September 2013

Welcome Back!

A new school year has begun, and we are off to a wonderful start! I hope that everyone had a relaxing, safe, and enjoyable summer vacation. I cannot wait to hear all the stories from the students. They love to share! 4th and 5th grade classes will begin next week - September 9th. The AIG Schedule will be posted on my webpage by Friday of this week.

Please consisder signing up for an AIG Academy this year. I have the schedule on my webpage. The attachment is a google doc so if you have difficulty opening the file please let me know.

This year the AIG program will be offering a new class on Journalism. The class is open to all students in grades 3-5 at WBS. During the Journalism class, students will learn various writing skills needed to create a school newsletter. Students will be given the opportunity to interview, write interest articles, take photos, and more. This class will only meet on Fridays to begin with. We may add another meeting time if needed. There will be more detailed information coming home soon.

As always ~ if you have any questions or concerns, please ask.

I am looking forward to working with all children at WBS!

WAPA (WBS AIG Parent Advisory)

WAPA will have its' first meeting this Friday, September 13th in the AIG Room. We will begin at 8:15am.

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If you haven't visited the NHCS AIG Webpage, please take a moment to do so this month. There are many great resources available for parents, students, and teachers.


Gifted Advisory Council

Please let me know if you are interested in joining the NHCS Gifted Advisory Council. They meet once a week at the Spencer Boardroom. We certainly need a representative from WBS, and it can be a shared responsiblity. If we do not have a representative, I will attend the meetings, and then report the news on my webpage.

Nurturing ~ Discover, Explore, Nurture

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade

The K-2 Nurturing program for AIG consists of push in and some pull out classes throughout the school year. I will visit K-3 classrooms to provide whole group lessons to encourage critical, creative, and higher order thinking skills. All activities are hands-on and address multiple intelligences. Thinking skills include convergent and divergent thinking, spatial and non-verbal reasoning, evaluation, analysis, and problem solving. Each higher order thinking skill is presented through a PETS “friend.”

Each classroom will receive at least 15 whole class nurturing lessons throughout the school year.

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Enrich, Extend and Accelerate

In grades 3-5, the AIG Specialist will provide enrichment, extensions, and acceleration as needed to meet the students' needs. The teachers will work closely with the Gifted Specialists in order to fully meet the needs of high-achieving students by adjusting the content, process, product and even the learning environment. It is important that lessons are correctly differentiated and challenging for individual students.

Service delivery is multifaceted and flexible and may consist of any of the following options:

· team teaching

· cluster grouping

· subject grouping

· resource units and/or classes

· cross grade grouping

· anchor activities

· curriculum compacting

· learning centers

· tiered assignments

· learning contracts

· computer based instruction

· independent study

Students who are performing above grade level may be pulled to work in a small group directly with the Gifted Specialist. A student does not have to be formally identified into the AIG Program to work directly with the Gifted Specialist.