Congratulations Graduates!

Graduation celebrations are in the air - whether high school or kindergarten, it is an accomplishment worth noting. Take time to enjoy, relax and reflect on what you did well and where you need improvement. I am seeing amazing improvement in our Pinecone students and summertime is perfect for less stressful "catch-up-and-get-ahead" work.

We had a festive time and great turnout for our Silver Creek Plaza Block Party last week. KRTY broadcast live and raffle prizes included mini-vacations and 2nd row seats to the sold-out Tim McGraw concert. We are doing it again this summer, so "stay tuned!"

Parents, please email me your STAR results - for my use only, will not share. Thanks!

The High Achievers vs Giftedness

"The purpose of all education is to like the world through knowing it."

These were the words of Eli Siegel, the 20th century philosopher, who believed that all children, regardless of ethnic class or social background, are capable of learning on an equal basis. But the line between high achievement and giftedness is often blurred. Hallmarks of high achievers are neat, on-schedule, well-rounded and correct work. High achievers acclimate quicker and better to class discussions and procedures. Most often, adults mistake high achievement as inherent giftedness because of behaviour and learning responses far above the typical attributes of grade-level students. Educators experienced in gifted education often find it difficult to explain to parents and other educators that high achievers have a different mode of learning to gifted learners. The thought processes of gifted students are far more complicated to that of high achievers. Gifted students tend toward abstract inferences and varied perceptions, unlike high achievers.


Pinecone Learning Active Learning Center is a tutoring service based in San Jose, Ca. It trains average students to become high-achievers with a thorough mastery of the bedrock subjects of Math, Reading and Comprehension. The first step towards high achievement is command of these foundation skills. Results through the Pinecone Active Learning system are almost immediate with perceptible improvement in attitude, focus and concentration. The child has a better grasp of concepts which it is able to assimilate faster and retain with a heightened degree of permanence. The outcome is a better adjusted, more confident, happier child which attains better grades and test scores.

The center follows the Active Learning system of child education which is one of the latest and most successful teaching methods in use today. This system, now in its third decade, is proven, with results that have produced a high percentage of high achievers. Active Learning follows a discipline of proactive student involvement for a more receptive appreciation and understanding of a subject. The success of Active Learning lies in lively student participation, where the instructor plays a passive, guidance role, more in the nature of a moderator. Active Learning strives to stimulate student interest by promoting animated discussion toward problem solving. In effect, using this state-of-the-art teaching technique, the responsibility for learning is transferred to the student.


"Dear Vivian,

First and foremost - thank you so much for all your tireless effort, boundless energy and dedication to your learning program. We will really miss you! We've been in the program for almost 2 years and it has made such tremendous difference. Your standards and expectations for the children (and the parents) are high and most of the time we rise to the occasion. Your passion for the program and for the children comes across in so many wonderful ways. Thank you.

I respect and admire the way you have run the Center and I know that it has not always been an easy or smooth process. Vivian, I can't really express to you in words how important this program is and how much you have shaped and influenced our fantastic experience!! I wish you all the success as you move to the next chapter of excitement and adventure in your life. Through your efforts and the program you have helped instill discipline, independence, confidence and the principals of mastery over time. These are the type of qualities I wanted for my children to know and experience. Awesome!! We will miss you.

Enjoy, with wonderful wishes from the Brown family!"
Pinecone's Strategy

Pinecone's methodology is to run the two foundation programs of Math and Reading at a pace which allows the child to assimilate the subject matter and apply the new acquired skills to practical problem solving. The coaching is structured so that the child is able to reason for him/herself to achieve the highest level of comprehension. Regular practice and support instills self confidence and stimulates an eagerness to progress to the next level. Each student is groomed to anticipate and surmount hurdles consistent with present day education. The end result is a happy and confident child who is justifiably proud of his or her academic achievements.

For more details of this Bay Area teaching center and its unique, result-oriented teaching methodology please visit its website at Currently it offers some special discounts, details of which can be gotten by calling 408.270.4548.

About Vivian Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs is a qualified educator with an M.S. degree in Industrial Psychology and 30 years of experience in math and research design. Children's education and research into the best learning methods have always been at the forefront of her career.

Where can I learn more?

Pinecone Active Learning is on Facebook and can be followed on Twitter. For further information on enrollment and fee structure, please call 408.270.4548 or visit the center's website at

For more on its unique tutoring methodology, please click on

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Happy Belated May Birthdays To:

- Noah Garfinkel
- Randell Prudencio

Happy June Birthdays To:

- Daniel Luu
- Kris Nguyen

Happy July Birthdays To:

- Brandon Barraza
- Arjun Arghavan

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