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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.
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