In October, your Gifted and Talented student will be participating in Anderson Two’s first annual Amazing Shake. The Amazing Shake is a competition that places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect, and professional conduct.
NFL legend, Terry Bradshaw, is quoted as saying:
“Being gifted intellectually is only a small part of the equation of success. Concentrate on the factors you have control over: persistence, self-discipline, [and] confidence.” Therefore, the goal is to prepare our students so that they are able to present themselves exceptionally well for opportunities today as well as those that will come in the future.
The actual competition will consist of case-scenario stations set up around your child’s school and throughout the Anderson Two community over several weeks that students must pass through while exercising etiquette, composure and savoir-faire. Top performers in each round will advance to the next level of challenges until there is ultimately one overall champion! That champion will have the opportunity to participate in a FREE trip to participate in the National Amazing Shake competition that is hosted by the esteemed Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Students not advancing through all the rounds of competition will still have the chance for prizes and acclaim.
In class, your student will be reading the The Essential 55 by Ron Clark and will learn and be in constant practice of skills such as:
Students will learn all these “essentials” and more which will be imperative to their success in all levels of this unique “competition” and society at-large. As students progress through the competition that may be asked to speak with a community business professional for brief period of time where they will be critiqued on their handshake firmness, confidence, appearance, etc. or even to prepare and give a toast at a formal dinner with a television celebrity.
Our District is a proud community with a rich culture and looks forward to extending that beginning with our most gifted students. If you are interested in knowing more about the Amazing Shake please visit www.anderson2gt.weebly.com/the-amazing-shake or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I truly hope you this will be learning experience for your student, not only in the classroom, but far beyond. Thank you in advance for allowing your child to participate in our first annual Amazing Shake competition.