PACE classes to begin soon!

What a great start to the 2015/16 school year!

With fond memories of summer vacation still evident on their faces, I was thrilled to welcome back some of our students as they entered their school building eager to see friends and teachers, begin another year of learning, and celebrate accomplishments - both big and small. What a great way to start the school year!

My name is Kelly Zaletel, and I am the Elementary PACE/Gifted and Talented Coordinator at our four elementary schools in Kimberly Area School District. Throughout the school year, your child may work on enrichment and extension activities provided to support and challenge him/her in his/her classroom by their classroom teacher as part of our differentiated/responsive instructional approach to meet the needs of all students. Additionally, your child's critical and creative thinking potential will be further developed/ fostered through flexible small group instruction in PACE class each week under my direction. Through these instructional approaches, we are striving to meet the needs of all learners, and develop their talents/potential as independent problem solvers.

I am looking forward to working with your child, collaborating with his/her classroom teacher and learning his/her unique needs and talents. As the year progresses, I will be sending home additional information and updates pertaining to our classroom. Additionally, I will email you again as soon as our PACE schedule is set so that you will know when I will begin meeting with your child.

Feel free to contact me should you have questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your support of our PACE program! I look forward to an exciting year of learning!

A little about me...

My background as a gifted educator began at a gifted magnet school where I provided curriculum compacting, acceleration and enrichment to my classes of fourth and fifth grade students. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, I served as a school based gifted resource teacher meeting the differentiation needs of over 100 third through fifth grade students. Additionally, I have also worked in the regular elementary classrooms from first through fifth grade. These past four years, I have worked with third and fourth grade students in our Pace program at each of our elementary schools in Kimberly. I am passionate about gifted education both as an educator and as a parent, and am excited to begin working with your child!

Supplies Needed each week:

  • 3 pronged pocket folder with notebook paper
  • student agenda/planner for recording PACE assignments
  • pencil

“Thinking is not demonstrated by how many answers students know; rather, it is demonstrated by how they behave when they don’t know.” Arthur Costa