Welcome to another school year! We have had lots of changes this summer. Ms. Abernathy is now teaching for Mountain Brook. We will miss her! In her place we have Rita Sparks. Mrs. Sparks comes to us from Alabaster City Schools and has been a GRC teacher there for 12 years. Rita is the president of the Alabama Association of Gifted Children. We are very excited to have her on board. We have also added another GRC teacher to help teach 5th grade. Katie Carlton will be at HIS on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will rotate classes each 9 weeks for 5th grade. 4th and 5th grade pull out begin on August 14th. 3rd begins August 28th. The 3rd grade parent meeting is August 21st at 8AM. See you soon!

Donors Choose

I did a Donors page last week purchase 5 EV3 sets and it was fully funded!



Green City Challenge Trash Loop


This is Grant and Daniel completing the challenge of putting the black trash loop with the black trash receptacle for the Green City Challenge.

Videos from Green City Challenge

Green City Challenge Dam Windmill

The Green City Challenge is a Lego city. Students have to program their robots to make the city more green. The videos that I have posted are the activation of the windmill and making the dam complete by pushing in the block. Students have to come up with how they can add attachments to their robot to collect the energy brick and bring it back to the home base area.

Parent Presentation by Laurie Sherrell

GEP Parent presenation spring 2015

We heard a great presentation from Laurie Sherrell about the “Motivational Mindset” Click on this for the power point.



Need more filament

Hi, if you would like to donate filament for our printer, we need PLA 1.75 mm. Hatchbox is the brand that I have and it is sold on Amazon for 21.97. I have black, red, and I just ordered purple.

3D Printer and Matt Fridy

4th grade is well into the swing of things! We have picked up right where we left off last year. We have started our book, The Youngest Templar. It is about a boy who lived during the time of the crusades. It also has a lot of the same characters as Robin Hood.

I have recently purchased a 3-D printer and it has been quite a learning curve, but I am getting the hang of it. Below is a picture of one of the students’ designs. He created it at home on Tinkercad and we pulled it up here and printed it out.

first student design

Also, Matt Friday, our state representative, came out to visit last Friday. We showed him what we were doing and he told us about what he does. He is very supportive of our gifted children and the programs to support them.


Happy Spring!!


Cam Ward, Randy Fuller, and Mark Hall visit!


Simple Machines

We are well on our way in the 3rd grade rotation. See pictures below showing the students making the “mini golf putter” which is a 2 armed lever. This is one of the simple machines that we are studying.

3rd Grade Update

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