AIG Update 12-19-17

*The administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is almost completed.  Make-up testing will be finished this week for any students absent last week and answer documents will be sent away to be scores on Thursday.  I anticipate scores coming back in a few weeks, hopefully by the end of January.  I will forward all individual score reports when I receive them.
*In AIG class students are working to finish projects in Literature, Math, and personal passion by the end of the quarter.
*The next Math Olympiad competition will be January 16th and 17th.  Competitions and practices occur Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school from 3:00-3:45.
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AIG Update 12-14-17

This week in AIG….

*Students are half way through Quarter 2 projects.  They are working with Seesaw in the literature project, Powtoon in the math project, and Google Slides in the Passion project.
*CogAT testing is completed for all students who took the test in the regular administration.  Make-up testing will occur next week on Monday-Wednesday.
*You can look at student projects for the 1st quarter posted on the Kestrel AIG Site.

AIG Update 12-7-17

*Students are continuing with their literature mini-projects and math Powtoon project.
*The next round of Passion Projects have also begun.
*CogAT will be administered next week on Dec. 12, 13, and 14.  Registration is now closed, students and parents who registered will receive an email from Mr. Love with all of the details.
*First quarter projects are now posted to the Kestrel AIG Site.  Click on “Student Projects”

AIG Update 11/30/17

This week in AIG….

*Students have completed presentations of their first passion projects.  We are moving on to new projects in literature and mathematics.  Students will have more flexibility and choice in their work this quarter.  They will also be working to learn a technology tool called Powtoon. (Grades 4-6)
*Registration is now CLOSED for students interested in taking the CogAT.  All students who have paid and registered will take the CogAT on December 12th, 13th, and 14th.
*If you are interested in seeing some of the work and projects done in the AIG class, I have begun posting projects to the Kestrel AIG Site.  Just click on “Student Projects”
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AIG Update 11/15/17

This week in AIG….

Students have been presenting their passion projects to the class.  It is very interesting to see the wide variety of interests in our AIG learners.  The project allows student choice of research topic along with practice creating Google Slides and presentation skills.  When presentations are complete I will build a showcase of projects for anyone to view on the Kestrel AIG Web Site.
FYI….   The deadline to order and participate in the CogAT in December will be next Tuesday Nov. 21st.  We plan to order the purchased assessments before Thanksgiving break.

AIG Update 11/2/17

The next step in our AIG program will be to offer the CogAT (Cognitive Aptitude Test) to any interested students on December 12th, 13th, and 14th.  There are 3 batteries included in the CogAT (Verbal, Nonverbal, and Quantitative)  Each battery takes 45 minutes and will be given on separate days during the mornings of Dec. 12th, 13th, and 14th.  This assessment is typically used to determine AIG classification with students at any grade level.  Any student who scores at the 95th percentile or higher will receive an AIG label that will follow them throughout their school career, and automatically qualify them for AIG services at any school.
*If you are not sure whether or not your child already has an AIG label from a previous school please email me privately and I can look that up for you.*
PLEASE NOTE:  The results of the CogAT will have no effect on students already placed into the AIG class with Mr. Love.  There will not be any removal of AIG services based on the CogAT score.  Placements for the AIG class will be revisited annually at the beginning of each school year.  The purpose of this assessment is ONLY for a formal AIG label in the Powerschool system.
If you are interested in your student taking the CogAT there is a $20 fee that covers the test booklets, answer sheets, and professional scoring; which will produce a detailed score report for each student.  Here are the steps to pay for the CogAt online:
  1. Go to the Kestrel homepage: https://kestrelheights.org/
  2. Click on “Parents”, “Make a Payment”
  3. Read the notice for the service fee and click: “Make A Payment” at the bottom of the page
  4. Choose the link:  Cognitive Aptitude Test
  5. Input your information and payment details, you will receive a receipt for your payment.
Here is a link to a few resources posted on the Kestrel AIG webpage that I have curated for anyone interested in getting more info and practice:  https://kestrelgifted.wordpress.com/resources-for-cogat/
Please let me know if you have any questions about the CogAT process.  Once I get a finalized list of interested students I will send out more info closer to the December test administration dates.  Thanks for all of your support with the Kestrel AIG Program!!!!

AIG Update 10/20/17

This week in AIG…..

  • The first Quarterly AIG Progress Report will be sent home with all students attending AIG class on Friday (10/20).  This will be the feedback tool that will be used to communicate between Mr. Love, parents, and students instead of a “grade”.  The report outlines 8 characteristics of AIG learners and allows student to self-reflect on their progress and work behaviors, along with teacher observations.  The AIG Progress Report will be in place of a “grade” for the AIG class.  Since academic performance is not really in question for AIG students, this feedback tool should give parents a clear idea of what is expected from an AIG student, and how their child is performing in the AIG class.  Here is a blank version of the rubric.  AIG Progress Report / Reflection  Along with the progress report you will find a definition of AIG services FYI:  AIG Services Definitions

 

  • AIG students are just about finished with the assigned projects from the first quarter.  After fall break the projects will be finalized and shared with parents through the Kestrel AIG site:  https://kestrelgifted.wordpress.com/  There will be a separate link on the site for “Student Projects”.  All three types of projects (Math, Reading, Personal Passion) will be showcased to establish a sense of pride in the work of our AIG students.  If you have not done so already, please go to the Kestrel Gifted site and “subscribe” by entering your email.  This will ensure that all new updates are sent directly to your email.

 

 

  • Math Olympiad has started this week on Tuesdays or Wednesdays after school from 3:00 – 3:45.  Interested students are still welcome to sign-up with Mr. Love or their math teacher.  Any student (not just AIG students) in grade 4 or above may participate.  There is an elementary level team and a middle school level team.  http://www.moems.org/

 

 

 

  • The American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8) will be offered to any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student on November 14th.  It is a timed, 40 minute, 25 question assessment that promotes competition at the school, state, and national level.  https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-8  This competition is for any 6-8 student, not just AIG students.  Ask Mr. Love or your math teacher for a registration form.  There is also a $5 registration fee for this competition.

 

 

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