April 16, 2017 Newsletter

Jeffco GT Parent Seminar - Share Fair  April 25th
If You Need Help Navigating the GT World, or Jeffco's GT Process
JAGC Election 
Jeffco News - New Jeffco GT Policies and Procedures Posted
Summer Programs and Jeffco Ignite
GT Enrichment Corner - Colorado School of Mines Summer Programs
Wings Aerospace Academy - New State Charter Option Beginning with Grades 6-10
CDE Gifted Education State Advisory Committee Vacancies
Patrick Taylor Straut Memorial Scholarship for Resilience - Donations Being Requested
Mackintosh Academy Scholarship Available
SENGinars
Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest 2017  April 29th & 30th
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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Jeffco GT Parent Seminar - Share Fair  April 25, 2017

This is the last Parent Seminar of the school year. The Share Fair is where students present projects from Destination Imagination, Tech Challenge, Service Learning, SPARKS, Passion Projects, etc.
      Tuesday, April 25, 2017
      6:30pm - 8:00pm 
      1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. #27
      5th Floor Board Room     

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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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JAGC Election

We have just concluded the 2017 JAGC Board of Directors election process. Voting was conducted via electronic means with all JAGC members eligible to participate. The official results are as follows:

    Susan Miller, President
    Heather Groff, Secretary
    Guy Nahmiach, Board Member At Large
    Nancy Yanasak, Board Member At Large
    Amy Dougherty, Board Member At Large

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Jeffco News - New Jeffco GT Policies and Procedures Posted

     - GT Appeal Process
     - GT Center Leave of Absence
     - GT Center Transfer Request
     - GT Waitlist Policy

Find more Parent Resources here, where the above are listed under Policies and Procedures.

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Summer Programs and Jeffco Ignite

Find a list of 2017 summer programs

The Jeffco GT Department has a new summer program for grades 7-9 called Ignite on June 19-23 at Wheat Ridge High School. Three strands are offered to choose from.

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GT Enrichment Corner - Colorado School of Mines Summer Programs

     EXPLORE Tech: Robotics camp for boys and girls entering grades 6-9
     CREATE Tech: Workshops for High School girls entering grades 10-12

These camps and workshops take place on Colorado School of Mines campus, and are developed and facilitated by Mines students who are passionate about their areas of study. Included in both programs is plenty of active and engaging exploration (it's summer, after all!), as well as lunch in the Mines cafeteria (always a favorite). Find more information and registration here.

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Wings Aerospace Academy - New State Charter Option Beginning with Grades 6-10

"Wings Aerospace Academy (WAA is part of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum) is a tuition-free charter program for 6th-10th grade students that provides hands-on aerospace experiences. Each year, the program will be extended one grade until the year 2020. At which time the program will include students in grades 6-12.

Wings Aerospace Academy offers a “blended learning” format, bringing together the best of two worlds - education technology and on-line learning. 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.

Gifted and Talented Program
At Wings Aerospace Academy, we strive to apply effective gifted and talented instruction. We try to differentiate these gifted and talented students through day in and day out measurements of meeting goals and levels of advancement. We want to make sure a student is being challenged and are willing to make changes in process, curriculum and environment so that they reach their highest potential."

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CDE Gifted Education State Advisory Committee Vacancies

Colorado Department of Education Gifted Education State Advisory Committee vacancies for the Term 2016-2019. The Gifted Education State Advisory Committee (GE-SAC) is seeking applications from individuals in Congressional Districts interested in providing input about issues and strengths in gifted education, and exploring timely educational topics impacting gifted students. The Gifted Education State Advisory Committee is a council of citizens appointed by the State Board of Education. The committee provides the State Board of Education recommendations and information about ongoing and emergent needs related to the education of gifted learners. 

Applicants must reside in the Congressional District of representation. This year’s vacancies are by role in the following Congressional Districts. For assistance in determining the Congressional District (CD) of residence go here or more detailed here.
CD 1 – Community
CD 1 – Parent
CD 3 – Community
CD 3 – Parent
CD 3 - Educator
CD 6 – Educator
CD 7 – Parent
CD 7 - Educator

Applications are due April 20, 2017.

For more information contact:
Tara Rolfe
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office of Gifted Education
Phone: 303-866-6794

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Patrick Taylor Straut Memorial Scholarship for Resilience - Donations Being Requested

Donations are being accepted for the 2017 Patrick Taylor Straut Memorial Scholarship for Resilience which is given annually to graduating seniors from the Jeffco Gifted and Talented High School Center at Wheat Ridge High School.

Patrick was a gifted and talented student in Jeffco before the current level of identification and services were available. His high school experience, together with those of other Jeffco students, inspired the creation of the district’s Gifted & Talented Center at Wheat Ridge High School (WRHS). The scholarship program acknowledges the milestone of high school graduation for GT students who have benefited from the many programming options at Wheat Ridge and from the attention to their affective needs provided by WRHS trained GT teaching faculty.

More information about the scholarship and a link for online donations is available here.

Donations may be mailed to:
Patrick Straut Foundation
5356 S. Taft St.
Littleton, CO 80127
The Foundation is a Colorado nonprofit corporation. You will receive an acknowledgment of your donation by email or mail, please be sure to provide complete contact information.

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Mackintosh Academy Scholarship Available

"Does your daughter need a nurturing and challenging school environment? Mackintosh Academy, an IB World School in Littleton for gifted and talented students, has a full scholarship available for one girl, entering grade 5, 6, 7 or 8, for the 2017-18 school year. Founded in 1977, Mackintosh Academy is Colorado’s oldest “School of Minds,” with an International Baccalaureate program serving gifted learners preK through 8th grade. Mackintosh is a one-of-a-kind learning environment that nurtures the unique genius in every student. Our personalized program and inquiry-based design embraces diverse learning styles and inspires keen minds to their fullest potential." Contact Director of Admissions, Beth Steklac, for more information or to apply. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (303) 794-6222.

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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:

     A Delicate Balance: The Relationship Between Giftedness, Learning Disorders, and Asynchronous Development
     Presented by Andrew Mahoney
     Sunday, June 4, 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 (Rescheduled date)
     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.

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Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest 2017  April 29th & 30th

"We are celebrating all things creative, imaginative and exploratory at a festival extraordinaire…  It’s Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship (invention!), Arts and Making.  STEAM Fest is an awe-filled, jaw-dropping chance to tinker, hack, build, crumble, fly, drive, drink, DO, dabble - PLAY!"

     Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th, 2017
     10:00am - 5:00pm both days
     Boulder County Fairgrounds
     9595 Nelson Road, Longmont
     More information 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.