Suzanne Valenta
Technology, Gifted & Talented
Elementary UIL Coordinator
Sunnyvale Elementary School
Phone:  972-226-7601

What's Happening

DF Conference      
Session notes and handouts are available by clicking on the following links.
This year I will be helping teachers integrate technology into the core curriculum. The students will be exposed to websites, apps, and innovative devices to help them create, produce, problem solve and collaborate with each other.  Students and teachers will be using iPads, laptops, projectors, document cameras, and Smartboards regularly in the classroom.
 gt The GT classes have wrapped up their unit of study on the country of Japan.  In grades 1st - 4th, the next unit of study, Mystery Festival, has begun!  The unit combines mystery and investigation in a highly exciting, engaging and educational experience.  The student-detectives will conduct many hands-on forensic science tests on evidence found at a "crime scene."  This is a highly motivating and powerful unit that your child will remember for years.
sun   In kindergarten, the GT class started a unit called How the Sun Makes Our Day.  The Earth and space science unit, engages students in investigations an observations that support their learning about the sun as a source of light and energy, the nature of shadows, and the need for humans to conserve natural resources.  Focusing on the macroconcept of change, the How the Sun Makes Our Day unit deepens students' understanding of the scientific concepts on the unit. 

Classroom Resources

Take some time this week to get familiar with the following sites.
Username: sunnyvale
Password: bookflix
Username: sunnyvaleelem
Password: books
Feel free to also explore and learn on Brain Pop Jr. 
Brain Pop Jr.: 
Username: sunnyvalebp
Password: brainpop

Upcoming Assigments, Projects or Events

    Projects are due on Monday, May 19.  The fair will be held in the the elementary gym on Wednesday, May 21 from 8:30-11:30.  Please stop by to see the innovative and creative projects from the GT students!
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    Second Semester 2014 GT Referral Form is due March 7, 2014.
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