Blair Community Schools
HIGH ABILITY LEARNERS
What's Happening now in HAL?
Reading- Students are working through a project cycle on natural disasters. We have been looking at many different kinds of natural disasters, and students will research a natural disaster and teach their classmates all about them. We will conclude the unit by meeting with some experts in the field.
4th grade- Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
5th grade- Storm Blown by Nick Courage
6th grade- HAL Math- Robotics
7th grade- HAL Reading students are working through a project cycle on natural disasters. We have been looking at many different kinds of natural disasters, and students will research a natural disaster and teach their classmates all about them. We will conclude the unit by meeting with some experts in the field. We are reading Dry by Neal and Jared Shusterman.
8th grade- HAL Math- Robotics
BHS students are working on our yearly service project, the Open Store. We are accepting gently used clothing, shoes, housewares, toys and books. Let us know if you have items you'd like to donate!
Arbor Park/Deerfield HAL Services:
3rd Grade HAL Math- second semester
3rd Grade HAL Reading- second semester
3rd Grade HAL Logic- second semester
4th Grade HAL Math
4th Grade HAL Reading
5th Grade HAL Math
5th Grade HAL Reading
4th & 5th Grade HAL Quiz Bowl
3rd, 4th, & 5th HAL identification services
4th & 5th HAL seminars, workshops, competitions, etc.
Otte Middle School HAL Services:
Regular 6th, 7th and 8th Grade HAL Math
Regular 6th, 7th and 8th Grade HAL Reading
6th, 7th, & 8th Grade HAL Quiz Bowl
6th, 7th, & 8th HAL identification services
6th, 7th, & 8th HAL seminars, workshops, competitions, etc.
Blair High School HAL Services:
Monday-Thursday HAL Meetings
9-12 HAL seminars, workshops, competitions, etc.
Hi, my name is Carson Norine, and I'd like to welcome you to the BCS High Ability Learner page. I am the High Ability Learner (HAL) Coordinator for Blair Community Schools.
In 2009 I graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with secondary education endorsements in general science and health. I taught 7th grade science at Sioux Center Middle School from 2009-2010 before coming to Otte Blair Middle School in 2010 to teach 6th grade science. In 2015 I received my masters degree in Educational Leadership from Doane College and have since earned my HAL endorsement and currently provide services for gifted/talented students in my role as HAL coordinator for Blair Schools.
My wife Bethany and I enjoy keeping up with our kids Jackson, Cooper, and Anna.
Here's some random info about some of my favorite hobbies/activities:
Disc golf - My favorite summertime hobby
Juggling - Started in kindergarten and can now juggle balls, clubs, torches, swords, Diabolo, Devil sticks, cigar boxes, etc. This hobby has expanded into other weird/unique skills like plate spinning, unicycling, ukulele, balance board...my inner clown just can't get enough of this stuff!
Board games - I own way too many to list; my current favorite is Pandemic, but other "regulars" are Catan, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride.
Podcasts - I spend way too much time listening to Freakonomics and Dave Ramsey.
Every day is different in HAL, so the best way to reach me is via email.
Hi! My name is Jenny Bruck, and this is my second year as a High Ability Learner Coordinator. I am very excited to work with your young learners!
After receiving my teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa, I taught English for 13 years, primarily teaching honors, advanced and AP courses- three of those years at Blair High School. During that time, I also earned a Master's degree in English Curriculum. In 2017, I earned an endorsement in library science and became the librarian at Bennington High School. I have since earned my HAL endorsement and currently provide services for gifted/talented students in my role as Reading HAL coordinator for Blair Schools.
I live in Blair with my husband, Chad, and our three daughters- Aubrey, Evie and Olive.
While I spend most of my time at my children's activities, when I do have free time I enjoy reading, cooking, and being outside.
Random facts about me:
In 2022, I read 61 books.
I have never done a successful cartwheel.
My highest ever bowling score is a 232.
I once spent a summer working on a hot air balloon crew.
Philosophy: The Blair Community Schools recognizes the individual characteristics of the student and strives to advance to the fullest all aspects of the student's development. Screening and identification, case studies, program options, and placement are planning components of the program for the high-ability learners which can aid these students in their attempt to develop their abilities to optimum levels.
Definition: The Blair Community Schools recognizes students have opportunities at school and in the community to develop specific talents in the areas of creativity, leadership, intellectual capacity, visual and performing arts, and specific academic fields. At this time, the Blair Community Schools will identify learners with high ability as students who show evidence of high performance ability in intellectual and academic areas.