Enrichment News



In this update:

MAP Assessments


Enrichment Pullout Groups

SUPRA ET ULTRA - Available October 1st!

Self-Paced Thinking Skills Enrichment


Parent Volunteers Needed

STEAM TEAM Pinhole Camera Project

REGULAR Features:

PRM Schoolwide Enrichment Offerings

SumDog Math Enrichment

WordMasters National Challenges

Great Sites To Check Out

Enrichment Opportunities Outside Of PRM

TEMOTAD ~ The Evil Mistress Of Torture And Doom


Fall MAP assessments are wrapping up. YAY!

This year, all students in grades 1-6 will take the MAP Growth Reading and Math tests in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

In CPS, MAP tests have been used to identify gifted math and reading students in grades K-3.

The State of Ohio recently made changes to the approved list of assessments used for gifted identification, and will no longer allow the K-2 test to be used for this purpose.

Students in grades 2-5 that score in the 95th percentile or above on the MAP Growth Reading 2-5 or MAP GROWTH Math 2-5 will be identified as gifted.

Sixth grade students that score in the 95th percentile or above on the MAP Growth Reading 6+ or MAP Growth Math 6+ will be identified as gifted.



The Iowa & CogAT assessments are replacing the TerraNova and INVIEW for gifted identification and the SCPP qualifying test for 6th grade students.

All 2nd and 6th grade students will take the Iowa & CogAT online this year.

We are working on learning the new delivery system and creating a schedule for testing, but we will need to remain flexible and open-minded in our approach to problem solving any issues that may arise.


Online practice tests for 6th grade

Online practice tests for 2nd grade


Online practice tests for 6th grade


I will begin enrichment pullout groups for 6th grade on Wednesday, September 25.

Fifth grade pullouts will begin the following week, and 4th grade enrichment pullouts will start the week of October 7th.

Enrichment groups for 3rd grade will begin with the second quarter and will be based on area(s) of identification and need.

SUPRA ET ULTRA Monthly Challenges

OCTOBER SUPRA ET ULTRA Available October 1

The SUPRA ET ULTRA challenges are part of our Schoolwide Enrichment Program, P.E.A.C.E. which stands for Providing Equal Access to Curricular Enrichment.

All students at PRM are invited to participate in the SUPRA ET ULTRA monthly challenges, because all students benefit from this type of critical and creative thinking enrichment.

Each quarter, students who have participated in the monthly challenges are entered in a quarterly prize drawing. To be eligible for the drawing, it is not necessary for all ten challenges of the monthly SUPRA ET ULTRA to be completed, but the self-assessment must be completed in full for their name to go into the drawing.

Students who complete all ten challenges by the deadline and also complete the self-assessment in full, will receive a certificate, and have their name posted on the PRM ROCKS! website.

The SUPRA ET ULTRA challenge worksheets are available to ALL PRM students.

Parents and teachers can request them for students simply by sending Mrs. Bonfield an email at bonfiej@cpsboe.k12.oh.us

Students who are identified as gifted are assigned the monthly SUPRA ET ULTRA challenges and are encouraged to complete them as they are considered part of their gifted enrichment education.

*Supra Et Ultra is Latin for Above and Beyond.


CRITICAL & CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS ENRICHMENT is provided to all first, second, and third grade students who are identified gifted in any area.

The Thinking Skills Enrichment Packets are to be completed independently at school and are designed for self-paced enrichment. In some cases, a classroom teacher will include this work in a student's weekly work contract if they feel it is appropriate. In most cases, Thinking Skills Enrichment is considered free choice work, and should be done after completing assigned work tasks.

This work is to be done only at school, and not to go home.


All third & fourth grade students identified gifted in reading will participate in the national WordMasters Challenges as part of their enrichment offerings.

In addition, as part of our Schoolwide Enrichment Program, ALL PRM 4th grade students who have the desire to develop their vocabulary and analytical thinking skills are invited to participate, but will need to prepare independently.

About WordMasters

Using Analogies to Master Vocabulary

Each year, over 150,000 students in grades 3-8 from some of the best public and private schools across the country participate in the WordMasters Challenge™.

Unlike other language arts competitions for this age group – which focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling and other language mechanics – the WordMasters Challenge™ helps students to think both analytically and metaphorically.

For more information:


Volunteer Opportunities

I am looking for volunteers to help in a variety of capacities with our 9-12 level this year.

Opportunities such as helping out with the Maker Space, organizing materials for Instant Challenges, working with small pullout groups, helping with academic competitions, sharing information about your career or hobbies, helping to design and maintain a beautiful and positive environment, and assisting with communications are just SOME of the needs for this year!

If you are interested in helping out in any way, or have questions, just send me an email at bonfiej@cpsboe.k12.oh.us

STEAM Pinhole Camera Pilot Program

A grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation is funding PRM’s STEAM team Pinhole Camera Project.

Kate McGreevy, Melissa Kyrlach and I will start the project second quarter with some of the 4/5 classes. We hope to be able to involve all of the 4th & 5th graders this year.

Stay tuned for more information!

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At Pleasant Ridge Montessori, we offer three types of enrichment for students:

PEACE (Providing Equal Access to Curricular Enrichment)

Schoolwide Enrichment is offered to all students in grades 1 through 6 at the PEACE level. The monthly SUPRA ET ULTRA Critical & Creative Thinking Challenges are the foundation of our schoolwide program, and we encourage all students who desire an enrichment opportunity to participate.

PACE (Purposeful And Challenging Enrichment)

Students who are identified gifted in specific academic areas such as math and reading are provided appropriate academic enrichment based on their individual needs.

ACE (Academic & Creative Excellence)

Based on gifted identifications and individual student needs, enrichment is provided to develop academic and creative talents.


SumDog Math Contests

All students identified gifted in any area are set up with a SumDog Math account as part of their enrichment offerings. In addition, as part of our Schoolwide Enrichment Program, ALL PRM students who have the desire to develop their math talents are invited to participate. Parents can request a SumDog account by contacting me at bonfiej@cpsboe.k12.oh.us

I regularly enter students in national contests to promote participation!

Sumdog's math contests are a free, fun way to motivate students while developing math fluency and keyboarding skills.



I have included a number of enrichment opportunities for kids and adults HERE.

Please let me know if you are aware of additional opportunities that I should share.

Super Saturday

The Super Saturday Program is a quality enrichment program for intellectually gifted children, ages 4-14, in the Greater Cincinnati area. Starting in the Fall of 1981, the Super Saturday Program has grown from serving a handful of gifted children at the University of Cincinnati’s main campus to serving hundreds of children each session in various settings.

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TEMOTAD ~ The Evil Mistress Of Torture And Doom

Mrs. Jackie Bonfield

I am so happy to be torturing, er, I mean working with the amazing students, staff, and families of Pleasant Ridge Montessori. I consider it a great honor to be given the opportunity to enrich the lives of this community and to help guide our future scholars, leaders, and creatives.

Since 1999, I have worked with more than 2000 gifted students in grades K through 8 in various public school settings.