Gifted and Talented Topics and Issues


Click here for information on UW Madison’s WCATY summer program for gifted students.


Attention Parents and Teachers of Gifted Middle School Students:

A few dedicated folks, with a passion for gifted children are beginning to form plans for a not-for-profit “traditional” weeklong, summer camp for gifted students in Wisconsin.  However, before plans go any further, we would like to get a better understanding of the need and desire for such a camp experience for middle school students.  If you are the parent, grandparent, teacher, etc, of a gifted middle school student, we are asking you to complete the linked survey to help us continue moving forward with our plans.  For the purpose of planning we are defining “Middle School” to be students having completed 6th-8th grade and between the ages of 10-14 years.

What do we mean by a “traditional” summer camp?

  • Cabins with bunk beds
  • Swimming beach with canoeing and kayaking
  • Mess hall style eating
  • Campfires and cookouts
  • Limited technology

What do we mean by gifted programming?

  • This camp will be relational, participatory, a safe place to be gifted and different from home or school
  • Staff trained in working with gifted students will be on site
  • In addition to traditional camp activities, all other activities will be geared toward meeting the needs of advanced learners.
  • Some of those activities may include:
    • Environmental activities
    • Archeology
    • Leadership
    • S.T.E.M.
    • Astronomy
    • Writing
    • Art
    • Challenge courses and team building

If it appears that the camp is a viable plan for the summer of 2017 we will get information out by the end of February.  We will only have spots available for 60 students this summer so it is important to indicate your interest early and register soon after the information is released.

The following is the link for the survey:

This next one is a link for the website for the camp.

Thank you so much for your time and thoughts!

If you are willing to pass this information along to others we would be grateful!

Cathy Schmit-Director

S.O.A.R. Summer Camp for Gifted Middle School Students.


Cathleen L. Schmit

505 Charles Ave

Tomahawk, WI 54487

Forensics is up and going for Grades 6-8. Students are busy writing their pieces, practicing their skits and perfecting their speeches for parent night, which is Tuesday, Dec. 20th at 6:30 in the Middle School library. Students are excited to participate in their first “festival” on Feb. 7th.

Math 24 practice has begun in classrooms and at lunch in grades 4-6. Students are challenged to find ways to make the 4 numbers on the card equal 24 by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

The CWYWC (Central Wisconsin Young Writers Contest) is underway. Students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to write a poem, story, personal narrative, or persuasive piece. Each grade level has specific criteria. For more information, contact classroom teachers. Due date for entries is Jan. 20 to classroom teachers.

Family Day at UW Madison

Family Day at UW Madison

Date: Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Grades: 2nd-4th grade students and their families

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Deadline: November 10th, 2016
Cost: $30 per family

Things to do in the summer to help with college admission.


50 Summer Activities for High School Students   click here: CollegeWise

ACT/SAT tips for summer- Click Here


Click here for ideas for summer math enrichment for younger students.

Click here to fine 10 ways to build math skills this summer.

Click here for Middle School math activities.

Click here for a list of great books for middle school students: 

Blog post from: Pernille Ripp