|Much more than just attending classes and doing homework, school is about people—sharing ideas, building community and finding connections with one another and the world around us. This sense of wonder and possibility—and fun!—is ever-present on the Friends campus. You’ll find it on the banks of Stony Run, where Pre-First children are releasing their pet turtle into the brook. It’s on the playing fields where fourth graders and Kindergartners are flying the kites they made earlier today. And it’s on the Upper School Quad, where seniors play a spirited game of doubles ping-pong during Morning Break. From book clubs to gardening; from interscholastic athletics to student government, Friends School life is rich with opportunities for self-discovery.|
Six months ago, we reported on the group of Johns Hopkins undergraduates who were in the running to win the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. Then, they were one of 30 qualifying teams vying for the award. This week, the odds got even better when the group advanced to the finalist stage, making them one of only 10 groups still in the running.
A life without Facebook might seem incomprehensible to some, but high school seniors applying to college would be wise to consider it, if only temporarily. As cited in the Huffington Post, more than 80 percent of college admissions officers use Facebook and other social media sites to get a second look at an applicant. Unless the applicant’s a recruited athlete, whose Facebook or Twitter profile might get a coach’s cursory glance at any point of high school, now is the time when a student’s Facebook profile may come under scrutiny.
Of course, deleting a social media account may seem like overkill. Why not just delete any potentially negative content? Or even change the account name so that the profile is harder to find? These steps may be sufficient, but I wouldn’t take the chance. After all, if admissions officers find the hopeful college applicant on Facebook, they won’t necessarily encounter the best representation of the student, nor the one so thoughtfully put together in the application; they may see a much more limited side, one that tends to encourage flash judgments, rather than careful review. Read More →
It’s late August, which means it’s time for Johns Hopkins to announce the speakers for its annual MSE Symposium. The student-run speaker series always brings an interesting cross-section of famous folks, including everyone from Jerry Springer to Malcolm Gladwell to Will Ferrell to speak for free at the school. This year’s slate of speakers is eclectic, as usual.
This year’s theme is Learning From Experience: The Path Ahead for Generation Y. The speakers include:
Aron Ralston (September 17, 7 PM) – The guy who got trapped in a canyon and cut his own arm off to escape; he was played by James Franco in the 2010 movie 127 Hours, which was based on Ralston’s best-selling book. Read More →
Baltimore Design School, Maryland’s only transformational school dedicated to preparing middle and high school students for careers in design, has hired Dr. Melissa Patrylo as the school’s new principal. Dr. Patrylo joins BDS from her previous role as Partner of Small Schools by Design, a firm she co-founded, which developed the proposal to open BDS as a transformation school and which wrote the curriculum that earned approval from the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. Read More →
What’s the big deal about math these days?
A ten-year-old boy was sitting in my office last week with his parents talking to me about joining Mathnasium of Roland Park. As with every potential member, I asked him one of my key questions to success: “Why do you want to improve your math skills?” Of all the students I have asked this question, his answer gave me the impression that he really gets why math is important. His answer was, “because good math skills will help me get into a good college and get a good job.” I then asked him my second key question: “Are you willing to put in the time and effort to improve your math skills?” Again, he delivered a good answer: “Just like soccer, if you want to get better you have to work at it.” This kid will do fine at Mathnasium of Roland Park.
Let’s go back to the first answer. Was he right saying math will help him get a good job? Absolutely! Take a look at the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Businesses will need mathematicians to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data. Take a closer look and you will see the median (50 percent above, 50 percent below) income for a mathematician is around $101,000. Related occupations requiring math skills that will increase in demand include computer programmers, financial analysts, market research analysts, and database administrators. Read More →
Binge drinking is associated with a host of public health problems, including increased rates of drunk driving, car accidents, alcohol poisoning, and domestic violence. So it’s troubling that the first Maryland College Alcohol Survey showed that nearly half of Maryland college students reported binge drinking in the previous month.
If you’ve ever wondered about home schooling your kids, tomorrow is your chance to learn more. The Baltimore Home School Community Center, the Baltimore School of Independent Learners and
Maryland Homeschool Reviews will host an Open House on Wednesday, August 20 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.
The center is located at 1777 Reisterstown Rd., Suite 50, in Pikesville. To learn more, visit baltimorehomeschool.org.
Now that the school year is nearly upon us and students begin to think about SAT, ACT, and ISEE exams they also start to think about getting tutoring assistance. There are many options out there, so how do you pick the right one? Like any shopping experience, the consumer is looking for value. How do you define value? Most people say value equals quality divided by price (V=Q/P). We all want value in all of our transactions. Who doesn’t? So, in the world of math test prep services and general math tutoring, how would you go about measuring value? The denominator, price, is easy. It’s how much you are paying for the service. The quality part is harder. How do you define quality with respect to math tutoring? In the end, the quality part is a subjective interpretation of the information the tutor has provided and what you have learned through your research.
At Mathnasium of Roland Park, we offer a few key facts for our customers to factor into their quality evaluation. Consider them when making you quality calculation. Proven Results – Mathnasium publishes annual audited results for students following a standard Mathnasium program. The most recent audit revealed a test increase ranging between 11-34 points over only a three month period.
Frequency of Tutoring – We recommend 10-12 sessions per month, but allow our students to attend every day we are open for the same price. We operate like a gym – you pay a flat fee and use it as much as you want. Like a good workout program, most students attend 2-3 times per week. Curriculum and Materials – Our curriculum covers basic math concepts and ends at the calculus level. It has been developed by our founder, Larry Martinek, over 30 years and is constantly evolving. Our student work library contains over 20,000 problem sets to use to tailor the student’s learning plan to meet their specific needs. Instructor Qualifications – All Mathnasium instructors must pass a rigorous math literacy exam to qualify to work at Mathnasium. Once they pass the exam, they take eight hours of training and provide regular coaching from the Center Director, Jim Trexler.
We believe these quality factors and our philosophy of “work hard, have fun, get better” make us the best value for math tutoring in the greater Baltimore area. When considering our math tutors ask them how they match-up to our quality, then plug in the price and see where the best value is. We are confident it will be Mathnasium of Roland Park.
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