Hitting the Road Running...

Welcome back to another great learning experience

Our Philosophy

Students are back in the school groove and summer vacation has quickly become a memory. They are ready to learn and we, the teachers, want to fill the school year with inspiring learning experiences for all students. Some find school a bit too easy. It is great that they are doing well, however, brain research shows that people only learn and grow when they experience struggle. A intellectually challenging, problem-based curriculum will keep students thinking and working hard. When additional challenges are needed, the classroom teachers and I will find ways to provide them. At times, Your child might be pulled out of his/her regular classroom to work on developing and fostering their critical and creative thinking potential through differentiated activities in small flexible groups. Through these instructional approaches, we are striving to meet the needs of all learners, and develop their talents/potential as independent problem solvers.
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What Does PACE Look Like at the Intermediate Schools?

The goals of the PACE program remain the same throughout K-12 education. Organizationally, there are several differences: In addition of being the coordinator of the program, I teach classes at the middle school (roughly 50% of my time is spent there) and I am resource teacher and classroom support at both of the intermediate schools. The principals and I have worked hard to find a way to give students what they need, when they need it.

The KASD has adopted challenging new curriculum in literacy and math over the past several years. Throughout the school year, your child's teacher will provide intellectually demanding tasks along with differentiated enrichment and extension activities to support and challenge your son or daughter in literacy and/or math classes. Additionally, your child might be pulled out of his/her regular classroom to work on differentiated activities in small flexible groups. Schedules, class offerings, staffing, and student needs determine how often small group activities will take place. Through these approaches, we are striving to meet the needs of all learners.

Here is my schedule for the year:

Quarter 1:

  • Sept. 21 - Oct. Oct. 9: mornings at WDL, afternoons at JRG
  • Oct. 12 - Nov. 13: mornings at Mapleview, afternoons at JRG

Quarter 2:

  • full-time at JRG

Quarters 3 + 4:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays at Mapleview
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at Woodland
  • Fridays at Gerritts

I am looking forward to collaborating with your daughter's/son's classroom teacher and continuing to explore his/her unique needs and talents.

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!

20 Years in Kimberly

Some of you have known me for a while but others might wonder who that lady is with a strange looking name. Let me introduce myself: My name is Ulrike Balistreri and I am the PACE/Gifted and Talented Coordinator for the intermediate schools and the middle school. This is my 20th year working with gifted students and their teachers in the Kimberly School District. Before that, I taught for several years in the regular classroom. In addition to a teaching degree from Austria and one from Wisconsin, I earned well over 40 credits beyond a master's degree (Educational Leadership with emphasis in gifted education). In 2008, I earned National Board Certification, which is an achievement that less than 1% of Wisconsin teachers have merited. In addition to that, I earned several teaching awards, including the Kohl Teacher Fellowship. As a parent of high ability children (all grown now), I understand the challenges, joys, and frustrations that are part of your daily experiences. I know that parents love and know their child best, and I am always happy to discuss your child's needs with you.

On Making Mistakes...

If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems - and that's a mistake!

~Frank Wilczek, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics