ORMS GT Newsletter

November 2017

We know that many boys are not "built" for school - at least for those traditional classrooms where they are expected to sit still and be silent. They don't like school. They roughhouse, squirm in their seats, and want to play. They are typically less socially mature than girls and more likely to express negative emotions such as anger. They also are disciplined more often, are more frequently diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities, and are more likely to receive lower grades and drop out of school. Their organizational, verbal and attentional skills lag behind those of their female peers. While brain differences may account for some of these distinctions between the genders, it does not mean that their behaviors are abnormal or problematic - they just don't fit what is expected of them in most schools. Click on the title above to access this article in the TAGT newsletter.

6th Grade

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Trails Workshop

On Friday, November 10 6th grade GT had a guest speaker here to discuss trail creation and hold a workshop with the students. Ryan Spates is from S&S Trails in Austin and gave a presentation about how to create a trail, how to save a trail that's been neglected, how to widen or elongate a trail, the mathematics involved in creating a trail and much more! S&S Trails has donated $500 for Ryan to come back and work on the walking/running/hiking trail at ORMS! Ms. Beabout and Ms. Redwine are so excited for this opportunity to continue to beautify and create amazing outdoor spaces for our students at OakRun.

On Friday a survey was also sent out to ORMS students to answer questions and give feedback about the OakRun Outdoor Initiative (development of outdoor classrooms, improvement to the hiking trail, campus beautification, maintenance to the various Outdoor Learning Centers, etc...). They will use this information to continue the OakRun Outdoor Initiative program and create spaces students want and will use for years to come!

Ms. Redwine

6th GT Advisory



Ms. Beabout

6th GT Advisory



7th Grade

Backpack Creations

On Monday, November 6 7th grade GT continued constructing their backpack designs in the computer lab. They used hot glue guns to make their backpacks out of their design drawings from days before. Other materials are felt, pins, even one group brought old jeans from home! They are working hard to create the ultimate backpack prototype for the ORMS student.
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Ms. Brooks

7th GT Advisory



Ms. Hybner

7th GT Advisory



8th Grade

Farmer's Market Research

On Saturday, November 4 8th grade GT went to the Farmer's Market to scout locations, research products and prices, as well as hear from the manager of the Farmer's Market, Risa, discuss what to expect in December. The last two weekends before Christmas break 8th grade GT students will have a booth at the Farmer's Market to sell items they have created on their own. They spent most of November working on ideas and creating their products and price points.

Students Having Fun at the Farmer's Market


Business Plan Proposals

The week of November 13-16 8th grade GT students presented their business proposals to their classmates for the Shark Tank presentations Monday, November 27. This was a way for everyone to see what they will show the local businesses that Monday night. They had to include their proposal, cost analysis, start up costs, what they hope to make in profit and what needs they have to create their product(s). The group was asked questions, which helped prepare them for the Shark Tank when the businesses (aka "Sharks") will ask them questions similar to what their classmates asked. Ms. Cowan also talked to the group about what to expect Monday night and how it will all be set up for the Shark Tank event.

Shark Tank

On Monday evening, November 27 from 5:30-8:00 8th grade GT students participated in the first Shark Tank ever for their entrepreneurial projects. Teams spent weeks coming up with an idea of what to sell at the Farmer's Market in December, creating a business plan and prototype and then presenting those business plans to the Sharks who attended our first Shark Tank and what a success it was! The students did an amazing job of presenting their digital presentations, ideas and prototypes, and the Sharks asked insightful questions and gave valuable feedback. At the end of all the presentations the Sharks voted for which groups they wanted to invest in. Each group was brought back out and the Sharks gave their best pitch for investment. Every student group ended up with an investor who will be putting money into their business with the promise of all the money returned and some percentage of their company or product payment. After each group chose an investor they signed a contract between both companies.

A HUGE thank you goes out to all our Shark investors: Liz Rodriguez and Kris Rogers of Cedar Creek Camo, LLC, Shaina Kretzschmar Corzine of the Red Stag and La Belle Vie, Cameron Corzine of Swift Moving Co., Shawn Corzine of Sodalis Senior Living, Robert Crawford of Lumeri Consulting, LLC, Robin Adams of Nevro, Herring family of Brake Solutions, Sharon Carewell of Nutrition Works, and Patsy Pfeiffer and Robert Schonhoff of Digital Vision Marketing.

Students will be selling homemade items at the Farmer's Market the weekends of December 9 and 16 9:00-1:00. Please come out and support their entrepreneurial projects and get some gifts for the whole family for the holidays!

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Ms. Bryant

8th GT Advisory



Ms. Cowan

8th GT Advisory



Events Coming Up...

Fall Evaluations

Friday, Dec. 22nd, 2:30pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

Teachers and students are required to fill out an evaluation on their participation in the GT program in December and again in May. This year students might also receive evaluations from other core and elective teachers so that we get a complete picture of how their gifts are demonstrated in all classes. We will do this in a Google Form for the first time this year and email the evaluations to parents. They will not be mailed this year.

GT Showcase (Parents Only)

Tuesday, April 24th 2018 at 4:30-5:30pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

This year the GT Showcase will be held for parents the night before the actual showcase itself happens at both middle schools. We will spend Tuesday, April 24 setting up for the showcase and parents, friends, family and community members, etc. will attend the GT Showcase from 4:30-5:30. The students will leave their projects where they are and then show them off to NBMS the next day. Projects will go home at the end of Wednesday, April 25.

GT Showcase (Students Only)

Wednesday, April 25th 2018 at 8am-4pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

This is the all day GT Showcase where students present their projects to NBMS students and teachers and then we will view NBMS's projects on their campus. More information to come about transportation information, lunch, etc.

Ms. Hunt, Librarian and GT Facilitator

Please contact me or your child's advisory teacher if you have any questions or concerns about the GT program at ORMS.