Tomi Stage

Mrs. Stage       

Advanced Learning Facilitator 2020-2021

 

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

Conferences will be virtual again this semester. I will be getting my second vaccination shot on Tuesday, March 9, so to avoid possibly having to reschedule conferences from that night, I will be offering conferences on Wednesday March 3, Thursday, March 4 and Thursday March 10.  Please link to the sign-up genius to sign up.

 

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Discovery Application Window for 2021-22 Opens March 12

The Douglas County School District Discovery Program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students (2nd to 6th grade) who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school programming.  You can find the application HERE.


What We've Been Up To:

• 1st Grade:  We played a detective game to help up develop our convergent/analytical thinking. They may have brought their cards home to play with you.  I hope you did well!  We have also been growing the visual/spatial part of your brain with some Magician Thinking activities. We meet on Wednesdays from 12:20 - 1.

•2nd Grade:  We finished our study of Fibonach by creating a Fibonaci pattern with mateials from our maker space.  We are now inventing a new animal with specific adaptations to survive in our chosen habitat. We meet on Wednesdays from 2-2:45.

•3rd Graders:  We are doing the Challenge Math problems together.  Students have Math enrichment packets they can work on in class in place of the regular practice problems from the program.  These reinforce the same skills, but use some higher order thinking skills and integration other strategies  to complete them. We have been working on building our 3D printer animal totems.  Students may need to finish these on their own time, as we have spent a great deal of class time on them.  We are also practicing our summarizing skills with fiction and nonfiction text.  We meet on Wednesdays from 9:20-10.

 4th  Graders:  We are doing the Challenge Math problems together in class .  Students have enrichment packets they can work on in class in place of the regular practice problems from the program.  These reinforce the same skills, but use some higher order thinking skills and integration other strategies  to complete them.  Some of us are also exploring exponents! We are continuing our vocabulary study and poetry work.  Our Monster Chain Reaction Theme Park is almost done!  I will send a video with the marbles make it all the way through!  We meet on Wednesdays/every other Friday from 10-10:40, and Thursdays from 12:15-1.

•5th Graders will begin a challenge fraction packet next week. We have been "going to" Sentence Camp and working on creating more complex sentences.  This should make our writing more detailed, more interesting, and better organized.  We are continuing our Lego Education Challenges.   

 

 •6th Graders:  We have been stretching our brains using our Depth and Complexity questions and discourse with the book Chains.  We have been working through the 7th Grade Equations and Inequalities unit.  Some of us have worked through the Pre-Algebra Pathway or a self-selected math topic/project.  We are all working on our Lego Education Challenges.  These help us practice problem solving and innovation.

 

 


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NEW! Facebook Live Sessions in collaboration with DCSD GT Department

Do you want to learn more about Gifted

Education in DCSD? Our first session

will contain about 30 minutes of

information from our district's Advanced

Academics and Gifted Education team.

We will then follow with about 30 minutes

of questions and answers.

book Live Dates: 

2/24/20 6 to 7 pm

Dr. Kate Bachtel, SEL Parenting in These Trying Times
Tuesday, March 30, 6 to 7 P.M.

Twice Exceptional Children

Monday, April 12, time TBD.

GT 101 Event