The Academically Gifted Gazette
Murphey Traditional Academy
Volume 2, Issue 3
Spring Has Sprung
Hope the colorful renewal finds your family well.
10th: 3rd Grade Field Trip
14th: PTA Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dance
17th: President's Day, Teacher Workday
18th: Magnet Open House
20th: TAG Meeting
24th: Interim Reports
3rd: Tied Up Tuesday; Leadership Meeting
4th: GCS Elementary Battle of the Books Competition
5th: Mrs. Green at NCAGT Conference (Ms. Kaufman sub)
14th: Pi Day
16th: All-County Chorus begins
17th: St. Patrick's Day
19th: TAG Meeting
23rd: Interim Assessment Week
26th: Quarter 3 Ends
27th: Teacher Workday
28th: GPL Lego Club
1st: Report Cards
2nd: 3rd Grade Field Trip
3rd: First Friday
6th: Spring Break begins
13th: Teacher Workday
14th: Tied Up Tuesday
15th: Tax Day
16th: TAG Meeting
18th: Reading Festival
20th: Book Fair begins
29th: 2nd Grade Field Trip
Battle of the Books Team
Science Fair Winners
Pictured Below: Jayden Moore well represented Murphey at the GCS Spelling Bee at Penn Griffin High School.
The Team for the Academically Gifted recently used all available data to identify and welcome a new class of AIG third graders. Service begins immediately.
Who Said It?
Simply guess who said the following quote and click on the link below to check yourself!
Habit of Mind: Applying past knowledge to new situations
From the GCS AG Department
Advocates Needed! What’s an advocate you ask? An advocate is a person who publicly supports a particular cause. For years, the dedicated board members of the Guilford County Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education (PAGE) have been champions in bringing the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students in Guilford County Schools to the forefront. Over the years, the students served in Guilford County Schools’ academically gifted program have benefited from initiatives implemented by Guilford PAGE, such as: parent webinars; seminar presentations; access to online resources; and transportation grants for the Academic All-Star Camp field trips.
The AG Department of Guilford County Schools recognizes the impact Guilford PAGE has had in assisting the district with the implementation of an AIG Plan that aims to address the needs of academically gifted students in grades K – 12. The department depends on Guilford PAGE to be a consistent voice within the community as it relates to the implementation of effective programming for gifted students. Although many of you support Guilford PAGE through membership, we are asking each of you to consider serving as a board member. All students served in the AG program have benefited from the efforts of Guilford PAGE. We must continue to have dedicated advocates who are willing to help others develop a better awareness of the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students. Please consider serving on the Guilford PAGE board. For more information, please contact the current Guilford PAGE President, Katherine Humphreys at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In October, elementary and middle schools sent notification to families of students eligible to enroll in the Duke TIP program (achievement score at or above the 95th%ile for the 2018 – 2019 school year). Although we had more students eligible to enroll in the program when compared to previous years; we have recently been informed that enrollment for Guilford County Schools is down. It’s not to late to enroll your child into the Duke TIP program. Registration, for eligible students, may be completed online at the links listed below. Fee waivers are available for qualifying students. Questions about fee waivers and program specifics should be directed to Duke TIP.
· 7th Grade Talent Search – August 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020 https://tip.duke.edu/programs/7th-grade-talent-search
Students who want to engage in summer programs will need to take the ACT or SAT in February or early March in order to have the scores to qualify.
· 4th – 6th Grade Talent Search – October 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020 https://tip.duke.edu/programs/4th-6th-grade-talent-search
CRISIS for 5th and 6th graders will open soon and the campuses fill fast. Students will need to be enrolled in order to register.
Latin Hall of Fame
Students have learned all of this year's stems and have launched into the world of vocabulary terms to be mastered through the end of the year. Check out Quizlet for practice and review. You may need to search "Caesar's English 1-10" or "Caesar's English book 1" and check to be sure the list you choose matches our terms for the semester. No login is required. Remember, the final will be cumulative so keep reviewing those terms! It is helpful to look at a few every night during homework time
Sumdog's mathematics contest for Guilford County schools starts Friday, February 7th. Students can play from home or in school, and it only takes about an hour in total to get a good score, which you can follow on the live leaderboard. The winning class will receive a 6 months mathematics subscription, including extra games and our premium teacher tools! Visit the Sumdog site, to join in the fun!
2nd Grade Talent Development
Second grade thinking class has changed to a small group format for the remainder of the year. Flexible groups will continue lessons based on the data collected by teachers in the whole group during first semester.
Pictured Left: Tera enjoys using detective thinking to solve grid puzzles in a recent lesson.
Maximizing Academic Potential
Fourth/Fifth MAP - Thursdays at 1:45pm
Pictured Below: MAP students use math skills to play a game of strategy.
AG screening has concluded and all parents of children being screened should have been notified at this time. Every child has an opportunity to be rescreened for AG with a qualifying EOG score at the end of the year.
Explaining the Unexplainable
This semester in ELA, students will explore the concept of truth through the colorful characters of Greek mythology. Students will strengthen their ability to: refer to details when explaining text; determine two main ideas; describe a character's thoughts, words, or actions; determine the meaning of words/phrases; produce clear and coherent writing; use punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and language conventions; and participate in collaborative discussions. This class will meet on Thursday afternoons.
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 quarter. 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. 3rd grade AG math will meet on Thursday mornings so don't be late for school!
The Power of Literate People
Students will explore the issue of illiteracy as they research and apply strategies/skills to evaluate the issue and develop solutions that will lead to an action plan and project. The focus of the unit will be on developing research, writing, speaking, listening, and planning skills to help students examine key issues regarding the public concern of Literacy through informational and literary texts and through analyzing community needs related to Literacy. Students will have opportunities to make choices about the direction of the research and action with an emphasis on opportunities to learn to read and to have access to reading materials for the individuals who reside in our community and participate in our schools. However, exploring the issue beyond the boundaries of the school, community and nation will allow students to realize the scope of the issue. By creating oral, written, visual texts, or digital reports, students will undertake an action project that will speak to the needs and concerns of Literacy in their world.
These mathematicians will be busy applying their new geometry skills through constructive challenges in this unit. They are collecting geometry products as a means to creating an art portfolio to be shared with you at the end of the quarter. Think Piet Mondrian or Frank Stella.