Enrichment and Extension Programs
Thorson Enrichment and Extension Opportunities
Part of the mission of educators at Thorson Elemenatry School aligns with the district’s Gifted and Talented programming is to provide an exemplary education that challenges students in a nurturing environment to become lifelong learners, to be responsible members of a global society and to achieve their goals and dreams. While differentiation to meet the needs of ALL students takes place in every classroom, here are various opportunities available to extend and enrich our students’ experiences.
CSD E2: Enrich and Extend G/T Program
This program is open to all student interested in building Legos. It meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month before school.
The IMC director meets with various groups of students throughout the day to read and discuss age appropriate literature.
This Math contest is open to all 4th and 5th grade students. The contest takes place after mid-April.
Destination Imagination is a before and after school enrichment program offered to 1st - 5th graders at Thorson. In the program, teams of students are given challenges to solve and implement using their creativity, ingenuity and problemsolving.
The challenges are ultimately presented at a regional tournament in the Spring. Destination Imagination is an international program developed by the Center for Creative Learning and the Creative Problem Solving Group instrumental in schools in over 30 countries world-wide.
Social Studies and Science Olympiad
This is a Studies and Science contest open to all 5th grade students. The contest takes place in April.
National Geographic Geography Bee
This geography contest is open to all 4th and 5th grade students. The contest takes place in December and January.
This is open to third through fifth grade students as an opportunity to develop leadership skills within a realistic and applicable setting in the school environment.
These leadership opportunities will increase self-responsibility and responsibility for a higher social community.
Delta Kappa Gamma Writing Contest
This writing contest is open to 3rd-5th grade students. This statewide competition takes place in January and is sponsored by the Delta kappa Gamma Society.
Students produce an original fictional piece of literature to be judged for story elements, creativity, originality, and mechanics.
Chess Club (Currently not meeting- We are in need of a parent supervisor and organizer)
The Chess Club at Thorson is a PTO funded program offered to children 1st - 5th grade.
The purpose of the program is to motivate the children to gain skills in perseverance, memory and decision making while having fun playing a game with their friends. Children who participate in the club are taught basic rules and strategies of chess and are encouraged to attend tournaments in the area as part of a team.