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STRETCH
STRETCH--Mehlville School District's Gifted Education Program   

STRETCH is an acronym for:
Supplementary Teaching Resources for Educationally Talented Children


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Important Information

STRETCH Classes begin - August 25, 2014
STRETCH Daily Schedules
Monday - 1st/2nd grade
Tuesday - 3rd grade
Wednesday - 4th grade
Thursday - 5th grade

 
Click 2014-2015 STRETCH Handbook to review.
 
2014-2015 STRETCH Calendar - Click Calendar


STRETCH Supply List 2014-2015 - Click LIST


 
Garden Party
First and second grade STRETCH students in the Explorer class - Meet Me in St. Louis learned about City Garden. They are creating a STRETCH Garden by planting flowers and creating a sculpture. As inspiration, the students learned about Dale Chihuly and his infamous glass sculptures, one of which can be found hanging in the entrance to the Missouri Botanical Garden. The students reused clear plastic bottles, painted them with permanent markers, and then cut them into flower or spiral shapes. The bottles were then heated with a heat cut to resemble the twisted glass found in a real Chihuly sculpture. By the end of the project, even the older STRETCH students and Alternative Academy students were involved by creating their own "Chihuly". All of the bottles are being attached to an inverted cone frame at the STRETCH entrance to the Witzel Learning Center. Click here to view slideshow. 
Robot Wars
In the Mehlville School District, students in the gifted program, called STRETCH, recently competed in "robot wars!" STRETCH stands for "Supplemental Teaching Resources (for) Educationally Talented Children." Teams of up to four students had 2-3 hours to construct a syringe robotic arm demonstrating four degrees of movement. Click here to watch the competition unfold!
STRETCH City Builders
Fourth and fifth grade STRETCH students built and presented Box Cities as a culminating project of a semester-long City Planning and Architecture unit. The goals of this curricular unit included understanding the process of controlled growth and urban development and demonstrating basic architectural design and construction principles. Click here to view slideshow.
Brainiacs
STRETCH fifth grade Explorer Classes dissected sheep brains on Thursday, Feb. 6, to learn similarities between the sheep brain and the human brain. Among their lesson they discovered differences between the left and right hemispheres and the many functions of the lobes. Click here to view slideshow. 
Puppet Shows
STRETCH fifth graders put on a Character Education puppet show - "Service Anyone?" Watch the videos and see how it all comes together - "back-stage." 

Puppet Show One     

Puppet Show Two


Outdoor Leadership Lab
The fifth grade STRETCH students participated in the culminating activity for their leadership unit, the Outdoor Leadership Lab on Thursday, Nov. 13. Students were challenged with various problems to solve to encourage the development of their leadership skills. After facing the different challenges, the students who took a leadership role were identified by name and the skills they used to help guide the group. The day ended with a reflective letter writing project. The students were asked to write a letter to themselves that explained the things they learned during the day about leadership. They were also asked to think about how they would use those skills in the future and write about what they think they will be doing in the future and how the leadership skills they learned at the lab might be used. Click here to view slideshow. 
STRETCH Caveman Project Slideshows
The 5th grade STRETCH students are studying a unit about Art & Ancient Civilizations.  They learned about the Lascaux Cave in France and then made "primitive" artwork to adorn the walls.  In activities pictured here they are incorporating modern "symbols" called Zentangle onto bats and spiders to help decorate the inside of the cave they built together.  To see the slideshows, click here.
Locations:
Elementary STRETCH Center
3100 Lemay Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63125



Middle School STRETCH
Bernard Middle School
Margaret Buerkle Middle School
Oakville Middle School
Washington Middle School

STRETCH Main Office
69 Randolph Place
St. Louis, MO 63125
Office: 314-467-7850
Fax: 314-467-7898

*If you need immediate assistance please contact the main office at 314-467-7850.

Slideshows
Sally Ellrich: Garden and ArtworkPosted: Tuesday, May 20

Sally Ellrich: Dissect Sheeps' BrainsPosted: Thursday, February 6

Sally Ellrich: Puppet ShowsPosted: Friday, January 17
More...
Useful Information
STRETCH Forms and General Information
 2014-2015 STRETCH Handbook
2014-2015 STRETCH Handbook
 Explorer Class Selection Sheets
Explorer Class Selection Sheets - All Grades
 STRETCH Information 2014-2015
Student Supply List - Elementary
2014-2015 STRETCH Calendar
Staff Roster
+ Black, Charissa
+ Bresler, Dr. Jeff
+ Dees, Terri
+ DeGuire, Amy
+ FitzWilliam, Erin
+ Kernen, Linda
+ Knopf, Natalie
+ Muessig, Heather
+ Seim, Kelly
+ Ziegler, Julie
Click on name to see details.

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