Target Happenings!

Fourth Grade Target students are working hard on becoming critical consumers of information in their world.  We are talking about looking at different areas of life from different perspectives and how those different perspectives can make a difference in how we live our lives.  Our main focus in this unit are based on art and/or physical perspectives, math and logical perspectives, and looking at various points in history from different perspectives in order to gain a better understanding.

In Hands-On Equations, we are working on incorporating negative integers into our algebraic lessons.  This is a bit challenging for many of the students so please feel free to watch the practice videos that are posted on this blog under student websites if extra assistance is needed at home.

Fifth Grade Target students are hard at work on their Ignite projects.  We will be focusing this week on learning about patents and the most efficient way to do safe internet searches for a variety of resources.

In Hands-On Equations, we are continuing our work with convenient zeros and incorporating more challenging word problems into our daily math lessons.  Please remind students to check out the videos on this blog page if more practice is needed.

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.

Open House / Curriculum Night

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to our Target Open House / Curriculum Night last night.  We had a great turn out and it was nice seeing everyone.  If you were not able to attend, the presentation is attached in the link below.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns once you have viewed the presentation.  We are looking forward to a fantastic year with your gifted child!

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Target Curriculum Night

We will be holding our Curriculum Night for all Target students on Wednesday, Aug. 22nd at 6:00 pm in the Media Center.  Mr. McAllister and I will be sharing what you and your child can expect in Target this year, as well as answering any questions you may have about the program.  We look forward to seeing each of you this Wednesday!

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Welcome Back to Another GREAT School Year!

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer break and  is ready to get back to Target soon!  We are busy planning the school year and can’t wait to meet with all of our amazing students!  Target classes will resume the week of August 13th.  The schedule will be as follows:

Tues – Early & Laudick (5th)

Wed – Miller (5th)

Thurs – Wright (4th)

Students will enter the building, grab breakfast if needed, and check in with their homeroom teachers.  Once they have checked in and gathered their materials for Target, they will come to the gifted classroom where they will stay for the remainder of the day.  Please be sure that your student has all materials needed for class:  Target binder, pencils, paper, tab dividers, snack, lunch/lunch money and a one subject spiral notebook.

Additional supplies that would be GREATLY appreciated are below:


Individually wrapped candies

Gallon and Sandwich baggies

Playground equipment/balls


Sanitizing wipes

Please check our class blog often as it will be updated weekly with important information about our Target classroom.  As always, I am always available via email if you have any questions or concerns.  I am looking forward to a fantastic year!!!

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ALP is back in session!

I am SO happy to announce that ALP classes are back in session after having to take a break for the spring holiday and Milestones testing.  We have a lot of challenging and fun higher order thinking activities planned for the rest of the school year that will be sure to encourage our students are working to their full potential!  Please note that all 4th and 5th grade Target students will meet for the remainder of April and through the last full week of May.  Our last class meetings will be the week of May 14th.  I can’t believe the end of the school year is almost here!

GA STEM day is Friday, May 4th.  In order to honor this day, Big Shanty will be having a school-wide STEM day.  Normally, the ALP students would remain in their homeroom classes to participate in the STEM activities with their homeroom.  However, since this is a state-wide activity, we will be keeping our Friday Target students with us and they will be participating in a STEM activity with their Target classmates.  We are asking for your support on this day by requesting that the following items be sent in:

water bottles

poster board

masking tape

craft sticks (various sizes)

cardboard rolls (toilet paper, paper towel, gift wrap)

cleaned plastic containers

cardboard boxes

zip top baggies

Last Week Before Spring Break!

I can’t believe it is almost Spring Break!  How exciting!!!  I hope everyone has a great break and comes back ready for the last few weeks of the school year.

All ALP Classes are Cancelled During Milestone Testing

Please remember that Milestones testing will occur the first two weeks after the break so all ALP classes will be canceled during Milestone testing.  We will resume ALP classes as soon as testing is complete.

5th Grade Independent Study Projects are due THIS WEEK! 

Please come to school prepared to share your Genius Hour projects with the class. Remember to use your rubrics as a guide to ensure that you have covered every area in detail before presenting this week. Everyone has worked so hard on a topic that they are passionate about and I can’t wait to see and hear all about your passion when you present.  This is an extremely talented group of students so I know that the projects are going to be amazing!!!

4th Grade Survival Back Pack Projects

Please use the links to the side in the “Student Website” section as resources to help guide your collaborative group projects.  Remember to use the components of Divergent Thinking, as well as the S.C.A.M.P.E.R. technique that was discussed in class as a guide.

This Week in Target

4th Grade ALP:

Our 4th graders are working on a survival unit and will be tasked with a SCAMPER activity where they will be required to design a new and improved back pack to be presented at the imaginary “Survival Maniacs Convention!”  They will be taught the SCAMPER technique to creativity and encouraged to use the four principals of divergent thinking in this process.  If time permits, we will also be allowed to share and play the survival games that were created by the students a couple of weeks ago.  They games are very thought-provoking and have proven to be quite challenging!  I am extremely proud of all the hard work and collaboration that it took to create each one.  Great job fourth grade!

5th Grade ALP:

Our 5th graders are hard at work on their Genius Hour projects.  These are due March 29th or 30th, depending on which day is your child’s Target day.  The students have been given directions and a rubric to use as a guide.  I can’t wait to see what each child has become passionate about and shares with their classmates in the upcoming weeks.  The students always amaze me!