Mrs. McNett, Advancing Learning Specialist - Advancing Learning at Skyline


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Possible Opportunities for Learning

MLK Essay or Artwork or Poem - due 12/20/18.  More information available from your English teacher or Mrs. McNett
HHS Electives Fair and Information Night - January 28th 5:30pm
You Be the Chemist!  meets at HHS on Tuesdays from November 27th until February 5th.  Please plan to take bus #18 to HHS and arrange a ride home at 4:45pm.  Study materials: OfficialRules:
Skyline's KidWind Challenge-meets in the MakerSpace from 2:45-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December and January.  Practice for competition will be on March 23rd at the Virginia Discovery Museum.  The KidWind Competition will be on Monday, April 8th at UVA's Newcomb Hall.
Exploring Journalism - meets at HHS on Tuesdays. The workshops started on November 13th and will finish January 29th. Please plan to take bus #18 to HHS and arrange a ride home at 5pm.  Please register online at or email or ask Mrs. McNett for help.
National Junior Honor Society - congratulations to the members who were inducted on 10/29/18.  Election of officers will continue until 3pm on 12/18/18.
Skyline Ballet Club - Friday afternoon ballet lessons in our Skyline auditorium cancelled until after the HHS musical, Legally Blonde. Students will meet in room #241 for snack and dance 3:15-4:15pm.  Students will need a ride home at 4:20pm. 
General Assembly Page Program. Deadlines were October 19th at 5pm for Virginia Senate and Oct 22nd at 5pm for Virginia House of Delegates.

National Geographic Society’s Geography Bee - interest forms were due at 8am on Monday, October 22nd. Individual 10/22 Qualifier Quiz Questions were given by Mrs. McNett; Skyline's Geography Bee on Monday, 11/19/18  at 8:30am.


Ignite Innovation Student Challenge  a national competition for students in grades 6 through 8 to solve the problem, “How can we improve the world with a digital solution?” Grand Prize $10,000 scholarship
IF I Were Mayor- essay contest for 7th graders
Skyline's Science Challenges Club   JMU students will lead you in exploring physics during this afterschool club to develop solutions for real-world problems. Tuesdays 2:45-5pm, January 29th - March 19th (except March 5th). Forms will be available in the main office and room#241.
Skyline's Coding Club - JMU students will lead you in exploring coding during this afterschool club to develop solutions for real-world problems. Tuesdays 2:45-5pm, January 29th - March 19th (except March 5th) Forms will be available in the main office and room#241.
NAGC Gifted & Talented Resources Directory features summer learning opportunities and more.

JMU's  Well's Planetarium shows on Saturday's at 2:30 (younger audience) and 3:30 (middle school and up). FREE

Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth  Register for information


Massanutten Regional Library's Honored Teacher Essay Contest - due February   Winners (K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12) Prizes: 125 and runner up ($75) .  

HCPS STEM DAY @ Valley Mall February 23rd  10am-3pm

Holocaust and Tolerance Education Visual Arts Contest - due in March  2-D and 3-D entries; grades 6-8 $500, $250, $150, $100

Expanding Your Horizons  for girls in grades 6-10  Sat. March  8:15-3:15 Registration opens in late February.

2019 Young Scientist Challenge grades 5-8 1st identify a real-world problem, 2nd brainstorm a solution, 3rd film a 1-2minute video and submit it by April 19th.  Ten Finalists = $1,000 plus trip to MN; Winner = $25,000 plus trip

College Fun for Kids  Six Saturdays 9am-noon January/February   $140 


Explore Your Ideas at the Explore More Discovery Museum - examples at

UVA SEAS Academy  summer camp for rising 6th -8th Participants will enjoy one week of interactive activities and classes with UVA's professors and graduate students from the School of Engineering, who will introduce them to various disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, environmental, materials, and mechanical engineering.

Virginia Space Flight Academy

If you are 11-15* years old, interested in robotics, rockets and assembly and launching, and weather, then Space Flight Adventure Camp is the place to be this summer!

All programs are a mixture of excitement and fun, with hands-on experiences. Come and meet new friends and enjoy the adventure of learning about space.

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eCyber Mission  a team of three to four 6th-9th graders interested in science and engineering Compete for state, regional, and national awards while working to solve real problems in your community.

VJAS is a more rigorous program where the student writes a formal paper on their research and submits it to be judged. Authors of accepted papers then travel to the VJAS symposium to present their papers to a panel of three judges.

Lego-Robotics - grades 6-8 One team of six formed in August for November 3rd competition.


Scripps National Spelling Bee  free Word Club and other resources. Rockingham Regional Ruritan Spelling Bee is tentatively scheduled March 2019. 


American Math Contest - November 13th AMC8


Math Olympiad - November through March in grades 6-8

Virginia Math League - February

Valley Regional Science Fair - March at JMU

BLAST Camp - Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology   Free opportunity for rising 9th and 10th graders to attend UVA, VT, or Old Dominion.


Destination Imagination -  Applications were due 9/28/18  for K-12th graders.  Mission and Vision to teach students the creative process and empower them with the skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world. Seven challenges include: technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, improv, service learning, and early learning.

HCPS Summer Enrichment Week - grades K-8 in July 

see the "At Skyline" page for more opportunities