AG News

September 2015

Amy Pugh ~ AG Reading Teacher

Andrea Matkins ~ AG Math Teacher

Mrs. Pugh's ELA

4th Grade - Mythology

Gods, goddesses, heroes, and beasts, oh my! Greek myths offer stories of adventure, triumph, tragedy, and more. Our beginning research of Ancient Greece will help us to understand the culture and society as well as the reasons why Greek myths were created. We will then "climb" Mount Olympus to discover the "Big Twelve" gods and goddesses. Along the way, we will learn their Greek and Roman names as well as characteristics. This will help set the stage as we begin reading Greek myths.

5th Grade - Human Rights

What are human rights? What can happen if human rights are ignored? Can history help us appreciate our human rights? We will begin a historical exploration of human rights beginning with Cyrus the Great in 539 B.C., up to the formation of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. We will uncover the reasons for the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Through our journey, we will examine the incredible efforts of humanitarians such as Gandhi and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Ms. Matkins' Math

Welcome Back! I am so excited for another fabulous year of AG Math at Northern! This quarter, both fourth and fifth grade classes will journey on a Math Quest. Students may be familiar with this unit from last year. However, problems have changed and are more challenging to meet their current grade level needs and expectations. Using problem solving strategies, students will work in teams to solve math problems and make their way along a treasure map, with the ultimate goal of reaching a treasure chest filled with gold coins. Each day teams will receive a fate card that could help or hinder their group's travel. Not only will students be tasked with solving word problems, but writing their own creative problems will earn them extra travel dots on their expedition.

AG Schedule

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From the NES PTA AG Advocate

I am Lisa Stanioch, your PTA AG Advocate. I will be advocating for the rights and needs of AG children as well as working with the AG staff to communicate local, state, and national educational and enrichment opportunities for AG students. I have a 2nd grader and a 6th grader. My son Matt might be starting 6th grade, but the AG classes were always his favorite, which is why I was eager to volunteer for this position and look forward to working with other parents on the behalf of our NES AG students. You can reach me via email at

Mark Your Calendar

September 14 - 18: PTA Fundraiser Nest Egg Collection

September 16: Early Release at 12:20

September 21: AG Parent Meeting; 5:30 pm in Mrs. Pugh's Room (C015)

..........................PTA Meeting; 6:00 pm in the Gym

..........................Parent Night; 6:30 pm in the Classroom

September 22: AG Parent Meeting; 7:45 am in Mrs. Pugh's Room (C015)

..........................Koolie's Spirit Night

November 4: Report Cards / AG Progress Reports

Thank You!

Thank you for sending in AG supplies. We appreciate your support!

From the AG Department

Raising Gifted Kids: Carol S. Dweck on the Impact of Mind-set

“Great accomplishment, and even what we call genius, is typically the result of years of passion and dedication and not something that flows naturally from a gift.”

In her article “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids,” Stanford Professor of Psychology Carol S. Dweck writes about children “who coast through the early grades under the dangerous notion that no-effort academic achievement defines them as smart or gifted.

“Such children hold an implicit belief that intelligence is innate and fixed, making striving to learn seem far less important than being (or looking) smart.

“This belief also makes them see challenges, mistakes and even the need to exert effort as threats to their ego rather than as opportunities to improve. And it causes them to lose confidence and motivation when the work is no longer easy for them.”

“Praising children’s innate abilities reinforces this mind-set, which can also prevent young athletes or people in the workforce and even marriages from living up to their potential.”

Teach a growth mind-set

“On the other hand,” she continues, “our studies show that teaching people to have a ‘growth mind-set,’ which encourages a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or talent, helps make them into high achievers in school and in life.

“People do differ in intelligence, talent and ability. And yet research is converging on the conclusion that great accomplishment, and even what we call genius, is typically the result of years of passion and dedication and not something that flows naturally from a gift.

“Mozart, Edison, Curie, Darwin and Cézanne were not simply born with talent; they cultivated it through tremendous and sustained effort.

“Similarly, hard work and discipline contribute much more to school achievement than IQ does.

Stay teachable and motivated

“Such lessons apply to almost every human endeavor. For instance, many young athletes value talent more than hard work and have consequently become unteachable.

“Similarly, many people accomplish little in their jobs without constant praise and encouragement to maintain their motivation.

“If we foster a growth mind-set in our homes and schools, however, we will give our children the tools to succeed in their pursuits and to become responsible employees and citizens.”

From The Secret to Raising Smart Kids, Scientific American Mind, Dec 2007.

Books by Carol S. Dweck, PhD :
The handbook of competence and motivation.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

A related book: Your Own Worst Enemy: Breaking the Habit of Adult Underachievement, by Kenneth W. Christian, PhD.

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