Celebrating Gifted

May 2023

Greetings, GT Families!

It's the final month of the 2022-2023 school year! We hope you will be enjoying all of the "final events" that come this time of year, including classroom celebrations, award ceremonies, performances, and, of course, graduations. Enjoy an adventurous summer while also finding time to cool off and relax. We will be back in touch with our Back-To-School newsletter in August!

All the best,

FBISD GT Department

New to GT Parent Session

The GT Parent Advisory Committee is hosting a virtual New to GT Parent Session on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. In this session, parents of newly identified GT students will have the opportunity to ask questions about GT services in our district. This session is specifically designed for GT Parents by GT Parents.

More Information About this Session

Session Link

GT PAC Game Day Event

The GT Parent Advisory Committee hosted a “GT Game Day” for families of gifted students at the First Colony Library on Saturday, April 15, 2023. There was a great turnout from GT students from many Fort Bend campuses who brought their favorite board game to play. We received positive feedback from our students and parents regarding this event. We would like to thank the Social Events subcommittee for providing this wonderful activity for our GT families.

2023-2024 GT Parent Advisory Committee Recruitment

The GT PAC is now recruiting members for the 2023-24 school year! If you are interested in joining the GT PAC, please take a moment to complete the 2023-24 GT PAC Interest Form. The GT PAC provides parents of gifted students the opportunity to serve as liaisons between the GT PAC and their school community. In addition, GT PAC members’ offers feedback related to GT services. The GT PAC meets every second Wednesday of the month.

For more detailed information please visit the GT PAC webpage.

TEA Filming

The Texas Education Association (TEA), accompanied by representatives from Region 13 and Region 4, made an exciting visit to two of our FBISD schools to interview both teachers and students about their work relating to the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP). Our amazing teachers and students were being recognized for their hard work with the opportunity to spread their message to the rest of the state on the TPSP website. In total, four teachers from Dulles Middle School and Kempner High School were interviewed about their roles in the TPSP process in FBISD. Nine students presented, recorded, and interviewed from these campuses as well.

Fort Bend ISD was contacted for this opportunity because of the unique, robust nature of our GT Showcase. Being virtual has allowed us to celebrate nearly 700 student projects on our dedicated FBISD GT Showcase YouTube channel. The continually growing GT Showcase was recognized as one of the largest in all of Texas leading TEA to reach out for input on our process. Our staff and students were able to provide tremendous insight to our process here in Fort Bend ISD while experiencing the exciting world of filmography as stars!

GT Summer Camp T-Shirt Design Contest Winner!

The votes are in!! Please help us in congratulating Hudson Phan of Madden Elementary for winning our Summer Camp t-shirt design contest!! Hudson’s design was selected by his summer camp peers as the desired design for camp shirts. Thank you, Hudson, for all of your hard work and to everyone who voted!

GT Mentorship Student Presents in Maine

GT Mentorship Class of 2023 Cohort member, Veda Chinapuvvula, was honored with an opportunity to present her semester's research at the RTS Annual Conference in Maine. Dr. Lisa Wang, Veda's mentor, has been researching Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome for over a decade, and part of Veda's mentorship this spring was to add on to that research. Due to the quality of her work, Dr. Wang provided her with the opportunity to present her findings with the RTS research cohort of patients on April 29. Dr. Lisa Wang is an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Director of the Bone Tumor Program and the Clinical Leader of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Clinic at Texas Children's Cancer Center. Veda will be graduating as Valedictorian from Hightower High School.

Click here to see Veda's research

GT Learning Plans

Final conferences to review the GT Learning Plan will be held April 24-May 5 for GT students in grades 6-12. Elementary GT Learning Plan final conferences will be held May 1-12. Parents may view their student’s final GT Learning Plan on or after May 13. If you have questions about your child’s GT Learning Plan, please contact their GT Learning Plan Monitoring teacher.

GT Learning Plan Web Page

GT Mentorship Class of 2024

The Staff of the Gifted and Talented Department offer a warm welcome to the rising seniors in the GT Mentorship Class of 2024!

Maya Abraham (RPHS), Oluwabunmi Adesoba (EHS), Kavya Agar (DHS), Zoe Als (AHS), Anant Asthana (DHS), Eden Azuogu (WHS), Trisha Botcha (CHS), Matthew Builes (EHS), Zijin Chen (DHS), Sophia Cruz (CHS), Anubhav Dasgupta (DHS), Gabby Donovan (DHS), Avi Ettinger (RPHS), Karthik Gundlapalli (DHS), Nyala Henson (THS), Emily Hoang (KHS), Saachi Jain (CHS), Zachary Mok (RPHS), Aiden Picone (CHS), Madison Quach (BHS), Layla Raye (THS), Laya Reddy (DHS), Isabella Tinnin (AHS), Zahara Trent (THS), Aishwaryaa Udeshi (DHS), Gaurav Verghese (HHS), and Meadow Votis (EHS)