• Middle School High Potential Program
     
    Ms. Amber Gardner
    Maplewood Middle
    High Potential Coordinator & Teacher
    651-748-6620
     
    Programming at the middle school entails academic challenge through advanced courses (Enriched Language Art and Accelerated Math), as well as differentiation in the regular classes. Additionally enrichment is provided through field trips, competitions, clubs, pullouts, and special events. Some of the opportunities in Advanced Classes include Park Square Theatre Immersion Day, Kid Conferences, Kids Philosophy Slam, St. Cloud State University Math Contest, and Children's Book Project.
     
    During and after-school opportunities include Knowledge Bowl, Math Team, Project Citizen, Book Clubs, Newspaper, Yearbook, and National Geographic Bee, as well as others. Field trip opportunities may include Creativity Festival, St. Cloud State University Math Contest, Young Author's Conference, and Project Citizen State Showcase at the Capitol.
     
    Other opportunities include Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (taking the ACT or SAT), North Suburban Summer Academy, Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (Saturday and summer classes), and University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (accelerated math program for highly exceptional).
     
    Pull-outs at Maplewood
    - Students meet with the high potential coordinator/teacher 1-2 times a month ranging from several hours to all day
    - Students are pulled out in 6th & 7th grade and the current plan is to have 8th graders in an advisory period together next year
    - Pull-outs include problem solving; critical thinking; creative thinking; inquiry-based learning; and strategic thinking; among others
    - Various contents are touched on through activities, including reading, writing, STEM, arts and social studies
    - Activity examples include 100-cup structures; Mysteries in History; Paint Strip Poetry; Face Off Trivia; Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl Competition; Tied Up Teamwork; Build a Bridge; Self-exploration; Million Dollar Project; field trip and activities to the Science Museum; Academic Triathlon, Think about it brainstorming; M & Ms activities; Newspaper Create a Story; Personality Poster; Bungee activity; Launch a Character; Book Title Poetry; Case Studies; Design a Zoo; First Lines in Famous Books; games; and competitions, among others! 
      
    Below are a sampling of activities both recently and in the last few years!
     
    Pull-outs (Much more to come!)
     

     
    Science Museum Visit 2016-2017
     
     
    Immersion Day 2016-2017
     

     
    Science Museum Visit 2015
     

      
    Harry Potter Book/Movie/Craft Club 2015-2016 
     

     
    Project Citizen 2015
     
     
     
    Divergent Book Club 2014
     
     
     
    Hobbit Book & Movie Club 2013
     
     
     Hobbit Book & Movie Club 2014
     
     
    Creativity Festival 2015 at the Science Museum 
     
     
     
    Creativity Festival 2014 at the Science Museum 
     

     
     Creativity Festival 2013 at the Science Museum
     
    Creativity Festival 2012 at the Science Museum
     
     
    Immersion Day 2012-2013 at Park Square Theater
     
     
    Immersion Day 2013-2014 at Park Square Theater
     
     
    Immersion Day 2014-2015 at Park Square Theater 
     

     
     
    Immersion Day 2015-2016 at Park Square Theater   
     
     
     
    Knowledge Bowl
     




     
    Activities
     
    Knowledge Bowl
    Teacher Coordinator
    651-748-6658
     
    Math Team
    Mr. Greseth
    Teacher Coordinator
    651-748-6665
     
    Hobbit Book Club (Every 3 years)
    Ms. Gardner
    Teacher Coordinator
    651-748-6620
     
    Harry Potter Book Club (Every 3 years)
    Ms. Gardner
    Teacher Coordinator
    651-748-6633
     
    Hunger Games Book Club (This year)
    Ms. Gardner
    Teacher Coordinator
    651-748-6633
     
     
    Divergent Book Club (Every 3 years)
    Ms. Gardner
    Teacher Coordinator
    651-748-6633
     
    Project Citizen (Pull-out 1/month for a full day January-May with field trip at the end)
    Ms. Gardner
    Teacher Coordinator
    651-748-6633