Dragons’ Lair



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.

Week of 6/3/19 – 6/7/19

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English Language Arts

HW: Read for thirty minutes every night. Please bring your book with you every day. This is the only homework I give you, so the expectation is that you are actually doing it! Let me know if you need help finding books.

In-class: Students will continue reading The Outsiders. Students will be focusing on characterization (how a character speaks, thinks, their effect on others, their actions, and their looks).


Project Y.E.R.T-  For the next two weeks we will

  • calculate, design, evaluate, calculate their carbon footprint.
  • describe ways that human interaction has altered habitats positively and negatively.
  • observe the effect of human interaction in local ecosystems and collect, record, chart, and interpret data concerning the effect of interaction (from observations and print and electronic resources).
  • Design a short term action plan to eliminate or offset our carbon footprint.

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Math: Please contact your child’s math teacher.

Week 6/10/19

Mr. Carter or Mr. Dow: Pre-Algebra 7-8 is shifting our focus after the SOL. After speaking with the Algebra and Algebra Intensified teachers, we have determined the needs of students moving on to these classes next year. We will be spending the next two weeks working on simplifying radicals (square roots and cube roots) and discovering the laws of exponents. We are excited to approach these new topics! Students should be sure to come to class prepared..

Math 7: Mr. Dow; Ms. Williams; Mr. Somerville: Classes will explore Math 8 standards in order to provide a strong base for next year.

Mrs. Kramer’s Intensified Algebra 1: We will continue SOL prep this week. 8th grade: SOL on Wednesday, June 5th7th grade: SOL on Thursday, June 6thI will be available after school on Monday and Tuesday for any questions and extra help! Final exam will begin on Tuesday, June 11th.

Mrs. Kramer’s Pre-Algebra 8: We will continue SOL this week! All mastery quizzes for FULL CREDIT is due TOMORROW, Tuesday, June 4th! I will be available after school Monday and Tuesday for extra help!!

Ms. McMorrow’s Civics, History and Economics

Monday: Memorial Day

Tuesday: SOL Review

Wednesday: CIVICS ECONOMICS SOL (Covering 6th and 7th Grade Content)

Thursday: Students studied the Vietnam War using short fiction. No HW

Friday: Students studied the Vietnam war using short fiction. No HW.

Counselor’s Corner:

Summer school registration for Make-Up and Strengthening Classes closes this Friday, June 7.

More information can be found here: https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/1.-SS-Catalog2019-FINAL.pdf

Susan Russo

7th Grade School Counselor

‘Thomas Jefferson Middle School





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


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