Knights Visit Cherokee Indian Village
New Salem Elementary’s fourth and fifth grade AIG classes visited Cherokee, NC on October 10. The field trip began at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian where the world’s greatest collection of Cherokee artifacts and treasures were brought to life. While at the museum students attended a storytelling to hear ancient Cherokee myths.
After a picnic lunch at Islands Park, students stopped by the Oconaluftee Indian Village for a dance presentation, a tour of the authentic working village, lectures, and a hands-on pottery class. While at the village students enjoyed live reenactments and interactive demonstrations.
Teachers Meet to Discuss Curriculum and Instruction
The elementary and middle school AIG teachers met as Professional Learning Communities (PLC) for a half day October 15-17, 2014. The teachers met in their clusters to discuss the curriculum and instruction and the new curriculum maps developed last spring for the gifted program in Union County Public Schools. The teachers collaborated on teaching ideas and assessments for the next six weeks. One of the many positive outcomes of the PLCs is that teachers had the opportunity to follow up on students who may have transferred to other schools. The teams will continue to meet over the 2014-2015 school year.