"Preparing All Students to Succeed"

Lisa Gibson
Director of Academically and Intellectually Gifted and Federal Programs

Points of Pride

  • Congratulations to Mr. Richard Wikfors, AIG Teacher at Fairview Elementary School, who has been named the Union County Public Schools AIG Teacher of the Year  2014-2015.

  • Stephanie Haring, AIG Teacher, has been named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for Marvin Ridge Middle School.  Congratulations!

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  Marvin Elementary Math Art Show photo

  Marvin Elementary Math Art Show

Marvin Elementary School held a Math and Art Show.  Fourth and fifth graders in math AIG made an art project that had to have some type of math in the project.  Students used their creativity to make up a project.  Math has a lot of art in it; you just do not realize it.  When you are drawing windows on a house, you have to look at angles.  

Some examples of some projects were scale drawings, optical illusions, and symmetry.  The regulations for the project were the project had to have math and art. There had to be a paper describing the math, you could not do something we had done in class, and you could not just use toothpicks and marshmallows.  

Students let their imaginations fly and came up with very interesting projects. The projects were displayed in an empty room. On Friday, May 1, judges from the middle school math department and Marvin Elementary School’s art teacher conferred to select the winning projects. Three projects and an honorable mention were picked in both grades and an overall first place project.  

The overall winner was Kailey Spicer.  She did string art with parabolic curves.  The winners in fourth grade were, third place , Jack McDonough who made a pendulum that painted spirals and pictures, in second place, Edoardo Marsoni who made a crocodile out of origami cubes, and in first place Olivia Romesburg who did string art. The honorable mention in fourth grade was Lily Tucker who made a sphere out of paper mache .

The winners in fifth grade were, in third place Isabella Cirincione who drew a 3D cube , in second place Molly Meyer who did a scale drawing of Minnie Mouse, in first place Lindsey Blizzard who did a 3D Sierpinski triangle, and the honorable mention was Sophia Freeman who made parabolic curves on the Brooklyn Bridge.

It was a fantastic event, and all the projects were displayed at the music and art show at Marvin Elementary.

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Spring Screening Process

It is the time of year for the AIG department to start our annual spring screening process. Each student currently enrolled in our schools, in grades 3-7, is automatically included in the spring screening process. Teachers at each of our schools review current student data to evaluate each child’s potential candidacy for AIG Services for the following school year. Students are assessed based on their current grades and testing data. Students who have met two of our qualifying criteria for AIG services may be referred for further testing. Please note that not all students are tested during this process. Only the students who fit within our criteria are evaluated further.

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Night at the Opera photo

Night at the Opera

On January 22, 2015, Kensington AIG students, along with their parents and teachers, went to the Blumenthal Theatre to watch a performance called Turandot. The story of Turandot is based on a character in Persian folklore and was set in Beijing in legendary times. The opera, performed in Italian, was partially written by Giacomo Puccini. Unfinished at the time of Puccini’s death in 1924, it was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926.

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