Gifted Ed 2013-14

Get Ready for an Exciting Year!

Scheduling and What to Bring to Class...

WELCOME BACK! The first day of gifted ed will be during the 2nd week of school, beginning on August 27th. All students who were involved in the program last year will be in class with me this year unless I have heard otherwise from a parent/guardian. I will arrange for the bus to pick up and return students to and from their respective buildings. The schedule will be as follows:

Mondays - 3rd Grade Students will be scheduled after testing is completed

Tuesdays - 12:30-2:50 5th RBE/FAE students attending

Wednesdays - 8:20-10:55 4th BE/VSE students attending

12:30-2:50 4th RBE/FAE students attending

Thursdays - 8:20-10:55 5th BE/VSE students attending

Fridays - Mrs. Waterbury will be at the middle school for classes with all 6th, 7th and 8th grade Gifted Ed Students.

Please bring a plastic 3 prong folder with pockets to class on the first day, as well as some loose leaf paper. I hope you are ready for an exciting year! We're going to have lots of FUN together while we learn.

A bit about what you can expect...

Well, let's start with things like this digital flyer. My students will make these this year, and they will be seen around the world. We use a lot of technology in this class. The reason is because as technology advances, so should how we teach. In my class we will be creating content for the world to see, we will be using our imagination to envision new worlds, and we will be doing projects related to real world problems. Continue to look at the rest of this flyer to get a better idea of what to expect in my class. I look forward to a year of adventure and learning with your children.

Future Jobs

Below is a video about future jobs. These facts presented by Andrew McAfee are a huge influence on how I plan my instruction. As educators we must do a better job.

Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?


In my class we will be using Edmodo not only to connect to other classes around the world, but also for homework, extra help, and direct communication with me. I have the Edmodo app on my phone so I am always connected and available for students and parents alike. This is great practice for real world social networks and digital citizenship which is becoming more and more important in our ever-changing society. Click on the video below to learn more.

Edmodo at a glance


Students will create new worlds while they explore and learn how to use MineCraftEdu. They will also go on scavenger hunts to learn about the Medieval Period.

Minecraft Trailer

The Work We Will Do...

Below are links to some of the types of projects and activities we will be working on this year.

Elementary Open House

Thursday, Aug. 15th 2013 at 5:30pm

Brandon Elementary School - Wood Gym Entrance!

Please stop and see me if you have time! I have made some changes to our classroom environment, and can't wait to see all of you.

Most Frequently Asked Question

Some students aren't sure about whether they have to test again this year to be in Gifted Ed. The answer is, NO! Once you have qualified for the program, you are in until you finish 8th grade. Sorry guys, but you're stuck with me!