MHASD Advanced Learning News


Welcome back!

Welcome back to the 2020-21 school year! This will be one for the history books, I hope it has been off to a great start for your family so far.

This summer a group of educators, parents and a high school students teamed up as the Gifted and Talented District Work Group. We started with a survey to the families of the identified advanced learners to see what went well with virtual learning in the spring, and what needs we could address this school year. We decided to increase standard communication to parents (with newsletters like these!), continue to offer our extension and enrichment programs that have historically been in place, and find ways to do even more to support our advanced learners in the upcoming school year. A special thank you to our work group members for their continued support for our programs.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns as the year gets started. We're all in this together and we want to work as a team to support our students.

Christine Parmley

MHASD Advanced Learning Webpage

For more information about programming and helpful links/resources check out the advanced learning webpage.


Congratulations to our MHHS Future Problem Solving team- they took 1st place at the International FPS conference this June! AWESOME! This power team is made up of members, Ally Gundrum, Ines Gilles, Lilly Jungels, and Tess Purin; coached by Mr. Kealy from the high school. They decided to join forces this year and pool their skills to win at the Wisconsin State Bowl and then win in the Senior Division competing with teams from all over the USA and the world. We are so proud of these Vikings!

Congratulations also goes to our 6th grade FPS team who took 4th place in the junior division of the Wisconsin State Bowl. The team was made up of members Eli Dinh, Hannah Kempf, and Laurel Aquino. An oustanding accomplishment for their first year in FPS!

High School Highlights

Students who are looking for additional opportunities at the high school beyond Advanced Placement courses should check out pages 62-67 in the MHASD High School Handbook. You can find information, requirements, and important deadlines for programs and opportunities such as being a Faculty Assistant, Independent Study, Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program, and Start College Now/ Early College Credit Program.

The deadlines for Start College Now are October 1 and March 1!

2020-2021 MHASD High School Course Description Handbook

Student Program Support Leaders

Based on the survey sent to families of advanced learners this summer, there were many respondents who expressed interest in working with small groups of younger students. Please note, this would be with the guidance of a staff member/adult as well. The goal is to help provide leadership opportunities for our middle and high school students, to build relationships across grade levels and schools with students of common interests, and to help provide more small group enrichment opportunities for younger students.

If you/ your middle or high school child is interested in helping in this way, please complete this form

Hands On, Minds On- Now More Than Ever! WATG Virtual Conference Oct 18-20

Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted is holding it's annual fall conference in a virtual format this year. This conference is for educators, parents, and teens. Check out the conference schedule and registration options

WATG is an organization dedicating to supporting and advocating for advanced learners. Check out their website for tons of resources and ways to get involved.

NUMATS out of level testing

NUMATS, Northwestern University Academic Talent Search, is a program that utilizes out of grade level testing to better understand student strengths and academic needs. Students in grades 3-8 who qualify may be eligible to take the PSAT 8/9, ACT or SAT before the grade level at which they are normally administered. The website has information about registration, fees, testing dates and testing sites.

*The 2020-2021 testing schedule is set to open in September, however, due to COVID 19, things subject to change in response to ever changing safety guidelines.

CTD, Center for Talent Development through Northwestern also offers several programs for gifted students including weekend, summer, online, and service learning programming.

Kindness Courage Respect Writing Contest 2020

Last spring we held a writing contest for 3rd-8th graders. Our winning entries are linked on the MHASD Advanced Learning Page, it says Document with LINKS to the winning entries- check them out! Some of our winners have submitted their pictures with their KRC Medals and we included them below! If you received a medal and would like to share your picture, please do, we are still accepting them!

Social Emotional Needs, resources for parents

Mental health and meeting the social emotional needs of our kids it a top priority.

An excellent resource for families of gifted students is SENG. Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted is an organization that provides support through resources, articles, webinars, connections to mental health professionals, parent groups, online support groups and more. Kids who are gifted can often deal with unique issues including perfectionism, underachievement, anxiety, intensities, difficulty connecting to age group peers because of different interests or abilities, concerns with identity or fitting in. SENG offers resources and support to help navigate these concerns.

Another resource for parents is the NAGC- National Association for Gifted Children.

Challenge Math At Home

Each spring we have students from MHASD who compete in the Noetic Math Problem Solving Competition. It is a challenging set of problems designed to make kids think and reason through word problems using their logic skills. Noetic Math offers subscriptions and memberships to families as well. There are several membership options.

Promo code XL202 will provide a 20% discount by Sept 4.

Galin Education

Galin is an organization that offers ACT test prep, academic coaching, or college admissions guidance. They offer several online enrichment courses for middle and high school students. Galin helps students realize and pursue their full potential by working with learning coaches, counselors, and tutors.

Did you know there is a Gifted Children's Bill of Rights?