Elementary & Middle Schools: Summer Opportunities

Please see the Summer Camp / Summer Enrichment tab above for all of the updated information I have received so far.  I will update this throughout the Spring as I receive more information.

** There are volunteer opportunities for middle and high school students through the IU.  Please go to the IU website and scroll to the bottom.

Manor: AMC 8 Results!

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom learned skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.  In 2016, more than 130,000 students from more than 2,000 school nationwide participated.

Congratulations to our school participants and our top place finishers.

First Place and a and Honor Roll Certificate Winner for finishing in the top 5% Nationally:  Jordan Photis

Second Place: Andrew Ament

Third Place: Luke Braas, Andrew Glenn, and Colin Kligge

Other School Participants: Everett Barry, Noah Donaldson, Eleanor Helm, Gabe Hill, Tommy Hockenberry, Jace Hoffer, Adaira Hufford, Audrey Jachimowicz, Kaylee Jackson, Tebelechi Ketema, Ella Kratz, Elizabeth Lebo, Katie Mackey, Olivia Nicastro, Curtis Rabatin, Emily Riggs, Jordan Schucker, Emma Shenk, Jack Shipley, Kyler Stigelman, Gavin Switzer, and Evelyn Weaver.

 

STEM Sisters for Grades 6-12 girls

The North Museum’s STEM Sister program is back for girls in grades 6-12.  A little information is below as well as the link to the program.

The North Museum STEM Sisters program inspires, empowers, and ignites young women’s passion for STEM* careers.

Through engaging programs and activities, the STEM Sisters program offers young girls an opportunity to meet undergraduate and professional women in STEM fields and discover new potential career paths. The program’s ongoing events encourage and empower young women. All STEM Sisters events are provided at no cost to local girls in grades 6-12.

*Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

STEM Sisters

 

Welcome Back Hambright & Manor Students!

Now that routines are being established and students are feeling more settled, it’s time to start gifted support classes.  My schedule this year is as follows:

Manor: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

I am scheduling small groups and one on one meetings starting this week.  Our new Google Classroom is set-up, and all students were sent an invitation to join.  I will be posting our seminar schedule and a general idea of what we will discuss when we meet.  Students that opt out of participating in seminars will continue to meet with me once or twice a marking period to check-in.  All field trips, speakers, and special event activities are always open to all those on the gifted support roster even if they don’t participate in the seminar classes.

Hambright: Tuesday and Thursday

I will start pull-out classes at Hambright next Tuesday, September 13th.  Grades 1, 4, and 6 meet on Tuesdays.  Grades 2, 3, and 5 will meet on Thursdays.  Each grade meets at its own specific time.  I will send home a letter with the students next week with some more information for you.

Girls Who Code (Girls ages 8-13)

I just found out about this opportunity:

Lancaster Science Factory Girls Code Club

The need: Only 18% of Computer Science degrees in the United States are awarded to women. Women’s involvement in computer science has plummeted. In the past 20 years it has dropped by 40%.

CoderDojo, Ladies, Technically Speaking, and the Lancaster Science Factory present Girls Code Club to address this urgent issue and inspire the next generation of female computer scientists.

Here’s the link for more information:  Girls Who Code

Shank’s Mare Field Trip

Last Friday the 6th grade Discover students to their annual trip to Shank’s Mare to celebrate both the end of the elementary years and the excitement of going to middle school in the fall. It was lovely to meet our new Manor families and give an overview of Manor Middle and how gifted support works in the middle school. As I said Friday, please email or call me with any questions you may have.

We started our day with a morning kayaking trip. The water was calm, and the scenery was gorgeous. It was fun to see so many kids who hadn’t had the opportunity to kayak before really enjoy the experience.

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The trip was got very exciting for the Manor group as we were within 20 feet or so of a Bald Eagle eating his breakfast on our way back to the launch site. I had my iPhone and snapped some shots. They aren’t top quality because of the zoom, but I still got some and a video.

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…and he’s off with his fish breakfast – he did not leave that behind

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video of the eagle:     IMG_7271

After lunch, we were able to participate in the stream study in Fishing Creek. The kids didn’t care that it was cold (and some parents even jumped right in.).  The seine nets were a big help in trapping the macroinvertebrates.

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Looking for any larvae, bugs, or crayfish that could be found.

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Colin had proof that the stream was healthy.

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Nigel checking out what was found.

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What a fantastic group of kids.  So super excited to have this bunch next year!

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