The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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December 7, 2012

Gifted kids moving on up

Program gives sixth-graders a taste of life in high school



Fourth-graders in the program learn Japanese and fifth graders are introduced to German by adult instructors.

“We’re able to offer in the gifted program all these different languages and (some) are being taught by the 11th and 12th graders,” Timonere said.

During the high school visit on Thursday, the sixth-graders also learned about extracurricular activities and course options they’ll face in just two years. They also made friends with Lakeside students as they worked with them in small groups.

“I really like getting to hang out with high school students and seeing what it is going to be like in high school,” said Giavanna Edgell. “I like my group.”

Drew Kiphart said he already knew one of the students from his church and wasn’t afraid to poke fun of his mustache on his political slogan.

The students also discovered that high school teachers can be just as much fun as those in elementary. Toth, sporting a snowman tie, stood on his desk to make a point about the fossils.

“I try to make things fun in my class,” he said. “I use my hands a lot, and, no, I’m not Italian.”

“But I am!” quipped one of the sixth-graders.

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