Omega News

Week of September 28th

5th Grade

In Omega this week, the students were introduced to their global issues unit. First, we had a discussion about the demographics of which our world is made. We compared what we thought the demographics would be to what they truly are. Next, the students were introduced to the ten global issues of our time: food, water, energy, health, economy, war, waste, transportation, shelter, and education.

6th Grade

In Omega, the students were introduced to their unit of the Middle Ages. We went over the general background of the Middle Ages and the three main periods within the era: early, high and late Middle Ages.

7th & 8th Grade

The students are brainstorming their ideas for their independent projects for this year. Students met with me to discuss some ideas and will continue to brainstorm to select their idea for next week.

SEE Seminar--Wetlands

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 8:30am-2:30pm

Lancaster County Central Park, Lancaster, PA, United States

Lancaster, PA

This SEE seminar is for those students who have been invited to the trip based upon their interest. Please bring a lunch, a drink, and your permission slip!

Weekly Gifted Fact

The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a part of our brain that controls our attention and focus. Gifted students have RASs that work a little differently than non-gifted students. Most people's RAS only starts filtering out "unimportant", aka boring, information after a long period of time, allowing them to focus on certain tasks for longer periods of time. Gifted students, however, have an RAS that filters much quicker, so they lose focus much sooner. This is not their fault--their brain is literally filtering out the information because it is telling them that it's unimportant, making it very difficult to stay focused on certain things (for example, a teacher talking for a long period of time). There are many ways to keep their RAS from filtering information out, like changing the volume of your voice, allowing them to doodle while being spoken to or learning, and changing up routines. The link below gives some more information on this interesting difference between gifted brains and non-gifted brains.