The Gifted Gazette

November 2018

     The AGT Board wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and a well-deserved  mini-break from homework, band practices, rehearsals, athletic events, and all the other activities that keep parents and kids so busy.  In this brief interlude, we want to thank you for being part of our extended family and hope you enjoy some quality time with your loved ones.  

Thank you for giving our children a voice.  Please know, that you as our members  are part of a large  giving community!   Y our voice counts,  and with every family joining AGT we can grow our support for  GT education -- not only locally, but state- and nationwide. Please be aware that your contributions go far beyond programs and activities we offer here in our schools and district. AGT promotes GT services and their implementation statewide, we work in close contact with TAGT (Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented) and their Advocacy Division, and partner with other leaders of GT Parent Support Groups in Texas to help launch parenting programs (e.g. webinars) and initiatives when GT funding is discussed and might be in jeopardy. 
Please stay active and informed on all matters gifted. We are happy and proud to be able to work for and together with you.

     Before and after the Thanksgiving Break,  AGT and CFBISD have upcoming activities and events providing opportunities for us to connect and share resources.   Some highlights include CFBISD High School Academy Open Houses November 13 - December 1, Microsoft Technology Camps November 19-20, and the popular Family Game Night on December 7.   For the complete list, see the Newsletter's Upcoming Events and Activities section.  We hope to see you soon!

     Your 2018-2019 CFB-AGT Board

Different & Amazing....

A small portion of the GT student population is identified as 2E or "Twice Exceptional" exhibiting two exceptionalities: giftedness and learning disabilities.  Traditional instruction methods and classrooms can be extremely difficult for these students.

In this heartfelt "Dear Teacher" video, kids with Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities,
Sensory Processing Disorder and Central Auditory Processing Disorder - along with those who just need to move - explain that their brains are different and share with educators (and parents) ways to help.

 Children and Resiliency: How Failure can Lead to Success


     There is a popular show on TV where one of the main characters says, “Failure is not the opposite of success. It is a part of success.” As we raise our children to be strong problem-solvers, there is a growing realm of research that indicates that it is good for children to learn how to struggle and yes, fail at something.


     Failure and how to handle it are tied to something called resiliency. What exactly does that mean? Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from adversity or stress. Children who are resilient, are more adaptable, brave, and understanding. And the best part -- research indicates that resiliency can be nurtured in mostly all children. Obviously this is a process that happens through many different situations, but a major part is being able to accept, work through and rebound from experiences in which you fail. The process of learning, getting back up, dusting yourself off, and moving forward is very important in achieving success.


     For kids, this is still a time when their habits and self-awareness is being created and molded. They are flexible enough to learn that a bump in the road is just that — a bump, and not cause for them to throw a tantrum, quit, or be negative towards themselves and others. There may be disappointment, but mostly failure is a learning experience and a chance to celebrate your mistakes — to find a mindset that tells you that by failing you are just one step closer to finding the way to success. 


     What can parents do to build resilience? Let’s look at three practices that may help both parents and children:

  1. Focus your praise on the effort, not the outcome. When you compliment your child on the final grade or percentage they get on a project or test, they learn to strive for that number — that is the only way to find validation. When you praise their hard work, determination, and persistence, they value the process and find validation in doing their best, regardless of what number they score. Plus, a child can control how hard they are working, but maybe not how much they grasp or how “smart” they are in a subject. Their worth is not tied to a grade.
  2.   Be aware that you are always an example. Your children watch you to see how you react to disappointment, setbacks, and hurdles. Talk about these things with your children. How did you feel? What did you do to move forward? What did you learn? How did you apply it?
  3.   Be unconditional with your love for your child. Your child needs to know that you will love and value them no matter what. If they are secure in your love and support for them, they are more likely to feel safe enough to mess up and try again, instead of being scared to make a mistake.  

     I heard a story of a family where the parents, at dinnertime, would ask each child what failure or mistake they had made that day — and then high-five as a way of celebrating a new chance to learn more and find a new solution! Your kids need to know that it is okay to fail, be real about it with them.


     The more your child makes mistakes and learns to try again, the more they learn to find creative solutions to their problems, the more resilient and confident they will become. And those kids will grow into secure adults making their way in the world with a little more self-awareness and strength, which would make any parent proud.

~-~ Upcoming Events and Activities ~-~


CFB Literacy Night

RL Turner High School 
November 12 @ 6:00 pm
 - 8:00 pm CST 

Fight Evil. Read Books. Free Books, Prizes, Vendors & Booths, Authors (To Be Announced)

This is a district-wide event for all secondary schools-middle and high school.


Is your student headed to high school?  If so, plan to attend these upcoming open houses to discover the opportunities available to your rising high school student through CFBISD.

Newman Smith: International Business Academy      Saturday, November 10, 10:00 a.m.
Creekview:  Law & Criminal Justice Academy            Tuesday, November 13,  6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
RL Turner:  METSA                                                     Thursday, November 15,  6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
RL Turner: BioMed                                                      Thursday, November 15, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brookhaven College: Early College High School        Saturday, December 1, 10:00 a.m.
Ranchview:  International Baccalaureatte                   Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For complete information, download this flyer.

AGT Fall Break - Microsoft Technology Camps
MS Technology Workshops - Monday, November 19
Location: Microsoft Store - North Park Mall - Dallas
Session 1:  Making Meaningful Connections for Teens: 10 am - 12 pm
Session 2 - Hacking STEM - Basic Circuits: 12:30 pm - 2 pm
Age Group:  6th Grade and Above
(taught at 8th Grade level - no elementary kids, please)
Cost:  Both sessions - $5 donation for AGT Members/ $15 donation for Non-AGT members
MS Azure Cloud Computing Class - Tuesday, November 20
Location: Microsoft Store - North Park Mall - Dallas
Session: Cloud Computing: 10 am - 2 pm

Audience: 8th Grade and Above (this is very intense class with website-related material for 4 hours)
Cost:  $5 donation for AGT members / 
$15 donation for non-AGT members

For more information, follow the above links to download the flyers or email Zoher Bharmal

Gifted Talk with Kathryn
Be sure to attend this upcoming GT discussion with CFBISD's Advanced Academic Services Executive Director Dr. Kathryn Schaeffer.

Gifted and Global World Languages in CFB with David Hardy

Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 pm
Irving Room in the ESDC Bldg. B
1820 Pearl Street, Carrollton

For a peek at the year ahead, you can download the 
Gifted Talk with Kathryn 2018-2019 flyer. 


Friday, December. 7, 2018

Las Colinas Elementary
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Save the date...More info soon!

Attention College Bound GT Students!

Going to College begins with planning in high school. If you’re in high school and you’re thinking about college — and you should be — you should know that the courses you take now matter. That’s because college admission officers want to see a solid foundation of learning that you can build on in college.


Advanced Academic Services presents...

GT and Going to College

Date: Thursday, Jan. 10
Time:  6:30 – 7:30pm

Place:  Irving Room, ESDC Building, Carrollton



MAKERSPACE Team Challenge

Friday, January 11th, 2019 


Pizza lunch provided 

ESDC Bldg. B Texas Room
1820 Pearl Street 

Carrollton, TX 75006 

More info, download this flyer.

Middle School Program

Start preparing for College with this introducotry course.

Location: Newman Smith High School
Dates: Jan. 12, 26 and 
Feb. 2, 16, 23
Time: 9:30 am - 12 pm
Cost: $75

*Available to students who have
completed Pre-AP Math 7.

For more info, download this flyer.


Calling All Parents of Gifted Students....
because Gifted Student Parents know and understand.  

We're in this together!

It is always the right time to Join AGT or Renew your 2018-2019 AGT Membership!

AGT is committed to serving gifted youth in our community. Financial Support may be available to CFBISD GT student
organizations. Contact the AGT Board for consideration.

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