Hello to the 2013-2014 School Year!!!


I can't believe this school year has started.  I hope you all had a great and safe summer.

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SAGE GT Newsflash

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SAGE Annual Meet & Greet
Our annual Meet & Greet with our district special education and GT administrators will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the FISD Administration Building 5515 Ohio Dr. Frisco, TX 75035 from 6-7 PM. This year our Meet & Greet will be a combined event so that you can meet administration from both special education and gifted and talented areas at once. We hope to see you there!

Journey Camp Special Registration for FISD!!!
Whether you have discovered the wonders of Destination Imagination or just wondered what it was all about, Journey Camp is the place to start! How does Journey Camp relate to our gifted and talented students? Check
HERE for GT correlations. Journey Camp is coming up on October 25-27 with a shuttle from the DFW area new this year! For the special price for FISD students and brochure, please visit our LINK. Want to know even MORE? Visit the Journey Camp website for the full scoop. (But make sure you go to our link for that special FISD discount code!) To learn more about Destination Imagination, visit the region for Frisco ISD (NEXT region) HERE.

Our game nights for the year are planned out and ready to go! We have some amazing programs planned for you this year! If you thought game nights were just for students, just wait to see what we have for our parents!
Here's just a preview of our parent programs.....
Productive Partnership with Your Child’s Teacher
Top Tech for Brilliant Minds
Failure: Life’s Greatest Teacher
Bibliotherapy:10 Books that Represent Giftedness & Fruitful Discussion with Your Child
Yup, That’s MY Kid! The 10,000-Foot View of the Wide Spectrum Learner
Vocabu Blasters: 5 Ways to Build Your Child’s Vocabulary Organically
and finally, my favorite.....
If His Head Weren’t Attached: Ways to Support the Disorganized, Yet Intelligent Child.

Our first game night is planned for October 16 from 6-8 PM. Location TBA! We will send out an update as soon as that is finalized. If you would like to help host a game night at YOUR campus this year, please let us know!

There's A New Kid In Town.....Spotlight on NuMinds Enrichment!
Are you looking for enrichment opportunities for your GT student? Does your otherwise bright child need a mentor to help them over the hurdles of organization, with study skills, communication advice or homework help? NuMinds Enrichment offers individual classes, group classes, parent education and a host of other amazing surprises with some of the most amazing teachers to ever step foot in a GT classroom. Their website is a plethora of information on all that is GT as they understand the gifted learner inside and out. We have heard rave reviews from parents about their Middle School Bootcamp class this summer and their engaging style and no-holds-barred enthusiasm. With course titles like "Awakening Your Jedi Mind" or "Curse Ye, Grammar Gods!" or "Y U No Act Normal?" no child can resist being drawn into lessons based on their interests and needs. Visit their website
NuMiEn.com or their Facebook Page or both!

Upcoming Dates:
October 16, 2013 6:00-8:00 PM SAGE GT Game Night & Parent Program Make sure you are signed up for our newsletter for updates as to location!
November 9. 2013 Engineering Saturday at University of Texas at Arlington LINK
December 6, 2013 TGAT Annual Parent Conference George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston LINK
January 18, 2014 TGAT Parent Conference at SMU in Plano LINK

SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Webinars:
Upcoming SENG Webinars are located at this
LINK. These webinars do have a fee associated with them. Upcoming dates and topics include:

October 8, 2013 Gifted Comes of Age: An ExplorationPresenter: Joy Navan, PhD addresses the social and emotional characteristics and needs of older gifted individuals.
October 17, 2013 Gifted 101 Presenter: Carolyn Kottmeyer Those new to “gifted” will get an overview of the characteristics and social-emotional issues, in addition to great local and virtual resources and support.
November 5, 2013 Growing Innovative, Introspective, and Inspiring Leaders Presenters: Kate Bachtel and Eric Robertson Support for parents and educators in sharpening their ability to be responsive to the variety of factors influencing each child’s development to increase student self-understanding, engagement and achievement.
November 14, 2013 Heal the Past, Embrace the Present, Plan for the Future Presenter: Cal Domingue, MA, LMFT Focus on giftedness in the high school and college years and may be of interest to anyone working with or raising children in that age range.
December 3, 2013 It Takes More than Cheering from the Sidelines: Supporting Gifted Students in Competitions Presenter: Tracy Riley, Ph.D. Available as a recording only. Discover strategies for supporting gifted and talented students who are competing in academic, artistic, leadership, and service-related competitions.
December 12, 2013 I Need a Place Where I Belong: The Highly Gifted Child Presenter: Ellen Honeck, PhD and Shannon Jones, PhD Explore current research and practice regarding the highly gifted student.
March 11, 2014 Giftedness in Careers and the Workplace Presenter: Paula Prober, M.S., M.Ed. Addresses the challenges gifted adults face in choosing career paths and at the workplace.
iDevice Donations
Tax deductible donations of used iDevices are being accepted by Frisco ISD. While this does not have to do directly with GT, it is worthy enough of a cause to help get the word out! FLIER LINK

Volunteer Hours Needed? Miracle League Needs Student Volunteers!

Are you interested in helping athletes with special needs have a successful experience? Buddies must be at least 12 years of age or older. If you would like information about being a buddy or volunteering in some other way, please contact:
June Taylor, V.P. Volunteers, at vpv@friscomiracleleague.org.

SAGE GT ONLY Calendar of Events
Click on the header above to view our GT calendar for SAGE. This allows you to view activities that are geared towards the GT students.

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