Advanced Learner Newsletter

December 2019

Happy Winter!

Hello Families,


While our team was sad to see our coordinator, Amanda Jamae, leave us, do know that our staff is working together to continue to meet the needs of our Advanced Learners. Know that Mary Donagan has stepped in to fill the high school role at this time. As always, you are welcome to reach out to us with questions at any time. Below, you will find some articles and links that we hope you find helpful!

Advanced Learner Staff

Melissa Pfohl, Director of Teaching and Learning, PfohlM@mcfsd.org

Jess Karls, Instructional Services Assistant and Parent Advocacy Chair, KarlsJ@mcfsd.org

Carol Greig, Advanced Learner Resource Teacher at CEPS, GreigC@mcfsd.org

Lisa Sheil, Advanced Learner Resource Teacher at WIS, SheilL@mcfsd.org

Mary Donagan, Advanced Learner Resource Teacher at IMMS and MHS, DonaganM@mcfsd.org

Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)

Some families choose to have their child take an out-of-level test through NUMATS. Know that this is a family decision, our job is to let you know it is out there. Students that have typically found standardized testing to be very straightforward can benefit from taking a standardized test that feels difficult. The extra practice can also help them become better test takers, for later years, when they are taking tests for college entrance. If you want to know more, please click on the buttons below to access the family guide as well as information on dates and fees.
Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search

Otherwise known as "NUMATS"! Click on this link to access the Family Guide.

NUMATS Dates and Fees

Click on this link to see the dates and fees for NUMATS ... see the blue column on the right.

Looking for Gift Ideas?

If you are looking for new and unique gift ideas for your child, here are some recommendations from our staff:


24 Game: a fast-paced game of math calculation, we offer tournament competition in grades four through 8


  • Third Grade: Single Digit Deck
  • Fourth Grade: Double Digit Deck
  • Fifth Grade: Variable Deck
  • Sixth Grade: Integer Deck
  • Seventh Grade: Fractions and Decimals
  • Eighth Grade: Exponents and Algebra



Strategy board games and card games are excellent thinking challenges! Ones to consider: Set, Stratego, Rummikub, Apples to Apples, Sequence, Pit, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Catan, Qwirkle, Ubongo, Imagine, Prime Climb


Consider checking out Mindware ... one of our best resources for our students ... see button below for a link to their Award Winner selections!

Growing Early Minds (GEM)

Consider an experience gift! Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) offers weekend courses for young learners. Click on the button below to find out more their classes entitled "Secret Agents", "Mystery Detectives", "Noes to Toes: Intro to Human Anatomy" and "Thinking and Tinkering: Exploring Engineering".

Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG)

Want to learn more about the state organization that advocates for advanced learners? Click on the button below to learn about advocacy, the organization, scholarships, the annual conference, and much more!