Mrs. Thompson's Dec. 2015 GE News

Rush Creek Elementary

Testing for GE Services Coming Up in January and Early February

Second Grade Students will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test!

What does CogAT measure?

CogAT measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime, and at different rates for different individuals. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which contribute to school achievement as well.

All second graders will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test in January. Data gathered from this process and the upcoming NWEA assessments, will be used for decisions about GE services for 2016-17. Watch the Wednesday envelope for testing schedule and additional information. You do not need to sign and return anything unless you DO NOT want your child tested.

Grade 2 Schedule for Testing:

January 12, 13 & 14

Toov 1:00-2:00

January 19, 20 & 21

Winters 9:40-10:40

Kettner 10:40-11:40

Marshik 1:00-2:00 (testing 1/22 instead of 1/21)

January 26, 27 & 28

Williams 1:00-2:00

McBride 2:00-3:00

Third and Fourth graders can be tested with the CogAT too! Please remember how your child is participating in NBC classes this year; is it because of a 96% on the CogAT or is because of a high RIT score form their reading or math NWEA test from last year. ONLY CogAT scores guarantee participation in NBC classes every year. Letters will be sent home next week with students that myself or classroom teachers recommend testing.

Parents may also nominate students for this testing and students may self-nominate. If you are interested in having your child tested, contact me for additional information or to nominate your child for testing.


Who Knew?!

Students who may need Gifted Education Quantitative classes may show evidence of the following abilities:

  • Multiple Intelligence strength in logical reasoning/math
  • Strong academic performance and/or potential, particularly in math (Evidence may include math RIT score, MCA score, classroom performance)
  • Makes distinction between minute logical inconsistencies
  • Pairs logical and creative thinking to solve problems
  • Strong interest in math computation, problem-solving, spatial reasoning, and/or complex patterns

Students who may need Gifted Education Non-Verbal classes may show evidence of the following abilities

  • Multiple Intelligence strength in visual/spatial, logic, and/or bodily kinesthetic
  • Sequencing skills
  • Pattern recognition
  • Constructive problem-solving
  • Hands-on processing
  • Communication with pictures, images and/or large gestures
  • Makes distinction between minute visual differences
  • Pairs logical and creative thinking to solve problems
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Gifted Children

The NAGC (National Association of GIfted Children) 2015 Toy List

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GE Monthly District Parent Meetings

We had over 60 parents in attendance at our December Parent Forum. Marji Olson, Laura Thompson & Kris Happe presented on Intensity, Perfectionism & Stress. The purpose of these meetings is to provide parent support for students participating in gifted education needs based classes. These sessions will be facilitated by several of our #279 Gifted Education Teachers. All meetings will be held at Oak View Elementary in the media center and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. Childcare and a light snack will be provided. Our next meeting will be January 12th and the topic will be on motivation, enthusiasm and underachievement of gifted children.

Be sure to RSVP on the information flyer that you will receive prior to the meeting.

January 12th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement

February 9th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Idealism, Unhappiness and Depression

March 29th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Communication: The Key to Relationships

April 12, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Not Just Gifted? Twice-Exceptional Children, Organization Issues

May 10th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Advocating for Your Gifted Child Gifted Child

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DIstrict #287 Fermi Champions for Grades 5/6

The Rush Creek team of Tweenage Mutant Nerd Turtles coached by Ms. Diem won the Fermi Competition for the 5/6 bracket. These creative students are in Ms. Diem's math class and the entire math class was able to participate. Nice work girls!

Left to Right: Maddie H., Josie D., Eliana M., & Sarah F

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Congratulations to Maddie F. for a perfect score on the first Wordmaster Meet!

Maddie is a 5th grader in Mrs. Paulus's classroom.

Perennial Math Contest Perfect Scores:

Grade 3: Braeden H.

Grade 4: Alissa W, Blake B, Quinn H, & Sadie Q.

The REACH FOR THE STARS Catalog that was handed out at the November Parent Forum is linked below.

Contacting Laura Thompson

Phone 763-494-4549 Ext. 83131

Gifted Education Resources:

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page:

National Association for Gifted Children:

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG):