Georgetown ISD G/T Newsletter

Issue 1.3

Summer Camps!

While it's only March, it is already time to start planning summer. There are many options for your child(ren) in Georgetown and the surrounding area. Georgetown ISD has three camps that might be of interest to you. For elementary gifted students, Camp Invention is a great option. Students complete hands-on activities that involve problem solving, team work, creativity and innovation. To learn more about other GISD-sponsored camps, click here.

I've also compiled a list of summer programs in the Georgetown, Round Rock, and north Austin area that are geared toward academics, fine arts, and leadership. Please find this listing here.

Save the Dates!

Georgetown ISD Elementary GT Student Showcase

We will have our inaugural GISD Elementary G/T Student Showcase on April 23, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm at East View High School. Please save the date and look for more information to come from your elementary gifted teacher.

Georgetown ISD Elementary Math Challenge Day

GISD will host our annual Math Challenge Day for elementary G/T students on Tuesday, May 7 from 3:45-5:30pm at McCoy Elementary. We will have a mini G/T parent conference that will begin at 4:00pm. More information to come!

Student Contest Opportunites

Don't mess with Texas® K-12 Art Contest - Students in K-12 are invited to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork. One winner from each grade will be selected to be featured in the Don't mess with Texas Calendar. More details can be found here.

Future Engineers Bright Art Challenge
- The Future Engineers Bright Art Challenge asks aspiring engineers in K-8 to create a piece of art using a battery-powered LED light source that demonstrates at least two interactions with light. To the make the artwork, partipants can use materials that may include recyclables, trash, borrowed objects (each of whihch is no more than $10), and items found in nature. Submissions must include a video demonstration (max 30 seconds) that shows off your art and a text description of your design and its light interactions. Review the contest rules here and the design guidelines here. Deadline is May 29.

KLRU KIDS Writers Contest - This local contest is designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children in grades K-5 are encouraged to participate by writing and illustrating stories and submitting them to KLRU. Entry deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2019. Click here for more details.

International Humans in Space Youth Art Competition - Students ages 10-18 can submit a visual, literary, musical or video artwork about what we will do on the moon and why it is important. This is an opportunity for children worldwide to share their visions of the future of space exploration - to be inspired, creative and heard. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2019. For more information, go to this this website.


If you are the parent of an elementary G/T student, reach out to your campus representative for any questions or feedback you'd like to share at our next council meeting.

Please note that the House Public Education Committee presented and voted out the amended House Bill 3, which includes the repeal of the G/T allotment. Speaker Bonnen views this bill as a top priority, which is set to go to the House floor for a vote on April 3.

The Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT) has encouraged its constituents to contact their state representative with this message. "Please restore TEC 42.156, the designated funding for G/T students." There is no minimum, guaranteed funding for G/T students in the current version of House Bill 3. This student population is at risk for being overlooked and underserved without specific funding. If you so choose, tell your state representative how your own student is impacted by this bill. Learn more about House Bill 3 here and read TAGT's FAQs here.

Carver - Kamryn Tunnell

Cooper - James Russell and Lucia Tannehill (rotate meetings)

Ford - Katie Jansson

Frost - Areli Guzman

McCoy - Crystal Kruse

Mitchell - Natalie Saenz

Pickett - Brandie Brown

Purl - Liz Bustos

Village - Andy Boltz

Resources for Parents of Gifted Children

Emotional Overexcitability of Gifted Children - Article detailing what emotional overexcitability is, the ups and downs of overexcitability, and what parents can do.

In case you missed Issue 1.2, the following are great resources!

TAGT 5 Essential of Parenting Gifted Kids Webinar Recording - This is a recording from a recent webinar presented by Dr. Lynette Breedlove, Director of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. The topic of the webinar is 5 Essentials of Parenting Gifted Kids.

The Daily Quiddler Puzzle - Quiddler is a great critical-thinking game for gifted students that sharpens spelling skills and increases vocabulary; find a puzzle of the day at this link.

The Daily Set Puzzle - Set is a fun brain game, where players try to make as many SETs as they can.

Parent Membership to the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT)