GT Academy Newsletter
Team Purdue Visits International Quilt Festival
Thank you to all the parents and Advanced Academics staff who joined us as chaperones!
GTA Applications Due February 1st
- The GT Academy application for the 2022-2023 school year is available now in Skyward under “Custom Forms." Please use your parent Skyward account to indicate if your child will continue in the GT Academy or return to his/her zoned campus next year. The deadline to submit is February 1, 2022.
- Parents and students interested in applying to the GT Academy for the first time are invited to attend an informational meeting Tuesday, January 18th 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Sablatura cafeteria.
Explore, Create, & Connect
GTA Talent Search
Mark your calendars for The GT Academy Booster Club’s biggest annual fundraiser! The GTAB Winter Hoopla will be held Friday, January 21, 2022 in the Sablatura cafeteria. This year, we are changing things up a bit. We will continue our much-loved tradition of an online silent auction and add a talent show, bake sale and food trucks.
Students are invited to share a sample of their talent by posting a short video clip on flipgrid.com. Ten acts will be chosen to present talent at the event. Students - make sure you get your video submitted by December 8th. Performers will be announced on December 15th!
The online auction will be held on the Bidding Owl platform starting Friday, January 14, 2022 ending on Friday, January 21, 2022 before the talent show commences.
Students are encouraged to bring in items for class baskets which will also be auctioned. More information about basket themes will be sent out from GTA teachers.
6th Grade Science Labs
By: Kennedy S.
In this lab, we were trying to determine whether the change was physical or chemical. In a physical change, the color, temperature, or state of matter does not change, while in a chemical change, color, temperature, and state of matter can change, along with other properties. We had a lot of fun, analyzing the changes and watching things like plastic bags blow up, color changes, and much more with our groups.
5th Grade ELAR
We have many truly creative students, which was evident as they explored the inner workings of a favorite character’s mind. They created character mind maps using symbols, colors, and quotes to show the character’s motivation, conflicts, virtues and vices. Take a look at some of their excellent work below.
Students also researched an eminent person of their choosing. They then created a “Hidden Picture” interactive guessing game to share with their peers. As an added bonus, students dressed as the subject of their research. Topics ranged from Michael Phelps to Bob Ross to Black Beard the Pirate.
Sablatura's International Festival
Although we were not able to invite parents and community into our hallways this year, the 2021 Sablatura International Festival did not disappoint. What an awesome sight it was to watch students working together to create the hallway displays. Take a look at the short video that highlights the work of our students.
Sab Clubs are Going Strong !
Future Problem Solvers participated in their second practice competition. Students analyzed the future success of floating cities and other building green projects. Special thanks to Emma’s parent for providing the students with pizza and cookies to fuel their brains during the 2-hour competition. The state qualifying competition will be held on January 26th and the topic will be insects.
Math Club is buzzing in the mornings and afternoons. Students show up bright and early to pack Mrs. Needler and Mrs. Trinh's classrooms to improve their skills in General Math and Number Sense. On Wednesday afternoons, our Calculator team is the strongest it has ever been, as Ms. Hart is teaching students all the tricks! Rumor has it Mark can't be beat.
You can spot our Robotics team a mile away in their cool new tie dye t-shirts. They have been working hard on strategy and programming this year's TCEA "Widgets "challenge. They will represent Pearland ISD at the Area 4 competition in January.
We are super excited to start DI this year at Sab! Our fifth grade team is creating a story about a trickster who attempts to overcome a tricky situation and our sixth grade team is creating a story about a character who encounters a mysterious object in a microworld. These two teams will represent Pearland ISD at the Gulf Coast regional competition in February.
By: Chinmay K.
In Quiz Bowl, we study Trivia for competitions in three categories, Humanities, General, and Super. This year is very different, as everyone got in, we are not doing the district competition, and we are only doing General Trivia. When we had a virtual competition against Pearland Junior High West, I expected us to lose. A few days later, we got the news that we won! We were triumphant and Quiz Bowl really taught us a lot about ourselves and how we do on a team through a challenge that all Quiz Bowl members studied for, and ultimately, ended up winning. No challenge is too great or too small for us because we are Grizzlies.
Student: Joshua M.
This awesome fifth grader has really excelled this first semester of middle school! His teachers say he is an excellent student who works hard, has a positive attitude and is a great researcher. He is a chess champion and participates in Math Club and Quiz Bowl. We can't wait to see his team's Mars Rover project. Keep up the great work Joshua!
Teacher: Ms. Maldonado
She sponsors FPS and DI, and is great at teaching kids the art of storytelling. When asked what is so special about Ms. Maldonado, her students say she is "really fun," "likes to give tickets," "is good at teaching us TPSP," and "she gives us a second chance." A fun fact about Ms. Maldonado is that she just adopted a three legged puppy named Leo. Thank you, Ms. Maldonado, for all you do for our GTA students!
Parent: Mrs. Lewis
New to the GT Academy Booster Club executive board, Mrs. Lewis has jumped right in to help. As the GTAB secretary, she has great ideas and keeps the group on track. She is a family law attorney here in Pearland, and thoroughly enjoyed her time as a stay at home mom when her children were younger. Her daughter Clarke is one of our awesome sixth graders. We appreciate your support, Mrs. Lewis!
Student: Joshua M.
Teacher: Ms. Maldonado
Parent: Mrs. Lewis
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) www.nagc.org
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) www.txgifted.org
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2e- Twice Exceptional Newsletter www.2enewsletter.com
The Gifted Guru www.giftedguru.com
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