ORMS GT Newsletter

December 2017

Fall Evaluations

This semester both students and teachers have spent time evaluating GT gifts and how they're used in the classroom. When we return from the holiday break your child will receive a copy of the fall GT evaluations. There might be multiple copies from their CORE and elective teachers, as well as their GT advisory teacher so you can get an overall picture of how your child uses their gifts in the classroom. Please write any feedback or questions you may have and return with your child to deliver to their GT teacher. We are not mailing report cards anymore so hand-delivery is the only option we have since many of the evaluations were done on paper copies and not digitally. Thank you for your understanding!

Gifted Children: 'Tis Folly To Be Wise?

Gifted children see and understand the world around them with exceptional comprehension, and intensity. They easily make emotional, social and factual connections with the information they take in. This level of understanding is beyond their peers, and this knowledge is more than a gifted child can emotionally assimilate. They know more, but yet not enough. Click here to read more.

6th Grade

Master Naturalist

Susan James is a Master Naturalist who spoke to all the 6th grade GT kids in October​​ about "Wildscaping: Gardening for Nature" and then returned by special request for the Community Service Group who is planning a work day on the hiking trail in January. Ms. James helped the students to recognize what was so special about the hiking trail by identifying native plants and insects and providing background on the species when possible.

Mrs. Beabout and Mrs. Redwine created a PBL presentation for this unit. Students ranked their interest in each of 6 groups and were assigned to a group considering their choice. They worked on this PBL throughout October and November.


On Monday, December 4 6th grade GT students worked on weeding the outdoor garden in preparation for flooding, rain and freezing weather in the upcoming winter months. And not a moment too soon! We got lots of rain that Wednesday and Thursday!

Ms. Redwine

6th GT Advisory



Ms. Beabout

6th GT Advisory



7th Grade

Finishing Up Backpacks

7th grade GT wrapped up the semester by completing their backpack project. Each group designed and built their own ideal backpack for the ORMS student. They used a multitude of materials from felt to denim and everything in between! They will start a new unit in January.
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Ms. Brooks

7th GT Advisory



Ms. Hybner

7th GT Advisory



8th Grade

Entrepreneurial Prep

The weeks leading up to the Farmer's Market students spent time making point of contact with their Shark Tank investors, setting up and attending meetings, and some even began selling their products and doing preorders on the weekends. It has been amazing to see all the hard work the students AND the investors put into this project. We are so very proud of their tenacity, determination and the creativity they have put into their products, designs, flyers, marketing campaigns, etc.

Vinylly having a meeting with their investor

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Mrs. Corzine helping her group The Tutus sell at The Red Stag and La Belle Vie

Entrepreneur Weekend 1

On Saturday and Sunday, December 9-10 4 groups sold products ranging from sun-printed t-shirts to handmade jewelry to original vinyl creations and decorated cookware for patrons at the New Braunfels Farmer's Market from 9AM-1PM. Students learned how to create a ledger of costs, percentages for investors, how many items they would need for each event, how to engage customers and much more! Some donated a part of their profits to a local family in need and we are so proud of all their hard work! Their investors were paid back and received a small percentage or payment in product. Students earned the rest of the money for themselves. It was a great real-world learning experience!

Entrepreneur Weekend 2

The 2nd weekend (December 16-17) a second round of 4 groups attended the Farmer's Market to sell items they had created. They were selling sugar scrubs, dog photography pictures and frames, mason jars and lumineers, and tutus! It was a bit cold and rainy, but we still had a nice turnout at the Farmer's Market. Students with left over products were allowed to sell to teachers the last week before holiday break.

Marketing Brochures

Each group had to create a business plan and included with that was a marketing brochure. We used these brochures to market for students on social media, so that the turn out would be higher at the Farmer's Market. Students also had their brochures on display at the Farmer's Market.


Let phodography's phodographer take a pic of your pet with a holiday or normal background. They also sold wooden frames.
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During the Farmer's Market there is some down time, especially when all 4 members of the groups are present so Ms. Cowan decided to up the ante a bit by creating a scavenger hunt in GooseChase. The GooseChase app allows students to take selfies, videos, photos, text response and GPS location to find items in a certain location. The game was live the entire time students were at the Farmers Market Saturdays December 9 and 16. The winning team won a prize at the end! It was so much fun! Here are some of the photos they took.

Ms. Bryant

8th GT Advisory



Ms. Cowan

8th GT Advisory



Events Coming Up...

Fall Evaluations

Friday, Dec. 22nd, 2:30pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

Teachers and students are required to fill out an evaluation on their participation in the GT program in December and again in May. This year students might 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. We will do this in a Google Form for the first time this year and email the evaluations to parents. They will not be mailed this year.

GT Showcase (Parents Only)

Tuesday, April 24th 2018 at 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 2018 at 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.

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.