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Advanced Academics
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Upcoming Events P. 1
Travis Project Nights P. 2
Advanced Placement News P. 3
Spring Break Activities P. 4 Parent Notification Day, HISD District G/T Expo Spring Break-March 12-16, 2018
Summer Program Opportunities P. 5 March 22, 2018-parents will When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Spring Holiday, March 30, 2018
be notified of all Magnet
School applications on this Where: Delmar Fieldhouse Memorial Day, May 28, 2018
Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, TAGT SCHOLARSHIPS date. Please refer to the dash- Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Last Day of School June 1, 2018
board or direct your questions
The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented TAGT/Adventures in Learning-Scholarship, al- to the Office of School Choice,
(TAGT) offers annual scholarships for G/T identi- so new for 2018 is sponsored by Adventures in (713)556-6947
fied students to further their studies and inter- Learning. The top scoring student applying for
ests through several scholarship opportunities. and attending the Adventures in Learning Sum-
TAGT has awarded more than $1,000,000 in mer Scholars Camp will receive a full scholar-
scholarships to more than 3,000 students since ship to the program.
1982. In 2017, nearly $25,000 was awarded to
The Adelle McClendon Young Leaders Scholar- HISD District-wide G/T Expo
45 students, grades K-12, from across the state
ship ($2,500) is awarded to a graduating high-
of Texas. Applications must be submitted by Feb- Advanced Academics will again host the District-Wide G/T Expo which will showcase HISD G/T Identified
school senior toward college tuition. The recipi-
ruary 23, 2018. TAGT is offering the following student work from every participating campus in the district, grades K-12. Last year Advanced Academics
ent must have demonstrated outstanding lead-
five scholarships: hosted four expos at regional high school campuses. This year’s event will have all campuses converging
TAGT Summer Scholarships (up to $400) Identi- in one centrally located venue, the brand new Delmar Fieldhouse, located at 2020 Mangum Rd, Houston,
The Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship TX 77092, adjacent to HISD’s administration building, Hattie Mae White.
fied gifted students in grades K-12 are eligible.
($2,500) is awarded to a graduating high-school
These are awarded to academic, artistic, crea-
senior toward college tuition. Applicants must All are invited to attend this spectacular event where they can meet and speak to the students behind the
tive, and or leadership programs during the sum-
have outstanding academic achievement, a research, projects, and products that will be on display Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 5:30 pm to 7:00
mer months. The top-scoring elementary appli-
strong sense of purpose, clearly defined goals, pm.
cant is named the Carole Vermillion Scholar and
and a long-term plan for achieving them.
receives $500. The top-scoring secondary appli-
cant is named the Ann Shaw Scholar and re- Click here to find out more about the scholar-
ceives $500 ships offered through TAGT. You may also con-
tact Erin Martinez at (512) 499-8248 or
The Lonestar Leadership Academy Scholarship if you have further questions
is new for 2018 and is sponsored by Education in
about any of the scholarships listed here.
Action. The top scoring student applying for a
Summer Enrichment Scholarship attending the 4400 W 18th St.
Lonestar Leadership Academy will receive a full Houston, TX 77092
scholarship to the program. Phone: (713)556-69547
Fax: (713)556-6898

K-5th grade students, parents, and teachers make Travis Project Nights a community/family event. Project Based
Learning (PBL) and the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) equal a night of FUN for everyone. Oh yeah, and they
learn a great deal too! Third graders did Math Games and
Earthquakes, finding ways to stabi-
lize structures.

Kindergarten students created various timelines to
analyze how they could be used to show different
events within a given time frame.

First graders read Rosie Revere, Engineer and
planned, built, tested, and re-tested catapults
made with various household items that would Fourth grade was an all out Invertor's
successfully launch. Showcase. Students studied inventions
that have impacted our lives, then creat-
What’s the best zippered bag?
ed their own. One student created grips
Elliot’s advice? Two words:
for monkey bars and another created
Kroger brand.
his own electric guitar.

Second graders conducted egg drop experiments
and got creative with the play on the word “egg.”
They made helmets that would protect their “eggs”
from being hurt during the egg drop experiments,
that would also catch the eggs they dropped.

Fifth graders created their own baking shows, created recipes for their bakery, advertised the bakery
and created a slogan. Extensions went across curriculum to include social studies, by using the Ameri-
can Revolution to recreate or create recipes from foods that would have been eaten at that time, sci-
2 ence with recipes involving mixtures and solutions, and ELA with steps in process/sequencing.
“Challenging the AP Exam” in World Languages
Houston ISD campuses should strongly con-
sider allowing heritage speakers of lan-
guages other than English to sit for respec-
tive Advanced Placement language exami-
nations this May. College Board calls this
“challenging the exam,” and this is an option
for heritage speakers, even if they are not
currently enrolled in an AP course. Ad-
vanced Academics will pay all fees for herit-
age speakers challenging AP language ex-
ams in May 2018.
Elementary: K-5
Young Historian Challenge: Bring history alive with your students through HISD’s Young Historian With basic support, Houston ISD’s experi-
Challenge. The Young Historian Challenge gives students the opportunity to develop and hone the ence is that heritage speakers perform ex-
skills of a historian through the creation of a micro research project. Students will bring history alive ceedingly well in their respective AP lan-
as they analyze primary sources to interpret a historical event. Topics may focus on leaders and guage exams. A qualifying score of 3 or
events from history, ELA, poetry, STEM, art, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), and any other higher yields high school Languages Other
classes or units you teach. Directions for teachers and students can be found here. Than English (LOTE) credit for levels one
through four, as well as multiple semesters of college credit at most universities and colleges. College
Board developed AP language exams to assess “real-world” proficiency among non-heritage speakers
Secondary: 6-12 of languages. As such, heritage speakers are often well-positioned for success, even if they have
History Day: Registration for HISD’s History Day is now open. As a reminder, the competition will much room to grow in terms of reading and writing.
take place on March 24, and judges are still needed. Essays, websites, and documentaries will need
to be submitted by March 9 here. Exhibits and performances will be judged the day of the event on To support heritage speakers “challenging the AP exam,” Advanced Academics/World Languages is
March 24 at Hattie Mae White. If you need a History Day tutorial, visit and use code working on creating a student-facing, online course. It will orient students to tasks and features of AP
GATUJ. language exams. Additionally, the course will help heritage speakers focus on particular concepts and
tasks for which they may not already be familiar.

For example, AP language exams often require students to compose a formal e-mail message, but this
is a task for which many students struggle, regardless of language. Similarly, AP language exams ask
students to compare cultural norms from their own experiences with that of another culture that shares
the language. The course, consequently, will help students “think through” such cultural norms so they
are able to speak and write about them with confidence this May.

Advanced Academics/World Languages is working to launch the course in mid-to-late February 2018.

Miller Outdoor Theatre is in its 95th season, offering culturally and ar- 10 Best Educational Websites for Kids-Recommended by Par-
tistically diverse day and night time performances FREE! During
Spring Break, you can see Diavolo, March 16, at 7:30pm. Diavolo
wowed judges during America’s Got Talent as finalists that use dance 10 Interesting Website for Teens-Recommended by Jennifer
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Discovery Green Park is a 12 acre park in the heart of downtown Hou-
ston, adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center. Discovery
Green plays host to a great deal of major events in Houston, Current-
ly, there is a Young Writers Workshop happening now through Febru-
ary. Add Discovery Green Park to your favorites to see the happen-
Depending on your plans for Spring Break, the Advanced Aca- ings during Spring Break. Click here for the calendar of events.
demics Department has a few suggestions to keep those minds
engaged and boredom at bay. Here are the goings on during Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is located
Spring Break in and around Houston to fit varying household at 14140 Garrett Rd, Houston, TX 77044. The primary activities at the
budgets. lake unit are fishing and wildlife observation. Make a day of it! Area
attractions include the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site,
The Children’s Museum, 1500 Binz, 10 am to 6pm. Admission: the San Jacinto Monument, and the Battleship Texas State Historic
Adults and Children, $12, Seniors, $11. Several exhibits are Site. If you plan on leaving Houston for parts unknown, here are 12
happening now until April such as a Challenge Course, Cum Tips for Mastering the Road Trip. In this same vein, click here
Yah Gullah, Coding Hangout, Cyberchase, EcoStation, Inven- Geochaching-what is it? Click here to find out how you and your family for a list and description of the Best Road Trip Games for
tion Convention, How Does It Work? Inventors’ Workshop, Kid- can participate in “the world’s biggest treasure hunt.” Families.
tropolis, and PowerPlay to name a few. Click here to get more
information on the exhibits going on now at The Children’s Mu-

Staying Home?
AUSTIN-Bats, hiking, climbing, street art, walking tours, and
seum. more! Click here for the top 10 things to do in Austin, TX with
Brazos Bend State Park, 40 miles from downtown Houston are
5,000 acres offering a variety of activities for every age: biking, DALLAS-Zip lining, Segway tours, Hip Hop Rodeo, horseback
fishing, hiking, birding, camping, star-gazing with free programs rides, indoor waterpark, and Klyde Warren Park sound like a
and guided hikes. Some areas may be closed due to Hurricane Not leaving the house? Not a problem. Here real BLAST! Click here for more information on the top 10
Harvey, so contact the park before going. Click here to learn are some ideas to keep your spring break- things to do with kids in Dallas, TX.
more. ers from singing the “I’m bored” blues.
GALVESTON-Segway tours, Duck Tours, dolphin watching,
Houston Arboretum, located at 4501 Woodway Drinve, Create the ultimate “I’m Bored” Bucket! Use pyramids, pools, Stewart Beach, waterparks, Sea Wall, Pleas-
Housotn, TX 77024, entry is free and open 7 days a week from wooden tongue depressor sticks (or slips of ure Pier, The Strand, La King’s Confectionery, fishing, ferry
7am to dusk. Explore nature by walking on 5 mile trails. For paper). Write down different things to do on rides, and a pirate ship. Arrgh! Click here for more information
more information, click here. each stick and put them in a jar or bucket. on things to do with kid in Galveston, TX.
When your kids say they’re bored, point to
Young Performers Program, Spring Break Session 2018, ages the “I’m Bored” Bucket. Click here for some SAN ANTONIO-Caves, wildlife, Blue Star Bike Shop, River
6-17, presented by The Ensemble Theatre. Download the regis- ideas. Walk, the Alamo, hiking, Sea World, and Fiesta Texas, OH
tration form here. This is not a free program, there is a tuition MY! Click here for more information on the top things to do
fee. For more information, click here. with kids in San Antonio, TX and neighboring cities/towns.
the summer slide, take advantage of the scholarship
opportunities listed on page one of our newsletter, and
apply for an exciting, life changing summer experience
for your kids. Listed are a number of summer program
opportunities either specifically for gifted students or
programs that might interest gifted students. There are
plenty more opportunities if you are willing to search
for them online. Presented here are a few I found dur-
ing my search on the World Wide Web. Click on the
links provided to learn more about each program.
Texas Gifted Camps and Programs ages 7-17

Rice University K-12 Initiatives

Debusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars

Duke TiP is a talent search that helps students and their families evaluate and grow their
academic abilities. There are various programs designed for 4th through 12th graders.

The Davidson Institute is a private operating non-profit foundation which serves profoundly Summer Institute for Gifted (SIG) offers challenging residential and day programs for ag-
gifted young people 18 and under. According to the Davidson Institute, profoundly gifted es 5-17.
students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Visit
the website to learn more about the Davidson Institute and navigate to a number of sum- Texas A&M University Galveston Campus offers Sea Camp for high ability students ages
mer programs separated into two categories, summer programs specifically for gifted stu- 14-18 and Sea Campus Kids day program for ages 6-11.
dents and programs that may interest gifted students. Each program is listed by area of in-
terest such as archaeology, art, music, dance, engineering, enrichment, etc. To visit the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth offers science summer programs across the
site and view the plethora of summer opportunities offered, please click here. country, including Texas.