The Academically Gifted Gazette

Ronald E. McNair Elementary

Volume 3, Issue 7

April 2016


7th: Academic All-Star Camp Meeting

8th: Ident-a-Kid visit

9th: Earth Day celebration

9th: Blacksmithing Demonstration

11th: TAG meeting

12th: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

12th: Report Cards (AG too!)

14th: 5th grade to tour NC A&T

15th: Early registration ends for Art Quest summer camps

15th: Coffee Talk: Cyber Security

19th: Kindergarten to NC A&T Farm

19th: PAGE General Meeting featuring Rick Courtright, Ph.D. on Personality Styles

27th: Early Release

27th: ACT Explore Testing webinar

28th: 1st grade to NC A&T Farm/Barber Park

28th: Select 5th graders to Northeast Middle School

29th: 3rd grade to Whitaker Farms

29th: Multicultural Night

30th: Film Screenings, Pollock & Frida

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Who Said It?

Simply guess who said the following quote and click on the link below to check yourself!


“Insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”


Hint: Highest power level of Math Quest


Habit of Mind: Creating, Imagining, Innovating

Social/Emotional Article

Your Gifted Child: Help your gifted child reach his academic potential both at school and home
http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/gifted-special-needs/your-gifted-child

The word gifted has become so loaded. Does it mean "genius"? Does it mean "really bright" or "book smart"? Or is it an overused phrase that has no meaning at all? Isn't everyone's child a "gifted child" in some way or another?

There are different types of gifts, educators agree. Some have "schoolhouse giftedness" or "high achieving giftedness," measured by high scores on standard tests of intelligence or by their advanced knowledge and analytical skills. Others have "creative/productive giftedness" meaning they excel at the arts, in dance, in sport, or in music. In either case, your job as a parent is to help nurture those gifts both at school and at home.

At School

What your school does to help gifted children (and how it determines which kids are eligible) will depend on where you live. Some districts have established gifted and talented programs, while others handle such children on a case-by-case basis.

If you or your child's teacher requests an evaluation of your child, the process may include intelligence tests, a review of your child's past work and standardized-test scores, and an evaluation of his social and emotional development. After you all have a better understanding of his needs, the school may offer options such as:

  • Differentiated approaches to learning: Well-trained teachers will tailor lessons to kids based on their abilities, which in most classrooms will be varied.

  • Pull-out programs: Children attend special classes for math or reading or some other specific skill.

  • Push-in programs: A resource teacher comes to the classroom on a regular basis to provide enrichment in a particular subject area.

  • Acceleration: If your gifted child is in 4th grade but capable of 9th grade math, the district may arrange for him to take math at the middle or high school.

  • Curriculum compacting: Before beginning a new unit, a teacher offers a pre-test, allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject.

  • Grade skipping: Though this practice has fallen out of favor, it is regaining momentum in some places. The trick is proper evaluation of a student to see that he is ready to move ahead both academically and socially.

    Your school district may also have programs for children whose gifts are more artistic in nature. Look for clubs, after-school activities, and special classes that honor the talents of artistically gifted students.

At Home
Having a gifted child who loves to learn doesn't mean you need to be running a little schoolhouse at home; far from it. Help your child to soar by creating an environment that honors the gifts you know about — and tickles the ones that are just below the surface.

  • Provide opportunities, resources, and encouragement: What interests your gifted child? Dinosaurs? Space? Art? Take him to museums, movies, plays, and other events that allow him to learn more about what he already loves.

  • Share her gifts: Showcase your child's talents in front of "relevant audiences." Don't make Susie perform in front of the family if doing so embarrasses her. But find a class where performance is key.

  • Allow for unscheduled time: It sounds silly, but giving your gifted child time to dream, reflect, sit alone, and ruminate is truly important if you want to inspire creativity.

  • Learn from others: Connect with other parents whose kids are like yours — find them via the National Association for Gifted Children.

Caesar's Corner

Congrats to the following students who have "tested out" of the Latin exam by earning 90% or better on a recent cumulative test:


Fourth Grade (10 lessons)

Anesia

Jessica

Mondre

Shayla

Kareiah


Interested in taking an online practice test? Try studying a few terms at a time for one week. Then, click here. Enter code 6HZ92OM1 at the bottom right-hand corner. Tell Miss Green that you took the quiz for a challenge sticker.


Fifth Grade (20 lessons)

Jilen

Aisha


Interested in taking an online practice test? Try studying a few terms at a time for one week. Then, click here. Enter code WKEU8M1D at the bottom right-hand corner. Tell Miss Green that you took the quiz for a challenge sticker.

Technology Times

Looking for a new way to get your child excited about math? Look no further! Your child is now enrolled in Splash Math through the AG classroom. Look for login credentials in your child's agenda within the week. Since this is a new program, parent and student feedback are strongly encouraged as we look for school-wide programs to utilize in the future.

3rd Grade

Who is My Neighbor?

Before spring break, we welcomed some special visitors to our classroom to introduce us to the concept of immigration. Many, many thanks to Sarah Rawleigh, our McNair social work intern and representative of Faith Action, for bringing in community members to share their experiences! In the weeks to come, students can be found analyzing local immigration data, creating graphs to synthesize, or developing questionnaires and interviewing our very own population of immigrants in our school!


Math Quest

The results are in...


1st place: Math Blades (Raina, Anna, Aiden, and Domonique) with $50,575

2nd place: Billionaires (Noe, Darryn, Jaylin, and Ashley) with $11,465

3rd place: Math Stars (Austin, Nasir, Abigail, and Owen) with $7,910


Congrats to all teams for a game well played. See you in Math Land again next year!


Algebra into the Unknown

Using pattern blocks, coins, dominoes and more, students will explore the balanced equation via an undersea adventure. The class will travel through level 1 (Aquatic Equations) and we hope to complete level 2 (Variable Voyage) by the end of the year. In a few weeks, ask your child how many seashells they have earned for their team so far and you are likely to get a grin in return.

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4th Grade

The Power of Literate People

Many, many thanks to Neisha Washington of Reading Connections for joining our class before spring break to speak on behalf of illiterate families right here in Greensboro. Moving forward, students will take their brainstorming ideas and develop them into an action plan. What can nine brilliant minds come up with? Stay tuned to find out! If you are in any way able to help us execute our plan, please let Miss Green know.


Geometry Challenge

Students will describe, analyze, compare, and classify two-dimensional shapes. Through building, drawing, and analyzing, students deepen their understanding of properties of two-dimensional objects and how to use this knowledge to solve problems. Please consider purchasing your child a Safe-T compass and/or a protractor.

5th Grade

The Arts: Wherefore Art They?

Students have recently examined human nature as inspiration for art. Along those lines, they have explored Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory and how to measure (and increase) creativity. The picture to the right displays the strengths of the classroom at large.


Stock Market Simulation

Fifth graders will be using real-time stock prices to "buy" and "sell" shares of popular securities. Throughout the unit, students will learn or practice place value, operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths, and develop flexibility in solving problems by selecting strategies and using mental computation, estimation, calculators or computers, and paper and pencil. If there is time, we will also explore spreadsheets through Microsoft Excel as a way to organize and compute information.

AG Classroom Needs

-Safe-T compasses

-new or used iPod or iPad cases

-thin dry erase markers

-wooden paint stirrers

-composition books

-USB flashdrives

-volunteers (in school or at home)