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    Last update: 2.24.16

    • Summer Book Challenge 2017

      Summer Book Challenge 2017

       You can find the link to the Summer BOOK-O Card below, as well as  a book list for some fun ideas.

      Consider checking out the Honors Reading section farther down the page for a list of book ideas that offer a bit more of a challenge. 

      Check out apps and websites like Good Reads and Book Riot that also offer wonderful ideas and reviews for books you might want to read.

      Students who complete the book challenge will be invited to a celebration shortly after school begins. You'll turn your BOOK-O card in to Mrs. Kienitz the week you come back to school. 


      Summer reading


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      Summer Academy

      2017 GT/YS Summer Academy

      July 24-28, 2017


      Falcon Ridge Middle School

      Parents must provide transportation

      $100 fee  

      Access your parent SchoolView Account to register through FeePay

      Click on the link below to see the class registration form.

      Contact: Jennifer Parker at FRMS

      Registration Deadline: May 12, 2017

      Complete information can also be picked up from Mrs. Kienitz in the library.

    • GTI Summer Institute

      Summer Gifted & Talented Institute

      Find Your Challenge South of the River

      This summer, Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville hosts GTI with an intriguing array of challenging classes for gifted learners and students who have talent and high interest in a particular subject. Students entering kindergarten through grade 9 can choose from a variety of courses. Examples include:

      • Computer Programming
      • Robotics and Animation
      • Extreme Movie Making
      • Creative Writing
      • Adventures in Spanish
      • Oudoor Explorers
      • Project Runway
      • Chess Camp
      • Musical Journey Around the Globe

      Register online! The complete GTI catalog is available at

    • Summer Enrichment Opportunities


      There are many enrichment opportunities offered throughout the Twin Cities and beyond this summer. Please see the following website links for additional information. Some of the deadlines are fast approaching, so don't miss out! Continue to challenge yourself this summer!!


      Welcome to the RMS Honors Reading Program

      What is the RMS Honors Reading Program?

      The purpose of the RMS Honors Reading Program is to encourage students to achieve literacy in the classics and significant literature across the disciplines and cultures. This optional, self-directed program is open to all students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students may set individual goals and read independently. This is a way for students to broaden their horizons and have meaningful discussions about the books they have read.

      How were the books selected?

      The books were selected by a group of RMS staff who were interested in participating as book mentors for the program. The chosen titles are ones that would enrich the curriculum and expand cultural literacy. All books have been cited as significant reads by educators and reading associations. The list was reviewed by the book mentors for content, interest and readability for middle school students. Parents are encouraged to discuss book titles and themes with students prior to selections being made as some books may be better suited for mature readers. Books on the list are not part of the regular required reading curriculum (although some titles may be options for certain classes). A list of over 150 high quality titles can be viewed by clicking on the resource link below.

      What books may I read?

      You can find a list of the Honors Reading books by clicking the link below. Chosen books should be read independently and not part of a class assignment (logging for independent reading minutes, pages or books is okay).

      How can I participate?

      Once you have read a selection, set up a conference with one of the mentors listed for that book. The staff member has either already read the book or will be willing to read the book along with you, and be prepared to have an individual discussion with you. The conference will be approximately 15 minutes; the book mentor will complete a Google form to submit to Mrs. Kienitz to verify that you have read the book and completed the discussion. You do not need to write a report. Rather, you discuss your ideas and reactions to the book. During the conference, you are encouraged to share ideas with the mentor as well as ask any questions you have about the book. There is a reflection form with some recommended questions that you can use to prepare for the conference if you choose (link to this resource is below). 

      What do I have to do before the conference?

      Contact the mentor teacher to set up a discussion time. A reflection form is available to help guide your thinking and help you prepare for the discussion, if needed. You can get this form from Mrs. Kienitz or download it from the link below.

      When can I start the program?

      Students are encouraged to start reading in 6th grade, but they may start reading the books at any time. Conferences or Moodle discussions should be arranged as soon after completing the book as possible. It is up to the student to arrange the conference with the mentor teacher. Students have all of their middle school years to complete the program.

      What are the rewards?

      Besides the enjoyment of reading and developing additional understanding of the world through quality literature, RMS will present awards in the spring of the students' 8th grade year.

      Platinum Award  =  16+ books

      Gold Award  = 13 - 15 books

      Silver Award  =  10 - 12 books

      Bronze Award  =  7 - 9 books

      Because this is a new program, the following criteria will be in place for students in the class of 2020:

                  Platinum = 9+ books, Gold = 8 books, Silver = 7 books, Bronze = 6 books

      In addition to the awards given to students at 8th grade celebration, students in any grade who have read at least one Honors Reading book and completed a conference will be invited to participate in a pizza party at the end of the year.

      Who are the Book Mentors?

      Ms. Alexander, Ms. Carlson, Ms. Cary, Ms. Cattoor, Mr. Clausen, Ms. Colucci, Ms. Erzar, Ms. Eshelman, Ms. Greiner, Mr. Hansen, Mr. Hoernke, Ms. Idstrom, Mr. Ilse, Ms. Jaye, Ms. Kienitz, Mr. Kosidowski, Ms. Larsen, Mr. Liegl, Ms. Michalak, Ms. Pendino, Ms. Picker, Ms. Poukey, Ms. Pugmire, Ms. Rotty, Ms. Simmers, Ms. Standon, Mr. Strey, Ms. Thompson      

      Please contact Mrs. Kienitz if you have any questions or need additional information. 

    • MITY

      Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY)

      MITY offers academic enrichment for bright and motivated students in grades one through twelve. Students are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge, challenge their perspective and inspire their future.

      MITY offers three academic enrichment programs. Students from RMS can register for ExplorSchool (grades 4-6) or Expand Your Mind (grades 7-12).

      For more information about the program and application, check out the website at

    • RMS GT Program Goals


      Program Goals

      The RMS Gifted and Talented Program seeks to recognize and develop talents in advanced-level learners. The following goals are established to offer a continuum of program services for advanced-level learners.

      • Ensure that gifted education services are an integral part of the general education program.
      • Provide differentiated instruction and curriculum to continuously improve student achievement and performance.
      • Provide for the social and emotional needs of advanced-level learners.
      • Recognize and develop diverse abilities and talents.
      • Provide comprehensive professional development for its teachers to help them meet the unique needs of advanced-level students.

      These goals are based on gifted program standards and content goals of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Maryland Learning Outcomes, and the Howard County Essential Curriculum.