GT Academy Newsletter

Sablatura Middle School / Pearland ISD

August / September 2015

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welcome back!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! We have a great group of Sablatura GTA Grizzlies, and they have already settled in to their new middle school routines. Parents and students are encouraged to stay connected with all that is going on at the Academy this year by checking the GTA website, teachers' websites and Edmodo pages. Following are a few tips to ensure a successful year:

  • Keep binders organized. Organized binders help students keep up with important papers and turn in assignments on time. Students have been taught to keep a different colored folder for each class. Binders should be cleaned out once a week, and graded papers can be kept in a box or tub at home. You never know when Mrs. Mueller might drop by for a binder check!
  • Establish homework routines. Students should use planners to keep track of homework assignments, tests and projects. They are expected to keep up with due dates for Knowsys, Stemscopes, Social Studies journals, Reading Logs and daily math homework. If students are not able to complete their homework in a timely manner, it may be that time management needs to be evaluated or the student may benefit by coming in for tutoring. Middle school is a time for students to develop study skills and learn from mistakes as they become independent learners.
  • Use ALEKS. ALEKS is an online individualized math program that is blended into our GTA math classes. Students are able to work on ALEKS at home and at school. More information will be coming from Mrs. Needler and Mrs. Cybak soon.

Mini Courses

The GTA hallway is always buzzing with excitement during mini courses. Students have already selected their first course of the year and are building, programming and exploring new interests.

  • Students are learning how math and art are related in "Creatively Computing" and are reading folk tales as they learn the art of Storytelling.
  • Students in the Aviation course have practiced the Bourelli Principle and will visit with pilots at Ellington Airport on a field experience at the end of the course.
  • In Junk Box Wars, students are experiencing hands on problem solving as they work on their team building skills.
  • Aspiring Chess champions can be found focusing intensely and learning new strategies.
  • Critical Thinking skills are getting stronger as students learn to code in Apps and build then program robots in Robotics.
  • Sewing skills will come in handy when 5th graders design quilts for their Texas Performance Standard Projects (TPSP).

GTA Mornings

Although the school day doesn't officially begin until 8:40, you will find that the GTA hallway is a busy place long before that. Students can be found on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings working with Math Club. Other students are coming in for extra help on assignments or watching Mrs. Cybak's math videos. Some students come in early to make up a test or redo an assignment. Students may also come in to catch up on ALEKS or Stemscopes . These middle schoolers are learning the critical skills of responsibility and time management.
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Sablatura Clubs

We have experienced an overwhelming interest in our many Sablatura Clubs this year! We have ninety students attending Math Club, seventy in Quiz Bowl and FPS, and nearly two hundred attended the interest meeting for Robotics! Book Club, Student Council, CITY, Kippers, Glee and Peer Buddies are also clubs that students are flocking to. They are eager to get involved, learn something new, and make a difference. We are proud of our Grizzlies for showing initiative and taking on new challenges. To keep up with the schedule for when each club meets, check the GTA website under the "Clubs" tab.

Gritty GTA Grizzlies

Team TCU and Team Purdue showed their Sablatura spirit at the first GRIT Rally of the school year. Students made posters and cheered loud alongside the Pearland High School cheerleaders, drum line and varsity football players. The purpose of the rally was to focus students' attention on the importance of showing gumption, resiliency, integrity and tenacity throughout the school year. After each team gave their cheer, the fifth grade spirit stick was awarded to Team Purdue. Way to go GTA Grizzlies!

Thank you for your support!

Family and community support can help make a good program outstanding. We appreciate parents and community members who are willing to volunteer their time. Some come as guest speakers, others help with our NXT, Seaperch and Math Club, and others help with fundraisers that ensure our award winning students are able to attend state and international level competitions.

Want to support the GT Academy, but are not able to volunteer your time? You can help by donating supplies to enrich the lessons and activities in classrooms and clubs. All donations are greatly appreciated! Our current needs are:

  • Rubber cement for TPSP projects
  • Duct tape and masking tape for science
  • Crayola markers
  • Plastic spoons, paper plates, small clear plastic cups and straws for science labs
  • Pencils
  • Colored masking tape for TPSP display boards
  • Trivia games for Quiz Bowl (Trivial Pursuit Junior 4th Edition, Go to the Head of the Class)

We are also happy to put corporate donations to good use. If your company would like to support our students, please let Mrs. Mueller know. And of course, parents are encouraged to join GTAB!

For more information on gifted students...

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT)

The Association for the Gifted

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

Duke TIP Digest of Gifted Research

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