ORMS GT Newsletter

September 2018

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Welcome Back!

Welcome to another awesome year of ORMS GT! Here's a quick review of our program at OakRun: students will receive 30 minutes of GT services a day with their advisory teacher. There will be differentiation in their CORE classes and hopefully they're able to explore any gifts and talents that are outside their CORE strengths by joining clubs, choosing electives they're passionate about and using those talents to help think about future careers/jobs. Below is a breakdown of our GT services this school year. For the first time we will also be going on a field trip in each grade level! More info on that come throughout the year!

Year At A Glance

6th grade:

Fall semester: getting to know their teachers and their own gifts/personality traits. What does gifted mean? What does the state say it is? Ms. Redwine and Ms. Beabout are really going to take the time for students to get used to middle school and help make it a smooth transition.

Spring semester: Students will work on one project this year in the second semester.

7th grade:

Fall semester: students will work on a project this first semester after a few weeks of getting to know you activities to help them get acclimated with their new GT teachers.

Spring Semester: students will begin preparing for a competition with NBMS that will occur at the Westside Community Center in March where there will be STEM challenges, robotics competitions and 3D printing assignments so students will spend the second semester working on these skills in preparation for the competition.

8th grade:

Fall semester: students will work on various projects in the fall such as a Marketing Challenge, an Eco Art assignment and more getting to know each other and their gifts

Spring semester: students will concentrate this time on Pursuit of Passion in correlation with their 8th grade grad plans to really think about their future and what they want to do for a career.

GT Awareness Day!

Today, September 27, is GT Awareness Day! This day was created to increase awareness and encourage support of gifted education in Texas. Through online community discussions and social media posts, parents, educators, and advocates come together to celebrate giftedness. All throughout the day, TAGT will push out information and created conversations to dispel myths and provide a deeper understanding of the purpose of gifted education.

The 2018 theme is #WhyGT with the mission of empowering advocates of gifted and talented students to share why G/T is important to them. Click this link to learn more!

NB Science Fest 2018

8th grade GT will have a Makerspace/STEM booth at the 2nd annual 2018 Science Fest. Come on by and check it out! There will be lots of hands-on activities, food and fun for the whole family!
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PTA Reflections Contest

Does your child have gifts in art, design, dance, etc.? Don't forget about our PTA Reflections Contest, which is gearing up soon! Here's the link to get more information about due dates and entry possibilities.

Reflections has been a staple arts program in many schools for 50 years. Through the efforts of Local PTAs, millions of students have found a creative outlet in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.

With positive recognition as the focus of this program, rather than competition, students of all ages and abilities can experience the benefits of creative expression and help in finding their own voice in telling their unique story.

Visit the 2017-2018 Reflections Gallery to see examples of entries that were awarded by Texas PTA in past years.

Express your artistic talent and find out what's within reach through Reflections!

Clubbing for the Gifted

If your child is interested in participating more in STEM/STEAM activities, be sure to check out Ms. Hunt's after school clubs! Makerspace Club meets once a month on Mondays in the library from 3:35-4:35. Text @ormsmakers to 81010 to get reminders for our next meeting! We also have a Robotics Club/Team this school year. Our first meeting was Tuesday, September 25, but students can come any time. In the spring semester we will compete in robotics competitions for those who make the team. This club will meet every other Tuesday from 3:35-4:35 in the library. Text @ormsrobot to 81010 for reminders!

Those students who have more of a Humanities gift, iREAD Book Club meets once a month on Fridays during your child's lunch time in the library. Our next meeting is October 12! To get reminders, text @ormsiread to 81010.

No, Fortnite Isn't Rotting Kids' Brains

Kids around the country, if not the world, spent the year mimicking Fortnite dances, discussing Ninja’s scoperless-sniper rifle shots, and being generally obsessed with the popular video game. Is Fortnite something we should be concerned about? Read this Education Week article for more information!

6th Grade

Welcome to 6th Grade GT

There are a few ways you can get information about 6th grade GT. Make sure you are signed up with your email to receive our monthly newsletter. Feel free to add any family members to the email sign up here. You can also contact your child's GT teacher by using the information below.

If 6th grade GT students posted on Instagram from Open House, as well as any other activities we do this year, use these hashtags: #ormssuper6th and #ormssuperteam

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Coach Winki

The week of September 10-14 6th grade GT got to work with Coach Winki, a retired NBISD teacher and former John Newcombe Tennis Ranch employee, who provides leadership and team building training. She provided her services for free to come work with our students doing a Personality Zoo quiz and discussing their personality traits. They also did a handcuffs team building challenge, as well as played a teamwork game called Chickenplucker (see below). It was a lot of fun, but also enlightening for many of the students as they began to figure out how they work in a group, as well as their own strengths and weaknesses.
Personality Zoo

Want to know what your personality is? Click on the link to take the quiz! Then ask your child which animal they are!

Handcuff Challenge

During 6th grade GT's week with Coach Winki, one of the challenges we did together was handcuffs. Students were given a set of rope handcuffs tied with slip knots and had to tangle themselves with another student. The objective was to get untangled as quickly and safely as possible without severing the rope. Coach Winki gave the students three hints before showing how it was able to be done. One pair figured it out! This challenge involved teamwork, listening skills, imagination and a bit of give and get with your partner.


One of the activities Coach Winki did with the students was Chickenplucker. Students (aka the chickens) had to get out of the pillow-making factory through the Chickenplucker machine (aka giant rope swung by Coach Winki and Ms. Hunt) as quickly and safely as possible. It took several tries, but students made it through with 7 minutes and 46 seconds--way under the 10 minute time limit! Ask your 6th grader to keep the answer a secret from our 7th and 8th graders, as they will see Coach Winki later this school year.
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Students spend their last day with Coach Winki thinking about what they'd learned that week about themselves and how to work with their peers this school year. They read a poem and discussed its meaning. They also did a number search game on paper to understand seeing the forest for the trees. Once students separated the page into four quadrants they were able to find numbers more easily. Thanks Coach Winki for an awesome week with 6th grade GT!

Beyond the Blackboard

The week of September 17-21 6th grade GT watched the Hallmark movie Beyond the Blackboard about a young teacher overcomes her initial fears and prejudices when she teaches homeless children in a shelter's makeshift classroom. It's a great movie to teach empathy and it's based off a book and a true story.

Master Gardener Visit

On September 25 6th grade GT had Jeanette, a New Braunfels Master Gardener, come in for a visit. Students were able to go to the Karen Barganier Memorial Rain Garden and work with their hands in the soil. They asked great questions and had a blast working out in the sun!

Ms. Redwine

6th GT Advisory



Ms. Beabout

6th GT Advisory



7th Grade

Personality Zoo

In preparation for Coach Winki's visit in October, 7th grade GT took the Personality Zoo quiz to see which animal they were. Then they were grouped for photos. Take a look at the last photo to see what it means to be a beaver, otter, lion or retriever. Which animal did your child get? Click on the link in the 6th grade section to take your own Personality Zoo quiz!

In addition to the Personality Zoo, 7th grade GT has also been doing Circle Time, getting to know each other activities, other personality quizzes, etc. in order to best learn about their GT gifts and how to use them in groups. They also watched the Hallmark movie Beyond the Blackboard to learn about empathy, perseverance and what life is like from a teacher's point of view. Then they discussed the movie after it was over. It's been a fun start to the year!

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Ms. Brooks

7th GT Advisory



Ms. Hybner

7th GT Advisory



8th Grade

Year At A Glance

8th grade GT students spent the advisory after Open House going over the presentation that Ms. Cowan and Ms. Bryant shared with parents the night before about what GT will look like for this upcoming year so students knew what to expect. They were able to ask questions about any projects, events and fun activities 8th grade will be participating in this year.
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Speed Dating

In two advisory classes Ms. Cowan's and Ms. Bryant's advisories completed a Speed Dating challenge to get to know the other advisory students. Each round was 1 minute long and students were given topics chosen by Ms. Bryant and Ms. Cowan. Topics such as: are you a morning person or a night person? If you could choose between living out in the wilderness and never seeing another person or spending all your time with someone who annoyed you, which would you choose? It was very enlightening to see which choice students made and why. One minute can go very fast or very slow if you didn't have much to say or a lot in some cases!

Fun With Ms. Bryant's Advisory!

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Science Fest Prep

On September 24-25 8th grade GT practiced their Makerspace Science Fest booth items: Magnatiles and SnapCircuits. They will teach other kids how to use these at the Science Fest Sunday, October 7!
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Ms. Bryant

8th GT Advisory



Ms. Cowan

8th GT Advisory



Events Coming Up...

UIL Mini Meets

Monday, Oct. 1st, 2:15pm to Friday, Oct. 12th, 2:45pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

October 1-12 in advisory GT students will participate in UIL Mini Meets in the cafeteria. This is a time to see what students are gifted in, as well as where their passions lie for UIL Academic competitions. All GT teachers, including Ms. Hunt and Ms. Madrigal (our UIL sponsor) will be on hand to distribute various activities that students can compete in for UIL. We ask that students take these two weeks seriously so we can really form an amazing team that's going to compete in January and February at UIL competitions in and around New Braunfels. ORMS is even hosting one of the events this year so they won't have to travel far! UIL is a great way for students to strengthen their academic gifts and it looks great for college applications! Students will get their results for which UIL subjects they did well in the week of October 15-19. Talk to your child about their results and see which UIL events they want to compete in. We have fabulous coaches on campus who would love your child on their team! UIL events students can join at ORMS include: Calculator, Impromptu Speaking, Listening, Maps/Charts/Graphs, Math, Modern Oratory, Number Sense, Oral Reading, Ready Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Spelling. We look forward to an awesome season of UIL!

NB Science Fest 2018

Sunday, Oct. 7th, 3-6pm

186 South Castell Avenue

New Braunfels, TX

8th grade GT will have a STEM booth at Science Fest!

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.