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Hello Cougar Families!!

I am so thrilled to be a part of your child’s Gifted learning experience. This is going to be a great learning year for all of us! I'm looking forward to lots of great projects and the chance to get to work with each of your children. Please subscribe to this website for any important newsflash reminders or updates.

Contact information:

Cecelia Lummus
GT/Math Specialist

Creekside Forest Elementary
5949 Creekside Forest
The Woodlands, TX 77389

281-357-4526 X3897
FAX: 281-357-4535

cecelialummus@tomballisd.net
 

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4th and 5th Showcases

5th Grade will showcase on Thursday, December 9th at 8:00 AM.  
-Please have them come to school dressed as the god or goddess they studied or made up the myth for.  They need to meet me at 7:45 in the front hallway of the building.  We will line the walkway for all those students who are entering the building.  They will display their slide shows as well as the books they have written and published.  Each student will need to be in costume.  Parents are welcomed to attend to see the different Myths we have learned about and created!  It will be a fun morning.  I will let them go change clothes at 8:45 and send them to Specials.  They need to bring clothes to wear so they are not dressed up all day.  :)
 
4th Grade will showcase on the same day, Thursday, December 9th from 11:45-12:15.  They will be showcasing a Culture Fair, as they have each studied aspects of a culture that they are excited about.  This is a fun fair to attend because they usually sample a food of that culture.  Remember, these foods must be able to be given out without touching.  Toothpics or small cups and spoons work well!  They must bring and present 5 items that represent that culture(artifacts), as well as a food or drink to sample.  (Keep this simple and small...this is a sample not LUNCH!)  The kids are really excited to do this!!  I hope parents are able to come to our Fair.  The 4th graders do not have to dress, unless they want to use that as an artifact.  EX:  hula skirt for Hawaiian culture.  
 
 

Kindergarten GT SCREENING/TESTING

Dear Parents of Kindergartners,
 
It is that time of year for Kinder screening!!   According to the Texas State Plan for the Gifted, every kindergarten student should be screened for giftedness by March 1st.  I will start this next week!
 
All kindergartners will be given the 2020-2021 Kinder Screener through the use of a google form pulled by the GT Specialists.   
 
We have practice materials for parents to do with their children IF you choose but it is NOT required at all. 
 
There are 3 types of testing:  Nonverbal, verbal and quantitative.  Each practice booklet contains similar problems for the type of test.  Each type of test has 3 different categories.  We suggest practicing a couple of problems from each category to help familiarize your child with the types of questions that they may encounter.  The Kinder Screener was developed with similar type problems but on a shortened version from the full CogAT.  Below are links to the practice activities and teaching guides.
 
 
It is important to understand that ability testing is not something you can fully prepare for.  Ability testing is designed to test how your child processes information and how they think.  There is not a complete way to "study" for the test.
 
The Kinder Screener, as well as a few other criteria including math report card, Independent reading level and a teacher recommendation, will be used to determine if a student qualifies to proceed with further testing.  The screener will be given during the next 2 weeks.  As stated in the district letter that was sent out in November, if your child qualifies to continue, you will receive a letter of permission for further testing.  If your child does not qualify to continue, you will receive a letter to inform you of the result of the screener.  This is new this year!!  :)
 
Thank you,
 
Mrs. Lummus

4th Grade Parents: SHOWCASE INFO

The students still need some time to prep for the showcase.  It will be a week or so.  I will post when I have a date and time.  ( I will give advance notice because I know most of you are preparing food.)

4th Grade GT Parents:

We are getting close to ending our unit on Cultures.  Each child needs to bring in a Tri-board that is large.  At least a 36X46 size.  There are lots of things to put on this board and they have been working hard on their topics.  This is the showcase where they have to bring in 5-10 things that represent their culture.  They do NOT have to be from that country, but must be able to create a conversation about that country in some way.  Family heirlooms are welcomed, but not required as the safety is not guaranteed.  Some parents bring artifacts with them when they attend and take them home the same day.  
 
We do allow students to sample a food of their country.  This must be done with care for several reasons.  All ingredients must be listed on a card beside the samples for allergies.  Gloves will be provided, but the students will need to provide a small napkin, or sample cup to give out the samples.  
 
I'd like to have the Showcase for "We are Texans, a Culture Fair" on Tuesday, November 30th.  I will let you know a time next week as I have some more planning to do with the 4th grade teachers and Mrs. Trammell.  

SCIENCE FAIR

CFES Science Fair is ready to roll!!  Our fair will be on December 10th.  This is an event where the top 3 from CFES go on to a District Fair in January.  We, as a school, have always represented well at the District Fair!   ALL of our past winners have moved on to Jr. High so competition is WIDE open this year!  Your student should have received a packet home in his/her Wednesday folder last week.  You can go join our google classroom with this code:  npwmusp.
On that site you will find all the information you need!  Email me if you have any questions at cecelialummus@tomballisd.net.

UIL INFORMATION

UIL is Back this year!!  We are planning the district event this year on February 12th, at the new Grand Oaks Jr. High.  Coaches have begun practice and each coach is responsible for recruiting their own students to coach.  UIL is not a club!  It is an academic competition.  There will be 3 students selected from a group who practices together to go to the event on Feb. 12th.  Those children will be the students who tested best in the practices.  
 
If you want your student to participate and you think they will do well, please let me know through a direct email.  I will put you in touch with the correct coach.  UIL is for 2nd - 8th grades only.  Each grade level has different things they can compete in. 

GT OPEN HOUSE

Mark your Calendar's for this year's GT Open House!  Come see what your GT students will be doing this year as a GT identified student!  I'm going to talk about all the options they will have this year.  The Open House will be in the cafeteria on Friday, September 10th, at 9:30.  

CFES 2021-2022 Robotics TRYOUTS

 We are looking for one FLL (competitive) team of 4th and 5th graders and 4 Jr. FLL teams of 3rd and 4th graders.  The tryouts will be on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th from 4:00 to 5:00.  Robotics practices on Monday and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 and practice is mandatory to participate on the FLL team. The Jr. teams will only practice on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00.  Look for the application that came home today in Wednesday folders.  Must have a filled out application to stay for tryouts.
 
**Date at the bottom of the note is incorrect....Tryouts are on the 9th...not the 20th.

SPRING TESTERS....

Results are coming home tomorrow in Wednesday folders.  (Snail mail if Virtual)  If your child qualifies for Gifted Services it is IMPORTANT that you sign the back page and send it back to me as soon as possible.  I'm excited about my new 44 students next year!!  :)

3rd Grade GT CLASS

It is showcase time!!  WE have finished our unit on Icons of Depth and Complexity.  I need each of you to bring in a LARGE 36x48 inch tri-board.  You can get them from Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, etc.   I don't care what color you get, just be mindful of your topic.  Mrs. Lummus likes things to look nice on a presentation board!  :)
NOTE:  I'm hearing they are sold out most places.  Hobby Lobby had 24 of them last night.  It is important they get the large ones!  We've done a ton of work on this project!  
Please bring in these boards for Monday, May 10th!

5th Grade showcase tomorrow

Their projects have been outstanding!!  I want them to have the opportunity to show off what they have learned.  I need them to come to school by 8:00 tomorrow.  We will line (6 ft apart) the front driveway where car riders are dropped off.  They each should be in costume and they will hold their sign they made in class that shows the name of the god or goddess they are representing and the "moral" of their story.    I would encourage parents to drop off and come back around 8:45 to take pics.  That is when the traffic is less.  I'm so sorry we can't do this inside like last year!!  STILL...it will be fun for the kids to see the 5th graders in costume!!  Their projects were really fantastic!!   
 
I'm working on learning how to teach them to use our NEW 3D PRINTER!!  I hope they will be soon designing something they want to print that represents their Mythological god or goddess!  Crossing my fingers this works out!!  We are excited to have this printer!!  

Hello Spring GT Testers!

I have created a Schoology class and added your student to the page.  In this page there are practice tests for the Ability portion of the GT testing.  This year we are testing in 3 areas:  Verbal, Nonverbal, and Quantitative.  This is new!!  We have only used Nonverbal Ability scores in the past...so I'm excited to see results!!  Even if you have tested before...try again!  These practice tests are optional...but they will familiarize your student with the testing so that when they come to me to test they won't be super surprised.   Go over them with your child so they have a comfort about testing!  I'm hoping to gain lots of new students! Here is the link to the Schoology class if your child is not already added: 493K-JC8P-6JXGK  Have a GREAT SPRING BREAK!!  Testing starts when we return.

GT TESTING INFORMATION & Update for Kinder

The window is now open to ask for your student to be tested for Gifted Services.  Testing will begin the week we return from Spring Break.  There is some new things about the test this year so it might be a good time to re-test if you have tested before.  I will be checking with each classroom teacher for their testing nominations and I'm working with Mrs. Clark at the Creative Campsite to help identify students who need to be tested.  If you would like your student tested, and you have not already emailed me, or your child's teacher, please do so as soon as possible.  
 
KINDERGARTEN TESTING IS DONE...but I can not release that information until I meet with the District Committee.  That meeting has been pushed back due to our absence with snow.  We are meeting next Friday and I will release testing scores then.  I will send them home in backpacks.  The virtual students can schedule a pick up time with me or I will mail it.  An email will follow to virtual students.

SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

ALL OF YOU ARE WINNERS IN MY EYES!!  You took this on and blew the judges away!!    I am so proud to work with kids who love Science as much as I do and are eager to share their extended learning.
 
ALL students will receive an award for the Science Fair on Monday during the Announcements.  
 
Those moving on to the District Fair are:
1st Place:  Sana Kale
1st Place:  Ishika Varipilli
2nd Place: Ryan Nugent