Mrs. Thompson's November GE News
Gifted Education News for Rush Creek Elementary
Current GE Seminars/ NBCs~!
NBC #2 for Grades 3-5:
Grade 3 Non-Verbal K’nex Bridges
- Thursdays 2:15-3;45 - Luedemann, Felton & Burns
- Fridays 2:15-3:45 - Riddle & Hritzko
Grade 4 Quantitative Would You Rather
- Tuesdays 1:20-2:50 - Prin & Tannuzzo
- Wednesdays 1:20-2:50 - Weiland, Hehn, Thalmann & Westrum
Grade 5 Non-Verbal Lego Robotics
- Thursdays & Fridays 1:00-2:15
*These NBC's will meet at least 7-8 sessions from November 9th - December 18th.
Grade 4 Wordmasters - Mondays 3:20-3:50
Grade 5 Wordmasters - Wednesdays 9:40-10:10
Grade 3 & 4 Fermi Groups - Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:40-10:10
Thank you to those of you who were able to make Gifted Education part of your fall conference schedule. If you have questions, concerns, and/or a need for clarification regarding GE programs, please contact me at email@example.com.
Testing Information for second grade parents
All second graders will participate in taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in January. Data gathered from this process and the upcoming NWEA assessments, will be used for decisions about GE services for 2016-17. A note will go home in the Wednesday envelope on November 18th with additional information. You ONLY need to send back the form if you DO NOT want your child tested. These forms are due back to your child's teacher by December 2nd.
Testing Information for third and fourth grade parents
January and early February is the time when testing for Gifted Education pull-out service takes place. Teachers in grades three and four will soon begin the data-collection process in preparation for identifying those students with the greatest need for pull-out enrichment in the 2016-2017 school year. Teachers and parents may nominate students for this testing; students may self-nominate. Students may re-test for areas in which they do not currently qualify for GE service. Contact me if you want your child re-tested.
Destination Imagination has begun!
Information for Fifth Grade Parents
All my GE students who are currently in seminars will participate in the "Hour of Code" during the week of December 7-11. Check out the link and video above to find out more about the "Hour of Code."
CML Meet #1 Perfect Scores
GE Monthly Parent Meetings!!
Our first Osseo district GE parent meeting was a success! We had over 55 parents in attendance. The purpose of these meetings is to provide parent support for students participating in gifted education needs based classes. There will be monthly meetings throughout the year with various topics – see schedule below. These sessions will be facilitated by several of our #279 Gifted Education Teachers. All meetings will be held at Oak View Elementary in the media center and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. Childcare and a light snack will be provided. Our second meeting will be December 8th and the topic will be on intensity, perfectionism and stress, which are all common characteristics of gifted children.
Link to the November parent meeting presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NZL1E29L789sNHaw8kpUKoqzOy1jacQpF2SUoytv4Ds/edit?usp=sharing
December 8th, 2015
Intensity, Perfectionism and Stress
January 12th, 2016
Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement
February 9th, 2016
Idealism, Unhappiness and Depression
March 29th, 2016
Communication: The Key to Relationships
April 12, 2016
Not Just Gifted? Twice-Exceptional Children, Organization Issues
May 10th, 2016
Advocating for Your Gifted Child Gifted Child
Interested in Being Involved With Gifted Education at the State Level?
Applications for the positions of parent or guardian representative, school psychologist or counselor representative, and out of school education program provider representative will be accepted through November 16, 2015. Each two-year position begins in January. Apply for an open position on the advisory council.
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