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SOAR summer Camp still has openings!

If you are interested in a traditional summer camp for gifted learners please check out SOAR Camp. The dates are July-29-Aug 3 and is located in upper central Wi.  Two SP students went last year and liked it. They changed the admission to include 7th- 9th graders this year.

What do we mean by “traditional” summer camp?

  • Cabins with bunk-style beds and a camp counselor
  • Swimming, canoeing, and kayaking
  • Mess hall style eating
  • Campfires and cook-outs
  • Limited technology

What do we mean by “gifted” programming?

  • This camp will be different from home and school
  • It is relational, participatory, and will be a safe place for students to be gifted
  • Program leadership by adults trained in working with gifted students
  • In addition to traditional summer camp activities, additional program elements will be offered designed to engage the minds of advanced learners
  • Camaraderie, networking, and building friendships with other gifted students

Special program elements for gifted students will include:

  • S.T.E.M. Activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Writing, Art, and Creative Expression
  • History
  • Challenge Courses and Team Building
  • Leadership Training
  • Self-Advocacy
  • SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Workshop for parents
  • and more!

Summer Opportunities

See link below for a 10-page list of summer opportunities for kids, courtesy of Amanda Jamae and the Greater Dane County Advanced Learner Network (GDCALN).  Note that some of the listings are oriented to the Madison/Dane County area, but MANY are elsewhere in the state.

Summer Opportunities

Northwestern CTD Accelerated Weekend Experience May 12 & 13 in Sun Prairie Grades 3-8

Spring 2018 Accelerated Weekend Experience
Prairie View Middle School Sun Prairie
May 12th & 13th  9am-2:30pm
Grade 3 & 4 – Aerodynamics and Flight
Grade 5 & 6 – Forensic Science
Grade 7 & 8 – Immunology
Cost: $265 – (financial assistance is available through Northwestern CDT)

Link to flyer

Summer Opportunities Update

Waunakee is so nice to update the list for summer opportunities and send it out to all of the surrounding districts. 

Here is the link to their site.

Summer Camp for Gifted Students

Summer Camp Opportunity with Advanced Rigor
for gifted learners in 7th-9th grade. Held in Northern Wisconsin. 

Sauk Prairie had a few students attend last year and they really liked it.

Click here for more.

More info here.

Planning for Summer (NAGC)

Planning for Summer

It’s hard to know how much and what kind of activity your child needs over the summer — scheduled family activities, community camps, academic programs, or residential camps. That can be determined by you and your child, but it is known that children who participate in summer activities, experience learning gains and those who do not, lose some learning gains from the past school year.

There are many considerations when thinking about camps and programs your child might attend. (NAGC)

Click here to go to the NAGC site for information on few things to consider when looking at camps or programs.


Coding-Jobs of the future

Coding is looked at as a fundamental skill right along reading and writing. Over 90% of parents want their child exposed to coding.

Here are some links to check out. Some are for beginners and others for the more advanced student.

Scratch- I love this site!! Free

Khan Academy- computer programming-Free

Courses by 

Post Secondary code courses

Coursera– more than just coding courses FRee

Code Academy

Codemoji- there is a cost for this one

Code Monster-free