Plainwell Community Schools offers gifted and talented students challenging educational opportunities through its Visions program. The program consists of identifying students with extraordinary ability; offering challenging classes and events for gifted and talented students; differentiated instruction in classrooms; and information/meetings for parents of gifted and talents students.
We invite you to call Kim Cramer at the Visions Office located in Starr Elementary at 269.685.5835 or by e-mail at gro.sloohcsllewnialp@remarck for more information.
2016 – 2017 Visions Program Classes have been completed for this school year.
In the “Rock On!” classes, 3rd grade students learned about layers of the earth, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. A geologist from Michigan’s DEQ visited and spoke to the students about Michigan’s geology. 3rd graders also worked on creative writing projects during the “Write Away!” classes.
4th grade students used their problem solving and creative skills as they worked in teams to build various projects in “Brainstormers”. During our “Shark Attack” unit students learned myths and facts about sharks, presented research reports on many shark species, and saw a dissection of a preserved shark.
5th grade students learned the engineering design process as they designed and built a working wind turbine in the “Turbine by Design” classes. In “CSI Plainwell” students learned about forensics and worked in teams to investigate a theft crime, assisted by staff members who posed as suspects.
In late September 2017 parents will receive letters giving information and dates regarding the 2017-2018 Visions classes.
- If school is canceled due to weather or any other emergency situation, Visions classes are also cancelled.
- Two hour delays — If school is delayed due to weather or any other emergency situation, Visions classes are also delayed for two hours and will start at 9:30 a.m.
- No Visions classes are held on school half days.
Visions Program Staff
- Laurie Lanphear, Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator
- Kim Cramer, Visions Program Aide
- Char Madison, Middle School Liaison
- PHS Counseling Office, High School Information
For information regarding Midwest Academic Talent Search and ATYP, contact Dr. Kelly Schultz at Western Michigan University, Lee Honors College, 387-3230. See the link below for MATS through the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. The link to ATYP gives information and registration forms for challenging summer programs available for students entering grades 6 through grades 9, as well as information about ATYP.
- Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education
- If you would like to be added to the e-mail list for the Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education, please send an e-mail to: gro.dlihcdetfigim@ecnailla
- Midwest Academic Talent Search
- WMU Honors College ATYP Program
- Partners in Learning of Southwest Michigan – a parent advocacy group for gifted and talented children
- Destination Imagination: Global, Regional, Corporate
- Michigan State University – Spartan Youth Programs – Summer and school year programs, opportunities to earn college credit, residential experiences on the MSU campus, financial assistance, study abroad possibilities
- Michigan State University – Office of Gifted and Talented Education