What child wouldn't jump at an opportunity to visit anything associated with the infamous toy company, Toys "R" Us? Anita Young, MU gifted teacher, reached out to the company via email. Little did she know, she had just opened the doors to a huge opportunity! The company invited the students to the corporate headquarters. Mount Union students were the first students to visit the vast facility. Prior to the trip, the students completed a project in which they created a prototype of a new toy invention and a sales pitch which they presented to Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer.
Last Thursday, the several Mount Union students from our gifted program traveled to the Toys R Us global corporate office in Wayne, New Jersey. From the moment the students and staff arrived, they were treated like royalty. A cameraman followed the students the entire day and will be creating a video that will be sent to the district. One of the main highlights of the trip was a surprise meeting with Dave Brandon, CEO. Upon talking to our students, Mr. Brandon realized that not all of the students have even visited a Toys R Us store. To resolve this, he invited the students to participate in a private tour of any store that we choose and added that the students will be given gift cards to spend while there.
The day would not have been complete without playing with the newest toy releases! Additionally, the students participated in a scavenger hunt within the concept lab on campus. Lastly, Geoffrey, the toy store's mascot, provided the students with individual photo opportunities before the students departed. Toys "R" Us went over and above with gifts for the students, including donating an interactive globe, microscope, turbine motor kit, and a circuit board for the students to utilize in their respective MU gifted classes. Students were given lots of memorabilia…from a trip they are sure to remember for a very long time!
Another great year of Math 24 at Juniata College! Mount Union was represented by 13 students this year at the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 Regional Tournament. We had some strong showings and competed very well with our math skills.
Congratulations to the following students for winning medals in this year's competition:
Silver Medal: Emma S
Bronze Medal: Rex P, Madi W, and Michael J.
As always we will keep practicing and we look forward to next year's tournament!
The MUASD Math 24 district tournament was help on Friday May 5th for 5th and 6th graders while the 4th grade tournament was held on Monday May 8th. The tournaments were full of excitement and great math skills! The following winners will be representing Mount Union are the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11's Math 24 tournament on Tuesday May 16th at Juniata College. Best of luck to all our students! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!
1- Michael J (Mapleton)
2- Gracie S (Kistler)
3- Joy J (Shirley)
4- Philip G (Mapleton)
5- Dalana S(Shirley)
1- Josh S (Kistler)
2- Madisen W (Shirley)
3- Logan Y (Mapleton)
1- Tommy H(Kistler)
2- Emma S (Kistler)
3- Rex P (Mapleton)
4- Erika F (Kistler)
5- Shelly B(Mapleton)
6- Kelly B (Mapleton)
On Friday April 28, 2017 four female MUAHS students attended the Carnegie Science Center's Tour Your Future Event at the Wang/Robertson Labs at Pittsburgh University. These four young ladies met with two doctorate students to discuss an ongoing research project of creating a prosthetic blood vessel that will help with coronary heart disease. These young ladies got to see two different engineering careers- biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering. After they walked through the labs and learn about some of the technology, they met with Dr. Robertson to discuss how she got into a STEM career and what it is like being a woman in engineering.
Congratulations to Morrison Scholarship Recipients: James Woods, Marie Daschbach, and Alexis Edgin. All three recipients will be embarking on their secondary education at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ in the fall of 2017. Best of luck and congratulations!
\On Tuesday April 18, 2017 three teams of 6th grade students competed at Huntingdon Area Middle School in a book club competition. There teams from Standing Stone Elementary School, Huntingdon Area Middle School, and 3 teams from the Mount Union Area School District (all three elementary schools were represented). These students read an additional 15 books from a pre-selected list this school year. They worked hard on remembering details and facts from each book.
The Literacy Divas- Lisa Faith S, Erika F, Kelly B, and Shelly B. This team placed in 2nd overall and first among the MUASD teams.
The Literary Alliance- Kendra, Elly, Linden, Jocelyn, and Shamma. This team tied for 3rd place overall and tied for 2nd among the MUASD teams.
The Trump Readers- Emma, Tommy, and Bradley. This team tied for 3rd place overall and tied for 2nd among the MUASD teams.
All the students won certificates, trophies, and gift cards to Scholastic for purchasing books of their choice.
Thank you to Mrs. Steward and the Huntingdon Area Middle School for hosting this event!!
The Literary Divas
The Trump Readers
The Literary Alliance
It's that time of year again! Math 24 is back! Mrs. Young has been in several 4th-6th grade classrooms across the district to discuss, play, and hold Math 24 tournaments. District wide tournaments will be held Friday May 5th (5th and 6th grade) and Monday May 8th (4th grade). Top finishers from the district tournaments will move on to the TIU11 tournament at Juniata College on Tuesday May 16th.
If you want some extra resources to practice, here are some suggestions:
Interested in doing something fun and educational this summer?
Check out some of the following opportunities that might be interesting:
On Friday November 4, 2016 a group of 15 students in 9th-12th grade attended the SciTech Day at Carnegie Science Center. During their visit they spoke to several colleges and professionals in the science and technology field. They discovered what many new careers were doing on a daily basis as well as some of the engineering and science programs offered at various colleges. In the morning students watched an interesting program called "In the year 2062..." Students got a glimpse of what life could be like in the year 2062. In the afternoon students had an option of workshops they could attend, some attend a video game design workshop while others attended a bio-engineering workshop. The bio-engineering workshop was led by a group of PhD and Masters Degree students from Pittsburgh University on the different paths one can study within bio-engineering. It was very informative! Overall, it was a great day for students to learn more about the different engineering fields available and what several jobs are like. The pictures are below are of students during their bio-engineering workshop.
At the end of October/beginning of November students receiving STEM enrichment have been working on designing a table that can hold a canned soft drink out of tape and popsicle sticks. Students had to use the least amount of popsicle sticks as possible to create a sturdy enough table. It is my pleasure to announce that the winner of the activity only used 7 popsicle sticks!! This was after a lot of trial and error and problem solving. Check out some ideas.
On Friday October 14th the 6th grade students from all 3 elementary schools came up to the Sr/Jr High for a STEM gifted day. Students discussed the engineering design process and then used the new knowledge to complete a STEM kit. After many attempts, solutions were created and the students worked collaboratively to share their findings with their classmates.
After a relaxed lunch, students learned about the new 3D printer and CAD designing using TinkerCAD. The students created their first design together. Check it out, it is the "Trump Chicken."
Below is a list of upcoming writing competitions as well as other competitions you may be interested in entering:
Elementary Writing Competitions:
Do you enjoy watching movies and expanding your mind to new cultures and new ideas? Attend a movie at Juniata College to gain a new insight on cultures and ideas.
Here is a list of their schedule:
9/29: Victoria (Germany)
10/25: Mustang (France, Turkey)
11/15: Francofonia (Russia)
1/31: Coming Home (China)
2/21: return to Goree (Senegal)
3/21: Ixcanul (Guatemala)
All films will be screened at 7PM in Neff Lecture Hall (VLB1098) or the Global Commons (Between Tussey and Terrace Halls). All films are open to the public and followed by a brief discussion.
More more information visit: https://www.juniata.edu/academics/departments/international-studies/
Here is a list of the currently scheduled college rep visits for the next couple of months. If you are interested in attending, please go down to the guidance department to get a pass.
(15) St. Francis- 10:21
(20) Juniata College -1:58
(26) Penn Highlands- 1:58 PM
(28) Penn State Altoona- 1:58
(3) Messiah College- 10:21
(17) Lock Haven- 9:35
(26) Carnegie Mellon- 9:35
Pitt Johnstown- 1:58
(27) IUP- 11:07
(31) F&M- 12:26
(1) Indiana University of PA
TO BE DETERMINED:
-Robert Morris University
-Delaware Valley College
The 3D printer in Mrs. Young's room at the Jr/Sr high is connected and students have started to explore! Senior high students will be independently working on how to use the software and programs in order to design an independent project or be a student mentor to an elementary of junior student.
At the end of September/beginning of October junior high and elementary students will be presented with real-world STEM situations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem and then create a prototype using the 3D printer. In this process all students will be introduced to CAD software as well.
It is an exciting time! Below is an image of the first student-product made with the 3D printer!
Imagine you had 2 hard boiled eggs, string, straws, 5 paper towels, clay, and pencils- could you make a nest that would support an egg so it doesn't crack when dropped?
I bet you can and some 6th grade students had the opportunity to use the STEM designing process to come up with a solution to support a 5 foot drop! Through the engineering design process students asked questions, imagined a solution, planned a solution, created a product, improved on their initial product, and then communicated the results and what worked best. The students worked collaboratively in an effort to improve their listening and collaborative skills.
See some of our students in action!
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! A new and eventful school year is upon us and I am looking forward to meeting with parents and teachers to discuss the needs for their students. We have just received a new 3D printer that students will be using this year to explore the STEM and engineering design process. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to use the 3D printer in order to design and create some new ideas and then several opportunities to work with it through out the year.
Here is a new website discovery that students can try at home to tie in STEM components with math curriculum: http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/activities/
I will be available during Elementary Open House on Thursday September 15th from 6-7 PM at the various elementary schools to greet parents and provide information on our gifted services. I look forward to meeting you!
Check out Remake Learning Days' events going on all summer long to keep your student engaged in STEM orientated activities. Many of the activities are in the southern Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh area, so take an educational road trip and have some fun!
Check it out: Remake Learning Days Events
A BIG congratulations to our elementary gifted students on their efforts in the book club competition today at Huntingdon Area Middle School. These students have been reading a set of predetermined books since November. In the past couple of weeks they have been dissecting the books to identify literary concepts and details in the books. Ten teams participated in the book club today. Students came from Huntingdon Area Middle School, Standing Stone Elementary (HAHS), and our students from MUASD.
The Memorizers Destructorizors placed in first, winning a trophy and a $20 gift card to Amazon. The Book Worms placed in second place today, winning a $10 gift card to Amazon. The Literacy Queens placed in fourth place today.
A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Steward and Miss Eckert from HASD in helping set this up and inviting us to participate!
There are many upcoming events in the month of May for gifted students in the MUASD. Please be aware of deadlines and information. If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com
Thursday May 5th- Standing Stone Book Competition at Huntingdon Area Middle School. We have 3 teams, 9 students in all, representing MUASD! Good luck to all of you and make sure you have your 15 books read! Students will be picked up around 8:20 AM and will return around 1-1:30 PM. Students may pack their own lunch or bring money to buy food at McDonalds's in Huntingdon.
Friday May 6th- Graduation Project Symposium at MUAHS.
Tuesday May 10th- TIU11 Math 24 Tournament at Juniata College. We have 11 students in grades 4-6 representing our district! Best of luck to you! Keep practicing your cards! Following the tournament, we will be having lunch at the Juniata College dining room. The cost is $8.95 per person and it is all you can eat with several different types of food, drinks, salad bar, dessert, and ice cream all included. Students can also pack their own lunch. We will be leaving around 8:10 AM and returning around 1:30 PM.
Wednesday May 11th- Career Exploration Trip to the Altoona Curve Game in Altoona, PA (for Jr and Sr High students). At 8:30 AM we will be doing a tour of the facilities and meeting with several employees in various fields of work to become familiar with what their responsibility is within the Altoona Curve organization. The baseball game will be at 10:00 AM. We will be back by 2:30 PM. Please bring $10 for your ticket and any more for foods/drinks. Permission slips are due to Mrs. Young by Friday May 6th.
Thursday May 12th- Elementary gifted students trip to Pittsburgh, PA to tour Inventionland, visit the Carnegie Science Center, and to conduct experiments at the Skyzone Trampoline Park. We will be departing MUAHS at 7:00 AM and be returning back to MUAHS around 9:00 PM. More detailed information on the day, deadlines, payments, etc. has been sent home with students.
Can't wait!! :-D
Parents, please take some time to look over the following webinars provided by Tanya Morret, PDE Gifted Liasion.
On Wednesday April 6th our elementary students had their last Elementary Gifted Day of this school year. All the students gathered together at Kistler Elementary. It was a day of roller coaster emotions! The students came in nervous ready to present their trip proposals to a school board member and elementary principal. The consensus among all the adults was that all the students did a fantastic job! They all spoke clearly, tied their reasoning to education, and used great vocabulary to persuade their audience. At this end of this month two-three of the students will be presenting at the school board meeting in front of all the school board members and administrators. Following presentations we continued our discussion and review of facts on the Holocaust. This led us to watch the terribly sad movie "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas." Following a sad class discussion and making connections, the students enjoyed a fun surprise. They got to play one of their favorite games, "Alliteration Charades." A game of grammar, vocabulary, and fun!
Overall it was a very successful, engaging day all while helping students meet standards at grade level or above grade level.
Recently I traveled to all elementary classes 4th-6th grade in the school district introducing the Math 24 game. Students took on a real interest in this game and were seeking ways to practice at home. Math 24 (https://www.24game.com/) is a great game to help students practice their math facts and reasoning. Tournaments were run at each grade level (4th-6th) in each building that concluded with a district tournament last week. It was incredibly impressive watching all these students spit out math expressions before I could even read the numbers on the cards! I want to congratulate the following students that placed at the district tournament and qualified to move on to the Tusacarora Intermediate Math 24 tournament at Juniata College on May 10th. Good luck and keep practicing!
4th Grade: Josh S- Kistler, Madisen W- Shirley, Logan Y- Mapleton
5th Grade: Emma S- Kistler, Tommy H- Kistler, Erika F- Kistler, Kelly B- Mapleton, Shelly B- Mapleton
6th Grade: Alex K- Kistler, Lexi R- Kistler, William H- Mapleton
Don't forget to practice your single digit cars, double digit cards, and I will be introducing the variable cards to you this month!
Welcome to the gifted services website! My goal is to provide a lot of useful information to parents and students about the services we provide at Mount Union Area School District and what can be done to help our students succeed. Please take some time to explore the site and contact me if you have any questions!