Gifted and Talented News

By Lenora Barnes 5/20/16

This Week

This week only the students at MES and SCE met for their regularly scheduled classes. The students, grades 1-4, at MRE met briefly on Friday morning. The students, grades 1-4, at LSE will meet briefly on Monday morning.


The kindergartners started class with rhyming word puzzlers. The remaining class time was spent playing a shape game and completing problem solving activities with shapes.


The first and second graders concluded their Animal Nation projects by filming their presentations. The students' green screen videos present some of the information that they learned from their research and asks the audience to guess the name of their animal before they announce it at the end. I will send the videos to the homeroom teachers of each student so that you can share them with your class. Some of the classes had time to complete a STEM challenge as well.


The third and fourth graders started the day with a journal question to respond to and discuss. The students spent time working on several problem solving activities. We continued with our read aloud novel and solved related puzzles. The students worked in groups to complete a STEM challenge. Some of the classes had time to code as well.

Math Contest

We spent many weeks this year working on math problem solving. The students were given the option to participate in a national math contest in April. Seventy-two of the students chose to participate. The contest problems were very challenging, but our students performed well. I am very proud of each of the participants.


Noetic Learning Math Contest is a national mathematics contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math. More than 30,000 students representing 765 schools across the country took part in this spring’s contest.


The following students are our team winners.


Lone Star Grade 2 - Chase Botard

Stewart Creek Grade 2 - Chloe Kiesling

Madeley Ranch Grade 2- Broden Clark

Montgomery Elementary Grade 2 – Luke Chang

Lone Star Grade 3 – Brett Harrington

Stewart Creek Grade 3 – Edison Richter

Madeley Ranch Grade 3- Adam Nunez

Montgomery Elementary Grade 3 – Brody Grochett

Lone Star Grade 4 – Brock Botard

Stewart Creek Elementary Grade 4- Ryan McWilliams

Madeley Ranch Grade 4 – Hope Hereford

Montgomery Elementary Grade 4- Lucas Hyman


The following students won the National Honor Roll title. This title is awarded to approximately the top 10% of participating mathletes.


Brody Grochett

Brock Botard


The following students received National Honorable Mention. This title is awarded to approximately the top 50% of participating mathletes.


Stiles Abbe, Alexen Beavers, Chase Botard, Alexis Harwell, Taylor Spier, Chloe Kiesling, Broden Clark, Jett Vulgamore, Cole Gildersleave, Brett Harrington, Huntley Jett, Hunter McKinney, Edison Richter, Conner Anderson, Gavin Cox, Aidan Czajka, Adam Nunez, Peyton Lawson, Hannah Wieghat, Kai Davis, Jared Freeney, Morgan Haney, Brooklynn Lowe, Lawson Mann, Elisha Rendall, Carson Street, Madison Wells, Kymberlee Kramer, Grace Nichols, Lane Hyman, Lucas Hyman, Abigail Whitehead, Grace Chilek, Ryan McWilliams, Nicholas Wilburn, Hope Hereford, Alexandria Mauldin, and Kristine Palma.


Congratulations to all the winners!

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Thank you and have a wonderful summer!

Thank you so much for sharing your child with me this year. It has truly been a joy to get to know and spend time with each of them. I will miss my fourth graders terribly when they move on to MIS. I am blessed to have most of my students for more than one year and I very much look forward to seeing my other students next year. I hope each of you have a wonderful summer!