Tuesday, October 28, 2014

UAMS Pharmacy Camp 2015 (11th and 12th grade students)


GATE T-shirt orders

GATE T-shirts

We will be ordering GATE T-shirts for those of you who are interested.  They will be the same as last year:  a black shirt with red lettering on the front and the back.  Please fill out and return the bottom portion with money, to Ms. Brogdon.


Thanks for your support!


____________ _ Youth Small $10

______________Youth Medium $10

______________Youth Large $10

______________Adult Small $10

______________Adult Medium $10

______________Adult Large $10

______________Adult X-Large $10

______________Adult XX-Large $11

______________Adult XXX-Large $11








Orders are due no later than Friday, November 20, 2014.



AGATE Members

Thanks to the following families for joining AGATE:


Friday, October 24, 2014

New 5th Grade Project

The 5th grade will be working on a new project.  We need your help collecting 2 liter plastic bottles.
Details to follow....

Luna Moth Cocoon


Artsonia Website

Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Mills are doing a wonderful job with Art at Heber Springs Elementary.  Here is a link to the on line Children's Museum that includes some great art work from Heber Springs Students.  Check it out and be sure to thank these teachers for going above and beyond.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

48 Essential Links for the Parents of Gifted Children


AGATE October Meeting, October 28 at 6 p.m. in the GATE room

We will have our regular monthly meeting on October 28 at 6 p.m. in the GATE room.   We will meet and greet new parents and students, and distribute information about GATE and AGATE.  We will also conduct our normal monthly meeting.  Hope to see you there!

AGATE Membership Form


 Heber Springs Affiliate Parent Group

2014-2015 School Year


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

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:______________________________________________




2014-2015 School Calendar

11/7   Professional Dev. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
11/7   ASU ACT Bootcamp at the Heber Springs Community Center
11/26-11/28  Thanksgiving Holiday
12/19  Arkansas Arts Center to Perform The Little Mermaid
12/22-1/2 Christmas Break
1/5     Professional Development - Make-up Weather Day
1/6     School Resumes
1/9     Elementary Quiz Bowl in Conway
2/6     Junior High Quiz Bowl Regionals
2/7     Junior High Quiz Bowl Regionals
2/13   Professional Dev. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
2/16   Make-up Weather Day
2/23   Junior High Quiz Bowl Finals
3/13   Senior High Quiz Bowl Regionals
3/14   Senior High Quiz Bowl Regionals
3/19   Parent Teacher Conferences
3/23-3/27 Spring Break
4/3     Make-up Weather Day
4/9     CAPS Conferences 8th Grade
4/11   Senior High State Quiz Bowl Tournament
4/25   Senior High State Quiz Bowl Finals
5/9     Junior and Senior High All-Star Quiz Bowl Tournament in Cabot
5/25   Memorial Day-- NO SCHOOL
5/27   Make-up Weather Day
5/28   Make-up Weather Day
5/29   Last Day of School

Heber Springs Joins Weatherbug (archived article-- FYI)

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 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.

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

Quirkles, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Curriculum

Quirkles K & 1 Curriculum

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.

Advanced Placement and Gifted and Talented from the Arkansas Dept. of Education


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.


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.