TAG-Team News

Term 2, 2015


The overall goal for the TAG program at Timber Ridge Elementary is to encourage creative and critical thinking in both individual and collaborative situations to instill a sense of responsibility and respect for others; and most importantly, to nurture a genuine love of learning.

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Gifted Testing

You may now nominate your child for consideration for gifted testing by clicking on the link below and filling out the online referral form. If your child is already in the gifted program, then testing again is not necessary. Please note that filling out the form does not guarantee that your child will be tested. Filling out the form will submit your child’s name and information to the Gifted Eligibility Team. The Gifted Eligibility Team will then examine and evaluate the data available on each referral in order to determine if testing is warranted and appropriate.


Please note, if your child is already in the gifted program, he or she will not need to go through the testing process again.

Instructional Focus

During Term 2, TAG students in 3rd-5th grade were involved in one of three I.F. Gifted Exploratory courses.

Students in Mrs. Brewton's course learned how to conduct interviews for the school's newsletter and pre-recorded Weekly Wrap-Up news show. Students also had the opportunity to participate on our live morning announcements show.

Students in Mrs. Jones' IF course combined their creativity with technology to create Media Festival projects. Winners will be announced in January and will go on to compete at the county level.

Students in Mrs. Burge's IF course finished their science fair projects. We are pleased to announce that our students earned third place at the inaugural elementary science fair! The Science Fair was even featured in the Henry Herald! Click here to read the article. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Ethan Belflower with “Micromen in the Sun”

  • Maeli, Lenelle, and Jeremiah with “Blow Your Top So It Will Pop”

  • Joseph Price with “Fruit Power”

Please contact Mrs. Burge if you have any questions @ shannonburge@henry.k12.ga.us

Each term the I.F. groups change based on available space and student choice. Students who are moving to a new I.F. group have been notified and will begin on January 11th, 2016.

Student Spotlight

Kindergarten - Third Grade

Kindergarten- Students are being introduced to projects, logic and critical thinking and creativity. During Term 2 we explored The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and discussed the importance of recycling. So, if you find your child creating projects out of garbage this is why. Most of our activities are hands-on, so papers will not be sent home regularly. However, folders will be sent home at the end of each term. This term I have included several Logic and Critical Thinking activities. You can keep the papers, please return the folder.

1st - 3rd grade Project: Earth: Our Only Home

Real World Problem: Earth is our only home and we should do everything we can to protect it. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of our trash which mainly includes plastics.


· Define recycling

· What is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

· Create a PSA to encourage people to recycle (Media Festival Project)


· Students created a PSA to encourage people to recycle. Some students made a puppet show, some students made a play, and other students created an animated PowerPoint.

Coming Term 3: Genius Hour- Students will be encourage to find a topic they want to learn more about, research it, and prepare a presentation to teach the class.

4th & 5th Grade

Mrs. Brewton's 4th and 5th grade students have completed two PBL units this semester! During Term 1, both 4th and 5th grade became entrepreneurs during the Mind Your Business project. These students learned how marketing and money-management are integral parts of running a successful business. Although the businesses earned a total gross sales amount of $458, after repaying their investors, our businesses were only able to donate $53.82 to TRE's technology fund. Thank you for agreeing to invest in your child's business! We are working to find the best way to spend these funds.

During Term 2, fourth grade delved into colonization by answering the question, "How would we, as realtors, promote a colony to potential clients?" During this project, students researched an original American colony, wrote a research paper, and designed an Open House event complete with traditional food! Listening to these realtors' presentations was a clear indicator of the amount of research conducted and depth of knowledge they gained. Check out this highlight video of our Open House presentation

Fifth graders investigated people and places during their "Should I Stay, or Should I Go" unit. Phase I required students to conduct research and learn to write a bibliography. During Phase II, they were able to take on the role of a historic person or a tour guide to teach their peers. The costumes and presentations were impressive! Finally, they wrote letters voicing their decisions on whether that person or place should remain a part of Georgia's standards for fifth grade students.

For Terms 3 and 4, students will work on two projects. The first, "Each One- Teach One" gives students the opportunity to take on the role of a teacher. The second project, "Genius Hour", allows students to identify their own topic, research it, and present it!

Mrs. Christine Jones

Mrs. Jones has worked at TRE since 2007. She currently works with students in Kindergarten and TAG students in First, Second, and Third grades. She loves most every outdoor activity and has fun working with Timber Ridge students.

Mrs. Jamylle Brewton

Mrs. Brewton has worked at TRE since 2011. She currently works with TAG students in Fourth and Fifth grades. Learning new technology, watching the Dallas Cowboys with her daughter and husband, and creating scrapbooks are some of her favorite activities when she's not teaching the most TAG-A-Licious students in Henry County!