Gifted and Talented
South Mountain, John Marshall, and Lincoln
Franklin, G. D. Jones,
Hawthorn Hills, and Riverview
Maine, Thomas Jefferson, Stettin, and Grant
Hewitt-Texas and Rib
John Muir and Horace Mann
In the state of Wisconsin, “'Gifted and talented pupils' means pupils enrolled in public schools who give evidence of high performance capability in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or specific academic areas and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided in a regular school program in order to fully develop such capabilities.” (Wisconsin Statutes § 118.35)
The Wausau School District is committed to providing systematic & continuous K-12 services & programs for gifted & talented students to challenge & support them academically, socially, & emotionally to reach their full potential.
Our vision is to create an exemplary gifted & talented program that nurtures & challenges children in the identified area(s) of giftedness. We envision a program which includes the following components:
- The K-12 regular education program is exemplary.
- All participants are supportive.
- All program functions are in place & supportive.
- Programming options are systematic & continuous.
- Student outcomes are used to evaluate program effectiveness & to promote program accountability.
The student will be held responsible for curriculum concepts covered during his/her absences and all tests or exams conducted during this time. Participation in these activities should not adversely affect a student’s grade.
- Contact the teacher or another student (study partner) to find out concepts covered during the absence.
- Upon return to class, demonstrate appropriate behavior during paper checking or other assessment activities.
Classroom Teacher’s Responsibility
- Schedule around major tests during students’ participation.
- Help students acquire missed concepts during a scheduled conference.
- Assign a student partner to collect handouts and share concepts missed.
- Use teacher judgment to determine the minimum amount of assigned written work students need to complete in order to understand the concepts covered during the absence.
Art Cluster - 2020 - 2021
will be held from January 26-29, 2021
Fourth and fifth grade students from throughout the Wausau School District who possess creative talents in the area of the visual arts are invited to participate in the Wausau School District Art Cluster Program. The Art Cluster Program consists of four half-day sessions. The first day will be spent at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and the remainder will be held at The Caroline S. Mark Boys and Girls Club. Bus transportation is provided.
Reception - A reception is held via invitation for the students, parents, teachers and friends at the Marathon County Public Library. This year the reception will be from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The students' work is displayed at the library through March 20, 2020 for the community to view.
Fourth Grade: Radial Paper Relief Sculpture
Students will be visiting the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum to view the exhibition, Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. Together students will explore basic paper manipulation techniques to create a collaborative work of art. Next they will learn different base origami folds to create a radial paper relief sculpture.
Fifth Grade: Three-Dimensional Sculpture
The fifth grade students will be visiting the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum to view the exhibition, Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. Featuring nine international artists who manipulate paper in different ways. Students will be learning multiple origami folds then combining those forms to create a three-dimensional sculpture.
The following is a list of characteristics often found in students who may be talented in the visual arts:
- Talented children's drawings show greater variety within the range of subject choices, especially at the true-to-appearance level.
- Talented children have a larger graphic vocabulary.
- Accelerated development is one of the most pervading characteristics of the talented student. This development is beyond their age group.
- The talented child has an extraordinary imagination.
- Talented children are more adept than the average in representing movement.
- Talented children surpass average children in conscious and deliberate grouping of objects and people.
- Talented children are better able to achieve color subtleties, contrasts, and integration of color.
- Talented children are more aware of the possibilities and limits of media.
- Talented children are willing to explore new materials.
- Talented children are more willing and able to extend their interest to subjects that are challenging and provocative.
- The total perception of the talented child is more visually oriented and discriminating.
- In talented children there is an effective interplay between selective visual observation and visual memory.
- Unlike the average child who likes to be left alone when picturing, the talented asks for explanations and instruction.
- Talented children are more responsive to unusual subjects in art than others of their age and are more stimulated and influenced by such work.
- Talented children show unusual development in several ways, rather than one. They may combine excellence in form, groupings, movement, and color.
- Talented children show greater interest in the aesthetic qualities of art works, such as design, color, and technique.
(Adapted from Lark-Horovitz, Lewis, and Luca, 1967)
Book Bowl 2022 - Thursday, February 10, 2022
2021-2022 Division II Book List
The team will review books
from the Division II book list
which includes 40 titles.
2021-2022 Division I Book List
The team will review books
from the Division I book list
which includes 20 titles.
BOOK BOWL COACH HANDBOOK
Librarians create the book list each year. If you have questions,suggestions, or concerns related to the book list, please direct them to your school librarian so they can be discussed at one of their monthly meetings. All other questions, suggestions or concerns related to Book Bowl should be directed to Cheryl Borta, Book Bowl Coordinator, or Kris Peterson, GT Department Secretary.
New books will always go on Division I list so both groups read/use them.
BOOK BOWL GUIDELINES
Know date, time, place, events, and requirements of Book Bowl Competition:
Events: 20 questions with 10 minutes to correctly match to book title or author.
- Character Event
- Plot Event
- Setting Event
- The contest will be a matching activity. There will be 20 questions for each category-character, setting, and plot. Students will be asked to match some questions to titles and some questions to authors. Each round will be timed for 10 minutes and points awarded for correctly matched questions/answers.
- Example: Title Question
- If the correct answer is A. Saving Shiloh, the only thing written on the answer sheet is the letter A.
- Example: Author Question
- If the correct answer is 1. Beverly Cleary, the only thing written on the answer sheet is the number one.
- Cookies (NO PEANUT PRODUCTS) will be provided for the break between rounds one and two.
- There will be paper/pencil puzzles to work on between rounds two and three and between round three and the awards ceremony.
- Competition Divisions
- Division I - The team will review books from the Division I book list that includes 20 titles.
- Division II - The team will review books from the Division II book list that includes 40 titles.
- Teams may consist of up to nine members per team. We recommend mixed grade-level teams because of the diversity of the books on the book lists.
- Select Division I or II as appropriate for team's abilities and interests.
- Plan meeting/discussion/sharing times with team members.
- One or more members of the team must read each book on the list so that the team covers every title.
- Identify one adult for each team to attend the competition. They will act as proctors. If coaching more than one team, it will be the coach's responsibility to find extra adults for competition day. You will receive the proctor list in February. Be sure to confirm the proctor assignments. If you have changes in proctor assignments, be sure to notify us who to DELETE as well as who to ADD.
Team member roles are determined by team decision, volunteer, or the coach may assign.
- One team member will be the assigned facilitator to complete the following tasks:
- Bring focus to specific questions
- Select respondents and responses
- Pinpoint best response for answering the question.
- One team member will be the assigned recorder to write down the responses given to her/him by the team facilitator.
- One team member may be the assigned timekeeper to keep team apprised of how much time remains for each event.
Some suggested activities are listed below:
- Introduce books using jacket information
- Assign/divide books among team members-once selected, that book becomes the responsibility of that team member unless the team agrees to change
- Discuss questions about each book
- Do drills/games using lists of titles and authors
- Simulate contest events at practice meetings after all books have been read and discussed
- After book has been read, reader fills out an information card listing title, author, characters, setting, and plot of the book
- Match title to author
BOOK BOWL COACH JOB DESCRIPTION
- Announce/advertise Book Bowl competition and the who, what, when, and why of becoming a Book Bowl team member
- Meet with interested students to discuss qualifications and responsibilities and to set meeting dates and times
- Meet with team members at scheduled times
- Take attendance at all scheduled meetings
- Facilitate selection of books and discussions about books from list
- Plan activities to reinforce knowledge of books
- Share all official information with team members as you receive it
- Plan actual competition participation:
- Role of each team member
- Familiarize team members with competition format
- Hold follow-up meeting with team to "wrap things up"
- Encourage individual readers
- Encourage team participation and sportsmanship
- Proctors are asked to do the following:
- Encourage and support the team you are proctoring
- Pass out book lists, author lists, and answer sheets
- Pass out test questions when instructed to do so by the announcer
- Supervise team during each event
- Collect answer sheets at the end of each 10 minute round--not before, even if the team says they are finished
- Collect test questions and place in the manila envelope
BOOK BOWL TEAM MEMBER GUIDELINES
Be a team player:
- Do your part
- Accept/encourage (don't criticize) other team members
- Be a good sport
- Be willing to listen to opinions and answers others give
- Attend all scheduled meetings unless absent from school or excused by the coach
- Enjoy the fun and challenge
SAMPLE BOOK BOWL QUIZ QUESTIONS
These are real questions used from past books. These books will now be "retired" from the Book Bowl list and not used again.
The Case of the Case of the Missing Identity by Mac Barnett
- Character: Advice from a handbook such as, "Undercover work is fun – and dangerous! Don’t blow your cover!" is followed religiously by this book’s main character.
- Setting: Many places throughout a local town are described in this book. However, excitement and intrigue begin and end at the town’s library.
- Plot: This note left by the main character to his mother sums up this book’s fascinating plot: "Dear Mom: I won’t be home this weekend because I’m wanted for treason and I have to clear my name. Also, I took the last Sprite from the fridge."
The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton
- Character: Two siblings with different ambitions in life end up with bright futures by way of happenstance.
- Setting: Life adventures take the main characters to Berkley, California and Cleveland, Ohio.
- Plot: Great entrepreneurial and business success is created through hard work, perseverance and problem solving by the main characters of this biography.
Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer
- Character: A courageous boy leads a small group of individuals to propose a much needed idea for the local town.
- Setting: In a small town, a play area for furry friends is created in the yard of a neighbor’s mansion.
- Plot: New long-lasting friendships are created when the perfect mix of a brave protagonist, a lonely neighbor, furry friends and little lightning and rain are brought together.
2021-2022 Leadership Conference Dates:
4th Grade & 5th grade - October 6, 14, and 20
Elementary Leadership Conference:
Characteristics of leadership
Sharing, cooperating, and trust building
Problem solving and conflict resolution
Responsibilities of leadership
Decision making and evaluation
Students wishing to be
considered for this event
should submit the above form
to their Music Specialist by
Friday, April 16, 2021.
GT Music Experience - Composing and Songwriting
Fifth grade students from throughout the Wausau School District who possess creative talents in the area of the musical arts are invited to participate in the Gifted and Talented Music Experience.
The GT Music Experience – Composing and Songwriting presented by Professor Christopher Frye for 5th graders will be held virtually Monday, May 10, 2021. Fifth graders from the following schools (Riverview, Franklin, Hawthorn Hills, Stettin, WAVE, Montessori, John Marshall and Hewitt-Texas) will attend in the morning from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. and fifth graders from the following schools (Rib Mountain, South Mountain, Maine, Lincoln, Jefferson, Grant and GD Jones) will attend in the afternoon from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Below you will find a biography of the artist in residence for this experience. This workshop will combine compositional elements such as rhythm, melody, harmony, texture and their effect on creating a song when combined in various ways. The students will have the opportunity to create original works on their own iPad using the Garage Band application.
Christopher Frye is Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he teaches courses in Music Theory, Aural Skills, Orchestration, Form and Analysis, and Music Technology. His compositions include orchestral, choral, instrumental chamber, keyboard and electronic and electronic/acoustic works. His music has been performed nationally and internationally. He is currently Secretary and Treasurer for The Wisconsin Alliance for Composers a non-profit arts organization supporting new music in Wisconsin.