ORMS GT Newsletter

March 2018

GT Expo Coming Up!

Next month is our annual GT Expo for students and a separate event for parents. The Parent Expo will be at ORMS Tuesday, April 24th 4:30 to 5:30PM in the library for 7th grade, small gym for 6th grade and cafeteria for 8th grade. The students' GT Expo will be on Wednesday, April 25 at ORMS in the morning and NBMS in the afternoon. Students will be bussed between the schools and will have lunch at NBMS. Students who paid for lunch already will decide what they want this week so the order can be placed and ready for that day. Drinks will also be provided for them. Those who purchased t-shirts should be getting them this week. If you did not purchase a shirt, please be sure to have your child wear a unicorn blue shirt on the day of the Expo. Also if you did not purchase a lunch, please have your student bring a sack lunch on the day of the Expo. That day the only thing they will need is their iPad charged and ready to go. No backpacks needed on Wednesday, April 25.

Empowering Our Daughters To Love Math is About More Than Numbers

This article from TAGT by Jennifer Agustin is very interesting in regards to girls and math. We have two GT teachers who teach math as well and it's so important for the young women in middle school to embrace mathematics. The more we can teach children to embrace and appreciate critical thinking, the better equipped they will be for the future. Click here or below to read more.

6th Grade

Gardening

On Wednesday, March 21 6th grade GT went out to their garden and tended to the soil, plants and flowers. It was a gorgeous day to be outside working in the earth! Students spent the class spring cleaning in the rain garden and just take a look at those bluebonnets!!

Ms. Redwine

6th GT Advisory

830.627.6464

aredwine@nbisd.org


Ms. Beabout

6th GT Advisory

830.627.6453

kbeabout@nbisd.org

7th Grade

State Park Project

7th grade GT is still working on their State Park project. In this project they get to utilize their technology skills to make different items for their state park. Items that they have been working on may include: A brochure, Special Needs information poster, TV advertisement, wildlife check list, food truck/snack bar, gift shop items, logos, billboards, conservation issues, etc...

They have been using different apps such as: Spark Post, Canva, iMovie, Pages, Google slides & docs, Notability/drawing apps, and t-shirt making sites.


Ms. Brooks

7th GT Advisory

830.629.8514

lbrooks@nbisd.org


Ms. Hybner

7th GT Advisory

830.629.8534

mhybner@nbisd.org

8th Grade

Water Challenge

At the end of February, beginning of March 8th grade GT students were studying information about countries in comparison to one another as well as population, economics, average life span, etc. to prepare for their EcoArt project coming up. As an entry event to this project, students were given a water challenge. In teams they were given supplies and had 15 minutes to construct a way for a glass of water to travel the length of one cafeteria table in the quickest amount of time. This challenge was for a badge for the winning teams.
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Eco-Art

Before Spring Break students were introduced to the Eco-Art project. Per GT guidelines each year gifted students must participate in a research project and this will count for that. Students had to submit their proposals the Friday before Spring Break. On the proposal they had to choose an ecological topic they're passionate about such as global warming, recycling, deforestation, etc. and how they're going to visually represent the issue in an artistic way such as in a video format, painting, sculpture, etc. Students spent the rest of March researching their topics and writing an essay on it. They will present their artistic piece at the GT Expo. This is the one big research project that they will do as 8th graders in GT so it's so important that they are researching correctly and are knowledgable about their topic during presentations.
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Ms. Bryant

8th GT Advisory

830.629.8529

kbryant@nbisd.org


Ms. Cowan

8th GT Advisory

830.627.6458

ncowan@nbisd.org

Events Coming Up...

GT Showcase (Parents Only)

Tuesday, April 24th, 4:30-5:30pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

This year the GT Showcase will be held for parents the night before the actual showcase itself happens at both middle schools. We will spend Tuesday, April 24 setting up for the showcase and parents, friends, family and community members, etc. will attend the GT Showcase from 4:30-5:30. The students will leave their projects where they are and then show them off to NBMS the next day. Projects will go home at the end of Wednesday, April 25.

GT Showcase (Students Only)

Wednesday, April 25th, 8am-4pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

This is the all day GT Showcase where students present their projects to NBMS students and teachers and then we will view NBMS's projects on their campus. More information to come about transportation information, lunch, etc.

Spring Evaluations

Friday, May 25th, 3:30pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

Teachers and students are required to fill out an evaluation on their participation in the GT program in May. This year students will also receive evaluations from other core and elective teachers so that we get a complete picture of how their gifts are demonstrated in all classes. The evaluations will not be mailed this year. Instead they will go home in a large envelope with students.

Ms. Hunt, Librarian and GT Facilitator

Please contact me or your child's advisory teacher if you have any questions or concerns about the GT program at ORMS.