Destination ImaginationDestination Imagination is a program which seeks to build students' problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, innovation, and creative skills. DI is open to students starting in kindergarten, and extends through students at the university level around the world.Students form teams of four to seven members who meet on a regular basis to prepare a Team Challenge. Kindergarten through second grade teams prepare a non-competitive Rising Stars challenge designed for their age group. In third grade and up, teams select from one of six challenges (technical, scientific, structural, fine arts, improvisational, or service). All teams will also participate in an Instant Challenge, where they will have a limited amount of time to prepare a solution. Teams of third grade and up will be eligible to continue on to higher levels of competition, all the way to Global Finals. Younger students may participate on a competitive team.Teams need parent support through providing challenge supplies, managing teams, and providing appraisers for competition day. There will be training for managers and appraisers.Students must be able to commit to the full day of the tournament on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The tournament will be at Connally High School.For more information:Information sessions will be held at Caldwell, Murchison, and Ruth Barron Elementary Schools. They are open to all PfISD families. Click here for dates and times.TES interest meetingTuesday, 9/246:00 - 7:00Please enter the library through the courtyard doors. This is a chance to try some Instant Challenges, learn about the Team Challenges, try to form teams, and get our adult volunteers. Attending this meeting and volunteering to help are the best way to have a team form. If you cannot attend the meeting, but your child is interested, please return the interest form below and contact Mrs. McCoy.This form gives you some additional information and collects information about your child and volunteering. Completing this form gives you the opportunity but does does not guarantee that you will be on a team.Paper copies are availalbe in the office, library, or by contacting Mrs. McCoy.Please return pages 3 and 4 by email or sending it back to school.Forms must be returned no later than October 11th. These forms will be the basis for matching students for teams. Teams must have adult managers and appraisers in place to register. All registrations must be complete by October 18th.
Staff Contact: Elisabeth McCoyScience FairStudents will begin working on science fair in December. Classes in kindergarten through second grade may create a class science fair project to display. Third grade students will work on a class project and may choose to create an individual project. Projects are required for fourth and fifth grade students, and they may choose to have their projects judged for a chance to go on to the Austin Regional Science Fair. Projects for judging must be on a trifold board with a signed permission form. Please watch for a science fair letter to come home from your child’s teacher.Here are some online resources to help students come up with ideas for their science fair projects. If a student finds an idea in one of these or another resource, they must find a way to modify the experiment to be their own idea. Always remember to cite where you get your ideas in your project!Science Fair should be fun! Please remember, the project is to be the student’s work, not the parents’.
Biological hazards, including mold of any kind, even if accidental.
Experiments that could harm living creatures.
Any type of explosives or projectile.
Organic matter (soil, plants, etc.). If your child uses these in the experiment, your child may take pictures, but please do
not bring any of these items to school.Students must cite the source for all the information they use and any help they receive (including photographic help).
Projects due dates will be announced. We will have a science fair viewing night to see all students' projects.For more information, please visit PfISD's Science Fair page
Staff Contact: Kristina PerezUIL
Timmerman students can participate in a variety of events based on their strengths and interests:
Creative Writing (2nd), Coach: Ms. Smith
Ready Writing (3rd-5th), Coach: Ms. Bonnickson
Story Telling (2nd-3rd), Coaches: Ms. Mendoza and Ms. Aegerter
Oral Reading (4th-5th), Coach: Ms. Kosted
Number Sense (4th-5th), Coach: Ms. Perez
Social Studies (5th), Coach: open
Chess Puzzle (2nd-5th), Coach: Mr. Catuogno (2nd and 3rd) and Mr. Hufford (4th and 5th)
Spelling (3rd-5th), Coach: Ms. Tobias (3rd and 4th) and Ms. Beard (5th)
Students may sign up to try up to three events by Friday, October 13. Tryouts to select participants will be held in October. Participants will practice during or after school with coaches starting in November to prepare for competition on January 27, 2018.
Information and interest formFor more information:Math PentathalonDoes your child love problem-solving math games? Would you like your child to strengthen his or her math concepts and skills while stimulating creative and critical thinking? Math Pentathalon is a program where students in grades K-5 meet weekly after school to practice five games and compete in a tournament in the spring.Practices will start Tuesday, October 16, and will run from 2:50 until 3:50.Tournament dates:Division I (K/1)- March 30, 2019Division II (2/3) - April 13, 2019Division III (4/5)- April 27, 2019The cost to participate in the tournament is $42. After Feburary 15, late registration will be $56. Students may register for the tournament until slots for that division are filled, so register early!We have coaches for this year. Parent volunteers are needed as judges and helpers at practices.For more information visit Math Pentathalon.Staff Contact: Silva Beard