Welcome to Room 309 and Meridian Park! 

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year and Room 309!  We're all going to have an awesome year.  

BELOW is the link to October Conferences!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ezCXYvkcnA494E6e2LasIWUiCTPudTtWhf-hd-YiDHo/edit?usp=sharing

Conferences are October 9-10th. They are quick 15 minutes conferences.

This is a chance for us to check in with each other and make goals for the school year for your child.

A Little About The Highly Capable Program in Room 309 and 307: 

Our program is designed to challenge and stretch your child academically and socially. Students work cooperatively throughout much of the day. Students discuss and evaluate different strategies to solve problems together. These conversations are an important part of our program and enrich not only our math and literacy curriculum but are part of our classroom culture. We are not just working one year above in a few areas. Our program provides an opportunity for students to work at a faster pace, master concepts quickly and then dive deeper into subjects. We have the luxury of spending an afternoon discussing the deeper aspects of concepts, like whether or not a caterpillar is an insect. (Is it? I thought insects had 6 legs and an exoskeleton.) We routinely connect art and social studies to our math and literacy curriculum. We might spend a few days creating a new animal, researching and building appropriate habitats for our animal and writing origin stories. These experiences are unique to our program. 

Is this educational experience the same as what will be provided at my child's homeschool? No. There is no way to replicate the culture of a classroom that is designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of highly capable students. Walking to math, or working a grade level above in a general education classroom for an hour will not be the same learning experience. The peer to peer conversations, the pace and rigor will be different.  

Students in our program are encouraged to grow socially and emotionally. It is OK to make mistakes. We provide our students with a safe learning environment to explore, grow and take risks. We fail sometimes and that's just fine. We praise hard work and effort to cultivate a positive growth mindset. Mistakes are proof that you are trying! 

In the highly capable program most teachers go beyond the curriculum to provide additional learning experiences for students in most subject areas throughout the day. We adapt to our students' passions and interests and create learning opportunities that challenge and inspire. We have so much fun together. 

If you have additional questions about our program, our expectations or changes to the highly capable program including what to expect if you stay at your homeschool, or change your mind and want to join the fun here at MP, please feel free to email me. I have taught both highly capable and general education classes and can discuss the differences with you and the best fit for your child. 

A little about me: 

This is my 15th year of teaching and my 11th year teaching highly capable students.  My goal is to make learning as fun, challenging, and exciting as I possibly can. It's my mission to make the transition to Meridian Park and the Hi-Cap Program go smoothly for your child and to give our students the skills and confidence to be successful in our classroom, our school and beyond! 

I am a graduate of the University of Washington (GO DAWGS!), and Seattle Pacific University. My husband and I have two busy kids. Nathan is a freshman at Shorewood High School and Amelia is a 6th grader at Syre Elementary. I can be found on the sidelines, in the stands, and in the audience cheering them on. I also have three cats (I know... this borders on crazy cat lady behavior) and a Big Friendly Bulldog (BFB!) named Humphrey who loves to go for walks and lunge at cars! Look for us out and about getting exercise in Richmond Beach. 

I am looking forward to another year of growth and discovery! 

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Hello New Hi-Cap Students and Families for the
2016-17 School Year!  
 
Questions about qualification?  Please email Spencer at the Hi-Cap office at spencer.glushak@shorelineschools.org
 
Questions about the difference between staying at your homeschool or moving your student to Meridian Park? Please email me at pamela.uran@shorelineschools.org 
 

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