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Bertie Kingore is Back for our Summer Speaker Series

June 7, 2014

Summer Speaker Series
Bertie Kingore, PhD
Differentiation Amongst the Gifted

Thursday, June 19, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Coppell High School Library

Free for CGA members; $5 for non-members

Bertie Kingore, PhD is an international consultant, a visiting professor/speaker at numerous universities, and a former classroom teacher in preschool through graduate school classrooms. She is recognized for her ready-to-use research-based applications, motivational ideas, and humorous insights. She is the award-winning author of 26 widely used publications, including “High-Achievers, Gifted Learners, and Creative Thinkers”. Dr. Kingore has received the 2014 National Teachers’ Choice Award, the 2011 TAGT President’s Award, and the 2005 Legacy Award. She is a past President of TAGT and was also recognized as the first Texas Gifted Educator of the Year.

For more information on Dr. Kingore, visit http://www.bertiekingore.com/.

Gifted Matters- May 2014

May 20, 2014
Welcome to the May 2014 edition of Gifted Matters.  The end of yet another school year! Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday that we were back-to-school shopping and picking up schedules? The month of May brings with it the usual frenzy of madness- final exams, award ceremonies, banquets and parties. We hope you will be able to take time out of your schedule during this busy month to read some of the articles we have put together in our newsletter.
CGA has done it again! We are winding down for the year, however we have been busy this week announcing our summer scholarship recipients.  Nearly $6K has been awarded to five lucky applicants at CMSN and CHS.  Read more about the recipients and the conferences they will be attending in the article Summer 2014 Scholarship update.
Carol Smith, CISD GTi Educator, is retiring after 21 years. She has focused on working with gifted children, and always viewed their needs as that of a kindred spirit. CGA would like to invite you to join us in a celebration honoring Carol Smith on May 27,2014, from 3:30-5:00 pm at the Denton Creek Elementary Library. Read more about it here.
Summer Mosiac  for students entering Grades 4-8 will take place June 9-13 & July 28-Aug 1, 2014.  Registration is still open (some classes are already filled up). Register now as space is limited. This month, our Mosaic Spotlight is on a brand new course offering- Robotic Puppetry. Be sure to check it out!
UTD is hosting summer robotics camps for kids aged 8-18 and for adults and educators. More info on the robotics camp and other interesting STEM camps can be found in the article Robotics/STEM Summer Camp at UTD.
Have you heard the great news? A real science lab is opening in Coppell for students in K-12! Young scientists will be immersed in REAL experiments in Engineering, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics and Electronics. Watch for our upcoming CGA newsletter article that highlights the SED (Science, Entertainment and Design) methodology, passions, and programs. Click here for their website, including information about their summer enrichment programs.
The CGA Speaker Series event, featuring Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Youth Specialist at Mensa took place on May 1st. Lisa Van Gemert talked about Gift of Self: Developing Self Concept in Gifted Youth. A glimpse of what she shared is available via this slideshare on the Mensa website (along with other great presentations).
Save the Date! CGA speaker series featuring Bertie Kilgore, PhD, will take place on June 19,2014. More details to follow.
Are you interested in getting more involved in CGA? We’d love to have your time, passion, and talents next year!! We have a few board positions available and several Campus Rep positions open. For all of these positions, the current board member is willing and available to train you. Get all the details here.
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. As always, we would love to hear from you.

We Need You Next School Year!!

May 15, 2014

Are you interested in getting more involved in CGA? We’d love to have your time, passion, and talents next year!! We have a few board positions available and several Campus Rep positions open. For all of these positions, the current board member is willing and available to train you.

Board Positions:

eBlast – This is a super easy very minimal time position the produces our eBlasts that go out once or twice a month.  It takes about 1-2 hours per month. You’ll need to learn Vertical Response, which is fairly easy. Our current eBlast board members will train you. You need to be organized, comfortable with a computer, and passionate about gifted education. This is a board position, but it wouldn’t be mandatory to attend the meetings.  Works closely with Publicity, Newsletter, Student Events, Speakers, Scholarships, and the President. [UPDATE: This position has now been filled.]

Publicity – This is a fun and dynamic position that publicizes the events that CGA puts on. It takes 5-8 hours per month.   You’ll make flyers for events, get them approved by the district, email to Campus reps, print for Campus Reps, email to PTO newsletters, post to social media, post to, send to local newspapers, and basically just promote our Student Events, Speaker Series, and MOSAIC.  This is a board position.  It’s not mandatory to attend board meetings, but it would make your job easier if you attend or at least read the minutes so you know what you need to publicize.  It is also beneficial to pop into the Communications Meetings to promote directly to the Campus Reps. You’ll work closely with Student Events, Speakers, Newsletter, eBlast, MOSAIC, and the President.

Newsletter – If you enjoy writing, this is a very fun position that takes anywhere from 1-10 hours per month.  While we do get articles from other sources, the Newsletter person ends up writing some too.  Basically, their job is to compile the articles into individual blog posts on the CGA website for the newsletter and then write an intro.  Then, the eBlast person sends it out. If you enjoy writing, you’ll have lots of opportunities to write about current GT topics and interview local teachers and administrators. But, you don’t have to write. If you don’t enjoy writing, you’ll want to be good at recruiting people to write for you from the board, campuses, and even CISD.  Much like Publicity, this is a board position that doesn’t mandate your attendance at board meetings, but it will help you know what’s going on and make your job easier. You’ll work closely with eBlast and the President.

Campus Rep Positions:

Our Campus Reps are the link between CGA and the individual campuses. This is a great way to get more involved! Here is a general job description:

  • Attend Communications Committee meetings (1st Thursday of each month 9-11a). The CISD Director of Advanced Academics typically attends these meetings. Hearing her talk about what is going on in the district is the #1 perk of this job.
  • Introduce yourself as the CGA campus rep to GT teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal.
  • Introduce yourself as the CGA campus rep to parents of GT students at campus. Be a campus resource for parents and students.
  • Organize at least one information, social event for GT parents and/or students at campus (coffee, game night, etc.).
  • Distribute information about CGA and CGA events.
  • Elementary reps: deliver flyers to your GT teacher if requested and offer to help distribute.
  • All: email CISD Approved electronic version of flyers to GT Specialists (elementary), GT teacher contacts (MS and HS) and cc principal.
  • Place “CGA Event Tonight” signs at your campus morning of a CGA event and pick them up after.
  • Meet/email GT specialist or GT Teacher contact and Principal to share CGA news and to collect campus info to share with CGA.
  • Serve as a liaison between CGA Library Coordinator and members who borrow books from CGA library.
  • Provide at least one “story” for the CGA website.
  • Complete action items that arise at Communications Committee meetings or from Board.
  • Serve on other CGA committees as needed.
  • Attend CGA programs when possible.

The following campus have openings for a Campus Rep: Coppell Middle School West, Austin Elementary, Denton Creek Elementary, Town Center Elementary, and Wilson Elementary.

The following campuses may end up having an opening or has a rep that is fine with staying and/or fine with letting someone else new take over: New Tech High @ Coppell and Coppell Middle School East.

Coppell Middle School North has an opening for an Assistant Campus Rep. The existing Campus Rep will remain in place for the 14/15 school year and train you to take over for the 15/16 school year.

And, we have an opening for a Communications Committee Secretary. You’d attend the Communications Committee meetings each month and take minutes.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these positions, please email Amanda O’Neal-Brummitt at President@CoppellGifted.org.

 

Summer Mosaic Spotlight: Robotic Puppetry

May 15, 2014

mosaic spotlight

While we recognize the importance of a STEM education, THIS summer we are putting A (Arts) into the mix, for STEAM. This is critical for creating innovators – STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong Economy

The class we are offering is one-of-a-kind: Robotic Puppetry! CISD Stem Coordinator, Mike Yak and his wife Amy Yakubovsky (EAST theatre teacher) are combining their passions to teach this class. This is the seventh year these two popular educators have taught MOSAIC (to capacity), and this course will be amazing! CURRENT 6th, 7th AND 8th graders are eligible to participate. Details are as under:

Robotic Puppetry – “STEAM” (Mike and Amy Yakubovsky, CHS and CMSE)

June 9–13  & July 28-August 1, 2014 9:00 a.m. – noon (double blocked- 3 hour course). 

Students will use LEGO NXT Robots to explore the world of engineering by building remote control “puppets.” Create with technology and then turn to art by learning the fundamentals of puppet script writing and puppet genres. Create your own puppet and then bring it to life with the power of robotics!

Additional material fee $10

Science Entertainment Design (SED) Open House: May 19, 2014.

May 14, 2014

Have you heard the great news? A real science lab is opening in Coppell for students in K-12!

Young scientists will be immersed in REAL experiments in Engineering, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics and Electronics. Come to the Open House and watch for our upcoming CGA newsletter article that highlights the SED methodology, passions, and programs (spoiler: it is all about getting kids excited about science).

 

Science Entertainment Design

Open House

May 19, 2014

3pm-7pm

275 S Denton Tap Road, Suite 100, Coppell

 

Preview the experiments and meet the energized staff.

Click here for their website, including information about their summer enrichment programs: scienceentertainmentdesign.com.

Need some more reasons to go to SED?

  • SED has a 3D printer, a plasma ball, Lego EV3 Mindstorms, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, cellular slides, chemicals, and hundreds of other hands-on tools for kids to explore Engineering, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics and Electronics.
  • The instructors (real science experts) have the passion and knowledge to get everyone excited about science. They believe that kids don’t need to wait until high school (or college) to conduct REAL science experiments and solve real world problems. The opportunities are available to kids in grades 1-12.
  • The sky is the limit — if your child already has mastered the “planned” curriculum or has a different question he/she would like to approach, they will provide guidance and challenge to take it to the next level… and beyond. Imagine testing real chemical reactions, or experimenting with cancer cells, or evaluating wing designs in a wind tunnel — The instructors’ passion and commitment is contagious.

Summer 2014 Scholarship update

May 13, 2014

CGA has done it again!

We are winding down for the year however we have been busy this week announcing our summer scholarship recipients.  Nearly $6K has been awarded to five lucky applicants at CMSN and CHS.
Tess Haranda, Brooke Horn, and Angel Geiger; all on the 7/8 GT Team at North will be attending the National Conference on Differentiated Instruction in Las Vegas.
Kimberly Kindred – AP at CMSN will be attending the SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Conference in San Jose in July.
Michelle Zugaro – CHS AP Statistics facilitator will be attending the AP Summer Institute in Henderson, NV.
Please be sure to share your congratulations and thanks to these dedicated teachers when you see them on their campuses.
We look forward to hearing about the experiences they have to share upon their return.  Stay tuned to our website over the summer for updates.
The fall NAGC annual conference is in Baltimore in November and TAGT conference is in Ft. Worth in December.  Please look for additional opportunities to stay on top of the best practices of GT education when our fall scholarship applications come online in August.
Roya Tompkins will be stepping into the scholarship position and can be reached at the same e-mail ofscholarships@coppellgifted.org
Michelle Bauer
CGA Scholarship Chair

 

Carol Smith, CISD GTi Educator retiring after 21 years

May 12, 2014

Carol Smith, CISD GTi Educator, is retiring after 21 years. She has focused on working with gifted children, and always viewed their needs as that of a kindred spirit.

As a student, I was in “those” classes growing up but it wasn’t as cool to be smart as it is today… . I have a heart for the gifted because I know what it felt like in school to be different and to think differently. Just because we are smart does not mean we know everything and we need to be instructed also. — Carol Smith

She has been an avid promoter of GT education — attending numerous gifted conferences and supporting CGA. Ms. Smith has touched the lives of hundreds of kids at both Wilson and Denton Creek Elementary.

Please join us at a celebration honoring

Carol Smith
May 27, 2014
3:30-5p
Denton Creek Elementary Library

  Carol Smith