Welcome to Mrs. Ross's Pathways class.  Mrs. Ross, Pathways Teacher
    I am excited about the new school year in Pathways.  I have many exciting, interesting things planned for this year.
    The Gifted Educaton program in Mississippi and, in particular, Madison County focuses on these areas:  Thinking Skills, Creativity, Information Literacy, Communication Skills, Affective Skills, and Success Skills.  Everything we do in Pathways is tied to one or more of these six competencies.
    Metacognition (thinking about your own thinking) is the overreaching competency for the intellectually gifted program.  Students will become more aware of the mental processes they use while they are engaged in learning.  Students will have a wide variety of experences that will help them to sharpen their thinking skills.
    My students will learn the steps in the Creative Prolem Solving process.  Given a real world situation, students will use the CPS model to solve a problem.  This model is sometimes used by businesses and corporations as a way to generate new ideas to solve problems.
    My students will also learn the Components of Creativity: Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration . The research states that creativity skills can be learned when children are given opportunities to learn and apply the creative thinking processes
    Pathways students will  continue to work logic problems and play a variety of games that require them to use their thinking skills in a fun, nonthreatening situation.
    Chess is always an important component of the Pathways program.  Students learn about the history of the game, the pieces and how they move, and, eventually strategies that help them improve their game.
    Chess is important for many reasons.  It exercises both sides of the brain, improves memory,  and reinforces critical thinking and  problem solving skills that are a core part of the Pathways program.  Some studies have shown that playing chess can actually increase  IQ scores.   So, if  you play chess, please practice with your child.  There are websites where you can play on line as well as numerous CD’s that teach how to play chess.
    We are continuing to build robots in Pathways.  We are planning to
    take some of the robots to competition later in the year.
    We have begun a unit of study about Medieval Times.  This topic, which includes castles, knights, princes, princesses, and various other subjects from the time period from 500 AD to 1500 AD is a favorite with my Pathways students.  Besides learning historical facts, they will also use their imagination and creativity to create 
    an original "kingdom" complete with a social order and rules to govern the kingdom. After learning about medieval castles, the students will create a "castle" that is appropriate for modern times.  Pathways students are 
    given many opportunities throughout the year to use and develop their imagination and increase their creativity.  

    Pathways fees are $25.00. This money is for purchasing the things we use in Pathways.  

    Please pay your child’s fee on your School Bucks as soon as you can or send cash with your child to me at Highland Elem.

    My e-mail address is siross@madison-schools.com.  You can also contact me at Highland at 601-853-8103.

     Please email me so I will have your email address on file in case I need to contact you.


    Thank you,


    Sibyl Ross,


    Pathways teacher