HAL Happenings

Mrs. Ediger ~ January 2015 ~ Birchcrest/St. Mary's

NAG Parent Night

Each year during the NAG (Nebraska Association for the Gifted) Conference, NAG hosts a parent night with the conference keynote speakers. This year the parent night presentation will take place on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30pm at Burke High School. The theme of the discussion is "Planting the Seeds for Advocacy and Action: Information for Parents with Gifted, Advanced, and High-Ability Children." The speakers at this event will be Dr. Jaime Castellano and Dr. Susannah Richards. For more information about this event, click here to view the event flyer.

Parent-teacher conferences

I will be available at the following times for parent-teacher conferences:
Wednesday, Feb. 3 ~ 3:30-4:30 at Twin Ridge
Tuesday, Feb. 9 ~ 3:30-5:00 at Betz; 5:15-7:30 at Birchcrest
Wednesday, Feb. 10 ~ 3:30-7:30 at Bellevue

If you would like to schedule a different time to meet with me, please contact me at dawn.ediger@bpsne.net or leave a message for me at your child's school.

WordMaster and Noetic Math Contests

Both the WordMaster and Noetic Math Contests are in full swing! We had some great results from the first rounds of both competitions.

In the WordMaster Challenge, both the 5th and 6th grade teams made the Top 10 list nationally! You can see the full lists of winning teams by clicking on this link: WordMaster results. Please note that you will need to scroll down to the "G" or "Gold" division to see our team results. Awards for this competition will be given at the end of the year.

In the Noetic Math Contest, both the 4th and 6th grade teams earned a Team Recognition award for being in the top 10% of teams nationally. Several individuals also earned Team Winner awards (highest score on their team), National Honor Roll medals (top 10% nationally), and Honorable Mention certificates (top 50% nationally). (see picture below of our individual award winners!) The full list of results can be found by clicking on this link: Noetic Math results.

The next WordMaster test will be in mid-February, and the final WordMaster and Noetic tests will be in April. WordMaster participants have received their new word lists (which can also be accessed through my website at mrsediger.weebly.com), and Noetic practice problems will be shared as we get closer to April.
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Upcoming HAL project: littleBits

This quarter, the HAL students will be working with littleBits. LittleBits are electronic building blocks that can be used to build inventions. We were able to purchase these kits as a result of a grant that was awarded to our HAL teachers through NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association). For more information about littleBits, visit their website at http://littlebits.cc/. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students to take ownership in their creativity, problem solving skills, cooperative learning, and so much more. I can't wait to see them grow!