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Ithaca Gifted and Talented/Learning Enrichment Activities Program (GT/LEAP)

The purpose of the GT/LEAP program is to provide each student with what they need to stay engaged and excited about school.  We offer subject compaction, acceleration, and subject and grade skipping.  Additionally, there are many enrichment activities that vary from student to student and year to year to meet your child's needs.  Counseling is also available to gifted learners when needed.

K-2nd Grades: The gifted and talented coordinator comes into the classroom and works on differentiated activities designed by the coordinator and the classroom teacher for each student. These may include but are not limited to book studies, math games or differentiated math curriculum, science activities, and genius hour. All second graders are given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to test for problem solving and critical thinking capabilities. Other standard testing done includes PALS, F&P, and iReady.

3rd Grade

Belmont Invitational Lit Wars

Invention Fair

CESA 3 Workshop

Various writing contests

Several pull out activities including Snap Circuits, Math 24, Math games, Podcasting, Genius Hour, Bob Stanish creativity and problem solving activities, and book clubs

4th Grade

Battle of the Books (WEMTA and MVGTN)

Lit Wars

Math 24 Single Digits

Scripps Spelling Bee

Junior Great Books

Various writing contests

Several pull out activities including Snap Circuits, Podcasting, Genius Hour, Math games and enrichment, Rube Goldberg machines

5th Grade

Performing Arts Fair

Math Knowledge Contest

Math 24 Double Digits

Battle of the Books (WEMTA and MVGTN)

Lit Wars

Scripps Spelling Bee

CESA 3 Workshop

Destination Imagination

Egg Drop competition (all 5th graders)

Various writing contests

Several pull out activities including Snap Circuits, Podcasting, Genius Hour, Math games and enrichment, Rube Goldberg machines

UW-Platteville Engineering, Science, and Math Expo

Other opportunities as they become available

If you have any questions about the GT/LEAP program at Ithaca, please contact Mrs. Jill Plonka at school 608-585-2311 or via email plonjil@ithaca.k12.wi.us.