🔔 Bishop's Broadcast 🔔
Happy Fall Y'all!
We are excited to welcome our new team member Alexis Cheatham. Alexis comes to us from Franklin County Schools with 27 years of experience. She has served as an AIG Specialist for six year. She has a middle school background and is also HS certified. She will be serving Credle, West Oxford, Granville Academy and leading our HS 4-year plan initiative. Ms. Cheatham's first day with GCPS is November 15, 2023. Please welcome her to the GCPS family!
We are off and running this year. It seems impossible that it is already November! We are continuing to implement our plan with some great goals for this year. You can find out more in the Advisory Board section of this newsletter. We are excited to be providing professional development at some schools this year, as well as, collaborating with teachers to provided extension opportunities for our students.
⭐ GCPS AIG Program Updates ⭐
We had a great Open House again this year!!
We held our annual Open House in the Southern end this year at Tar River Elementary School. We were excited to welcome over 60 families in to learn about our program!
📌 Parents' Corner 📌
Here you will find items that are specific to parents of AIG students in GCPS.
Please consider being a part of our AIG Advisory Board. We meet almost every month. The majority of meetings are virtual and take place after school or in the evenings. We really would like to have more parent voices at the table.
🛎️ AIG ADVISORY BOARD 🛎️
We had a great opening meeting on September 28, 2023. We welcomed Dr. Jonathan Plucker to our Advisory Board. Learn more about him here. We are so excited to have him as part of our team!
The team discussed the State of the GCPS AIG Program. We also worked as a board to narrow our implementation goals for this year. You can access the presentation that was shared here.
Our Goals for 2023 - 2024 are -
1. 4-year plans using Majorclarity to replace the DEP at HS level.
2. Add two more elementary schools to our local norm pathway.
3. Add Talent Development opportunities for K-1 learners.
Our next meeting is November 30th. This will be a virtual meeting. Here it the meeting information.
AIG Advisory Board Meeting (Virtual)
Thursday, November 30 · 6:30 – 7:30pm
Time zone: America/New_York
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/xeq-obcp-spk
Or dial: (US) +1 929-324-1557 PIN: 955 240 227#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/xeq-obcp-spk?pin=6865882715603
Advanced Learning Corner
Great things are happening in NC in the world of Advanced Placement. Check out this press release!
NC Students Make Gains on AP Exams, Outpacing the Nation on Several Indicators
Rebounding from pandemic lows, North Carolina high school students in 2022-23 participated and performed in college-level Advanced Placement courses at levels above those during the 2018-19 school year, according to data reported by the College Board, which administers the AP program and exams.
Governor's School Information
Here's what our Governor's School Participants shared about their experience!
The application process is closing. Application deadline at the district level is November 28, 2023. Students should submit their applications to their school site coordinator for approval.
Honors Level Courses
Scripps National Spelling Bee
All of our Elementary & Middle Schools have access to their Scripps accounts and Spelling Bee prep is underway! We look forward to another great year of super spelling. Save the date - February 8, 2024 - District Bee at Northern Granville Middle School!
📚 Our Busy Classrooms📚
AIG Best Practice - As a best practice students who are pulled out to receive advanced interventions with our AIG Specialist should be exempt from classwork in the regular ed classroom. If they miss an assignment that is graded or will directly impact their grade it can be completed when given an appropriate grace period to ensure they have what they need to complete the task.
We strive to follow the “AIG is not more work, it is appropriately challenging work” approach for our students.
🪑AIG Settings 🪑
Elementary Pull-out Model - Specialists are teaching and supporting our Elem AIG students weekly. Students are getting a minimum of 60 per week, in the areas of Math and Reading. Elem students are participating in Paideia Seminar, Shared Inquiry, BreakoutEDU, advanced math activities, and SEL activities.
Middle School Immersion Model - AIG Specialists are supporting our MS AIG students across the district. Students are spending several hours with their Specialists during the day. AIG students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are participating in Paideia Seminars, BreakoutEDU, advanced math activities, and SEL activities. Many of our AIG students are also enrolled in our Advanced Math courses at their school.
Talent Development - Specialists will push into specific classrooms weekly to ensure exposure to advanced and critical thinking opportunities in ELA, Math, and STEM.
📜 GCPS AIG Referral Process 📜
We are continuing to talk about the referral process. Many thanks to teachers, admin, parents, and counselors who have taken the time to refer students already this year.
As part of the Board-approved AIG Program Plan, student referrals can happen any time of the year and at any grade level within GCPS.
The process begins when the GCPS AIG Referral Form is completed. It can be found on the AIG website. This form should be completed by someone who has first-hand knowledge of the student's abilities.
Once the form is complete the appropriate AIG Specialist will complete a parent/guardian consent form, that allows us to gather the student's data to determine eligibility, will go home with the student. Once the form is returned to the AIG specialist, the student's teacher and the AIG Specialist will begin data collection.
The AIG Team will determine the eligibility for AIG identification and services based on the data presented to the team. The AIG specialist will schedule a face-to-face or virtual conference with the parents/guardians to discuss the decisions made by the AIG team.
Eligibility meetings will take place most months. Dates are posted on the AIG webpage, along with additional resources.
Students must be referred by the 15th of each month to ensure time for parent/guardian consent for review and the appropriate data to be collected prior to our monthly data meeting that will take place on the first Monday of each month. Students who are not referred by the 15th of each will have their review take place the following month once parental/guardian consent is provided. AIG specialists will share the team’s eligibility decision will all stakeholders after the monthly meeting.
💻 Websites & Digital Resources 💻
🗓️ Upcoming Events 🗓️
- November 10th - Veteran's Day observed
- November 13th - School level deadline for Governor's School Applications
- November 22nd - 24th - Thanksgiving Break
- November 28th - District level deadline for Governor's School Applications
- November 30th - Advisory Board Meeting