SMS Room 402
This past week in Room 402! (Dec. 14th - Dec. 18th)
- Project Manager
- Public Relations Coordinator
- Marketing Coordinator
- Communications Specialist
- Financial Director
- Technology Coordinator
- Technology Specialist
- Research Director
- My dissertation proposal was approved this week, so I now begin the IRB process with the University of Arkansas. This process will require your consent as parents of student participants. No one is forced to participate in the research aspect of this project, but I will greatly appreciate your support as this project will further inform current research on service learning and student activism, and the South gifted program will benefit from its findings as I take a look at the best ways to meet the needs of our gifted students. I will be in touch about informed consent shortly.
- Model UN students joined me at KU's Watson Library on Tuesday for lessons on research, the use of academic databases, and had the opportunity to gather great resources on their countries. Students have now submitted their position papers, so we will move on to writing resolutions. I'd like to see drafts by the end of our first week back, Friday, Jan. 8th. The Model UN event will be at the end of February and will sneak up on us quickly, so we'll need to stay on top of approaching deadlines!
- Three eighth-grade students had the idea to deliver hot beverages to the homeless downtown on Wednesday, and they did just that! They solicited donations from the Starbucks on Mass St. (a big thank you to manager Jeff Dobson!) and received gallons of hot coffee, cups, lids, cream, and sugar, as well as a variety of pastries to hand out. Students provided coffee and treats to a variety of individuals downtown and were even able to brighten the mornings of several firefighters!
- History Day students spent the day at KU's Watson Library and Spencer Art and Architecture Library on Thursday working to research their topics: Photographer Dorothea Lange and Conquerer Francisco Pizarro. They found amazing resources and took great notes that will contribute to their projects. A very productive day!
- Our Hour of Code Open House in the library was a big success last Friday! KU Computer Science students joined us to provide assistance, answer questions, and further challenge our kids who have some coding background! We are looking forward to more collaboration with computer science students in the future!
Passport to Adventure
January 23, 2016, 9 a.m. – noon
Sunflower Elementary in Lawrence, KS
Cost: $30 for first child if postmarked by January 15 - $20 for siblings
$40 each for late registration
Limited scholarships available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.