The Merit School of Stafford

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Accelerated Teachers

Advanced Concepts for the 2018-2019 School Year!


Mrs. Leah Ross (Kindergarten)

Advanced Concept: “Our World Today, My Future Tomorrow”

 Welcome to Kindergarten!  Each month, we will explore different helpers that make our community great.  In addition to learning about these amazing people in the classroom, we will actually go out into the community to expand our knowledge of these different professions and see first hand how they are important to our community.  I look forward to teaching this Advanced Concept to our future community helpers and leaders!

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Mrs. Michelle Goodwin (Kindergarten)

Advanced Concept: “Our World, My Community, and Me!”

 Children are acutely aware of their surroundings, but how aware are they of those that help and serve their communities?  This school year, students will come to know what a community truly is and how many hard working people it takes to help run it.  We will study community helpers from medical, to law enforcement, to your local grocer.  We will help build their awareness for those that not only serve and protect, but also keep the cities and communities around them moving.


Mrs. Corinthia Albritton (1st Grade)

Advanced Concept: “Zoology: The Ecosystems Around Us"

Each quarter we will be learning the characteristics of animals in our ecosystems located in various regions of the earth. We will begin with the animals and insects native to Virginia, then we will continue our exploration of the tundra, different types of forests, grasslands, deserts, and even our aquatic ecosystems!  Students will be busy with activities in and out of the classroom while they get “up close and personal” when learning about the animals of our amazing world.

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Mrs. Lynda Raynore (1st Grade)

Advanced Concept: "Animal Biology"

Our class will study the animals, insects, and ecosystems around the world. Students will participate in a variety of hands on activities in and out of the classroom that relate to the animal kingdom, including the structure,  classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct, and how they interact with their ecosystems. It's going to be a very exciting school year!


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Ms. Marlana Lewis

Advanced Concept: "Music History"

We have an exciting year ahead as we explore the world of music and how it ties to the history of American culture. Students will learn to recognize the diversity of our country through its music, holidays, and the many educational adventures we will embark on. We will also travel through time to see how music has evolved and what historical events influenced these changes. 

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Mrs. Miling Washington (3rd Grade)

Advanced Concept: "Global Perspective"

Welcome to 3rd grade! This year we will study the many unique regions of the world. Students will take an in-depth look at the different cultures, religions, mythologies and ideologies of the world. Throughout the year there will be a plethora of opportunities to observe, get hands on experience, and explore the world around us. Students will not only have a better understanding of the world around them but will learn to see the world from different points of view. It’s going to be a great year!

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Dr. Donella Scarboro (4th/5th Grade)

Advanced Concept: "Introduction to Enterprise 101"

In addition to teaching this years curriculum and all the required subjects, I am excited to announce that during this upcoming 2018-2019 school year, the 4th and 5th grade students will be learning and having lots of fun beyond the usual classroom requirements. Students will learn to appreciate others, while analyzing new ways of thinking and problem solving. Students will increase self-confidence inside and outside of the classroom with my new Advanced Concept, "Introduction to Enterprise 101". I designed this Advanced Concept to give each student many opportunities to interact, explore and become familiar with career concepts, attributes that characterize different types of professions, avocation, and more. Without doubt, my Advanced Concept will promote personal growth, and develop a greater sense of self-awareness.



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Miss. Antoinette Tortorici (music)

Advanced Concept: "The Art of Dance"

Our Advanced Concept for the 2018-2019 school year in music class will be “The Art of Dance”. Dance is a performing art consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture. Students will have the opportunity to experience dance through its deep connection with music and the cultures that influenced each particular method of dance. Students will study the repertoire of movements through participatory dance while gaining knowledge of historical periods and/or places of origin.