Archive for October, 2011

Informal meeting in Gwinnett for parents of gifted children

October 26, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s not easy being the parent of a gifted child, and sometimes it’s lonely, when no one around us understands — or even wants to hear about — our struggles with what other parents may think is an easy task.

If you’d like to sit down with other parents of gifted kids, you’ll have that chance this Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. at Atlanta Bread Company, 1708 Scenic Hwy. in Snellville.

The meeting is being organized by Kathy Courchene and Muriel Knope, two local facilitators trained by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). SENG aims to raise awareness of the challenges gifted children face, and to help parents, teachers and caregivers better support gifted children.

If you have questions about SENG or the upcoming meeting, contact Muriel Knope at knope – at – mindspring – dot – com (e-mail address deconstructed to curb spam; rebuild it to contact her).

Categories: Parenting

Second chance to get into fall CEISMIC Saturday class at Georgia Tech

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

I just received a notice from the CEISMIC program at Georgia Tech. Because of very high demand, they’ve expanded the Saturday K.I.D.S. Club program for this fall. As of 10 a.m., they had 20 open spaces for 2nd and 3rd grade students, and 13 for kids in 4th or 5th grades. Spots will fill quickly!

Categories: Enrichment

Open house and application season has begun for area magnet schools

October 21, 2011 1 comment

We’ve got plenty of the 2011-12 school year left, but it’s already time to start thinking about 2012-13, especially if you’d like your child to attend one of the charter schools around the metro Atlanta area. Here’s a round-up of application deadlines and open houses, county by county.

Note that some magnet schools will open a certain number of spaces for people who live outside the county. Check with the individual schools to see if they expect to have openings for non-residents next year.

Clayton County

Fine Arts Magnet School in Morrow is taking applications for auditions. Application deadline is Dec. 16, 2011 for the first round of auditions. There is also a later deadline in March 2012 for the second round of auditions.

Cobb County

Cobb County has developed a common application for all magnet schools, so you can apply for any and all magnets at once. The deadline for all magnet applications is Dec. 9, 2011.

International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Campbell High School. Open house Nov. 16, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Academy of Math, Science and Technology at Kennesaw Mountain High School. Open house Nov. 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

South Cobb High School Academy of Research and Medical Sciences. Open house Nov. 9, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Math and Technology at Wheeler High School. Open house Nov. 8, 2011 at 7 p.m.

DeKalb County

DeKalb’s magnet programs are filled by a lottery that takes place each spring. I didn’t find any fall events. The county has typically held a centralized open house for all magnet programs during the winter.

Fulton County

International Studies magnet at Riverwood International Charter School (an IB Diploma Programme school). Information sessions at 9 a.m. on Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, 2011 and on Jan. 6, 2012. Prospective students open house Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Application is not online yet. Application deadline will likely be in January.

North Springs High School, offering magnet programs in math/science and visual / performing arts. Application deadline Jan. 30, 2012. Open house Nov. 13, 2011 at 2 p.m.

Westlake High School math and science magnet. Open house Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Application will be available in Jan. 2012.

Tri-Cities High School has a magnet program in visual and performing arts. I’ve contacted them and am awaiting a response.

Gwinnett County

Gwinnett School for Math, Science and Technology. Couldn’t find any open house information. Registration will be open in November.

City of Atlanta

The City of Atlanta no longer uses a magnet model; however, the school system has many theme schools, and often more than one theme community within a school. School choice in Atlanta Public Schools is handled via a student transfer process that takes place in spring.

Categories: In the schools

Next session of Saturday School at GSU begins Oct. 29

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Saturday School at Georgia State University has announced the line-up of classes for its next session, which will run from Oct. 29 to Dec. 3 (with the Thanksgiving weekend off).

Classes are held in the mornings and afternoons. Class topics, which vary by age group, include chess, math, roller coaster physics, claymation and much more.

Saturday School is open to children in kindergarten through 8th grade. The program is geared toward students who have been identified as gifted by their school, but kids who haven’t been formally identified can be granted provisional enrollment for one year.

The registration deadline is Oct. 16.

Categories: Enrichment

Time to enroll for the Duke TIP 7th grade talent search

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) is now enrolling 7th-grade students in its annual talent search.

TIP is a renowned program that allows 7th-grade students to take either the SAT or ACT college entrance exam. All participants receive some benefits. Students with exceptional scores can earn special recognition and the privilege of attending summer programs on the Duke University campus.

To qualify for the search, your child must have scored in the 95th percentile or above on a standardized achievement test (such as CogAT, CRCT or ITBS) in their 5th or 6th grade year. A $72 enrollment fee pays for the exam.

Deadlines are approaching fast. To apply by mail, you’ll need to get your application postmarked by Oct. 11. Online applications are due Oct. 21. These dates are for students who will take the SAT or ACT in December. Deadlines are later for students who want to take the test in the winter.

Complete information is available at the TIP web site.

Categories: Enrichment

Could conversion to charter system affect gifted services in Fulton County?

October 2, 2011 Leave a comment

A reader recently wrote to me with concerns about Fulton County Schools potentially becoming a charter system. The Charter System Concept Summary presented by the school system shows that under a charter model, local schools could “restructure” the current Talented and Gifted (TAG) model. This reader wondered whether eligibility criteria would change, whether TAG would continue to be offered as a full-day, pull-out class, and even whether schools could opt out of TAG altogether.

I checked in with my sources, and I’m told that state law requires all school systems — even charter systems — to provide gifted education, and the state sets the eligibility criteria for gifted services. However, local schools within a charter system could change the delivery model for gifted services, if they applied for and were granted the flexibility to do so. What exactly they could do in terms of “restructuring” isn’t clear.

Bottom line, if you’re concerned about the TAG program under a charter model, consider attending one of FCS’s three Charter System Town Hall Meetings being held this week:

  • Monday, Oct. 3, at Milton Center
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Lake Forrest Elementary School
  • Thursday, Oct. 6, at Westlake High School

All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.


Valdosta State University presents Gifted Summit

October 2, 2011 Leave a comment

The Center for Gifted Studies at Valdosta State University invites the public to its Gifted Summit, to be held on the university campus on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.

Dr. Thomas Hébert, Ph.D., will present morning and afternoon keynote speeches. Dr. Hébert is professor of educational psychology at the University of Georgia, where he teaches graduate courses in gifted and creative education. He also is author of the newly released book, Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students.

The morning keynote will focus on the social and emotional needs of gifted students; the afternoon remarks will address how to create classroom environments that support gifted students’ social and emotional development. The program’s agenda also includes afternoon breakout sessions to discuss particular concerns and interests.

The program is free, but requires preregistration by e-mailing the Center for Gifted Studies or by calling (229) 249-2777.