The Governor's Program for Gifted Children

GPGC 2024 | JUNE 9 – JULY 20

Weekly Reports – 2024 Week Two – Afternoon Classes and Dorm

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Afternoon Classes:

Choir (Colette Tanner, Instructor)

We are working on songs that use “water” as an analogy for the “journey of life.” If you would like to see and hear the repertoire we have been working on, here is a link to the CHOIR BLOG:

Critical Thinking (Robert and Jessica Markstrom, Instructors)

This week was puzzle week.  We challenged students with different puzzle activities Monday through Wednesday.  On Thursday and Friday, we played games.

Monday – Students worked as a group to get as many pieces of a 1,000-piece puzzle together during the period.  This activity rewards good communication skills, rewards organization, and establishes that not all challenges will be completed.
Tuesday – Students worked individually on Sudoku packets.  The packets test critical thinking skills like logical deduction and inference.
Wednesday – Students got to work with many 3-dimensional puzzles.
Thursday – Students played Risk.
Friday – Students played Forbidden Island, a cooperative game, and Risk.

Debate (Robert and Jessica Markstrom, Instructors)

This week we focused on basic debate concepts.  Toipoi, the Toulmin Model for argumentation, how to structure an Affirmative case, and Negative arguments like takeouts and turns were all discussed.

Mixed Ensemble (Brandon LaFleur, Instructor)

This week we continued to work out technical challenges in Pigstep from Minecraft and The Pokemon Theme. The students were also given Great Fairy’s Fountain from The Legend of Zelda. The students are also given daily rhythms to sight-read and a random scale (Decided by a D12 to suit our theme!) These are intended to strengthen students’ sight-reading abilities and to improve their performance vocabulary. (It’s easy in school settings to get stuck in just 3 or fewer scales for ease of access). Students are working hard, and adapting to challenging musical moments with tenacity!

P.E. (Ancil Delaney, Instructor)

The students played pool.

Publishing (Christa Bell, Instructor)

The publishing class works every week to think of story ideas that are relevant to The Thinker’s readers and to write a lay out those stories for the paper. This week the students have been expanding their ideas of what counts as a story and have begun to think more deeply about what their readers are interested in and what information might be useful for them. They have started to learn the basics of Adobe InDesign and the idea of good design principles.

Storytelling Through Documentary (Julian Quebedeaux, Instructor)

This week we focused on lighting and how we shape light to help tell our story and create the right mood for our production.  Lighting all week!

Dorms (Kathy Barrios, Coordinator of Housing)

Week 2 began with a weekend filled to the brim with fun activities for the students both in and out of the dorm. It also brought elections and inaugurations for the Government and fundraising for the Seniors.


GPGC gave me a sense of community,

a place where being smart was acceptable, where bullying was not the norm, and where creativity was welcomed.

– Cashman P., Alumnus