Cassidy Gifted and Talented News

Week of March 21 - Spring Break is Almost Here!!!

Announcements

I have provided opportunities for students in Gifted and Talented in Language Arts to compete in some writing contests, with your permission. The first is a short story writing contest through KET: click here for more info. The second is a writing contest through Scholastic and USA Gold Pencils: click here for more info. Students may be asking you to sign permission forms if they wish to participate.

Even if your child is not in gifted and talented for Language Arts, I am happy to accept their submissions if you wish to engage them in this opportunity at home. Just send in the forms on the websites along with their submission.

What We Are Up to This Week in GT

Literacy:
My goal is for all students in grades 2-3 to finish up and present their opinion pieces. Several students have chosen to share their pieces on our Cassidy GT website, so keep an eye out for those http://cassidyschool.org/gt-student-work/.

My goal for students in 4th grade is to finish and present their historical fiction projects and share them on our website if they wish to do so: http://cassidyschool.org/gt-student-work/.

One fifth grade group has finished their historical fiction projects, so that group has moved onto an opinion piece that they will hopefully finish before spring break. The other fifth grade group is still working on their historical fiction projects, so my goal is for them to finish and present those by spring break.

All groups have on-going book clubs, so students will be continuing to practice their conversation and comprehension skills in those.

Math:
In math, we are continuing to work on accelerating the curriculum, meaning that we will be teaching any grade level content that is needed and then moving on to more challenging above grade level content. We will also continue our work with advanced problem solving and metacognition (being mindful of our thought processes so that we can explain our thinking).

Art, Creativity, and/or Leadership:
All students are continuing to work on the projects they selected.

General Intellectual:
Students in these groups have been working on higher level thinking, reasoning, and logic through complex problem solving. Students are working on logic puzzles and mysteries to practice their reasoning skills.

In the Community

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education Super Saturday Events for Parents and Students - April 16 - I sent a flyer home with all students in gifted and talented, but you can also click here for more info

Spring Break Learning Programs:

Newton's Attic: Click on the link and then scroll down to Spring Break Programs to view the flier: http://newtonsattic.org/

Explorium: http://explorium.com/