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Alpha has a New Home Technology Labs – Technology
learning spaces will be used for
technology-based courses like
Photography and Coding.
Clear Creek ISD’s Gifted and Talented possibilities for learning are limitless.”
Department is pleased to launch its Maker Space – This is a space
Alpha Park beginning at the start of In the Alpha program, fourth and fifth designed for students to create
the 2019-2020 school year. The Alpha grade gifted students explore a variety representations of their learning in
Park is a learning community that of diverse instructional opportunities many different areas and explore new
surrounds Alpha’s newly-renovated by attending classes on-campus one ideas.
home-base in the district’s Learner semester and an off-campus GT mini-
Support Center. Here, students will course the other semester. Common Area – This space will be
be able to explore the many unique used for lunch and Alpha student
offerings of the Alpha program in an Features of the new Alpha space collaboration in high interest groups
expanded instructional format. include: and other Alpha classes.
Alpha students will continue to Classrooms – Each Alpha classroom Gymnasium – The gymnasium
enjoy the learning opportunities the will have the same technology offered provides a large area for Alpha
University of Houston Clear Lake in CCISD classrooms, storage for long students to conduct experiments,
campus has to offer through nature term projects, and places to display create performances and hold
areas, field biology excursions and Alpha student work. competitions.
special areas located on campus. The
Alpha program is also looking forward Theater – Students will have access to Click here to view a detailed Alpha
to forming new partnerships with a theater space each week, allowing Park map.
several programs offered at Clear Lake for the Spotlight class
High School. to include stage design,
lighting and sound.
“Our GT family is so excited about
our new Alpha learning space,” said Science Areas – The
Glenda Holder, Director of Advanced Learner Support Center
Academics and Gifted and Talented. will contain multiple
“We are so thankful for all of the science lab areas for
support the University of Houston classes to meet to
Clear Lake community has given the conduct experiments and
Alpha program over the past 20 years apply scientific learning
and look forward to continuing this in a variety of ways.
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Important AP Changes
in 2019 - 2020
Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the AP® Program To get ready for the coming school year, please encourage
is introducing new resources and processes designed to your student to sign up for a College Board account.
help students earn college credit and placement. All College Board programs are connected through
one account, so if your student created one for the
Here’s what you and your student need to know: PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, or College Board Opportunity
Scholarships, they’re all set. They’ll just need to have
• AP Exam sign up will take place in October 2019. their username and password available.
• Students will be asked to register for AP Exams in the
fall. AP Exams will continue to be given in May. Learn more at parents.collegeboard.org.
• The exam fee isn’t changing. However, there will be
$40 fee for late registration (after Nov. 15) and a $40
cancellation or unused exam fee.
• Students will get personalized feedback through new
digital tools that provide daily support for every AP
classroom. Their teachers will be able to track their AP Student Checklist
performance throughout the year using monthly
personal progress checks. Here is what students need to do to prepare for
the 2019-20 AP school year.
AP® students do college-level work in high school. And if they score a 3 or
higher on the exam, they can earn college credit. To help them make the
most of this opportunity, support is being provided for teachers with a suite BEFORE THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
of online tools and new policies for the 2019-20 school year. • Students visit apstudent.collegeboard.org to
More Students Succeed When They Register in the Fall learn more about AP courses and exams.
More than half of schools that offer AP ask students to commit to taking the • Students without a College Board account
exam in the fall, boosting their chance of earning a score that translates to should create one and set their password.
college credit. They’ll need their username and password
when their AP classes start in the fall.
What These Changes Mean for Students • Students who already have an account should
The AP experience will largely remain the same—students will still sign up make sure they know their username and
for classes at the same time, and exams will still be administered in May— password.
but there are a few changes they’ll notice throughout the 2019-20 school
year. FALL 2019
FALL COMMITMENT • First week of class: Teachers will give students
Students will sign up for AP Exams in the fall. Your school will provide a join code for each of their AP classes.
directions on how to register and will place the exam order for students. If a Students use their College Board username
class doesn’t start until after the fall deadline, AP coordinators can still order and password and join code to enroll in their
exams by the spring deadline. class section.
• October/November: Schools submit exam
NEW RESOURCES orders.
Students will get personalized feedback through new digital tools that
provide daily support for every AP classroom. Their teachers will be able to
track their performance throughout the year using an online bank of real AP SPRING 2020
practice questions and monthly personal progress checks. • March: Schools submit any changes to their
exam order and order exams for students in
EXAM COSTS spring courses.
The exam fee and the fee reduction haven’t changed for the 2019-20 school
year, but two new fees are being introduced—one for late registration and • May: Students take AP Exams.
another for canceling the exam. These fees encourage students to commit to
the exams early and stay engaged throughout the year, increasing their SUMMER 2020
chances of earning college credit. We were pleased that very few students in • July: AP Exam scores are released.
the AP pilot paid these fees. The best outcome is to finish each school year
without collecting a single late or cancellation fee.
More AP Resources • Joining Your AP Class Section
• Charting a Path to College Credit
(Click the activity name for more information.)
Book Clubs • Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market Galveston Island
• Freeman Library • Pick Your Own Farms • Pirates! Legends of the Gulf
• Barnes & Noble Coast
• Half Price Books Art Classes • Pier 21 Theater
• Blue Willow Bookstore • Art School for Children • Moody Mansion
• Destiny Quest, Spaghetti Book • The Ceramic and Pottery • Moody Gardens
Club for Kids Center • Ohana Surf School
The Glassell School of Art • Texas A&M Seacamp
Museum Information • Hobby Lobby • Tall Ship Elissa
• Museum of Fine Arts Houston • JoAnn Fabrics
• Art Explorers • Texas Art Supply Nature Centers
• Art Detectives at Bayou Bend • Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature
• Houston Museum District Center
• Art Car Museum • Houston Arboretum and
• Houston Zoo Nature Center
• Miller Outdoor Theater • Sims Bayou
• Armand Bayou
Farm to Market
• Froberg Farms
• Moorehead’s Blueberry Farm
Tools for Elementary
Depth and complexity icons challenge advanced learners by directing them to extend their understanding of the
area of study. They encourage students to approach content by “Thinking like a Disciplinarian.” These thinking
tools help students take thinking to deeper and more complex levels each day. This month we are highlighting
two more thinking icons:
• What are Patterns? What are Ethics?
Repetition; predictability; recurring Different opinions; judging; bias;
events; cycle; repeated features controversial issues; problems; morals;
• What is the order of events?
• Which elements, events or ideas are • What are some beliefs, values, or
recurring? judgements that exist?
• What predictions can be made based on the patterns
seen? • How has bias, prejudice, or discrimination affected the
• Armand Bayou Summer Camp • Texas A&M at Galveston Family Fun
• Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented
• Galveston College Kids College (TAGT) Summer Enrichment Program
• Kids U at UHCL TAGT offers a comprehensive listing of enrichment programs
Kids U offers powerful learning experiences during week-long and camps for gifted learners. Check out the link above to see
summer camp sessions for students from Pre-Kindergarten all the offerings.
to 12th grade. Grades are as of 2018-2019 (the grade student
just completed). Organized around themes of Technology,
Math, Writing, Science and Early Childhood. The camps are • The Grand 1894 Opera House - Summer
perfect summer enrichment Theatre Camp
Summer • The Houston
• Moody Gardens Camp Museum of Natural
Summer Camps Science Summer Camp
• Rice University (Click the camp name for more information.) • UHCL Hawk STEAM
Summer Tech Academy
Academies • UTMB Summer Student Programs
UTMB at Texas A&M at Galveston offers several summer
programs geared for intermediate and high school students
each summer. There are application deadlines so check into
• Space Center Houston Summer Camp these quickly.
• Upstage Arts Camps and Classes
• Texas A&M University Galveston Campus
Click here and here for more information on selecting the right summer camp for your child.
For a CASE Summer Camp listing, click here.
QUICK LINKS eam! Glenda Holder
and Gifted and Talented
• Nurturing Creativity [email protected]
• Asynchronous Development
• 10 Cool Camera Apps Follow us on the
• 49 Best Photo Apps Facebook group!
• How to Discuss Books with Your Kids Connect with your GT T
• Learning Like a Jungle Tiger
• Method Test Prep ACT/SAT Study Hints
• CASE for Gifted Children