ORMS GT Newsletter

December 2018

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Fall GT Evaluations Pick Up

Wednesday, Jan. 9th 2019 at 8am to Friday, Jan. 11th 2019 at 4pm

415 Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

Please come sign out and pick up your child's GT evaluations from the front office any time between Wednesday, January 9-Friday, January 11 from 8AM-4PM. Thank you!

Fall GT Evaluations Pick Up Information

This year we are asking GT parents to pick up their child's GT evaluations from the front office. This is because we no longer mail report cards so we can't include the GT evaluations with them. Last year we sent the evaluations home in a sealed envelope in 7th period Advisory. However, by the end of the school day we had some students opening them and reading the teacher evaluations before parents had a chance to look them over first and sit down with their child to go over them. We truly want these evaluations to be confidential between you, your child, your family and their teachers.

Therefore, we will have the evaluations at the front office on Wednesday, January 9-Friday, January 11 from 8AM-4PM for any GT parent to sign them out from the front office. The office is at its busiest at arrival, lunch and dismissal so you might have to wait if you come during that time. Ideal hours for pick up are 9-11AM and 1-3PM in the front office. If you cannot make it any of those days, please email Amanda Hunt (ahunt@nbisd.org) or your child's GT teacher and we will hold on to them until you can come up in person to pick them up. One copy of all evaluations will go in your child's cumulative folder and the other will go home when you check them out. They do not need to be signed and returned. The evaluations are yours to keep from all CORE teachers and the GT advisory teacher your child has. We will do this process again in May for the spring GT evaluations. Thank you for your help keeping your child's information confidential. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Seven Stages in Moving From Consuming To Creating

Creativity doesn’t always happen with a flash of inspiration. When you look at makers, they are often critical consumers of the same type of work they create. Chefs love great meals. Musicians listen to music. Architects often visit new cities and tour buildings to find inspiration. There’s this ongoing cycle of critical consuming, inspiration, and creative work. As they create more, it leads to a deeper ability to consume critically, where they find more inspiration, and the cycle continues. Encourage creativity in your kids with these tips from John Spencer. Click this link to read the full article.

6th Grade

STEM Challenges

Monday, December 3-7 6th grade GT came to the library to work on their team building skills by completing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenges together in groups. Using all the skills they've learned so far this year, as well as being aware of their personality traits and those on their team, students had to perform tasks in a quick manner and use their best team skills to accomplish the jobs at hand. To do more STEM and Minute-To-Win-It challenges at home, take a look at the attached document!

Ms. Redwine

6th GT Advisory



Ms. Beabout

6th GT Advisory



7th Grade

Backpack Design

Students spent December building their backpack prototypes they have been working on since November. These will be on display in the spring at the GT Parent Expo. Students will work on a marketing concept for their backpack in January as the final step in this project.
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Ms. Brooks

7th GT Advisory



Ms. Hybner

7th GT Advisory



8th Grade

Marketing Challenge

What a success! Thank you so much for your support and understanding the past few month or so as 8th grade GT went through their entire process beginning to end of an Entrepreneurial Marketing Challenge. We hope they learned a lot, had fun and made some money after their selling dates at the Farmer's Market. Below are the company's marketing flyers for social media, as well photos of the selling dates on December 8 and 15. This is always one of our favorite projects and we were so lucky to have such amazing kids to do it with this year. Each company went above and beyond and we hope they always remember this project. Next semester begins the EcoArt Challenge and Pursuit of Passion for 8th grade GT.

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GT Evaluations & Movie

8th grade GT spent December 10-14 in the library working on their GT evaluations and watching the movie Beyond the Blackboard. This Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-television drama film is based on the memoir by Stacey Bess titled Nobody Don't Love Nobody. The story takes place in 1987 and follows a young teacher and mother of two who, fresh from college, ends up teaching homeless children at a school without a name. With the support of her husband, she overcomes fears and prejudice to give these children the education they deserve.
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Amazing Race

Here is a photo of the teams for the Amazing Race and how many badges each has as of the first semester. Keep going!!!
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Ms. Bryant

8th GT Advisory



Ms. Cowan

8th GT Advisory



Events Coming Up...

Fall Evaluations Pick Up

Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 8:15am to Friday, Jan. 12th, 3:45pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

CORE teachers and GT teachers will complete a fall and spring evaluation on your child. One copy will go in your child's cumulative folder and the other parent copy will need to be picked up in the front office January 10-12 during school office hours (peak times are arrival, lunch and dismissal and you may have to wait. Come between 9-11AM and 1-3PM for easier pickup). If you cannot pick your copy up then, please email Ms. Hunt or your child's GT advisory teacher and they will hold onto it until you can come pick it up in person. Thank you!

Amanda Hunt, Librarian and NBISD Secondary GT Facilitator

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

Blake Haygood

Blake is our district's K-8 GT Specialist working with teachers on trainings and differentiation in the classroom.
NBISD GT Differentiation

NBISD is dedicated to providing differentiation in the classroom for your gifted child. This newsletter is a place for teachers to go to get lessons, ideas and resources for their classroom in order to best serve your GT child.