GT Academy Newsletter

March 2022

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Field Experiences

Learning is more meaningful when students enjoy what they are doing in the context of a real problem or situation. Explore, Create, Connect (ECC) courses are designed to intentionally allow students to learn simply for the sake of learning something new without the pressure of grades. Instead, students self-evaluate using rubrics and reflections.

Field experiences give students opportunities to explore new interests, create meaningful products, and connect with experts . In addition, a primary goal is to produce a product or deliver a service for a real world audience. For example, our Bookworm Bunch chose picture books to read and record for preschoolers who are learning English in the Philippines. Students interested in exploring theatre arts performed Romeo & Juliet for the rest of the GT Academy. Students who studied horticulture traveled to Maas Nursery in Kemah to learn about caring for plants native to our area. They purchased plants and then added a few to our patio garden. Take a look at the other places we visited and connections that were made!

Summer Camps

Summer is just around the corner, and we know students are looking forward to taking some time to relax and perhaps enjoy a family vacation. It is also a good time to try something new and keep the brain engaged. Incoming GTA fifth graders and sixth graders are invited to attend the GTA Boot Camp July 25-29th. This camp will offer courses taught by our incredible GTA teachers and Smart Core Labs instructors. If you are interested, do not delay. This camp is limited to 45 students. Sign up using the link below.

Other camps you might also enjoy are the Pearland ISD Advanced Academics Pear Camp, Smart Core Labs Camps, or Kids Backporch Productions drama camps. See below for the links to more information about those.

Students who may need financial support to attend a summer camp are encouraged to check out the opportunity to apply for a summer camp scholarship through the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented. Mrs. Mueller is happy to answer any questions you have about applying. Apply here: TAGT Summer Enrichment Scholarships

GTA Boot Camp

Use this form to register for the GTA Boot Camp!

GTAB Winter Hoopla

The Sablatura cafeteria was filled with GTA families for the 2022 GTAB Winter Hoopla! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our students by bidding for baskets and teacher experiences, purchasing treats from the bake sale, and cheering for our incredibly talented students as they performed.

Mars Rover

Six teams of aspiring engineers have been preparing to present their research to a panel of judges for the University of Houston Mars Rover Celebration. These fifth grade students chose to study rover missions on Mars as an ECC course this fall and have continued to meet after school with Ms. Singleton to complete their rover models and prepare presentations. They will finish up recording and editing their final videos and will then present them virtually the first week of April. Students have developed quite an extensive knowledge of the missions and instrumentation of the rovers and we would not be surprised if they end up helping NASA colonize Mars in the near future.


Let the quilting begin! Fifth grade students returned from Spring Break with fabric, ready to start cutting squares for their quilts. They will work together to plan, cut, pin, sew, then present their finished quilts at the GT Academy Student Showcase on May 5th. Parents and grandparents interested in helping with this project are invited to sign up using this link: Sign Up Genius Link

Sixth grade students are using skills learned in Group Dynamics rotations to work together to create scrapbooks and maps, write scripts for vlogs and interviews, design websites for blogs, and develop artifacts to represent their travels. Time management skills are being put to the test. All sixth grade TPSP products are due April 14th and will be ready to share at the showcase on May 5th. Parents interested in helping groups record vlogs and interviews can sign up using this link: Sign up Genius Link


Forty-four Sablatura sixth grade students are headed to San Antonio for the TMSCA State Competition! They will join over 150 Texas 6A schools at the University of Texas at San Antonio campus to show their skills in Number Sense, General Math, Calculator, and General Science. This is the largest group we have ever had represent us at the state level, and we are so proud of their hard work and commitment to excellence. After a day full of competition they will have lots of fun at Sea World!

Mrs. Needler and Mrs. Williams did a great job coordinating every detail of the TMSCA qualifier held at PJHW again this year. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped to make the event a success. Our hospitality crew, graders, NHS proctors, concession stand team, score room experts, and bag stuffers all worked together for a successful event. A big thank you also to Central Texas BBQ for donating the delicious chopped beef and chicken for our volunteers. We can always count on them to support the GT Academy.

Destination Imagination

We jumped into a new endeavor this year. Thirteen students took on the challenge of being our very first Destination Imagination teams for Sablatura GTA, and they were AWESOME! We are so proud of their hard work, incredibly creative ideas, and teamwork. They represented Pearland ISD at the Gulf Coast regional DI tournament at Cinco Ranch High School in February.

Thank you to Mrs. Briggs and Ms. Maldonado for keeping our teams on track as team managers, and thank you to Dr. Manning for your support as a competition appraiser.

We are looking forward to starting more teams next year. Parents interested in joining us as team managers are encouraged to contact Mrs. Mueller. For more information about this creative problem solving competition, click here or here.

2022-2023 DI Challenge Preview

Just released! Check out the 2022-2023 challenges here.

Sab Robotics

When the TCEA Area 4 competition was cancelled, Sab Robotics teams did not throw in the towel. Instead, we invited our friends at Friendswood Junior High to join us in a friendly local competition. Teams worked together with alliances to build widgets on the mat using both autonomous and remote control programming. It was a fun way to end our season.

On April 21st, Sab Robotics will be traveling to the George R. Brown Convention Center to cheer on our Pearadox team and take part in the FIRST Innovation Faire.

If you are interested in learning how to program Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots, you are invited to join us as Smart Core Labs presents at Weekend Workshop on Saturday, April 30th at Sablatura 9:00 a.m.-12:00.

Weekend Workshop: EV3 Robotics

Use this form to register for the workshop.

Future Problem Solvers

FPS asks students to cooperatively and creatively develop solutions to problems that may occur thirty to fifty years in the future. Sablatura had three FPS teams qualify to compete at the Texas state level! Students will attend the competition April 8-10 in Waco.

If you are thinking about ways to extend your learning and you enjoy problem solving, writing, and working as a team, consider joining Sablatura's FPS team next year. For more information check out the official website:

Mardi Gras Social

After a two year hiatus, the 2022 Sablatura Middle School Mardi Gras social did not disappoint! We had so much fun dancing, singing, and hanging out with friends. Our PTA did an excellent job decorating and providing lots of pizza, candy, and sodas to keep up our never ending energy. Some students dressed up fancy and others piled on beads and feathery masks. Maybe you chose to show your best moves on the dance floor, or maybe you just sat back and observed. Whatever your social style, this event was fun.

Spelling Bee

Congratulations Haobo! He is our 2022 Sablatura Middle School Spelling Bee champion. After many rounds of challenging words, Haobo proved he could not be defeated again this year. Joylene and Shyam kept up with him for several rounds. We are proud of all of our classroom representatives.


We have the coolest parents! Some of them came to visit and tell us about their cool jobs as part of Career Day. We learned about the exciting life of a police officer, auditor, nurse, engineer, accountant, and others. Career Day gives students an up close look at a variety of careers and helps to connect what they are learning in the classroom to the world outside the classroom.


We are fortunate to have such an active and supportive booster club to support the GT Academy. Here's what they have been up to lately:

  • The hospitality crew treated teachers to a "souper" lunch featuring several delicious homemade soups and salads.
  • The Winter Hoopla was a success thanks to members who organized the student talent, donated baked goods, solicited donations, created the baskets, provided decorations, and more.
  • Many volunteers are helping with TPSP quilting and recording.
  • Funding for sharks, materials for the genetics and horticulture courses, student scholarships, teacher training, sewing supplies, sheep brains and dissection equipment, lamps for the classroom, RC trucks for Mars Rover, and a Sundance Yoga class, to name a few.
  • The nominating committee is looking for executive board members for next year. Our incoming fifth grade parents are encouraged to get involved. For more information, visit the GTAB website.

GT Awareness Week

Join us as we celebrate GT Awareness week April 4-8!

GT Awareness Week 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 week, TAGT will push out information and create conversations to dispel myths and provide a deeper understanding of the purpose of gifted education.

This April, we ask you to share #whyGT matters to you, your family, and your school. Share your story here!

Join TAGT for this year's free parent webinar Navigating An Uncertain Future: Applying The New Science of Purpose In School & Life on April 5, 2022. Learn more and register for this free webinar here.

**Information taken from the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT) website:

Mark Your Calendar:

April 1-3 TMSCA State Competition in San Antonio

April 4-8 GT Awareness Week

April 8-10 FPS State Competition in Waco

April 14 Team TCU TPSP Products Due

April 15-18 Easter Holiday

April 21 Sab Robotics Attends First World Competition @ GRB

April 30 EV3 Weekend Workshop @ Sab 9:00 a.m.-12:00

May 5 Sab GTA Student Showcase @ ESC 6:00 p.m.

May 10 STAAR Math

May 11 STAAR Reading

May 12 STAAR Science (5th Only)

May 13 GTA Game Night

May 26 Last Day of School