Richard J Lee Elementary GTi News!

November 18th, 2016

Updates and Schoology

Hi there Lee Families,

I hope that you have a relaxing and fun filled thanksgiving break. I plan to host some family members who are flying in from Virginia. I have had a wonderful semester with your children, getting to know some new faces and reconnecting with some old ones.

Three weeks ago my middle school daughter was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix, this was a big scare for our family and I was out for one week. All is better and she is back in the routine of going to school and carrying on with her daily normal life.


All learners have access to Schoology, which will function as our online classroom. I have shown them how to log on and have stressed the importance of using this virtual classroom as a tool to further their learning. You are encouraged to view our classroom so that you are connected and informed as to what the latest happenings are. It is up to your child to be self-motivated and complete assignments as the dates and deadlines approach. Since the month of December is a short one and I attend a week long conference every year called TAGT (Texas Association of Gifted and Talented) conference it is imperative that they use the Schoology as a tool to stay connected with me. This is a place where they can ask for clarification, collaborate with peers, get updates, and be informed about expectations.

Hands On Equations and Independent Studies

There was a big focus on algebra for all grade levels over the past 3 months. The learners really enjoyed learning with Hands on Equations and the visual model of working through complex problems was a big asset to this group. The older learners are working on going through hands on equations through Schoology where the videos are uploaded and so are the corresponding worksheets.


Each grade level will be working on an independent study. Learners were able to choose one that they were interested in. They will be working on this until February and due dates will be posted in their Schoology courses so that they are able to stay on track and pace themselves.

CGA Creative Writing Competition Deadline Approaching!

The Coppell Gifted Association’s annual Creative Writing Competition deadline is fast approaching. This competition is open to ALL CISD students in grades 4-12 and is free to enter. The competition will consist of writing in both the Story and Poetry categories. The deadline to enter is December 7th. T

Please visit CGA’s website for more information.

TAGT-San Antonio (November 30-2)

I have the privilege of attending the TAGT (Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented) conference this year! It will be held in Dallas. This will be my third year attending. The conference traditionally consists of 3 days of learning about the needs of Gifted Learners. I hope to learn a lot and to implement this in my teaching.
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