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DURHAM, NC—The Duke University Talent Identification Program is pleased to announce that its annual 4th-6th Grade Talent Search is under way. Each year, through the talent search, thousands of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students in the United States are identified based on standardized test scores, provided with academic enrichment benefits and invited to take an optional above-grade level EXPLORE test designed for eight grade students as a way to evaluate their academic abilities. Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization devoted to meeting the academic and social needs of gifted students. Our 4th–6th Grade Talent Search is the entry point for TIP benefits that can motivate gifted students to realize their full potential. The program is open only to fourth, fifth, or sixth grade students who achieve a qualifying score. Harper 4th and 5th grade students who qualified for the Duke TIP program are pictured below. First Row: Amarayah McKinnie, Serenity Cliett, Kaleb Lewis, Paige Hill, Kayla Lewis Second Row: Johnna Higdon, Makayla Graham, Kalashia Grimsley, Carlos Smith Last Row: Paige Hill, Oksana Knolton, Aryanna Knolton, and Eva Alani Brown.
Harper Elementary participated in the 2015 - 2016 National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Junior American Citizens (JAC) Contest. The purpose of the contest is to promote good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history. The theme for this years contest was "Celebrate America." Winners include - Pictured Left to Right - Kinsington Lewis, Ricky Walker, Egypt Godwin, Sh'Kiyah Jackson, Cierra Lovett (2nd Place Kgn. Class Banner); Karter Walker (1st Place Poster); Taylor Cromartie (1st Place Poster); Deonna Thomas (1st Place Poster); Raheem Sankey (3rd Place Poster); Tommy Williams (2nd Place Poster); Kinley Harrison (1st Place Poster); Trinity Gouion (2nd Place Poster); Briann Freeman-Palmore (HM Poster); and Monte Colvin (2nd Place Poster).
Governor Deal proclaims January, 2016
Gifted Education Month in Georgia
This proclamation emphasizes the importance of developing the potential of Georgia’s children in the areas of academics, creativity, leadership, and fine arts. It recognizes that our teachers and educational leaders work together with our community to provide the key learning experiences that engage and inspire our students. Finally, it calls for all of us to join in recognizing the unique needs of gifted young people.
In honor of Gifted Education Month, you may want to invite your government representatives, Board of Education members, superintendent, school administrators, teachers, community leaders, parents, and local news/newspaper reporters to see the many ways gifted education impacts all students in your district. This can be a time of advocacy for gifted students and for gifted education, emphasizing the importance of challenging all students to reach their potential.
Please share this proclamation with your school board, teachers, parents, and community members as we highlight ways that gifted education transforms the lives of our Georgia students.
LEGISLATIVE LIAISON: LAURIE ECKE, LEGISLATIVELIAISON@GAGC.ORG
Education Reform Commission Update: November 19, 2015
The Education Reform Commission met today to discuss all of the subcommittee's recommendations, including the Funding Formula Committee's recommendations about the gifted weight. They presented the weight of .3231, described in the November 14 update below. That is good news for gifted education!
For the full narrative and presentation of today's Education Reform Commission Meeting's recommendations, please go to this link: https://gov.georgia.gov/meeting-10-materials-november-19-2015 .
Funding Formula Update: November 14, 2015
The Funding Formula Committee of the Governor’s Education Reform Commission met on November 12, 2015. They continued to propose a gifted weight that would ask the state to invest the same amount, or slightly more, in gifted education.
On page 4 of the narrative draft, the committee gave a clear rationale about the need for gifted education, citing the NAGC rationale for gifted. The notes from page 4 are pasted below.
Link to Narrative Draft:https://gov.georgia.gov/sites/gov.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/Funding%20Model%20Narrative%20Draft%20111015%20v8a.pdf
Link to spreadsheet that shows how all of the funding formula suggested changes impact individual districts:https://gov.georgia.gov/materials-1
Link to Education Reform Commission page: https://gov.georgia.gov/education-reform-commission
From page 4 of narrative draft, November 12, 2015:
GIFTED: The formula under consideration by the funding committee proposes a weighted funding amount for students identified as Gifted. Gifted weighted earnings for 1 segment in the FY16 QBE formula = $237.98. Students statewide were funded for an average of three segments. For three segments in QBE the student earned$713.94 in FY16 QBE. The current proposed model weight for Gifted is 0.3231. Gifted weighted earnings for 1 student in proposed formula = $750.20. Gifted total funding earnings above the base in the FY16 QBE formula are approximately $129M. Gifted total funding weighted earnings in the proposed formula are $133,444,875.
Rationale for the weighted gifted student characteristic:
Funding Formula Update: October 23, 2015
The Funding Formula Committee from the Governor’s Education Reform Commission is considering a new way of funding education. Instead of districts earning funding for 6 segments of instruction to equal 1 FTE, they are considering a student-based funding formula that involves a base student amount and additional funding for weighted student characteristics, such as special education, ESOL, or gifted.
The members of the Funding Formula Committee are continuing to decide on actual weight amounts. The initial “placeholder” number for gifted was quite low, but they proposed a higher weight at their Sept. 23 meeting. We are hopeful at this time that the committee may decide on a gifted weight per student that would result in the state funding equal to the same amount of gifted funding to districts as the present QBE system earns.
The funding formula committee will be meeting on October 28, 2015 to discuss the revised weights, including the new proposed gifted weight.
We will keep you posted on this website and if needed, by contacting GAGC members as this process continues to unfold.
For more information about the Funding Formula Committee and the other proposals from the Education Reform Commission, please explore this link: https://gov.georgia.gov/education-reform-commission
The Holiday Hoopfest is the premier high school basketball tournament in South Georgia and North Florida. This year it will feature 16 of the area's best boys and girls teams.
Thomasville City Schools is partnering with Lil Boy Productions and Blazin 102.3 to create the first ever Hoopfest Homecoming. The Hoopfest Homecoming will provide an energetic atmosphere with multiple pre game and post game entertainment offerings during the Hoopfest Tournament!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
Scott Elem has a donation box in the front office for this project!
Time to clean out the jeans for a good cause.
You're invited to "A Visit With Santa" on Saturday, December 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the MacIntyre Auditorium. Admission is $10 per child and $5 for each additional child. Photographs will be taken with Santa in the auditorium. Children can write letters to Santa, create crafts, and enjoy fine arts entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the Thomasville City Scholars Academy. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Science Fair projects will be on display in the Multipurpose Room. Homemade cakes will also be for sale.
Correction: Thomasville City Schools will host a Safety Meeting on December 1st at the Thomasville City Schools Central Office at 6:00pm. The purpose of the meeting is to address the events that took place two weeks ago and also educate families and the community about current and future measures that Thomasville City Schools is taking to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for our students and staff.
Announcements from Thomasville City Schools, STEM and Science Education, and Gifted Topics. *FBS*