September 10, 2017 Newsletter

Jeffco GT Parent Seminar - Nurturing Your Child's Creativity Presented by Dr. Rick Shade  Sept 25th
Jeffco GT Center Information Night - Sept 13th
Jeffco Gifted & Talented Center Applications NOW OPEN and will Close Oct 13th
In Case You Missed It - Last Month's Parent Seminar GT 101, Twice Exceptional, Social Emotional, and ALPs
If You Need Help Navigating the GT world, or Jeffco's GT Process
Diverse Learners Jeffco School Board Candidate Forum  October 25th
Center for Bright Kids Western Academic Talent Search (WATS) - PSAT 8/9, SAT, ACT Testing for Gifted Students in Grades 3-9
Parent/Teacher Conferences - Must Do's 
PSAT - What You Need To Know Before Your Gifted Child Takes the PSAT
Jeffco News - Role of a Resource Teacher and Current List of Jeffco's GT RTs by School
Enrichment Corner - CSM-STEM for Girls in 3rd-9th Grade and Free Coloring Books for All Ages
CAGT Parent Institute - Panel of National Experts  Oct 16th
BVGT Susanne Keeley: Encourage, Enhance and Expand Executive Functions in Your Gifted Child  Oct 18th
Jeffco Library Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale  Oct 20th-22nd
Tattered Cover Book Store Presents The Colorado Teen Book Con  November 4th
Free Night at the Museums  Nov 4th
Empowering the Spirit through The Virtues Project: A Workshop for Parents and Teachers of the Gifted   September 23-24
SENGinars
CAGT Conference The Heart of the Rockies: Elevating the Gifted Connection  Oct 16-17, 2017  Loveland, CO
NAGC 64th Annual Convention: Shining a Light on Gifted Children  Nov 9th-12th, 2017  Charlotte, NC
Helpful Links
   Jeffco Public Library Kid Events
   Douglas County Parent University Courses (there are often Gifted topics)
   Davidson Institute Newsletters 
   Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Newsletters
   Previously broadcast SENGinars can be purchased here. 
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 - Nurturing Your Child's Creativity Presented by Dr. Rick Shade  September 25th

The next Jeffco GT Parent Seminar will be presented by Dr. Rick Shade:

      Nurturing Your Child's Creativity
      Monday, September 25, 2017
      6:30pm - 8:00pm 
      1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg #27 
      Flyer  En Espanol

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

Next Parent Seminars (typically held in the 5th Floor Board Room at 1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg #27, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.)
    January 9, 2018  Understanding Your Student's CogAT Data (make-up date in case of inclement weather is January 10, 2018)  Flyer  En Espanol
    January 29, 2018  Various GT Topics based on parent feedback  Flyer  En Espanol
    February 26, 2018  Creating 21st Century Innovators Presented by Ian Byrd  Flyer  En Espanol

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Jeffco GT Center Information Night - Gifted Center Application Process  September 13th

Learn about the Gifted Center Program and how to apply:

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Four Locations:

          Evergreen Middle School
          2059 Hiwan Dr., Evergreen

          Ken Caryl Middle School
          6509 W. Ken Caryl Ave., Littleton

          North Arvada Middle School
          7285 Pierce St., Arvada

          Jeffco Board Room, 5th Floor
          1829 Denver West Dr. Bldg #27, Golden

          Flyer  En Espanol

Jeffco Gifted Center applications are open now and will close October 13, 2017. See information below.

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Jeffco Gifted & Talented Center Applications NOW OPEN and will Close October 13th

Jeffco Gifted Center applications are open now and will close October 13, 2017. Jeffco offers free testing for applicants who are 5 years of age (or older) by October 1, 2017. These children are eligible to apply for the start of the 2018-19 school year. Find the online application and process described here. Testing will be Saturday, November 4, 2017, and takes approximately 2 hours. See the fall and spring 2017-2018 application process/timeline here.

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In Case You Missed It - Last Month's Parent Seminar: GT 101, Twice Exceptional Students, Social Emotional, and Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs)

Last Month's Parent Seminar had 4 breakout sessions. Here are links to the presentations:
   - Gifted & Talented 101
   - Twice Exceptional (2e) Students - Gifted with a disability
   - Social Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners
   - Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs)

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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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Diverse Learners Jeffco School Board Candidate Forum  October 25th

Diverse Learners Candidate Forum: Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children and Edgewater Collective are co-sponsoring a Jeffco School Board candidate forum on Diverse Learners.

     Wednesday, October 25, 2017
     6:30pm - 8:30pm
     Jefferson High School’s library, 2305 Pierce St, Edgewater, CO 80214
     Flyer in English and Spanish
     For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Center for Bright Kids Western Academic Talent Search (WATS) - PSAT 8/9, SAT, ACT Testing for Gifted Students in Grades 3-9

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 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 testingApplication.
Information about CBK youth programs.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences - Must Do's

Check out our article on getting the most out of your gifted child's parent/teacher conference.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) offers the document "Child Advocacy: Parents Often Wonder When and How to Approach Their Child's Teacher if Their Child Seems Unhappy or Not Challenged in the Classroom"

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

We have highlighted this article over the last few 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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Jeffco News - Role of a Resource Teacher and Current List of Jeffco's GT RTs by School

Learn what Jeffco GT Resource Teachers (RTs) do for the Gifted students in Jeffco. Here's an interview our JAGC Ambassador to Steven's Elementary School, Ayrolyn Keady, had with one of Jeffco's GT Resource Teachers, Jennifer Mulhern. 

Find your school's GT Resource Teacher listed here

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Enrichment Corner - CSM-STEM for Girls in 3rd-9th Grade and Free Coloring Books for All Ages

Colorado School of Mines - Discovering Technology for Girls in 3rd-9th Grade (Discover and Explore programs) - Begins SOON (a couple Monday sessions begin 9/11). This after school enrichment is an opportunity for girls to be exposed to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) topics in a college setting, all taught by women. If registering after registration closes, see their FAQs page for details.

Free Coloring Books from World-Class Libraries & Museums: The Met, New York Public Library, Smithsonian & More

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CAGT Parent Institute - Panel of National Experts  October 16th

Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT), at their annual conference, hosts a Parent Institute. This is a time for parents, guardians, and educators interested in gifted children to come together to hear national experts share their knowledge and answer some of your questions. Find more information and registration here.

This year's panel will include:
  Susanne Keeley, M.A., CCC-SLP
  Jonathan Plucker, Ph.D
  Matthew McBee, Ph.D
  AnneMarie Rossi - Be Mindful

     Monday, October 16, 2017
     7:00pm - 9:00pm
     Embassy Suites Loveland, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, CO 80538
     The fee is $20 per person or $20 for two adults from the same household (you can pre-register here or they welcome walk-ins).
     Flyer  En Espanol

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BVGT Hosts Susanne Keeley: Encourage, Enhance and Expand Executive Functions in Your Gifted Child - October 18th

Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented hosts Susanne Keeley who will present "Encourage, Enhance and Expand Executive Functions in Your Gifted Child"
     Wednesday, October 18, 2017
     6:30pm - 8:30pm
     Summit Middle School, 4655 Hanover Ave, Boulder
     Find more information here.

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Jeffco Library Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale October 20-22

The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends will hold their annual Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale Oct. 20-22 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden).  Hours are 9am - 5pm Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, and 11am - 3pm Sunday, Oct. 22. Admission to the sale is free.

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Tattered Cover Book Store Presents The Colorado Teen Book Con  November 4th

The Colorado Teen Book Con is a full day event exclusively for teens with two keynote presentations, a bunch of author panels, a special writing workshop, a special panel with local literary agents, and a big author signing party at the end of the day. Books will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Join Tattered Cover as we present 20+ of your fave teen authors...
    You meet them.
    You hear them speak.
    You talk to them. 
    You get lots of books signed.
    Snap some selfies with them.
    And food trucks. Of course, food trucks.

This event is free, open exclusively to teens, but you must register.

     Saturday, November 4, 2017
     8:30am - 5:00pm
     Littleton High School (199 East Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO 80121)
     Registration 

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Free Night at the Museums - Saturday, November 4, 2017

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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Empowering the Spirit Through The Virtues Project: A Workshop for Parents and Teachers of the Gifted   September 23-24

This two-day workshop will immerse participants in the vision, mission and five strategies of the virtues, giving them the tools needed to pull the virtues into their daily and professional life. The Vision of The Virtues Project is to serve humanity by supporting the moral and spiritual development of people of all cultures, by helping them to remember who they really are and to live by their highest values.

The Mission of The Virtues Project is to provide empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life through programs of excellence and simplicity which support people of all ages to cultivate their virtues - the gifts of character.

The Five Strategies of The Virtues Project help us to live more reverent, purposeful lives, to raise children of integrity and compassion, develop a culture of character in our schools, and inspire excellence and service in the workplace. These strategies build foundations for safe and caring communities.

     Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 2017
     9:00am - 4:00pm
     Legacy Ridge West Clubhouse
     10515 Stuart St.
     Westminster, Colorado 80031

     Information and registration 

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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:

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

     Parenting Adventures in the Digital Realm: From Surviving to Thriving
     Presented by Claudia L'Amoreaux
     Thursday, September 21, 2017
     7:30pm EST - 9:00pm EST
     Find more information here.

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CAGT Conference The Heart of the Rockies: Elevating the Gifted Connection  October 16-17, 2017  Loveland, CO

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

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NAGC 64th Annual Convention: Shining a Light on Gifted Children  November 9th-12th, 2017  Charlotte, NC

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) will have their annual convention and exhibition in Charlotte, NC this year. This is the largest convention devoted to gifted and talented learners. Find more information here

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Helpful Links
   Jeffco Public Library Kid Events 
   Douglas County Parent University Courses (there are often Gifted topics) 
   Davidson Institute Newsletters 
   SENG Newsletters 
   Previously broadcast SENGinars can be purchased 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  the ambassador coordinator 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 a JAGC Membership Form.

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 a JAGC Donation Form.

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.