Rhino Challenge News

December 7, 2015


What We're Learning

Geological Forces was so much fun and we learned a LOT! I loved seeing our kids get so into the unit and even do research on their own. I learned a lot from them as well!

A lot of National Parks responded to our letters with our Flat Rhinos. Something similar can be done from home to learn about other parks as well. The National Park Service website is www.nps.gov.

The TeleStory projects about historical eruptions and earthquakes turned out awesome! Students can access all the videos through Canvas. If you're at school, check out our bulletin board in the intermediate hallway and scan the QR codes to watch them!

We're now moving on to our next unit - Cranial Connections - where we'll be learning all about the brain and how we think and learn. I hope students will be learning a lot about themselves throughout this unit.

Brain Dissections

Thank you so much to those who donated to our brain dissection project over the summer! The Donors Choose project was fully funded, and I've got 20 sheep brains sitting in my classroom now! :-) Some time during this unit, 1st and 2nd graders will observe me dissecting the sheep brain, and 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will work with a group to dissect one themselves (using plastic knives, not scalpels). I am also looking at possibly getting a pig brain and cow brain just to observe and compare.

If you do NOT want your child to participate in this activity, please send me an e-mail as soon as possible, and they will be allowed to go to the library during that time.

Challenge Birthday List

I've created a Google Form to compile a birthday list for Challenge students. Including your child on the birthday list is optional, but it would help those students who want to invite their Challenge classmates to their birthdays.

If you have not filled out the form yet, it is located at http://goo.gl/forms/wlgaRz5sPd. You'll be able to access the list after you've submitted the form, or by clicking here.

Challenge Release Days

There will be no Challenge on the following days:
  • ?? Friday, December 18 ?? (depends on schedule)
  • Tuesday, January 5
  • Tuesday, February 23
  • ?? Tuesday, March 29 ?? (depends on STAAR)
  • ?? Wednesday, March 30 ?? (depends on STAAR)
  • ?? Monday, May 9 ?? (depends on STAAR)
  • ?? Tuesday, May 10 ?? (depends on STAAR)
  • ?? Wednesday, May 11 ?? (depends on STAAR)

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

Fourth graders going to the field trip on Friday will still come for a partial day.


I try to keep our Twitter (@rrechallenge) updated regularly, which includes pictures of what students are doing in class. I will never post the face of a student whose privacy code is listed as N, O, or OM. I may post pictures of students with A or AM listed on their enrollment card. If you would prefer me not to include pictures of your child, please send me an e-mail.

Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented Students

At the TAGT conference, KPGT was recognized as the recipient of the “2015 Parent Group of the Gifted Award.” Such a deserving honor for our parent group!

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees will recognize KPGT at the upcoming School Board meeting on Monday, December 14, 6:30 PM, at the ESC. If you are available, please consider attending the School Board meeting to support TAGT.

Gifted Introverts and Extroverts

"Gifted children are different. Personalities are expressed in different ways in gifted children. These children who are introverts and extroverts need to be identified so they can be supported."

Learn more about Gifted Introverts and Extroverts.


Ms. Jaclyn Clements

E-mail is the best way to get in touch. To follow what we're doing in Challenge, follow my Twitter @rrechallenge. :)