Mrs. Haynes January 2016 GE News

Gifted Education news for Rice Lake Elementary

CogAT Testing Schedule Grades 2-4

CogAT testing will take place over the next four weeks. ALL 2nd grade students will participate in testing unless a parent/guardian has returned paperwork declining testing. Students in 3rd and 4th grade will ONLY be tested if a teacher or parent has requested/nominated the student. The following is the schedule for testing:

2nd Grade: (all testing sessions will be from 10:00-11:15)

Carey: Wed. 1/20, Thurs. 1/28, Fri. 2/5

Hanson: Thurs. 1/14, Wed. 1/27, Wed. 2/3

Johnston: Fri. 1/15, Fri. 1/22, Thurs. 2/4

Setterholm: ​Wed. 1/13, Thurs. 1/21, Fri. 1/29

3rd Grade: (all testing sessions will be from 1:00-2:00)

Wed. 1/27, Thurs. 1/28, Fri. 1/29

4th Grade: (all testing sessions will be from 1:30-3:00)

Thurs. 1/21 & Fri. 1/22

More Schoology Information

As I mentioned last month, Schoology is a digital tool that I am using with all of my pull out groups this year. Because Schoology is a school sponsored/supported tool, every student in the district has an account, and therefore all parents have the ability to create an account that allows them to see their child(ren)'s activity. Each student is tied to a code that you as parents can use to create your own account and view all of the activity and courses that the student participates in within Schoology. If you are interested in creating a parent account to view your child(ren)'s activity please feel free to contact me via email, and I will send you your child(ren)'s code. Once you have the code feel free to click on the link below to find instructions on how to sign up, along with other aspects of using Schoology as a parent.

This is the first year of using Schoology in GE at Rice Lake, and I am working to make it an effective tool. In addition to being a way to build community, save paper, and experience digital learning, I am also working to see if this might be a effective way to report out student work and understanding at the end of each pull out. This year instead of sending out formal evaluations at the end of each pull out, I am using a system inside Schoology that allows me to award students badges. I have created badges that align to the outcomes of each pull out as well as behavioral expectations that students have the chance to earn. If they students have earned them they will appear on their profile page. At the end of the year I will be asking for feedback to see if you as parents feel this is an effective means of communication.

Right now I have enrolled students into Schoology courses that correspond to the GE pull out they have participated in. There is, however, another general Rice Lake Gifted Education course that ANY student can enroll themselves in. This course contains general information, as well as discussion questions, creativity challenges, and links to other fun, brain stretching activities. If students would like to join this course and hasn't already they well need the following code: ZTRWP-RX9V4. To join, click on "Courses" > "Join" > enter the code > click "Join".

If you have any questions about what Schoology is or how/why I am using it, please feel free to contact me!

Pull Out Groups for 3rd-5th

The second round of pull out groups wrapped up right before winter break. The third round of groups will start the second week of Feb. after testing is completed. The 3rd and 5th grade groups will focus on Non-Verbal enrichment, and the 4th grade group will focus on math enrichment. Check next month's newsletter for more specific details!

Young Scientist Roundtable

Please join us on:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 7—8 p.m.

at Wayzata Central Middle School

305 Vicksburg Lane Plymouth MN 55447

Presenter: Dr. Terry Jones

Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Minnesota

“Theory of Relativity”

Albert Einstein is famous for his Theory of Relativity, but many people don’t know that he actually developed two theories. The first is called the Special Theory of Relativity, which explains what happens to objects moving at speeds close to the speed of light relative to each other, but does not include the effects of gravity. Einstein later developed his General Theory of Relativity, which includes gravity and led to our current understanding of the Universe as a whole. Dr. Jones will focus on the Special Theory of Relativity, which is surprisingly accessible to students and forces us to think differently about time and

space. He will then briefly cover the General Theory of Relativity and how both profoundly important theories are used in nearly all of our current technologies.

Your FREE participation in each month’s Young Scientist Roundtable is funded by Gifted Education 279.

GE Monthly District Parent Meetings

Our first two Osseo district GE parent meetings have been successes! The purpose of these meetings is to provide parent support for students participating in gifted education needs based classes. There will be monthly meetings throughout the year with various topics – see schedule below. These sessions will be facilitated by several of our #279 Gifted Education Teachers. All meetings will be held at Oak View Elementary and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. Childcare for children 4+ and a light snack will be provided.

January 12th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement

****see link below for RSVP--which is encouraged but not required****

February 9th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Idealism, Unhappiness and Depression

March 29th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Communication: The Key to Relationships

April 12, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Not Just Gifted? Twice-Exceptional Children, Organization Issues

May 10th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Advocating for Your Gifted Child Gifted Child


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