My name is Amy Wiltrout and I am thrilled to be part of Middleton’s Gifted Program. I am a veteran teacher of twenty-one years and have taught second through fifth grades. Eleven years ago I became interested in gifted education and soon after achieved my gifted endorsement. At my last school in Nampa I organized and ran an after-school enrichment program for second through fifth graders. I’ve also been on many GT committees and served on Idaho- The Association for the Gifted (ITAG) for the last six years. I am very committed to serving gifted students and their families in Idaho.
Heights Elementary Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Purple Sage Elementary Wednesday and Thursday
Heights and Purple Sage GATE Blogs
Purple Sage Blog
My name is Amy Brownlee. I am thrilled to be starting my second year as the GATE Facilitator at Mill Creek Elementary. Before taking this position I taught 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Enrichment here at Mill Creek. I also have experience teaching first grade. I am currently working toward my Masters Degree in Gifted and Talented Education and am in my second year of the Idaho Core Teacher/Coaching Program. I am dedicated to igniting the passions and talents of our gifted students!
I will be at Mill Creek Elementary Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week.
Keep up with all the GATE "happenings" at Mill Creek with the Mustangs GATE Blog:
My name is Lynda Rupert and I am excited to be the new Facilitator of Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) at Middleton Middle School (MMS). I have six years of experience as a middle school GATE Facilitator as well as personal experience as the parent of Gifted and Talented (GT) students.
In addition, I have taught numerous other subjects including middle school language arts, Sophomore English, Career Pathways, beginning Latin, science enrichment, drama, reading and study skills, and computer applications. I have also had training in Project Based Learning, International Baccalaureate, and Classical Education teaching models. Additionally, my last position was at Lewis-Clark State College in the Dual Credit office.
My experiences and training have given me a unique perspective on GT students and their needs in both the educational setting and as they prepare for the career world. My goal is to be an advocate for MMS GT students and help guide them in planning for their post-school lives and the steps needed to get there.
MMS GATE Blog:
Middleton Middle School Blog
This school year has brought some exciting improvements to the Middleton GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program. The district now has three GATE Facilitators. This allows us to focus on specific schools and work more closely with your students and their classroom teachers.
We want to take a moment to say thank you to all the families who came to our GT Showcase Evening! It was a marvelous success! Our GT students were so excited to share their portfolios and AMAZING LEARNING with their visitors! Thank you, also, for completing the survey - we enjoyed reading all of your comments! We appreciate your children so much and are already planning and looking forward to the work we will do with them next year! Have an outstanding, fun, and restful summer! We will see you in the fall!
"Being creative is not just about having off-the-wall ideas and letting your imagination run free. It may involve all of that, but it also involves refining, testing, and focusing what you’re doing. It’s about original thinking on the part of the individual, and it’s also about judging critically whether the work in process is taking the right shape and is worthwhile, at least for the person producing it." - Sir Ken Robinson
I wanted to share this amazing article that came through my email today! This is my desire for all your children!
Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching
GT Showcase Night Tuesday, April 28th from 4-6 at Heights Elementary School. The Showcase will take place in the computer lab. This is an opportunity for you to come and reflect with your child on their experiences and learning in GT since January. It is "Open House" style. You should allow yourself at least 30 minutes to reflect with your child.
If you are not able to attend the Showcase we can make arrangements for the Showcase to be viewed from your home. To make arrangements please contact your child's GT Facilitator. Jayna Eichelberger (4th and 5th Grade) - firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Brownlee (1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade) - email@example.com.
Please let us know you are attending by clicking on the Showcase RSVP link.
I wanted to let you know about some wonderful opportunities for your child to participate in writing and invention.
Kids' Stories Worth Publishing
This site is looking for stories to publish. If you have a budding author at home this is a great chance for them to submit their writing for publication!
Camp Invention - Mill Creek is hosting a Hands-on Camp this summer! June 8-12th from 9-3:30. The price is $220.00.
The Cabin - The Cabin in Boise has weeklong summer writing workshops for kids grades 3-12.
We are excited to announce our upcoming Elementary GT Student Showcase.
Come and reflect with your child as they take you on a tour of their learning and work samples produced during 2015 in their GT pullout classes. The showcase will be held Tuesday, April 28th at Heights Elementary in the computer lab. It is an open house starting at 4pm and running until 6pm.
If you have questions or are not able to attend please contact Amy (1st-3rd grade) or Jayna (4th-5th grade). The showcase is entirely computer based and arrangements can be made to view it from home at your convenience.
We are excited to see and visit with all of you!
What is a Makerspace? Watch this video to find out:
Bonjour! Many of our GT students tell us they are interested in learning a foreign language. Turns out there is more benefit than just acquiring a second language. Read the attached article:
10 Benefits of Learning a Second Language
No time or cash for classes? No problem! Try these free or low cost apps/websites!
We would love to hear about your experiences - let us know which one you like best! Adios!
We had our "minds blown" this week and it was so great! Many of the kids wanted to share the video we watched and the game we played with their parents so I am including them in this post! I hope you enjoy them and have some engaging conversations at home!
Is Time Travel Possible?
Time Dilation/Twin Paradox Game
Thoughts on Creativity from some of our Fifth Grade Students:
"Creativity is a power of clearing your mind. It is the way to make dreams into reality." -FW
"Creativity is stretching normal things to advance. Using creativity will make your imagination wider." -ML
"Creativity is making it your own. You think deep and let your brain fly." -CR
"Creativity is not hard to do. All you have to do is imagine something and than draw it." -CS
"Creativity is really fun because you can change one thing into the opposite. You can create anything you can think of out of just a couple things." -TM
"Creativity is using your imagination. Usually your work is different from others." - ME
Letters to Einstein from Second and Third Graders: