Explorer classes will end on Friday, May 19 for the year. We've enjoyed some fun units as we worked on critical and divergent thinking skills.
AIG service for currently identified fourth and fifth graders will be down during EOG week.
Parents interested in nominating their children for AIG service for next year can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our last Explorer unit of the year will begin tomorrow, March 28. All units will involve building upon divergent and critical thinking skills, rather than a specific subject. I'm looking forward to seeing some new faces this time. I made a point to mention this to our "regulars" but could use some support from you as well. Please reassure the children that the Explorer units are flexible so we can try to serve as many students as possible. Thank you.
February 10, 2017
Parent Information Sessions for Single Subject Acceleration have just been announced. If you are interested, please access the website at wakeacceleration.weebly.com The website has information about parent information sessions, the nomination window and testing requirements. Please also feel free to contact me with questions about SSA. Thank you.
So many fabulous activities going on at Conn! Our Conntrepreneurs have been using their Genius Hour/Flex time to work on their Big Idea Week projects this week so Jr. Explorers is on a brief hiatus. AIG and Explorer classes should be back up and running by the second week in February.
2/9 Spring Window testing submitted
2/10 Third grade AIG notifications will be sent home in Friday folders.
Happy New Year! AIG and Explorers is in full swing and we have much to look forward to in the coming months. A few general notes:
* Iowa scores for participating third grade students were sent home January 13. Conn's school based committee will begin collecting data for nominated/referred AIG candidates.
* Testing for fourth and fifth grade Spring Window AIG candidates will be held between January 30 and February 7.
* For parents interested in Single Subject Acceleration, be on the lookout for a flyer advertising Wake County information sessions. They are typically held in February.
Whole class lessons for our third K-2 Jr. Explorer lessons will be held January 23- January 30. Selected classes will begin Wednesday, February 3rd for K-1 students and Monday, February 7th for second graders. Our topics are:
K- Jumping Geometry- a focused study on two and three dimensional shapes
1- Casting nets- Geometry part 2. First graders will further explore geometrical vocabulary such as vertices, edges, lines and shapes. They will build their own Geo-cities based on their understanding of the concepts.
2- Crazy about Characters- Second graders will analyze the feelings, traits and motives of familiar characters in this study of children's literature.
Grade 3- Once AIG identifications have been determined, service will begin during our previously scheduled Explorer time. The unit will be interdisciplinary and based on Conn's Entrepreneurial theme to accommodate students identified in both areas.
The weather may be colder, but the students are still burning up with creativity. Conn Explorers have been collaborating on several different projects:
Kindergarten students are learning about basic economics by evaluating "wants" and "needs".
First graders are analyzing literary elements in Aesop's Fables.
Second grade Explorers created their own store fronts and will use their math skills to "buy" and "sell" their advertised goods and services.
Third grade Explorers are creating their own multiplication game to help other students build their flexibility and fluency in multiplication.
Fourth grade AIG students used their math and language arts skills to plan a pretend family vacation while adhering to a budget.
Fifth grade AIG students are collaborating on historical novels!
A few important dates:
CogAt Information session for parents of grade 3 students: Friday, November 18th at 8:00 or 12:00 in room 206
Iowa Test for selected third grade students: Week of December 5
Testing results for 4th/5th grade AIG Fall Window candidates: End of November
Spring Nomination window for AIG: From now until January 27
Our next Jr. Explorer/Explorer unit will begin next week. Invitations will go home after Thanksgiving. We ran a bit late with some of our exciting projects:)
Next Explorer units are:
Grade K: Wants and Needs- The Economy and Me
Grade 1- Critical Thinking Skills
Grade 2- Addition and Subtraction Action
Grade 3- Multiplication Creations
****Summary of skills covered in Quarter 1 Explorer Units can be found on the last link in the Explorers Tab****
Happy Fall, at last!
I have enjoyed visiting our Kindergarten rooms for the past three weeks. We've been working on building our number sense and chronology by building human number lines and comparing data on graphs.
First grader Explorers are really rocking! We've been reading about the different types of rocks and minerals from the Magic School Bus series and are now ready to start classifying rocks according to their different properties.
Second graders are on a small break this week since I am testing some fourth and fifth graders. When they return to Explorers next week, we will continue our interdisciplinary study on sound. The students have already collected quite a bit of information about sound ad are getting ready to write their own sound-songs to play on cereal box instruments. (So second grade is rocking, too!)
Third graders have been learning more about the human body and are going to present some information as future neurologists, orthopedists, gastroenterologists and endocrinologists. Get ready for the third grade version of "The Doctors."
Fourth grade AIG students are also on a small break this week as they learn more about some great math applications to use on their IPADs with Ms. Anolick. When they return, we will finish our mini- passion projects on electricity and energy. We will extend our learning by participating in lessons via the NEED project. Students will become resident experts on kinetic, chemical, thermal and solar energy and teach others about their topic.
Fifth grade AIG students are continuing their study of force and motion. They have been making great modifications to their vehicle designs and are getting ready to incorporate their developing understanding of ecosystems into their vehicle skit.
A few dates to remember:
Third grade CogAt testing will be conducted by our test coordinator, Ms. Dameron on October 11-13. There are no special preparations necessary for these exams aside from getting the usual good night's sleep and arriving on time for testing. A future CogAt information session will be held when scores come back in late November/early December. Students who score at 85th percentile or above on any of the sub tests will be invited to take the Iowa Achievement battery in December.
Welcome back! I am looking forward to an exciting year kicking off Explorers and AIG units that correspond with Conn's new magnet theme. What better way to foster entrepreneurial design than with our favorite divergent thinking skills: Flexibility, Fluency, Originality and Elaboration!
A few important dates:
August 26-September 23: Fall window AIG nomination window.
September 12-16: Whole Group Explorer classes start for K-3
September 20: DEP meeting for parents/guardians of identified fourth and fifth grade AIG students
September 22: Information session open to all parents/guardians of students in K-3 regarding Explorers and Jr. Explorers 8:00 or 12:00 in room 206
October- Third grade students will take the CogAt battery for AIG nomination. Specific dates pending.
December- Select third grade students will take the Iowa batter for AIG nomination (based on CogAt performance and/or parent and teacher nomination). Specific dates pending.
October 1- January 20: Spring Window AIG nomination window
January: Explorers closes for grade 3. AIG service begins for identified third grade students.
February 6-10: Spring Window AIG testing for nominated/referred fourth and fifth graders
For parents who are interested in Single Subject Acceleration: The application window is From April 20- May 4. Testing will begin 3.
Interested in nominating your fourth or fifth grader for AIG services? Our next nomination window begins now and ends September 24.. Conn's School Based Committee will review nominations and make referrals for testing on September 30th with testing occurring the first week in October.
Parent Information Sessions for Single Subject Acceleration have just been announced. If you are interested, /uploads/2/4/1/4/24148828/ssa_regional_meetings_2015-2016.docx
Wake County AIG is pleased to announce that Dr. Courtright from the Duke TIP Program will be presenting on social and emotional needs of gifted students. If you are interested, please see the link for the flier: