Centennial G/T Parent Newsletter

December 2021

Howdy Parents!

Throughout last month, our kiddos were SO engaged with our weekly investigation of "Bioluminescence, LEDs & Lights" with Invention Project! In Unit 3, students explored the impact that artificial lights can have on the environment. To do this, they constructed a circuit to power an LED flower as we worked as a community to build a "Glow Garden." This tied in perfectly with engaging conversation about bioluminescence & biofluorescence in nature & how it can inspire creative solutions for our environment. Students then had the opportunity to experiment with circuit sticks as they explored what made good conductors & insulators. I can't wait to see what engaging learning opportunities Unit 4 brings!

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

❤️-Mrs. Barrera

G/T Pull-Out Schedule

Tuesday 9:00-10:00am 4th grade

Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm 2nd grade

Wednesday 8:45-9:45 3rd grade

Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm 1st grade

Friday 8:15-9:15am 2nd grade SIP

Friday 9:35-10:35am 5th grade

*days and times subject to change based on testing schedule or unexpected events*

Good Stuff

27 Apps and Sites for Gifted and Talented Kids

If you have a kid who's advanced in certain subjects, you (and the teacher!) may find it hard to keep pace with your kid to avoid boredom. But it's not about giving kids extra work or pushing them to excel. Instead, it's important to balance kids' skills with their emotional development and interests. And gifted kids aren't only math whizzes or spelling bee winners: Kids can excel in areas such as music, spatial skills, art, and more. Since gifted kids also are often perfectionists and easily frustrated, finding games that are more open-ended and allow for redos is helpful. Apps and sites that adapt to your kid's learning, encourage problem-solving and creation, and allow kids to delve a bit deeper into topics also are best and will keep them involved longer. Click the image below to try out a few of these games and tools to see if they're a good fit for your exceptional kid.

STEM Challenges at Home

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Free Webinars for G/T Parents

Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (Parent Focus)

Parenting Gifted Boys to Become Awesome Young Men
with Dr. Thomas Hébert - University of South Carolina

Boyhood is filled with wonderful possibilities and difficult challenges. Guys growing up gifted today must negotiate a culture that may not be supportive of their talents, interests, and favored ways of learning. This webinar explores parenting strategies to provide boys the tools they need to negotiate adolescent peer group pressures, remain actively engaged in school and achievement oriented, maintain supportive friendships, and develop the identity of a gifted male.

Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D. is professor of gifted and talented education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hébert has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 25 years in higher education training graduate students and educators in gifted education. He has also conducted research for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) and served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). He received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from NAGC.

Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (Parent Focus)

Talent Denied and Talent Lost: Challenges and Compromises of Gifted Girls and Women
with Dr. Sally Reis - University of Connecticut

This session will focus on the loss of talents of girls and women across the country and the globe, and the implications of that phenomenon on diminished creativity, leadership, innovation, and creative productivity. The session will conclude with a positive call to action on how educators and researchers can make a difference in helping girls and women to develop their talents.

Sally M. Reis, Pd.D. recently completed a six-year term as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and is the Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, and a University Teaching Fellow at the University of Connecticut. She was a teacher for 15 years, 11 of which were spent working with gifted students on the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. She has authored or co-authored over 250 articles, books, book chapters, monographs, and technical reports. Her research interests are related to special populations of gifted and talented students, including students with learning disabilities, gifted females, and diverse groups of talented students. She is also interested in extensions of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model both for gifted and talented students and as a way to expand offerings and provide general enrichment to identify talents and potentials in students who have not been previously identified as gifted. She is the co-director of Confratute, the longest running summer institute in the development of gifts and talents.

Register Here: https://gifted.uconn.edu/register/

Advanced Learning Podcast

Listen to the new Advanced Learning Podcast where they discuss anything and everything related to advanced learning in Humble ISD in less time than it takes you to get from home to school or work.

The Advanced Learning Podcast is available on all podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts and new episodes are released every two weeks. Have an idea for a topic you want discussed? Reach out to advanced.learning@humbleisd.net and your idea may be featured as a podcast topic!

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Centennial Elementary Student Expectations:

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