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Gifted Matters: November 2013

November 20, 2013

Welcome to the November 2013 edition of Gifted Matters. Can you believe we are done with Halloween and that Thanksgiving is just around the corner? During the week of Thanksgiving break, UTD is offering student enrichment opportunities in Coppell at  IBM and at the UTD campus. Click here to find out more.

Are you wondering how the realignment of TEKS will affect the mathematics instruction at CISD? Deana Harrell, CISD Director of Advanced Academics and Mary Kemper, CISD’s Director of Mathematics have put together an update for CGA members. Read all about the modifications to the curriculum in the article Advanced Mathematics Education in CISD.

Changes are coming to CISD that will impact students who are Freshman in Fall 2014.  We have answers to your questions on how the sweeping education reform of House Bill 5 (HB5) will impact your child. Read all about it in the article HB5 Update.

CGA is pleased to announce that CISD Board Member Tracy Fisher received a CGA scholarship to attend the NAGC Annual Conference. Here is a short video of her conference experience. Thank you Mrs. Fisher for sharing your experience with us at CGA.

CGA is excited to announce that they are providing scholarships to 23 CISD teachers and administrators for the 2013 Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Conference scheduled to be held in Houston in December. For a full list of recipients, we invite you to read our Fall 2013 Scholarship Update.

Academic Olympics are back! The 2013-2014 CISD Academic Olympics will be held on Feb 28, 2013. Participants Grade 2 and up can be part of their Elementary campus team. There is something for everyone; events range from Lego Building to math challenges (new this year), to Community Problem solving. Registration deadline is Thursday Nov 21, 2013 at 8 am.For more information, visit the CISD Academic Olympics page.

 The time has come!  Once again CISD will be hosting the interview portion of the regional Academic Decathlon (read our Dec 2012 article on AcDec) meet on January 24th and 25th.  This Advanced Academics opportunity showcases the strengths and talents of our learners in all content areas as they compete against learners from other districts! This year the regional meet will be held at Lewisville High School on January 24th and 25th.  If you would like to volunteer to be a judge for the interview portion of the competition (or another area if your strengths and interests are elsewhere), please click here to sign up! Thank you for supporting CISD Academic Decathlon!
CGA is represented at each of CISD’s campuses by our campus representatives; please join us in welcoming all our new (and returning) campus reps. They are the face of CGA at your campus and we encourage you to get to know them better.
Our 6th Annual Creative Writing Competition is open to all students grades 3-12. Students can submit entries in 3 categories- fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  The deadline for entries is Dec 5, 2013. For more information on the competition, click on the Competitions tab above.

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.

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