1st Nine Weeks Newsletter, Anda Juban, G/T Coordinator
Quick Note from Mrs. Juban:
Words cannot express how much I enjoy my job! While this position involves many responsibilities, my GT pull out classes are by far the best part. Several of the activities we do are designed to enhance creative and critical thinking skills. According to a research article written by Kathleen Cotton, "Instruction in thinking skills promotes intellectual growth and fosters academic achievement gains." It is my goal to help your child grow in both of these aspects.
Many times I am asked by parents, "What should I be doing with my child at home?"
Well, to help their creativity, provide various scenarios where there is no right or wrong answer. Allow them to brainstorm many possibilities. Sometimes uncertainty can be a positive, healthy emotion. When fostering creativity, producing a quick, correct response is not necessary . Critical thinking skills can be practiced many different ways, to name a few... ask your child to consider alternative solutions, recognize relationships and patterns, be a keen observer, be inquisitive, and engage in complex and challenging tasks.
Throughout the year I will share specific activities you can do at home with your children. For this issue, I want to share a website full of online activities created by technology specialists, Toni Erickson and Shannon Page: Internet for Kids
East and North Campuses
Parent involvement is essential to everything we do! Imagination Fair would not have been possible without the help of our volunteers; a special thanks to Nancy Hale for assembling all 21 Imagination Fair kits:)))
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Throughout the year, all GT students will participate in STEM challenges.
First Nine Weeks Top STEM Challengers
Fourth grade: Alex, Zane, Jasmine H., Nadia, Elias, Cash, Kameron, and Evelyn
Fifth Grade: Ethan, Clayton, Taylor, Ella, Aubrey, Breanna, Annabelle, Hunter, Zachary, and Cole
THANK YOU Richard Traweek, Patterson Toyota, and Patterson Chrysler Dodge for your generous donation to the GT program. We were able to purchase 5 Chrome books for student technology!! Parents, please show your appreciation to our local businesses who support our Bobcats.
Check out a video of the 5th grade Wild Daze field trip, Jefferson, TX.
A huge THANK YOU goes to Karen Southard and Amy Traweek for helping chaperone student groups at Wild Daze:)
Frequently Asked Questions
I currently serve 148 GT students 1st - 5th grade through a pull out program. My classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. My goal is to make your students stretch their minds through creative and critical thinking activities. While some grades will work on Texas Performance Standards Projects, all students will participate in STEM challenges and logic activities.
Why do you need all of those supplies?
Most of the requested household recyclable items were needed for the Imagination Fair 1st-3rd grade, but our STEM projects also require lots of supplies. All students use the items to build, create, and problem solve. So thank you for saving and sending!!