PTO funds help support a variety of Enhanced Education programs.
ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
An international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the United States and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
Contact: Emily Krutchen at Ritoalto@peoplepc.com.
A written spelling test given in grades K-3 by their classroom teachers where the students are required to test a greater number of words than normal. The purpose of the spelling challenge is to recognize the importance of good spelling at a young age. The Spelling Challenge is usually held at the end of January.
Volunteer Needs: One person to assemble bags for the teachers containing enough stickers, pencils, and erasers for the kids who participate. This can be done at home and is a quick task. The bags then need to be distributed into the teachers mailboxes.
Contact: Stephanie Wach (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rosie Stolken (email@example.com)
Contact: Kari Evig at Evig_kari@svvsd.org
JUNIOR GREAT BOOKS
A weekly book club that meets 10 weeks throughout the year and is led by adult volunteers. K-5 students read and discuss a collection of books. This shared inqury-based program gives students a chance to dive into outstanding age-appropriate fiction and poetry. They are encouraged to ask questions and analyze what they are reading.
Contact: Rosie Stolken at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Colleen Carnes at email@example.com
A special event held in December. Study sessions begin in September. In study sessions, students learn both world and U.S. geography through games and other exercises.
Contact: Rob Orbanoski at firstname.lastname@example.org