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Gifted Matters- March 2013

March 25, 2013

Welcome to the March 2013 edition of Gifted Matters. With spring break over, we are fast approaching the end of the school year. If you have not had the time to sign your student up for summer enrichment camps, now is the the time to consider registering your child. Highlighted below are some unique options for your learner to make the most of those long summer months.

Did you know MOSAIC 2013 is sold out? Well, not really, but almost….more than 50% seats are blocked and many popular classes are already full or have only a few seats left. If you are still looking for summer enrichment for your kids entering Grades 4 through 8, you should definitely consider MOSAIC 2013. This very popular summer enrichment program is back with many all-time favorites and a number of new offerings to pique your child’s interest. Don’t wait too long because classes are filling up fast. For a complete list of courses, schedules and descriptions, click here or on the MOSIAC tab above.  Registrations can be completed online. For any questions or clarifications, please contact Aanchal Prakash.

If your student would like to experience college life in a short time frame, consider signing them up for the SMU Talented and Gifted Program. Designed for gifted students who have completed  Grades 7, 8 or 9,  this program enables students to earn college credits during the three week program. Click here for more details.

The University of Arkansas Summer Camp is yet another option for your learner. This camp is designed for the Engineer at Heart, with choices available for both the elementary and middle school learner, as well as advanced high school learners.

You can also find out about more summer enrichment activities on our website by clicking here.

Summer camps are not just for our students. This summer, UTD would like to invite teachers and coaches who are interested in learning how to use robots in their classrooms or how to coach a robotics team to participate in two, week long training sessions: Middle School Robotics with LEGO Mindstorms and Secondary Robotics with Tetrix. Read more in the article Educators: Bring Robotics into the classroom

In our November issue of the Gifted Matters Newsletter, we discussed the issue of misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD when the behavior could instead be attributed to common characteristics of gifted children (click here to read that article).  In the article Twice exceptional (2e): Gifted with ADD/ADHD, Part 2, read about the criteria for an ADD/ADHD diagnosis as well as the characteristics that distinguish gifted/ADD/ADHD students from others.

This month, CMS North sent thirty students to compete in a regional National History Day (NHD) event. Twelve of these students won awards at the regional event, and will go on to compete at the state level in May. Sonja Feaster, who was part of the winning team in the Group Exhibit category, shares her experience with us in her essay Making History at National History Day.

Do you need information or  want to connect with schools and colleges of your choice? CollegeWeekLive provides you with the ability to connect with schools around the country.   Live chats during specific time frames help assist you with any questions you may have about your school of choice.

Since 1991, Kidprov has been performing their unique brand of improv comedy for thousands of kids and parents across Texas. On March 28, CGA is proud to host an evening of Kidprov  at Valley Ranch Elemementary from 5.30-7.00pm. For more details and to register, click here.

Our Annual Creative Writing contest Book Release party is on April 11,2013. Remember to pre-order your books by March 23.

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.

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