• September 2021 Newsletter 


    Gifted News

    Gifted Preschool Set To Open Fall 2022! 
    DVUSD is opening a Gifted Preschool next year, and we have an Interest Survey for our families! Go to the district  website for more information. 

    https://www.dvusd.org/Domain/95 

     

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Per district, all conferences will be held via Zoom.  If you would like to conference with me then send me an email.  I will be scheduling conferences October 13th through the 19th so as not to conflict with your child’s classroom teacher.  My email is tamara.boylan@dvusd.org  


    ELA:  Students who qualify for SPARK ELA have Canvas enrichment and a weekly Zoom meeting with Dr. Sanschagrin, the gifted specialist for ASPIRE Online Academy.


    Walk Up to Math:  Mrs. Boylan is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays.  She checks in on students by pushing into their math classrooms and periodically checking in with the teachers.


    Math SPARK or enrichment:


    First Grade:  We finished up learning about Dudley Detective who uses clues to find one right answer.  We have begun talking about Isabel the Inventor who brainstorms to find many possible solutions.


    Second Grade:  We are using the online program Kahn Academy to accelerate our understanding of second grade math.  We hope to finish this by the end of December so we can use the remainder of the year to learn third grade math 

    concepts.  That way we'll be ready for Walk up to Math next year.


    Third Grade:  Students continue to work on Kahn Academy to master third grade concepts.  We have started Zearn which will reinforce the concepts being taught in fourth grade math.


    Fourth Grade:  We have started Zearn which will reinforce the concepts being taught in fifth grade math.  We are also working on spatial reasoning puzzles.  


    Fifth and Sixth  Grade:  We have been working on spatial reasoning and deductive reasoning puzzles.

     

    August 2021 Newsletter 

     

    News:  Mrs. Lorenzen had Baby Levi on August 17th!  She will be returning from maternity leave mid-November.

     

    Testing:  Fall CoGat testing was completed.  Results will be sent to families in the next week or two.  The winter testing window is January 4th - February 18th 2022.

     

    ELA:  Students who qualify for SPARK ELA have Canvas enrichment and a weekly Zoom meeting with Dr. Sanschagrin, the gifted specialist for ASPIRE Online Academy.

     

    Walk Up to Math:  Mrs. Boylan is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays.  She checks in on students by pushing into their math classrooms and periodically checking in with the teachers.

     

    Math SPARK or Enrichment:

    First Grade:  We are learning about Dudley Detective who uses 

    deductive reasoning to find the one right answer to problems.

     

    Second Grade:  We are using the online program Kahn 

    Academy to accelerate our understanding of second grade 

    math.  We hope to finish this by the end of December so we can 

    use the remainder of the year to learn third grade math 

    concepts.  That way we'll be ready for Walk up to Math next 

    Year.

    Third Grade:  We are using the online program Kahn Academy 

    to fill in gaps in understanding since we didn’t complete it 

    over the summer.  For those students who did master the third 

    grade standards we are working on a place value project.

     

    Fourth Grade:  We are working on multi-digit multiplication 

    using the area model, partial products, and the standard 

    algorithm.

     

    Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade:  We are learning about growth 

    mindset while tackling challenging problem solving activities.