GT Academy Newsletter

Sablatura Middle School / Pearland ISD

Spring 2020

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Field Day

Although Field Day is typically scheduled in May to celebrate a successful school year, due to the testing timeline for this year, the date was moved to March 6th, and what a blessing it was! The weather was beautiful, and students enjoyed playing games outside, a tug-o-war challenge, dancing, snow cones, Bingo and more.

Remote Learning

As students, parents, and teachers adjust to remote learning, it is important to remember, as Dr. Kelly states in his video below, that "grace prevails." Families are encouraged to "do what you can" and communicate with teachers.

GTA parents will receive an email through Skyward on Mondays with an overview of assignments from all five core classes. The intent is for parents to stay informed without having to spend time checking each teacher's Edmodo. Of course, students are expected to continue checking each teacher's Edmodo for specific instructions. Fortunately, this format is not new to GTA students, as they are accustomed to flipped video lessons, collaborating through Edmodo, revising writing assignments and submitting work through Office 365, and online quizzes.

The guidelines set by the district suggest students spend approximately two hours per class per week. We understand each student's situation is different and encourage parents to reach out to teachers if there is a struggle to complete the assignments. As Mrs. Tipton mentioned in her email, "Although work is sent each week, your student does not need to complete it all. Work at a pace that suits your circumstances. The goal is to learn and be engaged during this difficult time, not become overwhelmed."

Regarding fourth nine weeks grades, a completion grade of pass/fail will be given for work completed during the remote learning time. Teachers will give feedback and support and are keeping a record of assignments completed. There will be no penalty for late work.

"Virtual teaching will never replace the love, the laughs, the learning, the smiles on students' faces, the 'aha' moments that happen in an actual classroom." We are looking forward to returning to school and connecting with our students. Until then, scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter to enjoy the "GTA Life" video, which is a reminder of the engaging learning environment of the GT Academy.

(3/26/2020) A Message of Reassurance from Dr. Kelly

Happy GT Awareness Week!

  • The week of April 6-10 is GT Awareness Week. This is a great time to share your story while empowering and advocating for gifted students. Do you have a story about an exceptional teacher or how the GT Academy has impacted you? Students and parents are encouraged to submit their #whyGT stories here:
  • Don't forget to tag us @SabGTA and include the hashtags: #whyGT #GTweek #TAGT
Free Parent Webinar - Click here!

TAGT is offering a free webinar April 7th @ 6:30 p.m. Click link above to register for Colin Seale's Beyond "Full Potential": Reconsidering What Success Means for Gifted Children.

Quiz Bowl

After months of studying this year's topic of Health and Safety, the Sablatura team held on to the title of Pearland ISD Quiz Bowl Champions! We are super proud of this hard working team. Click here for the full PISD story.

Super Quiz - First Place

5th Grade – Alivia, Jeffin, Will, Gatik, Alexander, Ethan, Aiden and Avinash

6th Grade – Amy, Stephanie, Tanishta, Ares, Jerry, Derek, Bryan and Noah

General Trivia - First Place

5th Grade - Nicholas , Alexander, Alan and Junxi

6th Grade - Roy, Leetyan, Mason and Malcolm

General Trivia - Second Place

5th Grade – Annalise, Aashi, Shine and Grace

General Trivia Alternates: Emerson and Amadea

Individual High Scores: Alexander and Malcolm

Thank you to Mrs. VanderWoude and Ms. Sisk, our Quiz Bowl super coaches!

Romeo & Juliet

What a treat it was to see our talented students perform Romeo & Juliet! Students in the "Lights, Camera, Action" mini course auditioned for roles, memorized lines, learned about stage direction, and designed sets and costumes. Audience members were mesmerized by the story of the Montagues and the Capulets, and their brawl in the city of Verona. The actors were outstanding, as was the crew behind the scenes. Mrs. Sisk definitely has a talent for developing a love of literature and the stage in students, and we always look forward to the play each spring. Bravo!

Zen Den

Led by Ms. Hart, students in the Zen Den mini course learned valuable skills to help keep them calm and focused in any situation. As families deal with a variety of stressors during the Coronavirus pandemic, it is important to find ways to relax and find peace. Here are a few exercises that were used in the Zen Den course. Give them a try.

5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation "Blue Balloon"

Yoga for Focus

Rainbow Yoga


Future Sea Aggies

Students in the Marine Biology and Zoology mini courses traveled to Texas A&M University's Galveston campus to learn about careers in marine biology and endangered marine species. This trip is a favorite of Mrs. Singleton and Mrs. Medley each year, and they have developed many creative lessons to build students' background knowledge before the Galveston adventure. The highlight of this field experience was to dissect sharks. Students learned about the anatomy of sharks up close and hands on! We might just have a few future Sea Aggies in our group.

The Spirit of Giving

It is fun to share the results of newly acquired skills with others. Students in the Knitting mini course applied their new skills and a stitch of creativity to make bunnies to give to the residents at the Winding Nursing Home. After learning from a professional storyteller, students in the Storytelling course traveled to Rustic Oaks Elementary and Shadycrest Elementary to retell folktales using handmade finger puppets to first and second graders. Amar, a junior at Dawson High School, and GT Academy alumni, was featured in a recent news story for creating and testing N95 masks using his 3D printer and his robotics experience. These students are difference makers and we are proud of their spirit of giving.

Thank You Parents

We have the best parents! We appreciate you volunteering to speak at Sablatura Career Day. We enjoyed learning about your work and how you are making a difference. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy days to come to school to record our TPSP interviews and newscasts. We appreciate you spending your Saturday grading all the TMSCA tests for the competition at PJHW. We appreciate your donations for concession stands and club practices. There are so many ways you support us, and we continue to grow and improve because of you. Thank you.

Boredom Busters

Legos: If you have lots of Legos around your house, challenge friends to complete the tasks on this menu then share on Flipgrid!

SET Game: If you like playing the SET card game, try playing online. A new game is posted daily.

Wonderopolis: How are jelly beans made? Do hummingbirds really hum? Can neurotechnology connect our brains? What are YOU wondering?

Duolingo: Challenge yourself to learn another language.

National Geographic Kids: Check out the Brain Busters and Cool Stuff.

Keyboarding: Lots of fun ways to boost your keyboarding speed. Try Keyboard Ninja or Nitro Type!

Chess: Learn how to play or keep your skills strong. or

Cool Math: Another way to stay ahead of the game in math.

Prodigy: A favorite among GTA Purdue students!

Smart Core Labs is offering a free session for students to try a class, or they can register for a series of classes using this registration form link. Check it out!

Teacher Recess

So, just what are our teachers doing when they aren't creating lessons, posting feedback, or video conferencing with students? They are taking time to enjoy family, stay healthy, and have a little fun - kind of like teacher recess. We hope you are taking time to play a little too!

A Virtual Visit Down the GTA Hallway

Although we are proud of the way students have adjusted to the remote learning format during this time, we long to be back in the GTA hallway learning, exploring, collaborating and growing together. Click the link below to take a quick virtual visit down the GTA hallway.