Gifted and Talented

   Gifted and Talented  
Tommie Balcom

Gina McDonald’s students are enjoying their Texas Performance Standards Project, “Utopian Destination”. They imagine, research, plan and design the city of their dreams. In this picture, they are brainstorming a list of buildings needed in their city.

Zane Ellington, Bryce Evans, Mason Thompson, Avery Cheek and Claude Miles

“All rise” echoed from the bailiff, as the Judge entered the Superior court room at Rice High School on May 14, 2015. The Cross Curriculum, C.S.I. Mock Trial was called into session. The defendant, Andy was on trial for the homicide of his father Artie, a decorated war hero who stormed the beaches in Iwo Jima. The Prosecutors and Defense Attorney battled with words for hours as experts and witnesses took the stand. A jury of his peers were seated and listened to the evidence. Finally, they found Andy “not guilty” of the crime.

This trial involved students from each grade level as participants, each academic level and revolved mainly around classes in Anatomy and Physiology, Art, English, Journalism, History, Spanish and Technology. The theatre class decorated the gym as a court room. Over 40 character actors and actresses presented the trial. The entire school was invited to participate as observers.

Many of the students liked the “real life” scenario of court and liked the different academic arena other than the class room. For many, this was the first time they had watched a court proceeding. Some of the gifted and talented students participated including to help write the character descriptions, as character witnesses and as the prosecutors. One of the witnesses only spoke Spanish so a translator was needed. Based on a survey, many students have voted to have a new trial in 2016. A committee will choose the characters for next year by application and try outs since the student response has been so overwhelming to participate in the next trial.



43 Middle School Teams to Compete in Annual Battle of the Books

Posted on 02/10/2015

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WACO, Texas - Local 6thading List. Students will be expected to complete book and quote identification along with short answer,

multiple choice and true/false questions that will test their knowledge and comprehension of the selected titles. 

WHEN:  12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

WHO: 43 middle school teams from across Region 12 school districts including:

Moody ISD 
Axtell High School 
Blum Middle/High School 
Bosqueville Middle School (6-8)
Bruceville-Eddy ISD DW 
Bynum ISD DW 
Cesar Chavez Middle School
China Spring Intermediate School
Connally Jr. High 
S. C. Lee Jr. High School 
Crawford ISD DW 
Gatesville Junior High School
Groesbeck Middle School 
Harmony Science Academy 
Hillsboro Intermediate School
Hillsboro Jr. High School 
Hubbard Middle School 
Itasca High School 
Charles E. Patterson Middle School
Liberty Hill Middle School 
Live Oak Ridge Middle School 

Manor Middle School 
Nolan Middle School 
Rancier Middle School 
Smith Middle School 
Union Grove Middle School 
Lometa School (PK-12) 
Malone ISD DW 
Mart Middle School 
Midway Middle School 
Mildred Elem. School 
Penelope School (PK-12) 
Rice Intermediate Middle School (3-8)
St. Mary's School - West 
Bonham Middle School 
Lamar Middle School 
Travis Science Academy 
Raymond Mays Middle School 
Valley Mills Elem. School 
Tennyson Middle School 
West Middle School 
Whitney Middle School 
Wortham Middle  

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MORE:  The winning team will be awarded medals, gift cards to Barnes & Noble and one complete set of the next year's Lone Star books for their school's library.  

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Dalton McDonald and Laisha Perez, Jolynn Wilson’s fifth grade GT students, lead a book study during lunch.

This “Lunch Bunch” idea is so popular that students are asking for daily meetings!

What fantastic leadership roles these students are displaying!



2015 Battle of the Books



In February, middle school GT students will return to Waco in an attempt to take home first place in “Battle of the Books”.

These students competed last year and placed tenth out of 42 area schools.

Our team has been reading selections from The Texas Lone Star Reading List and will prepare to answer questions about these

books during competition. We wish them the best of luck. Make us proud, guys!


Eighth graders pictured, left to right: Cameron Metcalfe, Mikey Gray, Miguel Ortega, Dylan McDonald, and Daniel Jones.

Sixth grade alternates (not pictured): Luis Diaz, and Daniel Cleveland.

Battle of the Books





Rice IMS GT students, Laisha Perez and Dalton McDonald, recently completed their project on school safety.

These hard-working fifth graders in Donna Gipson’s science class accepted a challenge to educate their classmates,

parents and teachers about the fire safety measures on their campus. Following a detailed rubric, they interviewed

Chief Gray, located fire extinguishers, drew maps, and videotaped an actual fire drill. Excellent job!