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


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Possible Opportunities for Learning

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

SKMS Science Club   JMU students and faculty will run this afterschool club to develop solutions for real-world problems. January-March

Skyline Ballet Club - March/April rehearsals Performance at HHS in May.

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  Saturdays 9am-noon January/February

You Be The Chemist Challenge - workshops at HHS/ competition at JMU

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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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Journalism Seminar -sgrades 6-8 Take the activity bus to HHS and have a ride home from HHS at 5pm.  Students will be led through hands-on instruction by student leaders of HHS Media and Mrs. Kibler.

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 will  form in August for November competition.

Destination Imagination - teams form each September  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.

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

National Geographic Society’s Geography Bee

American Math Contest - November for grade 8


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.

HCPS Summer Enrichment Week - grades K-8 in July 

see the "At Skyline" page for more opportunities