What's Happening

Below is a list of JUST A FEW of this year's gifted happenings across our district!

  • Creative Writing Workshops -Quinnipiac University creative writing professor Ken Cormier returned to conduct inspiring 2020 themed workshops with students from across the district at all grade levels. Although these sessions were modified to utilize the Zoom format, students engaged in personal narrative and fiction writing that was awe inspiring!
  • Invention Convention-Southside gifted coach Leandra Ferony did not let the fact that this year's convention was virtual. Her young inventors created inventions based on every day problems and also produced accompanying videos. Three of our inventors advanced to the state finals!
  • Art and Writing Initiative- Bristol Central gifted coach Gale Dickau recruited another one of her all star former students, as independent artist Juliana Ciralli conducted an ultra creative writing workshop based on her original works of art. Students completed original writing pieces spanning multiple genres, and were awarded original works by Juliana as prizes!
  • Robots and Writing-Edgewood gifted coach Marie Hurd used Bristlebots to engage students in an after school robotics program while also conducting a school wide writing competition that resulted in the publishing of original works by several Edgewood authors!
  • Curricular Robotics-Mt. View gifted coach Gina Martineau created curriculum based lessons in ELA and Math while engaging her young scholars with Ozobot robots!
  • Cool Coding - Ivy Drive gifted coach Mike Tartarelli and Mt View gifted coach Gina Martineau taught computer coding as a fun after school program using the Tynker coding curriculum!
  • Check- elementary students met with Mr. Theriault for weekly after school chess club gatherings through April. Using the chesskid program and Zoom breakout rooms, students learned the game of chess while making new friends as well! Hubbell gifted coach Christine Fanelli ran a schoolwide club for Hubbell students as well!
  • Checkmate -Greene Hills gifted coach Terry Grant organized a middle school chess club that was later taken over by Mr. Rebello and included a year end championship tournament!
  • Writing Picnic -Chippens Hill Middle School students gathered on the patio and shared original writing based on the theme "Dear 2020". Student performances were tremendous, and the evening also included a pizza picnic with family!
  • Online Competitions -Elementary and middle school students participated in national online math competitions through Arete Labs. Our top finishers emerged from Edgewood and Ivy Drive Schools respectively!
  • Virtual Science - The CT Science Center conducted a series of virtual science labs for students across the district. These engaging labs were chosen by grade level teachers based on curriculum and student engagement level!
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