Monday, November 23, 2015

RMS To Start 8th Grade Science Academy 2nd Semester!

This NEW class will offer real-world, hands in experiences! Take ownership of your own education! Make connections to all subjects! Display your knowledge in a meaningful and unique way! Work in a personalized learning environment!

The course will replace your current science class.

Sign up is limited to 25 seats! Please visit

You can also visit the RMS main office for additional information!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Meeting Minutes- November 16, 2015

Hello All-

Below you will find the minutes from our Talent Development Meeting.

The talent development staff held an informational meeting for parents on Monday, November 16, 2015. This meeting was the first of two meetings that will take place in the 2015-16 school year. The second meeting will take place during the second semester. The date will be communicated via school newsletters, Skyward, and the WUSD Talent Development Blog.

Discussed at the meeting were current initiatives within the talent development program. Some of these include: professional development in the area of differentiation, flexible grouping, cluster grouping, modified curriculum, and pretesting students. Learning how to best use the data we collect is also a focus for us this year. 

Developing an efficient system of alerting teachers to future students who may need curriculum modification is also something the TD staff would like to accomplish this year.

Also discussed at this meeting was the definition of talent development. ALL kids have talents. Some are talented in one or many of the following areas: academics, arts, athletics, etc. Our job is to identify students within the grade level population who cannot have their needs met within the regular grade core curriculum. When this happens, students need DIFFERENT instruction and work. (Not more of the same or in addition to work they already know…) Although this looks slightly different for different grade levels and teams, staff will generally work to meet the needs of these students in the regular classroom.   Talent development is NOT: looking for kids who behave, playing favorites to students, or creating an elite group of students. The goal of talent development is to make sure all students are engaged in a rigorous and relevant curriculum.
Concerns raised at this meeting focused around meeting the needs of advanced learners; particularly in the area of ELA. The district talent development resource teacher would be meeting with grade level teams at the elementary and middle school level to discuss possible ways we can meet the needs of our advanced ELA students.

The use of intervention block time was mentioned. (FIT/WIN time) The response to this concern was that FIT/WIN time is constantly being evaluated and changed based on the needs of the population. We are looking for ways to offer enrichment opportunities during these times. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Talent Development Meeting Scheduled


Please join the Talent Development Staff for a brief overview of the WUSD Talent Development Program. Staff will be presenting a short informational session on the latest happenings within our Talent Development Program. Q & A session will follow. 

WHEN: Monday, November 16, 2015
WHERE: Riverside Middle School- Library Media Center
TIME: 6:00 PM
WHO: ALL WUSD Parents are welcome! 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Maker Space at Lebanon Elementary

Music teacher, Cathy Houtchin has created a STEAM experience for her students in this awesome Maker Space activity. She is using Makey Makey kits to teach students science, technology, engineering, art, and music.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

K-12 Engineering Academies

FALL 2015

Marquette Engineering Outreach is excited to offer another season of programs for students interested in learning about ENGINEERING! The Office of Engineering Enrollment Management and Outreach seeks to enhance the mission of Marquette University and the College of Engineering by developing and preparing future Marquette engineers to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and leaders that will contribute to a global society.

To register for a Marquette Engineering Outreach Program, please visit:

Engineering Academy registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Waiting lists are started once a class reaches capacity. Instructions for submitting payment are provided on the registration site.

For more details about our programs, including current course availability, visit

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Attention Gifted and Talented Wisconsin Teens! (ages 13 and up)

2015 WATG Teen Conference: The Ultimate Selfie: Unlocking Your Gifts and Talents
Friday, November 6, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Kalahari Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells

This year's Teen workshop will show you how to hold your inner camera out and snap a shot of yourself as you really are. You'll then use some effective filters to make the picture all you want it to be.
In the morning, “gifted guru” Lisa Van Gemert will guide you to discover your strengths and build them, recognize your areas for growth and minimize them, and name your insecurities and eliminate them. She’ll then work with you to seize your strengths, recognize the powerful forces in your favor, and learn your place in the world, increasing your motivation and a sense of empowerment.

In the afternoon, educational improve superhero Peggy Eserkaln will give you a chance to ‘post’ your new inner selfie! Through improvisational techniques and games, you will get experience with positive risk-taking and celebrating your individual strengths.

Register at by Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. The $50 workshop fee includes materials, lunch, and snacks.Dress comfortably and be ready to engage.

For more information, please contact us at

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Webster 3rd Graders Rockin' their Math Skills

Third graders at Webster Elementary are multiplying two digit by two digit numbers with several different methods. Students now take pretests, unit by unit, to identify their mastery of content. When a student has mastered content that will be taught, they now work in a small group setting to obtain instruction at the next level.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

RMS Magazine May 2015

Enjoy the latest RMS Magazine, written by students in grades 6-8 with the guidance of Mrs. Tressa Smail.

RMS Magazine

Thursday, April 16, 2015

6th grade RMS Math Team Wins Regional Math Competition

Congratulations to the 6th grade math team from RMS who placed first in the Math League contest! Our very own Maggie P and Hannah R were among the top 6th grade students in our region!

REGION: Dane, Grant, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Vernon

Top Schools in Region
1 Riverside Middle School-Watertown         126
2 Belleville Intermediate School-Belleville     115
3 Aldrich Middle School-Beloit                       109
3 Onalaska Middle School-Onalaska               109

Top Students in Region
1 Jack N               Belleville Intermediate School-Belleville      27
1 Maggie P          Riverside Middle School-Watertown         27
3 Alex O              West Salem Middle School-West Salem        26
3 Hannah R         Riverside Middle School-Watertown         26

Summer School CAMP INVENTION in Watertown! Opportunities for 1st-8th graders!

Do you have a 1st-6th grade Jr. Engineer at home? You will surely want them to participate in the summer "Camp Invention" class at Lincoln Elementary! Activities during this week long camp include: taking apart machines, games, building and competing with a freestyle racing cart, and prototyping your own video game story!

Students entering 7th-9th grade also have the opportunity to participate in the Camp Invention "Counselor in Training" program. Work on your leadership and collaboration skills while you help make lifelong impressions on the next generation of leaders and innovators!

Register at

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Pizazz" performs at School Board Meeting

The Elementary Show Choir- Pizazz, led by Cathy Houchin and Michelle Beine, performed at the March 23 school board meeting.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Riverside Middle School- RMS Magazine- First Edition!

A huge Thank You to Mrs.Tressa Smail and the entire RMS Magazine Crew! Congratulations on your first publication!

RMS Magazine March 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

PARENTS! SAVE THE DATE- April 21, 2015!!!

The Greater Dane County Advanced Learner Network is hosting its first "Parent University". 

When:  Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Where: American Family Insurance-Madison
Time: 6:00-8:15 pm (2 sessions of 45 minutes each) - 4 Choices each session-more information to come.
Who:  Parents of Advanced Learners

Cost: FREE

As I receive information regarding the sessions, I will post them on this blog! This is an event you won't want to miss!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Free Online Class For High School Students Ages 15+- APP DEVELOPMENT....

UW-Green Bay is offering a free open online course for anyone, 15+. Students will work directly with Benjamin Geisler, a UWGB lecturer who was also contracted to work on the Batman Video, among other impressive projects.  Students who enroll and complete the requirements for this class, AND who attend one of the UWGB summer camps, will be waived out of an intro app and games course at UW-Green Bay.  For more information: This online course starts on March 18.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

RMS Battle of the Books Finals

8th graders vs 6th graders. The 6th graders were victorious and will represent RMS in the state finals!!! Congratulations! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

RMS Geo Bee Winners

Winner, Matthew Engle and Runner Up, Jack Mattke pictured with 8th grade Social Studies teacher, Joel Bethke. Congratulations!

Lebanon Elementary Holds Annual Geo Bee

Lebanon Elementary held their annual Geography Bee on January 17. First Place: Jacey Smith, Second Place Lily Wangler, and Runners Up Brandon Boyd, and Jonathan Kuehl pictured with Principal Kent Jacobson.

RMS Holds Annual Geo Bee

Riverside Middle School held their annual Geography Bee on January 22. Twenty-one total students in 6-8th grade participated in this annual contest!

Webster Holds Annual GeoBee

Webster Elementary held their annual Geography Bee on January 16. Mayor John David was the moderator.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Do you have questions about gifted education?

Janet Foust is the organizer of a parent group that meets every month at Books and Company in Oconomowoc. February 9, 6:30-8:30, this group welcomes Chrystyna Mursky, head of  Gifted Education at the WI-Department of Public Instruction. She will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding gifted education. If you are interested in attending, please contact Janet! Registration is not required, but they do like to have an estimate of how many people to expect.

Contact Janet Foust