Welcome to EXPLORE with Mrs. Kohli!  EXPLORE is a pull-out program for identified gifted and talented students in 3rd-8th grade.  The class is structured around a yearly theme, and the theme for the 2017-2018 school year is Medieval Times/Renaissance.  Students will engage in project-based learning on topics such as Medieval myths/legends, castles, warfare and weaponry, feudal society, languages, and art/artists.  In addition, students will write for the school newspaper, Acton in Action, read and write historical fiction, engage in hands-on science investigations, and practice math skills in real-world contexts.       

Please contact Mrs. Kohli with any comments, questions, or concerns at (207) 636-2100 x111 or akohli@acton.k12.me.us.

Welcome to Kohli Castle!

posted Sep 16, 2017, 9:53 AM by Adrienne Kohli

Students will begin the year creating a personal Coat of Arms that will hang outside Kohli Castle this year.  We will learn about heraldry and what the symbols, colors, and patterns mean on coats of arms and why knights carried them during the Medieval Times.

EXPLORE Class Syllabus

posted Sep 16, 2017, 9:45 AM by Adrienne Kohli

A class syllabus was emailed home to all parents of EXPLORE students in late August, but if you need an extra copy, you can find it here.  It lists the topics we plan on learning in each pull-out class, including the themed, Language Arts, and STEM classes.

Acton in Action - Spring/Summer Edition 2017

posted Jun 19, 2017, 12:17 PM by Adrienne Kohli

View the latest issue of Acton's student-created school newspaper that is written, edited, and published by EXPLORE students!

Ancestry Project

posted Jun 19, 2017, 12:15 PM by Adrienne Kohli

Over the past 4 months, EXPLORE students have been engaged in researching their family's genealogy to discover who they are and where they come from.  After completing their family tree, they had to create a poster of their family's ancestry and present it to the class.  They also learned the language spoken by their ancestors using the program Duolingo.  Students are taking their finished posters home this week to share with their family, so be on the lookout for them!

College Visit

posted May 9, 2017, 12:18 PM by Adrienne Kohli

On May 4, the 7th and 8th grade EXPLORE students visited the University of New Hampshire, where they toured the college campus and experienced lunch in the dining hall.  Students learned a lot of useful information about academics, clubs, sports, housing, and dining and had the opportunity to talk to current college students about their experience.  This college visit supplemented our in-class research on future careers and post-secondary options that we have been studying over the past four months.


Southern Maine Math League Tournament

posted May 9, 2017, 12:09 PM by Adrienne Kohli

On May 2, 5th and 8th grade EXPLORE students involved in the Southern Maine Math League competed in the final meet of the year at the Portland Expo Center.  Both teams earned their highest score of the year, and Sam Toussaint achieved our school's highest individual score of the year with 20 points!


Acton in Action - Winter Edition 2017

posted Feb 17, 2017, 10:08 AM by Adrienne Kohli

View the latest issue of Acton's student-created school newspaper that is written, edited, and published by EXPLORE students!

National Park Event

posted Jan 31, 2017, 2:48 PM by Adrienne Kohli

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, EXPLORE students chose a national park of their choice to research and presented it to the school on January 27.  Some students played the part of an animal that lived in the park, while others dressed as park rangers and gave talks to visitors about their park.  Click here to see more photos and videos of the event.

Presidential Speeches

posted Jan 31, 2017, 2:34 PM by Adrienne Kohli

In honor of the 2016 presidential election, 7th and 8th grade EXPLORE - Language Arts students imagined that they were running for President and wrote their own policy platform speeches.  They had to choose three issues to be the focus of their campaigns, and then deliver a speech outlining their ideas to the American people.  Click here to watch their speeches!

School Spelling Bee

posted Jan 31, 2017, 2:26 PM by Adrienne Kohli   [ updated Jan 31, 2017, 2:48 PM ]

Congratulations to 8th grade EXPLORE student, Sam Toussaint, for winning the Acton Elementary School Spelling Bee!  He will compete in the York County Spelling Bee on February 7.

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