News from GT

September 24th

Photo Essay Assignment - Student Action Required

This week in class, we discussed the use of framing in photo essays. The GT students will be creating a photo essay to tell a story about Hill Country. This week in class, groups were formed and topics were selected.


Before class next week, each student should take 10-15 photos to select from in creating the group photo essay. Students who were absent have been emailed the group they will be working with. They need to get with their group members immediately in order to learn what topic was selected.


Out of consideration for the group, if a student will be absent on the day of next week's meeting. S/he is responsible for emailing photos to the group by the beginning of the school day.

Summer Travel to Washington, DC and Williamsburg, VA

The GT Teachers from HCMS and WRMS are taking a student group to Washington, DC and Williamsburg, VA from June 1 - 4, 2016. Students were given information packets in class this week.


An information meeting will be held tonight, September 24th from 6:00 - 6:30 on the back porch of Laura's Library.


Several inquiries have been made as to who may attend this trip. This trip is open to middle school students and their families. Students do not need to be in the GT program, nor do they need to attend HCMS or WRMS. So, yes, your child's cousin/friend at a private school or sibling/neighbor not in the GT program may join us.


Please let Ms. Hanna know if you need additional packets or visit her website for more information.

Ms. Hanna's Schedule

Ms. Hanna will be out Friday, October 2nd and Monday, October 5th. There will be a sub for Open Door Day.

On Tuesday, October 6th, she will be at a district GT meeting the entire day.

On Thursday, October 8th, she has jury duty and will be out in the afternoon.


The following classes are affected:


7th Grade 2nd period will meet Wednesday, October 7th

7th Grade 4th period will meet Thursday, October 8th.

6th Grade 6th period will meet Wednesday, October 7th.

6th grade second period and both 8th grade classes will meet per normal schedule.

Reminder: Elementary Science Day Presenters

You need to speak with Ms. Hanna by October 1st if you want to present at one of the elementary science days. If a 6th grader would like to apprentice with an 8th grade team, s/he needs to speak to Ms. Hanna as well.

Storytelling with Tom Lee

The Blanton Museum of Art is currently featuring a collection of drawings by Austin native Natalie Frank. The exhibit is titled Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm, and features drawing inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales.


On Thursday, October 15th, storyteller Tom Lee will perform several of the stories depicted in the exhibit at 6:30 PM. The stories will be told in their original form, with the darker tones than later versions.