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Steppingstone School for Gifted Education
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Steppingstone is best known for educating the whole gifted child, Grade K through 8.
Steppingstone is best known for educating the whole gifted child, Grade K through 8.

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Parents, if you'd like to carpool, please contact the school. Please share this information to spread the word about the upcoming conference. Thank you!!  http://migiftedchild.org/
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Parents, we need clean gallon plastic jugs to use for ghostly luminaries at our upcoming Halloween event, Saturday, October 25. Please drop them off at the school. Thank you!
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Our SPARCler event is next Thursday, September 25.  This is an opportunity to have all your questions re: IQ Tests answered in a supportive setting.  Chat with an experienced group of educators, parents and our guest expert, psychologist Pat LaPat.  

There is still time to register for our Parent Support Seminar, "Interpreting IQ Tests".  Purchase one ticket for $10 and bring your spouse for free! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interpreting-iq-tests-tickets-12881554075
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We have a new website! Many thanks to Steppingstone parent Bob Rozelle and Head of School Kiyo A. Morse for their hours of hard work and dedication to the project. 

Items of note include ease of navigation, quick links to the calendar, newsletters, forms, etc. in the upper right hand corner of the home page and a rotating image gallery highlighting important upcoming events. We will be adding more photos over the coming weeks to enhance the visual impact of the new site. 

What a great start to the new school year!
http://www.steppingstoneschool.org/
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Join us at Steppingstone School on Thursday, September 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a SPARCler Parent Support Seminar, "Interpreting IQ Tests". A panel of 3 experts, including a parent, will examine and discuss questions relating to the interpretation and use of IQ Tests. Purchase one ticket for $10 and bring your spouse for free! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interpreting-iq-tests-tickets-12881554075
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It's time for Summer Camp at Steppingstone School!

Your child’s brain benefits from stimulation all year, not just from September to June. Steppingstone’s Summer Day Camp is ready to fill your child’s need for quality, guided enrichment and fun throughout the summer. Recreation is combined with learning in a relaxed, caring, and safe environment that provides diverse and challenging activities.
Steppingstone’s program is unique because it offers children the opportunity to choose the theme week they wish to attend while those children who enroll for the whole summer are provided with a new and exciting topic every week. The small student to teacher ratio allows for a high degree of individual attention. Children are placed in developmentally appropriate learning groups consisting of 8–12 children per instructor.
Our program was designed by Kiyo A. Morse, Head of Steppingstone School, and is run by a professional staff assisted by caring camp instructors. Summer is just around the corner and registering for Steppingstone’s Summer Camp is the best way to start your great summer experience.

Ages:  6 to 13 years unless otherwise noted
Cost:  Varies by camp, please see the individual descriptions
Camp Hours:  9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Extended Day:  7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (additional fee)
Prepared lunch option:  $30 per week
Location:  30250 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills, MI  48336

Tuition Deposit:
A non-refundable $50.00 per camper, per session, is required with application information to hold a spot . This deposit is applied toward each session’s total fees. The balance is due two (2) weeks PRIOR to the start of the session. Late payments may result in loss of enrollment for your child/ren.
Discounts:
A $25.00 per camper, per session discount is available for two (2) or more campers from the same family for the same session OR for a camper enrolling for the entire summer.

To see our summer camp offerings, please visit our website.
http://www.steppingstoneschool.org/summercamp/summercamp.php
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Upper Elementary Students report on their April 30 Field Trip:
Human Body Systems
by Katarina Jevtic and David Mondrusov

The Upper Elementary class is studying human body systems in science. We recently finished the circulatory and respiratory systems.  Last week we started learning about the musculoskeletal system and we all got to dissect our own chicken wings.  It was cool to see the joints, cartilage, and muscles.  Mrs. Dudek broke the bones for us so we could see the bone marrow inside.  Some people were a little grossed out, but it didn't bother us.
 
On April 30th, we went on a field trip to the Health Exploration Station in Canton.  First we were taught some more about all the systems in our bodies, and then we had a quiz using a remote control to record the votes.  After that, we went into the exhibit area which was full of mental and physical activities.  There was a giant hand with a disgusting cut on it, which showed us why it's important to clean a cut before putting on a bandage.  There was also a machine where you could hear your own heart beats, two slides, a small intestine maze, a bar to hang on that counted how long you held on, a skateboard that was challenging to balance, and lots more.  It was awesome!  It would be fun to go there again.
 
Photos:  Brooke and David demonstrate 2 of the hands-on exhibits at the Health Exploration Station.
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Save the Date!
Steppingstone School's 5th Annual Car Show is Saturday, July 26, from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m.  $10 registration fee to show, prizes awards.  Free to attend!  Family fun with concessions, prizes and entertainment by School of Rock!  Proceeds to fund student financial aid awards.
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Do your kids love Harry Potter?  Pirates on the High Seas?  How about Medieval Swordsmanship?  These are among the 2014 summer camp offerings at Steppingstone School.  You do NOT have to be enrolled to attend the school's summer camps, which each last for one week from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Registration is open now, don't delay!  
Please call (248) 957-8200 to register.  
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For the second year in a row, Friends of the Rouge selected the work of local student artist Maya Sheth for their Rouge Education Project t-shirt design.  Maya, a 6th grader at Steppingstone School for Gifted Education in Farmington Hills, is a talented artist with a whimsical and lighthearted style.  Her design was chosen as best depicting this year’s theme, “The Rouge - My Hometown River”, capturing both the urban and natural elements of the watershed.  

The Rouge Education Project (REP) is a program open to all public and private elementary, middle and high schools within the Rouge River watershed.  Typically, 30-40 schools participate annually.  The 127 mile Rouge River flows through parts of Oakland, Wayne and  Washtenaw counties.  Schools participating in the REP learn background information about the Rouge River watershed in the classroom, then take a field trip to a unique testing site where students conduct tests of chemical parameters, surveys and sampling of aquatic organisms.  A score is computed which indicates the relative health of the section of river tested.  This year’s water monitoring day was Wednesday, May 7 and all participating students received a T-shirt bearing Ms. Sheth’s winning design.  REP program registration for each school year opens in August and ends in November.

As a follow-up to her win, Friends of the Rouge requested that Maya create another piece to represent Rouge Rescue 2014.  The Rouge Rescue Program was started in 1986 to involve the community in cleaning up and restoring the Rouge River. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 17 with thousands of volunteers participating at 20-50 sites throughout the watershed. 

Maya’s artwork features children working amongst animals alongside the river, building birdhouses and collecting trash.  The entire scene is viewed through the door of a birdhouse, reminding the viewer of the larger goal of Rouge Rescue’s annual cleanup:  environmental protection.  Cyndi Ross, River Restoration Program Manager for Friends of the Rouge, was excited to offer Maya the opportunity to design this piece.  States Ross, "Our staff was so impressed with the artwork Maya submitted for our Rouge Education Project that we decided to ask if she would create a graphic for our annual Rouge Rescue clean up event.  We were excited to see what she would come up with.  The artwork she provided is vibrant and creative.  We just love Maya's artwork!"

Mary Gage, Steppingstone School’s art teacher agrees.  “Maya captured the opaque quality of the river which is not easy to do. She also effectively depicted children working in the water.  Her design is well balanced and full of discovery.”

For more information about participating in or sponsoring the Rouge Education Project and other Friends of the Rouge programs, please visit www.therouge.org.  

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(1)     Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner poses with Steppingstone School artist Maya Sheth at the Rouge River water monitoring day.

(2)   This winning t-shirt artwork for the Rouge Rescue Program was created by Maya Sheth, a resident of Novi and 6th grade student at Steppingstone School.

About Steppingstone School for Gifted Education:

Founded in 1981, Steppingstone School for Gifted Education serves as an independent educational institution for gifted students in grades K-8. Believing every child deserves a satisfying and challenging education, Steppingstone’s Head of School, Kiyo A. Morse, opened the school as a means to help families in need of a scholastic program specialized for rapid learners to unlock the gifts and the joys of education often trapped by a traditional school system.

After more than 30 years of development, the Steppingstone curriculum addresses the unique and individual needs required by many gifted children to remain motivated in the classroom and to reach their full potential as the leaders and problem-solvers of tomorrow. The integration of educational basics as well as in-depth studies and enrichment allows each student to develop communication and critical thinking skills.

In addition to core curriculum, Steppingstone offers supplementary education to students in fine arts, foreign languages, discovery science, computer programming and a unique physical fitness program that includes fencing, instructional swimming, and recreational sports.

Steppingstone’s extracurricular programs also offer enrichment to students through the Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study, a martial arts program offering students an exploratory look at historical self-defense while building focus, confidence and teamwork, and the Steppingstone Magnetic Resonance Training Center (SMART Center), an exclusive, research-based science program dedicated to exposing students to state-of-the-art scientific equipment and study ordinarily unavailable to students prior to graduate school.
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