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October 16, 2016 Newsletter

Jeffco GT Parent Seminar - Next Seminar January 31, 2017 (To Be Determined)
Gifted Exchange Support Group - October 18th
In Case You Missed It - September Parent Seminar with Dr. James Webb
School Interest Nights (Showcases)
Center for Bright Kids Western Academic Talent Search (WATS)
Jeffco News - 3A/3B Bond and Mill Levy Ballot Initiatives - Pros and Cons
Jeffco Gifted Department 6th Grade Hawaii Wilderness Adventure Extension Trip - Parent Meeting
GT Enrichment Corner - Coding for Kids
PSAT - What You Need To Know Before Your Gifted Child Takes the PSAT
Blogs for Teachers of Gifted Children
Jeffco Library Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale October 21-23, 2016
Colorado School of Mines Society of Physics - Students Haunted Physics Lab  Saturday, October 22, 2016
Free Night at the Museums - Saturday November 5, 2016
SENGinars
NAGC 63rd Annual Convention: Imagine the Possibilities-Make it Happen - November 3-6, 2016  Orlando, FL
CAEGTC Academy Educator Scholarship Program
Helpful Links
   Davidson Institute Article "Tips for Parents: Managing Frustration and Difficult Feelings in Gifted Children"
   Douglas County Parent University Courses
   SENG Newsletters
   Previously broadcast SENGinars can be purchased
   Davidson Institute Newsletters
   Gifted Education Press Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2016
JAGC GT Ambassadors
How you can help JAGC

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Jeffco GT Parent Seminar - Mark Your Calendars

Mark your calendars for the next two Parent Seminars (presenters and topics to be determined soon):
      Tuesday, January 31, 2017
      Monday, February 27, 2017

      Parent Seminars are typically held:
      6:30pm-8:30pm 
      1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg #27
      5th Floor Board Room

More information about this school year's Parent Seminars can be found here.

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Gifted Exchange Support Group  Tuesday, October 18th

JAGC "Gifted Exchange" Support Group (3rd Tuesday of the month)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
10:00am
Bean Fosters Coffeehouse
SE corner of 6th Avenue & Heritage Rd., across from Jeffco Courthouse
720 Golden Ridge Road, Unit D, Golden, CO 80401

The group is a place to find support and get new ideas. We look forward to seeing you.  Come share how things are going for your family, ask questions, and share your experiences with others who "get it."  Please help JAGC volunteers plan their time and also reserve enough space.  RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , noting your name.  Your RSVP also allows you to be contacted in the event of a last minute cancellation.

JAGC recognizes that not everyone can make it to a mid-day meeting.  The evening meetings can resume if there is sufficient interest; email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Many thanks to Diane Yehle for being your friendly JAGC host at the support group every month.

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In Case You Missed It - September Parent Seminar "Twelve Key Issues for Parents of Gifted Children" Presented by Dr. James T. Webb

Find the presentation here:

Some interesting points Dr. Webb made during the presentation:
- Lack of motivation or underachieving isn't when the child isn't interested in something the parent wants them to be interested in.
     They are likely very interested in things of their choosing.
- Underachievement often comes from a child concentrating on what they can't do, not what they can do.
- Visual spatial learners are at higher risk for underachieving and power struggles. They are also most misdiagnosed as ADHD.
- Auditory sequential learners are more likely to be perfectionistic. They are also more likely to be bullied and more at risk for depression,
     especially existential depression (feel like they are living alone in an absurd world with no control. Those in control are destroying the world).
- Perfectionism - there are different types. If perfectionism is causing a person to strive to be better, that is good. If perfectionism is paralyzing
     a person to where they can't complete tasks, that is a problem.
- Asynchronous development is the gap of judgement and intellect. A 6 year old may be intellectually capable of adult conversations on a certain
     topic, but their judgement is still that of a 6 year old.
- Tradition breaking is inherent in creativity. As a result, children need to be taught to analyze the cost-benefit of breaking a tradition.
- A key to telling the difference between a gifted child and a child with ADHD (the characteristics of each are virtually the same), a gifted child
     will have a long attention span and persistence in something THEY are interested in.
- Many gifted children have poor handwriting. The reasons; they are writing as fast as they can to keep up with their thoughts and, in their mind,
     "if you and I can read it, why should I spend time doing it better?"
- About 10% of gifted children are Reactive Hypoglycemic. They have a temporary glucose insufficiency causing them not to be able to concentrate
     and have a melt down until they can eat. The brain is the largest consumer of glucose in the body and especially while learning a new task, gifted
     people particularly use more glucose.
- SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) is working on a Misdiagnosis Initiative. See more information here.

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School Interest Nights (Showcases)

School Interest Nights are when schools showcase their instructional programs and explain enrollment procedures.  These Interest Nights are typically held late October through February, but can be anytime.  For a list of schools offering showcases, check here. Most haven't been updated yet, but keep checking back.

     Wheat Ridge High School Fall Showcase
     9505 W. 32nd Ave.
     Tuesday, October 18, 2016
     GT Presentation 5:30pm-6:30pm
     Main Presentation 6:30pm-8:30pm
     Flyer

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Center for Bright Kids Western Academic Talent Search (WATS)

The Center for Bright Kids (CBK) is the regional talent center in the Rocky Mountain area, serving 7 states, providing summer programs and other youth programs. The goal of CBK is to "offer K-12 enrichment and acceleration programming for high interest and high ability kids. Our focus is not only on how kids think and learn, but how they discover ways to navigate the world while thinking and learning differently. CBK is focused on providing safe spaces for kids to laugh and play while being intellectually challenged with intensive academic experiences and actively engaged in meaningful, authentic learning experiences."

In addition to their youth programs, CBK also offers testing without ceilings, provided by the Western Academic Talent Search (WATS). The benefit of this testing is to find a child's true potential in Reading, English, Math, and Science at the given time they take the test. Typical assessments used by school districts only test one or two grades up, not demonstrating some childrens' true potential in a subject. WATS testing goes far beyond one or two grades. WATS uses ACT, SAT, and new this year for grades 3-6, PSAT 8/9 tests. PSAT 8/9 is used for grades 3-6, while ACT and SAT are used for grades 6-9.

Testing is currently being offered. If your child has an ALP (Advanced Learning Plan) in Jeffco, you should have received a letter from the district allowing your child to test. Your child can qualify to test in other ways too if you are interested. If you allow results to be reported to your school district, at least in Jeffco, they will become part of your child's ALP, further aiding your child's teachers in challenging him or her academically.

Information about WATS testing.
Information about CBK youth programs

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Jeffco News - 3A/3B Bond and Mill Levy Ballot Initiatives - Pros and Cons

The Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder sent to all Jeffco registered voters this document which states the Ballot Language for 3A, 3B, and 4B. The document also includes pros and cons for each of the ballot initiatives.

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Jeffco Gifted Department 6th Grade Hawaii Wilderness Adventure Extension Trip - Parent Meeting

The Hawaii Adventure Education Program will focus on three broad areas which contribute to meeting Jeffco Public Schools curricula standards; Science, Geography and History. Find out more about the trip and eligibility information here. Continue to check back to the web site as a parent meeting will likely be scheduled soon.

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GT Enrichment Corner - Coding for Kids

bitsbox is a monthly subscription to learn coding for 6-12 year olds.

List of Coding options for kids.

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PSAT - What You Need To Know Before Your Gifted Child Takes the PSAT

We highlighted this article the last two years, and wanted to bring it back this year. Thank you to Ginny Riley for writing "One Day Matters: A Mom's Journey" about her son who was a National Merit Semi-Finalist at Conifer High School. She brings to light how gifted students often score lower each time they take the PSAT, why this happens, and how to keep this from happening to your child.

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Blogs for Teachers of Gifted Children

"Blogs for Teachers" by Carolyn Kottmeyer (founder and director of Hoagies' Gifted Education Page and Hoagies' Kids and Teens Page)
"These blogs are excellent resources for teachers and other educators because teachers of the gifted not only know gifted kids, they know the education system and the challenges educators face. These blogs will help with your job as an educator, and your own gifted kids!"

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Jeffco Library Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale October 21-23, 2016

The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends will hold their annual Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale Oct. 21-23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden).  Hours are 9am-5pm Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, and 11am-3pm Sunday, Oct. 23. Admission to the sale is free. Find more information here.

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Colorado School of Mines Society of Physics - Students Haunted Physics Lab  Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Colorado School of Mines Society of Physics will once again be hosting the Students Haunted Physics Lab. Great fun for all ages to experience physics in action. Walk though science demonstrations created by physics students.

     Saturday, October 22, 2016
     10:00am-2:00pm
     Colorado School of Mines
     Student Activity Center Building (Ben H. Parker Student Center) in the Ballrooms
Find a campus map here. #6 on the map.

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Free Night at the Museums - Saturday November 5, 2016

Denver's best museums are open late and admission is FREE between 5 and 10pm. FREE shuttles make it easy to explore all evening. See the list of participating museums and more information here

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SENGinars

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) webinars (SENGinars) provide convenient access to many of the top experts in the gifted field discussing issues related to the social and emotional needs of the gifted.  The 90-minute webinars are designed expressly for parents, educators, and mental health professionals who work with gifted children. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each live webinar. Webinars are attended online from your own home and are $40. Upcoming SENGinar:

    Check for updates here.

You can also purchase previously broadcast SENGinars here.

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NAGC 63rd Annual Convention: Imagine the Possibilities - Make it Happen  November 3-6, 2016  Orlando, FL

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) will have their annual convention and exhibition at Walt Disney World Resort this year. This is the largest convention devoted to gifted and talented learners. Find more information here.

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CAEGTC Academy Educator Scholarship Program

The Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted Talented and Creative (CAEGTC) awards scholarships to teachers who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in Gifted Education. Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree or endorsement in Gifted Education. The 2016-2017 Academy Teacher Scholarship will provide up to $500 to selected recipients. One scholarship will be awarded in honor of Shirley Weddel and a second scholarship will be awarded on behalf of CAEGTC. Application deadline October 31, 2016. 

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Helpful Links
   Davidson Institute Article "Tips for Parents: Managing Frustration and Difficult Feelings in Gifted Children"  
   Douglas County Parent University Courses - Often there are Gifted topics.
   SENG Newsletters 
   Previously broadcast SENGinars can be purchased here.
   Davidson Institute Newsletters  
   Gifted Education Press Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2016 - Find all issues here

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JAGC GT Ambassadors

JAGC works in positive partnership with the Jeffco School District's Gifted & Talented Department to provide leadership by promoting information about the educational and social-emotional needs of gifted and talented (GT) students. JAGC's Ambassador Program extends this leadership from the district level into individual school buildings. JAGC Ambassadors are volunteers who receive training in how to serve GT students, parents, and staff at the articulation area and school building levels. If you are interested in volunteering as a family or community member to help JAGC locally support the local GT community, please think about advocating for Jeffco's GT students in this capacity. JAGC would like to have a GT Ambassador at ALL schools, so please let us know if you can help.

What's involved in being a GT Ambassador?  Find out here.  Click here for additional information about this important role or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions and/or to volunteer.

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Call for Volunteers

Are You a JAGC Member?
The Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children (JAGC) is a non-profit group providing leadership and support to families and educators of gifted young people in Jefferson County, Colorado. Membership in JAGC includes joint membership in CAGT (Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented). Combined dues are $40 annually.

Although JAGC often works in partnership with Jeffco Public Schools' Office of Gifted and Talented, JAGC is a volunteer organization. JAGC provides its newsletter and seminars to everyone in the community but membership, donations, and volunteers are essential to providing these resources. Locally, through JAGC, your membership helps support things such as: seminars, presentations, and speakers; printed literature; this website (including the JAGC newsletter); JAGC on Facebook; local advocacy. Through CAGT, your membership helps support such things as: CAGT's annual conference, CAGT's annual Parent Institute, CAGT's website, monthly "Happenings" email, the quarterly Kaleidoscope e-newsletter, state level legislative advocacy for gifted learners, and online learning opportunities.

Become a Member
Membership in JAGC and CAGT runs concurrent to the school year. Both are valid from September until August of the following year.  Download JAGC Membership Form (PDF).

Donate
Your contributions make a difference. 100% of your tax-deductible donation to JAGC will directly support distribution of information and GT advocacy in Jefferson County. Click here to download JAGC Donation Form (PDF).
Amazon Smile - Through Amazon Smile part of your purchase price will be donated to JAGC. When you shop at Amazon, first go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and select "Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children" before making your purchase.

Volunteer
Your time and talents help JAGC run as a volunteer organization. We particularly would like to have at least one JAGC GT Ambassador at each school, to share information at the local level. Help in other areas is also welcome; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer your particular area of interest/skill.

Did you know that JAGC is on Facebook?
You can "Like" JAGC on Facebook and read GT and Jeffco-related information as part of your Facebook feed. JAGC also has a private Facebook group; JAGC Online for the purposes of discussion. To join "friend" Jeffco Gifted and send a FB message to request group membership or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. A big thank you to Susan Carter-Ruskell for sharing great gifted content and managing JAGC's Facebook presence!

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Note: This newsletter is intended to provide a wide array of information that readers may find helpful. In an effort to bring breadth of information, JAGC does not necessarily endorse or support opinions presented.  JAGC also does not endorse, approve for services, or recommend any specific program mentioned.