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Gifted and Talented School Highlights

Congratulations to Ms. Catheryne Porter for being named the 2018-2019 Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Porter teaches SAIL at Murray LaSaine, Stiles Point, and Stono Park. The Gifted & Talented Department is proud to have her on our team and representing us in the district.

Gifted & Talented Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Shannon Gibson for receiving an Elementary Literacy Grant from SC International Reading Association (SCIRA). Ladson Elementary and A.C. Corcoran Elementary 4th & 5th grade SAIL students are receiving a classroom set of the bestselling book, The Wild Robot. Thanks to the grant, these North Charleston scholars will explore what happens when nature and technology collide through this heartwarming and action-packed book!

The Wild Robot

 Nicole Martin's 4th & 5th grade SAIL students at Carolina Park Elementary are developing concepts and generalizations about the theme of "needs" by taking part in several survival activities.  The groups enjoyed a visit from Colonel Jon Regan Walters as he discussed physiological needs.  Students explored several knot-tying options for creating shelter and learning basic survival skills.  In this picture, students learned how to create shelter out of a poncho.  


Carolina Park students are learning how to make a tent out of a poncho.

Ms. Jill Cragg and her 4th and 5th grade students at Sanders Clyde participated in the Canstruction Jr. competition.  They chose a local landmark to replicate: The Charleston Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park.
The structure was composed of 1,252 full cans of food. All of the cans were donated through direct donations from grocery stores, purchased with cash donations, checks or grocery store gift cards. They were also able to collect cans directly from a South Carolina-owned farm/distributor up in Effingham, SC.  
They were fortunate to be able to work with several engineers from The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) - Charleston Chapter - who made several visits to our school during our after school work sessions.  Ms. Cragg and her students devoted 18 to 20 hours after school learning about how to construct load-bearing structures (they made about 200 paper cans) as well as calculating an approximate number of cans based on the circumference of some of our circles.  Students had to problem-solve in many situations both before the event and on the day of the event itself when we ran into a height problem (4-inches too tall)! 
They placed second in all three categories: People's Choice, Best/Healthiest Diet, and Most Creative.  It was a lot of hard work, but everyone was excited to be a part of this unique learning experience!

Sanders Clyde Canstruction

Congratulations to Georgetta Simmons and the Odyssey of the Mind team from Stall High School.  One team placed 1st overall and has been invited to compete at the World Finals in Ames, Iowa.  The other team placed 3rd overall.  Congratulations to both teams!

Patricia Smoot's 3rd grade students at Whitesides Elementary had a fun and memorable lesson on the food chain of an owl.  They learned about quantitative and qualitative observations while using owl pellets.  They dissected the owl pellets, used bone identification charts to classify the bones, and reconstructed the skeleton of the owl's prey.  

Students from Whitesides Elementary dissect owl pellets. Students from Whitesides Elementary dissect owl pellets.

Congratulations to Becky Luckie at Stiles Point for being selected to receive a 2017 Hess Toy Truck STEM Kit.  Check back for pictures next month!


Lisa Laughlin and her SAIL class at Harbor View Elementary launched (via US Coast Guard) a 5-foot unmanned sailboat on May 10th, 2017.  

Harbor View SAIL class

 The boat spent 154 days and 12 hours at sea and made landfall in County Mayo, Ireland, near Ballycroy.  The vessel was taken to Drumgallagh National School in Ballycroy and the students were extremely excited to discover and examine the contents of the waterproof compartment.  Inside was a painting of the Charleston flag, a keyring, some coins, and some handwritten notes from the SAIL students.  The boat is currently on display in Drumgallagh National School.  

You can see it's current location at http://http//

If you drag the yellow man onto the pin you can see a real-life view of its current location.

You can see what Drumgallagh National School posted on their website at


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