Centennial GT Newsletter

January 2021

Howdy Parents!

Happy New Year!

New year, new fun challenges for your GT student! It's GT Project time. We use TPSP, Texas Performance Standard Project, as a framework for the project. The TPSP gives students a framework for successfully completing an independent research project.

"Because the student work is divided into two phases at most grade levels, there are built-in opportunities for teachers to provide direct instruction so that students have the skills necessary for developing an end product. The TPSP enables students to become real thinkers and scholars. Students are challenged to think critically, abstractly, and logically to evaluate and solve a problem. Students synthesize new information and comprehend different points of view. They also learn to communicate effectively and clearly in written and oral forms."

Projects will be completed at school during GT pull-out and in gen. ed. classrooms. See below for more details.


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GT Projects/TPSP

As of the December 18th, here is what we know:

  • It will be held VIRTUALLY sometime between March - May (Dates are TBD by the district)
  • Students will need to create a DIGITIZED TPSP Project (More details below)
  • Virtual Expo to be conducted using Renzulli Learning platform

TPSP Project Plan

  • Review & go over steps of research
  • Brainstorm & explore various topics that align with the theme of "Sustainable Living"
  • Each student will decide on a final topic of choice that aligns with our theme
  • Create "guiding questions" for their topic - these questions should not be "Googleable" questions that only have 1 answer - they should be questions that require the student to use several sources to determine findings to support their answer
  • Begin researching each of the guiding questions & record their findings in an organized manner
  • Explore various options for final presentation products & choose one that best fits their needs
  • Begin creating a final product - this HAS to be in a digital format to be uploaded to Renzulli for our Expo

Renzulli Learning

  • Students will be working through Renzulli Learning to complete their projects.
  • Outside sources CAN be used & are encouraged.
  • Students need to have their projects completed by Spring Break in March.

TPSP Products

  • Students can create a digitized product through Google Slides, Screencastify, or MyVRSpot. They would still need to record themselves "presenting" their work verbally & upload this to Renzulli Learning.
  • Students also have the option to create a NON-digitized product such as a traditional tri-fold poster & video themselves presenting it, uploading the recording as their TPSP project.


  • Student projects must meet TPSP guidelines based on their grade cluster (K-2nd & 3rd-5th)
  • Rubrics for each cluster are below - this is what will be used to guide students in their research each week within the classroom.

Good Stuff

Free Webinars

Renzulli Center Third Thursday Parenting Topics (Streaming LIVE at 8 p.m. Eastern):

  • Helping Your 2E Child (Sally Reis and Susan Baum) – Jan. 21
  • Technology Roulette in the Age of COVID-19 (Stacy Hayden) – Feb. 18
  • Talking with Children About Their Giftedness (Del Siegle) – March 18
  • Perfectionism and Productive Struggle (Catherine Little) – April 15

Register here for Webinars

Games to Foster Critical and Creative Thinking

It's getting chilly out there! Here are some fun games to play indoors:
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GT Schedule

Face to Face Schedule

2nd Grade-Tuesday 2:00

3rd Grade-Wednesday 8:45

1st Grade-Wednesday 2:00

4th & 5th Grade-Friday 9:30

Virtual Schedule

Due to students changing their learning location to face to face, changes have been made to the schedule. Thank you for your understanding.

2nd & 3rd Grade-Friday 10:45

4th & 5th Grade-Friday-1:30

Centennial Elementary Student Expectations

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