Middle School High Potential Program
Ms. Amber Gardner
High Potential Coordinator & Teacher
Programming at the middle school entails academic challenge through advanced courses (Enriched Language Art and Accelerated Math), as well as differentiation in the regular classes. Additionally enrichment is provided through field trips, competitions, clubs, pullouts, and special events. Some of the opportunities in Advanced Classes include Park Square Theatre Immersion Day, Kid Conferences, Kids Philosophy Slam, St. Cloud State University Math Contest, and Children's Book Project.
During and after-school opportunities include Knowledge Bowl, Math Team, Project Citizen, Book Clubs, Newspaper, Yearbook, and National Geographic Bee, as well as others. Field trip opportunities may include Creativity Festival, St. Cloud State University Math Contest, Young Author's Conference, and Project Citizen State Showcase at the Capitol.
Other opportunities include Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (taking the ACT or SAT), North Suburban Summer Academy, Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (Saturday and summer classes), and University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (accelerated math program for highly exceptional).
Pull-outs at Maplewood
- Students meet with the high potential coordinator/teacher 1-2 times a month ranging from several hours to all day
- Students are pulled out in 6th & 7th grade and the current plan is to have 8th graders in an advisory period together next year
- Pull-outs include problem solving; critical thinking; creative thinking; inquiry-based learning; and strategic thinking; among others
- Various contents are touched on through activities, including reading, writing, STEM, arts and social studies
- Activity examples include 100-cup structures; Mysteries in History; Paint Strip Poetry; Face Off Trivia; Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl Competition; Tied Up Teamwork; Build a Bridge; Self-exploration; Million Dollar Project; field trip and activities to the Science Museum; Academic Triathlon, Think about it brainstorming; M & Ms activities; Newspaper Create a Story; Personality Poster; Bungee activity; Launch a Character; Book Title Poetry; Case Studies; Design a Zoo; First Lines in Famous Books; games; and competitions, among others!
Below are a sampling of activities both recently and in the last few years!
Pull-outs (Much more to come!)
Science Museum Visit 2016-2017
Immersion Day 2016-2017
Science Museum Visit 2015
Harry Potter Book/Movie/Craft Club 2015-2016
Project Citizen 2015
Hobbit Book & Movie Club 2013
Hobbit Book & Movie Club 2014
Creativity Festival 2015 at the Science Museum
Creativity Festival 2014 at the Science Museum
Creativity Festival 2013 at the Science Museum
Creativity Festival 2012 at the Science Museum
Immersion Day 2012-2013 at Park Square Theater
Immersion Day 2013-2014 at Park Square Theater
Immersion Day 2014-2015 at Park Square Theater
Immersion Day 2015-2016 at Park Square Theater
Hobbit Book Club (Every 3 years)
Harry Potter Book Club (Every 3 years)
Hunger Games Book Club (This year)
Divergent Book Club (Every 3 years)
Project Citizen (Pull-out 1/month for a full day January-May with field trip at the end)