Gifted in Paradise


October 2019 - Quarter 2

Welcome Parents of PV Gifted Learners!

Welcome to the gifted community in PVSchools! Please look for our parent newsletter each quarter. In these newsletters, we will share news and information, recommend resources, and send you invitations to events we schedule here in PVSchools and other opportunities around the valley. Whether your gifted child is in preschool, elementary, middle or high school, in these newsletters you will find information intended to help you support and prepare your gifted child for successful learning opportunities in our schools.

Parent / Teacher Conferences are upon us! Are you ready?

Whether this is your first-ever parent conference (as with parents whose first child is now in Kindergarten) or you are a veteran of numerous parent conferences, take a few minutes to prepare in advance to make the most of your time with your child’s teacher. This NAGC article comes from Connecting for High Potential, the quarterly parent newsletter published by the National Association for Gifted Children. The article provides parents (and teachers) of gifted children with tips on how to provide and hear information shared during your conference within the following areas: Getting Personal; Focus on the Positive; and Continual Communication.

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with Rebekah West Keur

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

PVSchools District Administrative Center- Governing Board Room

This presentation will focus on the importance of creativity in the lives of our gifted students and will address some ways in which we can foster and cultivate their growth.

Rebekah A. West Keur is a Middle School Gifted Specialist for the Paradise Valley Unified School District teaching in the Digital Learning Center program (Semi Self-Contained Gifted Middle School Program located at Sunrise MS) and an Adjunct Professor with Maricopa Community Colleges.

Digital Learning Center (DLC) Parent Event & Student Shadow Opportunities

Are you considering middle school gifted programming options for your child? If so, please join us for our Digital Learning Center (DLC) parent night presentation and tour.

November 13, 2019

6:00 PM - Parent night presentation. Located in the Sunrise Middle School Media Center

November 14, 2019

9:00 AM - Student DLC observations & Parent school tour. Please meet and check-in at the Sunrise Middle School office at 9 am.

About the DLC:

The Digital Learning Center (DLC) is a PVUSD gifted Middle school program that provides students with an interdisciplinary, project-based learning environment that embodies 21st Century learning. Science (8th), social studies (7th), and literature are combined within the DLC, allowing for a unique problem-based learning environment. This cross-curricular exploration will take students through the 7th and 8th grade standards with built-in continuity, exploring how science, history, literature, writing, and being a gifted learner fit into this world.

For more information on the DLC and to view the application, visit:

DLC Parent Night

Wednesday, Nov. 13th 2019 at 6pm

4960 East Acoma Drive

Scottsdale, AZ

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