MSSD Gifted & Talented Newsletter

December 2021, Semester 1


Every Colorado youth is now eligible for three free therapy sessions. Visit to learn more.

The purpose of I Matter is to promote youth emotional and mental health. To begin, you will need to take a survey. Try to be honest as possible: your answers are completely confidential and will help match you with a clinician who can best support you. No matter your responses, you will be eligible for 3 free counseling sessions.

Get started below. If you’re 11 or younger, your parent or guardian will have to fill out the survey with you.

Parents, if you feel your child is struggling and needs help, you are in the right place to talk to a mental health professional for free. Seeking support for your child is not a sign of failure—it’s a sign of strength.

What Gifted Kids Want Their Parents to Know

This is a quick article of 5 things kids want their parents to know and how to support them.

Career Interest Profiler

The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do.

The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

The Beyond GIftedness Conference for teachers and parents is coming up in February!

The 29th year for The Beyond Giftedness Conference and back in person at the Arvada Center near Denver, CO, or nearby.

With a focus on practical tools that can be used with the gifted children in your life, Beyond Giftedness features keynote presentations and breakouts given by leaders in the field of gifted education, exhibitors, and the opportunity to connect with others in the field of gifted education.

A parent half-day workshop will run simultaneously.

Hoagies Gifted Education

Check out their webpage for resources and education.

MSSD14 Gifted and Talented Team Contacts

Ute Pass Elementary
Louisa Dick 719-685-2207

Manitou Springs Elementary
Kristen Kanaga 685- 2195

Manitou Springs Middle School and High School
Jennifer Trainor 685- 2050