March 19, 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 Pre-Announcement
In Case You Missed It - February Parent Seminar "Positive Advocacy for your Gifted Child's Needs" Presented by Dr. Jenny Ritchotte
Jeffco News - GT Department's GT Gazette
Colorado News - Colorado Empowered Learning
Summer Programs
GT Enrichment Corner - Lighthouse's Young Writers Workshops
Jeffco Early Access Testing for Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade for the 2017-2018 School Year
CDE Gifted Education State Advisory Committee Vacancies
Patrick Taylor Straut Memorial Scholarship for Resilience - Donations Being Requested
Macintosh Academy Scholarship Available
SENGinar - Reinforcing Resilience: Navigating Trauma thru the Eyes of the Gifted  March 23rd
Colorado Teen Literature Conference   April 1st
Living Minds GT Online Parent University  April 3rd - May 15th
DCAGT Presents College & Career Readiness by Barb Cousins  April 13th
Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest 2017  April 29th & 30th
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     

To enter the Share Fair find details and registration here. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 24, 2017. 

Find Jeffco GT Parent Resources here.

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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 Pre-Announcement

SAVE THE DATE! In 2 weeks, all current JAGC paid members will be invited to vote in the annual JAGC Board of Directors Election.

A notice will be sent to the email address of record when becoming a JAGC member. It will include a slate of candidates, bios introducing you to those members, instructions on how to cast your vote, and the official ballot. All ballots will be collected on-line. There will be no formal in person voting or proxies. If you need assistance in casting an electronic vote, you may contact our JAGC Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for help.

We look forward to your participation!
JAGC Board of Directors

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In Case You Missed It - February Parent Seminar "Positive Advocacy for your Gifted Child's Needs" Presented by Dr. Jenny Ritchotte

In case you missed last month's GT Parent Seminar, Dr. Jenny Ritchotte did a wonderful presentation on positive ways to advocate for your gifted child. Find her slides here, along with many many other resources.

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Jeffco News - GT Department's GT Gazette

Jeffco GT Department's first quarterly newsletter is available with a host of information.

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Colorado News - Colorado Empowered Learning

Colorado Empowered Learning (CEL) aims to harness the talents and knowledge of Colorado educators to expand equity and access through blended learning in K-12 Education. CEL is supported through funding by the State of Colorado and by participating schools and districts. Perhaps now more than ever, schools and districts need to examine what the future of education presents. Colorado Empowered Learning is leading the way in the articulation of a statewide plan. CEL will be convening diverse stakeholders, gathering the collective voice of all interested, examining best practice, and informing Colorado's plan through lessons learned across the country. Multiple methods and opportunities will exist for input and feedback at multiple levels of engagement.

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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 - Lighthouse's Young Writers Workshops

"Lighthouse's Young Writers Workshops are designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing. There are no grades here; just the stories. We offer the following forms of young writers workshops:
  - In-House—After-school, Weekend Workshops, Young Authors Collective (formerly Teen Council), and Summer Camp
  - Outreach—In schools, at juvenile residential treatment centers, and in collaboration with other arts organizations

Lighthouse accepts writers who are in 3rd grade through senior year of high school. In-house workshops are limited to 15 students, which allows for plenty of individual attention and helps members feel comfortable exploring their own writing. Our hope is that students leave the workshop with more trust in their voice, confidence in their language, and happy anticipation about the stories they have yet to write."

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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 by March 24, 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 will be sent to parents the week of April 28, 2017.

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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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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SENGinar - Reinforcing Resilience: Navigating Trauma thru the Eyes of the Gifted  March 23rd

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:

     Reinforcing Resilience: Navigating Trauma thru the Eyes of the Gifted
     Thursday, March 23, 2017
     7:00PM EST – 9:00PM EST
     Fee: $30.00 for SENG Members; $40.00 for Non-Members
     Find more information here

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Colorado Teen Literature Conference  April 1, 2017  Denver, CO

Keynote authors Gail Carriger and Greg Neri.

     Saturday, April 1, 2017
     8:30am - 4:00pm
     Tivoli Center on Auraria Campus, Denver

Registration will open February 6th. Find more information here.

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Living Minds GT Online Parent University  April 3rd - May 15th

Living Minds is offering four different online courses for parents of gifted and talented children:
  GT 101
  Supporting Social Emotional Needs
  Visual Thinkers
  Twice-Exceptional Learners (2e - gifted with a disability)

Each week a new session will open following that week's topic. There will be readings, online explorations, an opportunity for discussion, suggested strategies for you to try, and some weeks an invitation to share your thoughts with the facilitator via an online journal. There are no grades and there is no pressure to participate if you would rather take a more passive role in the course. Please note that Supporting Social Emotional Needs will require an additional text book, A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb. The materials for all other courses are contained within the course.

The price is $35/family. Find more information and registration here.

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DCAGT Presents College & Career Readiness by Barb Cousins  April 13th

Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented is offering a presentation on college & career readiness by Barb Cousins.

     Thursday, April 13, 2017
     6:30pm - 8:00pm
     Stonegate Village Community Center, 10326 Stonegate Pkwy, Parker, CO
     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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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.