ORMS GT Newsletter

February 2019

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UIL Competition

UIL Academics is one way GT students can shine on our campus. Thank you to all who participated in UIL events in February, even earning medals, ribbons and spots in Tournament of Champions this past Saturday. GT students have gifts in many different areas and UIL allows them to share those gifts in a competitive field against other schools in and around our district. Please consider having your child join UIL next year if they are a 6th or 7th grader this year. We work hard, but have a lot of fun too!
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Fall GT Evaluations Pick Up Information

Thank you so much to all those who came to pick up your child's GT evaluations. We completely understand that it is an imposition for some so we appreciate your willingness to come in person to get them. If you were unable to get your child's GT evaluations, please feel free to come to the library and get it from Ms. Hunt or if you can't come in person, please send $2 for postage and we will mail it to your home. We will do this again in May for Spring GT Evaluations. Thanks again!

Upcoming Dates

Please take a look at the bottom of this newsletter for upcoming dates of field trips, lunch information, what students need to bring/wear, the Parent GT Expo and evaluation pick up information as well for the end of the year. This is the first year we are taking students on a field trip instead of doing a cross-campus GT showcase/expo with NBMS. We are really excited to take your students on these adventures. The field trips will be during the school day (watch for permission slips as it gets closer!) We will not need parents as chaperones for these field trips, but we are hoping parents, friends and community members will attend the GT Parent Expo on Tuesday, April 23 5-6:30. We will continue to post about these events in the upcoming months.

6th Grade

Pursuit of Passion

6th grade is doing a different Pursuit of Passion than 8th grade where the focus for them is career and college exploration. This Pursuit of Passion that the 6th grade teachers heard about at the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented conference occurs when students discover and research talents or topics they're interested in, more of like a Genius Hour. With this exploration project the 6th grade GT teachers are bringing in experts in various fields to talk about their passions to inspire and educate the students. Below are photos of students working on their passion projects with Blake Haygood, our K-8 GT Specialist for NBISD.

Our Passion Projects are in full swing. After we introduced the project, the students brainstormed, reflected, completed surveys, and then crowdsourced on Padlet several times. This was all to help them find a topic & then narrow it down into something they could accomplish in time for the GT Parent Showcase in April. Now that they have chosen a project, they're all knee deep into researching for their Passion Project.

We've had 3 guest speakers this month that came to share their passions with our GT students.

  • Feb. 1 - Dr. Korey Rose, D.C., Rose Family Chiropractic Wellness Center
  • Feb. 12 - Laura Novak, OTR - Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, UT Health San Antonio
  • Feb. 21 - Blake Haygood, M. Ed., NBISD Curriculum Design & K-8 GT Specialist

Also, on February 5 & 7, Edwin Braun NBISD Instructional Technology Specialist, came to speak with our students about Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, & Mixed Reality. He then took our students through a Virtual Reality tour of Eastern Europe.

Ms. Redwine

6th GT Advisory



Ms. Beabout

6th GT Advisory



7th Grade

7th Grade GT Competition

In order to prepare for the 7th grade GT competition on Tuesday, March 26 at the Westside Community Center students have been working on learning how to do 3D printing design on Tinkerkad, Instant Challenges/Minute to Win It Games, Lego Robotics and at the beginning of March they will tackle their last section for competition, which is Lego STEM kits. The competition is closed to parent/community spectators, but we will share everything we did at the parent GT Expo in April.

The lunch options for the GT Competition Field Trip on March 26 are either a lunch box from Jason's Deli with a turkey sandwich OR veggie wrap and a drink. It's $10 due by Friday, March 8 if your child chooses a Jason's Deli lunch. If they do not want that, please make plans to pack them a lunch that day.

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Ms. Brooks

7th GT Advisory



Ms. Hybner

7th GT Advisory



8th Grade

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During the month of February, 8th graders kicked off their Eco-Art project. The purpose of the Eco-Art project is to raise awareness of human impact on our environment.

Entry Event- Mining Chocolate Chips

Students demolished chocolate chip cookies trying to extract chocolate chips using 2 toothpicks.

Students proudly collected chocolate chips thinking the more they had meant they would win the activity.

However, Mrs. Bryant trashed the chocolate chips and asked the students to evaluate the condition of their leftover cookie. Most students had nothing more than minimal crumbs or tiny chunks.

The purpose of the entry event was to symbolize how humans treat the earth when taking resources valuable to us.

Our earth friendly students that preserved the environment (cookie) was JakeRyan Villarreal, Sam Lillibridge, and Kellen Underberg. We are totally convinced that they just wanted to eat the left over cookie.

Brainstorming Process- World Cafe

We used a world cafe process for students to discuss the human impact on multiple issues of environmental concern. Students discussed different topics in 6 rounds of group discussion. Every 3-5 minutes, groups rotated to a new table to start a new round of discussion, leaving behind one group member to kick off the topic with the new group. Students discussed the following topics:

1) Depletion of Natural Resources

2) Industrialization

3) Pollution

4) Weather Patterns

5) Urban Sprawl

6) Endangered Species

Eco-Art Project Proposal & Writing

Students explored different topics using a Symbaloo link of resources and selected a topic to research and design an art project on.


All project proposals have been submitted and approved. Students have conducted research, written rough drafts, and are now entering revising/editing essays in class.

Eco-Art Project Requirements

Students have to create a piece of art to represent their environmental topic. They can choose from many art mediums such as painting, sculpture, diorama, poetry, videos, industrial art, etc.

Art projects with final copy of essay and works cited (4 sources) are due on Monday, March 18. This gives our students spring break to finish their artwork.

Eco-Art Showcase Night

Please join us on Wednesday, March 27 from 4:30-6pm to view our Eco-Art Gallery in the ORMS Library.

Ms. Bryant

8th GT Advisory



Ms. Cowan

8th GT Advisory



Events Coming Up...

7th Grade GT Competition

Tuesday, March 26th, 9am-2pm

2932 S IH Frontage Road

New Braunfels, TX

This event is closed to parent and community spectators, but we will share all that we did that day at the Parent GT Expo in April. Please make sure your child has paid their $10 for Jason's Deli lunch OR they can bring a lunch. Please also make sure your child brings their charged iPad and wears an ORMS, NBISD or unicorn blue shirt. We will send a permission slip home the week before. They are due Monday, March 25.

8th Grade GT Eco-Art Night

Wednesday, March 27th, 4:30-6pm

415 Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

Please join us for our 8th grade GT Eco-Art Gallery Walk from 4:30-6PM in the ORMS library. The event is come and go.

Parent GT Expo

Tuesday, April 23rd, 5-6:30pm

415 Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

This event is come and go hosted in the ORMS library, cafeteria and small gym to see projects from this year's 6th, 7th and 8th grade GT students. Please take your projects with you when you leave with your parents. Students are allowed to stay after school to help set up and we will have a snack for them.

6th Grade GT Field Trip

Thursday, April 25th, 9am-2:30pm

1671 Interstate 35 Frontage Road

New Braunfels, TX

The 6th grade field trip will be to the NB Escape Haus. Students will work with NBMS GT students to use all the skills they've learned this year about themselves and how to work with others to escape the rooms there. A HUGE thank you goes out to The Escape Haus for hosting this event for free. We are so appreciative of their generosity. Please make sure students bring their charged iPad and wear their purchased GT shirt or a unicorn blue shirt the day of the field trip. Permission slips will go home the week before. Please make sure your child has paid their $10 for Jason's Deli lunch OR they can bring a lunch. The GT shirt is also $10--more information on this to come.

8th Grade GT Field Trip

Friday, April 26th, 8:30am-2:45pm

601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX

The 8th grade field trip will be to Texas State University in San Marcos, TX to go along with their Pursuit of Passion project they do each spring to explore what possible career and college options they want to pursue in the future. Students will be given a guided tour of the campus, sit in on a class or two, eat in the Commons dining hall, and visit the university bookstore and gift shop. Students may bring money for the gift shop, but definitely will need to bring money for the Commons dining hall lunch or bring their own lunch. If they bring their lunch, they have to carry it around with them throughout the morning. Please make sure students wear an ORMS, NBISD or unicorn blue shirt the day of the field trip. Permission slips will go home the week before.

Spring GT Evaluation Pick Up

Wednesday, May 22nd, 8am to Friday, May 24th, 4pm

415 Oak Run Point

New Braunfels, TX

These are the dates for the next GT evaluation pick up day. 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.