Centennial G/T Parent Newsletter

March 2022

Howdy Parents!

February kept us busy in unit five of Rescue Squad! We spent our time in the G/T classroom better understanding the positive & negative ways in which humans can impact our environment. Through furthering this understanding, students were challenged to design unique & impactful campaigns that could educate others on the issues surrounding pollution & our role in helping to save our planet. As we wrap up unit five this month, students will begin to work on their G/T Expo projects. Yay for it being in person this year! I can't wait for them to show you what they've learned!

Many thanks,

❤️-Mrs. Barrera

For Parents of 5th Grade Kiddos:

I can't believe it's almost that time for them to head off to middle school. Middle school students who are currently identified as Gifted and Talented have the option of registering for a wide range of classes designed to meet their unique educational needs. These Gifted and Talented courses differentiate a curriculum which emphasizes content, independent studies, and products to enrich and extend the students’ thinking process.

A student will maintain his/her GT classification if enrolled in one or more of the following classes:

*6th grade: *Advanced Math, Advanced Science, and/or Advanced Reading/English/Language Arts, Advanced Contemporary World Cultures.

*7th grade: *Advanced Math, Advanced Science, and/or Advanced Reading/English/Language Arts, Advanced Texas History.

*8th grade: Algebra I, Advanced Science, and/or Advanced Reading/English/Language Arts, Advanced US History. A GT student enrolled in Advanced classes or Algebra I should follow recommendations for successful course selection.

A student will maintain his/her GT classification if enrolled in one or more Advanced class and/or AVID.

Save the Date-G/T Expo Grades 1-5

Please plan on attending. Students will be presenting their projects and showcasing their learning.
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*NEW* G/T Pull-Out Schedule

I will begin seeing all newly identified G/T students the week of March 7th. I can't wait to get to know all of the your kiddos!

9:00-10:00am 4th grade

Tuesday 11:05-12:05 Kindergarten (Canseco, Coughlin, & Daniels)

Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm Newly Identified 1st Grade

Wednesday 8:45-9:45 3rd grade

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 Kindergarten (Gonzalez, Ortolano, Reiff, Seiler)

Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm 1st grade

Friday 8:15-9:15am 2nd grade

Friday 9:35-10:35am 5th grade

*days and times subject to change based on testing schedule or unexpected events*

Rescue Squad Members Fight Pollution!

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I will be teaching during Week 1 of camp. 🙂

Tips & Advice for G/T Parents

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Free Webinars for G/T Parents

Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (Parent Focus)

Talent Denied and Talent Lost: Challenges and Compromises of Gifted Girls and Women
with Dr. Sally Reis - University of Connecticut

This session will focus on the loss of talents of girls and women across the country and the globe, and the implications of that phenomenon on diminished creativity, leadership, innovation, and creative productivity. The session will conclude with a positive call to action on how educators and researchers can make a difference in helping girls and women to develop their talents.

Sally M. Reis, Pd.D. recently completed a six-year term as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and is the Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, and a University Teaching Fellow at the University of Connecticut. She was a teacher for 15 years, 11 of which were spent working with gifted students on the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. She has authored or co-authored over 250 articles, books, book chapters, monographs, and technical reports. Her research interests are related to special populations of gifted and talented students, including students with learning disabilities, gifted females, and diverse groups of talented students. She is also interested in extensions of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model both for gifted and talented students and as a way to expand offerings and provide general enrichment to identify talents and potentials in students who have not been previously identified as gifted. She is the co-director of Confratute, the longest running summer institute in the development of gifts and talents.

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

Advanced Learning Podcast

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!

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Fun for Students

Got a Spring Break Road Trip Planned?

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Staying Home for Spring Break? Take a Virtual Field Trip or Have a Movie Night!

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We have been using Pixton in class to create comics based on our learning in Rescue Squad. Your Brainy Bulldog can access Pixton from home using their Humble ISD login by choosing login with google.

STEM Challenges at Home

Centennial Elementary Student Expectations:

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