Centennial G/T Parent Newsletter

November 2021

Howdy Parents!

Thank you SO much for the overwhelming generosity through the donations needed for recycling products! Because of you, our kiddos have an abundance of materials to choose from each week as they design & create their projects.

This past month, Invention Project brought some AMAZING learning opportunities for our kiddos! In Unit 2, students learned all about ecosystems & the environment as they designed & built parachutes, airdropped animals into an ecosystem, built beaver dams to help restore the salmon population, and helped adult salmon make their way to the ocean! November will surely bring more excitement & exploration as we dive into Unit 3 with lights, bioluminescence, and LEDs!

Many Thanks,

❤️-Mrs. Barrera

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Rescue Squad...Level Up!

Take a peek at all of the fun and learning from the past month! 📸

Unit 2 was such a success! First, we designed & built parachutes in order to airdrop animals into ecosystems. Next, we utilized our engineering skills to construct beaver dams to help restore the salmon population. Finally, we rounded off our unit by discussing the importance of relationship skills & how our approach to situations can differ, yet still result in a successful outcome!

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*

G/T Service Design

  • Classroom teachers provide differentiated instruction in the core subjects.
  • Students are clustered in classes with a teacher who has met the state G/T training requirements.
  • Students participate in G/T Expo, which highlights their completed independent study projects.
  • G/T students are met with each week to work on research instruction, independent project work, and other group activities.
  • Classroom teachers are supported with strategies and training specific for G/T students.

Good Stuff

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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!

Free Webinars

Thursday, November 18, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (Parent Focus)

Books and More for Promoting Literacy and Thinking in Kids
with Dr. Susannah Richards – Eastern Connecticut University

Looking for recommendations to ignite, delight, and cultivate lifelong readers? This session will highlight recently published books that kids will want to binge read. It will include suggested fiction and nonfiction, middle grade and young adult novels, picture books, graphic novels, and more.

Susannah Richards is an associate professor of Education at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses on literacy and literature. She has a PhD in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut where she studied talented readers. She has served on the Newbery, Geisel, Connecticut Book Award, Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature, and other award committees for children’s literature. She actively reads and presents on books for youth and how to use them at international, national, and local conferences. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SussingOutBooks.

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

Helping Your 2E Child (Sally Reis and Susan Baum)

Streamed Jan. 21, 2021 (view recording here)

Technology Roulette in the Age of COVID-19 (Stacy Hayden)

Streamed Feb. 18, 2021 (view recording here)

Talking with Children About Their Giftedness (Del Siegle)

Streamed March 18, 2021 (view recording here)

Perfectionism and Productive Struggle (Catherine Little)

Streamed April 15, 2021 (view recording here)

Online Fun for Kiddos

Cool Online Museums for Curious Kids

Going to a museum can be an amazing learning experience, but why limit yourself to the few museums in your area? With these apps, games, and websites, kids can engage with interactive experiences from some of the best museums all over the world. If you need a fun way to spend a rainy day or a school break, try one of these great digital offerings.

Centennial Elementary Student Expectations:

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