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Northern Kentucky University Educational Talent Search Summer 2013 Newsletter Middle School Edition

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS From the Director’s Desk: The Importance of Playing by Lisa Brinkman

“When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED. ” Dr. Seuss Did you ever hear the expression, “All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy?” Summer is the perfect time to play. School is out, the sun is shining, and there is ample opportunity to participate in things you only dream of during the school year. What moves you? Perhaps you enjoy being outside. Take a walk in the woods and listen to the sounds of nature. Can you identify the bird calls? Notice the trees that grow around you. Use your powers of observation and explore. What do you imagine these same woods looked like one-hundred years ago? Only by using your imagination are you allowing it to develop. Take the time to think and to dream. Do you enjoy reading or writing? Plan a trip to your local library and see what places you can visit by simply reading about them. Check out this newsletter for some summer reading suggestions, or ask a friend or librarian what they might recommend. By the simple act of reading, you are not only expanding your mind, you are increasing your vocabulary. Try your hand at writing a poem or story. If art is your thing, take photographs, draw, paint or create original works of art that allow you to express yourself. If you are considering art as a career, place some of your best pieces into a portfolio which you can keep and add to as your skills improve. Colleges and universities are interested in reviewing student artwork if art is to become your major. Perhaps, you may even earn scholarship dollars for your efforts! Action! It wouldn’t be summer without pools, sun, barbeques and ballgames. Enjoy the time you spend outside and get moving! Since the weather heats up quickly, make sure you keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen. Slow down this summer. Take it easy and play a little! Happy summer from the Educational Talent Search Staff! ETS STAFF

INSIDE THIS ISSUE! From the Director’s Desk


Lisa Brinkman, Director

Summer Reads & Summer Camps


Zach Wells, Assistant Director

Spring Field Trip Photos


Allyson Knue, Educational Advisor

Welcome, Emily Krugh!


Emily Krugh, Educational Advisor Candace Gibson, Administrative Secretary

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What will you read this summer? Here are the ETS Staff’s summer picks!




Friday Night Lights by H.G.

Inferno by

I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays

Dan Brown


by Sloane Crosley



11/22/63 by

Looking for Alaska by

Stephen King

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Looking for something FUN to do this summer? Check out these awesome local opportunities & get involved!

GRANT COUNTY LIBRARY Williamstown Experiment with science, play games, learn how to knit & more FREE Multiple dates


CINSAM (Center for Integration of Natural Science & Mathematics)

Highland Heights Learn about space, designing your own computer games & more $20-$110, depending on the camp Multiple dates

familyfriendly /education

CHALLENGER SOCCER CAMP Owenton Play soccer with expert British coaching staff $76-$166/session July 22-26


CAMP CARNEGIE Covington Write scripts, design costumes & put on a live performance $10 Multiple dates

John Green


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SPRING FIELD TRIPS ETS & middle schoolers headed West in March and spent a day exploring the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. In May, we got behindthe-scenes tours of Paul Brown Stadium and the Contemporary Arts Center in Downtown Cincinnati. Did you attend an ETS field trip this spring? Share your photos with us on Twitter at

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And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! ...Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way! Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Welcome, Emily Krugh! Emily Krugh was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. Emily joined Educational Talent Search in February of 2013 after teaching high school English for three years at Mt. Auburn International Academy, a charter school in Cincinnati. She currently serves as the Field Trip Coordinator as well as the Educational Adviser at Grant County Middle and High Schools, Owen County High School, and Maurice Bowling Middle School. Emily brings her love for teaching with her to ETS. She also brings her passion for making sure that every student has the opportunity to be successful in life. Some of her other passions include reading, photography, spending quality time with family and friends, and owls (she’s kind of obsessed!). She also loves attending local events and enjoying all that her hometown of Cincinnati has to offer. She is excited to be a part of the ETS family and looks forward to making a difference in as many students’ lives as possible!

NKU ETS Summer 2013 M.S. Newsletter  
NKU ETS Summer 2013 M.S. Newsletter  

Northern Kentucky University's Educational Talent Search Summer 2013 Middle School Newsletter.