The latest news about upcoming gifted and talented events from DCAGT (Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented).
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Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented

October 2016 News

DCAGT School Year 2016-17

Happy Fall!  

DCAGT continues to provide GT information and programs for parents and community members as well as publishing other GT offerings in the metro Denver area. All of our programs are free, expect for materials costs.  We are funded by annual memberships to CAGT / CO Assn of Gifted and Talented, as we are their Douglas County Affiliate. Please send us items of interest and we will add them here and to our social media. 

Barb Cousins, President
Kim Servia, Vice President 
Becca Koster, Treasurer
Karen Shirley, Secretary
Steve Johnson, Communications  
Sande Ruggles, DCSD Teacher Representative 
Misty Burkhart, DCSD GT Coordinator 

DCAGT Board Meeting 

Please join us

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Panera Restaurant
9233 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Douglas County School District 

Discovery Program Parent Information Sessions

The Discovery Program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students whose needs require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from neighborhood school programming.

~  November 9, 2016: Acres Green Elementary 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Gym)

~  October 26, 2016: Northridge Elementary 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Gym)

~  November 10, 2016: Pine Lane Elementary 6:30pm to 7:30pm (*Innovation Lab) * Pine Lane Elementary, North Campus - enter through west door by flag pole

~  October 20, 2016: Renaissance ELOB 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Library)

Discovery Program Application Deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2016

We will provide additional information about the Discovery Program in our next DCAGT newsletter.  

DCSD Gifted & Talented webpages
GT 101 & Center for Bright Kids Seminars 
Parent Networking opportunity 

On the same night, at the same place, DCAGT, Parent University & the district GT office presents two programs and networking/ refreshments. 
Wednesday, October 19
Cresthill Middle School, 9195 Cresthill Ln, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
6:00 - 7:30 pm 

GT 101 
How do you know if your child is gifted? How are they tested? What services are available to them? What is twice -exceptional? So many questions for parents to consider when determining the best routes for their students. Natasha Straayer, Director Personalized Learning for DCSD will help parents navigate the ins and outs of gifted and talented students.

Center for Bright Kids Early SAT / ACT testing 
Western Academic Talent Search Program 

This is a national program for students in grades sixth thru ninth.  They can take the ACT or SAT test while in grade levels that are earlier than their peers.  The kids go to the area high schools and sit next to high school kids taking the same test.  Why do this?  It is a great way for your child to practice the test  and compare their scores to others in this top five percent of students.  It is an amazing motivator and confidence builder and significant score gains can be shown.  The grades are sent to only the family and CBK and not to any colleges or universities.  Dr. Amy Rushneck, Executive Director, CBK will present. 
RSVP for GT 101
RSVP for Center for Bright Kids
DCSD Parent University programs 
Fall 2016 
~  Raising a Financially Literate Teen 10/2
~  Food on the Go! Fuel Up for Health & Success 10/19
~  Financing College by Wells Fargo 11/2
~  Internet Safety 11/30
Parent U class registration link
DCSD Parent U website link
Mackintosh Academy is a private, GT K-8th grade school in Littleton, CO.  Mackintosh Academy - An IB World School for Gifted Children

They have the following offerings:   

Brain Balance: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6:30 - 8 pm. Do you have questions about how best to foster healthy brain development in your child? Wondering about the connection between nutrition and learning? Curious about how brain development affects your child's behavior? Brain Balance Achievement Centers is coming to the Mack Littleton campus to offer an informative session on healthy brain development, including the relationships between nutrition and the brain and behavior and the brain. Childcare will be available at $10 per child ($5 for siblings.)  7018 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120. RSVP to or (303) 794-6222. 
Taste of the Apple: Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 -8 pm. Come enjoy the Mackintosh experience and participate in teacher-guided inquiry. Find out why Mackintosh truly offers the whole apple, preparing children for a world yet to be imagined. Tour our award-winning school and meet parent, teacher and student ambassadors to learn more about our IB programming for gifted and creative learners. 7018 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120. RSVP to or (303) 794-6222.

Parent Education Webinar on Emotional Resilience: Tuesday, November 15, 7 - 8 pm ONLINE. Join Sharon Barnes, MSSW, LCSW, therapist for the gifted and sensitive, for an informative webinar on the 12 steps to emotional resilience that help sensitive, gifted kids become social-emotional ACES, that is, skilled experts -- in the social-emotional realm. These steps specifically build internal skills that address the issues identified in the acronym ACES: Asynchrony, social skills, Emotional Resilience and Self-Esteem. Location: ONLINE. Email kristi@mackintoshacademy to RSVP and get login information.
Drop-In Open House: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 9 -10 am. We welcome all families to come tour the Mackintosh campus to observe classes and meet our warm and welcoming community. Learn more about what our school has to offer for your gifted and creative child — whole-child focused, inquiry-based IB programming, art and P.E. daily, Spanish, greenhouse science lab, and more! 7018 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120. RSVP not required, but feel free to contact or call (303) 794-6222 to let us know you’re coming.

DCAGT Monthly Evening Programs / Networking 

Beginning in mid-October or November, DCAGT will hold monthly meetings at a Parker neighborhood community center.  Each month will be a different topic program, followed by networking / refreshments.  We will confirm all programs and publish the topics soon. 
Event Dates:

- 10/12/2016
- 11/9 
- 1/12/2017 
- 2/9
- 3/9
- 4/13
- 5/11 

Address:  Stonegate Village Metropolitan District, 10252 Stonegate Pkwy, Parker, CO 80134


11/9 - IQ test interpretation by Dr. Veronica Johnson, Envision Clinic 

What is a MOOC?? 

Massive Online Open Courses

This is a generic term for free college courses for all.  CAGT has published an article about these programs.  

link to CAGT article "Free Online College Courses - Mooc"
Where can you go for 

FREE GT information?

We suggest the following:  

1.  The Douglas County library system.  If your branch does not have it, reserve it online and have it shipped to your branch.  Formats include books, audio, video and online version.  Start with searching keyword "gifted" for choices at the 10 library branches. Other search options include:  gifted children education; gifted and talented.

2.  The start point for all things gifted online is:

Douglas County library system link link


Monday, October 10, 2016 - Tuesday, October 11, 2016
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Embassy Suites Loveland -
4705 Clydesdale Parkway
Loveland, CO 80538
CAGT Conference program:  Parent Institute
Monday, October 10th

"Lighting the Spark: Nurturing Creativity and a Sense of Inspiration in Your Gifted Children" will be facilitated by our expert panel featuring Dr. George Betts, Ian Byrd, Dr. Patty Gatto-Walden and Jenny Hecht, L.C.S.W.  This evening will prove to be informational, insightful and inspirational!  

Check-In/Registration: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Hall opened: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Panel/Questions: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The fee is $20 per person or $20 for two adults from the same household.
link to register for the Parent Institute program
SACs & DAC in the Douglas County School District 

A reminder that the School Accountability Committee/ SAC is the best way to understand many things happening at your child's school -- including Gifted & Talented.  ANYONE can attend.  You will find meeting dates and times on the school websites.  If you don't see them, call the school and ask.  These meetings are state-mandated and open to the public, not just those elected to SAC positions.  

Also, anyone can attend monthly District Accountability Committee/ DAC meetings.  

A detailed definition and additional information can be found on the district website at the below link. You can also get added to the DAC email list.   
link about DAC & SAC on district website
IQ Test Results
by Dr. Veronica Johnson, Envision Clinic, Castle Rock, CO 

A number of students have recently taken the CogAT test in Douglas County School District.  It can be nerve-wracking to receive the results, especially if you are anticipating a particular score.  While I’m hopeful that your child’s CogAT results give you information that you already suspected to be true, I believe it helps to have context about what IQ is and what it isn’t.  

The first thing to know about IQ test results is that the results do not define your child… 

Note:  Please join us on November 9th for a program about understanding your child's IQ test results.  Details are in an above section. 
link to rest of article
5280 school fair

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205; South Atrium

Admission is free to the 5280 School Fair. Plus, all School Fair attendees receive FREE same-day Museum general admission!

Meet the admissions directors of more than 20 area private, public and charter schools!5280 will create an intimate environment where parents can meet one-on-one with representatives from Pre—K-12 private and charter schools to see what type of institution best meets their child's specific needs. Parents will be able to ask questions as well as learn more about each school's unique philosophy and curriculum.

Plus, enter to win a Loki Playhouse from Room & Board (valued at $1,599.00!)


link for add'l information
Pending Programs & Articles 
~  College & Career Readiness
~  Mensa Youth Program
~  GT Advocacy
~  GT Identification Process 
~  Movie Nights & Discussion
~ morning coffees schedule 
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