A Newsletter for the families of Young Scholars- June 2017
The Young Scholar Specialists of District 196
Nature's Engineers Camp June 19-23!
Deepen Interests or Learning Something New
We know our Young Scholars are interested in many things. The library is a great place to wander among the books, DVDs, the MakerSpace at Wescott, and magazines to find wonderful information. Library cards are free and available at all our county libraries. Visiting a regional park would also give students who are interested in learning more about nature an opportunity to explore this venue. Try Lebanon Hills in Eagan or Whitetail Woods in Farmington. Caponi Art Park in Eagan is also a free space that combines nature and art... a great place for a family walk. Caponi also features many summer events for families. You may want to call the park at 651-454-9412 for more information. Dakota Electric sponsors a free night at the Minnesota Zoo this July. Go to Dakotaelectric.com for more information.
Relax and Renew
Kids are busy during the school year. School runs at a frenetic pace and can easily "burn out" our most precious learners. This summer try focusing on using "down time", encouraging your students to imagine and dream. Since fresh fruit and vegetables are inexpensive during this time, visit a local farmers market and encourage your student to try new healthy foods. Take time with family and friends by enjoying many of the free concerts and events in our area. Visit Kelley Park in Apple Valley and enjoy the splash pad.
We look forward to seeing all of you back this fall!
This article adapted from Richard Cash Ed.D.
Learning Fun at Parkview
As part of the fourth grade Life Science Unit, which focused on human anatomy, Young Scholars researched the differences between infectious and non-infectious diseases, viruses, and bacteria. Students now have a greater understanding of who makes them sick and how to prevent illnesses in the future.
Fifth grade Young Scholars just finished Rube Goldberg Projects. They used recycled materials to build a machine that will complete a simple task. Students worked on their projects for several weeks and shared them with other Parkview students.
Middle School Reflections
What does being a Young Scholar mean to me?
"Being a leader in every element of Middle School"
"Having special opportunities"
"Being acknowledged by teachers"
"Doing the right thing even when no one is watching"
"Focusing on being academically prepared"
"Seeing the world and encountering it"
"Being part of a group of smart, great kids"
"Being gifted and talented"
What do you remember most about being in Young Scholars in elementary school?
"Being given opportunities"
"Biz Town and Summer Camp"
"Challenged me to think outside of the box"
"Going to a play.... I had never been to one before"
"Mrs. Thomas was a great reader!"
"The fingerprint unit was so interesting"
"Meeting with my Young Scholars group every week. It let me know I was smart and had potential"
What message would you give students entering Middle School in the fall?
"Make new friends"
"It goes by so fast... work hard and enjoy the experience"
"All of you have the potential to be great"
"Do your homework and study"
"Sometimes it will be hard and sometimes it will be easy.... Keep running the race"
"Stick with Young Scholars"
Scholastic Scrimmage is great fun in Middle School
Students really love the competitions for several reasons. Jeffrey Chen says, "I like the competition. I like going against people from other schools, who you may or may not have met before. That is what makes it fun! It's fun to see how different schools do in a competitive format." Ben Leiran adds, "I like that the practices are full of fun. The range of trivia is really nice because you have some people on your team that might specialize in science, while others are good at English."
Middle School Kids give back!
Why is my student in Young Scholars?
This publication is written by The Young Scholar Specialists of District 196
Sheila Pagois, Highland
Trisha Miller, Thomas Lake
Maureen Greenberg, Woodland
Karol Hanson, Shannon Park
Becky Hanson, Northview
Kathy Howell, Deerwood
Susan Deming, Parkview
Molly Hammel, Greenleaf
Stephanie Madson, Southview
Jen Maloney, Cedar Park
Kim Webster, Rosemount
Jill Marsh, Pinewood
Traci McCarthy, Red Pine
Ellen Krueger, Glacier Hills
Jody Paulsen, Oak Ridge
Judi Thomas, Diamond Path
Angela Grace, Diamond Path
Beth Wakefield, Echo Park
Michelle Pollei, Falcon Ridge Middle School
Mary Spychalla, Valley Middle School
Theresa Back, Scott Highlands Middle School
Eric Schmidt, Dakota Hills Middle School
Tiffany Kienitz, Rosemount Middle School
David Herem, Black Hawk Middle School
Pam McDonald, District Office, District Lead Teacher