ORMS GT Newsletter

February 2018

GT Expo Order Form

Below is an example of the GT Expo order form that went home with your child this month. This year GT funds will NOT cover lunch so we are asking for $20: $10 for a purchased lunch and drink and $10 for a GT t-shirt. If you don't want to purchase a lunch for your child, please have them bring their own lunch that day and if you don't want to purchase a GT t-shirt, please have your child wear a royal blue unicorn t-shirt on the day of the Student Expo. For those purchasing shirts, please be sure to choose the size (all sizes are adult) and students will choose from lunch options as we get closer to the Expo date. Checks should be made out to Betty Hunt for the t-shirt and Oak Run Middle School for the lunch order. The GT order form and money were due Friday, February 23 so if you haven't paid yet, please get your money to your child's advisory teacher as soon as you can. Our theme for the GT Expo this year is "Be A Unicorn In A Field of Horses" to celebrate students' individuality and uniqueness. Thank you!
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College Planning for Gifted Children

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6th Grade

Garden Feast

On Wednesday, January 31 6th grade GT had a garden feast from their spoils of the Oak Run Garden they helped create this school year. Menu items included bok choy, elegant lettuce, shallots and mustard greens cooked on a hot plate and seasoned to taste. Seasoning included lemon oil, olive oil, vinaigrette, salt and pepper. The students were able to sample each item that they helped plant throughout the fall semester. Feel free to make these dishes at home with the whole family for a nice, healthy side dish with your dinner meal!

Toy Designer

This semester 6th grade GT began working on their Toy Designer PBL unit where students had to come up with a toy tied to an upcoming movie and then they have to build their prototypes from scratch. Students began working on this in February.

Ms. Redwine

6th GT Advisory



Ms. Beabout

6th GT Advisory



7th Grade

State Park Project

Students are filming videos and taking pictures for a video task for 7th grade GT's State Park Project. Their task was to create a video that will be shown in their visitor park. They went to ORMS's outdoor learning center to get some nature videos and shots.


Ms. Brooks' advisory played a ninja game on the day of the Fun Run during advisory! What fun!
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Ms. Brooks

7th GT Advisory



Ms. Hybner

7th GT Advisory



8th Grade

Pet Rock & EcoArt Projects

At the beginning of February 8th grade GT spent time on a Pet Rock marketing campaign. Students had to work in their groups to create a prototype of a pet rock and market it to Toys R Us in the hopes of it being sold to the company to use in their stores. They had to create a flyer, commercial and present to one another. See an example of one group's commercial below.

The second half of February students began working on their EcoArt assignment. In the photos below students are researching various countries and their populations for males and females, life expectancy and other factors. They had to create bar graphs of this information and compare countries. Then they used a world facts website to research more information about these countries. This will lead to students choosing a topic and creating an art piece as they move into March.


Ms. Bryant

8th GT Advisory



Ms. Cowan

8th GT Advisory



Events Coming Up...

GT Showcase (Parents Only)

Tuesday, April 24th, 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, 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.

Spring Evaluations

Friday, May 25th, 3:30pm

Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

Teachers and students are required to fill out an evaluation on their participation in the GT program in May. This year students will 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. The evaluations will not be mailed this year. Instead they will go home in a large envelope with students.

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.