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"All those things coming together are making a difference."

Upcoming PBIS Information Session

Ms. Brick and the PBIS team will host a informal learning session on October 30th at 12:00. Join them in the media center to learn about how to redirect students using the power of language.

Math Happenings

Want to see some kids excited about learning? Come by the Computer Lab on Wednesday and Thursday mornings to see our 4th Grade Breakfast Brainiacs flexing their Math Muscles, working on Growing as Learners, and Setting Goals!

Be on the lookout for members of your Academic and Behavioral Support Team in the halls. You might see one of us soon, in a duty station near you, pumping kids up about Math!

Panda Heroes and HELPS

The new Panda Heroes program is coming soon! Please start thinking of students who may be in need of a literacy mentor. Remember, this program can be used as a tier II intervention because they will be HIGHLY TRAINED!! Our target "audience" are those students who typically fall into the achievement gap! Speaking of, HELPS volunteers will also soon be back in action! Our goal is to have both programs up and running at some point in November!

AIG Myth Busters

Myth That Student Can't Be Gifted, He Is Receiving Poor Grades

Truth: Underachievement describes a discrepancy between a student’s performance and his actual ability. The roots of this problem differ, based on each child’s experiences. Gifted students may become bored or frustrated in an unchallenging classroom situation causing them to lose interest, learn bad study habits, or distrust the school environment. Other students may mask their abilities to try to fit in socially with their same-age peers and still others may have a learning disability that masks their giftedness. No matter the cause, it is imperative that a caring and perceptive adult help gifted learners break the cycle of underachievement in order to achieve their full potential.

Myth: Gifted Students Don’t Need Help; They’ll Do Fine On Their Own

Truth: Would you send a star athlete to train for the Olympics without a coach? Gifted students need guidance from well-trained teachers who challenge and support them in order to fully develop their abilities. Many gifted students may be so far ahead of their same-age peers that they know more than half of the grade-level curriculum before the school year begins. Their resulting boredom and frustration can lead to low achievement, despondency, or unhealthy work habits. The role of the teacher is crucial for spotting and nurturing talents in school.

- See more at: http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/myths-about-gifted-students#sthash.jSDSdkrE.dpuf

Science Fair Help... TO THE RESCUE!

Students are being invited to after school help sessions for assistance in completion of projects. We have almost 100 students interested in the fair, with 37 of them attending the most recent help session. If you would like to assist, please see Leigh Ann or Kristen.

Wanted: Conference Help

Do you need help talking with a parent about a concern you may be having with a students academic or behavior needs? If so contact Ms. Brick or Mrs. Parks today!

Guess what??

Did you know that our school library collection now includes many exciting new choices for students including graphic novels? Check out the books and read them for enjoyment. You will love getting to know what your students are drawn to in the literary world.

Upcoming PD Opportunities

1) Rigor - Understanding it and its practical application

2) Strategy Groups in Reading and Math -Make and Take Sessions

3) Technology as a student centered tool - New and Innovative, and truly a tool used by students.

Additionally, we will use our in-house expertise to help us build foundations and set goals for our classrooms. I want to learn more about how inspired these students are to conference with each other.