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Gifted and Talented Winter Newsletter

NES Gifted and Talented Newsletter

Winter, 2016


4th and 5th Grade

Reading, Math and General Intelligence Gifted Group

During the first semester,  4th and 5th grade gifted and talented students have worked on multiple activities.  These activities focused on reading, math and logic/critical thinking.  

The most challenging activity that students have been presented with this semester has been solving the Rubiks Cube. Our in class discussions and lessons have centered on perseverance, patience and utilizing critical thinking skills.  Along with these skills we are also working on increasing problem solving stamina when presented with academic challenges

As we wrap up this unit students will spend time reflecting on the challenges presented in solving the cube and how their patience and perseverance helped them move forward toward finding the solution.


4th and 5th Grade

Science/ Technology Gifted Group

Students in the  science/ technology gifted group are using the Engineering Design Process to develop a music video that our school will show prior to KPREP testing in the spring of 2017. The goal of the video is to promote positive testing behaviors.

The students in this group have been working on creating a song that will be used in background of the video. Currently,  they are working on developing a storyboard to identify scenes that need to be captured to create the video. In the upcoming weeks, students will capture these scenes and create the video using iMovie. We are very excited about this project and our integration of technology and the engineering process!


Parent Notes

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) is hosting their annual KAGE Parent Night on Monday, February 27th from 7:00pm-8:30pm in Lexington at the Marriott Griffin Gate. This parent night is designed to provide parents with information and ideas to use in parenting their gifted children. If you are interested in more information, I have attached the flier for this event.


Contact Information

Don’t forget that I am available any time during the year for conferences if you have concerns regarding your child’s gifted education.  I can be reached by phone @885-5351 or email at maggie.osborne@jessamine.kyschools.us .

Please do not hesitate to contact me.


Maggie Osborne

NES Gifted and Talented Teacher