GT Academy Newsletter

August / September 2018

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Sablatura GT Academy students have settled in for an exciting 2018-2019 school year! Fifth graders have mastered their lockers and are learning how to be responsible, independent middle school students. Sixth graders are applying the organization skills they learned in fifth grade to help them manage their schedules. Take a look at "Tips for a Successful Year" in this newsletter for a few helpful ideas.

Take a walk down the GTA hallway, and you will see and hear students excited about learning. Sixth graders are learning to apply the Depth and Complexity icons in World Cultures. Melanie, a sixth grader, says "We had the best time learning about landforms. We researched landforms using the icons Unanswered Questions and Over Time. We then wrote intriguing higher-level questions. After that, we had a wonderful time making models of volcanoes, atolls, straits, isthmus, peninsulas and fjords out of play dough. When we finished creating, we had a gallery walk to observe other students' work and answer the questions they wrote. The models looked amazing and we had the best time. "

GTA Math classes use the flipped classroom approach. Students are introduced to new concepts through short videos watched at home. They are expected to follow along and take notes while watching the video at home, and then discuss and apply the concept in class with their classmates and teacher. The videos can be watched several times, which can be helpful when preparing for an upcoming test or project. Parents - take a look at the links below for an overview of the flipped classroom and also quick look at ALEKS.

We are looking forward to an exciting year of learning, growing, and new experiences. Middle school is a time for students to become more independent as they develop study skills, as well as time management, organization, communication skills and friendships. Students are reminded to choose a growth mindset and show their grit when things get difficult.

Flipped Classroom and ALEKS: Introduction for Parents
We only get stronger when its difficult.

This link will take you to an article by Ian Byrd, one of Mrs. Mueller's favorites in the world of gifted. Take a look at his website for more.

Meet Your GTA Teachers:

Tips for a Successful Year

Exploring Interests in Mini Courses

Mini Courses are a favorite part of the day for many GTA students, for sure. Students are given the opportunity to explore interests that might not usually be covered in traditional lessons. On October 11th, we will have our first field experience day of the year. On this day, students will be immersed in their mini course content for the entire day. Thanks to a generous donation from GTAB, Neuroscience students will travel to the Houston Health Museum to dissect sheep brains and the students in the Anatomy course will dissect cow eyes at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Maas Nursery in Seabrook is the field experience location for the Horticulture course, where students will tour the nursery and learn from experts. Our Techies will join our Rocket Scientists and travel to Space Center Houston to extend their learning. Our Community Outreach group is planning the Socktober campaign and Junk Box Wars students will spend the day engineering Rube Goldberg contraptions. Math in Art and Scrapbooking students will be treated to a special art lesson by a beloved guest teacher, while the GTA Spy Academy and Robotics will spend the day perfecting their crafts. It's going to be a fantastic day of learning!

The Gifted Guru Visits GTA

Congratulations Mrs. Needler!

Mrs. Needler was named Conoco-Phillips Math Teacher of the Year! Orbit came to visit Sab again to announce that she is the winner and gets to fly to Florida to attend Astros spring training! The awesome PJHW band, came to celebrate with us! Most of theses students had Mrs. Needler as a math teacher at the GT Academy.

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Oct. 4 - STEM San Francisco trip meeting @ ESC 5:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 5 - Sablatura GRIT Rally - Wear your TCU or Purdue colors.
  • Oct. 8 - Columbus Day - Student holiday.
  • Oct. 10 - Math Benchmark
  • Oct. 11 - GTA Field Experience Day
  • Oct. 19 - Sablatura Monster Bash
  • Nov. 12 - Veteran's Breakfast
  • Nov. 13 - GTA Parent Info Night - For prospective GTA parents. 6:30-7:30 p.m.Sab Cafeteria.
  • Nov. 15 - Sablatura International Festival 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Houston Maker Faire

Visit Pearland ISD's Pearadox robotics team at the Houston Maker Faire October 13-14. Click the link to learn more.

Join us at Houston's Energy Day Festival! Oct. 20th

Sablatura GTA 2017 Young Inventors' Showcase winners will be recognized. Come support our GTA students and enjoy a day of STEM activities! Click the button above for a link to more information.

Still want more? Take a look at these resources for parents and students:

  • TAGT - Texas Association for Gifted and Talented
  • NAGC - National Association of Gifted Children
  • SENG - Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
  • Byrdseed Gifted - Ian Byrd's website - great articles for parents, teachers and students
  • The Gifted Guru - Lisa Van Gemert's website - more great articles for parents, teachers and students
  • Hoagies Gifted - more articles than you can possibly read about all things gifted
  • Mensa for Kids - Sponsored by the Mensa Foundation, Mensa for Kids provides free resources for teachers and parents of gifted youth.
  • The Kid Should See This - smart videos for curious minds of all ages
  • Ted Ed - lessons for kids worth sharing

"5 Essentials of Parenting Gifted Kids" is a video conference hosted by respected gifted education expert Dr. Lynette Breedlove, director of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.