7th Grade Stem Practice

Your classmate made a Quizlet set for the quiz Thursday! Enjoy!



GT Game Night

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
from 6:00-8:00 PM
Cobb Middle School Cafe
9400 Teel Parkway   Frisco, TX  75033

We told you that you would love them last month, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive!  Our NuMinds founders, Justin and Ben, are back and ready to take on another parenting topic for parents of GT and high-achieving students.

Solutions to the Social/Emotional Puzzle
Asynchronous development, Dabrowski’s overexcitabilities, anxiety, perfectionism. You’ve read about them all (or maybe you haven’t). The menu of social/emotional issues more often found in our gifted children is long and complicated. In this workshop, we won’t provide a magical pill to instantly clarify these complicated issues, but we will provide some simple, research-based advice that will help you navigate the affective zone.

Additionally, you got a preview of Frisco Gifted Association at the last meeting.  Find out more about this exciting new opportunity for our GT and high-achieving students and families.  This is a great way to get involved in an up-and-coming advocacy group at the ground level.  If you want to know more now, LIKE their Facebook Page to get updates!

Finally, after many requests, we are adding the dinner element back into our program with the help of Frisco Gifted Association.  This is as a convenience to parents and students and their busy schedules.   We want to make your attendance at game night as convenient as possible.  This month, the meals will consist of 2 slices of pizza, a cookie and a drink for $4 each.   Extra slices of pizza may be sold at $1 a slice once everyone is served.  Please let us know when you RSVP how many people plan to eat & if you prefer vegetarian options.
RSVP’s for food should be sent no later than Monday, November 18 at midnight. 

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.  YES!  By popular demand, Frisco Gifted Assocation has agreed to handle this for us!

Q.  Is it necessary to purchase a meal in order to attend?
A.  No!  This is offered as a convenience and not a requirement.

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.

PLEASE RSVP TO FriscoGifted@gmail.com with the following information:
1.  Number of students attending game night.
2.  Number of parents attending parent program.
3.  School your child(ren) attend(s).
4.  How many will be eating. (FOOD RSVP’s need to be sent by Monday, November 18 at midnight!)
5.  If you want to volunteer to help with game night or with FGA in general, please let us know when you RSVP!  We are looking for committee members!

Arts in the Square 2014

Frisco, TEXAS (November 11, 2013) – In collaboration with the Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Square presents the 5th Annual Arts in the Square, with proceeds going to the Frisco Education Foundation and Frisco Family Services.  Frisco Square transforms into an outdoor fine arts and crafts gallery during Arts in the Square, March 29-30, 2014. Exhibitors may apply through the ZAPP Application website by visiting www.friscosquare.com/aits. The application deadline is January 24, 2014.

Arts in the Square is a Juried Fine Arts and Crafts festival featuring over 120 of the best local  and regional artists selling their handmade creations.  The artists compete in the following categories: Fine Arts/Graphics, Pottery, Textiles, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Photography, Wood and Miscellaneous.

Frisco Square transforms into an outdoor fine art and crafts gallery the last weekend in March with free admission and parking – open to the public.  Arts in the Square is Saturday, March 29th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 30 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Arts in the Square hosted over 15,000 visitors in previous years which enjoyed shopping for art, listening to live music, strolling on the square while visiting each artist’s booth, making their own art, and eating at one of the many fine restaurants located in Frisco Square. In addition to providing the community with a high-quality cultural event, the festival proceeds benefit local charity partners; Frisco Family Services, which helps members of our community facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs, and Frisco Education Foundation, which provides college scholarships, educational programs, and educator grants to students and staff in the Frisco Independent School District.

For more information please visit www.friscosquare.com/AITS

Frisco Square is a pedestrian-friendly, urban experience that blends shopping, dining, office space, apartment living, parks and Frisco’s City Hall and library.  For Additional information about Frisco Square and to sign up for the weekly e-news, visit friscosquare.com. Follow Frisco Square on Facebook/FriscoSquare; Twitter/@FriscoSquare; FourSquare; YouTube/FriscoSquareTX and Instagram

Swede’s “Sunny Sundown” Poem

(page numbers from Grove Press edition)

The men who worked the Redtail Mine were fed up with the boss.
They swarmed around his office door like blackflies round a hoss.
“No wages these three months!” one cried. “Let’s hang the lousy rat!
He’ll starve our very children, boys, while he himself gets fat!”
And true enough, behind the door, a fat man shook and wept;
The wobbling bags beneath his eyes said this man hadn’t slept.
A messenger had brought him work that made him feel his age:
Valdez, last night—the third straight month!—had robbed the payroll stage.

And now the mob broke down the door, and now they found a rope.
And now the boss was on his knees, a prayer was his last hope.
“Oh, God, I’m not an evil man, though everybody says
It’s all my fault that we ain’t caught the devil called Valdez.
Please find the man and send him who can plug the bandit king—”

Then each man felt the air go still; each felt a stab of dread;
Each heard the sound of danger in a dancing mustang’s tread.
They watched the horse come down the street; they watched the rider halt;
They watched him size them man by man, as if he knew each fault.
His clothes and hat were black as ink, his dancing mustang pale,
His eyes were blue and hard enough to make the sun turn tail.
He said, “You want to hang this man, I’ll give you each the same.
I don’t much like a mob,” said he, “and Sundown is my name.”

(pages 26-27)

A canyon dim and deep and cool was where he’d made his lair,
A labyrinthine cavern strewn with bits of bone and hair.
It smelled within of smoke and sin and blasphemy and dread,
And none would choose to walk that way who were not walking dead.
Yet down the quiet canyon wall a weary rider came—
A rider bent with grief yet bent on justice all the same.
And while the stormclouds rise on high, and ruin moans and grates,
The rider Sundown draws his Colt, and Valdez grins and waits.

(page 34)

Now Sundown’s wound is seeping and he’s tilting as he rides;
His eyes are red and gritty as he scans the canyon’s sides.
He hadn’t known the nature of the man whose track he sought,
And it sickened him to death to see the things Valdez had wrought.
One day an upturned stagecoach and its driver’s ghastly hue,
The next a blackened farmhouse and its family blackened too.
So many graves had Sundown dug, his hands were chapped and sore,
And now he prayed to God for strength to live and dig one more.

(page 35)

“And as the gunshots echo back against the canyon walls,
Valdez begins to totter—now he staggers—now he falls.”
“And later, Sundown finds a match and lights it with a stroke;
‘Cause graves in sunbaked ground come hard—a man can use a smoke.”

[alternate ending]
“When judgment came as gunfire to determine bad from good,
And Valdez lay all soaked in blood, and weary Sundown stood.”

(pages 68-69)

The moon was black as a miner’s lung,
The sky was black as a shroud,
And deep in a cell that was black as a well
Two men lay moaning aloud.

And one was Rennie, who’d robbed a man,
And one was Bert, who had killed,
And the gallows outside hadn’t ever been tried
But its mission would soon be fulfilled.

Three nooses swayed loose in a breeze like a sigh—
But who was the third who was waiting to die?

He’d been awake in his room one night,
With his darling asleep by his side,
When the bold Reddick boys, hardly making a noise,
Pushed the front door open wide.

His bride they had threatened not once but three times,
When his travels had fetched him away.
They had followed her round as she walked through the town,
Calling names I would rather not say—no,
The names I would rather not say.

And what do you think any good man would do,
No matter what judges or laws told him to?

They opened the door and they crossed the broad floor
With their minds full of evil intent.
For in town they had heard the fortuitous word
That Sundown on business was sent.

And as they approached Sunny rose to his feet,
Like a spirit he made not a sound,
And his blood rose inside as they came near his bride
And he shot the bold Reddick boys down, lads,
He shot the bold Reddick boys down.

So may a good man who has spared his wife hurt
Face death with the likes of poor Rennie and Burt.

(pages 99-100)

Till late in the night he had fought the good fight
With his fear, and had kept it at bay;
And he dreamed of his wife, and their satisfied life,
And he woke to a wicked new day.

* * *

Then he rose in his shirt and he nodded to Bert,
Who was empty and mute as a hole,
But down on his knees Rennie wept aloud, “Please,
Have charity on a thief’s soul, Lord,
Forgive my poor dry-rotted soul.”

Three nooses swung loose as a clergyman prayed.
Three men were marched forward—and two were afraid.

Then up the tight street came a rider so sweet,
She was light as the dawn, and as free—
And her hair was as black as her stallion’s back,
And she parted the crowd like a sea.

Leaned down from the black and pushed her hair back
And kissed his deliverer twice, my lads,
He kissed his deliverer twice.

(pages 105-106)

The blizzard shipped in from the west like a grin
On a darkened, malevolent face,
And the posse that sought Mr. Sundown was caught
In an awfully dangerous place.

For their horses were sore and their chances were poor
Of locating warmth or repose,
When the sweet sudden sight of miraculous light
Shone dim in the dark and the snows, my lads,
A light through the dark and the snows.

And the lady who answered their knock at the door
Had answered another, an hour before.

She bid them to stay, in her courteous way,
And insisted they sit by the fire,
And she poured them all brandy and sang them a song
And they slept as though lulled by a choir.

The sheriff next morning was first to awake
And he called all his men to the chase,
For a dream had suggested their quarry sought rest
In the hay in the barn on the place, lads—
He’d slept in the barn on the place.

But when they crept into the building to spy,
Gone horses, gone lady, gone outlaw, goodbye!

(pages 160-161)

From a spire of stone Sunny watched for his own,
For his raven-haired intrepid bride.
For she’d sworn to seek his Arcadian peak,
Her life to spend by his side

Then a rider appeared on a day stale and seared
And approached through the undulate heat,
And her horse had the stride of a wearisome ride—
Of a horse too long on its feet.

But deep in the distance and churning up smoke,
Who are the riders come charging for broke?

(page 258)

Enger, Leif. “Swede’s “Sunny Sundown” Poem.” Adams County Reads One Book – Explore the Book – Sunny Sundown. Gettysburg College, 2006. Web. 08 Nov. 2013.


A President’s Vision: Student Poster Contest

Student Poster Contest

During the 2013-14 academic year, Humanities Texas will hold a contest for students to design their own President’s Vision posters.
As with our posters, each student poster should identify the “vision” of a U.S. president and use explanatory text and primary sources to illustrate how the president pursued his vision during his term(s). Thus, the project provides students the opportunity not only to expand their knowledge of U.S. history, but also to develop their critical thinking, research, writing, presentation, and media design skills.
Students may select any U.S. president and present their own interpretation of that president’s vision.


Any Texas student in grade 6-12 may enter the competition. Students may work individually or in groups of up to three.

Teacher Submission Requirement

Teachers must submit entries on behalf of their students. No teacher may submit more than six posters. Teachers can use this flyer to promote the contest among students and parents.

Poster Formats

Posters may be either digital or paper-based. Paper-based posters may include such tangible media as paintings, drawings, two-dimensional collage, photography, and computer-generated art. Digital posters may be created using any number of desktop publishing and design programs. Digital posters may also be created using interactive poster development tools such as Glogster.


Paper-based posters must be postmarked by Friday, March 7, 2014, and sent to the following address:

President’s Vision Poster Competition
 Humanities Texas 1410 Rio Grande Street 
Austin, Texas 78701

Digital and/or interactive posters must be emailed to pv@humanitiestexas.org by Friday, March 7, 2014.


Ten winning posters will be selected from the middle school category (grades 6-8), and ten winning posters will be selected from the high school category (grades 9-12). In each category, Humanities Texas will present three first-place prizes of $500, two second-places prizes of $250, and five third-place prizes of $100.

  • The posters receiving first-place prizes from the middle and high school categories will each receive a printed version of his or her poster.
  • The teachers of all prize winners will each receive a printed copy of their students’ winning poster.
  • Winning posters will be posted on the Humanities Texas website and announced online.

Judging Criteria

A panel of qualified judges will review the entries and select the winners. Posters will be evaluated on the basis of three criteria: historical accuracy and insight, the selection and use of compelling primary source materials, and creative and effective visual design.

Required Components of All Posters

  • Each poster must be the original design and creation of the student entrant(s).
  • A completed registration form must be submitted with all posters.
  • Each poster must include at least three primary sources that illustrate the “vision” of the president the student(s) has/have selected.
  • Each poster must include a brief essay describing 1.) the “vision” of the president the student(s) selected, and 2.) the programs and initiatives that the president enacted to pursue that vision. The essay must be between 200 and 500 words. All written materials in the poster must adhere to accepted standards for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • A “works cited” page must be submitted with each poster showing the sources that the student(s) consulted and used in completing the project. MLA format is preferred.
  • Each primary source featured on the poster must have a caption identifying the title, creator, and date of the source. See the President’s Vision posters for models.
  • Posters submitted without a registration form and/or “works cited” page will be considered incomplete and disqualified.

General Submission Guidelines

  • Teachers must submit all entries on behalf of their students. No exceptions.
  • Teachers must submit a completed registration form and “works cited” page for each submission.
  • No teacher may submit more than six posters.
  • All entries become the property of Humanities Texas and cannot be returned.

Submission Guidelines for Paper-Based Posters

  • When mailing, please include 1.) the poster with the student’s or students’ full name(s) and school on the back of the poster, 2.) a completed registration form, and 3.) the “works cited” page.
  • Posters must measure between 18 and 24 inches wide and 24 and 36 inches high.
  • If a poster contains objects that make shipping impossible or difficult (tacks, staples, or any other breakable or sharp objects), please mail or email a high-resolution image (300 dpi at 18×24 inches or 24x 36 inches) rather than mailing the original. Do not send original artwork if it contains breakable objects.
  • Do not send posters rolled in a tube. Please send entries flat, encased between taped sheets of posterboard or cardboard.
  • Submissions should be postmarked by Friday, March 7, 2014, and sent to the following address:

President’s Vision Poster Competition Humanities Texas 1410 Rio Grande Street Austin, Texas 78701

Submission Guidelines for Digital Posters

  • Digital posters may be submitted via email to the following address: pv@humanitiestexas.org. For posters submitted via email, the registration form and “works cited” page must be attached to email along with the poster file.
  • If students chose to develop an interactive poster using an interactive poster development tool such as Glogster, the teacher must submit the URL in the body of an email and attach the completed registration form and “works cited” page. Entries should be sent to pv@humanitiestexas.org by Friday, March 7, 2014.
  • Digital posters may also be submitted via CD, flash drive, or some other form of portable media. Please mail to the following address:

President’s Vision Poster Competition Humanities Texas 1410 Rio Grande Street Austin, Texas 78701

Contest FAQ’s

What are primary source documents, and what can I use on my poster?

Examples of primary sources that students may feature on their posters include letters; manuscripts; excerpts from diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, and documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President; works of art; and historical photographs. Students who create interactive posters may also incorporate audio and video recordings.

Where can I find primary source documents?

Students should be encouraged to use reputable sources when gathering materials for their posters. The following sites are good places to begin research:

How do I write and format captions for the primary sources featured in my poster?

Captions should include: the title of the primary source, who created it, and the year it was created (e.g., Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800). See the President’s Vision posters for examples.

How do I follow MLA style when creating citations?

The Purdue Online Writing Lab has helpful instructions for following MLA format when creating citations and an example of an MLA “works cited” page.

May I submit a group poster?

Yes. Students may work individually or in groups of up to three.

How many posters may a teacher submit?

A teacher may submit no more than six posters.

How are winners notified?

Winners will be announced via email and/or phone call to the teacher who submitted the entries.

What would disqualify a poster?

  • Entry not the student’s or students’ own work.
  • Failure to submit required materials.
  • Failure to follow submission guidelines.
  • Incomplete registration form.
  • Incomplete “works cited” page.
  • Poster submitted without teacher knowledge or approval.
  • Poster submitted after the postmark deadline.