Welcome to the START page for Buckland Mills Elementary School.

My name is Kelcie Conroy and I am currently the START teacher.  I work with identified gifted students in grades K-3.  I also go into each K-2 classroom once a quarter for creative and critical thinking whole class lessons.

I have been a teacher for 15 years.  I taught fourth grade for 8 years and K-5 Gifted Education at a Title 1 school in PWCS for 6 years.  This is my first year at Buckland Mills ES.

Gifted Identification Update

With the closure of Prince William County Schools due to COVID-19, the timeline for gifted identification has been affected. The division-level Gifted Identification/Placement Committees will meet to review cases and make decisions regarding eligibility as soon as possible when PWCS reopens. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the gifted resource teacher at your child's school.


Week of May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day!  Your challenge this week is to cook or bake something with your family!  Find a new recipe or a beloved favorite! 

Educational connections:

Language Arts:  Reading nonfiction text and vocabulary development.  You can hunt for parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives).

Math:  Measurement.  Talk about measurement and conversions.  If you really want a challenge double or halve the recipe and do the math.

Science:  Reactions and what different ingredients do in a recipe

History:  Find the historical significance if there is one.  If it's a family favorite, talk about the family importance and legacy.  You could research ways that food connects people and cultures!


Happy baking/cooking (and eating!)



Week of May 11, 2020
Continue to work on past challenges and on your Cardboard Challenge!

Week of May 4, 2020
This week check out some of the Smithsonian's resources!  There are many choice board activities to choose from!  Share your favorites with me via e-mail, Bloomz, Teams (2nd and 3rd Grade) or on Twitter and tag me @ConroyKL13 and @PWCSGiftedEd


Week of April 27, 2020
This week your challenge is a reading/writing challenge!  Choose a favorite picture book!  Once you read it to yourself or someone else in your family, create your own book in a similar style.  So for example, if you choose a Dr. Seuss book, try to create a book with similar rhyming.  If you choose an Eric Carle book, try to imitate the illustration style.  If you have been into the Mo Willems tutorials, you could write a book similar to the Elephant and Piggie books!  E-mail or share with me your new books once you complete!

Week of April 20, 2020
This week I am challenging students to complete a Ball to Cup Challenge.  

1- Use a ball that fits into one of your cups at home. (Make sure your parents are okay with you using the cup)

2- Place the ball on something about 3-4 feet high (toybox, shelf, couch, etc) You can go as higher with the help of a parent

3- Place the cup on the floor about 5 feet away  (If you don't have a way to measure, take 5 large steps from where you put the ball)

4- Now you get to be creative-> Use toys and supplies that your parents allow to create a path for the ball to follow so that the ball travels down and lands in the cup on the floor.

(Note: Please use more than 1 item to create your path - ie. do not just use a slide)

Once you are done --> Take a picture or a video of your creation and submit it.  You can e-mail it to me, send it through Bloomz, or add it to our Team (2nd and 3rd Grade).

Also, answer the following questions:  (If you choose a video, you can answer these orally)

How long did this take you to complete it?

What was the most difficult part?

What worked really well?

What did you have to change?



Week of April 13, 2020
This week I challenge you to head to www.krazydad.com or www.gregtangmath.com and learn a new puzzle.  Find a way to share what you have learned or teach this puzzle to someone else.

I already read each group the book, Not a Box.  I challenged you all to create something new with a box or a picture of one and share it with me.


Feel free to follow me on Twitter:  @ConroyKL13
E-mail me:  conroykl@pwcs.edu