GT Academy Newsletter

October/ November / December 2018

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As we close out the fall semester and reflect on the activities and events, I would like to thank GT Academy students, families, and teachers for a great beginning to the 2018-2019 school year. Several of the highlights for October, November, and December are featured in this newsletter. Other highlights include:

  • Mrs. Needler was named Conoco Phillips Math Teacher of the Year
  • Team Purdue studied beautiful quilts at the International Quilt Show
  • Students worked hard to plan and create excellent work for the International Festival
  • Students and their families spread holiday cheer for Windsong residents with The Big Give
  • Several awesome students spoke to potential students and parents at the GTA Parent Information Night
  • Tanishta was named our Sablatura Spelling Bee champion

Take a look at the photos on the link below to see more of what kept us busy this fall.

Wishing you a happy new year and a successful spring semester!

- Mrs. Mueller

GTA Students Share Holiday Spirit

Empathy - The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

GTA students showed empathy in many ways in December. They started the month with The Big Give, where they decorated the doors of Windsong Retirement Home residents. The Bookworm Bunch organized a book drive, and will donate over 900 books to the "Books Between Kids" organization.

The last day of the semester was filled with holiday spirit, as the band lined the hall to play Christmas music, the choir serenaded us with carols, and Team Purdue made blankets for patients at Texas Children's Hospital.

Field Experience Day

What's Next With TPSP?

Parents who attended the IIM / TPSP Parent Session learned about the expectations for this yearlong project. Each step in the process teaches students valuable skills such as written expression, time management, communication, problem solving, and collaboration.

During the fall semester, students were introduced to (5th grade) or reviewed (6th grade) the Independent Investigation Method (IIM), which is the method used to research their topic of choice. Next, students developed research questions and spent several weeks in class finding good sources, reading, and taking notefacts. Students organized their notefacts, and sixth grade students have completed the rough drafts of their research papers. Fifth graders will begin to write rough drafts in their Humanities class in January. All students will participate in lessons related to Group Dynamics in January before beginning the next mini course sessions.

Coming up next in the TPSP process...

Fifth grade students

  • Write Rough Draft (Due Feb. 1)
  • Edit / Revise
  • Research Paper (Due Feb. 15)
  • Plan Quilt and Purchase Fabric
  • *Sew Quilts (March / April)
  • Practice Presentations

Sixth grade students

  • Edit / Revise
  • Research Paper (Due Jan.25)
  • Create Map
  • Begin Product (Ted Talk, Awareness Event, or Scrapbook)
  • Determine Artifacts
  • Prepare Elevator Speech
  • Make Banner

*Parents or grandparents interested in assisting and monitoring groups during quilt sewing in March and April are encouraged to contact your child's homeroom teacher. We welcome your help!

It's Competition Season!

The spring semester brings competition season, and students will be working diligently to prepare. Success takes commitment, collaboration, problem solving and many extra hours of studying. Sablatura GTA is proud of their award winning teams, and we are looking forward to another successful season.

  • FPS - Teams will write for the state qualifier after school, 4:00-6:00 p.m. on January 23rd. This will determine students who will attend the state competition in San Marcos April 12-14.
  • TMSCA - The GTA is hosting a TMSCA qualifier competition on February 23 @ PJHW . Sixth grade students who earn qualifying scores are invited to the state competition in San Antonio in April.
  • FLL Robotics - Our two teams will compete at San Jacinto College on January 19th and share their presentations at the Sablatura Robotics Exhibition on February 7th.
  • TCEA Robotics - Four teams will compete at the TCEA Area 4 Arena Competition on January 19th @ Aldine ISD
  • Seaperch - Our awesome Seaperch team will attend a January 19 practice meet @ Manvel High School. The Regional Competition is March 23rd.
  • Quiz Bowl - The district competition will be held @ Berry Miller Junior High on March 1st. Parents and guests are invited to come cheer on our team at the Super Quiz competition in the gym. We are hoping to hold on to our championship trophy for the third year in a row!
  • Mars Rover - Six teams of GTA students will present their research to judges at the Mars Rover Celebration @ the University of Houston on March 23rd.
  • Young Inventors' Showcase - Students who take the Inventions mini course will go through the invention process and develop a unique invention to present to judges at the Sablatura Inventors' Showcase. The top five inventions will go on to the Houston Young Inventors' Showcase in May.

We are hosting the TMSCA qualifier competition @ PJHW! Parent volunteers have helped to make this event a success the past two years, and we are asking parents to help again this year. A Sign Up Genius link will be sent through Skyward email soon. We appreciate your support.

Spelling Bee Champ

We are proud to announce our 2018 Sablatura Spelling Bee champion. Miss Tanishta from Team Purdue, is the champion and will represent Sablatura at the district Spelling Bee on February 6th. Her winning word was ligatures. Congratulations also to Jason, from Team TCU, who is our runner up.

GTAB Winterfest

Mark your calendar for the upcoming GTAB Winterfest! This event will be held Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Pearwood Skate Center. It is a fun time to get to know other GTA families. GTAB has funded several field experiences, classroom materials and teacher training this year. Families can show support by contributing to and bidding on the baskets and teacher experiences that will be auctioned at the event. Teachers will be sending out more detailed information soon. See you at the skating rink!

Clutter Busters

Clutter Busters is a group of sixth grade GTA students who are available each Thursday morning 8:00-8:30 in Mrs. V’s class to help other students get organized. All students are welcome to stop by to organize binders, recycle old papers, get tips on using planners effectively, share study techniques, or get freshly sharpened pencils and a new folder.

Click the link below to learn more!

Clutter Buster Video

TAGT On Demand Parent Sessions

GT Academy parents have access to three online presentations (Underachievement, Introverts, and Depression) from leading professionals in the nature and needs of gifted students. Click here to register, using the code sent through Skyward email.

Plan to attend a summer GT Camp? Apply for a TAGT Scholarship!

Detailed information on each scholarship can be found here.

The 2019 TAGT scholarship applications will be accepted until February 22, 2019.All applicants will be notified of their status electronically by April 15. For any questions, please visit

Mark Your Calendar:

January 9 - Students Return!

January 9-18 - Group Dynamics Rotations

January 17 - GTA Parent Information Meeting (for prospective 2019-2020 GTA students)

January 19 - FLL Robotics Competition / TCEA Robotics Competition / Seaperch Practice Meet

January 21 - MLK Student Holiday

January 22- Mini Course #3 Begins

January 25 - TPSP Final Copies Due (TCU)

February 1 - GTA Applications (new students) & Intent to Return Forms (current students) Due

February 1 - TPSP Research Rough Drafts Due (Purdue)

February 7 - Sablatura Robotics Exhibition 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

February 8 - GTAB Winterfest @ Pearwood Skating Rink

February 13 - TCU Attends Play @ Ensemble Theatre

February 15 - TPSP Research Final Copies Due (Purdue)

February 23 - GTA Hosts TMSCA Competition @ PJHW

March 1- Pearland ISD Quiz Bowl Competition

March 11-15 - Spring Break!

March 21 - Mars Rover Parent Presentation 5:00-6:00 @ Sab Library

March 23 - Mars Rover Celebration @ UH

March 23- Seaperch Regional Competition @ Manvel High School

March 29 - Sablatura Inventors' Showcase (tentative)

** Mars Rover Teams - Your after school work session dates are :

Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb 19, Feb 26, March 19