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Not satisfied with your grade in GT ILA?

Are you disappointed with your achievement in GT ILA? Confused about how to earn a higher grade? Here are my top five suggestions for improving your grade in GT ILA:

1)    Study more. This is the obvious answer to most issues with grades in GT ILA. It is neither the task of your parents or your teachers to make you learn and study. You are the driver in the journey of your educational career, and success is dependent on work ethic. Simply put, you need to spend more time preparing and studying for class to expect to earn high grades. Look over your notes at the end of the day, use flash cards once or twice a day to help remember your stems, and keep up with your reading.

2)    Stop procrastinating. If you find out about an assignment, quiz, or test, start working on the assignment or studying immediately. Do not wait until the night before the due date to cram. You need to prioritize tasks, set goals, and work to meet those goals for all of your classes. Each week, I write goals for each day, and I do not leave work until I have completed each task. Do not rely on your brain to remember everything you need to complete; use your agenda or make lists.

3)    Focus on learning, not points. The goal of this class is to learn, not earn points. Focus more on learning the content than trying to accumulate points. If you learn, the points will follow.

4)    Use online resources. I have a blog that will help you study and prepare for my class. Use these resources! For example, if you need assistance with grammar, visit the Grammar page. Look through the links, and watch online tutorial videos to help you relearn concepts. If you are struggling with stem vocabulary, use the Quizlet link from the Vocabulary page on the blog to practice. While tutorials can help you clarify specific concerns, you actually already have access to everything you need to relearn concepts from your own computer.

5)    Review weekly assignments at least twice per week. The weekly assignments are posted on the board, on the lesson plans page, and on the HAC. At least once during the week, read through the list and make mental note of what you have completed. Take home materials to complete the other assignments. Each Sunday evening, review the list again. Organize your assignments and prepare for turning everything in on Monday.

Frisco Storytelling Festival

Where to purchase tickets:
Frisco Public Library
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, Texas 75034

Library Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the library, online or by mail.

Make checks payable to:

The Frisco Public Library Foundation
P.O. Box 362
Frisco, TX  75034

Tickets will also be on sale in the City Hall atrium during the Festival.

All tickets will be held at will call and may be picked up from 6-8 pm, Friday, October 18 and from 9:30 am- 8pm, Saturday, October 19.
No Refunds. Open Seating only.

Storytelling Master Classes

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

Join us to hone your storytelling skills. Seasoned and beginning storytellers welcome. Tickets required and available for purchase in the atrium on a first-come, first served basis.

Tales with a Twist, The Storycrafters

9:00 — 10:30 a.m., McCallum Room, 4th floor

How can we work with tales of old and enjoy them in new way that expands our understanding of story? This and other questions are answered through the discussion, demonstration and participation in creative tale-twisting exercises.

The Lego™ Method of Storytelling,  Bil Lepp

Noon– 1:30 p.m.,  Children’s Program Room, 2nd floor

Learn to combine several stories and snippets of varying length and often diverse subject matter into one relatively coherent, interlocking piece.

The Healing Power of Story,  Kevin Kling

 Noon– 1:30 p.m.,  Children’s Program Room, 2nd floor

People use stories to cope with an ever-changing world. With so much time spent in front of screens, the need for stories and community is greater than ever before. Explore where stories come from, why we need to tell them, what is sacred, what is funny and how stories help us in times of loss, challenge and success.

43rd Annual Collin County Poetry Contest

Sponsored by the Mockingbird Chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas

With categories for

  • Students: Open to all Collin County public, private, and home school students (K-12).
  • Winners are chosen from each grade level.
  • Adults:  Open to all adults residing in Collin County.
  • Mockingbird Chapter Members: Open to all members regardless of residence.

Winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) receive certificates.

Accepting entries from October 15, 2013 through January 22, 2014 (Postmark Date)

Contest Rules

1.  Each contestant may enter one poem that may be written in any style and on any subject.

2.  Poem must be the original work of the contestant.

3.  Poem is not to exceed 28 lines (Title and white space between lines or stanzas are not counted).

4.  A poem is not eligible that has been published (school publications acceptable).

5.  Contestants must retain a copy of their poems.  Submitted copies will not be returned.

Winners will be announced at the 43rd Collin County Poetry Awards in March.


Preparation of Entries

  1. Submit two (2) typed copies of poem.
  2. In the top left corner of BOTH COPIES, write Student grade level, Adult, or Mockingbird Member.
  3. In the top right corner of ONE COPY, write your identification: name, address, city, zip.  Students must also add school name, teacher’s name and teacher’s email.                                  Adults, please include your email address.
  4. Teachers, please stack each student’s set with the identification copy on top, second copy beneath.  Please do not use paper clips.  Please do not stable the two              copies.  Do not send by registered mail.  Mail to:  Mockingbird Poetry Society – 8117 Alderwood Pl. – Plano, TX 75025

Please direct any questions to Beth Ayers (972-747-1297) bta1955@hotmail.com

All student poets are also encouraged to enter the Poetry Society of Texas Student contest.  Deadline for this contest is March 1, 2014.  See the PST website for information: http://www.poetrysocietyoftexas.org.

SAGE GT Game Night

Our game nights for the year are planned out and ready to go!  We have some amazing programs planned for you this year!  If you thought game nights were just for students, just wait to see what we have for our parents!

WHEN?  Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 PM
WHERE?  Hunt Middle School Cafe  4900 Legendary Dr  Frisco, TX 75034

PLEASE RSVP TO FriscoGifted@gmail.com with the number of students attending game night and the number of parents attending the parent program.

Frequently asked questions:
Q.  What kind of games should my child bring?
A.  The best games for game night are ones that require skill and strategy, not just luck alone!

Q.  What if my child is not identified as GT by the district?
A.  If your child would enjoy the challenge of strategy games or you would enjoy the topic in the parent program, we welcome you to attend!

Q.  Can siblings attend even if they are not GT students?
A.  This is for the whole family.  Preschool siblings must be supervised by a parent at all times.

Q.  What if I don’t bring a game or do not have a game that seems like a good fit?
A.  There are always plenty of games and plenty of kids looking for someone to play the game they brought.

Q.  Will there be a meal that we can purchase this month?
A.  No.  We don’t have enough volunteers to do this at this time. But you are welcome to bring a snack for your kids as long as they clean up after themselves!  All snacks must stay in the cafe area.

Q.  Do parents have to attend the parent program?
A.  No.  You may stay and play games if you wish, but most parents choose to attend the program.

Productive Partnership with Your Child’s Teacher
Presenter:  Justin Vawter
Justin Vawter has taught and brought inspiration to his students for almost a decade–ranging from 6th graders to college-bound seniors.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of North Texas, and has served as both a curriculum writer, professional development author/presenter, and a middle school GT teacher.