KCS GT Update

May 2021 Volume 12


The month of May is bittersweet. We look forward to a time of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation; however, we are saddened to say goodbye especially to our 5th graders. It has been a year to remember and we have so much to be proud of. We appreciate your support and encouragement. The GT Department would not be as strong as we are without our parent connections and support. Thank you for all that you do for your children and for us.

What's Happening in GT?

3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students were given a GT Post Competency Assessment. This assessment addressed specific learning related to each of our grade-level competencies. Your child's responses have provided great feedback for our department as we grow and change.

GT small groups will not be meeting during the month of May. Students will still have multiple options for enrichment placed in their Canvas courses with all necessary directions for these options to be completed independently. These modules will be asynchronous for the remainder of the year.

The GT Department will be working on developing program services and participating in system-wide work during the month of May.

We will be sending out a June and July Smore with resources. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's GT coach. Have a great summer!

Successful Relationships

A good recipe to consider for successful relationships, in both the parent-child relationship and the parent-child-school relationship, comes down to these 3 main ingredients – the 3 Cs. Want to learn more? Click here to read about 10 Steps to a Better Parent-School Partnership.

Parent Support

Lisa Van Gemert is an expert in her field. She loves sharing tips and ideas to help educators and parents of bright kiddos. Here you’ll find tons of resources to help make the world safe for gifted kids. Click here to read more about how to support overly emotional children.

Life Hacks

Bright Side has been busy looking for the best tips and tricks to simplify and improve your everyday life. Here's an awesome list of 20 life hacks that will teach you how to quickly dry your clothes, make your shoes waterproof, amplify your phone's speakers, and much more! Click here to learn more. Enjoy!

Staying Connected

The Louvre Museum may not be open to the public, but it has many opportunities for one to take advantage of now. Click here to visit the website and explore Seasonal Tales, Stories about the Louvre and its Artwork, Concerts in the Auditorium, Visit the Museum Rooms and Galleries, and Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass. Don't delay. We are not sure how long this will be available.
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KCS GT Department

The KCS Gifted and Talented department strives to create a SAFE environment for each other, our teachers, students, schools and parents where we value Support, Advocacy, Flexibility, and Empathy.

As instructional coaches, we will meet each teacher where they are as we seek to create a SHIFT in service delivery and instructional practice in order for every teacher to feel confident in providing challenging and engaging instruction requiring students to persevere through complex tasks.

As gifted practitioners, we will meet each student where they are as we seek to create a SHIFT in student efficacy in order for every student to feel confident in participating in complex tasks, advocating for themselves, and utilizing a growth mindset.

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