Mrs. Branton November 2015 GE News

Gifted Education News for Woodland and Edinbrook

Upcoming Seminars/ NBCs~!

NBC #2 for Grades 3-5:

Grade 3 Non-Verbal K’nex Bridges

Grade 4 Quantitative Computer Programming

Grade 5 Non-Verbal Lego Robotics

*This NBC will meet at least 6 sessions from November 9th - December 18th.

Acronyms and abbreviations:

GE= Gifted Education

NBC+Needs Based Classes/ Seminars

Fall conferences

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 the GE teacher.

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. Watch the Wednesday envelope for additional information.

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 your GE teacher for additional information.

GE Monthly Parent Meetings!!

Do you want to learn more about what it means to be “gifted?” Would you like to meet and connect with other parents of gifted children? Osseo district will now be offering 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. Our first meeting is coming up soon! Notice the date change from last month’s newsletter. Childcare and a light snack will be provided.

December 8th, 2015

6:30-7:30 PM

Intensity, Perfectionism and Stress

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

Interested in Being Involved With Gifted Education at the State Level?

Open Applications for MDE’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council
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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