Rhino Challenge News

April 5, 2016



Our final unit of the year - Oceanography - is under way! So far we've learned about the 5 major oceans, waves, tides, currents, and salinity. Up next will be the ocean zones and biomes.

Field Trip

Field Trip

Our field trip to the Houston Downtown Aquarium will be on May 4. Along with the regular exhibits, students will also be participating in 2 classes - one about sharks and one about squids. Students will need to bring a sack lunch. The field trip is for all 1st-5th grade Challenge students.

The cost of the field trip will be $16 per student. I'll be sending a permission slip home soon with a money envelope - please return it signed with $16 cash on the next Challenge day.


Chaperones will meet us at the Aquarium at 9:45am. We will be at the Aquarium until about 1:00pm. We will be taking sack lunches to eat there.

I can take 9 chaperones who will have their admission fee waived, however they will have to pay the $10 for the 2 classes per Aquarium policy. Additional chaperones are absolutely welcome, and will pay $16 for the classes and admission. All chaperones will pay once they arrive at the Aquarium, so please do not send your money to school.

Chaperones can sign up on SignUpGenius.


5th Grade Showcase

5th graders are working on their 5th grade Challenge Showcase project. The majority of the project will be completed at school, though a prop or costume can be completed at home. Presenters will have a space that is 24" long by 30" wide. All displays and props must fit on the table space provided.

The Showcase will be on May 2 at the Merrell Center, and all grades are welcome to come check out the projects!

Kite Festival and Family Picnic

Friday, April 22nd, 6pm

16756 Westheimer Parkway

Houston, TX

A great opportunity to meet and socialize with other Katy ISD Challenge families!

Bring kites, a picnic dinner and your family.

This event is open to all GT Identified Katy ISD Students and their Families.


There is no charge for the event; donations will be accepted.

See the flyer here.

Challenge Release Days

There will be no Challenge on the following days:
  • Wednesday, April 13

The following are STAAR testing days. I will let you know whenever I find out if we'll be able to still have Challenge on these days (probably via Twitter again, unless I know sooner).

  • Monday, May 9
  • Tuesday, May 10
  • Wednesday, May 11

There will still be Challenge on early dismissal days unless otherwise noted.


Giftedness is…

Giftedness. The word conjures up ideas of students who have it easy and are at the top of the class. It sounds wonderful. However, as with most of life, it isn’t all great. Talking about being gifted seems elitist – as if being gifted makes one a better human being. It doesn’t. Giftedness is a difference and it changes one’s life in good ways and bad.

Read more here.


Ms. Jaclyn Clements

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