News & Notes

December 2016

Third grade AIG testing is now underway! 

August 2015 

Welcome Back!
I hope your 2015-16 school year is off to a wonderful start! You can click on the following link for more information about Buncombe County's AIG services and curriculum, screening and referral processes, or identification criteria.
We expect the 3rd grade CogAT (aptitude screening) to be administered at the end of September, and this will begin the screening and nomination process for third graders. I have begun scheduling times for 1st and 2nd grade Problem Solver groups, but will not meet with these students until after the initial round of mClass assessments have been completed at the end of September.
March 6, 2014 "AIG Update" presented at Board of Education meeting
Recently our AIG department director, Robert Waller, and our lead AIG specialist, Judy McGuire, made a PowerPoint presentation to the Board of Education. The presentation shared recent data regarding student achievement, staff development, and funding. Here is the link here so you can see the complete AIG Update slide show.
A New AIG plan for 2013!
Last year the AIG staff worked on updating the county AIG plan, which was approved by the school board over the summer. The new plan is posted on the Buncombe County website - click here to link. This year the staff will work on updating AIG curriculum.

Homework Policy

         Third, fourth and fifth graders in the AIG program should expect to have weekly homework assignments. However, these assignments are optional, because the AIG program is not intended to make the students do more/extra work. Usually, homework will be fun and engaging puzzles or brain teasers, so that kids will want to complete the assignments. I encourage them to share the work with their families, so feel free to work on it together. As an added incentive, students will also earn stars in our reward system for completing assignments.

Progress Reports

Students will be assessed on Creativity & Innovation, Communication & Collaboration, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Initiative & Self Direction, Quality of Work, and Preparedness. You will receive updates regarding your student’s progress in these areas at the end of each nine week marking period. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, or if you would like to schedule a conference, please do not hesitate to contact me.