3rd grade Excel students are creating a digital storytelling movie about our school! They are creating the content and recording everything! The final product will be entered into a contest for the city of Chula Vista. To find out more about this fun project, check out the district’s website.
Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 23, 2011
The Mad Science Workshops are coming up, but we may not have enough money to pay for it. $5 donations per student would be greatly appreciated before the event so I know how much money we have. If we are unable to raise the money, would someone be willing to do a small fundraiser? Right now we need about $115 to cover the cost. Thanks!
On February 15th, our school was highlighted at the Board Meeting. Mr. Mora shared about our school. To visit the presentation, click here 2_15_11__McMillin_Oral-In_Process1.
One of our 6th GATErs, Melissa, gave the follwoing speech:
Salutations; my name is Melissa. (Jordan) and I are here to talk to you about how McMillin supports us inside and outside the classroom. The Gifted and Talented Education program, otherwise known as GATE, is an extraordinary program where we get the opportunity to learn about advanced topics in more depth. For instance, we are expanding our learning about water by incorporating technology.
My next 3 topics were made possible by our wonderful PTA. First off the fall festival, where we came together and developed different ideas and made our fall festival a successful community event. Movie night. Just the thought of a movie, popcorn, and coffee with friends and family makes me feel warm and fuzzy. That’s the feeling the McMillin PTA conjures. Every time we get families coming together and just spending time together and creating memories, that’s what’s important. Last but not least, the Idol Show. The Idol Show is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents with family and friends. I would ike to end this by telling you what an honor it is to be here today. Thank you.
Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 16, 2011
Last night Dr. Appel gave us a handout on the difference between these 2 types of learners. He stated that a student can be HA(high-achieving) and not be GATE; while a GATE student can be a HA or not. They can overlap or be mutually exclusive.
Characteristics of High Acheivers
Remembers answers; needs 6-8 repetitions to master
Is attentive and intersted; highly alert and observant
Works hard to achieve and learns with ease; comprehends at a high level.
Performs at the top of the group; absorbs information
Is accurate and complete; memorizes well.
Understands complex and abstract humor
Enjoys school often and enjoys the company of age peers
Works hard to achieve and generates advanced ideas
Completes assignments on time; answers questions in detail
Is a technician with expertise in his/her field; responds with interest and opinions
Characteristics of Gifted Learners
Needs 1-3 repetitions to master and prefers the company of intellectual peers.
Poses unforseen questions and is curious
Ponders with depth and multiple perspectives; infers and connects concepts
Creates complex/abstract humor and is intense
Initiates projects and extensions of assignments
Enjoys self-directed learning and is original/continually developing
Is an expert who abstracts beyond the field; guesses and infers well
Is self critical and may not be motivated by grades
Is intellectual and anticipates/relates observations
Source: B. Kingore, 2003. High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Learner. Understanding Our Gifted.