Middle school

GATE Co-curricular Activities
There are many activities offered through the Gifted and Talented Department. The activities listed below are some that have been offered in the past and are open to ALL students unless otherwise noted. These activities provide an opportunity for students to explore an interest in depth and meet students with similiar interests. Most of these activities take place outside of the school day Services are contingent upon student interest and the availability of parent/community mentors to facilitate the activities. Take a risk and try something new! Students should watch the Comet Capsule News and read the newsletter to stay informed about these activities. Sign-up forms are available in the GATE rack in the Media Center.

Kellogg Chess Club meets in the Kellogg Media Center starting in November and goes through March.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the game of chess and improve one's playing skills.

 Destination Imagination is a team event for students in grades K - College in which 7 members meet on a weekly basis with a parent coach in order to solve a long-term problem and several spontaneous ones. A regional event is held in Rochester in March at John Adams, and a state event is held in April in Minneapolis. Scripts, Props, Songs, etc., are all created and performed by students. Registration is in November. A parent volunteer is required for this event to take place. Web site:

History Day is open to all students and its regional event is in March at Winona State University and the State History Day event is held at the University of Minnesota in early May. The theme varies each year.  History Day gives students an opportunity to act like a historian! Students research a topic related to an annual theme and present their research in the form of a display, media presentation, performance, or paper at a regional competition held in March. Parent assistance is a must for this event. Web site: ;

MathCounts is open to all students who are interested in math, but generally 7th and 8th graders participate. Those students who are interested in participating in the competition are given a test and qualify for either team or individual competition. The event takes place the first Saturday in February at the RCTC, but practice begins late in the fall. Currently this event is offered through Community Ed. Web site:

Math Masters Challenge is an academic competition for 6th grade students designed to promote critical thinking skills in mathematics. Students start in the Fall by preparing for the Selection Test. Any student may take the Selection Test in December. Students, in groups of five, are chosen for the team based on scores from the Selection Test. Parent volunteers facilitate Math Masters teams. Students selected for the team will continue practice after winter break until our March competitionin Rochester. Web site:

Midwest Academic Talent Search is sponsored by Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. It is a program that offers 7th and 8th graders the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT early. The results of these nationally normed tests are used to identify gifted students for local and regional programs. Students who place in the top 5% academically are invited to a recognition ceremony at Northwestern University. Once registered, students obtain mailings from gifted and talented offerings all over the country. You can register online starting in mid-October. Rochester students may qualify for the program through scores on MCA, NWEA, Stanford, or OLSAT. Web site:

The National Geographic Bee encourages the teaching of geography and tests students' knowledge of the world. All students participate through their Social Studies classes, if offered. Web site:

GATEway Science Fair is for 3rd - 6th grade students. This fair is held in February at the Gonda Building, Mayo Clinic. Web site:

Rochester Regional Science Fair is for students in grades 6 - 12 and it is held at RCTC in early March . Students have an opportunity to present a paper and/or a board. Students may qualify for State and Naitonal competitions. The fair is highly successful with local, state, and national prizes ranging from $10 to $10,000. View their website: Rochester Public Schools Home page/Academics/Rochester Regional Science Fair
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