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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

Young Writer’s Winter Workshop

Program Information

Program Name:
GMWP Youth Writing Camps
Cost: $90
Session Title:
Young Writers Camp – Winter Weekend Writing
Session Description:
Warm Up and Write! Young Writers Poetry Writing Workshop Saturday, January 27, 2018 9 am.-4 p.m. Explore a side of Olbrich Botanical Gardens that many people never experience – the gardens in the winter time! The Greater Madison Writing Project, in partnership with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, is hosting a one-day poetry writing workshop for young writers in grades 3-12. After a winter tour of the outdoor gardens, we will use the hibernating winter world as inspiration when we head inside and try writing several different types of poetry. Participants can expect to spend lots of time writing creatively and to bring home at least one published poem. This program is led by Greater Madison Writing Project Summer Institute Fellows and experienced teachers of writing whose goal is to inspire and support writers of all abilities. Dress for the weather to spend about 30 minutes outside observing nature. Bring a bag lunch, a notebook, and writing supplies.
Session Date:
January 27, 2018 (9:00am-4:00pm)
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Program Description:
Participants will write daily in a supportive and beautiful environment, using the gardens or conservancy as inspiration for writing, led by a staff of Greater Madison Writing Project Fellows and experienced teachers of writing whose goal is to inspire and support writers of all abilities. At the end of each camp, young writers will share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families and friends at an evening celebration and have one of their pieces of writing published in our camp anthology.

For registration click here