Welcome to Gifted Services at Highland Park Elementary!
Winter After-School Sessions are Going Strong!
Winter session enrichment classes currently in progress:
- Chess II
- Lego Robotics
- Crafty Kids Again!
Spring enrichment classes are being finalized. Watch for registration information and sign up as soon as possible. Past experience shows that these classes fill up quickly.
Something new! Summer enrichment classes will be held this year during the weeks of June 20th and June 27th. Sessions will be 1 1/2 hours long and held from 9:00-12:00. Registration information will be available this spring. These classes will fill up very quickly since they are being offered to the general community as well as Highland Park Elementary students.
Destination Imagination Teams Gearing Up for Regional Tournament:
Highland Park Elementary has two 7-member Destination Imagination teams this year, coached by Eileen Cotter. They are both competing in the "Improv" category -- one team is in Division I and the other in Division II. The East Metro Regional Tournament will be held on March 5th at Harding High School.
First Place Award for the Robustos!
A team of seven 4th-6th grade students who call themselves the Robustos participated in the First Lego League Competition. They placed 3rd in their regional tournament that earned them an opportunity to participate in the state tournament held at Benilde-St. Margaret High School in St. Louis Park on January 22nd. They were one of only two St. Paul Public School teams participating in that tournament. This competition is awarded points in four distinct categories: research, teamwork, robot performance, and robot programming. The Robustos were awarded first place in Quality Research and were finalists in Teamwork and Innovative Solution (another of the research categories).
Highland Park Elementary's Hmong Dancers consist of 45 multi-ethnic students. The dance they perform was choreographed and taught to the students by 5th grade Hmong students. The students who are not Hmong wore clothes that replicate a simple version of the traditional clothing worn by the Hmong for special occasions. These clothes were sewn by volunteers and paid for by a Quality Grant awarded to Eileen Cotter by St. Paul Schools Area C. The Hmong students proudly wore their own traditional clothes.
The Hmong Dancers recently had two opportunities to perform their dance. They performed at the Celebration of Excellence on February 14th and at the Open House Showcase on February 16th.