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September 2022

Hello Families, 

As we begin the school year, Jeffco Association for Gifted Children (JAGC) is here to help you navigate your school journey. Forward this newsletter and pass along the signup link to your school parents and friends so we can reach even more families this year. See our Facebook for inspiration and engagement, and email us at info@jeffcogifted.org with questions. Thank you and have a great school year!

Upcoming Events:
Jeffco GT Dept. is hosting GT information night on Wed., Sept. 14 at four locations and virtually for families new to gifted and talented programming and for anyone who wants to learn more. 

JAGC parent GT chat debuts Sept. 19. This monthly virtual meeting is for anyone looking for information and help on their gifted and talented journey. Each month we will address various topics.

SENG book study groups are back this fall. Sign up soon to learn and engage with other families. 

Register for a Jeffco GT webinar Oct. 4 with executive function, ADHD, neurodiversity and 2e expert Seth Perler to learn how to help your student with challenges including homework, attention, focus and advocacy.

GT Center applications are due Oct. 14. See the Jeffco GT Dept. website for details.

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Monthly Parent GT Chat Begins Sept. 19

Join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 PM for a Zoom chat about gifted and talented topics. See the website for info and to register.

All About Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) Webinar Oct. 5

Join JAGC on Oct. 5 at 7 PM to learn about Advanced Learning Plans, parent/family roles in the process, Colorado law for ALPs, how to write an ALP and what should be included, working with your student's teacher, and more. See the website for information and to register.

Let Your Teacher Know "All About Me"

Families have found it helpful to create (or have their child create) a one-page sheet about the child and their various accommodations to be able to give to teachers at the start of school. For younger kids, laminating a copy to stay in the backpack is an idea. Here are some examples.

Check Out These JAGC Resources

Helping Your Child Succeed in the Classroom
“The Gifted Curse" Praise the process, not the ability (Carol Dweck video 1:10)
Set Yourself Up for School Year Success (CO Parent)
Advocating for Gifted Services (NAGC)
Mental Health Resources

Join JAGC For More Resources!

Become a member of JAGC and get the CAGT monthly news with great gifted and talented events, resources and enrichment. Only available to members!
 
Join JAGC
Visit Jeffcogifted.org for more info

Make Your Voice Heard at Your School: Why GT Parents Should Join School Accountability Committees

It is critical that GT parents are represented on every School Accountability Committees (SAC) to ensure that the needs of GT students are addressed. 

It’s not a huge commitment. There’s no fundraising required and SACs generally meet only five times per year. JAGC can provide you with the data and support that you need to effectively fill this role. Your school is required to give notice of SAC meetings, so if meetings are not posted on your school website and meeting notices are not sent, contact your school and ask for this.

​Contact your principal today and tell them you want to join your School Accountability Committee.

See more about parent advocacy on the JAGC website:
Advocacy Resources from CAGT
Advocacy Resources from NAGC

Looking for help? JAGC is Here For You

Contact JAGC at info@jeffcogifted.org and check out information our website. We have resources and information for families of advanced learners and students identified as gifted. 

See our website for a postcard and flyer that are available to all schools. If your school does not have these posted on their community bulletin board, please give a copy to your principal to post. Teachers and staff are encouraged to refer families who need help.

Welcome, Dr. Golden!

Join us in welcoming Dr. Allen Golden as Jeffco Director of Gifted & Talented. He has a background in education, leadership, gifted and talented programming as well as career technical education (CTE). Glad to have you on board!

Have Questions About Gifted & Talented Services?
Here Are Staff Who Can Help

List of Jeffco GT Resource Teachers, Social-Emotional Learning counselors and Building Leaders

SENG Book Groups for Families

Jeffco’s gifted & talented Social Emotional Learning Counselors will be hosting parent/family book study groups for the 2022-23 school year. These groups provide an opportunity for families to learn about their GT students and connect with other families who understand the unique joys and challenges of raising GT kids. Four groups will be held virtually this year with one in-person group serving east Arvada (Arvada High School articulation area) families. All groups meet from 6-7:30 PM.

Each group studies content from different books and families are welcome to sign up for more than one group. There is no cost to these sessions, but families are responsible for buying the relevant book for each session and must register

Gifted & Talented Info Night Sept. 14

Learn more about gifted education in Jeffco, including GT Identification and GT Center programs, meet staff and ask questions on Wed., Sept. 14 at 6 PM at four locations in Jeffco and virtually.

  • North Arvada Middle School
  • Evergreen Middle School
  • Jeffco Education Center
  • Ken Caryl Middle School

RSVP here and indicate any language translation or interpretation services needed (by Sept. 1).

Oct. 4 Parent/Family Learning Webinar With Seth Perler

Jeffco GT Dept. is hosting executive function ADHD, neurodiversity and 2e expert Seth Perler for a webinar on October 4 at 6:15 PM. If your student struggles with homework, attention, focus, grades, time management, details, preparation and advocacy, this event is for you. Register here

Gifted & Talented Center Placement and Identification Applications due Oct. 14

The fall GT Center Application is for students testing for the 2022-23 school year for enrollment in one of Jeffco’s GT Center Schools. For more information on the process, please visit the GT Identification and Assessment website.

Use the Academic ID Referral link if you are looking for GT identification only and not GT Center placement. Use the GT Center application to apply for GT Center.

After your forms are submitted, you will be notified of your child's testing date, either on Oct. 15 or Oct. 29. This is the only testing that will occur during the 2022-2023 school year.

JAGC calendar - activities, events & conferences
Center for Bright Kids Fall Festival Sept. 30, Hallowendiary Oct. 28 and CBK Homecoming Dec. 3
CU Wizards science exploration monthly programs
Denver Writes Workshops virtual and in-person
Virtual Marine Science Program for Kids
PEN Parent Engagement Network events
Belin-Blank Center Gifted Education online classes and conferences
Hoagies Gifted list of conferences

Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) Conference Oct.16-18

The 2022 CAGT annual conference is Oct. 16-18 in Loveland, CO. Keynote speakers are Dr. Gil Whiting, Colin Seale, Dr. Ed Amend, Emily Kircher Morris and Jenny Hecht.

Student Showcase at the CAGT Conference - Submit a Video by Oct. 1

All a student needs to do is record 10-15 seconds of a video of them performing an unusual talent. The idea is to fit into this year's conference theme: "Unconventionally, Unconditionally Gifted." Here are some ideas: play a part of a complicated song backward on the piano, sing like an opera or broadway star, dance better than BTS, do a full twist dismount off the gymnastics beam, win a 15-second speed chess match, do a reverse somersault dive into the pool, engineer a Rube Goldberg machine, correctly multiply random multi digit numbers in your head, perform a trick shot on the pool table or basketball court, perform a safe science lab trick, shred a guitar solo like a rock star, correctly recite the order of 10 random playing cards in 10 seconds, correctly spell a random challenging word you’ve never heard before, sort the names of 15 moons in our solar system with their correct planets in 15 seconds, solve a randomly mixed Rubik's Cube in 15 seconds, draw a line through a complex maze from start to finish in under 15 seconds, speed draw or paint a random object, deliver a line from a Shakespeare play like a professional actor, do a mind-blowing magic trick. 

Or do you have another unusual talent? Submit your video to CAGT Communications Chair Doug Alexander at dalexander@bvgt.org by Oct. 1.

CAGT Family Institute Oct. 17

Family Institute is designed specifically for parents, guardians, grandparents and any adult who plays an integral role in raising their gifted children. Presenters will share their expertise about how to support the unique academic and social-emotional needs of these children when at home. Internationally-renowned keynote speakers for the Family Institute are Dr. Ed Amend, Dr. Gilman Whiting, and Jenny Hecht, LCSW.

Join us Monday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-9 PM at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. The cost is $30 for up to two members of one household to attend. Register here.

Conversations with CAGT - First & Third Tuesdays at 5 PM

All of the sessions are on the CAGT website and on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Academic and Social-Emotional Help to Start the School Year

As we begin the school year, you may have questions about who in your school can provide academic and/or social and emotional support. Here is a list of Jeffco Gifted & Talented (GT) contacts to find yours: GT Resource Teachers/Building Leaders/GT Counselors

These staff members are available to support students. Check school websites for contact info.

  • School Counselors 

Counselors support the academic, career and social/emotional development for all students through classroom guidance lessons, small groups, and individual student meetings.

  • Social Emotional Learning Specialists (SELs)

Social Emotional Learning Specialists provide direct support to individuals and groups of students that demonstrate a need for a little more help in the areas of behavior and social emotional skills.

  • Social Emotional Learning Counselors at GT Center Schools
Social Emotional Learning Specialists generally focus on overall school culture and climate and facilitate the explicit teaching of social emotional competencies to all students within a school. They also provide direct support to individuals and groups of students that demonstrate a need for a little more help in the areas of behavior and social emotional skills.
  • Nurses
While school nurses do not provide direct, clinical support in the terms of mental health therapy, they do provide social emotional wellness support. 
  • Psychologists and Social Workers
Psychologists and social workers generally work with students with more specifically defined academic and/or social/emotional/behavioral needs as identified in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan, as determined by the school’s Special Education team. These needs are typically addressed in smaller group settings and/or with individual students. A GT Resource Teacher provides services to students, teachers, administrators, and parents in order to meet individual students' needs. GT Resource Teachers serve many schools and are not at any school on a full-time basis.

Read more about mental health support in Jeffco:
Jeffco mental health wellness resources
Jeffco student mental health wellness resources

Do You Know Your Education Acronyms?

Jeffco Has a List

Helpful Resources For Twice Exceptional Students

Resources for High School Students

Parent Resource: How to Get Homework Clarity

From executive function expert Seth Perler, used with permission. Personalize and send this note to your child’s teacher to understand homework expectations and where to find information. 

Subject: IMPORTANT – Child’s name
Hi teacher,

This is ____’s parents and we’re writing to get some clarity.

What do we need to know so we can support our child as the school year comes to an end?

We don’t want to be blindsided after it’s too late.

Portal: We checked the portal, but is it up to date, or is there anything else we should know about? Are there any other places online we should be referencing?

Past work: What should we be aware of? Are there any missing assignments, late work, 0s, or anything else that needs to be addressed?

Current: What’s going on currently? What “should” my child be doing at home right now for your class?

Upcoming: What upcoming papers, exams, projects or large reading assignments are coming up that we can be working on?

Feel free to send a quick response to this to get us pointed in the right direction.

Thanks for all you do for our child,
(parent name)

See our website for these helpful resources:
For Parents New to GT - Jeffco GT Dept. Info and GT 101 - Parent Info & Resources - Student Programs & Enrichment - Homework Help - Learning Supports - Scholarships - College Resources - National GT Resources
Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children (JAGC) is a nonprofit group providing leadership and support to families and educators of advanced learners in Jefferson County, Colorado.
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