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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


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


Digital Design and Art Using Adobe Illustrator Class

Digital Design and Art using adobe illustrator.

1st day: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

2nd day: Introduction to Vector/Geometric drawings

3rd day: Final project

3 hrs/day

Time: 2:00-5:00 pm,12/28-30, 2015. Monday to Wednesday.

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

Fee: $180.00

Registration: https://goo.gl/jXvX0O

1st day: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

2nd day: Introduction to Vector/Geometric drawings

3rd day: Final project

Instructor: Evan Li, computer science junior student at Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science.

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USACO (USA computer Olympiad) Camp in the winter. Seats limited!

2015-2016 USACO contest rule changed!

USACO now has four levels of difficulty: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. The new platinum division will first be finalists from previous years, and others can be promoted during/after each contest. Platinum will be about as difficult as former gold contests. The old divisions will be scaled down in difficulty, so bronze contests will be entry-level for new competitors and a better transition to higher levels.

2015-2016 USACO Contest Schedule

Dec 11-14: First Contest (done).

Congratulations! Of our fall class of eight students, we have four students that have been promoted to the SILVER level. Three scored perfect scores and one has been promoted to the GOLD level! We are still waiting for others’ good news :).

Jan 15-18: Second Contest

Feb 19-22: Third Contest

Apr 1-4: US Open

May 26-June 4: Training Camp

Aug 12-19: IOI’16 in Kazan, Russia

Jimmy and Yujie will help you prepare for the contest

From August 2013 to December 2015, Jimmy’s USACO class has helped many students reach the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of USACO, and one student became a finalist. Both parents and students say that Jimmy is the best USACO teacher available. He is responsible, reliable, knowledgeable, and good at teaching.

Yujie, a math PhD and an experienced teacher, has been SpringLight’s math and programming teacher since this fall. She is skilled at algorithms and programming.

We have the most efficient system with young and excellent teachers and materials to help you reach your goal. Our curriculum covers all subjects in depth in 12 days to prepare you to succeed.

Join the USACO camp and prepare yourself to take and win the contest on January 2016!

  • Time:  USACO Bronze/Silver: 2:00 to 5:00pm; USACO Gold: 6:30 to 9:30pm
  • Dates:  December 19, 2015 to January 2, 2016.

Not including Christmas Eve (12/24), Christmas Day (12/25) and New Year’s Day (1/1), for a total of 12 days.

  • Location: 1340 S De Anza Blvd, Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129
  • Fee: All 12 sessions – $900

new Bronze/Silver requirements: Fluency in Java or C++. You should be very familiar with conditional statements (if/else), loops (for/while), arrays, and strings. Knowledge in classes, object-oriented programming, comparators, iterators, etc. is preferred.

new Gold requirements: Ability to consistently solve Bronze/Silver problems. The Gold material assumes knowledge of Bronze/Silver class material, such as knowing how to do BFS, DFS, and sorting, as well as know how to use standard data structures like arraylists, linked lists, stacks, queues, deques, heaps (priority queues), and binary search trees (TreeMap/map, TreeSet/set).

Instructor Background:

Jimmy Zeng

  • SpringLight teacher for USACO Gold, USACO Silver, USACO Bronze, Java, C++ (Feb. 2013 – Dec. 2015)
  • MIT Sophomore
  • USACO finalist (2013)
  • USACO gold division (2012 – 2014)
  • Gunn High Programming Contest: 1st (2012), 2nd(2013)
  • Harker Programming Invitational: 1st (2012), 2nd(2013)
  • Lynbrook Exemplary Student Award for AP Computer Science (2012)
  • Physics Olympiad Semifinalist (2013)
  • Science Olympiad: silver medal (2011), gold medal (2013)
  • National AP Scholar – 9 APs, all 5’s

Yujie Zhang

  • Oklahoma State University PH.D in Applied Mathematics
  • Strong background in mathematics, algorithm design and advanced skills in programming
  • 6 years experience in research using programming language C++
  • 4 years experience in teaching college-level courses
  • First Prize in China Undergraduates Mathematics Contest in Modeling (CUMCM)
  • Honorable Award in Mathematics Contest in Modeling (MCM)


USABO Boot Camp 12/19/15-1/3/16

The next USABO Open exam will be from Feb. 2nd to Feb. 12th, 2016
Semifinal Exam will be from March 14 to 18, 2016.

USABO 的考期越來越逼近,你們的小孩準備好要考試了嗎?今年是春暉第三年籌辦USABO的训练,累積過去兩年的經驗和學生的努力相信今年我們的成績將會更亮眼。春暉第一年有一半以上參加USABO训练的學生進入了semifinalists,其中有一名更進入了finalist。去年有更多的學生進入semifinalists。 USABO Boot Camp特 為你的孩子預備了考前密集複習,聘請認真負責的老師來訓練學生。春暉往年得獎的學生將會把他們的經驗分享在他們設計的考題上,利用這些考題和解題的方式來訓練學生,讓他們可以獲取好的成績。座位有限,請早報名。

Time:12/19-1/3/16, 9:30am-12:30pm (12/24,25 and 12/31,1/1/16 no class)
Address: 1340 S.De Anza Blvd., #204, San Jose, CA 95129
Tuition:$900.00(12 Lessons)

Registration:https://goo.gl/V06lcX

Course Description

Each 3-hour course will cover 2 of the main topics that will be covered in the USABO open exam. Topics will be distributed according to their weight on the exam, so some topics will appear in more lessons than others. Lessons will emphasize working and explaining questions from past exams, but will also include teaching and reinforcing important concepts using the AP Biology book, materials from Stanford biology courses, and other resources.

​Instructor

Jack Takahashi is a Junior studying Biology at Stanford University. He has completed courses in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Animal Physiology, Pulmonology/Respiration, Ecology & Evolution, Plant Biology, Organic chemistry & Biochemistry, and Biostatistics with a >4.0 GPA. Jack has experience tutoring students in AP Biology, as well as tutoring physics and chemistry. In 2013, Jack was selected as an Intel Science Talent Search Finalist in the Health & Medicine Category, and in 2015 published his research on lung disease at Stanford as first author. Jack is on track to take the MCAT in January 2016 and apply to medical school in the spring. Jack loves explaining scientific concepts to others and loves to teach.

Course outline:  ~12 lesson
Lesson 1:
Genetics and Evolution
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Lesson 2:
Animal Anatomy & Physiology
Ecology

Lesson 3:
Plant Anatomy & Physiology
Cell Biology

Lesson 4:
Genetics and Evolution
Ethology

Lesson 5:
Animal Anatomy & Physiology
Cell Biology

Lesson 6:
Ecology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Lesson 7:
Cell Biology
Biosystematics

Lesson 8:
Plant Anatomy & Physiology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Lesson 9:
Animal Anatomy & Physiology
Genetics and Evolution

Lesson 10:
Cell Biology
Ecology

Lesson 11:
Genetics and Evolution
Animal Anatomy & Physiology

Lesson 12:
Plant Anatomy & Physiology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


2015 USA Physics Olympiad Boot Camp

2015 USA Physics Olympiad Boot Camp

Preliminary Exam Preparation

This year,4,390 high school Students participated the F=ma Preliminary Exam.全美国一共388 semifinalists, 加州 147. 湾区100. SpringLight Education got great results for the USAPhO 2014 and 2015. 

Preliminary F=ma Exam Dates: January 19 – 24, 2016 Continue reading

A celebration of Harrison Chen’s life Harrison Chen

A celebration of Harrison’s life will be held this Saturday December 12th, 2015 at The Lord’s Grace Christian Church from 10am-12pm. The address is 1101 San Antonio Road, Mountain View.
Anyone who wishes to say final good-bye to Harrison, there will be viewing afterwards to be held at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary from 12pm-4pm. The address is 96 W El Camino Real, Mountain View.

感恩节那天,Harrison Chen突发脑溢血。一个14岁的生命,突然间,他走了。

十几年前Harrison 的父母洁云一家和我们一个团契慕道。我们看着Harrison和他弟弟长大。他总是那么可爱,那么聪颖。依然记得他读书,做功课,编程的样子。上周五我还在看到他均匀的呼吸安然睡着的样子,还抚摸着他热乎乎的手,一直期待奇迹的出现。从此,再也听不到他说再见的声音,看不到他的身影。只有等待天家我们再见。

他们全家需要我们继续用祷告支持。

下面是Harrison当助教的数学老师Mr. G 写给学生的信。

Dear TA’s,

I write this email with a heavy heart.

While vacationing with his family in Monterey during Thanksgiving, Harrison felt a sudden pressure behind his eyes.

One of the blood vessels in his brain had ruptured.  He died the next day.

His mom emailed on Sunday while she and Harrison’s dad were keeping vigil at the hospital.  I met up with them at 1:00 Monday morning, then again at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon and once more at 10:30Wednesday night, doing what I could to console them in their time of grief.

I cannot imagine the anguish a parent goes through losing a child, particularly a 14-year-old in excellent health.

Harrison’s parents asked me to write something about their son which would be given to the families that would be receiving his donated organs.  I have included that note below.

I would also like to share with you what I said to Harrison’s class last night, as that message applies to all of you as well:

Parents: do not take your children for granted.  Tell them that you love them and are proud of them, not because of their grades, or their success at sports, or their abilities in music, but simply because they are your kids.

Students: do not take your parents for granted.  Tell them that you love them and are thankful for them.  Tell them that you appreciate them for providing a place for you to live, a safe environment for you to learn, and a loving home for you to thrive.  Remember that many kids do not enjoy these same advantages.  Indeed, many kids do not even have parents.

Parents and Students: remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed.  If you have something good to say to someone, don’t wait until the next day: you may not get another chance.

I will be working with Harrison’s family in the coming weeks to help with whatever they need.  If there is to be a public memorial service, I will definitely let you know, and I hope you will be able to attend and stand in solidarity with his family.  I am devastated — physically and emotionally spent — but my suffering is inconsequential compared to Harrison’s family.

Please share this message with your parents.  They need to know too.  Thank you for doing so.

Respectfully,

Mr. G.

Remembrances of Harrison

Quiet leadership.

If I were to summarize the life of Harrison Chen in two words, it would be just that: quiet leadership.

It didn’t matter what he was doing.  Harrison’s gentle, caring, and observant spirit was prevalent in his interactions with all people: adults and children, classmates and family members, long time friends and people he had just met.

Harrison loved math.  He devoured math contests as if they were an extra meal, scoring so consistently high that he earned a Teaching Assistant position in Math Olympiads class.  As a TA he positively impacted the learning process of the students whose papers he dutifully corrected.

Harrison led by example.  When the Students trailed the Parents in the final round of Games Day II, Harrison calmly walked up to take his shot with the ping pong ball, and deftly bounced it into the Instant Winner box, sending the Students team into wild celebration.  He remains the only student to have accomplished this feat in the history of the event.  You wouldn’t know by talking to him, though: when asked about the experience, he would simply shrug his shoulders and explain that it wasn’t that hard of a shot.

He probably felt the same way after the 2014 Simultaneous Chess Exhibition, when he was the only student out of 25 participants to defeat Mr. G.

Now, as Harrison enters the next phase of his life journey, his influence will continue to be felt.  You won’t hear him talking loudly.  You won’t see him raising his arms in the air shouting at other people.  You won’t see him in person.  But make no mistake: Harrison Chen will be as alive in the hearts of his students, family, and friends — as well as physically alive in the bodies of fellow men and women who will owe their lives to his generosity — as if he were in the classroom himself.

Quiet leadership.  Harrison wouldn’t have it any other way.


Free seminar “How to Understand and Motivate Teenagers” 

Personal growth can challenge anyone in a family. For example:

  • Parents often do not trust their children because of miscommunication and conflicts of interest.
  • Teenagers want to become independent, but they feel the constant restrictions from their parents.

If you are a teenager who wants to gain the trust of your parents…

OR you are a parent who wants to have a positive influence on your children during their crucial years of growth…

We can help!

Come to free seminar “How to Understand and Motivate Teenagers”!

No Registration needed.

Address: Cupertino High School Library, 10100 Finch Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014

Time:  December 8th, Tuesday, 7-9pm

Agenda:

7:00-8:00 pm, Speaker: Sixtine Gontier

8:00-9:00 pm, Bay Echo presentation panel “Teen growth and motivation”

Speaker: Sixtine Gontier is a Certified Professional Coach and who works with teenagers and young adults with the Academic Life Coaching program, helping them reduce stress about grades and college applications, navigating through challenging relationships, identifying what they really want, and to apply their learning and motivation style for academic success.

She will introduce the “Core Motivation “ exercise. It is a personality tool that provides insights into understanding teenagers (as well as parents). She will provide some coaching and action steps for parents with tips and tools that will help motivate teenagers.

Teens Speak Out team from Bay Echo association will offer teenagers guidance on ways to find their interests in life while developing a strong sense of responsibility, as well as how to walk a path to maturity with their parents

We also provide advice to parents on how to improve communication with their children, and steps to develop trust with them.

Join our speakers from Bay Echo in the first step to mend the breach of understanding between parent and teen.


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