WSMS GT Independent Studies Application 2017-18
Willow Springs Middle School
GT Independent Studies
Grades 7-8

This course, based on the exit-level Texas Performance Standards Project for gifted and talented
students, offers a non-traditional learning experience to those students who have the ability to create innovative products or performances. Students will develop a product proposal, compile a portfolio, conduct in-depth research, and make prepared presentations about their research, product(s), or performance(s). Under the supervision of the Independent Studies teacher, students work to create related product(s) with real-world application(s) and tangible documentation. Students will be provided with opportunities to share their presentations and receive evaluative feedback multiple times in a variety of venues with authentic audiences.

Components of the course include, but are not limited to, the following:
Development of Research Questions
Research Methodology
Sources of Information
Collection of Data
Analysis and Interpretation of Data
Multiple Perspectives
Ethics/Unanswered Questions
Organization of Product Development
Presentation Delivery
Use of Vocabulary of the Discipline
Depth of Understanding
Impact of study to Current Knowledge

Independent Studies may be taken for one semester or for a full academic year, depending on the focus of the proposal.

All students working on independent studies are expected to:
Be able to focus on their project and work on their own with a minimum of supervision
Report regularly on their learning and self-evaluate their progress
Maintain consistent progress on their investigation product
Prepare and deliver presentations about their findings and products
Document their research & development of project through a detailed process record


Students and parents must sign the Lovejoy ISD Independent Studies Proposal to ensure understanding of the requirements and responsibilities.

Email address
Last name:
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First name:
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Grade level for 2017-18
Student E-mail Address:
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Student Home Address:
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Parent Name(s):
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Parent Cell Number(s):
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Provide a description of the topic you are planning to research.
(Examples: Study of the Historical Influences on Western Civilizations; Exploration of Italian Language, Customs, & Culture; Scientific Investigation on the Impact of Inherited Genes Related to Cancer Development)
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What question(s) will you research to help you explore your topic?
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What resources (reference materials, scholarly journals & publications, professionals in the field of study, etc.) could assist you in answering your question(s)?
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Is your proposal a new study or an extension of prior knowledge/study?
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What product(s) will you be developing?
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Create a general overview of your proposed independent study for the 1st Grading Period.
Once approved, a detailed calendar will be required.
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Create a general overview of your proposed independent study for the 2nd Grading Period.
Once approved, a detailed calendar will be required.
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Create a general overview of your proposed independent study for the 3rd Grading Period.
Once approved, a detailed calendar will be required.
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Create a general overview of your proposed independent study for the 4th Grading Period.
Once approved, a detailed calendar will be required.
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Why is your independent study worth doing/learning?
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I have reviewed the Lovejoy ISD Independent Studies contract, rubrics, and expectations.
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I agree that I will provide regular updates via Google Apps for Education on my progress throughout the independent study and that my grades will be determined by timely completion of assigned tasks, thorough documentation of research & progress, and the design & development of professional level products/performances that reflect independent research and utilize mentorship. In addition, I will be willing to share prepared presentations in a variety of venues as well as incorporate evaluative feedback.
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The proposal information should be printed, signed, and returned to the Independent Studies Coordinator, at the beginning of the school year with the following signatures:
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Student Signature _________________ Date _________
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Parent(s) Signature _______________ Date __________
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A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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