Mrs. Happe's February 2016 GE News

Gifted Education: Weaver Lake and Oak View Elementary

Greetings Families! We are now just over half way through the school year, and I am so enjoying the relationships I am forming with the Weaver Lake and Oak View communities! Testing will be wrapping up this week (except for one make-up session at each school) and we are continuing our new seminars for week #2!

Results of testing will be send out end of April or early May.

Happe February!

3rd-5th Grade Pull Outs

Who Knew?

Students who may need Gifted Education Quantitative classes may show evidence of the following abilities:



  • Multiple Intelligence strength in logical reasoning/math
  • Strong academic performance and/or potential, particularly in math (Evidence may include math RIT score, MCA score, classroom performance)
  • Makes distinction between minute logical inconsistencies
  • Pairs logical and creative thinking to solve problems
  • Strong interest in math computation, problem-solving, spatial reasoning, and/or complex patterns

Students who may need Gifted Education Non-Verbal classes may show evidence of the following abilities

  • Multiple Intelligence strength in visual/spatial, logic, and/or bodily kinesthetic
  • Sequencing skills
  • Pattern recognition
  • Constructive problem-solving
  • Hands-on processing
  • Communication with pictures, images and/or large gestures
  • Makes distinction between minute visual differences
  • Pairs logical and creative thinking to solve problems

West Suburban Summer School Information

The West Suburban Summer School brochure is available to preview online beginning February 17th at: http://www.district287.org/page.cfm?p=519


Registration begins February 24, 2016. West Suburban Summer School is a program of Intermediate District 287's Gifted Education Services. The program serves identified Gifted and Talented in our district as well as others. Instructors design classes in their area of expertise to provide gifted students with unique experiences to challenge their abilities. Classes are held for one week (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at 2 different sites.


Access to the brochure requires a code printed on a postcard. I will be sending home those postcards with any students that have or will participate in a pull out group this year. The URL to access the brochure online, plus directions for registration, will be included on the postcard. Returning registrants will not need a postcard.


Summer Sessions for 2016:

June 20-24

June 27-July 1

July 11-15

July 18-22

July 25-29

Conferences Update for Weaver

My schedule is full at this time. All time slots are taken for all three evenings of conferences. If you wish to connect with me still, options include: phone call, email, or scheduling a meeting after conferences are completed.


Thank You!!

Mrs. Happe



Weaver Lake Elementary Conference Nights

February 23, 25 and 29

GE Monthly District Parent Forums

Join us for monthly Gifted Education parent meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to provide parent support for students participating in gifted education needs based classes. There are monthly meetings throughout the year with various topics – see schedule below. These sessions will be facilitated by several of our #279 Gifted Education Teachers. All meetings will be held at Oak View Elementary and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. Childcare for children 4+ and a light snack will be provided.


March 29th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Communication: The Key to Relationships


April 12, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Not Just Gifted? Twice-Exceptional Children, Organization Issues


May 10th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Advocating for Your Gifted Child Gifted Child

materials from past presentations

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