4.24.2017

Week of April 24th to April 28th

The next round of PSSA testing will be held this week.  Students will take the Math portion on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  I know they will do a great job!!!

We conducted a STEM experiment last week – building rafts to keep marshmallow peeps safe and dry.  The students had a lot of fun and came up with some ingenious designs!

Another trip to the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit Maker Space is in the works.  We had a blast on our first visit exploring 3D printing with Leopoly and the zSpace, and using Makey Makey to turn everyday objects (like bananas and marshmallows) into the controllers for playing games and music.

The next Gifted Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16th.  We are planning to have students showcase some of the projects and activities they worked on this year including our K’Nex theme park attractions.  Save the date!  I am hoping to see many of you and your students at the meeting.  It should be a great way to show parents exactly what we’re doing, wrap up the year, and set our sights on next year!

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (570) 874-3661 Ext. 3132 or at nnestor@northschuylkill.net. 

4.13.2017

Week of April 17th to April 21st

We have the English Language Arts portion of the PSSA testing completed.  This week we worked on completing some more attractions for our K’Nex theme park. The whole group is working on other rides in addition to the ferris wheel they constructed for the K’Nex competition. 

The next Gifted Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16th.  We are planning to have students showcase some of the projects and activities they worked on this year including our K’Nex theme park attractions.  Save the date!  I am hoping to see many of you and your students at the meeting.  It should be a great way to show parents exactly what we’re doing, wrap up the year, and set our sights on next year!

I also have some spring related STEM activities planned for next week while we are in between ELA and Math portions of the PSSA tests.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (570) 874-3661 Ext. 3132 or at nnestor@northschuylkill.net. 

4.07.2017

Week of April 10th to April 14th

The final Gifted Parent Advisory Committee meeting for this school year will be held on Tuesday, May 16th.  We are planning to have students showcase some of the projects and activities they worked on this year.  Save the date!  I am hoping to see many of you and your students at the meeting.  It should be a great way to show parents exactly what we’re doing, wrap up the year, and set our sights on next year!

I also have some spring related STEM activities planned for the two weeks in between ELA and Math portions of the PSSA tests.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (570) 874-3661 Ext. 3132 or at nnestor@northschuylkill.net. 

4.03.2017

Week of April 3rd to April 7th

PSSA testing begins tomorrow.  I will not see students in groups this week as the schedule is changed to accommodate testing.  When I do see students we will be doing some relaxing activities in Gifted Support to help relieve stress.  I also have some spring related STEM activities planned for the two weeks in between ELA and Math portions of the test.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (570) 874-3661 Ext. 3132 or at nnestor@northschuylkill.net. 

3.27.2017

Week of March 27th to March 31st

Last week was a busy week for Gifted Support.

We traveled to the Maker Space at Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29.  This is a new area for STEM exploration.  We made two trips.  Sixth grade on Monday, and Third, Fourth, and Fifth on Tuesday.  It was amazing.  The students worked with Makey Makey and Leopoly. 

Our K’Nex challenge team competed at Intermediate Unit 29 in Pottsville on Thursday, March 23.  The challenge was to create a ride using K’Nex for an environmentally friendly new amusement park. Joey, Trinity, Lorelai, and Melissa did an amazing job and came home with 2nd place medals.  It was a great experience!

PSSA testing begins next week so we will be doing some relaxing activities in Gifted Support to help relieve stress.  I also have some spring related STEM activities planned.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (570) 874-3661 Ext. 3132 or at nnestor@northschuylkill.net. 

3.03.2017

Week of March 6th to March 10th

Our interview with Superintendent Dr. Robert Ackell was held on Tuesday, February 28th.  The students did a great job and enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about our superintendent.

The high school field trip was a great success.  We were able to observe and participate in Broadcast Journalism, AP Calculus, Sculpting, Computer-Aided Design, and AP English.  The students got to experience much of what being a high school student will be like.

The elementary gifted support students will be sending a team to the K’Nex challenge at Intermediate Unit 29 in Pottsville on March 23.  All the students will be helping with the challenge with a team of 4 attending the competition.  The challenge is to create a ride using K’Nex for an environmentally friendly new amusement park.

The planning for our trip to the Intermediate Unit’s new Maker Space is complete.  Sixth grade students will go on Monday, March 20, and third, fourth, and fifth grade students will go on Tuesday, March 21.  This is a new area at the IU that offers resources to further explore topics like Art & Music, Coding & Robotics, Electricity, Science, and Mathematics & English Language Arts.  We will be visiting later in March.  More details will be given soon.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (570) 874-3661 Ext. 3132 or at nnestor@northschuylkill.net. 

2.22.2017

Week of February 20th to 24th

Our interview with Superintendent Dr. Robert Ackell will take place on Tuesday, February 28th.  The students are preparing their questions and practicing interview techniques.  They are still working on questions and follow-ups for the interview.

The planning for the field trip to the high school to observe some higher level classes is almost complete.  The date has been changed to March 2, 2017.  Permission slips should be returned by Monday, February 27th.

The elementary gifted support students will be sending a team to the K’Nex challenge at Intermediate Unit 29 in Pottsville on March 23.  All the students will be helping with the challenge with a team of 4 attending the competition.  The challenge is to create a ride using K’Nex for an environmentally friendly new amusement park.

The planning for our trip to the Intermediate Unit’s new Maker Space is complete.  Sixth grade students will go on Monday, March 20, and third, fourth, and fifth grade students will go on Tuesday, March 21.  This is a new area at the IU that offers resources to further explore topics like Art & Music, Coding & Robotics, Electricity, Science, and Mathematics & English Language Arts.  We will be visiting later in March.  More details will be given soon.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (570) 874-3661 Ext. 3132 or at nnestor@northschuylkill.net.