End of Middle School Faire

8th graders:

Today, I want to you write a reflective paragraph about your middle school GT experience. Be sure that you have a thesis statement or a main idea. J Be sure to provide details. Think about the tone that you want to convey to your classmates.

Once you’ve done this, think about a dish (from your culture or one that just happens to be your favorite) that compliments what you’ve written.

You could use the dish as your inspiration. We will have our End of Middle School Faire on Friday. J

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TS Character County Food Fair

Tom Sawyer: Characterization/County Food Fair – Thursday, June 4th! (unless you let me know you were bringing it Friday)

  1. Choose a character who interested you the most and that you’d like to analyze using STEAL.
  2. It can be a major character,  a minor character, a moral character, or an immoral character.
  3. The cardstock is for your FINAL, so work on scratch paper.
  4. BRAINSTORM.
  5. As part of the brainstorming process, you will need to look for 2 interesting pieces of text evidence for each letter of the STEAL acronym. That means you will have 10 pieces of interesting and revealing text evidence that allows you to analyse your chosen character.
  6. These 10 pieces of text evidence should come from throughout the book, not just from one section. These must show or reveal who your character is as a person (STEAL).​
  7. Be sure to include the analysis and the 5 to 7 of the most revealing pieces of text evidence on your cardstock. This must be neatly and creatively done.
  8. The analysis can be done for each letter or written in paragraph form.
  9. You will need to illustrate your character. The illustration and the analysis should be all on the front of the cardstock.

“County Food Fair”: Match a Southern dish to your character. For example, if I analyse Huck Finn, I might choose Mississippi Mud Pie to represent him – (layered (multi-dimensional, hard crust (life’s struggles), chocolate (dark), and white (innocence), Mississippi (regional).

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Follow-up to GT Informational Meeting

Hello, Incoming 6th Grade Students and Parents,

If you were able to attend the informational meeting at Maus or through FGA, thank you. Although the information can be overwhelming, we want to make sure our parents and students know what the GT program is in middle school, since it is vastly different from the elementary difference.

For those who were unable to attend, here is the fisd_incoming_6th_grade_gt_info. Also, I want to say I’m sorry that I didn’t get to hear any “non-Moose” responses. Next year, I’ll make sure to spend time on this slide! :)

I’m also including a “survey” for parents and students to take. Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBMXKVH

I look forward to seeing the responses!

Happy Summer, y’all!

 

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G/T In the Know

Grade 8 (going into Grade 9)
Summer Reading: There is no assigned summer reading for students going into GT Humanities I, but students still want to know “what to read”. I encourage you to read throughout the summer, focusing on the philosophies and the classics:

  • http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/ap-literature
  • Anthem
  • Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Awards/Celebration: May 29
Field Day: June 1
Field Trips: June 2 (Team Cheetahs) & June 3 (Team Pumas)

Grade 7 (going into Grade 8)
Summer Reading: You will read The Hobbit.
Awards/Celebration: May 28
Field Day: June 1
Field Trip: Thursday, May 22

Barnes and Noble Bookfair for FISD
“Barnes and Noble is going to have a special “bookfair” the weekend of May 22-24 to sell summer reading books to our students.  The FISD libraries will get a portion of the sales from this weekend.  When students present the attached flyer (grade level specific) to the upstairs cashier at B&N, we will get credit for the sale and the student will be entered into a drawing for a free book.  If B&N runs out of a specific title during the designated weekend, they will ship the book to the student’s home free of charge.  It really is a win-win for all of us!”

Order Form (going into Grade 6 GT) – Stargirl
Order Form (going into Grade 7 GT) – Lone Star Reading List 2015
Order Form (going into Grade 8 GT) – The Hobbit
Order Form (going into 9th grade Pre-AP) – Anthem

Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM)
Final Presentation Night
ISM Teachers: Matthew V. Pirtle (Heritage HS); Kara Brittain (Independence HS)
Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Heritage High School (Auditorium)
ISM Program Description
*Centennial/Independence ISM will be a part of HHS’s Final Night

Evening’s Schedule (Approximate):
6:30 – 7:00 Come and Go Student Showcase (cafeteria at most campuses)
7:10 – 7:45 Mentor Acknowledgment (Auditorium)
8:00 – 8:30 Individual Student Presentations (Classrooms)

* If you’re unable to attend our feeder high school’s ISM night, you may attend another high school’s event:
Frisco – May 19
Wakeland – May 20
Lone Star – May 20

**Extra Credit Opportunity: If you attend an ISM presentation, write about the one presentation that you found to be the most interesting and why. Be sure to include the student’s name and his/her topic. Your write-up should also reflect information that you gathered from having had a conversation with the student about his/her topic.

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