Middle School

6-7th Grade Math

Teacher:  Mr. Ozyarim

Email: fozyarim@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website

 


 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will focus on four critical areas: (1) developing an understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing an understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

Course Overview

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

The Number System

Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

Expressions and Equations

Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

Geometry

Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them.  Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.

Statistics and Probability

Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population.
Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.
Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.

Mathematical Practices

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Model with mathematics.
Use appropriate tools strategically.
Attend to precision.
Look for and make use of structure.

REWARDS

The greatest reward is learning math that will be used in all aspects of life in your future.

1-Call, email, and/or letter home with positive accomplishment

2- Stars (see below)

3- Other surprises

How to Win Stars:

Students, who maintain an average of 93 or above during an entire month, will receive three stars. Three stars will buy a “homework pass”. Students may also receive stars by winning in-class Math competitions, doing an extraordinary job, and for being an outstanding student.

                      = homework pass

Stars are not transferable and can only be used for Mr. Ferhat’s Math class.

Homework pass will let you skip a daily homework assignment and get a 100.

Students will be given incentives from time to time based on their performances on practice tests in order to be roused, motivated, and encouraged. The incentives include but not limited to chocolate, pizza, and movie tickets.

CLASS PROCEDURES

Procedures are the steps that should be taken if we are willing to reach our goals.

1. Arrive to class prepared and on time.

2. Respect yourself and others. Refrain from using profanity or offensive language.

3. Remain quiet in your seat unless otherwise directed by your teacher.

4. Refrain from eating and/or drinking during class.

5. Raise your hand before speaking and wait to be called on.

6. Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Pencils, erasers, and hole-punched graphed paper (Quad Ruled)

Calculator (graphing calculator)

3-ring binder ( to keep your notes, classwork, and handouts)

MAKE-UP POLICY

Students can make up tests or any other assignments, only in case of excused absences. When a student is absent it becomes his/her responsibility to obtain assignments they missed while absent. Decision on deadlines for makeup work (due to excused absence) will be given to individual situations. There will be 10 points off for each day of late homework assignment.

ASSESSMENT SCALE                                                                                                                

A (93-100)
A- (90-92)
B+ (87-89)
B (83-86)
B- (80-82)
C+ (77-79)
C (73-76)
D+ (67-69)
D (64-66
C- (70-72)
F (below 64)

Tests are given at the end of every chapter. (multiple choice, completion and open ended questions.)

Quizzes are given in the middle of every chapter. (multiple choice, open ended, and completion questions)

Algebra I & Geometry

Teacher:  Mr. Ozyarim

Email: fozyarim@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website

 


 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Algebra 1 is intended to build a foundation for all higher math classes. This course will review algebraic expressions, integers, and mathematical properties that will lead into working with variables and linear equations. There will be an in-depth study of graphing, polynomials, quadratic equations, data analysis and systems of equations through direct class instruction, group work, homework, student projects and technology.

Geometry course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions.  It includes the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry.  Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed.  It also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures. 

  

REWARDS

The greatest reward is learning math that will be used in all aspects of life in your future.

1- Call, email, and/or letter home with positive accomplishment
2- Stars (see below)
3- Other surprises

How to Win Stars:

Students, who maintain an average of 93 or above during an entire month, will receive three stars. Three stars will buy a “homework pass”. Students may also receive stars by winning in-class Math competitions, doing an extraordinary job, and for being an outstanding student.

                      = homework pass

Stars are not transferable and can only be used for Mr. Ferhat’s Math class.

Homework pass will let you skip a daily homework assignment and get a 100.

Students will be given incentives from time to time based on their performances on practice tests in order to be roused, motivated, and encouraged. The incentives include but not limited to chocolate, pizza, and movie tickets.

CLASS PROCEDURES

Procedures are the steps that should be taken if we are willing to reach our goals.

1. Arrive to class prepared and on time.
2. Respect yourself and others. Refrain from using profanity or offensive language.
3. Remain quiet in your seat unless otherwise directed by your teacher.
4. Refrain from eating and/or drinking during class.
5. Raise your hand before speaking and wait to be called on.
6. Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Pencils, erasers, and hole-punched graphed paper (Quad Ruled)
Calculator (graphing calculator)
3-ring binder ( to keep your notes, classwork, and handouts)

MAKE-UP POLICY

Students can make up tests or any other assignments, only in case of excused absences. When a student is absent it becomes his/her responsibility to obtain assignments they missed while absent. Decision on deadlines for makeup work (due to excused absence) will be given to individual situations. There will be 10 points off for each day of late homework assignment.

ASSESSMENT SCALE                                                                                                                     

A (93-100)

A- (90-92)

B+ (87-89)

B (83-86)

B- (80-82)

C+ (77-79)                                        

C (73-76)                          

C- (70-72)

D+ (67-69) 

D (64-66)

F (below 64)

Tests are given at the end of every chapter. (multiple choice, completion and open ended questions.)

Quizzes are given in the middle of every chapter. (multiple choice, open ended, and completion questions)

Science

Teacher: Mr. Yilar

E-mail: yyilar@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website

 


 

6th Grade

Class Description

The 6th grade science core curriculum focuses on physical and earth science.  Students will be learning about a variety of topics within these branches.  

Class Textbook

Harcourt Science -6th Grade

Course Outline

The student will demonstrate an understanding;

  • Standards are identified for kindergarten through grade five, for middle school, and for a core set of high school courses — Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Throughout a student’s science schooling from kindergarten through grade six, content strands, or topics are included. The Standards of Learning in each strand progress in complexity as they are studied at various grade levels in grades K-6, and are represented indirectly throughout the high school courses.  These strands are:

First Quarter

Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic;

Force, Motion and Energy

Second Quarter

Matter

Interrelationships in earth/Space Systems

Third Quarter

Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change and Earth Resources

Fourth Quarter

Life Processes

Living Systems

 


 

7th Grade

Class Description

The main objective of this course is to give the student a basic understanding of science in general and the life sciences in particular. The course will focus upon the fundamental concepts of living organisms and then look more specifically at plants, animals, and humans. Various methods will be used in teaching this class including lecture and note-taking, audio-visual aids, performance-based assessment, and laboratory activities.

Class Textbook

Glencoe Life Science: 7th Grade

First Quarter

Cell Theory

Patterns of Cellular Organization

Second Quarter

Heredity and Genetics

Classification of Organisms

Plants

Third Quarter

Photosynthesis

Animals

Energy Flow

Communities

Fourth Quarter

Adaptation and Change

Biologic Evolution

Conservation of Living Resources


8th Grade

Class Description

The 8th grade science core curriculum focuses on physics and chemistry. Students will be able to learning about a variety of topics within these branches.

Class Textbook

Glencoe Physical Science: 8th Grade

Course Outline

The student will investigate and understand the basic nature of matter, the modern and historical models of atomic structure, the organization and use of the periodic table of elements to obtain information, the changes in matter and the relationship of these changes to the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy, the states and forms of energy and how energy is transferred and transformed, the temperature scales, heat, and heat transfer, the characteristics of sound and technological applications of sound waves, the nature and technological applications of light scientific principles and technological applications of work, force, and motion basic principles of electricity and magnetism.

First Quarter

ENERGY AND MOTION

Second Quarter

ELECTRICITY AND ENERGY RESOURCES

INTERACTIONS OF MATTER

Third Quarter

THE NATURE OF MATTER

Fourth Quarter

ENERGY ON THE MOVE

DIVERSITY OF MATTER

6th Grade English

Teacher: Mrs. Hamby

Email: ahamby@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website


 

6th Grade English 2015-2016

English 6 Course Description:

Content Overview: At Pinnacle Academy we follow the Virginia Standards of Learning as the foundation of our instruction.  Students will read and analyze a variety of fictional novels, non-fiction texts, and poetry to grow as strategic readers. 6th grade students will write narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive essays by following the steps of the writing process. Students will have a writing portfolio to document their growth in composition over the year. This integrated course will include guided reading units, writing workshop, Word Study vocabulary activities, and grammar lessons.

Learning Activities: Teacher will explain and model the strategies used by effective readers and writers. Students will learn through teacher mini-lectures, group discussions/Socratic seminars, differentiated small group activities, reading out loud and annotating text together, unique creative projects, oral presentations, Chromebook interactive lessons, writing workshop step-by-step assignments, and field trips.

English Textbook: Language Network (McDougal Littell Red Textbook)

How Grades Work

Grades will be weighted according to the following categories for English 6 class:

40% Class-work (ex: Reading Strategies, Socratic Seminars, Grammar exercises)

30% Quizzes and Tests (ex: Word Study Quizzes, Novel Unit Final Test)

20% Major Projects and Writing Assignments (ex. Novel Project,  Persuasive Essay)

10% Homework (ex. Word Study homework, Reading Log Written Reports)

***Cheating is unacceptable and will lead to failure (0 points) on any assignment.

***All work must be turned in ON TIME! Any unexcused late assignment will receive 50% of the original score.

Homework Policy

You will have homework every night. The typical homework schedule for the week will usually include:

30 Minutes of reading independent reading book, extend time if need to finish chapter.

(SPECIAL NOTE of Timeline: Once a month you should finish at least one novel. Therefore, by the middle of month you should plan on being halfway in your novel. We will keep an Independent Reading Log in class of all the books you have read through the year)

Reading Strategies Activity OR Reading Log Written Report (biweekly)

Word Study Activities (one activity a night, quiz once a week)

Homework should always be kept organized in your Homework Folder. At the start of every class you will get out your previous night’s homework as part of Bell-work time.

Homework assignments should always be written down in your Student Agenda during Bell Work time. Agenda checks will happen regularly and be part of your class-work grade. Please make sure to stay organized and on time with assignments.

SPECIAL PRINTER NOTE: Students need access to a printer at home to print all writing assignments. All typed assignments must be printed to receive credit. NO typed assignments will be accepted electronically by e-mail or GoogleDoc.

If students does not have access to a printer (for example, the ink runs out) they must have parent e-mail Mrs. Hamby or come to school with handwritten parent note.

Printed copies are very valuable to the learning process because they allow the teacher to give students important grammar/mechanics notes, detailed feedback on paragraph/sentence structure, and allow the students to move through each essential step of the writing process. Students will also use printed copies to document their writing growth in their English cumulative folder for parents to see progress over the year.

Attendance & Missed Work:

Attendance is very important, because every day we will learn new and exciting content! If you are absent, please check the “Make-up Work” organizer located in the back of the classroom.

You can find make-up work quickly by grade level (6th, 7th, or 8th) and Subject (English or Social Studies).

It is your responsibility to turn in all make-up work to me. You have as many days as you were absent to complete the work.

School Expectations:

The main parts of our school discipline and classroom policies consist of three parts:

Rules—the expected behaviors for all students

Rewards—what the student receives for appropriate behavior

Consequences—what the student choose to accept if rule broken

We follow the school-wide discipline philosophy called the PRIDE-ful Citizenship Model. Working together as a school community it is our goal to guide students to take an active role in ensuring they are making wise decisions and being a helpful classmate and a Pinnacle Academy role model in the middle school.

*The Student Handbook (which each student receives) contains all the details of our school discipline/classroom management in further detail.

Classroom Expectations for Success:

Be polite: Raise your hand to volunteer to speak at appropriate times.

Be prepared: Have all supplies and assignments ready every single day.

Be prompt: Be in assigned seat and working on Bell Work at start of class.

Show respect: Follow directions the first time they are given and respect classmates in the learning process. Respect for others includes: do not talk while others are speaking, no put-downs or name-calling, use appropriate language, and respect other people’s property.

Language Arts and Social Studies

Teacher: Mrs. Hamby

Email: ahamby@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website


 

English 7 Course Description:

Content Overview: At Pinnacle Academy we follow the Virginia Standards of Learning as the foundation of our instruction.  Students will read and analyze a variety of fictional novels, non-fiction texts, and poetry to grow as strategic readers. 7th grade students will write narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive essays by following the steps of the writing process. Students will have a writing portfolio to document their growth in composition over the year. This integrated course will include guided reading units, writing workshop, Word Study vocabulary activities, and grammar lessons.

Learning Activities: Teacher will explain and model the strategies used by effective readers and writers. Students will learn through teacher mini-lectures, group discussions/Socratic seminars, differentiated small group activities, reading out loud and annotating text together, unique creative projects, oral presentations, Chromebook interactive lessons, writing workshop step-by-step assignments, and field trips.

English Textbook: Language Network (McDougal Littell Red Textbook)

Social Studies 7 Course Description:

Content Overview: Students will engage in a rigorous study of World History and Geography. Students will explore the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from ancient times through the Renaissance. The content focus in this course will include: the Paleolithic Era, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, ancient India, ancient China, ancient Japan, ancient Persia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, African civilizations, the early civilizations of the Americas, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Students will develop the historical reading skills necessary to write their own historical explanations and thesis arguments. Also, students will make in-depth connections in terms of the impact of the ancient past on the world today.

Learning Activities: Students will learn a variety of historical note-taking strategies, analyze primary and secondary sources, use the textbook as a framework and reference for units, engage in small group research projects, and complete research writings. History will come to life through historical simulations, debates, mock trials, plays, seminars, field trips, and other hands-on learning experiences.

Social Studies Textbook: History of Our World (Prentice Hall Textbook)

How Grades Work

Grades will be weighted according to the following categories for English 6 class:

40% Class-work (ex: Reading Strategies, Socratic Seminars, Grammar exercises)

30% Quizzes and Tests (ex: Word Study Quizzes, Novel Unit Final Test)

20% Major Projects and Writing Assignments (ex. Novel Project,  Persuasive Essay)

10% Homework (ex. Word Study homework, Reading Log Written Reports)

***Cheating is unacceptable and will lead to failure (0 points) on any assignment.
***All work must be turned in ON TIME! Any unexcused late assignment will receive 50% of the original score.


Homework Schedule

You will always have homework every night. The typical homework schedule for the week will usually include:

30 Minutes of reading independent reading book, extend time if need to finish chapter.

(SPECIAL NOTE of Timeline: Once a month you should finish at least one novel. Therefore, by the middle of month you should plan on being halfway in your novel. We will keep an Independent Reading Log in class of all the books you have read through the year)

Reading Strategies Activity OR Reading Log Written Report (biweekly)

Word Study Activities (one activity a night, quiz once a week)

Studying for Social Studies Quiz or Test (Twice a month)

Homework Policy

Homework should always be kept organized in your Homework Folder. At the start of every class you will get out your previous night’s homework as part of Bell-work time.

Homework assignments should always be written down in your Student Agenda during Bell Work time. Agenda checks will happen regularly and be part of your class-work grade. Please make sure to stay organized and on time with assignments.

SPECIAL PRINTER NOTE: Students need access to a printer at home to print all writing assignments. All typed assignments must be printed to receive credit. NO typed assignments will be accepted electronically by e-mail or GoogleDoc.

If students does not have access to a printer (for example, the ink runs out) they must have parent e-mail Mrs. Hamby or come to school with handwritten parent note.

Printed copies are very valuable to the learning process because they allow the teacher to give students important grammar/mechanics notes, detailed feedback on paragraph/sentence structure, and allow the students to move through each essential step of the writing process. Students will also use printed copies to document their writing growth in their English cumulative folder for parents to see progress over the year.

Attendance & Missed Work:

Attendance is very important, because every day we will learn new and exciting content! If you are absent, please check the “Make-up Work” organizer located in the back of the classroom.

You can find make-up work quickly by grade level (6th, 7th, or 8th) and Subject (English or Social Studies).

It is your responsibility to turn in all make-up work to me. You have as many days as you were absent to complete the work.

School Expectations:

The main parts of our school discipline and classroom policies consist of three parts:

Rules—the expected behaviors for all students

Rewards—what the student receives for appropriate behavior

Consequences—what the student choose to accept if rule broken

We follow the school-wide discipline philosophy called the PRIDE-ful Citizenship Model. Working together as a school community it is our goal to guide students to take an active role in ensuring they are making wise decisions and being a helpful classmate and a Pinnacle Academy role model in the middle school.

*The Student Handbook (which each student receives) contains all the details of our school discipline/classroom management in further detail.

Classroom Expectations for Success:

Be polite: Raise your hand to volunteer to speak at appropriate times.

Be prepared: Have all supplies and assignments ready every single day.

Be prompt: Be in assigned seat and working on Bell Work at start of class.

Show respect: Follow directions the first time they are given and respect classmates in the learning process. Respect for others includes: do not talk while others are speaking, no put-downs or name-calling, use appropriate language, and respect other people’s property.

If you choose to break an expectation/rule (6-8th grade):

1st Reminder: quick reminder of class expectation

2nd reminder: final reminder of class expectation if get to receive a PAW for class period

Warning: receive Warning in online Dojo system (Do not earn PAW for class & affects PAW percentage for week)

Think Sheet: Must fill out Think Sheet and get signed by parent. (Think Sheet recorded in online Dojo system & affects PAW percentage for week)

*Any major issue or chronic problem will receive Referral to Administration.

Positive Rewards for following rules and expectations:

8th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

Teacher: Mrs. Hamby

Email: ahamby@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website


 

English 8 Course Description:

Content Overview: At Pinnacle Academy we follow the Virginia Standards of Learning as the foundation of our instruction.  Students will read and analyze a variety of fictional novels, non-fiction texts, and poetry to grow as strategic readers. 8th grade students will write narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive essays by following the steps of the writing process. Students will have a writing portfolio to document their growth in composition over the year. This integrated course will include guided reading units, writing workshop, Word Study vocabulary activities, and grammar lessons.

Learning Activities: Teacher will explain and model the strategies used by effective readers and writers. Students will learn through teacher mini-lectures, group discussions/Socratic seminars, differentiated small group activities, reading out loud and annotating text together, unique creative projects, oral presentations, Chromebook interactive lessons, writing workshop step-by-step assignments, and field trips.

English Textbook: Language Network (McDougal Littell Red Textbook)

Social Studies 8 Course Description:

Content Overview: Students will engage in an interactive study of U.S. Civics and Economics. Students will examine the roles citizens play in the political, governmental, and economic systems in the United States. The content focus of this course will include: the Foundation of American Citizenship, the National Government, Political Parties and Interest Groups, State and Local Government, the American Legal System, the Economy and the Individual, the Free Enterprise System, and the United States and the World Today. Students should gain the knowledge and skills to become thoughtful, responsible, and active citizens. Students will finish the course with a culminating Civics project where they will apply the course knowledge to positively impact their community.

Learning Activities: Students will learn a variety of social studies note-taking strategies, analyze primary and secondary government sources, use the Civics textbook as a framework and reference for units, engage in small group research projects, and complete research writings. Civics will come to life through government simulations, debates, mock trials, plays, seminars, field trips, and other hands-on learning experiences.

Social Studies Textbook: Civics Today (Glencoe Textbook)

How Grades Work

Grades will be weighted according to the following categories for English 6 class:

40% Class-work (ex: Reading Strategies, Socratic Seminars, Grammar exercises)

30% Quizzes and Tests (ex: Word Study Quizzes, Novel Unit Final Test)

20% Major Projects and Writing Assignments (ex. Novel Project,  Persuasive Essay)

10% Homework (ex. Word Study homework, Reading Log Written Reports)

***Cheating is unacceptable and will lead to failure (0 points) on any assignment.
***All work must be turned in ON TIME! Any unexcused late assignment will receive 50% of the original score.

Homework Schedule

You will always have homework every night. The typical homework schedule for the week will usually include:

30 Minutes of reading independent reading book, extend time if need to finish chapter.

(SPECIAL NOTE of Timeline: Once a month you should finish at least one novel. Therefore, by the middle of month you should plan on being halfway in your novel. We will keep an Independent Reading Log in class of all the books you have read through the year)

Reading Strategies Activity OR Reading Log Written Report (biweekly)

Word Study Activities (one activity a night, quiz once a week)

Studying for Social Studies Quiz or Test (Twice a month)

Homework Policy

Homework should always be kept organized in your Homework Folder. At the start of every class you will get out your previous night’s homework as part of Bell-work time.

Homework assignments should always be written down in your Student Agenda during Bell Work time. Agenda checks will happen regularly and be part of your class-work grade. Please make sure to stay organized and on time with assignments.

SPECIAL PRINTER NOTE: Students need access to a printer at home to print all writing assignments. All typed assignments must be printed to receive credit. NO typed assignments will be accepted electronically by e-mail or GoogleDoc.

If students does not have access to a printer (for example, the ink runs out) they must have parent e-mail Mrs. Hamby or come to school with handwritten parent note.

Printed copies are very valuable to the learning process because they allow the teacher to give students important grammar/mechanics notes, detailed feedback on paragraph/sentence structure, and allow the students to move through each essential step of the writing process. Students will also use printed copies to document their writing growth in their English cumulative folder for parents to see progress over the year.

Attendance & Missed Work:

Attendance is very important, because every day we will learn new and exciting content! If you are absent, please check the “Make-up Work” organizer located in the back of the classroom.

You can find make-up work quickly by grade level (6th, 7th, or 8th) and Subject (English or Social Studies).

It is your responsibility to turn in all make-up work to me. You have as many days as you were absent to complete the work.

School Expectations:

The main parts of our school discipline and classroom policies consist of three parts:

Rules—the expected behaviors for all students

Rewards—what the student receives for appropriate behavior

Consequences—what the student choose to accept if rule broken

We follow the school-wide discipline philosophy called the PRIDE-ful Citizenship Model. Working together as a school community it is our goal to guide students to take an active role in ensuring they are making wise decisions and being a helpful classmate and a Pinnacle Academy role model in the middle school.

*The Student Handbook (which each student receives) contains all the details of our school discipline/classroom management in further detail.

Classroom Expectations for Success:

Be polite: Raise your hand to volunteer to speak at appropriate times.

Be prepared: Have all supplies and assignments ready every single day.

Be prompt: Be in assigned seat and working on Bell Work at start of class.

Show respect: Follow directions the first time they are given and respect classmates in the learning process. Respect for others includes: do not talk while others are speaking, no put-downs or name-calling, use appropriate language, and respect other people’s property.

If you choose to break an expectation/rule (6-8th grade):

1st Reminder: quick reminder of class expectation

2nd reminder: final reminder of class expectation if get to receive a PAW for class period

Warning: receive Warning in online Dojo system (Do not earn PAW for class & affects PAW percentage for week)

Think Sheet: Must fill out Think Sheet and get signed by parent. (Think Sheet recorded in online Dojo system & affects PAW percentage for week)

 

*Any major issue or chronic problem will receive Referral to Administration.

Positive Rewards for following rules and expectations:

6-8th Grade Computer

Teacher: Mr. Sapar

Email: lsapar@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website

 


 

COMPUTER LITERACY

It is pleasure to have you in my computer class this school year. Together we will have a better understanding of computers which makes our life easier. In today’s world we depend on computers in almost every part of our lives. We do business, communication, education, entertainment, ordering food, getting gas, etc., by using computers. As a result of that we can say that our future depends on computer education, and technology will be integrated into every aspect of our life.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Computer classes are curricular subjects taught in most schools across the nation in which students gain essential knowledge and skills necessary for them to access, manage, evaluate, use, and create information responsibly using technology and digital resources. Materials include a computer per student, texts, and teacher generated resources. Students will use various software tools to integrate software programs with other classes such as science, math, and language arts. The aim of this course is to deepen students’ understanding and use of basic software programs and the internet, along with improved proficiency in keyboarding skills. In addition to this students will have an understanding of social and ethical issues in technology use.

CURRICULUM

Keyboarding/Typing: This unit teaches students proper keyboarding techniques, including proper posture, hand placement, accuracy, and speed.

Computer Fundamentals and Basics: The Computer Fundamentals unit teaches students about computer components and processes, including ethical issues surrounding them.

Word Processing Software (Microsoft Word 2013): The Word Processing Software unit teaches students how to use the tools and commands required creating a variety of documents.

Spreadsheet Software: (Microsoft Excel 2013) The Spreadsheet Software unit teaches students how to calculate formulas, create graphs, and format charts in spreadsheets.

Web Browsing Basics: The Web Browsing unit teaches students how to find information on the Internet and identify ethical issues involved in using information.

Multimedia: The Multimedia unit teaches students how to present text, graphics, video, animation, and sound in an integrated way using a variety of software. Tools such as MS Paint and Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, MS Movie Maker will be taught throughout this unit to create various types of multimedia.

Presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint 2013): unit teaches students how to create slideshows that effectively communicate ideas and information.

Communicating Online: The Communicating Online unit teaches students the fundamentals of instant messaging, blogs, online mapping, podcasting and use of community sites

TIE (Technology Integrated Education): A distinguished program. It integrates Math, Science, Social Science and Language Arts classes with technology education. It is fun, and it is comprehensive at the same time. Technology Integrated Education (TIE) aims to teach basic knowledge of computers and teach skills while integrating computers with core classes.

Scratch Programming Language: What do students learn as they create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art with Scratch? For one thing, they learn mathematical and computational ideas that are built into the Scratch experience. As students create programs in Scratch, they learn core computational concepts such as iteration and conditionals. They also gain an understanding of important mathematical concepts such as coordinates, variables, and random numbers.

Schoology: Schoology is an online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform that improves learning through better communication, collaboration, and increased access to curriculum and supplemental content.

Each student will have an account on Schoology.com which will be used to communicate with teacher, check his/her progress in class, and upload assignments.

CLASS EXPECTATIONS:

Effort and proper behavior are important components that allow students to learn and complete the tasks on time. Students are expected to show respect for their own learning, as well as the learning of the others. If inappropriate behavior is impacting a student’s own or the other students’ learning, parents/guardians of that student will be contacted.

Rules:

In addition to rules explained in the student handbook, please remember the following class rules:

1. Keep your food and drink out of the computer lab.

2. Do not turn laptops on or off without teacher’s permission.

3. Follow directions the first time they are given.

4. Respect yourself, classmates and the teacher.

5. Do not alter, erase, rename another student’s files, documents in the laptop.

6. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.

During the class we have 5 restrictions

NO Chatting

NO Music

NO Social Media

NO Video (unless related with class)

NO Games…………Sometimes we will play games or create one. (No violent games)

I expect all of my students to abide by the policies above. These policies are here for you to have a better learning environment.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

8GB or 16GB USB Flash Drive, Headphones

ASSESSMENT

The assessment process is an integral part of the study of computers. It is essential to a student’s total computer education. Progress and proficiency are measured through a variety of methods including speed, accuracy in keyboarding, daily classwork, written assignments, projects, teacher observation, and class participation. Below is the grading breakdown:

Tests/Projects – 40%

Homework – 10%

Participation/Classwork – 30%

Keyboarding/Typing Tests – 20%

Grading Scale:

***If student misses a project, a test or an assignment due to excused absence, he/she will be given opportunity to make up the missing assignment upon his/her return to class.   However, it is student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to request make-up work. Students have the same amount of time they were absent to make up the work. After that time, the work is considered late.

***Homework assignments might be assigned to the student on weekly basis.

***Unexcused late submission of assignments will result in a penalty of 10 points off for each day.

Music

Teacher:  Mrs. Renee Abaza

Email: rabaza@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website

 


 

GOALS

The content of the music curriculum, like that of the music standards of learning, is intended to
support the following goals for students:

  • Develop understanding of music through experiences in singing, playing instruments,
    performing rhythms, moving to music, composing, and listening.
  • Develop the ability to read and notate music.
  • Create compositions that transcribe their thoughts and emotions into forms of musical
    expression.
  • Exercise critical thinking skills by investigating and analyzing all facets of the music
    discipline.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and responsibility for the safe and responsible use of
    materials, equipment, methods, and technologies.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship of music to history and culture.
  • Make connections between music and other fields of knowledge.

 

PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTION

  • Students will learn to participate in music as a musician through singing, playing
    instruments, performing rhythms, moving to music, and improvising/composing.
  • Students will participate in all aspects of music production and demonstrate
    appropriate use of related materials, methods, and technologies.

 

MUSIC THEORY AND CULTURAL CONTENT

  • Students will understand music by using knowledge of music theory, history, and the
    connections to the culture in which it was produced.
  • Students will study and practice music theory through music reading, notation, and
    sight-reading.
  • Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze the manner in which music is
    organized.
  • Students will identify the style and distinctive characteristics of music that delineate
    each of the basic periods of music as well as the influence of technology and
    compositional techniques employed adolescents, and adults.
  • Students will be guided in the development of criteria for making informed artistic
    judgments about music, as well as about the other arts, and for evaluating the role of
    music in society.
  • Students will examine the interrelationships of current events, developing technologies,
    and music in society.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION: COMPOSITIONS AND COMPOSERS

  • Students will develop an informed appreciation of music through guided listening to
    selected musical compositions and study of selected composers.
  • Through familiarity with how these compositions actually sound, as well as how they are
    constructed and performed, students will discuss and analyze the compositions, using
    music terminology, and will come to a deeper love for various kinds of music and joy at
    experiencing them.

 

VOCABULARY

  • Students will use music terminology pertaining to all aspects of music as identified for
    each grade based on the content and skills found in the specified grade-level objectives.
  • Students will use these words and terms in oral and written communications and apply
    them in musical experiences.

5-8th Grade Visual Arts

Teacher: Mrs. Tremblay

Email: ctremblay@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website

 


 

5th-8th grade Pinnacle Academy Visual Arts Syllabus

Welcome to my class! I am looking forward to our year ahead with Art. A bit about myself – this past July I moved to the area from Texas.  My husband is in the Army and we have lived in a lot of places! I have two daughters, Maizie and Ciena- 12 and 8 years old.  We have a Chocolate Lab, named Finn.  I grew up in Seattle, WA and went to college in Northern Arizona.   I am an artist as well as a teacher.  I paint mixed media art.  I love to run and be outdoors with nature. I love coffee, sushi, and the color blue.

Please take a few minutes to read through this letter outlining art room procedures and expectations.

Student Art Supply List

This year we are collecting a $20.00 ART FEE. This money will go towards our art budget to help with supplies throughout the year and for specific art project supplies.  Homeroom teachers will collect the fee during the first two weeks of school.  Please pay the fee by Friday, September 11, 2015.

Course Content:

In art class, our course of study will focus upon problem-solving, using the elements and principles of design in order to create expressive, but well-organized works of art. We will learn about the elements of art; the visual components of color, form, line, texture, space, shape, and value. Students will be exposed to a variety of both two and three-dimensional materials and mediums, and will also have opportunities to write about and discuss their own works, and the works of others.

The most important rule for guiding children’s art activities is that the process is always more important than the product. “Process” means allowing children to explore art materials with freedom without the pressure to copy a model or stay in the lines. Process is experimenting with paints, watching the mixing colors, and feeling the textures of more or less. Process is gluing various sizes, shapes, and colors of paper together to create a collage. Process is freedom to experiment and enjoy the feeling of creating without being concerned with the outcome or the product. Process is creating something that is uniquely yours and not a copy of someone else’s.

Objectives

  1. Students will create artworks using a variety of media and techniques.
  2. Students will identify major artists and styles.
  3. Students will begin to analyze their own artwork, other student’s work and the work of well-known artists through critiques and in-class writing.
  4. Students will develop their own style by creating sketches to plan for major art projects.
  5. Students will create a portfolio of work throughout the course that demonstrates increasing skill and ability
  6. Students will maintain a visual journal in which to keep class notes, sketches, observational items and vocabulary.
  7. Improve his/her verbal skills by learning the visual vocabulary and apply those terms during class discussions, critique and projects.
  8. Ask questions! Think! Learn! Create! Have fun!

Just as you have high expectations for me as your teacher, I have high expectations for you as my student. I expect you to come to class prepared and ready to create original artwork. While you are here, please be responsible with supplies and always be on task so you can do your best work. If you cannot complete a project or assignment on time, it is your responsibility to speak with me about an extension. Unexcused or missing work will result in an incomplete or failing grade.

The art room is a place of mutual respect. I expect you to treat your peers, your teacher (whether a substitute or me), and yourself with the highest level of respect. Please be polite and do not put down your artwork or the artwork of another classmate. If appropriate behavior becomes a challenge for you, we will meet to find a solution. If necessary, we will include parents and administrators.

Art projects and sketch assignments are evaluated using grading rubrics. Rubrics will focus on concepts I hope you will master during the grading period. These include your understanding of art skills/vocabulary, craftsmanship, problem solving, work habits, effort, originality/communication, and self-reflection. Levels of mastery for each concept will be explained in detail during class. In addition I will be evaluating your use of class time to develop your skills and complete your projects and assignments. I believe this to be very important in your artistic development.

Special Expectations:

1. Come to class prepared, on time, and with required materials.

2. Turn in completed projects in assigned location.

3. Label all work clearly with first name, last name and period.

4. Clean your entire area at the end of the period. Check the floors for trash, put art materials away in designated location. Make sure chairs are pushed in and tables are wiped down if dirty.

Requested Class items:

During the year we will be doing unique projects that require items not commonly found in school. If you have any of the items listed below and would like to donate them for student use, I would appreciate it very much.

*Hand Sanitizer *Disinfecting Wipes *Duct tape*Q-Tips (needed badly!) *Wire coat hangers *Old frames * magazines or books *Office supplies *Styrofoam Egg cartons *Plastic storage containers (any size)*Shoeboxes *Mat board *Wood Bases (2×4s or similar cut into 6” or smaller squares) *Old Maps *River Rock (small) *Used crayons, colored pencils, watercolor paint trays, acrylic paint, things that make circles (plastic lids, spools, etc…) markers (old to you, new to me!)

The grading of artwork will be divided into two categories: major projects and class work. Projects are the final evaluation of the student’s ability to demonstrate his/her problem-solving skills as well as mastery of the techniques and ideas learned and practiced in class.

Projects will be graded based upon completion, craftsmanship, and standards. Each project will be given a specific due date. If the student cannot make the due date based on-class work time, he/she will need to take the project home to complete it. If materials cannot be taken home, the student will need to make an appointment to complete the project before and/or after school.

Class work grades will include exercises practiced in class leading up to larger projects, writing assignments and other various class assignments. In addition, the student’s grade will be calculated based on participation grades. These grades will be given based on the student’s ability to participate in class work, follow all class procedures, and remain on task. Students are expected to remain on task for the entire period.

Never hesitate to contact me with your questions. Email is the easiest way to get in touch with me quickly

Many thanks!

Christy Tremblay

Spanish

Teacher: Mrs. Bush

Email: dbush@pinnacleacademyva.com

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Sixth and Seventh Grade Spanish Syllabus 2015- 2016

Course Description:

The 6th grade Spanish course will introduce students to the basics of the language and culture. The learning objectives include familiarizing students with basic vocabulary plus oral and written use of this bank of words. Students will study the culture to better understand the Spanish speaking people and their customs.

Enduring Understandings

Students will develop an enduring understanding that: Effective communication requires knowing how, when, and why to say something to someone. An ability to communicate in another language fosters an appreciation of cultural similarities and differences and an understanding of my place in the world. Learning other languages and exploring their cultures enables an individual to interact within our global community and beyond the classroom skills acquired in one language support, reinforce, and develop skills in other languages and disciplines

Essential Questions:

How does learning an additional language help you become a global citizen and enhance your own life? What are the skills you need in order to understand or communicate in Spanish? How do the cultures of the world compare to those of the United States? How does the Spanish language compare to American English? How would your life be different if you grew up in a Spanish-speaking country? What does the study of an additional language and cultures teach me about myself?

At the end of sixth and seventh grades students are able to:

initiate and respond in simple telephone conversations, e.g. make a doctor’s appointment speak about a vacation including location, geography, climate, clothing, transportation, length of visit, travel companions, and simple activities create a travel brochure based on a model describe how they are feeling and name symptoms role play doctor/patient • give simple advice discuss Mexico and its culture with basic sentences modeled by and prompted by teacher questions and responses

GRADING POLICY 

A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86:
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C 73-76%
C- 70-72%
D+ 67-69%
D 64-66%

ADDENDUM

Many times parents ask me what they can do to help their child be successful at learning Spanish.

Here is a list of suggestions to aid in your child’s success this year.

1. Since language is a skill that needs to be practiced, a short study time each night is much more productive than long hours before a test or exam. Ask your child to spend 20-30 minutes reviewing the current objectives being studied in class each night even if there is no assigned homework.

2. Have the student explain the lesson that he/she did that day.

3. Have your child make learning tools outside of class (i.e. flashcards, spin wheels, flipbooks etc.).

4. Since language is communication, it is often helpful for students to study together. Be sure to monitor their study time to make sure they are on-task.

5. Ask your child to tell you or label the things around you (foods, clothing, rooms, furniture, etc.) to reinforce their vocabulary skills.

6. Encourage the student to use the language if the opportunity arises to communicate with a native Spanish-speaking person (at work, church, restaurants, etc.)

7. Encourage your child to ask the teacher questions when he/she does not understand. If your child is absent or not comprehending anything please seek help immediately. 

8. Make sure that your child is in class daily. There is no way to make-up the “in-class” experience of communicating in Spanish with the teacher and the other students.

9. Have your child get phone numbers from three different classmates to call and ask questions about homework or concepts covered in class.

Thank you for your support. I am looking forward to teaching your children this year and helping them communicate effectively in Spanish.

Sincerely,

E. Danielle Bush

Spanish Teacher

Spanish I / Eighth Grade Pinnacle Academy: 2015-2016

Course Description

Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures. This communication is evidenced in all four language skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing—with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing. Students begin to explore and study the themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life, and Community Life.

This course’s primary goals, aligned with Virginia and national standards, are to:

Communicate in Spanish

• Students function in a variety of practical settings using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as knowledge of the target culture(s).

Understand other cultures

• Students demonstrate an understanding of traditions, customs, beliefs, and cultural contributions and how these elements relate to language.

Connect with other disciplines and acquire information

• Students connect information about the language and cultures they are learning with concepts studied in other subject areas.

Develop insight into their own language and culture

• Through study of language and culture, students recognize, compare, and contrast language concepts as well as cultural perspectives, practices, and products.

Participate in the global community

• Students use the foreign language to communicate with speakers of that language, both at home and around the world, to improve their own communication skills and to enhance their view of themselves as citizens of the world.

TEXTBOOK Realidades Level 1

CLASS REQUIREMENTS: Students are expected to come to class prepared with textbook, workbook, homework, notebook, paper, pen, and pencil. A 1 ½” three ring binder to keep notes and handouts is also required.

The majority of class will be conducted in Spanish. Therefore, the students must make an effort to speak Spanish during the class. Grammar explanations and questions may be addressed in English.

ABSENCES: If absent, a student should try to contact a classmate to review material covered before

returning to class. Upon returning to class, the student must make arrangements with

me to schedule quiz or test make-ups. Failure to do so will negatively affect students’

grades. I am willing to work with a student to make up missed work, but only in a timely manner.

GRADING POLICY

A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86:
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C 73-76%
C- 70-72%
D+ 67-69%
D 64-66%

Students’ grades are based on the following:

*30% Tests/Projects
*40% Quizzes – A quiz may be written or oral, the interactive notebook each quarter counts as a quiz
*15% Homework
*15% Participation/Class work – Students will receive credit for active participation in Spanish. It is expected that Spanish will be used as much as possible.

Rules of the Spanish Classroom

1. Students must bring their textbook, workbook, homework, three-ring binder, loose-leaf paper, pen, and pencil to class

every day. Other materials may be required throughout the year for class activities and assignments.

2. Students should not ask to leave the room unless there is an emergency. Please use the restroom before or after

class.

3. Giving and receiving aid on tests, quizzes, or homework is strictly prohibited. Students caught cheating will be subject

to disciplinary action according to Pinnacle Academy policy.

4. I expect students to show respect for self, respect for others and respect for property at all times.

ADDENDUM

Many times parents ask me what they can do to help their child be successful at learning Spanish.

Here is a list of suggestions to aid in your child’s success this year.

1. Since language is a skill that needs to be practiced, a short study time each night is much more productive than long

hours before a test or exam. Ask your child to spend 20-30 minutes reviewing the current objectives being studied in

class each night even if there is no assigned homework.

2. Have the student explain the lesson that he/she did that day.

3. Have your child make learning tools outside of class (i.e. flashcards, spin wheels, flipbooks etc.).

4. Since language is communication, it is often helpful for students to study together. Be sure to monitor their study

time to make sure they are on-task.

5. Ask your child to tell you or label the things around you (foods, clothing, rooms, furniture, etc.) to reinforce their

vocabulary skills.

6. Encourage the student to use the language if the opportunity arises to communicate with a native Spanish-speaking

person (at work, church, restaurants, etc.)

7. Encourage your child to ask the teacher questions when he/she does not understand. If your child is absent or not

comprehending anything please seek help immediately.

8. Make sure that your child is in class daily. There is no way to make-up the “in-class” experience of communicating in

Spanish with the teacher and the other students.

9. Have your child get phone numbers from three different classmates to call and ask questions about homework or

concepts covered in class.

Thank you for your support. I am looking forward to teaching your children this year and helping them communicate

effectively in Spanish.

Sincerely,

E. Danielle Bush

Spanish Teacher

Turkish

Teacher: Ms. Cakmak

Email: zcakmak@pinnacleacademyva.com

Website

 


The course is designed to introduce the student to foreign language learning. Students will gain familiarity with basic written and oral vocabulary, exposed to real-life situations and develop cultural insights that will provide a background to continue learning Turkish at a more advanced level. No previous experience with the Turkish language is required.  Instruction focuses on comprehensible Turkish.

EXPECTATIONS

It is expected that each students stay focused on each lesson even though s/he may not be acting out the vocabulary. Turkish used in class is often highly interesting, usually funny. Using common sense, and interpretation of “body language” and other visual cues is the student’s task in every class. Taking risks is important; volunteering to act out vocabulary is considered an important part of participation. It is equally important to be actively paying attention when someone else is doing the action.

COURSE GOALS

By the end of the year you should be able to do the following at the beginner level:

  • Students will be able to understand all forms of greetings in Turkish and will be able to use them.
  • Using his/her understanding of the Turkish alphabet, s/he will be able to read Turkish words and approximate the correct spelling.
  • Count to 100 and express likes and dislikes.
  • Know the colors.
  • Understand the concept of vowel Harmony which covers majority of basic grammar Turkish language.
  • Students will show her/his talent by participating Turkish Olympiads such as songs, role-plays, games and movement will help activate your memory and make learning more enjoyable.
  • Students will have a basic vocabulary covering many action words, body, clothing, family, locations in the neighborhood, and describing words.
  • Students will be able to change action words depending on who is doing the action (I, he/she, they).
  • Students will be exposed to common weather conditions, know the days of the week, months, seasons, and be able to tell time to the hour and half hour.
  • Class activities such as songs, role-plays, games and movement will help activate your memory and make learning more enjoyable.

COURSE MATERIALS

One standard notebook, 1 inch binder, A pencil and pens in different colors.

I am going to supply the necessary course book Acilim 1-2 and an English-Turkish dictionary.


TURKISH ENRICHMENT COURSE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to enrich the students’ use of their native language. The focus of the course is on improving written skills and their reading. The course also puts emphasis on oral and vocabulary skills to help the students improve their ability to express themselves in Turkish. Along with improving their language skills, the students will also be able to learn more about their culture and country throughout the course.

EXPECTATIONS

Though Turkish is a language that the students taking this course already know, it is important for them to always keep in mind that there is much more to learn. Through the activities that will be done in the classroom, not only will the students broaden their vocabulary knowledge, but also improve their grammar and writing skills. What is expected from the students is to stay motivated and focused throughout the lessons and to participate in each class.

COURSE GOALS

The course aims to improve and broaden:

  • The students’ knowledge and use of Turkish vocabulary, including idioms, Turkish sayings and expressions,
  • The student’s knowledge and use of Turkish grammar,
  • The student’s ability to read and analyze Turkish texts,
  • The student’s knowledge about the Turkish culture.

FOR TURKISH STUDENTS:

COURSE MATERIALS

One standard notebook, 1 inch binder, A pencil and pens in different colors.

I am going to supply the necessary course book Ana Dilim 6.

 

GRADING

Participation (speaking, collaboration and attitude): 20%

Class activities and assignments (oral and written): 20%

Homework: 20%

Tests/Exams (oral and written) 30%

Projects 10%

 

ABSENCES AND MAKE-UP PROCEDURES

Upon returning to school following an excuse absence, it is the student`s responsibility to contact the teacher to request make-up work. Students have the same amount of time they were absent to make up the work. After that time, the work is considered late, and is subject to school rules regarding late/missing homework and assignments .Tests must also be made up within that time frame. Assignments (including projects) that are due on a day the student is absent are due upon return to school.

Exam: each unit
Quiz: each week
Class work: every day
Test: every chapter

NOTE TAKING

Students will be expected to take notes every day during lectures, discussion and class activities. As a result note taking plays an important role in test/quiz performance. I will regularly check and grade notebooks.

CHEATING

Any form of cheating in Turkish class will receive a zero; and if necessary, disciplinary action.

CLASS RULES AND EXPECTATIONS

  • Be polite: Raise your hand to volunteer to speak at appropriate times and wait to be called on.
  • Be prepared: Have all supplies and assignments ready every single day.
  • Be prompt: Be in your assigned seat and working on Bell Work immediately.
  • Be respectful: This class involves many group projects and participation so try to be as careful as possible to respect classmates in the learning process.

 

Why is it important to learn Turkish as a Second Language?

The increasing the number of Americans who are proficient in foreign languages and improving their ability to engage with the people of other countries through a shared language is in the national interest. The United States needs personnel who speak another language in every branch of its agencies and departments. International businesses are concerned about competition with countries that have an endless need for technically skilled workers who speak English.

After the Cold War the importance of Central Asia has continued to emerge. Countries that were once a part of the Soviet Union are renewing their connection to Turkey and the regions are seeing a revitalization of Turkic languages and Turkic cultural expression. Central Asia is also a very dynamic part of the world and surprisingly under studied. This region needs more examination and key to this is supporting the study of the Turkish language Republic of Turkey, home to the Turkish language, is an important ally of the United States and strategically located in the geographic heart of the Middle East, having borders with Iran, Iraq, Syria, Georgia, Greece, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. Supporting the continued study of the Turkish language in both the governmental and the private sector will help the U.S. continue to build strong ties with a very important ally in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Turkish is spoken not only in Turkey but also in a vast geographical area where the United States has a strong national security interest. This Turkish speaking region encompasses countries of Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tatarstan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. This region’s importance not only comes from its geopolitical structure also from its being at the crossroads of the nation’s and the world’s energy security. Therefore, by equipping future envoys and government/industry workers with the appropriate language and cultural skills in K-12 age, where language learning is at its peak, today becomes critical to get them ready for the future America. Recipients of this program will be qualified candidates for public service and global professionals. This program will provide secondary students meaningful opportunities to gain significant cultural competency in Turkish language and culture and will spark a lifetime interest in foreign cultures among American youth.