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REGISTER NOW: FALL CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 8 AT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDIOS

REGISTER NOW: FALL CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 8 AT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDIOS

Whether you’re into tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop or theatre, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) studios’ fall curriculum provides a variety of classes for all ages, with classes beginning on Mon., Sept. 8. Renowned for its holistic teaching approach, positive reinforcement style and world-class instructors, the studios offer beginner and advanced instruction at their Alexandria and Lorton, Va. locations. Registration is available online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Classes include: ballet, Pointe, hip-hop, jazz, Irish dance, contemporary, combination classes of tap/ballet or jazz/tap; musical theater, acting, as well as piano and guitar lessons.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Summer Registration Open

Metropolitan School of the Arts Summer Registration Open

If hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, guitar, percussion and theatre are passions for your child, check out the many summer programs at Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. MSA brings instructors from around the U.S, offering top-of-the-line instruction and camps to their youngest students, to teens polishing their craft.  Registration is open now for summer classes starting in July. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Environmental Education Week Ideal for Teaching About Sustainable Food Sources

Environmental Education Week Ideal for Teaching About Sustainable Food Sources

As the majority of the United States has been buried in snow for the long winter, most scientists are citing global warming. The erratic weather patterns call for our children to be as educated as possible to keep our planet sustainable for years to come. A fun and engaging way to teach children about our global ecosystem is to create your own with an aquaponics system.

“Aquaponics combines aquaculture with hydroponics to raise fish and grow plants simultaneously,” affirms Sylvia Bernstein, president of The Aquaponic Source, and author of the book “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together” (New Society Publishers, October 2011). “It’s an accessible, interactive way to teach kids about ecosystems and responsibility, especially during a week as important as Environmental Education Week.”

5 Reasons to Get Youth Active in Gardening

5 Reasons to Get Youth Active in Gardening

April is National Gardening Month, making it an ideal time to consider starting a garden. In fact, those who do will be joining some 43 million other homes in the country whose owners maintain a garden, according to the National Gardening Association. It is also a good time to consider getting children active in gardening since they are increasingly spending more time indoors, with their faces turned toward electronics. There are many benefits that kids can gain from getting into gardening.

DR. CHERYL WILHOYTE, NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL of METRO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

DR. CHERYL WILHOYTE, NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL of METRO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Cheryl Wilhoyte, Ph.D. of Falls Church, Va. is now heading up the Metropolitan School of the Arts of Lorton, Va.  As the head of school, she’ll be tasked to develop, guide and plan academic and school programming for the D.C. area’s first private, secondary performing arts/academic school, that serves 7th through 12th graders. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

Earning her doctorate, master’s and bachelor degrees from the University of Maryland, Dr. Wilhoyte specializes in empowering schools, coaching, turnaround principalships, and leadership planning at the district, state and national levels. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, Johns Hopkins University in Annapolis, Md., Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

Tips for Studying and Passing the Medical Board Exams

Tips for Studying and Passing the Medical Board Exams

Each year there are thousands of people who take the medical board exam, yet not all of them pass their first attempt. The first-time test taker pass rate, according to the American Board of Internal Medicine, was 83 percent in 2012. In prior years, this pass rates were 87 percent, 88 percent, and 91 percent, pointing to the fact that there has been a decline in medical board exam pass rates over the years. This situation has prompted many to wonder what they can do to try and improve their chances of passing the test.

“It’s more important than ever to do all you can to study for the medical board exam,” explains Daniel Lambert, chief executive officer of BoardVitals.com. “With the right tools and study skills, you can improve your chances of passing the first time around.”

Here are some tips for studying for the board exams: