• Project Challenge

    Welcome to Project Challenge


    Mrs. Engel and Ms. Winick 
    Mrs. Engel  434-3308  POBMS       pengel@pobschools.org
    Ms. Winick  434-3250  Mattlin MS     Swinick@pobschools.org
    Project Challenge is our district’s educational program for identified gifted students who demonstrate the need for an academic challenge above and beyond the regular classroom curriculum. Problem solving and creative thinking are common threads throughout each of the PC learning strands.   Our project based curriculum is designed to encourage the students to stretch their intellect, explore their creativity and form social connections with peers with similar learning styles.
            Our program is designed to provide challenging academic experiences in an intellectually and stimulating classroom environment.  Here, students are encouraged to become motivated leaders, productive group members, proficient researchers, and curious, fun-loving children.

    Project Challenge is a pull-out program which meets one day per week for each group.

    • The third grade students come together from all elementary schools and meet for a half day each week.
    • The fourth grade students are bused to their future middle schools for a full day program, 9:30am-2pm.
    • The fifth and sixth grade students attend for a five period day in their home schools.


    In addition to the enriched curriculum, Project Challenge offers wonderful extensions including field trips and mentors which support our curriculum units.  Thee “extras” provide the students with hands on and real world learning experiences. Some examples of these programs this year include: The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company, The United Nations, Cold Spring Harbor DNA Laboratory, Challenger Learning Center Electronic Mission Simulations, and more.

                               remindgoogle classroomnearpodkahootdiscovery education
    We use a variety of technology applications in Project Challenge every year. 
    Here are some of the ones that we commonly visit. 
    Remind.com is used to communicate with our parent community about upcoming events or to remind students about projects or work that is due. 
    Google Classroom is the platform we use for documents and presentations. Each student has their own account on the district platform.  Google Classroom can be accessed from any computer with Internet. 
    Nearpod is an interactive teaching community.  Nearpod is an interactive platform.  We can interact with our students in real time. 
    Kahoot is a way to check in with students.
    Discovery Education is a multimedia platform which curates and collects media across disciplines.
    All of these applications are being used by educators and students to connect to the world around us. If you are not on remind please send us an email and we will arrange for you to have access.