PGHS Gifted Support Newsletter: September 2014
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Coming Soon: Bi-weekly Lunch & Learn Seminar
For those who have a fifth period study hall, you know you aren't alone! With as many as thirty gifted kids scheduled in the auditorium on any given day, it's been tough to sign out to 208, and if we all were to go at once, we'd probably wreak havoc in Mrs. Forsyth’s room. Under wraps for far too long, at last Mrs. Forsyth is offering a solution!
"Lunch & Learn" on various topics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Thursday October 2nd. To participate, B and C lunch students can bring their lunch to room 208 at 11:05. You’ll be able to feed your body first, and then your brain. A lunchers should not report until 11:35. Regardless of your assigned lunch (A, B or C), if you have 5th period study hall you'll be able to stay until 12:29. So, that's the "lunch" part.
Well then, what will we "learn"?...almost anything that grabs your interest. Topics will be announced via "Remind" texts or emails, so make sure you sign up to receive notifications. Don’t worry about never being interested in any of the topics, because they are student-generated. Some ideas already floated include: Schrodinger's Cat, Pixar Theory, Quidditch, the Great Martian War, modern architecture, Anime, Arabic, manners, proprioception, nuclear disarmament, meditation, music theory, chess strategy, origami, science fiction, mythology, politics, interior design, psychology, and even grass farming. That’s right: grass farming.
The fine print: Mrs. Forsyth will have a sign-in sheet that she will send to 5th period study hall proctors, so you do not need to report to your study hall first. If you have a class instead of study hall during 5th period, but really, really love a topic, check with your teacher to see if you might be able to attend; you'll need a pass from them. If you have homework or prefer to study, or the topic du jour is not for you, stay in study hall or sign out to the library to use a computer. Have an idea of your own? Be sure to add it to the growing list in Mrs. Forsyth's room.
First "Lunch & Learn" Guest Lecture - Tuesday September 30th
Join your gifted compadres in the library at 10:15 on Tuesday, September 30th to learn from successful architect and adventure-loving world traveler Jack Althouse, as well as the SAVE Alliance's executive director Ken Hamilton. (Upperclassmen may remember Mr. Althouse regaling us with his discovery of an unknown pyramid, or Mr. Hamilton skyping in to our freshmen seminar to answer questions about designing an environmental education center.) We'll listen first, then lunch and discuss. Be sure to ask your 4th period teacher in advance to participate. Mrs. Forsyth will send a confirmation email to the faculty listing all students in attendance, but you are responsible for securing permission first. The event ends at 11:35, in time for 5th period.
This "Lunch & Learn" opportunity is the first in a series designed to provide insight into the wild world of the working world. How do grown-ups find their dream jobs? Is there a formula? How will you find your way? Don't worry, you CAN figure this out, but make participation in "Lunch & Learn" lectures a part of your solution.
Join the MOOC Movement
In the past few years, the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) has mushroomed from a few hesitant college students desperate for extra help into thousands of people from around the world learning and discussing course subjects online FOR FREE. Mrs. Forsyth loves the idea so much, she will give you credit if you finish one.
Join people of all ages and nationalities in taking courses as varied as “The Civil War and Reconstruction,” “Exploring your Microbiome,” “Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture,” “Data Structures” and “Modern and Contemporary American Poetry.” You will be taught by prestigious professors from the best universities, and you can even chat with your fellow classmates in the discussion forums. Most courses do assign quizzes or assignments on the topic, and you can share them with your online peers; receiving feedback and getting graded by them. Most MOOC run for 1-3 months, and require several hours of participation a week.
Major MOOC providers include Cousera, edX and Udacity, but more are forming all the time. For a comprehensive catalogue of options, check out Class Central or Lifehack's listing of 25 Killer Sites for Free Online Education. Did we mention they’re FREE?!?!
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Senator for a Day Program
Friday, Oct. 17th, 8am-2pm
101 College Dr
Field Trip Opportunity: Sign Up for "Senator for a Day" Program with State Senator Bob Mensch
Job Opportunity - Get Paid to Learn About College Planning
“It would be a shame to pay too much for college” is the official motto of the College Planning Center in Pottstown. CPC aims to aid college-goers by providing information and advice on fiscal decisions so that the overwhelming process of paying for a higher education becomes a bit more easy. Every year CPC comes to Mrs. Forsyth, seeking diligent and eager interns for their firm.
Responsibilities include answering phone calls, helping with college workshops, keeping offices tidy, entering client data, setting up and assisting with college planning meetings, working with computer systems, and scanning, copying, printing, filing and shredding papers. Interns should be hard-working, personable, flexible, timely, responsible, and professional individuals.
CPC is open Monday through Saturday, and interns can expect to put in up to twenty hours a week. Only sophomores and juniors need apply, and you must be at least fifteen years of age. Because of the hours, participation in other after-school activities will most likely be limited. The number to apply is 610-422-3530. CPC is located on 1301 Glasgow Street in Pottstown. Please see Mrs. Forsyth for additional information.