MARCH KID MEET UP - SUNDAY Mar 12 2-4 PM

March GET TOGETHER      Sun, March 12  2:00 - 4:00 PM

Come and meet other parents and gifted students and enjoy some challenging activities. Talk with other parents and AAGTS board members. 

THIS SESSION IS "TAKE IT APART!"

We will be taking apart old phones, appliances, computers, etc. and seeing what's inside.

We will bring some equipment to take apart, but feel free to bring your own!   (We will have supervision and will talk about safety).  If you have some small tools (screwdrivers, pliers, etc.), please bring them along.  Parent are welcome to help.  We also need big sturdy boxes for clean up.

 NOTE our location: Nuclear Science Museum. Free admission to the museum for AAGTS participants on Sunday!  Come before the meetup and just say that you are part of the AAGTS group that is meeting at 2:00  (museum closes at 5)

Light snacks will be provided

 PLEASE REGISTER SO WE KNOW HOW MANY TO EXPECT

Want to become a member? Click here for membership registration

For more information about AAGTS, please visit AAGTS.org.  

Questions about this event  -- contact info@aagts.org

February Kid Meet Up

February GET TOGETHER

Sunday, Feb 12  2:00 - 4:00 PM

LOCATION:  Nuclear Science Museum

Heartbroken? Mend some hearts with a paramedic!

Did you ever want to know what a paramedic does? You will be trying to save someone whose heart has stopped - would you know what to do?

This session will be led by a local physician and paramedic(s).  There will be an ambulance on site to tour too. Come and learn what paramedics and 911 services do everyday.

There will be a limit of 20 students for this meet up.  The suggested minimum age is 8 years old (and the student must be able to follow directions).  Registration will end on Friday, 2/10/17

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND FOR MORE INFORMATION

AAGTS 38th Annual Gifted Conference - JAN 28, 2017

AAGTS 38th Annual Gifted Conference

SATURDAY, JAN 28, 2017   8:30 - 4:00 PM

DIFFERENTIATION:  Beyond the Basics

Differentiating in the Gifted and Regular Ed Classrooms -- what teachers and parents should know

Presented by Dr. Diane Heacox

CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

Early Bird Registration until Dec 20 - saves $20-$30.

Reduced rates for members, students, teachers and guests. 

CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE BROCHURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLARIFICATION - APS GIFTED SCREENING PROCESS

APS Gifted Screening Process - UPDATE

As some of you are aware, a couple of months ago, there was a communication from APS Special Education department about changes in the APS gifted screening / identification process.  We have had several conversations with Lucinda Sanchez (assistant superintendent for special education) and her team to clarify and understand these "changes".  (NMAG and AAGTS have been working on this together).

The bottom line is there really are NO CHANGES to the current process / policy.  

Our understanding of the current gifted screening / identification process is as follows:

Parents or teachers can recommend a student for gifted screening.  The first step is to schedule them for a CoGAT test.I If the student scores high enough (top 2%), then they will be recommended for additional testing (Torrance and MAP testing - creativity and achievement components).

The only change is that APS is requesting additional test scores from standardized test scores to supplement the student's "packet of evidence" for screening.  The standardized test scores are NOT A REQUIREMENT OR PRE-REQUISITE for testing!  (this was the miscommunication).

According to APS Special Ed Department, the changes that were sent out were incorrect and a new communication should be coming from their office to the gifted teachers and SAT chairs shortly.

When we met with Lucinda and her team, we were very impressed by their openness and willingness to discuss issues and share information.  They wanted us to convey to the teachers and the parents that they are willing to discuss any concerns or questions that you have and that you should feel free to contact them directly.

As always, you can reach out to AAGTS with information or questions, etc.  We will continue to work w/ the APS team to clarify some other concerns that come up in the past.  They have assured us that are working with the GAC to discuss proposed changes to policies and guidelines if they arise.