ORMS GT Newsletter

November 2018

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Fall GT Evaluations Pick Up

Wednesday, Jan. 9th 2019 at 8am to Friday, Jan. 11th 2019 at 4pm

415 Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

Please come sign out and pick up your child's GT evaluations from the front office any time between Wednesday, January 9-Friday, January 11 from 8AM-4PM. Thank you!

Fall GT Evaluations Pick Up Information

This year we are asking GT parents to pick up their child's GT evaluations from the front office. This is because we no longer mail report cards so we can't include the GT evaluations with them. Last year we sent the evaluations home in a sealed envelope in 7th period Advisory. However, by the end of the school day we had some students opening them and reading the teacher evaluations before parents had a chance to look them over first and sit down with their child to go over them. We truly want these evaluations to be confidential between you, your child, your family and their teachers.

Therefore, we will have the evaluations at the front office on Wednesday, January 9-Friday, January 11 from 8AM-4PM for any GT parent to sign them out from the front office. The office is at its busiest at arrival, lunch and dismissal so you might have to wait if you come during that time. Ideal hours for pick up are 9-11AM and 1-3PM in the front office. If you cannot make it any of those days, please email Amanda Hunt (ahunt@nbisd.org) or your child's GT teacher and we will hold on to them until you can come up in person to pick them up. One copy of all evaluations will go in your child's cumulative folder and the other will go home when you check them out. They do not need to be signed and returned. The evaluations are yours to keep from all CORE teachers and the GT advisory teacher your child has. We will do this process again in May for the spring GT evaluations. Thank you for your help keeping your child's information confidential. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

6th Grade

The Memorial Rock Painting for the Rain Garden Has Begun!

The first 8 student honorees completed their rocks yesterday and placed them in the rain garden at the beginning of November. These students were chosen because each of them has lost a parent in very recent years. ORMS will soon ask for staff to paint rocks in honor of their lost loved ones, so please stay tuned! 6th grade GT is working on this project in advisory as well.
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Tuesday, November 13-16 6th grade GT worked in the library with Ms. Hunt doing STEM/STEAM Makerspace activities that included Play-Doh, LittleBits, Snap Circuits, Buddha Board, Domino Rally, K'Nex, Jenga, Legos and more. Students did two rotations each Advisory for 8 total by the end of the week. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and when you add the 'A' for Art it becomes STEAM. The kids had a blast playing and learning!
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Ms. Beabout and Ms. Redwine at TAGT

November 28-30 Ms. Beabout and Ms. Redwine attended the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented Conference in Fort Worth. They spent the time attending sessions to get ideas and lessons to bring back to use with our GT students. Thank you to these amazing teachers for taking the time to learn more about our GT population and their needs!

Ms. Redwine

6th GT Advisory



Ms. Beabout

6th GT Advisory



7th Grade

Backpack Design

7th grade began their Backpack Design Fall project in November. They surveyed students all over ORMS about what they would want in their ideal backpack. Then they drew up a prototype, patterns and designs. Now students are in the process of actually building their backpacks. These will be on display in the spring at the GT Parent Expo. Students will work on a marketing concept for their backpack as the final step in this project.

Ms. Brooks

7th GT Advisory



Ms. Hybner

7th GT Advisory



8th Grade

Scary Vines

The end of October signaled a badge competition for each student for the best Scary Vine. The Scary Vine Challenge includes students recording a video of 6 seconds (like a Vine) that scares people. The most creative/best scary ones were the winners! Sam Lillibridge got 1st place, Mari Koegle got 2nd place and Megan Kramer got 3rd place! Congrats to each participant!

Marketing Project

Just a reminder that 8th grade students are preparing for their Farmer's Market marketing challenge in December. This means students have spent November researching ads, PR campaigns and other ways that companies advertise their products and then pitching their ideas to the Shark Tank on Tuesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 29 (see photos below). The New Braunfels Farmer's Market will be December 8 and 15 (each group will only go to one weekend, not both). This is as real world as it gets because students have already received their maximum investment of $50, signed a contract with their investor, created their products, and are almost ready to sell them at the Farmer's Market. The teams and Sharks will receive a profit from this (or at least their investment back). We absolutely love this project and cannot wait to see what the students come up at the New Braunfels Farmer's Market!

Important upcoming dates for 8th grade:

December 8 & 15, 8:30-1:30pm: Farmer's Market selling days. Teams only need to attend one of the days, not both. Students should already have their dates picked for when they are selling at the Farmer's Market. Just a reminder that we like to have all members present, if we can.

**As always we would love to have ALL team members present for every event. However, if you cannot attend a date listed above, parents need to email Ms. Bryant or Ms. Cowan to let them know their child won't be in attendance. Thank you for your help with this!

Marketing Challenge

To help students better prepare for Shark Tank, Ms. Bryant and Ms. Cowan created a marketing challenge for all of 8th grade GT. They had to learn about branding, PR and marketing tips in order to take a product that was already out on the market and rebrand it for the masses. All groups had to research, create an ad and present to one another. Mindy Paxton, Executive Director of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce came to judge the presentations and help select the winners. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are below. All students did an amazing job on this project and we believe that because of it, the Shark Tank presentations were the best we'd ever seen!

Shark Tank

On Tuesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 29 8th grade GT students participated in Shark Tank. Local business owners watched student groups pitch ideas with their prototypes and then the Sharks voted for which groups they wanted to invest a maximum of $50 and/or up to 20% of their business. The Sharks and the groups that matched signed contracts to ensure both sides would honor their agreement. Sharks can meet with their groups outside of school to help them better prepare, with an adult from ORMS present as well. Students are expected to create their products in advisory class, as well as outside of school so they have enough to sell at their Saturday. Please make sure students are dropped off by 8:30 the morning of their Saturday work day at the Farmer's Market. They will be required to stay with their group selling in their booth until the Farmer's Market closes at 1:00 and everything is packed up, generally by 1:30, unless a parent has already emailed Ms. Cowan, Ms. Bryant or Ms. Hunt about a conflict. We can't wait for the Farmer's Market in December!

Tuesday Shark Tank

Thursday Shark Tank

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Special Thank You

A special thank you goes out to our Sharks for donating their time and experience for this Shark Tank event and the upcoming mentoring for Farmer's Market:

Patsy Pfeiffer, Robert Schonhoff: Digital Vision Marketing

Robin Adams, Clare Sanders: Nevro Company

Marisa & Austin Herring: Brake Solutions, Inc.

David Heefner: NBISD Board Representative

Jamie Hansen: Black Tie Casino

Hollis McClard: 210 Auto Haus

Shawn Corzine: Sodalis Senior Living

Cameron Corzine: Swift Services

Paula Vacek: Seguin Equipment Company

Liz Rodriguez: Cedar Creek Camo, LLC

Erika Pfeuffer: On the Grind Franchise

Clarissa Walker: Miller & Miller Insurance


Mindy Paxton: Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marketing Judge

Also thank you to Bernice Hoang, who is our 8th grade GT Historian, helping us take pictures for this newsletter each month. We appreciate you!

A special thank you goes out to our GT parents who donated food for our Sharks to eat on Tuesday and Thursday. We so appreciate your support!

Ms. Bryant

8th GT Advisory



Ms. Cowan

8th GT Advisory



Events Coming Up...

8th Grade Farmer's Market Day 1

Saturday, Dec. 8th, 9am-1pm

186 South Castell Avenue

New Braunfels, TX

Come support our 8th grade GT students as they sell their original and self-made products at the New Braunfels Farmer's Market. With the holidays just around the corner, you won't want to miss out on these items for your family and friends! Shop local and support ORMS GT!

8th Grade Farmer's Market Day 2

Saturday, Dec. 15th, 9am-1pm

186 South Castell Avenue

New Braunfels, TX

Come support our 8th grade GT students as they sell their original and self-made products at the New Braunfels Farmer's Market. With the holidays just around the corner, you won't want to miss out on these items for your family and friends! Shop local and support ORMS GT!

Fall Evaluations Pick Up

Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 8:15am to Friday, Jan. 12th, 3:45pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

CORE teachers and GT teachers will complete a fall and spring evaluation on your child. One copy will go in your child's cumulative folder and the other parent copy will need to be picked up in the front office January 10-12 during school office hours (peak times are arrival, lunch and dismissal and you may have to wait. Come between 9-11AM and 1-3PM for easier pickup). If you cannot pick your copy up then, please email Ms. Hunt or your child's GT advisory teacher and they will hold onto it until you can come pick it up in person. Thank you!

Amanda Hunt, Librarian and NBISD Secondary GT Facilitator

Please contact me or your child's advisory teacher if you have any questions or concerns about the GT program at ORMS.

Blake Haygood

Blake is our district's K-8 GT Specialist working with teachers on trainings and differentiation in the classroom.
NBISD GT Differentiation

NBISD is dedicated to providing differentiation in the classroom for your gifted child. This newsletter is a place for teachers to go to get lessons, ideas and resources for their classroom in order to best serve your GT child.