Centennial G/T Parent Newsletter

February 2022

Howdy Parents!

Through the month of January, we were busy in the G/T classroom investigating & exploring water pollution, wetlands, water filtration systems, and pipelines. Between classroom experiments, real-world simulation games, and pipe-building STEM challenges, each grade level did an amazing job with acquiring a new understanding of water pollution & the importance of conservation efforts. Next month will bring new challenges as we delve into humans and exactly how much they impact the Earth.

Welcome, new to G/T parents. Here is a peek at some of the fun and learning we have in the classroom. New pull-outs begin in March. I can't wait to get to know your kiddo. 🙂

Many thanks,

❤️-Mrs. Barrera

Rescue Squad Fights Pollution!

Tips & Advice for G/T Parents

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Free Webinars for G/T Parents

Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (Parent Focus)

Parenting Gifted Boys to Become Awesome Young Men
with Dr. Thomas Hébert - University of South Carolina

Boyhood is filled with wonderful possibilities and difficult challenges. Guys growing up gifted today must negotiate a culture that may not be supportive of their talents, interests, and favored ways of learning. This webinar explores parenting strategies to provide boys the tools they need to negotiate adolescent peer group pressures, remain actively engaged in school and achievement oriented, maintain supportive friendships, and develop the identity of a gifted male.

Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D. is professor of gifted and talented education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hébert has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 25 years in higher education training graduate students and educators in gifted education. He has also conducted research for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) and served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). He received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from NAGC.

Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (Parent Focus)

Talent Denied and Talent Lost: Challenges and Compromises of Gifted Girls and Women
with Dr. Sally Reis - University of Connecticut

This session will focus on the loss of talents of girls and women across the country and the globe, and the implications of that phenomenon on diminished creativity, leadership, innovation, and creative productivity. The session will conclude with a positive call to action on how educators and researchers can make a difference in helping girls and women to develop their talents.

Sally M. Reis, Pd.D. recently completed a six-year term as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and is the Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, and a University Teaching Fellow at the University of Connecticut. She was a teacher for 15 years, 11 of which were spent working with gifted students on the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. She has authored or co-authored over 250 articles, books, book chapters, monographs, and technical reports. Her research interests are related to special populations of gifted and talented students, including students with learning disabilities, gifted females, and diverse groups of talented students. She is also interested in extensions of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model both for gifted and talented students and as a way to expand offerings and provide general enrichment to identify talents and potentials in students who have not been previously identified as gifted. She is the co-director of Confratute, the longest running summer institute in the development of gifts and talents.

Register Here: https://gifted.uconn.edu/register/

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Advanced Learning Podcast

Listen to the new Advanced Learning Podcast where they discuss anything and everything related to advanced learning in Humble ISD in less time than it takes you to get from home to school or work.

The Advanced Learning Podcast is available on all podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts and new episodes are released every two weeks. Have an idea for a topic you want discussed? Reach out to advanced.learning@humbleisd.net and your idea may be featured as a podcast topic!

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Fun for Students

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We have been using Pixton in class to create comics based on our learning in Rescue Squad. Your Brainy Bulldog can access Pixton from home using their Humble ISD login by choosing login with google.
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STEM Challenges at Home

G/T Pull-Out Schedule

Tuesday 9:00-10:00am 4th grade

Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm 2nd grade

Wednesday 8:45-9:45 3rd grade

Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm 1st grade

Friday 8:15-9:15am 2nd grade SIP

Friday 9:35-10:35am 5th grade

*days and times subject to change based on testing schedule or unexpected events*

Centennial Elementary Student Expectations:

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