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May 14, 2017 Newsletter

JAGC Newsletter Taking the Summer Off
MAP Assessment Scores Predict ACT Scores - See How Your Children are Doing for College Options
High School – Thoughts for Summer
If You Need Help Navigating the GT World, or Jeffco's GT Process
Summer Programs and Space Voyage Summer Camp
Wings Aerospace Academy - Parent Info Nights
SENGinars
SENG Conference - Creating New Possibilities  August 3-6, 2017  Naperville, IL
CAGT Conference Call for Proposals, Exhibitors, Award Nominations
Helpful Links
   Douglas County Parent University Courses (there are often Gifted topics)
   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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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.
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JAGC Newsletter Taking the Summer Off

The newsletter will return in August.

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MAP Assessment Scores Predict ACT Scores - See How Your Children are Doing for College Options

As the year winds down and we look back at all of the various assessments our children have taken; quizzes, comprehensive subject tests, states assessments, and Measurements for Academic Progress (MAP), what can we glean from all of these tests? At the end of the day, we need to believe that somewhere in the mire of these assessments there must be some nugget of information that can benefit our child and their growth towards college/career readiness.

Well, there is. If your student took the MAP set of assessments this year, ask your teacher for your child's results. You can then log in your child's scores for Reading and Math MAP assessments to see how your child is progressing against the ACT college and career readiness assessment. "The College Explorer Tool links to MAP scores for students in grades 5-9 to colleges and universities based on the median ACT scores of students who were admitted and enrolled in those institutions."

Note: If your child is in a GT Center program in 5th grade, they may have taken the MAP assessment for 6th grade and above. It should state which MAP test they took on the report somewhere. There is a significant shift in the assessment from the 3-5 version to the 6+ version. You will also want to play with the College Explorer Tool. It seems a bit counterintuitive that the same scores used but changing the grade 'When was MAP last taken' yields more options of colleges as the class grade goes up. If you are wanting to consider certain colleges, you can click on the 'Search for School' tab instead and see what MAP RIT scores are needed by grade to determine if your child is on track to get into that college.

We hope you find this useful.

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High School – Thoughts for Summer

Get ready! Summer is here! 

If your student will be taking AP English or social studies courses during their high school career in anticipation of attending college, investing some time this summer in improving reading speed and comprehension may be worth their time.

According to Dr. Marisa Atria Kruger, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., CHom, the average reading speeds for the following student groups are:

 Third-grade students = 150 words per minute (wpm)
 Eighth grade students = 250
 Average college student = 400

A quick on-line test to gage your students reading speed and comprehension can be found at http://projects.wsj.com/speedread/.

As with all educational endeavors choose the program that best meets your child’s learning style. There are online courses available 24/7 for teens that are self-starters and want to learn at odd hours, classroom courses, often at local universities, for those requiring more structure or supervised course work with local specialists. You will find a number of classes geared toward corporate adults, so be sure to choose something designed with teens in mind to keep them engaged.

For those dealing with visual issues that impact reading speed, remember that learning is not only visual, audio books may be the answer for addressing the AP reading load. Public libraries have excellent selections of audio literature. An organization called Learning Ally specializes in supporting students with visual impairments and dyslexia and has many textbooks translated for audio use (membership required). During the year students can find additional support through Khan Academy and Crash Course on YouTube.

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If You Need Help Navigating the GT World, or Jeffco's GT Process

Should you have questions or concerns you need help with, please join our Facebook Group (send a Friend Request) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us. JAGC has a wealth of information for any stage of the path you are on.

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Summer Programs and Space Voyage Summer Camp

Find a list of 2017 summer programs

Space Voyage Summer Camp – Colorado Space Camp
"This is the 28th summer of offering an immersive learning camp that invites and challenges students to "think like an astronaut." Pathfinder programs for students ages 6-8, Cadet programs for ages 9-16, and Space Voyage Leadership Intern program for ages 14-17. Space Voyage simulations include hands-on, minds-on learning. Space Voyage is a STEM based program that celebrates The Arts. This day camp is designed to inspire, motivate, and empower students. Described by participants as a cross between a Montessori school, Santa's House, and Disneyworld (without the waits). The camp offers authentic achievement, a sense of belonging where kids are accepted and make new friends, the power to choose activities, and to set their own pace."
     Camp location: Summit Ridge Middle School (Simms and Coal Mine Ave, Littleton)
     Six weeks (Monday thru Friday) are offered, and all sessions are open for registration. Come for one or more weeks; all programs are offered in all weeks.
     For more information visit the web site, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or phone 3/985-3143.

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Wings Aerospace Academy - Parent Info Nights

Wings Aerospace Academy (WAA) is a full-time, tuition-free charter program for 6th-10th-grade students that provides hands-on aerospace experiences. Core courses are provided by a certified, multi-district charter school, the Elevate Academy; and hands-on, aerospace-based STEM curricula is provided by Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in aerospace settings.
    How would your child like to:
          - Gain pilot experience
          - Pilot a glider
          - Fly a drone
          - Build radio-controlled and actual airplanes
          - Engage with giants in Colorado’s aviation and aerospace industry
          - Have a leg up on college and career paths
          - and much more!

Parent Information Nights for Wings Aerospace Academy

     Wednesday, May 17th  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
     Wednesday, June 7th  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
     Wednesday, June 28th  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
     Wednesday, July 19th  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
     Wednesday, August 9th  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
     Wednesday, August 30th  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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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 webinars are designed expressly for parents, educators, and mental health professionals who work with gifted children. You will 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 SENGinars:

     Academic Acceleration: A Practical Guide to Decisions and Implementation
     Presented by Sharon Duncan
     Wednesday, May 17, 2017
     7:30PM EST - 9:00PM EST
     Find more information here.

     Meeting the Academic & Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Hispanic/Latino & ELL Students
     Presented by Jaime Castellano
     Thursday, May 25, 2017
     7:30PM EST - 9:00PM EST
     Find more information here

     Reinforcing Resilience: Navigating Trauma thru the Eyes of the Gifted
     Thursday, June 8, 2017 
     7:30PM EST – 9:00PM EST
     Fee: $30.00 for SENG Members; $40.00 for Non-Members
     Find more information here

     In Search of a Better Light - Illuminating Needs of Twice-Exceptional (2e) Learners
     Presented by Ken Dickson
     Thursday, June 15, 2017
     7:30PM EST - 9:00PM EST
     Find more information here.

     The Heart of the Gifted Underachiever
     Presented by Josh Shaine
     Thursday, June 22, 2017
     7:30PM EST - 9:00PM EST
     Find more information here.

     Social and Emotional Development of Twice-Exceptional Students: What does the Research Say?
     Presented by Megan Foley-Nicpon
     Thursday, July 6, 2017
     7:30PM EST - 9:00PM EST
     Find more information here

     Relinquishing Dreams: A Classic Grounded Theory Study of Gifted Adults
     Presented by Dr. Nicole D. Dietrich
     Thursday, July 20, 2017
     7:30PM EST - 9:00PM EST
     Find more information here.

     How to Set Expectations that Work
     Presented by Joanne Foster
     Thursday, September 14, 2017
     7:30PM EST - 9:00PM EST
     Find more information here.

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SENG Conference - Creating New Possibilities  August 3-6, 2017  Naperville, IL

"SENG conferences prioritize recognition, understanding, and acceptance of the social and emotional needs of the gifted population. Join us for a spectacular event dedicated to education, support, and community. Learn from world renown experts across a variety of disciplines who will share their stories and expertise including Dina Brulles, Jaime Castellano, Susan Daniels, Jim Delisle, Sharon Duncan, Joanna Haase, Scott Barry Kaufman, Nicole Tetreault, and Carol Anne Tomlinson."

Find more information and registration here.

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CAGT Conference October 16-17, 2017 - Loveland, CO  Call for Proposals, Exhibitors, Award Nominations

Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) Conference - The Heart of the Rockies: Elevating the Gifted Connection on October 16 and 17, 2017 is CAGT's 40th Annual Conference. Find all the information you need here.

Leadership Awards (application deadline August 11, 2017) - CAGT in collaboration with the Office of Gifted Education Colorado Department of Education will present Leadership Awards in the following categories:  George T. Betts Inspiration Award, Parent of the Year, Educator of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Special Advocate of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award at CAGT's 40th Annual Conference at the Embassy Suites Loveland on October 16 and 17, 2017.  All are invited to nominate people for one or more categories.  Separate registration must be used for each nomination.

Exhibitor Registration - Deadline Friday, September 15, 2017

Call for Proposals - Deadline Saturday, June 17, 2017

CAGT Distinguished Student Awards Program Registration - CAGT Distinguished Student Awards program for the 2016-2017 school year. This awards program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children ages 7-18. Three children for the state of Colorado will be named CAGT Distinguished Students. One student for the Junior Division, ages 7-9, one student for the Senior Division, ages 10-12, and one student for the Masters Division, ages 13-18. Application deadline is June 15, 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 and the membership year runs from September 1 - August 31.

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.