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


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Possible Opportunities for Learning

Exploring Journalism - will meet at HHS on Tuesdays starting on November 13th and finishing 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.
You Be the Chemist -will meet 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.  Please return your registration to Mrs. McNett. 

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Skyline's KidWind Challenge-will meet from 2:45-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December and January.  Registration will begin in November and bus transportation is available.
National Junior Honor Society - applications distributed 9/4/18 and due on 10/4/18 to Mrs. McNett in room #241. Notification will be mailed 10/18/18.
Skyline Ballet Club - Six Friday afternoon ballet lessons in our Skyline auditorium starting 10/19. Students will meet in room #241 for snack and dance 3:15-4:15pm.  Students will need a ride home at 4:20pm. Permission papers are available in main office and room #241.  Ballet shoes were ordered.  You may still join if you provide your own ballet shoes.
General Assembly Page Program. Deadlines are 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 are due at 8am on Monday, October 22nd. Individual 10/22 Qualifier Quiz Questions will be given my Mrs. McNett; Skyline's Geography Bee on Monday, 11/19/18


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 or chemistry during this afterschool club to develop solutions for real-world problems. Tuesdays 2:45-5pm, January 29th - March 19th (except March 5th). Registration starts 1/7/19.  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) Registration starts 1/7/19.  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

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