Pathways Services for Grades 6-8 Students:
Grade 6 MATH ENRICHMENT
Sixth grade identified students meet with an enrichment specialist for one period per week. Sessions focus on higher level math challenges to encourage critical thinking and real-world application, including the opportunity to experience BizTown, an interactive and project-based program in which students learn to manage personal finances and to develop entrepreneurial skills.
Grade 6, 7 and 8 INVESTIGATIONS
Lessons are focused around an interdisciplinary theme that carries throughout the year. With guidance from the P2E teacher, students select a topic aligned with the annual P2E theme and are immersed in reading, writing, and research on the chosen topic of choice. P2E teachers instruct the students through mini-lessons on various topics and skills related to the theme along with research, presentation, and public-speaking skills. The 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, creative problem solving, and critical thinking are incorporated into the curriculum. Field experiences and guest speakers also enhance the P2E lessons. Students celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends at the P2E Showcase held annually in June.
Students have opportunities to participate in various field experiences and convocations throughout the year. The “Discovery Days” are organized by the Pathways staff and are aligned with the yearly theme.
These grade-level events are sponsored and presented by members of the Union County Gifted and Talented Association. Students meet and work with other gifted students from neighboring towns to collaborate on problem-solving tasks, critical/creative thinking activities, and team-building exercises.