KCS GT Update

June 2021 Volume 13

Happy Summer!

This summer looks and feels a lot different from last summer. We hope you find time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. If you find your child saying these words 'I'm bored,' we hope this newsletter will help you guide them into some fun and engaging activities.

What's the GT Department up to?

We have been wrapping up the school year and starting to plan for next year. We are excited about the enrichment lessons we have been creating for our classroom teachers, as well as the work we are doing to increase depth and complexity in our own GT lessons. As a department, we have continued our own professional learning in areas of strategies related to specific gifted domains and traits, gifted standards and competencies, questioning, thinking and problem-solving, as well as arts integration. This past school year, the GT department has worked more closely with the KCS Math, Reading, and ESL departments to create new research-based resources and programming. We look forward to our partnerships with these amazing KCS Departments again next year. We are also thrilled to share that we are adding another GT coach to our department. We look forward to another great summer of professional development and an awesome school year ahead.

Summer With Your Gifted Child

Planning for Summer with your gifted child. Read this article to find out how to support him/her best! There are also additional links to other informative articles that might interest you as well.

Life Hacks for the Summer

Summer brings warmer temps, barbecues, beach days—and lots of time to fill. Keep kids entertained (and yourself sane) with these fun summer crafts & recipes. Try these 13 easy ways to get more fun out of your summer. Check this article out!

Want to Keep Those Brains Thinking Over the Break?

Do you want to keep your child thinking and problem-solving over the summer without hearing them complain about having to do "work" while away from school? Try these fun thinking puzzles from Math Salamander. Scroll down to browse through and find ones that interest your child, then download, and print them. You can even print the answer keys. Parents can join in the fun too!


Parents of 3rd graders, click here.

Parents of 4th graders, click here.

Parents of 5th graders, click here.


Along with brain teasers and logic puzzles, ask your child to solve a real-life problem. Is there something they are frustrated with or is something broken that needs to be fixed? Assign your child to the job! It is amazing what they learn when they have to apply their thinking and problem-solving skills in their everyday life!

Staying Connected

We live in such a beautiful area filled with many activities, events, and opportunities. Check this website out to find more of what is happening in Knoxville.

KCS GT Department

The KCS Gifted and Talented department strives to create a SAFE environment for each other, our teachers, students, schools and parents where we value Support, Advocacy, Flexibility, and Empathy.


As instructional coaches, we will meet each teacher where they are as we seek to create a SHIFT in service delivery and instructional practice in order for every teacher to feel confident in providing challenging and engaging instruction requiring students to persevere through complex tasks.


As gifted practitioners, we will meet each student where they are as we seek to create a SHIFT in student efficacy in order for every student to feel confident in participating in complex tasks, advocating for themselves, and utilizing a growth mindset.


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