MHASD Advanced Learning News

October Part 2

October is Gifted Education Month ( it seems fitting to send 2 newsletters right!?!)

Did you know that October is Gifted Education Month in Wisconsin?

Click here to read the proclamation by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction and signed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The WATG (Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted) has shared a document with ideas for celebrating and showing our support for gifted students, parents and teachers. Check out their ideas here.

Supporting advanced learners happens at school and at home, check out this article for 50 tips, tricks and ideas for teaching gifted students. There are a lot of great ideas to supplement learning and help students explore their areas of interest!

NEW INFO in this update-

GEM Classes for grades 2-4

Poetry Contest for grades 3-12

Growing Early Minds grades 2-4

The GEM program is for students in grades 2-4 who are looking for an additional challenge. These classes are virtual and will meet on Saturdays February 6-March 6. There are several great choices including coding, forensic science, engineering, creative writing and psychology! Check out the link for more information and registration fees and details

Are you a POET?

Appelley Publishing is hosting a poetry writing contest for students in grades 3-12. Any student is welcome to submit a poem. Go to to learn more about how to enter. The contest rules, frequently asked questions and directions for submissions are all on the website!

If you are mailing your entry, it must be postmarked by the deadline of November 12, 2020.

If you're submitting your entry online, the deadline is November 20, 2020.

*You may only submit 1 poem per person.

This is a FREE contest. Winners will be notified on the Appelley website on April 9, 2021. Prize winners will be notified by email.

  • Over $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded through random drawings.
  • $500 prize for place in each grade division: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

MHASD Advanced Learning Webpage

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

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.

Calling All Students Age 12 and up!

Interested in engineering design? Robotic arm motion controls? Electrical circuits? Computational thinking? Then we have an exciting program for you! Students from all over Wisconsin will gather online to learn more about engineering, design, and coding. Interested in learning more about this? Watch the video below!

Now, come join us for a virtual conference on Sunday, October 18th from 9 am-noon. Once you register HERE, the ARDUINO® Classroom: STEAM Edition Kit will be mailed to your home in October to use during the conference. (Parents can also register for the Parent Conference at the same link.) You will also receive the link to the virtual session in October. Watch your email for the link! Can’t wait to see you at the conference!

Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted Virtual Teen Conference 2020

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 now OPEN, however, due to COVID 19, things subject to change in response to ever changing safety guidelines.

Contact Mrs. Parmley with any questions regarding out of level testing through NUMATS.

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

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.

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?