Holiday Hill Gifted Update

Happy New Year!

Holiday Hill Tours

Are you the parent of a child at a feeder school who would like to consider Holiday Hill as your primary school for next year? Seats are available for new students at all grade levels. If you would like to enter the magnet program here you will have to take a tour. Tours of Holiday Hill Elementary will take place on the following dates:

January 14, 6PM
January 19, 9AM and 1PM
January 26, 9AM and 1PM
February 2, 9AM and 1PM

Please join us!

School Choice Expo

If you are attending the school choice expo come and visit the table for Holiday Hill Elementary. Ms. Jones, Ms. Godbolt, Ms. Brady and Ms. David-Massett will all be available to chat about Holiday Hill's Leadership focus or about the Gifted Program. We are so proud of our school and are looking forward to sharing our enthusiasm with prospective students.

When: Saturday, January 9th, 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Prime Osborn Convention Center

Grades 1 and 2

First graders are studying a variety of topics including the science of the changing seasons. Ask your child the differences between summer and fall!

Second graders are learning about different forms of measurement like weight, temperature and length. See if your child can figure out how he or she would measure common objects around the house.

Grades 3 - 5 Feeder Schools

3rd graders will work in a group to construct a Fact-O-Box to represent famous composers. We are looking for donations of empty, clean boxes. If you have a spare ranging from the size of a tissue box to a moving box please send it with your child. Cereal boxes are especially perfect!

Ms. Jones' fifth graders are learning about technical drawings, scientific diagrams and networks. Fourth graders are putting the finishing touches on medieval castles and will soon work on writing conventions like idioms, personification, alliteration, simile, and metaphor.

Grades 4 and 5 Holiday Hill

At the end of 2015 4th and 5th grade students bid for imaginary items and experiences in a values auction and reflected on what they hold near and dear. Ask your child what he or she felt was worth the most and whether those values aligned with the values of their peers. Which would you predict was a hotter commodity: a friend for life, or a perfect report card? A trip to space or a shopping spree at Target? You might be surprised by the answers!

This week we built on the knowledge gained in this auction and discussed shared values based upon experiences over the holiday season. Many students agreed the most "valuable" gift was time with family.

Exploration of creative expression through pantomime culminated dramatic interpretations of pairs of antonyms, synonyms and homophones. Draft your budding actor or actress to perform at dinner this week and see if you can guess what is being communicated.

Keep reading our emails for updates on a very special culminating dramatic performance in the spring.

Holiday Hill Elementary

Carlene Jones (grades 3-5, lead gifted)

stalneckec@duvalschools.org

Samantha Brady (grades K-3, field trips)

bradys@duvalschools.org

Shana David-Massett (4th and 5th Holiday Hill, weekly newsletter)

david-mass@duvalschools.org

April Godbolt (K-5, EP and IEP Development)

godbolta@duvalschools.org