Friday, August 30, 2013

AGATE Members


Thank you to the following families and individuals for joining AGATE:

Mark Wildman
Kevin and Netta Thomas
Lisa and Todd Hardy
Jamison Ingram
Brad and Jamie West
Pete and Kelli Harris
Dawn Bommarito
Allison and Casey Carr
Natalie and Darrell Norton
Steve and Gina Mitchell
Angie and Jarrett Ogle
Renea Payton
Jennifer and Dan Hollowell
Karissa and Brandon Clemons
Ashley and Brad Sneed
Jessica and Daniel Monroe
Jennifer Crocker
Marli Hannah
Ladonna and Brian Martin
Andrea Parish
Mary and Jeff Gilbrech
Colleen and Mark McKenzie
Rhiannon Walker
Kerri and Pat Dudeck
Jayson and Jennifer Jones
Helen and Rob Dunkerson
Rick and Peggy Johnson
Erin and Allen Stanley
Josh and Bethany Miller
Samantha and Jem Johnson
Steve and Meredith Janski
Anna and Jeff Bennett
Kristy and Bobby Cowherd
Michelle Hardin
Ryan and Witsy Buffalo
Spence and Tali Reed
Jammie and Jeff Jarvis


Wednesday, August 28, 2013



Parent Letter

Parents:

We are off to a great year in GATE.  We have completed Journey to the Center of the Earth (by Jules Verne) in all 2-5 GATE classes.

Our topic of study this year will be Earth Science.  I have ordered an AWESOME curriculum from National Geographic.  The students are really enjoying.  I am posting some youtube videos on the blog that go along with the chapters we are studying.  This is optional enrichment-- you might enjoy watching with  your child :-)

PLEASE be sure to check the blog weekly for updates.  The GATE students will have minimal homework this year, and I keep the students posted on this and also update the blog.  When you are looking at the blog, be sure to click on "older posts" at the bottom left hand corner of the page to see all previous posts.  

Just in case  you don't know how to access the blog:

Go to HSSD homepage, click on departments and then GATE.

Thanks to the following families for joining AGATE:
Brad and Jamie West
Kevin and Netta Thomas
Mark Wildman
Pete and Kelli Harris
Jamison Ingram
Lisa Hardy
Dawn Bommarito
Allison Carr
Natalie Norton
Steve and Gina Mitchell
Angi and Jarrett Ogle
Renea Payton
Dan and Jennifer Hollowell
Karissa and Brandon Clemons
Ashley Sneed
Jessica and David Monroe
Marli Hannah
Ladonna and Brian Martin
Andrea Parish
Mary and Jeff Gilbrech
Colleen and Mark McKenzie
Rhiannon Walker
Kerri and Pat Dudeck
Jayson and Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Crocker
Rick and Peggy Johnson
Erin and Allen Stanley
Josh and Bethany Miller
Helen and Rob Dunkerson
Samantha and Jem Johnson
Steve and Meredith Janski


Classroom Supplies Needed:

Clorox (or Wal-Mart brand) wipes
a bag of individually wrapped treats
3 ring binder

The first project due will be the Duck (duct) tape project on October 1st.  I will try to update the blog this week.  

Our AGATE trip this year will be to Nashville, TN.  

Our first AGATE meeting will be at 12 noon in my classroom on Monday, September 9, 2013.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me by the e-mail listed above or by phone at (501) 691-3288.  

I am looking forward to a great GATE year :-)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tides



TIDES

Tides are periodic rises and falls of large bodies of water. Tides are caused by the gravitational interaction between the Earth and the Moon. The gravitational attraction of the moon causes the oceans to bulge out in the direction of the moon. Another bulge occurs on the opposite side, since the Earth is also being pulled toward the moon (and away from the water on the far side). Since the earth is rotating while this is happening, two tides occur each day. 

Isaac Newton (1642 -1727) was the first person to explain tides scientifically. His explanation of the tides (and many other phenomena) was published in 1686, in the second volume of the Principia. 


The Sun's Interaction with the Tides 

Spring Tides
Spring tides are especially strong tides (they do not have anything to do with the season Spring). They occur when the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon are in a line. The gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun both contribute to the tides. Spring tides occur during the full moon and the new moon. 

Proxigean tide
The eccentricity of the orbit of the moon in this illustration is greatly exaggerated.
The Proxigean Spring Tide is a rare, unusually high tide. This very high tide occurs when the moon is both unusually close to theEarth (at its closest perigee, called the proxigee) and in the New Moon phase (when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth). The proxigean spring tide occurs at most once every 1.5 years. 

Neap Tides
Neap tides are especially weak tides. They occur when the gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun are perpendicular to one another (with respect to the Earth). Neap tides occur during quarter moons. 


Mr. Eclipse.com

www.mreclipse.com/

Friday, August 23, 2013

NGC Presents: Direct from the Moon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp3sc6OBv38

Moon Phases Song, Mr. Parr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkvlrWpsnuQ

The Earth, Moon, and Sun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssA7Ew_BQHY

Middle School Video Production

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PwO6FNeiD0

Middle School GATE students will be creating a new video for the 2013-2014 school year :-)

JFK, The Dedication of Greers Ferry Dam, Heber Springs, AR

You can watch the original speech at the link below:

chttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdY5mv0ZIQc   10/3/1963




50th Anniversary of Greers Ferry Dam Dedication

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Greers Ferry Dam Dedication at the JFK Overlook.  The ceremony was President John F. Kennedy's last dedication and one of his last public appearances before his assassination in Dallas November 22, 1963.  Please check back for a schedule of events.  Click here to see the script of his speech given that day.



Central Arkansas Astronomical Society -- FYI


2013-09 Starparty


AP and GT from the ADE Website


GIFTED & TALENTED AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT


All students identified as gifted and talented in the state have the right to an appropriate education. Responding to the concern for educational programming for gifted and talented students, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 106 of 1979. This legislation established the Office for the Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement. Funds were appropriated to provide financial assistance to school districts operating programs for gifted and talented students. Guidelines were developed to provide information to assist districts in planning, implementing, and evaluating those programs.

Definition

The following definition shall guide districts in providing services and opportunities for students identified as gifted and talented:
Gifted and talented children and youth are those of high potential or ability whose learning characteristics and educational needs require qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and/or services.
Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development, will be evidenced through an interaction of above average intellectual ability, task commitment and /or motivation, and creative ability.

Arkansas Laws

The following laws can be found on the Arkansas Legislature's Arkansas Code website:
1.  Advanced Placement and Endorsed Concurrent Enrollment 
  • 6-16-1201. Purpose.
  • 6-16-1202. Definitions.
  • 6-16-1203. Teacher skills and training.
  • 6-16-1204. Implementation.
  • 6-16-1206. Exemption.
2.  Arkansas Advanced Placement Incentive Program
  • 6-16-802. Purpose.
  • 6-16-803. Definitions.
  • 6-16-804. Established - Subsidies - Rules and regulations.
  • 6-16-805. Funding.
  • 6-16-806. Treatment as advanced placement course.
3.  Advanced Placement Course as Core Curriculum
  • 6-15-214. Advanced placement course counted as core curriculum course taught.

Annual Program Approval Application

From Arkansas Code: 6-42-109. Reports by school districts.
Each school district shall report annually to the Arkansas Department of Education, at a prescribed due date, the extent to which it is providing educational opportunities specifically designed to meet the educational needs of gifted and talented children.

Arkansas Governor's School

Arkansas Governor's School (AGS) is a six-week residential, educational summer program designed for upcoming high school seniors with exceptional abilities, creativity, and maturity. Participants attend classes and many special events, including concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, and films. They participate in service projects, recreational activities, and social gatherings. The atmosphere of AGS is charged with intellectual, cultural, and social excitement. Participants take away a heightened appreciation of their own talents, a deeper sense of their relationship to their communities, and a more intense intellectual curiosity.
Students must be nominated by their schools to apply. Counselors, gifted and talented coordinators or teachers should be working through the nomination criteria with interested students. Completed applications are due from schools at the end of January. They are reviewed by state-appointed AGS selection committees and selections are announced in April.  For more information visit the Arkansas Governor's School official website.

Advisory Council for the Education Gifted and Talented Children 

Arkansas Code Ann. § 6-42-104 established the Advisory Council for the Education Gifted and Talented Children to advise and consult with the Commissioner of Education and the Administrator of the Office for the Education of Gifted & Talented Children. The Advisory Council prepares an annual report for the Governor, the General Assembly, the State Board of Education, and the Education Commissioner that informs the general public about educational programs for gifted and talented students. The Council also recognizes three educational programs for gifted and talented students annually, to receive the Act 56 Outstanding Gifted Program Award.
To learn more about the Governor’s Advisory Council for Gifted Children, click here to view minutes from the Council’s May 8, 2013 meeting.
To apply for appointment to the Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education, please click here to fill out the online application.

Act 56 Award Recipients 

Act 56 award recipients are selected based on program standards, background information, community involvement, staff development, program options, curriculum and innovation.
Programs are judged in one of three categories: Average Daily Membership (ADM) less than 1,000; between 1,000 and 3,000; or greater than 3,000.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

AGATE Members

Thank you to the following families and individuals for joining AGATE:

Mark Wildman
Kevin and Netta Thomas
Lisa and Todd Hardy
Jamison Ingram
Brad and Jamie West
Pete and Kelli Harris
Dawn Bommarito
Allison and Casey Carr
Natalie and Darrell Norton
Steve and Gina Mitchell
Angie and Jarrett Ogle
Renea Payton
Jennifer and Dan Hollowell
Karissa and Brandon Clemons
Ashley and Brad Sneed
Jessica and Daniel Monroe
Jennifer Crocker
Marli Hannah
Ladonna and Brian Martin
Andrea Parish
Mary and Jeff Gilbrech
Colleen and Mark McKenzie
Rhiannon Walker
Kerri and Pat Dudeck
Jayson and Jennifer Jones
Helen and Rob Dunkerson
Rick and Peggy Johnson
Erin and Allen Stanley
Josh and Bethany Miller
Samantha and Jem Johnson
Steve and Meredith Janski
Anna and Jeff Bennett
Kristy and Bobby Cowherd
Michelle Hardin
Ryan and Witsy Buffalo
Spence and Tali Reed



A Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne

Currently, all 2-5 GATE classes are reading this classic novel by Jules Verne.

A Journey to the Center of the Earth is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne.  The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth.  He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snaefellsjokull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano.

From a scientific point of view, this story has not aged quite as well as other Verne stories, since most of his ideas about what the interior of the Earth contains have since been disproved, but it still manages to captivate audiences when regarded as a classic novel.

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth-1874.jpg

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Arkansas Arts Center Plays Coming To Heber Springs Elementary

We have scheduled two Arkansas Arts Center Plays for the 2013-2014 school year.

Friday, December 20, 2013 - The Velveteen Rabbit for grades K-2

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow for grades 3-5

Both plays will be in the old gym and will begin at 9 a.m.

Heber Springs School District Joins the Fox 16 WeatherBug Schools Network

WeatherBug Station will help Heber Springs School Provide Live, Local Weather Conditions to the Surrounding Community and Enhance Student Education

Heber Springs, AR and Germantown, MD -- August 17, 2013 - WeatherBug (www.weatherbug.com), the leading provider of consumer and professional weather products and services and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning network, announced today the Heber Springs Schools in Heber Springs, AR has joined the WeatherBug Schools Program.  The school has installed a new WeatherBug weather station, and web-based educational software tools.  The station is able to provide weather data for meteorological teams and news stations across the country, to broadcast on-line and on-air.  The weather station will also be used to enhance the science, technology and math school curriculum using the WeatherBug Achieve program.  School officials will also be notified with more advanced warning of lightning and other forms of severe weather.

Bringing the WeatherBug Schools Program to the school district was part of a collaborative effort between all school principals, science teachers, and the gifted and talented program, in the process of bringing the program to the school.  The program will enable students at Heber Springs Schools to more effectively understand the science of meteorology.

"We are excited to be bringing a WeatherBug weather station to our school, because it will help bring science to life for our students," said Justin Johnston, High School Principal at Heber Springs.  "This weather station and software from WeatherBug will give members of the Heber Springs Schools and  community the opportunity to further their knowledge about weather and climate by using current technological tools.  The advanced warning of lightning and severe weather helps us to make critical decisions with regard to the safety of our students during athletic, transportation and other outdoor activities."

The WeatherBug media partner in Little Rock, Fox 16, leverages the WeatherBug national network of tracking stations to offer Heber Springs area residents the most local, up-to-the-second weather information available in Heber Springs and throughout the country.  Now, Fox 16 will also be able to feature neighborhood-level reports from Heber Springs Schools during its daily newscasts on-air and on-line.

"WeatherBug is pleased to welcome the students and faculty of the Heber Springs Schools in Arkansas as the newest members of WeatherBug Schools Program," said Frank McCathran, Director of WeatherBug Education.  Fox 16 is a strong media partner and we are delighted that a new school in the area is able to provide local weather information."

The WeatherBug Schools Program is committed to helping protect schools and provide an engaging teaching tool for students nationwide.  The WeatherBug interactive software program, WeatherBug Achieve, enables teachers to apply real-world conditions to help teach skills and concepts in math, science, and geography.  Teachers and students in K-12 have access to local weather conditions from any of the 8,000 WeatherBug sites across the country.  Using WeatherBug Achieve, teachers can also create customized learning activities based on current and historical weather conditions from the WeatherBug stations and cameras located at the schools.

WeatherBug (http://www.weatherbug.com and http://www.weatherbugprofessionals.com) precisely monitors, organizes and disseminates global weather information.  As a trusted source for live, local dynamic data, WeatherBug empowers society with weather intelligence for making more informed decisions.  Millions of consumers and professional organizations, including the National Weather Service, rely on WeatherBug to plan daily activities, safeguard lives and improve business operations.  WeatherBug is a brand os AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc., (http://www.aws.com).

A special "thank you" to the following people who helped with the planning and installation of the WeatherBug station at the school:

Jeff Jarvis, Jarvis Tree Service
Alan Baker, Baker Builders
Wade Smith, F.L. Davis Ace Home Center
Phil Grace and Jarrett Ogle, HS Technology Department
Adam Ratliff and Jon Ogle, HS Gifted and Talented Students

Installing the Weather Bug Station

Thanks to Jeff Jarvis, Jarvis Tree Service, Alan Baker, Baker Builders, Wade and Scott, F.L. Davis Building Supply, Phil Grace and Jarrett Ogle, HS Technology Department, and Adam Ratliff and Jon Ogle for volunteering your time to help get the weather station installed.  This would not have happened without your help and hard work :-)

We should have the weather station up and running before the end of next week.  

Again, THANK YOU!!!