Update: April 14, 2020

Mrs. Harmon and Mr. Keck will be available for quick response to questions or concerns via email during our designated OFFICE HOURS of 12noon - 1:30pm every Friday afternoon. Our email addresses are harmonpf@pwcs.edu and kecktx@pwcs.edu . You may email us at anytime and we will get back within 24 hours, but on Friday afternoons you can expect a very quick response for immediate concerns.

In addition we will reach out to you weekly via Teams every Wednesday morning when we will post new lessons, and challenges that you may access when it is convenient for you. 

COVID update: March 20, 2020
Please click on your SIGNET teacher's name to the left to go to the Work at Home folder for your class. That folder can be found in the Files & Documents tab. Scroll to the bottom of the resulting list. 

Student sitting on couch next to pet cat, with laptop in lap.

Objectives and goals in SIGNET are skills oriented. We work to develop those areas that nurture and identify students as gifted. Costa's 
Habits of Mind are the foundation of the traits of giftedness as well as innate ability and intrinsic motivation. 

Poster of the Habits of Mind 1.	Logo of a flag planted on a mountaintop representing Persisting: Stick to it! Persevering in task through to completion; remaining focused. Looking for ways to reach your goal when stuck. Not giving up. 2.	Logo of a Traffic light representing Managing impulsivity: Take your time! Thinking before acting; remaining calm, thoughtful, and deliberative  3.	Logo of an Ear to represent Listening with understanding and empathy: Understand others! Devoting mental energy to another person’s thoughts and ideas; Make an effort to perceive another’s point of view and emotions. 4.	Logo with a head with various math and art symbols in mind to represent Thinking Flexibly: Look at it another way! Being able to change perspectives, generate alternatives, consider options. 5.	Logo of a person’s head, holding their chin in their hand to represent Thinking about your thinking (Metacognition): Knowing how you know! Being aware of your thoughts, strategies, feelings and actions, and their effects on others. 6.	Logo of a Bulls-eye type target with an arrow stuck in the middle to represent Striving for accuracy: Check it again! Always doing your best. Setting high standards. Checking and finding ways to improve constantly. 7.	Logo of a large highlighted question mark to represent Questioning and Problem Posing: How do you know? Having a questioning attitude; knowing what data are needed & developing questioning strategies to produce those data. Finding problems to solve. 8.	Logo of a bridge to pplying past knowledge to new situations: Use what you learn! Accessing prior knowledge; transferring knowledge beyond the situation in which it was learned. 9.	Logo of a head with a sunburst in the head and another sunburst at the mouth to represent Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision: Strive for accurate communication in both writing and oral form; avoiding over-generalizations, distortions, deletions and exaggerations.  10.	Logo of a head with a hand holding a flower to the nose to represent Gather data through all senses: Use your natural pathways Pay attention to the world around you. Gather data through all the senses, taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight. 11.	Logo of a lightbulb with bright rays emanating from it to represent Creating, imagining and innovating: Try a different way! Generating new and novel ideas, fluency, originality. 12.	Log of Fireworks to represent Responding with wonderment and awe: Have fun figuring it out! Finding the world awesome, mysterious, and being intrigued with phenomena and beauty. 13.	Log of two hands reaching for several stars above them to represent Taking responsible risks: Venture out! Being adventuresome; living on the edge of one’s competence. Try new things constantly. 14.	Logo of the Drama laughing mask to represent Finding humor: Laugh a little! Finding the whimsical; incongruous, and unexpected. Being able to laugh at one’s self. 15.	Logo of three different faces in profile to represent Thinking Interdependently: Work together! Being able to work in and learn from others in reciprocal situations. Team work.  16.	Logo of an open book with a sun beaming forth from it to represent Remaining open to continuous learning: Learn from experiences! Having humility and pride when admitting we don’t know; resisting complacency.