KCS GT Update

August 2021 Volume 1


We hope this newsletter finds you well. As we embark on this new school year, we want you to feel confident that we have you and your child at the forefront of everything we are planning and creating! We hope that this newsletter highlights any unanswered questions you might have about your child's GT service whether virtually or in-person. We also wanted to continue to provide you with additional enrichment resources, strategies, and informational links. We are in this together. We look forward to making this year the best one yet!!

GT and Your Child This Year

Your child's GT Coach is working hard behind the scenes collaborating with your child's teacher(s) and principals to ensure we continue the high-quality GT programming we have always done. Coaches are working in partnership with your child's teacher(s) to implement: small group instruction (utilizing various platforms to meet the needs of your child), co-planning and co-teaching lessons centered around problem-solving and thinking, gifted professional development, and advancing resources for your child's enrichment. Rest assured that we have developed plans for all educational phases; green, red, and yellow. GT services will be received in-person and virtually.

Parenting During This Time

Are you still trying to figure out how to cope with the changes and uncertainty during this time? So are we! Interested in setting boundaries, establishing routines, and acknowledging feelings with your family in healthy ways? Check out this article from the American Psychological Association:


Canvas Support

If you have specific questions about you or your child's KCS Canvas login or want to find out how to be a parent observer, please click here.

Downloading the app to your phone?

Android support: https://bit.ly/30zJ89T

iOS support: https://bit.ly/2EYBa1J

Logic Puzzle Resources

Many of you have asked for more Perplexor puzzles! If you haven't tried one with your child, print two and have fun trying to solve them together! These Perplexors contain categorized information and lists clues for the solver. By using the "cross-out-and-circle" (eliminating and identifying) technique, you will practice logical thinking in order to find the correct answer. Click here for new Perplexor puzzles this month.

Still wanting more? Take a peek at all of these Logic Puzzles to provide more opportunities for your child to have fun while thinking hard!

KCS GT Parent Website

Here is the link to the Knox County GT Parent Website. There are many great articles to browse. Let us know if you have any questions.

Knox County Public Library Downloadable ebooks

Want the ability to download, stream, or view library media online for you or your kids? Check out the Knox County Public Library website.

KCS GT Department

The KCS Gifted and Talented department strives to create a SAFE environment for each other, our teachers, students, schools and parents where we value Support, Advocacy, Flexibility, and Empathy.

As instructional coaches, we will meet each teacher where they are as we seek to create a SHIFT in service delivery and instructional practice in order for every teacher to feel confident in providing challenging and engaging instruction requiring students to persevere through complex tasks.

As gifted practitioners, we will meet each student where they are as we seek to create a SHIFT in student efficacy in order for every student to feel confident in participating in complex tasks, advocating for themselves, and utilizing a growth mindset.