Guided Discover Update

End of First Semester

Yummy Snacks and Fun!

Thank you all for sending in such great treats for our end of the first semester celebration! We have some exceptional cookie, fudge, toffee, and brownie bakers among us!

The Guided Discovery students continue to amaze me with their innate curiosity, passion for learning, and unique gifts and talents. Whether working individually or in small groups, these students are kind to each other, supportive of each other, and very patient with me! Thank you for sharing your precious "gifts" with me.

I hope you enjoy the well deserved holiday break! Relax, have fun, and enjoy your family and friends.

GD Progress Reports

The students and I have collaborated to provide a review of their progress towards completing their IEP goal work over the past 9 weeks.

Please follow these directions to access the most recent IEP progress report via ParentVue in Synergy.

1. Log in to ParentVue as you normally do.

2. Click on the Special Education link on the left side of the screen.

3. You can then click on the date that appears under the IEP progress report area in order to view the PDF document.

Thank You BVPAGE!

The Blue Valley Parent Advocates for Gifted Education (BVPAGE) graciously donated a Treasure Island Challenge series of missions and mat to our classroom for our NXT and EV3 robots!

Now all we need, (hint hint) is a stand alone game table to be constructed to fit out mat. Let me know if there any crafty parents out their who can help us out!

8th Grade Gifted Open Houses at BVHS

All 8th grade Gifted Education students who are attending BVHS next year and their parents are invited to attend either of the following Gifted Education Four-Year Planning Open Houses:

· Thursday, January 14th – 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM in the Blue Valley High School Library Media Center

· Monday, February 1st – 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM in the Blue Valley High School Library Media Center

These open houses are designed to provide personalized assistance with developing an appropriate 4-year plan. Also, 8th grade Gifted Education students will get a chance to tour the building with high school Gifted Education students. Feel free to attend at any point during the open houses; tours will occur periodically throughout each event.

Expect to see an email from them this spring before summer online enrollment begins to provide you with instructions on how to enroll in a summer online course.

Free Opportunity for Students, Ages 11-18, to Launch Experiments into Space!

idoodlelearning, inc, with support from the Colorado Space Grant Consortium is offering a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) focused global education program at no cost for students ages 11-18. Cubes in Space™ provides students an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space.


Legislative Shadow Day is a learning experience for Gifted students in grades 8-12. It is an opportunity for students to meet State Legislators, witness how the legislative process works first hand, and develop advocacy skills.

For parents/adult chaperons, there is training on legislative advocacy for Gifted students as well as historic tours. All activities will take place at and near the Kansas State Capitol building and the historic Dillon House in downtown Topeka. Parents and schools are responsible for transportation.

Student participant- $30

Adult chaperon- $15

Registration deadline is January 15, 2016

Late registration until January 31- add $10 for each (student registration becomes $40; adult chaperon becomes $25)

No registrations accepted after January 31

2016 3M Young Scientist Challenge Registration Now Open

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries. Register your young scientist today and have them start brainstorming their video submission over winter break.

Top 10 Reasons to Participate:

STEM for Girls

The 2016 Expanding Your Horizons is filling up fast!

Friday, January 22, 2016

6:30 - 10:30 PM

6th-8th grade girls

Fewer than 60 spots still available!

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) - Middle school girls experience two hands-on STEM workshops with professional women in STEM-related fields along with a dynamic keynote by Dr. Emily Arnold, the first female aerospace professor at the University of Kansas. Join us on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 6:30 - 10:30 PM in Science City at Union Station for only $5. Slots are filling up fast so sign up today!

To register online go to

Support for the 2016 FLL Robotics Barrel Riders

The PSMS FLL Robotics Barrel Riders Team advances to the next round of competition at Union Station on Saturday, January 16th. To help support them, please send in any empty coffee cans (metal and/or plastic) and any dead single use batteries you acquired over the holidays! Thank you!

Lisa Cross PSMS Gifted Education