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.
    Teaching Position:  Gifted 4th and 5th grades
    Years Experience: 34 years
    Degrees:  Bachelor of Elementary Education from Valdosta State College, 1984
                   Masters Degree in Elementary Education, USM, 1989
     Gifted Endorsement, Mississippi College
    We are beginning the year with a study of endangered animals.
    The students will research an animal on the endangered list 
    and share the information in a Power Point or other creative way.  
    The kids continue to work logic problems and play a variety of games that require them to think differently.  They have been learning the steps in the Creative Problem Solving process as well as playing chess and learning new strategies for winning at chess.  We will soon begin our yearly chess tournament to determine who the best chess players are.  This is always fun with lots of friendly competition.
    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.  

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

    Please pay your child’s fee on your School Bucks as such as you can.

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


    . Please send your e-mail address or e-mail me so I can have it on file.







    Thank you,


    Sibyl Ross,


    Pathways teacher