March 29

Film Opportunity

Dear Parents,

I wanted to let you know about a special opportunity to see a movie whose main characters are a gifted child and her uncle. The movie is called “Gifted” and is playing at Penn Cinema in Lititz on Friday, April 7th and runs about an hour and 40 minutes.

Description: Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.


More on the making of the film: 

It is not often that gifted children are the subject of a movie. I hope you are able to take advantage of this opportunity.

Valerie Sharir

March 16

Another Summer Opportunity

Millersville University is offering its 31st Annual Summer Science Training Program beginning July 11th and ending on Jul 26th. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays they offer 2 three-hour workshops from 9:00-4:00 at the university. This is open to any student who will be entering 8th-12th grades for the 2017-2018 school year.  This is not just Science centered but includes Math and Technology too.

I am attaching the flyer and the web site where you can get more information:

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Deadline for receipt to applications is Friday, May 12th.

I hope you will check this opportunity out.


3/20/2017– NEW! I’m adding this one on to this post.  Camp Will held at Millersville University for all your students who have the acting/theater bug. Check out the brochure for details:

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Valerie Sharir

February 1

Thinking Ahead to Summer

Before we get too exited about warm weather (and the possible snowfall that is coming tonight into tomorrow) I wanted to add a new offering for high school students. PSU is having a pre-vet day where, if you are interested in possibly studying vet science, you can learn more about the career options in that field. For more information please check out the flyer and the registration form.




I figured that, since the weather was so mild with rain and sunshine rather than snow, you might be thinking ahead to summer. There are some Summer Enrichment Camps held at IU13 on New Holland Avenue that I want to tell you about.

  1. Summer Chess Exploration: Choices, Pawn-Chains, and Checkmates for 7th graders. Dates are June 19-22.  Chess camp flyer 2017-1u9y43a
  2. Jump In! Exploring the Science and Fun of H2O for 7th graders. Dates are Aug 7-10.  Jump In flyer 2017-19g79qu
  3. 2017 Invention Project –  Students entering Grades 6-8. Dates July 10-14, 2017 INVENTION_PROJECT 2017-24k7zpz
  4. Volunteer Experience Opportunities— IU13 is looking for students grades 8-12 who are looking for leadership experience. 16 and older will work with Camp Invention and 8th grade on up will work with the elementary camps. Call for more information  at 717-606-1822.
Call IU13 Gifted Education and Enrichment Services: 717-606-1822

North Museum has a program called STEM Sisters. They have two offerings at no cost that might interest the girls:

  1. Winter Meet Up February 8 from 5:30-8:00 pm for grades 6-12. “As teams, STEM Sisters participants utilize principals from all STEM disciplines to work together to build a dynamic Museum exhibit.”
  2. Curiosity Quest Jun 14, 2017 half day event for grades 6-8. “Focusing on STEM Sisters at the middle school level, the STEM Sisters Curiosity Quest is a time of discovery. This event is designed to engage girls with fun, hands-on STEM activities (such as computer coding and 3D printing).

Contact information at the Museum  is or 717-358-3941.


Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global and International Studies

June 18-July 14, 2917  A four-week residential program at the University of Pittsburgh campus where the students will study human rights and security, global health, the environment, and inequality. Application deadline is March 1, 2017. Further details and application at

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A New Way to Find SUCCESS After High School:

Also, there is an upcoming free event on Wednesday, February 15th at the Lancaster County Convention Center at 6:30 PM :  A FREE presentation, (Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century, national career strategist Dr. Kevin Fleming, offers clear steps that will give you a competitive advantage.  Technical skills are the new currency. Do you have a plan to acquire them without breaking the bank? Get on the path to success in the new economy!  Thaddeus Stevens is giving away THREE FULL-TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS to qualifying students in attendance!  For more information or to register go to: Stevens College or Free Registration   Register by February 8, 2017 for a chance to win 1 of 3 – $100 Gift Cards!  Winners of either the Amazon Gift Card or Tuition must be in attendance to redeem prize! Registration is not required, but strongly encouraged!

If I come across more events, I will post them here.

Valerie Sharir

November 22

How do you advocate for your gifted child?

This is a question I get from parents all the time. They feel lost in the world of education and where to push and how much to push. If you try to read PA Code Chapter 16, it is easy to get lost in the government language that seems to get more confusing as your read further. I have pulled some key concepts about what gifted students are entitled to based on the law:

gifted-program-guidelines-2014 excerpts-from-pa-chapter-16

Also, here is the entire document if you want to dig into it some more:


I wanted to include an article by Paula Prober from her blog Your Rainforest Mind. Through personal reflection and anecdotes she shows that, while it may be difficult at times, advocating for your student is a very important parental role.

If I Can Do It, So Can You — Finding Your Purpose(s)

Before I sign off, I wanted to point out that I have posted a tentative schedule with descriptions for the Spring SEE Seminars for both high school and middle school. Look on the right hand side of the blog to see the folders for information.

I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families.

Valerie Sharir


October 28

Waiting, a skill our gifted children learn early on in life

Welcome back to my gifted blog for students and parents. Each day I see kids who are waiting for something else to come along, especially among the gifted population that I work with. There is an interesting post that I wanted to share with you called “Imagine a World Where Gifted Kids Don’t Have to Wait.” I enjoy Paula Prober’s short articles because she speaks so well for the gifted among us.

I hope you have been enjoying our Fall weather and looking forward to the upcoming holiday season. Before we know it, because we are always so busy, it will be 2017. Remember when we were all panicky about whether Y2K would wipe out our computers? That doesn’t seem like it was seventeen years ago.

Valerie Sharir

September 15

Two Events from LCPAGE

LCPAGE is Lancaster County PA Gifted Education.  They have two events coming up this fall that I wanted to let you know about. The first  is a parent presentation explaining acceleration and the speaker is Ann Lukowski-Shoplik. Registration is free.

The second is the 9th Annual After Hours at the Lancaster Science Factory.  Admission is $7 per person.

For further details, here is the link.


Valerie Sharir

September 6

Girls’ Code Club from the Science Factory

I just received this information:

The Science Factory is launching a new program focused on engaging girls 8-13 in computer science.  <Girls Code Club> involves 9 monthly Saturday meet-ups throughout the 2016-2017 school year, with a full week of summer camp as capstone.

We are hoping to recruit 25 eager learners and we have 5 need-based scholarships available.

This program might make a great connection with STEM initiatives you are currently spearheading with schools. You may already be aware of some girls who demonstrate strong interest in the field of computer science.

Any help spreading the word to teachers, counselors, and these girls and their families is greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to circulate.

Our first meet up is September 17th, and scholarship applications are due September 9th.

Thank you!
Emily & the Science Factory Team

Girls Code Club Press Release

Girls Code Club Scholarship Application 2016


August 29

Welcome Back to 2016-2017 School Year!

I hope you all had a great summer! I know I did– my son got married so planning that celebration was tremendous. Now we are starting a whole new school year and I am excited to once again work with all of you.

I have posted the dates and topics for the Fall SEE Seminars for both the high school and the middle school. You will find that link on the right hand side of the page. If you or your student sees a topic that interests you, please feel free to contact me at to let me know.

My office number is the same this year, 717-354-1588 so you can also call me.

Again, welcome back!

Valerie Sharir

May 4

Coming of the end of the year

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

The end of the school year is rushing towards us rapidly even if the weather doesn’t indicate that it is late spring.  It has been a busy year with our new system of meeting once a week.  Overall, I believe it has worked well for the first year and, with tweaking, will be better next school year.  While I’m sure you have plans for the summer, just as I do already, here is a link to some curious puzzlements that you might enjoy when you have some free time.  After viewing the ones here, maybe try to think of some of your own.

Curiosities and Puzzlements

To all the seniors out there who are graduating, congratulations! It has been a great five years (remember research excel in 8th grade?) and I will miss you.  I do wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

To all undergraduates, I hope you have a great summer and I look forward to working with you again next school year.


Valerie Sharir