willow creek

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Enrichment Activities

Enrichment Activities Overview

The activities listed below are some that have been offered in the past and are open to ALL students unless otherwise noted. Services are contingent upon student interest and the availability of parent/community mentors to facilitate the activities. Students should watch the morning report and read the Newsletter to stay informed about these activities. Sign-up forms are available across from the main GATE office.

Destination Imagination Create a song, skit, or movie to present your group’s solution to a problem of your choice

History Day is open at all 7th and 8th grade students with a passion for history.

Lego Robotics is a program sponsored by IBM Rochester to advance the disciplines of programming, engineering and science.

Math Counts Calling all 7th and 8th grade math wizards. Now is your time to shine!

Math Masters Competition for 6th grade students interested in solving math at lightening speed

Midwest Talent Search, Identified gifted 7th and 8th grade students are invited to take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams.

Science Fair Present your project for judging, you could end up at the State competition in Minneapolis.

Science Olympiad is a team competition covering topics from earth science to physics where students use hands on activities as well as paper tests to show case their abilities.

Spelling Bee Are you the one everyone turns to for the correct spelling. Strut your stuff at the spelling bee!

Stock Market Game Worldwide If you ever dreamed of having $100,000 to invest this is the competition for you.

Destination Imagination is a team event 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 Willow Creek, and a state event is held in April at Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN. Scripts, Props, Songs, etc., are all created and performed by students. Registration is in November, and the world event is held at the end of May or early June. The Regional event is open to 3rd thru 12th graders. A parent volunteer is required for this event to take place. The web address is:

History Day holds its district event in February. The regional event is usually held locally -- here at Willow Creek the third week of March, and State History Day is held at the University of Minnesota in early May. The theme for this year is “Rights and Responsibilities.” Parent assistance is a must for this event. Web site is:

Knowledge Masters is open to all 6, 7, and 8th graders, and begins in October. Two worldwide tournaments are held during the school year, the first week in December, and the third week in April. Teams practice with information such as trivia in history, science, math, English, music, the arts, geography and a dozen other curricular areas. If you like facts, or wish to learn some, or just enjoy the game of Trivial Pursuit on CD, this is your chance. A parent volunteer is required for this event to take place. Web site:

MathCounts , is open to 6th 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in math. 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. Web site:

Math Masters begins in January. Students interested in participating attend practices. Those participating in the competition will take a qualification test. This competition is open to 3-6th graders. The February competition is in Austin, Minnesota for Rochester students, but test sites are all over the state. Web site:

Midwest Talent Search is open to 7th and 8th graders who wish to take early SAT or ACT tests before they go on permanent records. Students who place in the top 5% academically are invited, and once register, obtain mailings from gifted and talented offerings all over the country. Northwestern University organizes Midwest Talent Search, a program to identify gifted students for local and regional programs. Midwest Talent Search mailings are sent in Mid- October. Rochester students qualify for the program through scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) or the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Web site:

The Science Fair is sponsored by GATEway for 6th graders the third week in February, and Middle School Science teachers for 7-12 graders in February. Both are always a huge success with local, state, and national prizes ranging from $10 to $10,000.
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