Summer 2023: Weeks 7 & 8 Class Highlights

Summer 2023: Weeks 7 & 8 Class Highlights

Summer 2023: Weeks 7 & 8 Class Highlights

Welcome to our Summer 2023: Weeks 7 & 8 Highlights!

During the final weeks of summer, students achieved their summer goals, mastered key skills, and completed all their main objectives. Thank you to all our parents and students for a wonderful and productive summer full of amazing growth! Read below to get up-to-date information on your child’s summer courses.

Section 1: Weeks 7 & 8 Highlights

#1. Many test prep students started surpassing their target score!

#2. HS honor students learned 60% of the upcoming curriculum for their math and science courses.

#3. Students completed a survey on the last week of class to share their feedback on their course experience.

Test Prep: Milestones & Achievements

SAT 1500 Advanced: Students took their final two tests the last week of the semester. Throughout the summer we have had eleven students have scored 1600s and eleven students have scored in the 1580s-1590s.

SAT 1400 & 1500: Over the course of the summer semester, students have taken 22 tests. Since the first day of classes until the end of the semester, some students have improved almost 300 points, with most students improving around 100 points!

Colin B. recently earned a perfect reading/writing score. Way to go, Colin!

SAT Foundation: Students covered time management and trap answers on the test. 

SAT Core: Students took their second and final simulation test. For the writing section, they have been working on parallelism, modifiers, and development. For the reading section, they have been working on central idea, dual passages, and time management. 

Exam Prep 8: Over the course of the semester, students took 3 simulations tests. They have been working on body paragraphs and conclusions for literary analysis essays as well as building vocabulary and root word knowledge. 

SSAT/ISEE 8: For the final weeks of the semester, students reviewed previous tests, worked on analogies, sentence completions, and inference drills.

High School Honors & AP Course Prep | Topics Covered

AP Calculus AB:

  • U-Substitution and Area between Curves
  • Volume of Solids of Revolution and Cross-Sections & Average Value of a Function
  • L’Hopital’s Rule and Slope Fields
  • Separable Equations & Exponential Growth and Decay

AP Biology

  • Successfully completed the three out of the eight units outlined by college board for the course

AP Chemistry

  • Kinetics
  • Rate Laws
  • Equilibrium
  • ICE Tables

Honors Algebra II:

  • Imaginary Numbers
  • Parabolas
  • Polynomial Division

Honors Analysis I:

  • Trigonometric Evaluations
  • Trigonometric Graphs
  • Unit Circle 

Honors Biology 

  • Successfully covered the following topics over the summer term 
  • Macromolecules/Cell Organelles/Cell Transport/Photosynthesis/cellular respiration/cell reproduction/Mendelian genetics/DNA replication/proteins synthesis

Honors Chemistry:

  • Molecular Geometry
  • Polarity
  • Hybridization

Honors Geometry:

  • Trigonometry (Sine, Cosine, Tangent)
  • Areas of Polygons (Parallelograms, Rhombuses, Hexagons, etc,)

Honors Precalculus:

  • Solving Trig Equations and Multiple Angle Trig Equations
  • Law of Sine and Law of Cosine
  • Multivariable System of Linear Equations and how to solve them using matrices
  • Intro to Calculus: Limits and Derivatives

Honors Physics:

  • Circular Motion
  • Gravitation

MEK Learning Circles: Milestones & Achievements

Critical Reading Circles: By the end of summer, students have written 14 essays that range across all genres (Fiction, informational, and poetry). We covered strategies to answer all questions types (basic fact, main idea, vocabulary in context, and inferences). For poetry, students were able to not only identify figurative language types, but also analyze them effectively. Students have grown as writers and have a clear understanding of a literary analysis essay.

  • Aaryan S. (8) received a 6/6 on one of his final essays. Way to go, Aaryan!

Writing Circles: By the end of the summer, students have written 14 essays, and completed 7 grammar lessons. The essays covered all types of writing such as expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive writing. Students now have a strong foundation of writing skills as well as revision skills. As the summer progressed, students became more independent throughout the writing process by learning how to brainstorm on their own and revise their own work before submitting. They have applied various grammar lessons to their writing as well.

  • Luke S. (8) scored a 6/6 on one of his last essays (narrative prompt). Way to go, Luke!

Operation and Numbers Sense: Students learned how to solve one step equations and inequalities, geometry concepts of area and volume, and took their final cumulative test.

Problem Solving Math: Students learned how to write and solve one step equations, unit conversions, and took their final cumulative test.

Non-fiction Reading: The Final Presentation for NFR 6 is upon us. And towards that end, we have spent some time working on the presentation introduction to ensure they understand and remember to include a hook, context and a thesis statement. Additionally, we learned the difference between less and fewer, and amount/number. The students are looking forward to presenting their own, original presentations during the final week of the semester, and showing off their presentation progress!

MAPC: During the 8th session, students completed a simulated competition test. This test was pulled from past CML and Math Kangaroo tests, and challenged students to answer even more problems than usual in a tight time frame. 

What’s Next?

Again, thank you to all of our MEK families for making this summer such a huge success! And while the summer may be over, your journey with MEK doesn’t need to end!

Click here to fill out our registration form to get started!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Robyn Neilsen

Robyn Neilsen is a Content Writer for MEK Review. She was a dedicated English teacher in the New Jersey public school system for 13 years and is passionate about sharing resources, content, and tips for students and parents.


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