The Highly Capable program looks a little different in each building due to parent involvement and scheduling,
but all of our buildings offer opportunities for their Highly Capable students.
At the elementary buildings, we offer clustered classrooms along with regularly scheduled pull-out sessions (once or twice a month). These pull-out sessions challenge our students to think about advanced topics involving Biology, Engineering, Rockets, Genetics, Simple Machines, etc. In addition, we have science nights and First Lego League.
At the Farms Intermediate school we also offer clustered classrooms. In addition, we offer our highly capable students scheduled time in the morning to be challenged. Once a month we have speakers visit our students during "A" time to look at advanced topics including Calculus, CAD, Robotics, Engineering, etc.
At the Middle School and High School, we offer advanced classes for students that are showing excellence in a given subject. We also have special opportunities after school and a Math League at the High School.
Our Highly Capable program is a combination of classroom differentiation (teacher led) and scheduled pull-out opportunities (parent led). This combination gives our Highly Capable students the opportunity to excel and be challenged both in and out of the classroom. Thank you parents for your commitment, organization, and passion for this program. We could not do it without you!!
Earth Day Activities
In April, our cluster students planned school-wide Earth Day activities.
They assembled seed packets that were distributed to every student and they decided on a fundraiser for the birds that Lakes has adopted from the Howell Nature Center.
Each individual classroom was given a specific assignment - some students planned plants and houses for the natural habitat area and one group planned a school-wide poster contest.
The popularity of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is growing tremendously in the Hartland School district.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL), for 4th-6th grade students, made its debut within Farms Intermediate School this year! This means students now have the opportunity to participate in all FIRST programs - Junior FLL (K-3), FLL (4-6), FIRST Tech Challenge (6-8) and FIRST Robotics Competition (9-12).
I can't say Thank you enough to Steve Majors and many others who have worked very hard to grow the FLL program and to create seamless connections between the program at all levels and in all of our buildings. What a great opportunity for our students here in Hartland. To find out more about FIRST, visit firstinspires.org. Thank you again for your hard work and your vision!