Would you like to nominate your child for the Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program? Nominations are accepted all year. Testing for grades 4-8 takes place twice during the school year. AIG FALL TESTING WINDOWS Track 1: Aug. 21, 2017- Sept. 1, 2017 Track 2: Sept. 18, 2017-Sept. 29, 2017 Track 3, 4: Sept. 11, 2017-Sept. 22, 2017
3rd Grade Parent Meeting (Make-Up Date)
WHO: For ALL Track 1 and 2 parents who are interested in the AIG identification process. All parents are invited. The invite does not mean your child has been identified for the AIG Program.
WHAT: The meeting will be an informational session about the CogAT and IOWA testing. These tests are part of the AIG identification process. WHERE: AIG Trailer WHEN:Wednesday, January 25th at 5:00 p.m.
AIG Spring Nominations ~ 4th and 5th Grade
Tracks 1, 2, and 3 nominations are due by Wednesday 11th January. To nominate your child, please email the AIG teacher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Testing will begin late next week.
Track 4 nominations are due by January 23rd. Testing will begin January 25th.
A.I.G. 3rd Grade Meeting
Parents, These meetings are for ALL 3rd Grade parents. If you cannot attend the meeting on your track's given day, please feel free to come to the other meeting.
Letters will be sent to ALL 3rd grade parents. A letter DOES NOT mean that a student has been identified as gifted. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
3rd Grade Parent Meeting WHO: For ALL Track 3 and 4 parents who are interested in the AIG identification process. WHAT: The meeting will be an informational session about the recent CogAT and IOWA testing. These tests are part of the AIG identification process. WHERE: AIG Trailer WHEN:Wednesday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m. 3rd Grade Parent Meeting WHO: For ALL Track 1 and 2 parents who are interested in the AIG identification process. WHAT: The meeting will be an informational session about the CogAT and IOWA testing. These tests are part of the AIG identification process. WHERE: AIG Trailer WHEN:Wednesday, January 11th at 5:00 p.m.
What: AIG Meeting for all parents of current 4th grade and 5th grade AIG students. Where: AIG Trailer When:Tracks 1 and 3: September 7th ~ 4th Grade 5:30 5th Grade 6:15 Tracks 2 and 4:September 21st ~ 4th Grade 5:30 5th Grade 6:15 Why: To give parents information about the AIG Program for 4th and 5th graders in HGES.
A.I.G. Testing The nomination window is open for 4th and 5th graders. Testing during the fall is for 5th graders only. Testing Dates: (Testing will take place on 5 consecutive days between the dates listed below.) Track 1: August 22 - September 2 Track 2: September 19 - September 30 Tracks3 & 4: September 12 - September 23
Welcome to AIG for the 2016-2017 school year! It is going to be an exciting but challenging year for all of you. Some important notices for you to read carefully:
A) You will be graded in AIG a little differently than in your regular classroom. AIG students are graded on 6 different performance skills. Each one is graded as - 'practice needed, satisfactory, or OUTSTANDING.' Which one do you want to be?
AIG Performance Skills 1. I can use logical, organized, efficient, and reasoned problem solving and decision making skills. 2. I can share and support ideas/concepts using clear explanations and creative thinking. 3. I can assess, reflect, and combine new ideas with previous knowledge. 4. I show dedication to completing tasks using knowledge about my own thinking – in other words, I drive my own brain to get the job done. 5. I can use multiple resources and technology. 6. I can develop quality products.
B) Make sure you know when you are coming to AIG – It is posted under the 3-5 AIG section, under schedule.
C) In the next few days you will be given a class code to join the 4th or 5th grade Google AIG classroom. Make sure you have joined the class before the start of AIG next week.
D) 5th Grade Language Arts students – Make sure that you are familiar with the, “I Survived,’ books. That means you should have read at least 2 or 3 of them. It will become very important in the first quarter to know how they are structured.
E) 4th Grade Language Arts students – Make sure you begin reading a range of Greek myths from the library. The more you know, the better you will understand the first quarter.
After you have read this place the cursor over the words 3-5 AIG at the top of the page and then click contact me. Fill in your name and you will need an email address ~ If you do not have one, ask your parents if you can use theirs. Then in the comments section, tell me if you are aiming for, 'practice needed, satisfactory, or outstanding,' this year in AIG. Your response serves two purposes. It allows me to know you completed your first assignment and it lets me know what your goal is for this year. If you cannot email me then write your answer on a piece of paper and give it to me before your first lesson next week.
See you next week, Mr. Fairbairn
7.14.16 ~ Nominations for AIG testing for 4th or 5th grade students is open.
7.14.16 ~ Welcome to the 2016-2017 School year. What is gifted?
Welcome to the new school year. It is going to be an exciting year for your AIG student[s]. The AIG program continues to develop at H.G.E.S. to incorporate all of the needs of the AIG students but what is an AIG student? What does it mean to be gifted?
The NAGC states, 'No gifted individual is exactly the same, each with his own unique patterns and traits. There are many traits that gifted individuals have in common, but no gifted learner exhibits traits in every area. This list of traits may help you better understand whether or not your child is gifted.' (www.nagc.org)
Cognitive Keen power of abstraction,interest in problem-solving and applying concepts,voracious and early reader,large vocabulary, intellectual curiosity, power of critical thinking, skepticism, self-criticism, persistent, goal-directed behavior,independence in work and study, diversity of interests and abilities
Creative Creativeness and inventiveness, keen sense of humor, ability for fantasy, openness to stimuli, wide interests, intuitiveness, flexibility, independence in attitude and social behavior, self-acceptance and unconcern for social norms, aesthetic and moral commitment to self-selected work
Affective Unusual emotional depth and intensity, sensitivity or empathy to the feelings of others, high expectations of self and others often leading to feelings of frustration, heightened self-awareness accompanied by feelings of being different, easily wounded, need for emotional support, need for consistency between abstract values and personal actions, advanced levels of moral judgment, idealism and sense of justice
Emotional Spontaneity, boundless enthusiasm, intensely focused on passions—resists changing activities when engrossed in own interests, highly energetic—needs little sleep or down time, constantly questions, insatiable curiosity, impulsive, eager and spirited, perseverance—strong determination in areas of importance, high levels of frustration—particularly when having difficulty meeting standards of performance (either imposed by self or others), volatile temper especially related to perceptions of failure, and non-stop talking/chattering.
You may well see some of these characteristics in your own child. It is interesting to note the characteristics in green could be considered negative traits that could cause issues at home and at school.
If you have time, you may also want to read the article from psychologytoday* regarding the differences between 'gifted' and 'bright' students. It is rather illuminating ~ no pun intended. You may in fact see your own child in one of the examples given.
*Some of the commenters at the bottom of the page have suggested that the article promotes stereotypes (you will see what I mean when you read it) however the author states it was purely to create the distinction between the two students.