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UPDATE:  We have started the year in our new school, and TAG math classes are already underway!  The below message is from a few years ago and needs just a little updating... I now have a seven month old baby boy named Charlie who already loves going to his school while I am here teaching TAG.  I have learned so much about TAG and UP over the last two years and am excited to continue to work with this community to grow these young minds!  
 
Mrs. Myers
 
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I am so excited to be a new member of University Park Elementary! With meeting so many wonderful members of the learning community this week, I feel right at home. I have been a Bradfield Elementary Fourth Grade teacher for three years, and prior to that experience I taught in Plano ISD for five years in both fourth grade and fifth grade classrooms. Graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master Degree in Elementary Education, I quickly feel in love with extending the learning of my TAG students in the regular education classroom. I followed this passion to learn more about how to challenge my students every moment of the day through the SMU Gifted/Talented Endorsement Program. Given this opportunity to put my practice and passion in motion, I plan on partnering with you to build a challenging yet supportive environment that invites your child to grasp at opportunities to make great strides in learning. This year will be exciting for another reason, I am getting married in December to a fellow Red Raider, Mitch Myers. Mitch is accustomed to the teaching world because his mother is a retired teacher and was even prepared to help me set up my new classroom! I was already overjoyed my family is growing bigger this year, and now I am thrilled beyond words by adding my new University Park family as well. I look forward to meeting all of you and your children very soon.
 

Recent Posts

Thank you Rachel Kuhnel for letting us borrow your grandfather for our explorations lesson.  The different turbine designs by our second grade inventors made wind energy power light bulbs.   
It is not everyday that a Texas Tech professor comes to elementary school to discuss the innovation and design of wind turbines.  We thank you, Mr. Swift, for coming all the way from Lubbock to teach us about wind energy.  
Spotlight on the 2nd Grade Inventors!  These innovative designers crafted a device to protect an egg from a two story drop!  All of their hard work pays off as two eggs survived the fall without any harm.  These are the inventors we want designing safety features in the future!  Two more teams will be ready to drop their eggs soon!  
SPOTLIGHT ON 3RD:  Creativity takes on a new look with our "creativity ties" worn with pride showing off what makes each one of these students a special part of our group.  Trust me... you have never seen creativity like this group before!  

TAG MATH PROJECT WEEK

This week in all three grade levels we are working in their class period to create a sequel to "Millions to Measure".  If you have ever wondered how many croissants stacked on top of one another would reach the height of the Eiffel Tower, or how many M&Ms it would take to fill up a blue whale, then your answers have arrived!  We are measuring to the millions and each child can pick their own question to research and answer.  I cannot wait to see how the final product turns out, but I can assure you every child from 2nd to 4th grade is working hard on their part to make the 2015-2016 TAG Math Millions to Measure Book a success!  

Parent/Teacher Book Club

Let's try this again!  It appears that the link wasn't working so I had one parent test it out again today and it works!  If you tried last week to submit your vote and it didn't go through please try again.  This will also be the way I know who to contact when we set up meetings so be sure you follow the link and my fingers are crossed it will work this time.  

Week of Sept. 8th- Sept. 11th

In case you had to miss out on all the fun this week, I have attached all of the curriculum day’s information so that everyone can feel in the loop.  Remember to subscribe to this webpage so that you will be notified when announcements occur. 

Thank you for your time this week in meetings.  I really enjoyed talking with all of you and look forward to an exciting year ahead! 

Week of August 31st- September 4th

TAG MATH
 
2nd Grade: Number sense, place value, and group problem solving challenge... All three groups worked together closely to keep the problem solving challenge within a one point difference so we will have to finish the game next week to see which group will prevail!  Thank you to parents who helped give helpful tips on homework.  The kids loved sharing the fun ways you can solve problems too!  
 
3rd:  M3 Factors, multiples, and leftovers- Arrays cover most of the walls in the room now thanks to this active bunch!  Remember to keep practicing those math facts throughout this first unit!  
 
4th:  Thank you to families who played the factor game with your 4th grader.  They worked really hard to be up for the challenge!  We had our own tournament in class ending with a final championship today, and the winner, Will, got to take home the coveted homework pass.  :)  
 
TAG EXPLORATIONS
 
2nd: Introduction into inventors unit.  What do all inventors have in common?  Well we know that they must be curious, determined, dreamers who plan to change the world in some way!  I look forward to seeing what our second grade inventors have in mind... 
 
3rd:  Creativity Ties will be made next class: please bring small artifacts that inspire creativity to next class.  Introduction to the heart unit will begin next class as well.  We practiced presentation skills and connecting with an audience this week which we will continue to build on in upcoming classes. 
 
4th:  Introduction to Enigma unit.  These unexplained phenomenons may soon have the answers we have all been waiting for.  Investigations will begin next class!  Stay tuned...
 

Parent Curriculum Meetings

I will be hosting curriculum information meetings for parents of students in TAG Math and/or Explorations.  These meetings will be an opportunity for you to learn a little bit more about the curriculum as well as learn what I will be expecting from the students in regards to classroom work and homework.  These meetings should last about 30 minutes.

2nd Grade: Tuesday, September 8th @ 11:30 

3rd Grade: Wednesday, September 9th @ 11:30 

4th Grade: Thursday, September 10th @ 11:30

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Parent Curriculum Meetings

I will be hosting curriculum information meetings for parents of students in TAG Math and/or Explorations.  These meetings will be an opportunity for you to learn a little bit more about the curriculum as well as learn what I will be expecting from the students in regards to classroom work and homework.  These meetings should last about 30 minutes.

2nd Grade: Tuesday, September 8th @ 11:30 

3rd Grade: Wednesday, September 9th @ 11:30 

4th Grade: Thursday, September 10th @ 11:30