DCSD GT Newsletter

May 2014

Douglas County School District Gifted Education Department

The Douglas County School District provides world-class educational opportunities for gifted learners who have demonstrated abilities that require differentiated programming to reach their full potential.

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DCSD GT Parent Website

Please visit this site for more information on Gifted and Talented Programming in Douglas County School District. The summer camp and enrichment opportunities page has been updated. Take a look at the extensive list of opportunities in our area!

DCAGT Hosting Parent Coffees

The Douglas County Affiliate of the Colorado Association for Gifted & Talented (www.DCAGT.org) is hosting three morning coffees for parents of Gifted and high potential students in grades K-12. These are informal sessions designed for parents to network and ask questions. Natasha Straayer, Coordinator of Gifted Education for the Douglas County School District, will be present. Additionally, two parents with gifted children will facilitate the group discussions. Please email questions to Barb Cousins, parent, at b.cousins@comcast.net. No need to register. Watch for additional opportunities to participate with DCAGT in the Fall.

Dates and locations are:

Ø 5/21 9:30 am Panera Restaurant, 9233 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree

Ø 5/27 9:30 am Panera Restaurant, 11290 Twenty Mile Road, Parker

Ø 6/3 9:30 am Panera Restaurant, 32 East Allen Street, Castle Rock

Franktown Dumpster Divas Nominated to Participate in White House Makers Faire!

The Franktown, Dumpster Divas, who ​won the prestigious Da Vinci Award at the State Destination ​Imagination​(DI)​ Tournament, have been nominated by the State DI organization to participate in the 2014 White House Makers Faire! ​ As a requirement of the application process, they created this video explaining their journey.

Dumpster Divas

2013-2014 CAGT Distinguished Student Award

This awards program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children ages 7 - 12. There are two awards: A Junior Division, ages 7-9 and a Senior Division, ages 10-12. One Colorado child from each division will be named as a CAGT Distinguished Student and the winners receives a $500 cash scholarship and a CAGT Certificate of Excellence.

Now accepting applications. Click for application packet. Application deadline is May 31, 2014.

TED X Youth @ Mile High

146 students from Rocky Heights Middle School attended the TEDx Youth @ Mile High event in April at the Ellie Caulkins Opera house with nearly 3,000 other middle and high school students from around the metro-Denver area. It was a day that will not be forgotten. Students spent time visiting exhibits and listening to inspirational speakers all created with the theme of 'Emergence' in mind. Students created healthy smoothies, participated in silent yoga, a whole room thumb war, made music, built things and listened to inspiring talks involving science, the environment, sustainability, innovation, and creation from a panel of speakers ranging from age 8 to 19 from all over the globe. Students who attended the day-long event walked away inspired, energized and ready to "emerge" and change the world.

International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness (MCG) Conference

Monday, July 28th, 8am to Wednesday, July 30th, 4pm

2199 S University Blvd

Denver, CO

The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education is excited to be hosting the 2014 International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness (MCG) Conference on the University of Denver's campus, July 28-30, 2014.

This conference is aimed at promoting mathematical creativity and giftedness in students of all ages and backgrounds, and in supporting interested mathematics educators, mathematicians, researchers and other individuals.

Early Bird Registration Ends May 1!



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Center for Bright Kids

The Center for Bright Kids is the Regional Talent Center for the Rocky Mountain area. This seven-state region includes Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming. CBK offers 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. The Center for Bright Kids has offered the Western Academic Talent Search, Summer Programs, and other youth programs for over 30 years and is a 501(c)3 non-profit center.
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