Excel Elucidation

January 2016


I miss my students!!!

I'm sure they have watched me walking kindergartners to my classroom for GT testing, donning bubbles and duck tails. We'll wrap up the testing process the first week in February, and classes resume February 8th.


To assure you I haven't forgotten you or your child, here are a few things I want to share.

While I'm testing...

Before Winter Break, I gave teachers links to different challenging activities for their gifted students in the regular classroom.


Classroom teachers have been given a copy of this page, along with paper for each GT student, in case your child wants to create a small poster for the classroom. Completely optional!
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Students can definitely work on this at home, but ONLY students, as they build Autonomy, Critical Thinking and Growth Mindset skills. Now, you CAN show them how to print something, or how to safely look up an image on the computer.

* TAGT Scholarship Opportunities *

If your child is interested in attending a summer camp, there are scholarship opportunities available through Texas Association for Gifted and Talented. Check it out:


Deadline is February 26th, but if your child needs a recommendation, please give me plenty of time to complete it. (Remember, I'm at two campuses.)

Davidson Institute Newsletter - Excellent Articles

When you visit this site, scroll down to "On the Web", you'll find some great articles on parenting your unique child.



February 14-20 is National Random Acts of Kindness week:


But in Excel, because RAK doesn't sound as appealing as HARK, I changed my week to HARK - Heartfelt Acts of Random Kindness.

...“If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.” – Booker T. Washington

All week long, February 15-19, my students will be writing down their acts of random kindness on sticky notes, placing them on a poster in the Excel classroom.

...“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” – Henry James

So, what is an act of random kindness?

- Random - unplanned, without regularity or pattern

- Act - something done, a deed, an action

- Kindness - benevolence, compassion, good turn

As we discuss the meaning in class, I do explain that while picking someone else's books that fall to the ground is an act of random kindness, knocking them out of their hands first isn't.

...“If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.” – Booker T. Washington

How can you help? Start demonstrating random acts of kindness at your house, and discussing it with your child.

...“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

We can raise a future generation of compassionate adults by starting with Heartfelt Acts of Random Kindness.

...“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” – Harold Kushner

Keller ISD Film Festival wants YOUR CHILD'S VIDEOS!

It's not too late to enter the Keller ISD Film Festival!


Check out the link for categories and ideas. Your child can enter a video for any or ALL categories. It's their patriotic duty! (Not really, but it was fun putting this photo together.)

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Here's a link to last year's KISD Film Festival winning videos and finalists:


Social and Emotional Corner - Perfectionism

Two great books -

Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good by Miriam Adderholdt, PhD and Jan Goldberg

What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide for Kids by Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D.

Coming soon...my "perfectionism" lesson with the kiddos!

Keller ISD Counseling Department presents...

"Making Rules and Enforcing Consequences" at Liberty Elementary this Thursday (1-28-16) at 8:30 am. Find out more, and RSVP by following this link:

As always, please email me if you have any questions.

Gayle Barron, GT Specialist


Woodland Springs Elementary

Keller-Harvel Elementary