Mrs. Thompson's January GE News

Gifted Education News for Rush Creek Elementary

CogAT Testing Schedule Grades 2-4

CogAT testing will take place over the next four weeks. ALL 2nd grade students will participate in testing unless a parent/guardian has returned paperwork declining testing. Students in 3rd and 4th grade will ONLY be tested if a teacher or parent has requested/nominated the student. The following is the schedule for testing:


Grade 2 Schedule for Testing:


January 12, 13 & 14

Toov 1:00-2:00


January 19, 20 & 21

Winters 9:40-10:40

Kettner 10:40-11:40

Marshik 1:00-2:00 (testing 1/22 instead of 1/21)


January 26, 27 & 28

Williams 1:00-2:00

McBride 2:00-3:00


Grade 3 Schedule for Testing:


February 3rd 9:40-11:10 and 2:00-3:30 Riddle & Hritzko

February 4th 9:40-11:10 and 2:00-3:00 Luedemann, Felton & Burns


Grade 4 Schedule for Testing:


January 14th 11:15-12:15 and 2:10-3:50

Pull Out Groups for 3rd-5th

The second round of pull out groups are wrapping up. The third round of NBC's will begin the second week of Feb. after testing is completed. The 3rd and 5th grade groups will focus on Math enrichment, and the 4th grade group will focus on Non-Verbal enrichment. Check next month's newsletter for more specific details!

Parent Open Houses for Non-Verbal Seminars of LEGO Robotics and K'nex Bridges!

I will be having an Open House for parents of students in the K'nex Bridges seminar and LEGO Robotics seminar. Come and see what your child has created!


Grade 3 K'NEX Open House - Wednesday, January 13th 2:00-2:40

Multipurpose Room 122


Grade 5 LEGO Robotics Open Houses -

Thursday's Group: January 20th 12:20-12:55 (right after lunch during recess)

Friday's Group: January 22 12:20-12:55 (right after lunch during recess)


Back hallway - Room 302 (computer lab)


Please sign in at the office. Thank you!

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Perennial Math Wall of Fame

Grades 3 & 4 Math GE students have a new competition this year called Perennial Math. Students participate in a problem solving meet 4 times between November - February. There are 6 challenging problems on each meet. Students who score a 5 get on the websites Hall of Fame for a "Fabulous 5 Score" and students who score a 6 get listed on the "Perfect Scores" list.


Fabulous 5 Scores for November:


Grade 3:

Colin Ames

Gabe Hockett

Ryan Kasbohm

Michael Wagner

Brody Berglin

Jackson Schulzetenberg


Grade 4:

Sophia Alm

Keaton Ball

Alexis Barkman

Jack Faatz

Callan Haugen

Bella Lewis

Ben Beres

Brady Meline

Darina Sokol

Gautham Barani

Gavin Anderson

Karalee Parsons

Lauren Seivert

Megan Holmgren

Megan Monge

Rhea Menon

Tristan Wiehoff

Zoe Brown


Perfect Scores for November:


Grade 3:

Braeden Henke


Grade 4:

Blake Bauerly

Quinn Haik

Sadie Quam

Alissa Wernz


Fabulous 5 Scores for December:


Grade 3:

Colin Ames

Raegan Fritts

Michael Wagner

Brody Berglin

Abhinav Kamatgi


Grade 4:

Thomas Botkin

Orion Breitenfeldt

Jack Faatz

Callan Haugen

Ashlyn Schindel

Brady Meline

Ben Beres

Cecilia DeOliveira

Ethan Smith

Gavin Anderson

Jackson Kuznik

Lauren Seivert

Quinn Haik

Zoe Brown


Perfect Scores for December:


Grade 3:

Gabe Hockett

Braeden Henke


Grade 4:

Keaton Ball

Kat Klopotek

Bella Lewis

Megan Holmgren

Alissa Wernz

Conferences

I will be available for Conferences on the following conference days:

February 4th and February 8th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Feel free to stop in and check on your child's progress in GE. I will be attending the Minnesota Educators Gifted & Talented Conference on February 2nd, so I will not be available during this conference day.

Young Scientist Roundtable

Please join us on:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 7-8 p.m.

at Wayzata Central Middle School

305 Vicksburg Lane Plymouth MN 55447


Presenter: Dr. Terry Jones

Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Minnesota

“Theory of Relativity”


Albert Einstein is famous for his Theory of Relativity, but many people don’t know that he actually developed two theories. The first is called the Special Theory of Relativity, which explains what happens to objects moving at speeds close to the speed of light relative to each other, but does not include the effects of gravity. Einstein later developed his General Theory of Relativity, which includes gravity and led to our current understanding of the Universe as a whole. Dr. Jones will focus on the Special Theory of Relativity, which is surprisingly accessible to students and forces us to think differently about time and

space. He will then briefly cover the General Theory of Relativity and how both profoundly important theories are used in nearly all of our current technologies.


http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/ysr


Your FREE participation in each month’s Young Scientist Roundtable is funded by Gifted Education 279.

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Minnesota Institute for the Talented & Gifted - MITY

Grades 1-4 Spring Classes for MITY are now open for registration. Classes are held on Saturdays: 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, & 3/19 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Parent Seminars are available during that time as well. Tuition is $175. If you are interested let me know and I will get you a brochure with more information.

GE Monthly District Parent Meetings


Our first two Osseo district GE parent meetings have been successes! 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 and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. Childcare for children 4+ and a light snack will be provided.


January 12th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement


February 9th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Idealism, Unhappiness and Depression


March 29th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Communication: The Key to Relationships


April 12, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Not Just Gifted? Twice-Exceptional Children, Organization Issues


May 10th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Advocating for Your Gifted Child Gifted Child

Summer School Opportunities

Watch for summer school Information in next month's GE News!

The REACH FOR THE STARS Catalog

Contacting Laura Thompson

thompsonlaura@district279.org

Office phone 763-494-4549 Ext. #83131


Gifted Education Resources:

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page: www.hoagiesgifted.org

National Association for Gifted Children: www.nagc.org

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG): www.sengifted.org