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感谢父母征文比赛 Words Left Unspoken

Words Left Unspoken: A Parent Appreciation Essay Contest

As time progresses, the younger generations are continuously pitted against adversities that are unfamiliar to the former generations. With heavier course loads, rigorous extracurriculars, and troubling personal problems to worry about, the youths of this era begin to take a very important aspect of their lives for granted: family. Specifically, the loving mothers and fathers supporting them through the ups and downs of adolescence.

In this essay contest, to honor the upcoming Mother’s and Father’s Days, tell us about any thoughts you have regarding your parents’ supportive roles in your life. This can be written in many forms, including a letter to your parents, a collective essay on your views, or a story of a specific memory with you and your parents that you hold dear. We would love to hear from all of you!

Submission guidelines:

Essay length may vary from 300 to 600 words.Please send all questions and submissions to bayechosubmissions@gmail.com

Eligibility:

All students are eligible to participate in this contest. They will be split into two categories:

Middle School (6-8 grade during the 2015-2016 year)

High School (9-12 grade during the 2015-2016 year)

Deadline: June 15th, 2016

 

Prizes:

The Middle School category will have the following prizes:

1st place: $50 (1 winner)

2nd place: $25 (2 winners)

3rd place: $10 (5 winners)

Honorable Mention: $5 gift cards

 

The High School category will have the following prizes:

1st place: $50 (1 winner)

2nd place: $25 (2 winners)

3rd place: $10 (5 winners)

Honorable Mention: $5 gift cards

All participants will get a participation certificate.

*Bay Echo Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It is run by teenagers who strive to bridge the generational gap between parents and teens as well as the gap between cultures with education.


强化英文阅读理解写作班 Challenging Reading & Writing class for High & Middle School students

For High School Students:
This class reviews challenging passages from a variety of sources, including official ACT and new SAT passages as well as current publications. We focus solely on challenging/advanced reading, as research indicates that regular practice with such materials is directly correlated with higher test scores.To practice writing, students will compose essays in response to the types of prompts that appear on standardized tests in addition the types of prompts assigned at the college-level.

For Middle School Students:
The aim of the reading class is to improve students’ reading comprehension and writing skills.
Through the challenging reading passages and accompanying questions, students will develop their analytical abilities and vocabularies every week. Students in the class will also learn about collaboration and public speaking as a result of the group projects, discussions, and presentations.
Outside of class, the homework assignments are designed to hone the students’ writing talents. Overall, the class will help students in thinking critically, a skill they can apply to their schoolwork and standardized testing.
1340 S De Anza Blvd. Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129
408-366-2204, Spring.Light.Edu@gmail.com

Registration:

the high school challenging reading class

the middle school challenging reading class

English
Challenging reading for 8-11th 2/6 to 5/18 1:00-2:30pm $700/16 sessions Saturdays
Challenging reading for 5-8th 2/6 to 5/19 3:00-4:30pm $700/16 sessions Saturdays
School Essay Editing $60/hr private lesson by Request!
Summer Camp Essay Editing $120/hr private lesson by Request!
SAT/ACT private lesson $60/hr private lesson by Request!
SAT II Lit, AP Lit. English $80/hr private lesson by Request!

Instructor:Melanie Frakes
College graduate from USC on academic scholarship
Dean’s List Honor and Presidential Scholarship at USC
Majored in literature
National Merit Finalist
Three years teaching experience
Specializes in Reading Comprehension


5到8年级的密集阅读理解课程

Reading Comprehension阅读理解能力无论是在各种升学标准考试,或是高中,大学以及工作中,都是最重要的一个基本素质要求。

想让你的孩子把Reading Comprehension 的基础打稳些?

春晖教育中心12/21-23三天的Reading Comprehension Class 得到学生热烈的回响,学生们觉得老师无论是教学方法或教学设计都有独特的一面。学生们写了以下反馈,

Reading Comprehension is a very important skill needed for different standardized tests, high school, college, and many future careers.

SpringLight’s Reading Comprehension camp taught by Melanie Frakes from 12/21 to 12/23 was very successful. 

The following thank you notes are from our 5-8th Grade Winter Reading Class students:

I learned a lot in this class. I learned much more vocabulary words.  I can now write a better story.  I learned a lot.  –Alex N.

I learned a lot of vocab I also learned that acting helps reading which also helps writing.  –Oliver

Thank you for teaching us vocab, and making class more fun. –Andrew C.

Thank you for teaching us interesting vocabulary and letting us play jeopardy. –Nicholas M.

Dear teacher(s), Thank you so much! I have learned so much from this class.  Before, I didn’t think this would be fun, but now, I have actually learned a lot of words – in a fun way. Thank you! :)
–Elizabeth W.

Thank you for your wonderful teaching !  –Jocelyn C.

Thank you for teaching us in ways that fun like jeopardy.  –Brandon  X.

Thank you for not yelling at me and teaching me how to not day dream.   –Nick   

 

WINTER READING COMPREHENSION CLASS

To strengthen skills in reading comprehension on two fronts:

1) the ability to quickly glean facts through speed-reading;

2) the ability to think critically and in depth about written text.

We will read essays and short stories from a variety of sources.

 

Time:2:00-5:00 pm, 12/28-30

Address:1340 S De Anza Blvd.,#204, San Jose , CA 95129 

Fee:$180.00 

Contact:408-366-2204, SpringLightoffice@gmail.com

Registration:https://goo.gl/QgYdpS

For students between 5th to 8th grade.

Instructor:Melanie Frakes   

  • Recent college graduate from USC on academic scholarship 
  • Dean’s List Honor and Presidential Scholarship at USC
  • Majored in literature 
  • National Merit Finalist
  • Three years teaching experience 
  • Specializes in Reading Comprehension


3 day Intensive ACT/SAT Reading Comprehension Class

想要短期内快速提高阅读能力吗?

在标准考试(ACT/SAT)的阅读部分,如何用速读兼顾细读的方法,找出的重点,进而培养学生批判性思维,让学生快速掌握文章的纹理?

上周的阅读理解培训得到了每个同学们的积极肯定。

INTENSIVE WINTER READING CLASS

To strengthen skills in reading comprehension on two fronts:

1) the ability to quickly glean facts through speed-reading;

2) the ability to think critically and in depth about written text.

The difficulty level of the materials presented is intended for high-achieving students in 8th-10th grade. Younger students with demonstrable ability are also welcome.

We will read essays and short stories from a variety of sources, including but not limited to The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, and The Atlantic.

Time:9:30 to 12:30 pm ,12/28-30

Address:1340 S De Anza Blvd., #204 ,San Jose , CA 95129

Tuition:$180.00 (one Session),$350 (two Sessions)

Registration:https://goo.gl/4HrOjc

 

The classes will have 3 main sections.

  1. Students will read short stories to work on reading comprehension, participate in a group discussion in which each student will present responses, and then the class will engage in a deeper discussion of the meaning and the ideas presented in the text.
  2. This section of the class is designed to improve critical skills necessary for the ACT reading section. We will also review test-taking strategies. 
  3. Finally, we will read poetry to hone analytical skills and then discuss the material as a class

Instructor:Melanie Frakes   

  • Recent college graduate from USC on academic scholarship 
  • Dean’s List Honor and Presidential Scholarship at USC
  • Majored in literature 
  • National Merit Finalist
  • Three years teaching experience 
  • Specializes in Reading Comprehension


ACT 考试Essay在9月开始完全更新了,您准备好了吗?

The Enhanced ACT Essay

The coming ACT test date is Sep 12. The registration deadline is Aug 21.

The ACT board is completely changing the essay section beginning in September, 2015. This is a significant change! Students will need to use different strategies and ways of thinking to get a high score.
To help our students prepare, SpringLight will hold a workshop on Aug 22 at 2 pm.
For the first hour, an experienced ACT tutor will discuss the new strategies necessary for the Enhanced ACT Essay. She will present useful organization and paragraph templates, multiple great (and not-so-great) writing examples, and a variety of practice tests students can practice at home.
Then, students will have an opportunity to complete a practice essay and receive individual feedback from the tutor.

Time: Aug 22th, Saturday

Agenda:

  • 2:00 to 3:00pm, workshop
  • 3:00 to 3:30pm, students write essays
  • After 3:30pm, individual feedback

Fees:
1 hour workshop: $30
1 hour workshop + 15 minutes individual feedback: $45  (Another 15 minutes can be added by need.)

Registration: https://goo.gl/xza90L


英文杂志阅读写作语法班MagzGRWS English Class

朋友,您有没有送孩子上了很久的写作课,但写作水平就是很难提高?
一篇好的文章需要几个方面:内涵,语法以及写作技巧。写作的内涵从一个人的内心发出,其根本是在于阅读的量以及阅读水平上。公立学校普遍缺少对语法的教学,而语法是需要经过短期的训练以及一定量的练习就可以达到的。写作技巧的教授,应该是写作学习上相对比较容易的了。
MagzGRWS English 代表着让学生阅读杂志(Magz)的文章,同时配合教授语法(G)提高学生的阅读(R)理解能力,增加他们的词汇量,加强写作(W)能力以及表达(S)能力。这样来增强学生的综合英文素质。
美国的不少标准考试的阅读文段来自于一些比较流行的杂志的文章。MagzGRWS English 课一定会给SAT/ACT的英文部分的考试有所帮助。马上就要开班了。赶快报名吧。
由于暑期同学们都要这样那样的安排,阅读杂志的教学也可以让学生们可以随时进出。(只需支付上的课的学费)。

MagzGRWS English Class

Why English?

The course will build upon skills that allow students to read and write effectively, abilities that are invaluable for success in high school English classes, college essay-writing, and standardized testing such as the ACT or SAT. Proficiency in reading and writing also will benefit students throughout their entire careers, as effective communication is quickly becoming a required asset in the modern workplace.

Program Description:

The weeklong camp will focus on each of the four aspects of English: Grammar, Reading Writing, and Speaking. During each session, students will develop understanding of these four aspects through the reading, response and analysis of articles from various magazine publications. The format of the lessons will be modeled after the reading comprehension, grammar, and writing skills necessary to succeed in both standardized testing like the ACT and higher-level English classes, and thus will build the foundations for future success in those areas.

Address: 1340 S De Anza Blvd. Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129

Time:    6/20 to 9/5, 1:30-3:30 pm (Sat., 12 sessions)

             6/15 to 8/14, 1:30-4:30 pm (M to F, weekly)

Contact: 408-366-2204, 408-480-7547, spring.light.edu@gmail.com

Fee: $600/12 sessions or $250/weekly

Registration:https://goo.gl/RJTeM9

Jeffrey Yang is a graduating senior at Lynbrook High School who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, and plans to major in English. His achievements in English and the humanities include:

-Prose editor of Vertigo, Lynbrook’s award-winning literary magazine

-On the editorial board of the Epic, Lynbrook’s award-winning newspaper

-3-Time Gold Key winner in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition in Flash Fiction category

-3-Time Silver Key winner for the Scholastic Art and Writing competition in Short Story category

-Attended prestigious writing programs such as the Iowa Young Writer’s Workshop and the California State Summer School of the Arts

-Named a 2013 California Arts Scholar

-National Merit Finalist

-800 on SAT Critical Reading and Writing in 10th Grade

-5 on the AP Language, AP US History, and AP Psychology tests

 


MagzGRWS English Class

MagzGRWS English Class

Why English?

The course will build upon skills that allow students to read and write effectively, abilities that are invaluable for success in high school English classes, college essay-writing, and standardized testing such as the ACT or SAT. Proficiency in reading and writing also will benefit students throughout their entire careers, as effective communication is quickly becoming a required asset in the modern workplace.

Program Description:

The weeklong camp will focus on each of the four aspects of English: Grammar, Reading Writing, and Speaking. During each session, students will develop understanding of these four aspects through the reading, response and analysis of articles from various magazine publications. The format of the lessons will be modeled after the reading comprehension, grammar, and writing skills necessary to succeed in both standardized testing like the ACT and higher-level English classes, and thus will build the foundations for future success in those areas.

 

Address: 1340 S De Anza Blvd. Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129

Time:    6/20 to 9/5, 1:30-3:30 pm (Sat., 12 sessions)

6/15 to 8/14, 1:30-4:30 pm (M to F, weekly)

Contact: 408-366-2204, 408-480-7547, spring.light.edu@gmail.com

Fee: $600/12 sessions or $250/weekly

Registration: https://goo.gl/RJTeM9

Jeffrey Yang is a graduating senior at Lynbrook High School who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, and plans to major in English. His achievements in English and the humanities include:

-Prose editor of Vertigo, Lynbrook’s award-winning literary magazine

-On the editorial board of the Epic, Lynbrook’s award-winning newspaper

-3-Time Gold Key winner in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition in Flash Fiction category

-3-Time Silver Key winner for the Scholastic Art and Writing competition in Short Story category

-Attended prestigious writing programs such as the Iowa Young Writer’s Workshop and the California State Summer School of the Arts

-Named a 2013 California Arts Scholar

-National Merit Finalist

-800 on SAT Critical Reading and Writing in 10th Grade

-5 on the AP Language, AP US History, and AP Psychology tests


Creative Writing Camp at Winter Break 2/16-20

Why Creative Writing?

The course will build upon skills that allow students to express themselves fluently through writing, an ability that is invaluable for success in high school English classes, college essay-writing, and standardized testing. Proficiency in writing will benefit students throughout their entire careers, as effective communication is quickly becoming a required asset in the modern workplace. The course will also aid students in developing and polishing work for submission to creative writing competitions and summer workshops, both of which hold considerable weight in college resumes.

Program Description:
The weeklong camp will focus on the key aspects of creative storytelling and poetry. Through seminars and exercises, students will build skills in the fundamental elements of craft, such as voice, imagery, character, and plot. In addition to completing various writing exercises, students will draft, revise, and finalize at least one long-term assignment by the end of the camp.
 
Address: 1340 S De Anza Blvd. Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129
Time: 1:00-4:00pm, Monday to Friday, 2/16 to 2/20
Fee: $200
Contact: 408-366-2204, 408-480-7547, spring.light.edu@gmail.com
For  4th to 8th grade students
 
Registration: Click HERE
 
Instructor:
Jeffrey Yang is a senior at Lynbrook High School. His achievements in writing and the humanities include:
-Prose editor of Vertigo, Lynbrook’s award-winning literary magazine
-On the editorial board of the Epic, Lynbrook’s award-winning newspaper
-3-Time Gold Key winner in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition in Flash Fiction category
-Silver Key winner for the Scholastic Art and Writing competition in Short Story category
-Attended prestigious writing programs such as the Iowa Young Writer’s Workshop and the California State Summer School of the Arts
-Named a 2013 California Arts Scholar
-Work has been published in the Tunnel Magazine and the Blueshift Journal
-800 on SAT Critical Reading and Writing in 10th Grade
-5 on the AP Language, AP US History, and AP Psychology tests

This Saturday’s Free Writing Workshop

Are you looking for help to improve your students’ literature or English class score? Are you tired to find a good English tutor to help their writing skills?

Register our Free Writing Workshop today!

Seats are limited.
Time: 2/7/2015, 7:00-8:30pm
Address: 1340 S De Anza Blvd, Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129
Contact: 408-366-2204, 408-480-7547
Register: Click Here.

This workshop will cover multiple ways to improve academic writing.

All students should bring a writing sample to the workshop–preferably an analytical or argumentative essay.

We will address some common concerns:

–“I memorize lots of new vocabulary, but I have trouble integrating it into my writing.”
–“My teacher says I need to add more detail, but I don’t know how.”
–“My teacher says I need to improve my organization and focus.  How do I even start?”
–“My writing is awkward, wordy, or informal. How can I fix that?”
–“I always leave it to the last minute…”

Introduction of the speaker:

            Mrs. Webster has been offering editing services of technical and academic papers for many years.  Additionally, as a writing tutor, she helps students improve school assignments and college application essays.
            She has worked at her college’s Writing Center as a writing tutor. She helped college students with everything from single paragraphs to 20-page term papers.  In satisfaction surveys, students gave Mrs. Webster universally high ratings.
She was an editor at her college’s biology publication (Eukarion) and at her high school’s literature magazines (The Wit and The Half Wit).
Additionally, Mrs. Webster received a $20,000 writing scholarship to her undergraduate college, a perfect score (800) on both the SAT and the GRE writing sections, and a solid 5 on both the AP Language and the AP Literature exams.
2/7/2015 writing workshop registration

征文比赛:In the steps of our fathers 循着先辈的足迹

In the steps of our fathers 循着先辈的足迹

——纪念太平洋铁路150周年、 抗战胜利七十周年,中美青少年中英文作文大赛

大赛宗旨:为激励华人新生代勇于开拓的精神,增进中美青少年对历史的了解,并纪念先辈们为修建美国铁路奠下基石,以及海内外华人支持抗战胜利70年所做出不可磨灭的贡献。APAPA、美国《红杉林》杂志、中文学校协会、欣欣教育、新作文等联合举办中美青少年中英文作文大赛。評審委員會由著名作家及教育專家組成;美国华文文艺界协会、华人传媒协会、硅谷回音、文心社、文学城、海外文轩、99人网、五洲四海网等协办及媒体支持(参赛主题供参考:题目可自定。) Continue reading


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