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Gifted Matters – February 2016

February 5, 2016

Welcome to the February 2016 edition of Gifted Matters, the newsletter for CGA members.  Each edition features articles for parents, teachers and the CISD community at large.

We are into the second semester of the school year already. Hope you are enjoying your February. We have some fun events planned for you.


Family Event:  Laughs Guaranteed with Kidprov!

KidprovMonday, February 22, 2016

6:30PM – 8:00 PM

An interactive show for parents and students, aged kindergarten and up

Cost: Free/Members and $5/Nonmembers

Coppell Middle School North – Cafeteria

Registration is required for all CGA members and non-members. Click here for more information on the event and to register.


Student Enrichment: Ideas Worth Spreading

Have a student in 6th-8th grade interested in developing their public speaking skills?  Check out this Student Enrichment opportunity!

Ideas Worth Spreading

Presented by: Elisa Farrell

March 4th (4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

March 5th (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; parent presentations beginning at 2:00 p.m.)

Coppell Middle School North

$50.00 for CGA Members

Pre-Registration is Required

Click here for the details on this exciting  event.


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Comprehensive Solutions for Complex Global Problems

Calling all students (and their parents) in grades 6th-12th!

Join us for this presentation on creating effective solutions in a global environment.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Coppell High School – Lecture Hall

6:30 p.m.

Free for CGA members; $5 for non-members

Click here for details on the speaker and the event


Summer MOSAIC 2016 – Member Registration Openmosaic-logo

Coppell Gifted Association is excited to be planning our ninth summer of local enrichment courses as a service to students with proceeds to be used for educator training in gifted instruction.  MOSAIC Classes are for students who will be entering 4th-8th grade in the fall of 2016.

Registration for MOSAIC 2016 will open for CGA members on February 1st.  The “members only” period of registration will be until February 22nd; and registration will open for non-members on February 23rd.  To qualify as a member for the “members only” registration period, you must have joined CGA on or before January 31, 2016.

For more information on the dates, Courses offered and registration, go to the Summer Mosaic 2016 page.


 CGA Library

Did you know that CGA has a library? We have a collection of books on academic enrichment, parenting, advocacy, and meeting the needs of the gifted. We also have the acclaimed 2 Million Minutes series on DVD. Sound interesting?

Browse our selection by selecting the “Members Only” tab above and click on “Library.” Here is the direct link to our library. Please contact membership@coppellgifted.org for the membership password to browse the “Members only” section.

Remember: Books and DVDs are only available for our members — just another reason to join CGA!


We hope that you will enjoy the information included in this newsletter and find it useful. We’d love to have your feedback on how we are doing, and what you’d like to read about in the future. Email us, comment on the blog or Facebook, or contact your campus rep; we’d love to hear from you.

 

 

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Family Event: Laughs Guaranteed with Kidprov!

February 4, 2016

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Monday, February 22, 2016

6:30PM – 8:00 PM

An interactive show for parents and students, aged kindergarten and up

Cost: Free/Members and $5/Nonmembers

Coppell Middle School North – Cafeteria

It’s a fact that humor, laughter and novelty unchain the brain’s ability to learn and retain information, not to mention their power to motivate!  Kidprov utilizes the art of improvisational comedy to establish a learning environment where participants are engaged, creative and motivated.

Since 1991, Kidprov has been performing their unique brand of improv comedy for thousands of kids and parents across Texas. Formed from the blend of two masters of improv and one teacher who didn’t have his masters, Kidprov infused educational objectives into their shows without losing the fun.  But all the educational trappings aside, Kidprov brings the laughs.  We hope you’ll join us for this fun, family friendly presentation!

Registration is required for all CGA members and non-members.  Ciick here to register.

Questions?  Please contact President@coppellgifted.org

Looking forward to laughing with you on February 22nd!

CGA Speaker Event: Comprehensive Solutions for Complex Global Problems

February 4, 2016

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Calling all students (and their parents) in grades 6th-12th!

Join us for this presentation on creating effective solutions in a global environment

Monday, February 29, 2016

Coppell High School – Lecture Hall

6:30 p.m.

Free for CGA members; $5 for non-members

Eva Szalkai Csaky, PhD, MSF

Director, Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, SMU

Dr. Csaky,  has worked closely with partners in academia, the private sector, government and not-for-profit organizations to develop projects and initiatives that benefit disadvantaged communities around the world.  Prior to joining SMU, worked for the World Bank Group with a focus on market-based solutions for environmental and social problems.  She led the design and implementation of projects in 24 different counties and led programs in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean water access and sustainable value chains.

CGA Member Registration Now Open for Summer 2016 MOSAIC!

February 4, 2016

Mosiac GENIUS

 

Registration is now open to CGA members for Summer 2016 MOSIAC Classes!  Check out our 2016 MOSAIC class offerings today!  MOSAIC is for students who will be in 4th-8th grade in the fallof 2016.  Two different weeks are offered – June 6th-10th and July 25th-29th.

For course details and registration information,visit:  Summer 2016 MOSAIC

Registration will open to non-CGA members on February 23rd.

 

Creative Writing Competition Results to be posted soon

February 2, 2016

We are in the final stages of the judging process. Please be patient. Sometimes the process takes longer than anticipated.

Currently, we are calculating the results and checking the entries that have been selected as finalists for plagiarism, parental involvement, and other rule violations. After that is completed, I will prepare awards certificates and deliver them to your CGA campus rep. Then, the results will be posted on the CGA website. I know you are still wondering WHEN are the results going to be posted. My hope is to have the results distributed by February 12, 2016. Sometimes there are things that happen beyond my control.

Regardless of what happens, congratulations to all of you who submitted your entries. It takes character and confidence to put your personal work out there for others to read. Don’t be deterred, our judging is subjective — you are certainly familiar with examples of others who were rejected by publishers only to later find an audience. You are amazing authors. Keep writing! We all benefit from hearing your voice.

Our book release party will be at CHS on April 11. Mark your calendar. More details to come!

Gifted Matters – January 2016

January 11, 2016

Welcome to the January 2016 edition of Gifted Matters, the newsletter for CGA members.  Each edition features articles for parents, teachers and the CISD community at large.

Happy new year 2016! We have you had a great holiday season and are ready for a wonderful new year.


TAGT Conference : Feedback from Sponsored Educators and Administrators

CGA provided scholarships to 29 of our teachers and administrators to attend the TAGT conference held in San Antonio, TX. The attendees represented all the campuses in CISD.  We are proud to have supported our teachers who are always ready to learn, share and grow at every opportunity they get. We have received some wonderful feedback from the attendees. Click here to read more .

 


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Speaker Series and Student Event

Parents – Join us for an interactive talk with Kathy about math education and how math can be fun! Math education should  move beyond standardized tests and rote learning and, instead, develop and nurture curiosity, critical thinking, and the techniques necessary to approach and solve difficult and interesting problems.

Students – While parents attend the discussion, a math class on basic Game Theory,  will be taught by Mr. Naoki Sato, former Director of  Worldwide Online Olympiad Training

Details of the event can be found and the link to register your student for the event can be found here .


8th Annual Creative Writing Competition Updates

Here are the updates on our Creative Writing Competition.


Summer MOSAIC 2016mosaic-logo

Coppell Gifted Association is excited to be planning our ninth summer of local enrichment courses as a service to students with proceeds to be used for educator training in gifted instruction.  MOSAIC Classes are for students who will be entering 4th-8th grade in the fall of 2016.

CGA Members (who have joined by January 30, 2016) will have the opportunity to register for courses before registration is open to the public.

For more information on the dates and other information, go to the Summer Mosaic 2016 page.


CGA Library

Did you know that CGA has a library? We have a collection of books on academic enrichment, parenting, advocacy, and meeting the needs of the gifted. We also have the acclaimed 2 Million Minutes series on DVD. Sound interesting?

Browse our selection by selecting the “Members Only” tab above and click on “Library.” Here is the direct link to our library. Please contact membership@coppellgifted.org for the membership password to browse the “Members only” section.

Remember: Books and DVDs are only available for our members — just another reason to join CGA!


We hope that you will enjoy the information included in this newsletter and find it useful. We’d love to have your feedback on how we are doing, and what you’d like to read about in the future. Email us, comment on the blog or Facebook, or contact your campus rep; we’d love to hear from you.