Monday, October 20, 2014



Discover the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at the at STEM
Expo! Activities are geared for ages 6-18 and include college representatives and
volunteers from area college programs as well as STEM professionals. Bring your
questions and be prepared to get a little messy!

October 25, 2014, 11AM TO 3PM
Milwaukee School of Engineering - Kern Center
1245 North Broadway Avenue, Milwaukee

Exploration Stations include: Concrete Floats, Bridge Building, Toy Chemistry, Traffic
Trivia, Lego Tower Building and much, much more. Check our website for an updated
list of events.
• The first 100 kids to attend will receive a goodie bag of prizes from the sponsors
• Food Trucks will be on site during lunch
• There will also be a raffle at 2:00

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Elementary Update


My name is Kathy Kennon and I am the new Talent Development Resource Teacher. I am very excited to be part of the Watertown Unified School District! My job is to provide resources, materials, and ideas for the teachers and staff. I will also monitor the support that is needed for students in the talent development program. I am here to advocate for the needs of students.

As we look at the newly adopted Talent Development Plan, the committee has chosen to recognize the need for specific instruction to meet the needs of all learners within a regular classroom. Specifically, "the needs of students with unique gifts and talents must be addressed for optimal development." With that being said, the WUSD plan calls for a support system that is more inclusive and flexible than traditional gifted education programs in the past. We remain committed to providing individualized learning experiences for your child.

I encourage you to go to the WUSD web page to review the Talent Development Plan in more detail. Some of the items to look at would be “Talent Development Supports” on page 15-17. These pages explain in detail the idea of differentiation within the classroom. Even with effective differentiation, the teacher may find that some students will require greater challenge. A teacher will then call a meeting to review data and identify resources and support options to meet the students’ demonstrated needs.

You may be wondering how does SOAR fit into this plan? While this may look slightly different than the SOAR Program that was used in the past, we feel confident that all students will have their needs met and our expert teaching staff will be able to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to all student needs. Our number one goal is to identify the needs of our students and then determine how we will meet those needs.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I look forward to working with you and your children.

Kathy Kennon- WUSD Talent Development Resource Teacher

920.262.1480 ext 5224