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What to know about: Super Saturday at Penn Hills' Linton Middle School

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.


Members of the Penn Hills chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, or PAGE, will host a “Super Saturday” of specialized classes on April 20 at Linton Middle School.

Chapter members attended a recent PAGE conference where organizers had put together a similar day, consisting of a series of unorthodox classes for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, taught by volunteers at a minimal cost.

“We have a variety of people from school district teachers to former teachers and people we know who will lead the classes,” said Penn Hills PAGE President M.J. Gula.


District gifted coordinators Tracey Johnson and Melissa Tamburrino will teach a course on “candy science,” former gifted coordinator Linda Mackey will lead a course titled “The Amazing Human Body,” and a group of high-school students teaching alongside an adult will lead an art-exploration class to show children some of the art techniques used at the high-school level.


At recent Penn Hills PAGE meetings, Gula said members brainstormed to develop contacts, topics for classes and unique opportunities for students. “We tried to figure out what kids would be interested in and what could we expose them to that they may not learn in their everyday classes,” Gula said.


Classes will include, “Amazing Alpha Art,” a mock-forensics class called “Who Stole the Cookies?,” “Candy Science,” “Kitchen Experiments,” “Extra-Out-Of-The-Ordinary Math” and seven other courses touching on geometry, meditation, fitness and exercise, the human body and thinking outside the box. In addition to the classes, district gifted services counselor Josh Willy will be on hand for parent questions and discussions.


Classes are geared toward students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade, although some classes are restricted to certain grades. Students do not need to be enrolled in the district's gifted education program to participate. The cost is $10 per class and $5 for each additional class. Checks must be made payable to PH PAGE, ATTN: Barb Donnelly, Penn Hebron Elementary, 102 Duff Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235. For registration forms and other information, visit, call 412-795-4786 or email

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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