ORMS GT Newsletter

October 2018

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UIL Mini Meets

October 1-16 students participated in the UIL Mini Meets in various academic categories in order to see what gifts and interests they had in order to compete in UIL in February. If a student did particularly well in a certain event, they will receive an invitation or the coach will talk to them about joining. Talk to your child about which events they did well in and/or which events they're interested in. Practices start in November! The dates for the UIL meets are as follows: February 2nd at Corbett Middle School, February 9th at Dobie Junior High School and Tournament of Champions is February 23 at ORMS. Students only need to attend one of the first two meets to compete in their events. If they place, they will move on to the Tournament of Champions right here at ORMS!
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PTA Reflections Contest

It's time for the 2018-2019 PTA Reflection Program!

In case you are not aware of Reflections, it is an amazing PTA program for children who love literature, photography, music, dance, visual arts, and/or film. It is designed to showcase those talents! We encourage everyone to participate and would love to see ORMS blow the roof off with entries from this year. The theme this year is “Heroes Around Me”.

For program information, click here: http://www.txpta.org/reflections. Rules and entry forms are attached below, and the Spanish version is available on the same Texas PTA website.

While everything you need to know is on the Texas PTA website, here are a few things to keep in mind:

• The student or at least one person of their primary household must be a member of the PTA no later than October 31, 2018.

• Local schools can only send the top 20% in each category to the Council level.

• 3D artwork is NOT allowed at the State level in Texas. This really means no gluing of beads, pasta, etc…All artwork must be relatively flat, and 2D. Keep in mind that needlework, weavings, etc. would be ok, mounted on a firm backing (cardboard, foam core, etc.).

• Students CAN submit multiple entries in the same or different categories.

• The artist statement is very important. Tie breakers will be based on the highest artist statement score.

• The entries should not be a class assignment where all kids turn in similar pieces. However, the work can be done in class and as an assignment, but each piece must be unique.

• Even our youngest students at Lone Star are eligible to participate.

• The visual arts category always has the most entries. The odds of advancing to State are much higher in all other categories!

• Please remember there is a whole category just for our Special Ed/504 students. This is the only category where adults are allowed to help if needed.

• Dance and music entries are encouraged to be submitted on a thumb drive versus a CD.

• Entries must be submitted with the original entry form filled out and 3 copies.

• Before you submit to Council, you MUST complete the spreadsheet online at Texas PTA. Please remember to send an electronic version by Nov. 28th.

Oak Run has always been successful in the PTA Reflections contest with students moving on to the Council and State Levels. We encourage entries from all grade levels and subject areas!

Family Ties: Connection Through Communication

Emily Kircher-Morris talks with family relationship expert Jennifer Kolari, author of “Connected Parenting: Set Loving Limits and Build Strong Bonds with Your Child for Life,” about ways to use the body’s natural chemicals and hormones in the formation of stronger ties with your kids or students. Giftedness often adds a layer of complexity to it, and they discuss it on episode 18. Click here to listen to the podcast!

6th Grade

More UIL Mini Meets

6th grade spent most of this month working on the UIL Mini Meets. Students spent more than two weeks on these meets in all the events that our campus competes in. 6th graders cannot participate in UIL Team competition this year, but they can attend practices and prepare for next year when they can compete. The more they prepare this year, the better they will do in the UIL events next year.

Ms. Redwine

6th GT Advisory



Ms. Beabout

6th GT Advisory



7th Grade

Coach Winki

Beginning October 18-24 Coach Winki was able to come visit and work with our 7th graders. They started the week out doing Personality Zoo and discussing all four of the different personality traits. On Monday they did the handcuffs challenge and then Chickenplucker on Tuesday in the gym. On the last day they did a reflection piece and a worksheet on how best to tackle problems. This will be very helpful as 7th grade begins their Backpack project in November. They have been grouped and are ready to tackle their first project of the year!


Students were paired off and put together with rope handcuffs on Monday, October 22. They had to figure out a way to work together to get untangled in the safest and quickest way possible. Many students ran out of time before they figured it out. Coach Winki gave them three hints. They were shown the correct way on Wednesday, October 24.

Abby Bissett and Katelyn Dillashaw

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AJ Sinder and Ethan Hizaji

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On Tuesday, October 23 students participated in Chickenplucker with Coach Winki. They had to figure out the best way to get their entire team through the rope without hitting the rope itself in a safe and quick way. Students were able to complete this mission pretty quickly!
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Ms. Brooks

7th GT Advisory



Ms. Hybner

7th GT Advisory



8th Grade

Science Fest 2018

Thank you for your understanding as Ms. Bryant and Ms. Cowan called, texted and emailed to let you know that we were cancelling our Science Fest booth this year on Sunday, October 7th due to rain. A special shout out goes to Fallon Cochran and Allison Wagner for braving the weather with the amazing Ms. Cowan to help run our Magnatiles booth when the rain disappeared! Great job!

The Teams

On Wednesday, October 17 Ms. Cowan and Ms. Bryant announced which students would be in which teams for the remainder of the year. This includes projects, competitions, and earning badges. The 8th grade GT teachers like to take the beginning of the year to really get to know the students before grouping them so they can create the best possible working environment for all students. We cannot wait to see what they have in store this school year!

Team Presentations

On Friday, October 26 and Monday, October 29 students presented to Mr. Haygood, our NBISD K-8 GT specialist, and Mr. Quinn, our assistant principal for judging. Ms. Cowan, Ms. Bryant, Ms. Hunt and the students were in the audience. The groups shared their team motto, name, skit, etc. in front of the classes. These teams will stay together the entire school year for all challenges, competitions, projects, etc. They will be judged by the skit and their shield for this challenge. Winners for this badge will be announced on Friday, November 2. All groups will start their first big project together next week. This is the Marketing Challenge where they have to create an original product to sell at the Farmer's Market. See dates below.

Marketing Project

8th grade students are preparing for their Farmer's Market marketing challenge and Shark Tank adventure in November and December. This means students are researching ads, PR campaigns and other ways that companies advertise their products. They are also researching the products themselves to decide which items they will sell at the New Braunfels Farmer's Market December 8 and 15 (each group will only go to one weekend, not both). This is as real world as it gets because students will actually make their product, pitch it to the Shark Tank, receive an investment of a maximum of $50, sign a contract with their investor, create their products, sell them at the Farmer's Market and receive a profit. We absolutely love this project and cannot wait to see what the students come up with and which Shark Tank investors choose which groups to invest in!

Important upcoming dates for 8th grade:

November 3, 10am-12pm: Farmer's Market research. Meet out front at the Farmer's Market. If you get there a little late, text Ms. Cowan via Remind to see where the group is.

November 27 & 29, 5pm-7pm: Shark Tank Nights. Teams will only attend one of the nights, not both. We will let your student know which night they have been assigned as it gets closer. If you already know of a conflict, please email Ms. Cowan or Ms. Bryant so we can best work around it. We like to have all members present, if we can.

December 8 & 15, 8:30-1:30pm: Farmer's Market selling days. Teams only need to attend one of the days, not both. We will let your student know which day they have been assigned as it gets closer. If you already know of a conflict, please email Ms. Cowan or Ms. Bryant so we can best work around it. We like to have all members present, if we can.

**As always we would love to have ALL team members present for every event. However, if you cannot attend a date listed above, parents need to email Ms. Bryant or Ms. Cowan to let them know their child won't be in attendance. Thank you for your help with this!

Ms. Bryant

8th GT Advisory



Ms. Cowan

8th GT Advisory



Events Coming Up...

8th Grade Market Research

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 10am-12pm

186 South Castell Avenue

New Braunfels, TX

Meet out front at 10:00! If you can only come for part of the time or arrive a bit late, text Ms. Cowan via Remind so you can find the group!

8th Grade Farmer's Market Day 1

Saturday, Dec. 8th, 9am-1pm

186 South Castell Avenue

New Braunfels, TX

Come support our 8th grade GT students as they sell their original and self-made products at the New Braunfels Farmer's Market. With the holidays just around the corner, you won't want to miss out on these items for your family and friends! Shop local and support ORMS GT!

8th Grade Farmer's Market Day 2

Saturday, Dec. 15th, 9am-1pm

186 South Castell Avenue

New Braunfels, TX

Come support our 8th grade GT students as they sell their original and self-made products at the New Braunfels Farmer's Market. With the holidays just around the corner, you won't want to miss out on these items for your family and friends! Shop local and support ORMS GT!

Fall Evaluations

Friday, Jan. 12th, 3:30pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

CORE teachers and GT teachers will complete a fall and spring evaluation on your child. One copy will go home with the child when we return from the holiday break and one copy will go in your child's cumulative folder.

Amanda Hunt, Librarian and NBISD Secondary GT Facilitator

Please contact me or your child's advisory teacher if you have any questions or concerns about the GT program at ORMS.

Blake Haygood

Blake is our district's K-8 GT Specialist working with teachers on trainings and differentiation in the classroom.
NBISD GT Differentiation

NBISD is dedicated to providing differentiation in the classroom for your gifted child. This newsletter is a place for teachers to go to get lessons, ideas and resources for their classroom in order to best serve your GT child.