Tom Seabolt GT Instructor Room 102
LWE Phone 512-533-6350
* Referrals for 2013-2014 GT testing for students entering the 3rd through 5th grades are being accepted August 19th through Friday, Sept. 27th, 2013.
Testing begins the week of September 29th, and occurs only one time per year for currently enrolled students in grades 3, 4, & 5. All students in second grade are assessed through whole grade level testing beginning in late September or early October. No referrel is necessary for this grade level. In LTISD GT identification begins in second grade. Kinder & first grade students with high level abilities are served via their classroom instructor.
Rest in Peace - SPIKE THE TARANTULA MOVES ON...
(Jan., 15, 2013) Spike the Tom Seabolt classroom pet tarantula for the period 1995 to present passed away during the first week of January 2013. Spike, a female tarantula species from Chile, first joined Mr. Seabolt's classroom as a donated pet when he was teaching at Lawhon Elementary in the fall of 1995. At that time she was already adult sized so it is estimated that she was at least 19 years old at the time of her death.
A long trusted and quiet member of Seabolt's classroom Spike was patient in the extreme and always willing (although truthfully she was at times reluctant) to go along with the classroom activities and antics typical of what occurs in a modern educational elementary setting. Over her lifetime she served approximately 600 plus students (Lawhon Elementary, Sablatura Middle School, and Lakeway Elementary) as Entomological Assistant Director, Arachnid Division, and as a goodwill representative example par excellance for her species. Many many students will shed a tear for this gracious lady of the Animal Kingdom, as they are indebted to Spike for her help in them having learned to overcome forever personal fears and innate apprehensions of spiders et al, insects & exoskeletona types, and all other various soft and hardbodied invertebrate etcetera.
Services were privately held and she has been buried in the Oak Hill neighborhood section of Austin Texas.
IMPORTANT LEARNING & RESOURCE LINKS:
* PRUFROCK PRESS www.prufrock.com/
Books on GT: Logic, analogy, critical thinking workbooks; books for parents of GT students. A four star source for material on raising and educating high ability children.
* Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/
Excellent on-line tutorials for Mathematics (Arithmetic, Algebra, Calculus, Statistics), Physics, Chemistry, and other subject areas variously elementary through high school
. Highly recommended.
* SCIENCE BUDDIES: www.sciencebuddies.org
A site for serious students of science. Includes an excellent section science project and experiment ideas.