An Amazing Day!

Milton students at the C S I U Innovation Center on January 6th 2017

The day of Friday, January 6, 2017 will be an awesome memory for all gifted students involved in the field trip to the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) Innovation Zone!  These six students – Wyatt Swallow, Ely Reitz, Joel Langdon, Abigail Saber, Aaron Parker and Alex Familia – were the first children to have this outstanding experience.  The students were exposed to many different types of technologies that day!  Some of the things the students worked with included a 3D printer, creating paper circuit pins, working with Double Robotics robots, creating voice over/green screen movies, and having a tour of the server room – a top secret place that these kids had access to!  🙂

Although the students only spent 3 hours at the CSIU, they learned and experienced a weeks’ worth of knowledge!  These kids were BUSY!  The amazing people at the IU – Jeff Kay, Tanya Dynda, Dave Newberry, Eric Shearer, John Brenchly and Bill Herald – went above and beyond to make an experience one that these students will NEVER forget!!  Thank you!

Here are some pictures of their day!

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These are just a small sampling of what these students experienced.

Want to see more?!  Check out this VIDEO that I created showing the fun they had!

We even made the newspaper!! CLICK HERE to check it out!

Grades 3-5 2015 Book Club Entry #3!

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By now, you’ve completed A Wrinkle in Time.  I do hope you enjoyed reading it, and felt like maybe you took a trip to a far away place along with Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin. I know I did!  For this final blog entry, I’d like you to answer some questions.  

Here are your questions:

1. When Meg is finally able to talk, she is very unkind.  What reason is given in the story for her behavior? Do you think you’d act the same?  Why or why not?

2. Meg finally understands that she must return to save Charles Wallace.  Why must it be her? What would you do if it were your sibling that needed saved?

3. Meg has a power stronger than It’s.  She has the power of love.  Explain why you think love is the most powerful of all.

Please place your answer in a comment to this blog entry.

Grades 3-5 2015 Book Club Entry #2!

Book PictureFor this blog entry, I’d like you to answer a couple questions.  So far,  you’ve read the first six chapters.  I do hope you have enjoyed the story so far.  If you’re like me, I like to pretend that I’m going along for the ride with Charles Wallace, Meg and Calvin!

Here’s your questions:

1. What seems to be unusual about the people of Camazotz?

2. Describe the most unusual place you have been to. Is it anything like Camazotz?

Please place your answer in a comment to this blog entry.

2015 Grades 3-5 Book Club Prediction Entry!

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It’s that time of the year again!

Book Club time!  

This year, the students in grades 3-5 will be reading a book by Madeline L’Engle called, A Wrinkle in Time.

For this first blog entry, I’d like you to make a prediction.  Check out the cover of the book on this blog entry.  Use it, along with the title of the book to make a prediction of what you think this book will be about.  You can make up character names, story plots, etc…get creative! 🙂

Please place your answer in a comment to this blog entry.

Welcome Back!

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Welcome Back Everyone!


Hello everyone, and welcome to Enrichment 2015-2016! I do hope your school year is going amazingly so far!  Hard to believe that we’re almost four weeks into the year already!  Time sure does fly! I do hope to do more blogging this year…and there’s no time like now to get started!  

Please answer the following questions in a comment (remember to log on!).  Be as thorough as possible – you’re making some serious decisions here!  🙂

1. Remember back to last year… What was your favorite thing we did last year in enrichment?  Some things that you may remember include research projects, book club, field day, stock market game, and so on!

2.  What would you like to do this year in enrichment?  It may be something we’ve already done that you really enjoyed.  Or it could be something you’ve always wanted to do that you think we could take on during enrichment classes.

I can’t wait to read your answers…together maybe we can make the responses from question #2 happen!  It’s going to be a great year!!

Milton Area School District’s 1st Annual Gifted Field Day!



When Lynn Maynard, MS/HS Gifted Teacher, and I first started talking about having a day when we could gather all 48 enrichment students throughout the district together for a day of fun & learning, we never dreamed it would be as ‘enriching’ as it turned out to be!  All day long, there was nothing but total cooperation, fun, learning and a whole lot of laughter!  In the morning, the students from the high school had five stations where the middle school and elementary enrichment students could do things like tie-dye a t-shirt, make some ice cream, play can-jam, experiment with rubber bands and play a home-made ping pong game!

The elementary enrichment students were responsible for supplying a healthy snack for the morning.  And boy, did they!  From homemade oatmeal no-bakes and trail mix, to carrots and energy snacks – these kids did NOT go hungry!  For lunch, all of the students got to buy a high school lunch – the first for any elementary-aged student in our district.  Then we all ate outside on the bleachers – what a treat!

After lunch, all of the enrichment students were split into eight teams of 6, in order to participate in the Rube Goldberg Chain Reaction Challenge!  Each student brought with them a gallon-sized Ziploc bag full of things they collected around their homes that they thought would be perfect for a chain-reaction ‘gadget’.  Then, all of these items were gathered into a “Resource Supply Center” where they each (in groups of 6) got to spend 15 seconds to gather what they thought their teams would need.  Let me tell you – the ‘gathering’ was hysterical to watch!! 

Once they had their chain-reaction materials ready, they were given a little over an hour to build their chain reactions.  To have the best shot at winning, they were also to have a story to be told about their gadget.  They were quite creative! A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Day, Mr. Rantz & Mr. Guinn-Bailey for being our celebrity judges! 

For a glimpse into our awesome day, check out the news coverage we received about our day — 

SECV8 News Footage!

Or read all about it in our local Standard Journal newspaper —

Standard Journal Article!

And also check out these pictures —

Thank you to all who helped make this event an extraordinary event!!

Montandon Gifted Student Scores Big!

Lucas Hower – Winner!

Several times a year the SIFMA offers a well-known game played in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation – The Stock Market Game. 

For the past three years, Milton Elementary Enrichment students have taken part in playing this awesome game.  Starting this year, however, the enrichment students were offered something else – taking part in the Stock Market Games’s InvestWrite competition.  Their website describes this competition as:

InvestWrite, an innovative national writing competition, produced by The Stock Market Game program, adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.

This year, the elementary-aged students were asked to write a 400-700 word letter to a girl their age who had an over-flowing piggy bank.  She needed advice on how to invest her money wisely. 

When told of this national contest, Lucas Hower jumped at the chance. He spent the next couple weeks coming up with the perfect advice for the young girl.  We submitted his entry late last fall…and then waited!  In February we were sent an email informing us that Lucas had taken FIRST PLACE in the state of Pennsylvania!!  We were told that both Lucas and I would be receiving a gift card in the mail as a prize.

A couple weeks ago, we got them!  We each earned a $50 gift card to Target! Well done, Lucas…I am so very proud of you!


K-2 Book Club Entry #1 – Shiloh!

Welcome to the first official K-2 Book Club Blog Entry for 2015!  Yeahhhh!!  For the second half of the school year, enrichment students in Grades K-2 will be reading Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.  After some of the reading assignments, you will be logging onto our blog and answering a couple questions about what you’ve read.  Have fun!

For our first entry, please answer the following questions in a comment (please number your responses):

  1. Where does Marty find Shiloh?   …and how does he finally get the dog to follow him?

  2. How does Marty explain the food he saves at the end of each meal for Shiloh?

Rabbit Food!

Today in enrichment class, the boys (not Abigail) got to eat rabbit.  They did this because they just finished reading The Hatchet.  In this story, a boy had a plane crash and has to survive on his own.  He only ate berries, water, fish, a ruffled grouse, and even a bunny!

We all (including Abigail) ate berries, too.  Here are some pictures to enjoy:

This blog post was create by Abigail!


2014 Grades 3-5 Book Club Blog Entry #2

Time for your second Hatchet blog entry! I hope you’ve enjoyed the story so far! We’re about 2/3 of the way through the book.  Brian has had some awesome experiences, and there are more to come!

Here are some questions for you to answer in a comment… 

  1. Brian is at times overcome with fear.  Tell how fear is both helpful and harmful to Brian.  How does he learn to deal with fear? At what point does he learn not to fear the animals, but to share the woods with them?

  2. In spite of Brian’s bad luck, he does feel that he has some good luck.  Describe his first good luck moment.  What is his ultimate good luck?  How do you think his experiences in the wilderness may change the way he deals with bad luck in the future.