News from GT

October 9th

Schedule Info

Thanks to all for your patience as I was out so much this week. Hopefully, I won't be out again for awhile.

The only upcoming schedule change is:

On October 29th, all of 6th grade will have an author Skype during second period. That week, 6th grade 2nd period will move to Wednesday.

Save the Date - Opera Night 2015

This year's GT Night at the Opera will be Thursday, November 5th. We will see Verdi's classic Aida as part of the Austin Lyric Opera's Access Opera program. The production will be in Italian with projected English subtitles.

Students will stay at school that afternoon, we will have a catered Italian dinner, and take a bus to the Long Center for the performance. Parents and families are welcome to attend.

More information will be provided soon, including cost and menu options. For reference, there will be vegetarian and gluten free options. The cost for last year was $5 per student for the bus and $15/person for dinner. Costs are expected to be similar.

More information about Aida can be found on the Austin Lyric Opera's website.

Please note that November 5th is the same day as the 8th grade field trip, and the day before HCMS Carnival. There will definitely be some tired teachers, students and parents Friday night.

Summer Travel to Cuba

This will be an exciting trip with lots of interactions with local artists, dancers, and writers built in. Additionally, there are World Heritage sites, Hemingway highlights, and a Biosphere Reserve. This is an exciting time to visit Cuba as travel restrictions for American are relaxing, but the unspoiled charm (and the cars!) still persist.

We will be departing June 25th and returning July 3rd. You can visit the trip site for the complete itinerary, financial information, and more (including packing tips!). The cost for the trip for students is $3899 if booked by November 1st. Adults should add an adult surcharge of $95 and a single or double room supplement.

Cost includes round-trip airfare from ABIA, 8 nights accommodations (1 night in Miami), most meals, and a variety of excursions and cultural activities.

An informational meeting will be announced shortly.

Summer Travel to Washington, DC and Williamsburg, VA

I am so excited to see more students continuing to sign up for our DC trip. This is truly a great middle school trip.

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.

The price for the trip includes airfare, hotel, meals, and admissions. The earlier we get the trip booked, the more opportunities we have for special access, such as laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Additionally, World Strides provides a security guard for our group who remains on duty all night in the hallway where our group's rooms are located.

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

The Future of 3D Printing: Democratization of Design

How does 3D printing work? Have we entered a new industrial revolution? What is the future of 3D printing, and how will it impact our lives?

Mechanical engineering professor Dr. Carolyn Seeperpad will discuss this as part of the Hot Science Cool Talks series on Friday, October 16th. More information can be found on the event's page.

Predators, Prey, and Pixels

Through October 18th, the GrayDuck Gallery will exhibit Shawn Smith's "Predators, Prey, and Pixels." Each sculpture in the exhibit is pixelated. You can read more about it on the GrayDuck Gallery site.

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.