MHASD Advanced Learning News


Happy New Year!

Those words hold a lot of meaning and hope for the year ahead. We have all watched our world change in so many ways over the past year. Living through a global pandemic for the first time in our lifetime, changes in our day to day routines and traditions, changes in our ability or ways to connect with others. I'm sure as we look towards 2021, many of us have great hopes and aspirations for the year ahead.

This new year will bring about many changes, in terms of school, we see those changes on the horizon for our students and staff as we anticipate moving towards the hybrid model for the entire district. These changes will impact daily schedules, classroom groupings, as well as modes of teaching and learning. As with everything that we've gone through in the past year, please don't forget to give yourself and your children grace as we move forward! Many are excited, others are anxious, but no matter what you are feeling, we all have the ability to be resilient and give each other grace and understanding. Every day is a new day and we are constantly rewriting the script, so stick with it ask questions, stay involved and we'll make it, together!

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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

Badger PreCollege Online Courses for Grades 1-12

Badger Precollege is pleased to offer engaging online courses to students in grades 1-12.
Each live online course meets for one to two weeks and includes high-quality educational and social content to help prepare students for the college experience — all backed by the academic reputation of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Classes are offered synchronously, meaning that students are together in the same virtual classroom at the same time. Along with synchronous instruction, courses include homework to be completed outside of class. These courses are offered at various times throughout the summer. To learn more, follow this link for details about how to apply, scholarships, and more.


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4th Grade Haiku Poetry Contest

4th graders participating in the annual Haiku Contest hosted by the Greater Dane Advanced Learning Network will need to submit poems to classroom teachers by early February. Contact Mrs. Parmley or your 4th grade teacher with any questions.

High School Class Registration

Attention 8th graders and 9-11th graders it is time to register for next year's classes. 8th graders have been working on preparing their 4 year plans and 9-11th graders have been provided information on registration for next year. Refer to information, slideshows and links provided by Mr. Lundquist or reach out the your guidance counselor or STAT/ Homeroom teacher with any questions.

MHASD Advanced Learning Webpage

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

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.

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