Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Leaf, Wildflower, and/or Insect Collection (Grades 3,4,5,6)

Fall Leaf, Wildflower, and/or Insect Collection

The first major assignment for the first quarter will be due October 15th.  Students will need to collect a total of 30 different species of leaves, fall wildflowers, and/or insects.

The student can choose to do all three collections (with a total of 30, I will let the student decide how to split the collection up).

The student can choose to do two collections (with a total of 30, I will let the child decide how to split the collection up).  The student can choose to focus on one collection (with a total of 30 in the collection).

I want the students to be creative with their collections.  You can do a leaf and flower collection using books and paper towels to press the leaves/flowers.  You can also take pictures with your phone/camera and print out or have your child present as a Powerpoint presentation.

Please be sure your name and grade are on the front cover of your collection.  I will have books in my classroom to help identify the different species collected.  The internet is also another great source for identifying samples collected.  This could easily be a great way to spend some family time together in the great outdoors J

I will provide plastic slip covers for kids if they need them. 

Please contact me if you have any questions. 

(501) 691-3288

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AGATE Members

Thank you to the following families for joining AGATE:

Brown (3rd)
Bennett (3rd
Sneed (4th)
Choate (3rd)
Ogle (3rd)
Martin (6th)
Gilbrech (6th)
Clemons (4th)
Yancey (3rd)
Jarvis (3rd & 5th)

AGATE Parent Group

Dear Friends,

Heber Springs AGATE (Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education) is in our 21st year of support for the Heber Springs GATE Program.  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 in and supports the purpose and goals of this organization. 

Annual dues for membership are $20 per family.  This entitles each parent, and each GATE student in the family to vote at our monthly meetings.  Do NOT send cash.

This organization needs your support and your attendance at each and every meeting.


Thank you,

AGATE Officers

Our first AGATE meeting will be on October 2 at 11:00 in the elementary GATE classroom (room 117, behind the counselors’ office).  We will be soliciting your suggestions and input on any further fund-raising ideas and programs for this school year.


Please send the following family membership form and money to Ms. Brogdon, or bring it with you when you come to the meeting.  NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED!


If you have any questions, please call 501-691-3288.









GATE Student:_______________________________________




Arkansas Governors School (juniors)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Parent Teacher Conferences to be held Tuesday, September 23

School will be dismissed at 1:25 on Tuesday for conferences.  Conferences will run until 7 p. m.

Hope to see you there :-)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Duke Tip Program

The following students have turned in forms for the Duke TIP Program: 

Nick Meyer
Dalton McCollum
Gentry Hamilton
Wayden Hemphill
Chandler McMichael
Hunter Grant
Cole Nordquist
Katia Rubio
Gabby Hart
Hunter Early
Libby Stutts
Landon Johnson
Hunter Smith
Carlos Leal
Jayce Howell
Trent Barnes
Carlee Stair
Harley Hannah
Adam Martin
Natalia Durham
Brad Baker
Zoie Verus
Garrett Rainbolt
Payton Muliniks
Jackson Harrod
Amber Tharp
Jagger Screeton
Hogan Privitt

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Helping Hat Friday's at Heber Springs Elementary

Friday's will be "helping hat" Friday's at the elementary.  Our counselor's have started a new program to let the kids who bring a non-perishable food item wear a hat to school on Friday's.  It really does feel good to help others!  This is a great lesson for all of our students!

I will be posting pictures of the hats tomorrow :-)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cleburne County Writer's Guild Writing Contest (4th and 5th Grade)

ALL 4th and 5th grade GATE students will participate in this writing contest.  These can be a  short storiy or poem.  We will be working on descriptive writing the next few weeks in class.  The entries can be handwritten or typed.  I have also asked students to include a picture with their submission.

Due date:  October 10

Topics:  Clouds, rain, snow, thunder, lightening, the Washington Monument

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

2nd - 6th Science Curriculum

Chapter 1 - How Do Scientists Classify Living Things?
  • Classifying Living Things
  • Classifying Plants
  • Classifying Invertebrates
Chapter 2 - What Are the Interactions in Ecosystems?
  • Ecosystems
  • Predation and Competition
  • Living Together
  • Changing Communities
  • Humans Change Ecosystems
Chapter 3 - How Does Energy Move in an Ecosystem?
  • Producers and Consumers
  • Herbivores, Carnivores, and Omnivores
  • Decomposers
  • Food Chains and food Webs

Chapter 4 - How do Living Things Survive and Change?
  • Physical Characteristics of Living Things
  • Behaviors Help Animals Survive
  • Life Cycle
  • When Environments Change
Chapter 5 - How Do Body Systems Work Together?
  • Organ Systems
  • Skeletal and Muscular Systems
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Digestive and Excretory Systems
  • The Nervous System
  • Comparing Organ Systems

Junior High Quiz Bowl Camp (6-9)

The following dates are available for junior high camp:

Saturday Nov. 1 - Arkadelphia
Saturday Nov. 8 - Green County Tech
Saturday Dec. 6 -  Russellville
Saturday Dec 13- England

Please let me know if and or when you might be interested in attending junior high qb camp.

GATE Middle School Units of Study

I ordered some very interesting units of study from Duke University. They include the following topics:

Discovering Science and Medicine:  Epidemiology, Disease, and Outbreak
Foundations of Modern Biology
Discovering King Arthur:  Medieval Mystery and Meaning
Growing Up Heroic:  Adventures in Greek Mythology

Students will be working in small groups and independently.  This should be an interesting year.  We will also be doing ACT Test Prep.  Students should have registered at, and

If you have any questions feel free to contact me. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kaplan ACT Test Prep on Youtube

Greg Mendel, Meiosis Song - Mr. Parr

Cells, Mr. Parr

Animal Classification Song - Mr. Parr


Photosynthesis Song - Mr. Parr

Parts of the Microscope Song - Mr. Parr

Mr. Craddock with Heber Springs Community Theater Visits GATE Classes