The Academically Gifted Gazette

Murphey Traditional Academy

Special Edition

Spring 2020

News Flash

This publication contains important information as it pertains to AIG-served families. My goal is for all parents to find at least one new fact that they can use to assist their student at home. Remember, I am just a phone call or text away. Scroll to the bottom for my current contact info.


Please have any scholar who attends AG classes to mark their calendar for our weekly conference call every Monday at 2pm. They should go into the "AG Monday Conference" course and select "conferences". I will be there waiting for students to have some social/emotional time together, to make myself available for any questions students have after reviewing the week's module, to do student shout-outs, and to issue a weekly challenge. If your child cannot attend for any reason, please have them access the recorded conference. I can't wait to see my scholars live on March 30th!


~Mrs. Green

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Online Learning Module Schedule

AG courses are designed to be self-paced. Each week, I will release a "module" for students to work on. The module need not be completed all at once. For example, if students work on their module just 20-minutes a day, it would be about the same amount of AG time they would have each week when we are at school. So encourage them to take their time, enjoy the modules and remember that they don't have to do it all at once - just a few minutes each day.

WOW Patriots

Mrs. Green will be diligently monitoring student progress on several online learning programs including Zearn, Prodigy and IXL. Check out the AG Monday Conference course (see above) for weekly student shout-outs. Ready, set, learn!

Who Said It?

Simply guess who said the following quote and click on the link below to check yourself!

Hint: She is a former first lady of the United States.

Habit of Mind: Persistence


"You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages."

Caesar's Corner

Latin practice has been embedded in the ELA AG modules for 4th and 5th grade using Quizlet. Students may change the study mode to whichever interests them: flashcard, match, learn, test, or spell. At this time, Latin quizzes will continue as normally scheduled so don't forget to practice!

Tech Times

Did you know that Microsoft Office is free for GCS students?


Log in at https://portal.office.com/

studentID#@stu.gcsnc.com

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The tiles in the upper left will allow them to access all of their Microsoft tools. Click here for a how-to video to get started--just substitute "MTA" for "NGMS" and follow the prompts.

From the Heart

It is a widely-known fact that gifted students have a very unique set of social/emotional needs. Usually, this spot in the newsletter is dedicated to an article that may help with one of their many potential obstacles (perfectionism, asynchronous development, disorganization, etc). However, these times call for an even more tailored response to our gifted students' social/emotional needs. This advice comes to you not only "from the heart" (what I am now naming this segment), but based on numerous years of study, training and experience with gifted children.


If there is only ONE thing you can do to help your gifted child through this crisis, let it be to keep them on a SCHEDULE that:

  • provides consistency
  • provides accountability
  • balances work and play (independent vs. social)
  • motivates students to be self-led

Predictability provides comfort for all kids but gifted kids are especially susceptible to worry. For instance, they have the capability to understand the larger implications of the current pandemic and are at a greater risk for unhealthily obsessing. The comfort of a schedule will help to alleviate their stress and keep them engaged in alternate meaningful tasks. There are several student schedules circulating online if you need ideas and as always, I am available for support. Just ask.

K-1 Nurture

The GCS AG Department is currently working on a plan to include the K-1 Nurture program in online learning. Stay tuned for updates!

2nd Grade Nurture

The GCS AG Department is currently working on a plan to include the 2nd grade Nurture program in online learning. Stay tuned for updates!

Maximizing Academic Potential

The GCS AG Department is currently working on a plan to include the MAP program in online learning. Stay tuned for updates!
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3rd Grade

All AG-served third graders should logon to Canvas to access their learning in the following courses:


AG Third Grade ELA

AG Third Grade MATH


Our learning will continue on the concepts of mythology and algebra.

4th Grade

All AG-served fourth graders should logon to Canvas to access their learning in the following courses:


AG Fourth Grade ELA

AG Fourth Grade MATH


Our learning will continue on the concepts of illiteracy and geometry.

Need Additional Support?

GCS general hotline: (336)332-7290

GCS tech help: (336)370-8179

Contact Mrs. Green

Feel free to use the phone number listed below during regular school hours. You will get an immediate response during my M-F office hours:


10:30-11:30 am

1:00-2:00 pm


Feel free to email or Canvas Inbox me during or after hours.