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November 12, 2016 Newsletter

Jeffco GT Parent Seminar - Several Breakout Sessions  January 31, 2017
Gifted Exchange Support Group - November 15th
Jeffco Gifted and Talented - Center School Spring Testing
Jeffco Early Access Testing for Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade for the 2017-2018 School Year
Jeffco News - Interview with Jeffco GT Director Roger Dowd
Jeffco Gifted Department 6th Grade Hawaii Wilderness Adventure Extension Trip - Parent Meeting
School Interest Nights (Showcases)
Center for Bright Kids Western Academic Talent Search (WATS)
GT Enrichment Corner - Jeffco Writing Challenge
Articles of Gifted Interest
Parent Education Online Webinar on Emotional Resilience Presented by Mackintosh Academy November 15th
Mackintosh Academy Littleton Drop-In Open House  November 15th
Adams 12 GT Parents Group - Parent's Meeting: Social and Emotional Aspects of Giftedness Presented by Terry Bradley  December 8th
Adams 12 GT Parents Group - Parent's Meeting: Lisa van Gemert, the "Gifted Guru"  February 2nd
CAGT Legislative Day - Thursday, February 23, 2017
Helpful Links
   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 - Several Breakout Sessions  January 31, 2017

Please join the Jeffco GT Department for several breakout session opportunities:
   - High School: College Preparation
   - Early Access for Kindergarten/1st Grade
   - Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners
   - Twice Exceptional Students (Gifted with a Learning Disability)
   - Interpreting Student Achievement Data

      Tuesday, January 31, 2017
      6:30pm-8:30pm 
      1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. #27
      5th Floor Board Room

 Mark your calendars for the February Parent Seminar:
      Monday, February 27, 2017 - "Positive Advocacy for your Gifted Child's Needs" Presented by Dr. Jenny Ritchotte

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

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Gifted Exchange Support Group  Tuesday, November 15th

JAGC "Gifted Exchange" Support Group (3rd Tuesday of the month)
Tuesday, November 15, 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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Jeffco Gifted and Talented - Center School Spring Testing

Jeffco Gifted Center applications for spring testing will be open December 2, 2016 through January 9, 2017. Jeffco offers free testing for applicants who are 5 years of age (or older) by October 1, 2016. These children are eligible to apply for the start of the 2017-18 school year. Find the online application and additional information here. Testing will be Saturday, February 4, 2017, and takes approximately 2 hours. See the fall and spring 2016-2017 application process/timeline here.

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Jeffco Early Access Testing for Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade for the 2017-2018 School Year

Colorado House Bill 08-1021, Early Kindergarten and First Grade for Gifted Children, extend the definition of “gifted child” to include four year olds who may be able to access Kindergarten and five year olds who can access First Grade, and adds a new classification of “highly advanced gifted child.” Essentially, Early Access applies to children in the 98th percentile or above on standardized tests and functioning levels typically two years or more above peers.

For early entrance to kindergarten, a child must be 4 years old by October 1, 2017 and for early entrance to first grade, a child must be 5 years old by October 1, 2017.

How to apply (the cost is $250):
  1.  Fill out the online application, which will open in January 2017 through sometime in March 2017: 
  2.  Once the application is submitted, you will receive, in the mail, an Early Access Packet (with portfolio requirements) and Developmental History Form from the GT Office. 
  3.  The Early Access Packet, Developmental History Form, and portfolio submissions will be due in March 2017.
  4.  Parents will be contacted to schedule Cognitive Testing (DAS-II - Differential Ability Scales).  Testing is typically scheduled in late March or early April and takes approximately 2 hours.
  5.  If the child scores in the 98th percentile or higher on DAS-II, a second session will be scheduled to take TEMA-3 (Test of Early Math Ability), TERA-3 (Test of Early Reading Ability), and an observable play opportunity. This testing will be scheduled in early April 2017 and takes approximately 2 hours.
  6.  Notification of acceptance and non-acceptance is typically sent to parents late in April.

Part of the Early Access process is submitting a portfolio of evidence. This may include examples of art work, writing, photos or videos of things that have been built or auditions. It may be documentation of connections the child has made. It may be statements from preschool teachers. Any way you can show what were ‘wow’ moments for you. Things you noticed that seem advanced for a child of their age at the time.

If accepted, Jeffco has four elementary schools offering Early Access: Coronado, Hackberry Hill, Kendrick Lakes, and Parmalee. GT Early Access follows the Choice Enrollment process. Transportation is not provided to Early Access locations and is the responsibility of the parent.

Jeffco brochure for Early Access.
Jeffco web page for Early Access.

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Jeffco News - Interview with Jeffco GT Director Roger Dowd

"The New Voice at the Table: Meet Jeffco's New GT Director, Roger Dowd" by Ben Hershelman.

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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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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

Gifted Center Specific Information Nights:
     Everitt Middle School    Thursday, November 17, 2016  6pm-8pm
     North Arvada Middle School    Thursday, January 19, 2017  5:30pm-7:30pm
     Parmalee Elementary School    Wednesday, January 11, 2017  8:15am-9am  and  Tuesday, May 2, 2017  4pm-5pm
     Stevens Elementary School    Thursday, January 12, 2017  5:30pm-6:30pm

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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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GT Enrichment Corner - Jeffco Writing Challenge

The Jeffco Writing Challenge is open to all Jefferson County School students in K-12. Poetry, short stories, non-fiction or dramas (up to 500 words max) are all welcome. Deadline for submissions is February 20, 2017. Find information here.

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Articles of Gifted Interest

"Colorado Should Include Performance of Gifted Students in Accountability System, Report Suggests" By Nicholas Garcia - This article discusses a report released last summer by the Fordham Institute in Washington, D.C., titled "High Stakes for High Achievers: State Accountability in the Age of ESSA."

"We Celebrate Our Athletes, So Why Not Our Mathletes?" By Michael Mazenko - This article is self explanitory, but highlights some accomplishments of Colorado's talented youth. 

"The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart" By Sal Khan (founder of Khan Academy) - ". . . I am more convinced than ever that mindsets toward learning could matter more than anything else we teach. Researchers have known for some time that the brain is like a muscle; that the more you use it, the more it grows. They’ve found that neural connections form and deepen most when we make mistakes doing difficult tasks rather than repeatedly having success with easy ones. What this means is that our intelligence is not fixed, and the best way that we can grow our intelligence is to embrace tasks where we might struggle and fail."

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Parent Education Online Webinar on Emotional Resilience Presented by Mackintosh Academy November 15th

"Join Sharon Barnes, MSSW, LCSW, therapist for the gifted and sensitive, for an informative webinar on the 12 steps to emotional resilience that help sensitive, gifted kids become social-emotional ACES, that is, skilled experts in the social-emotional realm. These steps specifically build internal skills that address the issues identified in the acronym ACES: Asynchrony, social skills, Emotional Resilience and Self-Esteem." Presented by Mackintosh Academy.

     Parent Education Online Webinar on Emotional Resilience
     Tuesday, November 15, 2016
     7:00-8:00pm ONLINE

     RSVP:  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP and get login information.

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Mackintosh Academy Littleton Drop-In Open House  November 15th
"We welcome all families to come tour the Mackintosh campus to observe classes and meet our warm and welcoming community. Learn more about what our school has to offer for your gifted and creative child; whole-child focused, inquiry-based IB programming, art and P.E. daily, Spanish, greenhouse science lab, and more!"

     Mackintosh Academy Littleton Drop-In Open House
     Tuesday, November 15, 2016
     9:00-10:00am
     7018 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120

     For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (303) 794-6222

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Adams 12 GT Parents Group - Parent's Meeting: Social and Emotional Aspects of Giftedness Presented by Terry Bradley  December 8th

"Terry Bradley, M.A. (Gifted Education Advisor and President of CAGT-Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented) will speak on how gifted kids not only think differently but also feel differently. Growing up gifted is a qualitatively different experience. As parents, it’s important not only to be aware of their greater academic or creative capabilities, but also to be cognizant of their unique emotional capacities and complexities. This will be an opportunity to meet other families of gifted students to support and encourage one another."

     Parent's Meeting: Social and Emotional Aspects of Giftedness
     Thursday, December 8, 2016
     Educational Support Center for Adams 12
     1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton
     6:00pm-7:30pm

     More Information.

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Adams 12 GT Parents Group - Parent's Meeting: Lisa van Gemert, the "Gifted Guru"  February 2nd

Plans are in the works to host Lisa van Gemert to speak. Lisa is a well known Gifted Guru and we're excited that she may be able to spend some time in Colorado.

     Parent's Meeting: Lisa van Gemert, the "Gifted Guru"
     Thursday, February 2, 2017
     Educational Support Center for Adams 12
     1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton
     6:00pm-7:30pm

     More Information.

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CAGT Legislative Day - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) will be hosting their annual Legislative Day on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  This event allows students (grades 8 – 12) a unique opportunity to shadow a state legislator for the day. The application process opens the first week of January. There is also an adult component to the day, where gifted advocates have an opportunity to learn about current legislative initiatives that affect our gifted children. Registration will be available here around January 1, 2017.

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Helpful Links
   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.