North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale ISD 622

SchoolDistrict 622

High Potential Elementary Program Overview
SAIL-Young Scholars Events
Wednesday, December 2nd - SAIL Inventions Fair, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Skyview Elementary School
January 2016 - Middle School Parent Information Night, for 4th-5th grade parents, 7:00 pm at Maplewood Middle School
April 2016 - SAIL/Young Scholars Pizza and Game Night, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Skyview and John Glenn
Elementary SAIL (Students Accelerated In Learning)
Fall Update

We are in the midst  of the SAIL Inventions Unit, and everyone is using Divergent Thinking  and brainstorming fantastic ideas. We have discussed the Engineering Design Plan that students also use in their STEM classes.  We’ve talked about Critical and Creative Thinking, constraints, designing, and modifying.  Each grade level has a different challenge. 5th graders have learned about Rube Goldberg and will design a Rube Goldberg-type machine with at least five different steps.  The challenges are 1) drop a ball into a cup, 2) drop a cup over a ball, or 3)pop a balloon.  4th graders are designing a balloon-powered vehicle that will travel in a straight line and pop a balloon.  3rd graders are building something that will deliver a message at least 15 feet without throwing or rolling it. 

The students are working in groups of 2 or 3,  designing plans, making lists of supplies, and building. SAIL teachers have some materials and the balloons, but students should find odds and ends at home to make their devices.  A number of students have utilized empty water bottles, parts of toys and games, rubber bands, boards, stryofoam, cardboard, and string. Many students have raided recycling bins for parts.  All work on the projects will be done in class.  Parents can help by reminding students to bring materials to school each week, but work on the project itself will be completed by our students.

Groups will present their projects during the week of November 30th.  The District-wide SAIL Inventions Fair will be on Wednesday, December 2nd at Skyview Elementary School from 6:30 -8:00.  We are sure you will be amazed at the creativity of our students!

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s SAIL teacher.
What is SAIL?
The SAIL program is designed for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who are advanced learners and can benefit from accelerated learning. Students are identified for SAIL through MAP scores and a cognitive test taken at the end of 2nd grade.
We will be studying three main units this year. These units include Inventions and Thinking Skills, Research, and Hands on Equations. We will be continuing our affective needs curriculum as well this year. Affective skills deal with the unique emotional needs of the gifted child. We will address these affective skills by using a unique combination of art, creative writing, and communication. At the beginning of each unit, we will send home an overview and a performance rubric in order for you to be more informed of what we will be studying in class. At the end of each unit, parents will receive a scored rubric complete with teacher comments.
  • Inventions Unit - Fall Trimester

As part of the Inventions Unit students use creative and critical thinking skills to tackle a variety of complex challenges. The unit utilizes a process that focuses on hands-on inventive thinking, tapping into creative skills. Each student will go through a process to choose a problem and create an invention to solve that problem. The students have an inventions log that guides them through the process.

  • Research Unit - Winter Trimester

In the Research Unit students will learn researching skills. The students will choose a topic and go through the process of researching that topic. Each student will have a final project based on her/his research. This product will then be displayed at the ISD 622 Research Fair. The date and location of the Research Fair will be determined in early September.

  • Hands-On Equations - Spring Trimester
In this unit, students learn basic algebra. They will transform a given abstract equation into a physical model and then proceed to solve the equation through use of “legal moves,” which are the physical counterparts of the mathematical principals involved. Each year, students build on knowledge and principals learned in the previous year.
Come Prepared For Class
To be prepared, each student needs to bring the following items to each class:
  • A one-inch three-ring binder
  • Tabbed dividers
  • Loose-leaf paper (20-30 sheets)
  • A sharpened pencil

Please remember that we are able to meet with each group for only a short amount of time. Please help to remind your child to be prepared for SAIL classes. Good behavior and being prepared for class are very important. If behavior becomes a problem, students will receive only one warning before being asked to leave the group for the day.

Family Game and Pizza Night will be held in late April or early May. This is an annual event for SAIL and Young Scholars Families. Dates and locations willbe posted here in September.
For those of you who are new to SAIL, COMET is a program that is offered twice a year by our district, at a cost of $75.00 per student. During COMET SAIL students who choose to participate will go to the Science Museum of Minnesota each morning for one week to attend classes.
Details and a registration form will come out 4-5 weeks before the COMET session.
First and Second Grade Enrichment
The high potential program in District 622 offers enrichment classes for 1st and 2nd graders. Classroom teachers nominate students. These are rotating groups. Three different groups are offered during the year. A child might be included in one or all three depending on her/his learning strengths and needs. Groups run for approximately four sessions. Participating in these groups is not formal identification for the SAIL program.
  • Reading Enrichment - Fall Trimester

In this unit students work on developing higher level reading and thinking skills as well as basic comprehension in listening to and thinking about works of literature.

  • Math Enrichment - Winter Trimester

In this unit, students in 1st grade complete math activities that provide a connection with a different picture book each week. Second grade students learn about different numbering systems and practice using the Egyptian numbering system to further their understanding of place value.

  • Research - Spring Trimester

Students learn how to gather factual information as they research a variety of animals. They present the information they have learned in a formal manner.