G/T students are focusing on giving back to their school, peers, and community through a variety of service opportunities. Mrs. Julie Chinni, the NBMS CIS coordinator, spoke to all the G/T advisories about CIS and the New Braunfels Teen Connections Outreach program. Connections Individual and Family Services is a 501 (c) 3 private, non-profit organization founded by a group of community leaders in 1981 to provide a safe and secure alternative to the “streets” for homeless, abused, or at-risk youth. Through comprehensive services, Connections offers a safety net for “at-risk” youth. Further, the agency collaborates extensively with schools, non-profit agencies, churches, government representatives, and other youth-serving resources to foster community efforts to empower youth, connect families, and build futures. Connections is always in need of donations to benefit the teens and families in need of their services. NBMS GT advisories have adopted Connections & NBMS CIS as part of an on-going community service effort to benefit any NBMS peers and all at-risk teens of the greater New Braunfels area. For the Christmas holiday season, students are spearheading a Stuff the Stocking campaign to provide much needed personal items and some holiday cheer for teens in need. They have created and distributed colorful donation flyers around the school to seek participation from the entire campus. They are creating holiday cards with messages of support, inspiration, and cheer for this Christmas season. They plan to extend their efforts into the spring semester with a stuff the pillowcases theme to continue providing these much needed necessities year round. We are hoping to build a lifelong passion in our G/T students for giving back to their communities and serving others in need. Please help us foster and grow this community and service awareness, as it will help us all build a stronger and more caring world! Send any donations you can with kiddos by December 17. Thanks for your support!
Stocking Stuffer Suggestions: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Body Lotion, Shaving Cream ,Christmas Candy, Colorful Notebooks/Journals ,Stocking Stuffers for Teens (Girls & Guys), Popular Books for Teens, Hoodies or Jackets, Backpacks or Duffel Bags
6th graders worked hard to plan their 2nd Annual G/T Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year, due to COVID, the parade was done virtually for all to enjoy safely! Students created floats that had to be mobile and highlighted what they were thankful for. Some of these are particularly humorous or touching as COVID has really impacted their perspectives! Some of you family members were very instrumental in making these videos and floats possible. We hope you enjoy viewing their parade! Adjust the VOLUME accordingly throughout the video:)
7th G/T students went to the library and participated in a Book Tasting to preview books available to read for their book club. Students were then put in book club groups based on the novel they selected as their number one choice. Each group member selected a group job (director, literary luminary, connector, plot profiler, etc.) to help the book club meetings go smoothly and the discussions be interesting. They used the depth & complexity icons and Kelly Gallager strategies to prepare for their meeting. Students set a reading timeline for their group and read their books. Their first meeting was held before Thanksgiving and afterwards each group member reflected on glows and grows for their next meeting.
8th graders have been busy this past 9 weeks. They worked to complete a career interest inventory in Eduthings to help them identify potential career fields and provide valuable information for their high school 4 year plan. If used correctly, this analytical tool provides highly accurate career guidance. In October, they became realtors selling haunted houses:) As the newest realtors on the block, 8th graders had their first listings to sell… haunted houses! They came up with creative and scary houses to sell. From graveyards and ghostly residents to shrines of body parts, these phenomenal houses are ready for offers! They sometimes take breaks and play really loud and competitive games of charades and Christmas pictograms. Always fascinating to watch their brains at work! They decorated some beautiful and fun shoes for a Walk in My Shoes project and they've finished strong helping with our community service Stuff the Stocking project! Please enjoy the following photo collages of all these fun activities. We have so many talented 8th graders and it's a treat to watch them excel and grow into wonderful young men and women!