidy.nolen@apsva.us Technical Education

Iris Jonesiris.jones@apsva.us SLIFE/ELD 1

Britney Patterson – britney.patterson@apsva.us Physical Education

Reema Chawlareema.chawla@apsva.us ELD 3 and 4

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