Fall Conferences 2018

Fall Conferences 2018

Dear Parents of Target Students,

We have exciting news!  Cobb County’s Advanced Learning department has given us some books to put into our Parent Library.  Below is a list of the titles and authors.  If you are interested in checking out one of the books for two to four weeks, please contact Mr. McAllister or Mrs. Montague.

Book Title Author Tags
Smart Boys Kerr, Barbara; Cohn, Sanford boys, masculinity, potential, underachievement
Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming perfectionism in kids Adelson, Jill; Wilson, Hope Perfectionism, anxiety, self-confidence, rigidity
The Impulsive, Disorganized Child Forgan, James; Richey impulsive, disorganized, executive functioning, planning
Breaking Through! Helping Girls Succeed in STEM Mosatche, Harriet; Lawner, Elizabeth; girls, STEM, role models, gender
Quiet Kids: Help your introverted child succeed in an extroverted world Fonseca, Christine introversion, resiliency, temperament, self-confidence
Why Smart Kids Worry: And what parents can do to help Edwards, Allison worry, fear, anxiety, relaxation
A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child Whitney, Carol S; Hirsch, Gretchen motivation, enthusiasm, interest, challenge
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing your child’s true potential Kennedy-Moore, Eilleen; Lowenthal, Mark potential, perfectionism, connection, mindset
Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students Fonseca, Christine intensity, cope, strategies, temperament
101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids (Comes in a pair for a parent/child book study.) Fonseca, Christine Strategies for school and life, success for Gifted Learners.
Parenting Gifted Kids Delisle, James parenting, advice, character, goals


Please remember that Target Progress reports will be sent home at the end of the 2nd and 4th Marking Periods.

Mrs. Montague and Mr. McAllister are available to conference with you during conference week.  We can also try to meet with you and your child’s homeroom teacher during your scheduled conference time.  Please send us an email and we will arrange a convenient time and day.

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Mr. McAllister & Mrs. Montague

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Follow @BigShantyALP on Twitter

Follow the Twitter feed from the Big Shanty Intermediate School Advanced Learning Program to stay up to date on our program.  @BigShantyALP  #LoveToThinkHere

Scan our QR code from inside the Twitter App to follow us.

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Standardized Testing

Students in 3rd grade will take the CoGAT September 5-7

Students in 3rd and 5th grades will take the IOWA Test September 13-21

We will let you know how or if this will impact our Target class schedule.

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Voyage Character Education – “Respect”

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Advanced Learning Open House Presentation

Here is our Open House PowerPoint presentation for those who were unable to attend our meeting.

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Target Curriculum Night & Schedule

Our Curriculum Night (Open House) for Target will be on Wednesday August 22nd beginning at 6 pm.  We will all meet in the Learning Commons/Media Center.  Mrs. Montague and I are looking forward to seeing you.

Fall Target classes start on 8/14/18

Fall Target Class Schedule:
All 3rd Graders w/Mr. McAllister – Tuesday
5th Laudick & Early w/Mrs. Montague – Tuesday
5th Miller w/Mrs. Montague – Wednesday
4th Ryan & Underwood w/Mr. McAllister – Thursday
4th Wright  w/Mrs. Montague – Thursday

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Welcome Back (2018-19)

I hope you have had a great summer!  Just wanted to put a short note here on the blog page to Welcome you Back to School.  Oh I heard Mom’s cheering and kids groaning as I typed that.  No worries.  I’m planning a fun filled and yet very educational year for each of my students and am hoping it will turn out that way.  That’s the plan.

Class days/schedules and information about Target Classes will be posted here and sent home as soon as we can get it together.  But first we need all Target students to come to school in their homerooms!  That way we know to add you to our lists.

The supplies list is the same as past years, but you do not need a flash drive.  Students will be using Microsoft Office OneDrive to save and share their work.

Supplies List Link

I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Mr. M.


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STEM Donations Needed

We are gearing up for our most important STEM Days yet! A team from AdvancED will be visiting our school to consider us for international STEM certification! Please help us by sending in donations of the following materials by May 9th. Your support makes exciting days like this possible!


• Vegetable oil
• Masking tape
• Empty Water Bottles
• Zip top sandwich or quart sized bags
• White Plastic or Styrofoam Disposable Bowls
• Light colored knee high hose
• 16 plastic cups
• Boxes of Aluminum Foil
• Bubble Wrap
• Coffee filters (round)
• White Poster Board
• Cotton Balls
• Kitchen sponges without scrubber/scratchy side
• Thin Dowel Rods or Chopsticks
• Cotton Batting
• Felt (any size or color)
• Cheesecloth

You can drop off donations in Ms. Charyna’s STEM Lab, STEM-Mart, or in Mrs. Olotka’s office.

Want to save a trip to the store? Check out our Amazon Wish List at: http://tinyurl.com/BSISTEMDay4

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Target/ALP SLO Testing Notification

The Cobb County School District will implement Student Learning Objective Assessments (SLOs) during the 2017 – 2018 school year. These assessments consist of a pre-test in August and a post-test in May.

SLOs are subject-specific learning objectives that provide growth measures for student learning. Teams of Cobb County teachers throughout the district developed the SLO assessments that we will administer this year.  Students will take the SLO assessments for Physical Education, Art, and Music.  In addition, if your student receives gifted services in  grades 3rd or 4th they will take the SLO Advanced Learning Program assessment.

For the 2017 – 2018 school year, the SLO implementation requires teachers to use assessments to determine student growth over the course of the year. The results of these assessments ensure that students, teachers, and schools are moving toward a common vision of exemplary instruction and high levels of student academic growth.

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Comcast Cares Day 4/21/18

Start Time: April 21, 2018 8:00 AM End Time: April 21, 2018 2:00 PM 

Click here to register as a volunteer

Outdoor Projects

  • 3rd grade: Sensory Path way, interactive art area, sound area, storage shed, Bird sanctuary, bird/flower/butter flower garden, wheel chair accessible gardens, regular raise garden, sundial, math station, covered sand area, small lower basketball goals
  • 4th grade: Thrive in the Hive – building a bee sanctuary to help pollinate our gardens and help the environment. Building Bee Hotels and gardens
  • 5th grade: WaterShed Wonders  – Shore-up the sidewalk to back of neighborhood and add vegetation to area, Create “steps” to the nature trail out of chicken wire and rocks, Creating “French drain”, Creating a river rock garden.
  • Pressure wash cottages
  • Repaint 4 Square games

Indoor Projects: Gym painted 

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