TAGT Family Night
TAGT Family Night held for the FIRST TIME EVER on October 7th, 2015 was an interesting night with great topics covered by good speakers. We had teachers, parents and children participate n the event. While parents took advantage of the sessions kids had a great time participating in 3 different activities offered to them. Some of the families took advantage of the food trucks that came to CHS.
The sessions covered varied topics. Here is a brief summary of the topics an the presenters.
“Understanding Social and Emotional Needs: Intensity and Overexcitabilities” and facilitate an open discussion about giftedness. by James Bishop. Bishop is a licensed professional counselor intern at Fundamental Foundations Counseling, where he specializes in gifted children, adolescents, and adults. He is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas, with a focus in giftedness and talent development.
Noel Jett spoke on “11 Things to Never Say to a Gifted Person.” Jett is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas, with a focus on gifted education. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University at age 16. Her research interests include mental health in the gifted community, gifted families and parenting, and advanced curriculum.
“Advocating = Learning” will cover a wide range of helpful resources for parents of gifted students. “Hidden Exceptionalities” is about recognizing the signs of some “unrecognizable” exceptionalities such as rare disabilities and disorders. Both these sessions were covered by Oveross who is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas with a focus on gifted education. She is the Gifted Community Engagement Coordinator for E.A. Young Academy. Her research interests include parenting, preschool gifted education, and sexuality of gifted and talented students.
Tracy Weinberg is the Education Director of TAGT, where he worked since 2000. He has many years of classroom experience, including 15 years as a teacher/coordinator of gifted services. He is also the parent of a gifted daughter, now a young adult. His session was “Appropriate Advocacy.”
Thank you to all the families that came in to take advantage of the opportunity.
Here are a couple of pictures from the night
Happenings Around CISD
We have great initiatives happening all around CISD. There are interesting activities being held in each of the campuses. We will try to bring to you some of these activities so we are all aware of the great things our kids are doing in school each day. If you have anything interesting happening in your school that you want to highlight please emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We would be happy to showcase them.
Cardboard Challenge at Lakeside Elementary :
This month we are showcasing Cardboard Challenge at Lakeside Elementary #lakesidecardboardchallenge .
Lakeside Elementary participated in the FIRST ever Global Cardboard Challenge. They held two family creativity workshops for Lakeside families before the event, but the Day of Play – Oct 31st – was open to all. You can read more about the challenge and the communication to parents by clicking here. Read more about the Multi-age PBL .
Interesting pictures of kids and families participating and the day of play are posted on Twitter and can be found under the hashtag #lakesidecardboardchallenge Twitter Feed Search Link
Creative Writing Workshop was held on 24th Oct, 2015. It was open to all 4th and 5th graders in CISD. The workshop featured 3 engaging and published authors who had lively discussions with the participants.
Some of the great discussions heard in the Creative Writing Workshop! “Characters need problems.” “Set up the goal, write about everything that goes wrong in attempting to reach that goal, then everything works out in the end.” “Make your main character human.”
Big Fish, the 2015 fall musical presented by the talented CHS Theatre Department, explores the complicated relationship between a father and his gifted son.
Edward, a traveling salesman, returns from his life on the road with tales of witches, mermaids, giants and a werewolf. He tells his son, Will, about his adventures with the enthusiasm and detail of a great storyteller.
Will is a precocious boy who would rather discuss fusion and The Iliad than listen to another fantastic story told by his father. As he grows older, Will resents that his dad missed much of his childhood and wants to connect with Edward before the birth of his own son.
Don’t miss this funny, touching, family-friendly musical. Tickets on sale beginning October 19, 2015. More information at: CoppellHSTheatre.com.