Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Study Abroad Opportunities for High School Students

The U.S. Department of State Announces
Scholarships for American High School
Students to Study Abroad

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.   The application deadline for summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 programs is October 30, 2014. Visit for more information. 
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers  merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.  Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2015-16 programs are due January 7, 2015.  Visit for more information.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in Germany.  The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at
For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges.   To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to

For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student.  Learn more at

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Milwaukee Maker Faire THIS WEEKEND- Family FUN!

Maker Faire Milwaukee is a free family-friendly celebration that will feature:
  • More than 150 makers who will demonstrate 3D printing, lasers, indie crafts, robotics, microcomputers, blacksmithing, alternative energy, textile crafts, electric vehicles, CNC machines, woodworking, pottery and more
  • Power Racing Series on the Milwaukee Mile, featuring teams racing their modified electric kids’ cars
  • The Life Size Mousetrap – a giant Rube Goldberg-style machine and performance based on the classic board game
  • The Design & Build Challenge Saturday at noon – a “MacGyver”-style team challenge. Sign up to participate here.
  • A Nerdy Derby area – build and race your own toy car
  • A pumpkin trebuchet – launch your pumpkin and see how far it goes!
  • Hands-on activity areas for all ages
  • A daily schedule of workshops and presenters
  • And so much more!
Please visit the web site for detailed information!

Living History Opportunity- THIS WEEKEND

Marsh Haven Nature Center
Fall Living History Weekend
Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28
You are invited to take a stroll through history this weekend during the Fall Living History Festival at Marsh Haven Nature Center.
Learn more about Native Americans, Voyageurs, the War of 1812, Colonial America, soap making, candle making, trapping, blacksmithing, fiber arts, rug weaving, porcelain painting and so much more!

Friday is Education Day and schools, homeschool families and educators of all styles are invited to visit during the times of 8:30 am and 2:30 pm. On Saturday there will be a special program at 1 pm on Cooking with Milkweed. On Sunday, Herman Bender will present a special 1 pm program on "Traversing the Divide: The Milwaukee River/Horicon Marsh Trails." 

Interested in Music?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scholarship Opportunity

Please visit this web site for more information on applying for the 2015 Scholarships!

2015 Davidson Fellows Scholarship Applications
The Davidson Institute offers $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000 scholarships to students whose projects have the potential to benefit society, and are equivalent to college graduate level with a depth of knowledge in a particular area of study. Category requirements for the 2015 Davidson Fellows scholarships are now available.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


This is a fantastic opportunity for your family to learn about various aspects of Milwaukee’s history, architecture, and the preservation of the built environment through education and advocacy; from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels, clubs to universities; all sites of historic, architectural, cultural, or commercial interest. 

Please see the web site listed below for additional information including a detailed events page. 

"Doors Open Milwaukee is a free annual event and will feature over 125 buildings and over 40 guided tours."

Those interested in architecture, history, local ethic/cultural centers, environment/water studies, photography, or tasting a Globaco, can plan to explore and experience something new among the places listed on the Doors Open Milwaukee Events Page.

There are separate information pages for buildings, in-depth tours, public tours, free presentations, and more.  

Please see the web site for more information:

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 19 Presentation

This Friday is an opportunity for you to gather with fellow parents and make connections in the world of Talent Development. Please RSVP If this is something you are interested in attending.
(Note- Kids ARE welcome-see below!)

Game Night!!! Friday, September 19, 2014…..It’s going to be exciting!
Hello, Everyone!!
Hope your school year is starting out peacefully and the
kids are excited to be back!!
We are happy to start out the school year with two
presenters. Barb Lemke, RN, will be discussing Essential
Oils and how they can help with anxiety, fighting colds, etc.
She will be at Books and Company from 6:30-7p.m. Her
talk is informational and will provide more tools for helping
our gifted children maneuver through the year….us, as
Then, Jerry Hoefs, teacher extraordinaire, will be our Mad
Scientist (actually, he is far from Mad….but it sounds quite
good to say Mad!). His interactive presentation is titled:
Got Gas? A Study of Carbon Dioxide. How much do you
know about carbon dioxide? Hmmmm….we shall see!
Here is a bit of information about Mr. Hoefs:!
“I've been a teacher since 1973 and have taught all
subjects in grades 4-8 . My philosophy is that learning
should be novel, challenging and hands-on. In 2003, I was
honored to be chosen as Wisconsin's teacher of the Year.
Since 2003 I've run an after school business called Brain
Brigade and have taught fifth grade, started a maker's lab
and taught middle school science at Friess Lake School.
During our presentation we will discover and enjoy some of
the properties of carbon dioxide. “
Here are the details, one more time:
*Game Night, Friday, September 19, 2014
*Books and Company, Whitman Park Shopping Center,
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
*Gifted kids ages 8 and up along with their parents from
Oconomowoc and surrounding areas are welcome to
*PLEASE RSVP to Janet Foust if you are able to come:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UW- Madison Science Outreach opportunities 2014-15 Grades 5-10.

Saturday Enrichment  Program provides a student-centered environment to explore a wide range of interests and academic areas. This program empowers students to learn about academic options, career choices, and personal interests in an active learning environment. Courses focus on S.T.E.A.M.: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics utilizing state-of-the-art campus resources while students interact with UW- Madison faculty, staff, and community professionals.

If you are interested, please visit:

Registration opens November 14, 2014!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Chess Club at SGA

Chess has been played for over 2000 years. It is a game that develops
mental capabilities such as concentration, critical thinking, abstract
reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning,
creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. These intellectual
capacities are important throughout a persons lifetime. Chess also
teaches problem solving and abstract reasoning.

Chess at Scholaris Gifted Academy is led by John Veech who holds the
title of National Chess Master from the United States Chess Federation.

All are welcome to join Scholaris Chess Club.
Cost is $60 for the nine week session which runs September 16th
through November 18th. All classes meet on Tuesdays at 3:30 at
Scholaris Gifted Academy, 217 N Dunwood Road Room 113,
Fox Point, WI 53217
Player’s Name: ____________________________ Player’s Age: _______
Street Address: ________________________________________
City: ________________________________ State:______ Zip:_________
Phone Number: ____________________________________________
Email Address: ____________________________________________
Please remit $60 payment to Scholaris Gifted Academy

WEBINAR for High School Seniors

There is still time to register to attend our informational webinar about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program.
If you are a student or parent considering the program or an educator who would like encourage your students to apply, please join us on September 9 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Our webinar will explain in detail the College Scholarship Program’s eligibility requirements, key dates, and deadlines. We will also answer any questions you may have about the process or the program.
Please go to to register.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome To the Watertown Talent Development Blog!

Hello All-

Whether you are a parent advocate or an interested party, I'd like to thank you for stopping by this blog. I hope to give useful information regarding opportunities and information relating to the talent development of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kathy Kennon. I have recently been hired by the Watertown Unified School District as a Talent Development Resource Teacher. My previous experience has been in middle and elementary school in Milwaukee, Oconomowoc, Neosho, and Lake Mills.

More to come in the next few days!