Friday, September 28, 2012

GOAT Insurance

The Heber Springs Elementary PTSO is having their fundraiser-- they are selling goat insurance.  The following 5th grade students helped decorate our door for the door decorating contest:  Dalton McCollum, Sophie Lawrence, Libby Stutts, Gentry Hamilton, Jillian Herring, and Ashley Spanel.  Great job kids-- be sure to get your goat insurance :-)

AGATE Members

As of today, the following families have joined AGATE:

McKenzie (Marin and Cadence)
Mitchell (Nicolas and Victoria)
Parish (Kinley and Wyatt)
Buffalo (Natalie)
Carr (Kylie and Payton)
Dwyer (Caroline)
Hannah (Gus)
Janski (Luke)
Johnston (Carlie)
Jones (Preston and Allie)
DeLeon (Malia)
Duncan (Emma and Lauren)
Julian (Ridge)
Landrum (Hattie-Beth)
Miller (Malachi)
Shaw (Henry)
Rice (Chloe)
Adamson (Triston)
Hamilton (Gentry)
Herring (Jillian)
Johnson (Landon)
Lawrence (Sophie)
McCollum (Dalton and Garrett)
Blankenship (Brandon)
Decker (Brock)
Eddington (Courtney and Blake)
Humphreys (Hugh and Selden)
Lathrop (McKensey)
Yates (Regan)
Cox (Lauren)
Drexler (Delaney)
Garrett (Ashlyn)
Roberson (Ciara)
Turley (Jaron)

Thanks for your continued support!!!  Parental involvement is the key to success with this program.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

AGATE Information Letter

Our next AGATE meeting will be Monday, October 8, 2012 at 6:30 in the GATE room.  Hope to see you there :-)

August 10, 2013
Dear Friends,
Heber Springs AGATE (Arkansas for Gifted and Talented Education) in our 20th year of support.  The purpose of this organization is to promote the education and welfare of the gifted and talented students of Heber Springs.
The goals for Heber Springs AGATE are as follows:
  1. To serve as a unified voice for gifted and talented students.
  2. To increase public awareness by offering information and education about the GATE program.
  3. To provide manpower and support.
  4. To establish and provide additional enrichment programs (student trips).
  5. To establish working relationships with other state and national organizations.
Membership is open to any individual who is interested and supportive of the purpose and goals of this organization.
Annual dues for membership are $10.00 per family.  This entitles each parent, and each GATE student in the family to vote at our monthly meetings.
Meetings will be held at 12:00 noon in the elementary GATE room, on the second Monday of the month (Sept., Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., Mar., & Apr.), unless otherwise noted.
A copy of the Heber Springs AGATE bylaws is available upon request.
This organization needs your support and your attendance at each and every meeting.
Thank you,
AGATE Officers

Please send the following family membership form and money to Ms. Brogdon, or bring it with you when you come to the meeting.
If you have any questions, please call Ms. Brogdon at 501-691-3288.
2013-2014 AGATE Membership Form
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Name_____________________________________
Home Phone____________________ Cell Phone____________________
E-Mail address________________________________________________
GATE Student(s) Name Grade  Teacher

DUKE 7th Grade Talent Program

Heber Springs School District
Gifted and Talented Education 
Duke University Talent Identification Program
SAT Information:
ACT Information:
2012-13  7th Grade Talent Search
**Information provided by:  Duke Talent Identification Program, Duke University, 7th Grade Talent Search Coordinator’s Guide.
Duke TIP Mission:  Building on a rich history dating back to 1980, Duke TIP is committed to identifying academically talented students and to providing model programs and services to support the development of the optimal educational potential.  Duke TIP is dedicated to being the national leader in offering innovative, high quality programs, and services for academically talented youth and their parents, with the goals of better understanding and serving America’s most academically talented students.
DUKE TIP Goals:  The Duke University Talents Identification Program’s strategic goals are:  to identify and serve academically talented young people grades 4-12; to inform students about their abilities and academic options; to work with schools and families to address the unique motivating educational program; to conduct research on the nature of academic talent; and to provide resources for students, parents, and educators.
Talent Search:  Duke TIP’s major identification activity, the 7th Grade Talent Search, is now in its 30th year and is the largest program of its kind in the nation, repression participation from nearly 6,000 junior high and middle schools in the Duke TIP 16 state region.  The Talent Search identifies academically talented 7th graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school.  Candidates are identified and invited to complete either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment of college entrance examination.  Duke TIP then provides the participants with comparative information concerning their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities.
Student Participation:  Student participation is completely voluntary.  The 7th Grade Talent Search provides an opportunity for highly able students to pursue and above-level testing experience.  When compared to their grade level peers, most of these students consistently rank in the highest percentile ranges.  However, the SAT and ACT provide a unique tool for measuring aptitude and abilities that far exceed grade level expectations.  The SAT and ACT test administration for 7th Grade Talent Search participants are exactly the same as that of high school juniors and seniors preparing for college admission.  Since these students are already excelling on tests designed for their age and grade, these above level tests provide more information about their academic abilities so that they can effectively plan for their high school years.
Eligibility:  Students may qualify for the Talent Search in accordance with the following guidelines:
  • School Attendance - Students must live in or attend a public, private, or home school within Duke TIP’s 16 state Talent search region.  The region includes the following states:  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.  
  • Age/Grade - 7th grade students of any age may participate.
  • Test Scores:  Students must have scored at the 95th percentile or higher on a grade level standardized achievement, aptitude, mental ability, test, test battery, or approved state criterion reference test.  
Benefits:  Each participant who completes the SAT or ACT will receive the following:
  • Testing Experience
  • Educational Resource Handbook
  • Educational Opportunity Guide
  • Duke Gifted Letter
  • Merit Packet
  • My College Guide
Recognition Ceremonies:  High scoring students are sent invitations to recognition ceremonies in their states where they will receive a recognition award for scoring among the top 30% in the nation for their grade level.  Students must have tested in December, January, or February to receive an invitation.
Summer Program:  Students may also qualify for Duke TIP’s Summer Studies Programs with scores achieved on the SAT or ACT.  Bulletins containing specific course information and an application are mailed to qualifying 7th graders in March.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sophie Hollowell

Sophie Hollowell (2nd Grade) found this big leaf near the Little Red River.  She was collecting leaves with her family for her GATE Leaf Collection.  We have not identified as of yet, if you have any ideas please let us know :-)  Great job Sophie!!!

Constitution Day Bulletin Board

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.[2]
The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004.[3] Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as "Citizenship Day". In addition to renaming the holiday "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.[4] In May 2005, the United States Department of Educationannounced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind.[5] This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.
When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday.[5] This was the case in 2005 and 2011, when Constitution Day was generally observed on Friday, September 16[3] and 2006 when the holiday was observed on Monday, September 18.
Universities and colleges nationwide have created "U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Weeks" in order to meet the requirements of the law. For example, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has created a celebration week that includes "Constitution Trivia Contests", distribution of free copies of the U.S. Constitution, a campus & community fair (in which volunteer and community groups can share information with students), a web page with facts and links related to the Constitution and history of the United States. MSOE has also distributed thousands of free "Presidential quote" t-shirts to all students on campus.[6]


Iowa schools first recognized Constitution Day in 1911.[7] In 1917, the Sons of the American Revolution formed a committee to promote Constitution Day. The committee would include members such as Calvin CoolidgeJohn D. Rockefeller, and General John Pershing.[7]
In 1939, William Randolph Hearst advocated, through his chain of daily newspapers, the creation of a holiday to celebrate citizenship.[citation needed] In 1940, Congress designated the third Sunday in May as I am an American Day. By 1949, governors of all 48 states had issued Constitution Day proclamations.[7] On February 29, 1952, Congress moved that observation to September 17 and renamed it "Citizenship Day".[8]
Louisville, Ohio, calls itself Constitution Town and credits one of its own for getting the holiday national recognition. In 1952, resident Olga T. Weber petitioned municipal officials to establish Constitution Day, in honor of the creation of the US Constitution in 1787. Mayor Gerald A. Romary proclaimed September 17, 1952, as Constitution Day in the city. The following April, Weber requested that the Ohio General Assembly proclaim September 17 as state-wide Constitution Day. Her request was signed into law by Governor Frank J. Lausche. In August 1953, she took her case to the United States Senate, which passed a resolution designating September 17–23 as Constitution Week. The Senate and House approved her request and it was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. On April 15, 1957, the City Council of Louisville declared the city Constitution Town. The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society later donated four historical markers, located at the four main entrances to the city, explaining Louisville's role as originator of Constitution Day.[9]
The following students designed and decorated the bulletin board in observance of Constitution Day.  I think they did a wonderful job :-)
Special thanks to Ashley Spanel, Jillian Herring, Gentry Hamilton, Sophie Lawrence, Libby Stutts, and Katia Rubio.  

I am very proud of these students!!!


The Quirkles: Exploring Phonics Through Science

This year we were able to order the Quirkles for kindergarten and 1st grade whole group enrichment.  I previewed this curriculum about three years ago and loved it.  Now that I am able to use it in the classroom, I love it even more.  I ordered for K-1, but all grades at the elementary level are excited about the next book and the next experiment.  I have included some additional information below:

Welcome to the fascinating world of the Qurikles!  Created by teachers, these books capitalize on children's innate love of hands-on science.  With increasingly rigorous national educational standards in the field of science, it is more important than ever to instill alove and appreciation for science concepts at an early age.  While makeing science fun to learn, the Quirkles stories also teach phonetic sounds that serve as the building blocks for reading.

From an introduction and shared reading experience for the youngest of children, to an independent reading experience that more heavily emphasizes science to the older child, the Quirkles offers something for everyone.


# 1  Egg in Vinegar (acid)

# 2  Metal in Vinegar (acid)

# 3  Metal in Diet Coke

# 4  Mold Growth on Colby Jack Cheese

# 5  Mold Growth on Pepper Jack Cheese

# 6  Mold Growth on Mozerella Cheese

# 7  Mold Growth on American Cheese

# 8  Colorful Celery
            We used primary and secondary colors for this experiment.

Experiments Galore!!!

In this picture, we have 3rd grade students using the scientific method to determine who each shoe might belong to.  This was a great ice breaker for the first week of school and really simplified the method we will be using all year.

GATE Testing

GATE testing is currently ongoing.  We should be sending letters out to notify parents and students within the first two weeks of October.  If you have any questions please feel free to call me at (501) 691-3288.

Junior High Quiz Bowl


Any 7th-9th grade student interested in being a part of the Heber Springs Junior High Quiz Bowl team should sign up in either the middle or high school office.  We will be scheduling practice times within the next few weeks.

Heber Springs will also be hosting the regional tournament this year-- it would be a great year to bring home a win for our school.  

I look forward to working with each and everyone of you :-)

Here are some links to some great study sites:

Elementary Quiz Bowl

The Heber Springs Elementary Quiz Bowl is gearing up for tournament play.  Mrs. Anderson has a sign up sheet for 6th grade students in the middle school.  I will enroll 5th grade students who are interested in playing.  If you need study materials, please come by and see me in the GATE room.

Assignment Due Dates

Fall leaf, flower and bug collections are due on October 15th.

AGATE Meeting

The next AGATE meeting will be October 8, 2012 in the GATE classroom.  The time has been changed to 6:30.  We will be voting on the annual trip.  If you haven't already joined AGATE, please get your foms in.  Our program depends on support from great parents like you :-)