• GATE Announcement: Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

    The application for the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is available online at https://girlswhocode.com/summer-immersion-programs/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpBNFkyRTRaV1UzWWpJeSIsInQiOiJBa1g1Skx6aFVhNmZoMmw4RU1ZcVRpZWNoR3UrNSt0UFZHNlcxcXUrZnFcL0JyVnBzVmU0djI1UnMrRWU5THYwYitYTkVLUTlJck5ZWnY1VFNhU3pENlpXY1F1YXFcL2FXXC9cL0U5cEg2ZEZwd3FtZFhCUmVGc1lnVjRBZmVPMFk5R3QifQ%3D%3D

     

    Thank you,

    Lisa Clark

    412-851-1667 

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  • Project Ignite

    Our HS Gifted Coordinators have made me aware of the following opportunity.  Please pay close attention to deadlines if your student is interested in this program.  

    Thank you,

    Lisa Clark

     

    We have been made aware of an exciting opportunity; PROJECT IGNITE!

     
    This is an opportunity for you to explore and work on a small group project (groups consisting of students from around the Pittsburgh area) with project advisors/mentors who are CMU undergrad/grad students.  You can participate in projects covering a wide range of interdisciplinary topics.  You do NOT need prior experience!  
     
    There are two options for applying to Project Ignite:
    1. Propose your own project (this deadline has already passed)
    2. Apply to a "project category" - a general theme put together by CMU Project Advisors
    DEADLINE TO APPLY TO A PROJECT CATEGORY: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
     
    You may go to the following link to apply to Project Ignite, or to see further details:
     
    LINK to Project Ignite:  http://projectignitecmu.org
     
     
    PROJECT CATEGORIES:
    • Design a Better Household Item
    • Renewable Energy Phone Charger
    • Follow the Leader Robots
    • Exploring Music and Sound Through the World Around Us
    • Mobile Photography App
    • Designing Educational Tools
    • CyBoHa: Cybernetic Robot Hands
    • Creating a Sensory Music Experience
    • Statistical Analytics in Nature
     
    TIME COMMITMENT:
    • There will be 10 project workshops in the spring semester (January-April)
    • Workshops will take place almost every Sunday from 1:00pm-4:00pm on CMU's campus.
    More details regarding Project Ignite can be found at the link provided above.
     
    The application is quick, easy, painless and free!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity.  If you have any questions, let us know.
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  • Johns Hopkins CTY and Duke TIP - SAT, March 5th

    Attention GATE Parents of 7th and 8th Grade Students:

     

    To qualify for Johns Hopkins CTY or Duke TIP Talent Search Programs your student can take the SAT as a 7th or 8th grader.  As you know these two programs offer programming and curriculum for gifted students throughout the year and awards for top performing 7th and 8th grade students.  The next SAT administration is March 5th and the deadline for registration is approaching on February 23rd.  If your child is interested please be aware of these dates and deadlines.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    Lisa Clark

    412-851-1667

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  • The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize

    The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize

     
     
    2016 Call for Entries

    Submission window: Jan. 1–Feb. 28, 2016

    The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize returns for its second year! This time, we’re looking for exceptional high school student essays that insightfully analyze and interpret a meaningful work of art.

    Our understanding of the human experience is enhanced by the study of significant historical artifacts. When we interact with art — when we learn about it, think about it, write and talk about it — we participate in a larger, ongoing conversation about culture and society. The 2016 Writing Prize contest invites you to be part of this conversation.

    Your essay should share your perspective on the artwork you choose to write about, and it should also include evidence that backs up your conclusions. We’re looking for writing that is both interesting and instructive, and that clearly communicates your experience with the artwork and your views on it.

    Essays should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words and can be submitted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2016. You’ll need to ask a teacher-sponsor to approve and submit your essay; see How to Enter for more on that. We’ll select one student winner who will earn a $5,000 prize and have his or her essay published in the September 2016 issue of The Atlantic

     

    https://www.collegeboard.org/writing-prize

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  • PA Governor's School for the Sciences

    From our Friends at PGSS:

    In partnership with the PA Department of Education, we at PGSS Campaign, Inc. are pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences summer program will be held again this summer at Carnegie Mellon University.

    The 5-week summer residential program for talented high school students will include PGSS’s historically rigorous science and mathematics curriculum which emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research. The student applicant must be a current junior (11th grade) at the time of application and must be a resident of Pennsylvania, attending a public, charter, cyber or non-public secondary school, or be home-schooled.

    Admission to PGSS is at no charge to the student. At this time, the program is fully funded by PGSS Campaign through the generosity of alumni, parents and friends of the program and grants we have been able to garner. Scholarship includes housing, meals, and all instructional materials. Families are responsible only for cost of transportation to and from the program, personal items and spending money. Students must commit to being in residence on the Carnegie Mellon University campus for the duration of the program.

    Although there is no fee to apply, the application process is similar to that of a college application with several essays and recommendations required as well as a transcript and parent permission. Students do not have to be in a gifted program but are expected to meet high levels of excellence in science and mathematics. Approximately 60 students from across Pennsylvania will be accepted, with at least one eligible student admitted from each Intermediate Unit.

    Completed applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2016, so students are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible. Application forms and more information are available athttp://sciences.pa-gov-schools.org/

    We are hard at work raising the required matching funds and are thrilled that Pennsylvania students will once again have this unsurpassed opportunity. If you are willing to contribute to help students attend, please go to www.pgsscampaign.org/donate to donate. Thank you.
     

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  • Mathcamp 2016

    Attention GATE Parents:
     
    Please check out the notice below from the Program Director of Mathcamp.
     
     
    "We're excited to announce that the Mathcamp 2016 Qualifying Quiz is now open: http://mathcamp.org/quiz/
     
    You'll have 2-3 months to work on it: the application deadlines are March 15 for early action and April 15 for regular action. That sounds like a lot of time, but the Quiz is designed to be thought-provoking and challenging, so we encourage applicants for this summer's program to get started now. For more advice on the application process, visit:http://www.mathcamp.org/prospectiveapplicants/gettingstarted.php.
     
    If you have clarification questions on the problems, you can email quiz16@mathcamp.org.
     
    Enjoy the Quiz!
     
    Best,
    Marisa"

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    Marisa Debowsky
    Program Director, Canada/USA Mathcamp
    http://www.mathcamp.org/

     

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  • GATE Update

    Attention GATE Parents:

     

    Johns Hopkins CTY is offering it's award winning Descartes Cove math based adventure software is now $75. Players are marooned on an island once inhabited by René Descartes. They explore underground rivers, tunnels, caves, volcanoes, and jungles, solving math challenges as they attempt to escape.
    Originally designed in 2006, Descartes Cove has been an enduring presence in education software. Now, it's time to retire this version offered in CD format for Microsoft Windows.  Order the software and the related solutions manuals using discount code YJUL. 

    Check out this link if you are interested.  http://http://cty.jhu.edu/descartes/order/

     

    In addition, please consider joining the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE).  You can join for as low as $35/year.  This organization advocates for gifted education across the state and it's members have access to online resources, newsletters and conference discounts.  If you are interested in learning more about gifted education in PA this organization is for you.  Check out this link http://http://www.giftedpage.org/membership-options/

    Also consider checking out the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).  Parent membership costs $30 and includes access to interesting and helpful newsletters that NAGC publishes.  I always find something helpful in Parenting for High Potential (php) which comes out quarterly.  If you are interested check out http://https://www.nagc.org/

     

    Happy Holidays,

    Lisa Clark

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  • GATE Holiday Gift Guide 2015

    Attention all GATE members,

     

    I will once again be updating our Holiday Gift Guide over the next month.  Please feel free to email me with suggestions.  I have included the link for our 2012 Gift Guide so you can see the categories that I like to include.  https://www.uscsd.k12.pa.us/Page/6918

    Hope to hear from you with suggestions.

     

    Thank you,

    Lisa Clark

    clark1692@verizon.net

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  • Upcoming Events from NAGC and PAGE

    GATE Members:

    There are a couple of upcoming educational opportunities for parents of gifted children.  The National Association for Gifted Children offers webinars on Wednesdays on a variety of gifted topics.  Check those out at http://www.nagc.org/education-training/online-learning/webinars-wednesday.  In addition the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Children (PAGE) is holding a conference on November 5th & 6th at the Marriott North in Cranberry. Dr. Ann Shoplik will be one of the presenters at this conference.  Many of you will remember Dr. Shoplik as the Founder and Director of the former C-Mites program at CMU. Check out the conference flyer at http://www.giftedpage.org/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2-page-flyer-for-2015-FINAL-Fall-PAGE-Conference.pdf.

    I hope some of you take advantage of these great opportunities to learn more about the education of gifted children.

    Regards,

    Lisa Clark

     

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  • Welcome Back!

    Welcome Back!
     
    I am looking forward to a meaningful, productive and fun year with GATE.  I will be planning our first meeting of the year to take place at the end of September or beginning of October.  However, before that time I would like to hear from all our members with some thoughts about what we can do to better serve you.  Please email me or feel free to call me with any suggestions for programs that you liked in the past or a new idea or direction that you think we should explore this year.  I welcome input from current members, interested parents or USC staff.   Thank you in advance for your input and keep an eye on e-alerts for meetings dates.  
     
     
    Lisa Clark
    412-851-1667
    clark1692@verizon.net 
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  • GATE Update

    Please check out this link to Duke TIP eInsights. http://https://einsights.tip.duke.edu/   Of particular interest this month is the info. on preparing for college visits and how gifted students in the US spend their time.  
     
    Also, if you have a 7th or 8th grade student please consider having your child take the SAT to qualify for Duke TIP or Johns Hopkins CTY.  Students with qualifying SAT scores receive an award and have access to some terrific summer programs.  You can access info about these programs here on the GATE website.  If you have any questions, you are always welcome to contact me at 412-851-1667.  
     
    Thank you,
    Lisa 
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  • The Current SAT, Redesigned SAT and ACT” Presentation

    Please see the following message from the USC HS Guidance Office\
     
     
    The Current SAT, Redesigned SAT and ACT” Presentation
    Thursday, April 23rd @ 7:30pm in the LGI
    All 9th and 10th grade students and parents are invited to attend this presentation. 
    The counseling department will discuss the college admissions standardized tests including the current SAT, the redesigned SAT and the ACT. The current SAT will be offered through January 2016. The redesigned SAT will first be offered March 2016. Members of the Class of 2017 have the opportunity to take both versions of the SAT, along with the ACT. 
    The Class of 2018 can take the redesigned SAT and the ACT. Come learn the difference between the three tests and how to decide which test(s) to take, and when to take the test(s). If you can’t attend, we will post the PowerPoint presentation online after the meeting.
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  • GirlGov 2015

    GirlGov gives local girls the opportunity to learn, first hand, about civics, government, philanthropy, community involvement, women's history, and leadership.  This program is open to girls in 9th thru 12th grade who live in Pa.  You can find additional information about the program and application process at http://http://wgfpa.org/what-we-do/activities/girl-gov/.
     
    Thank you,
    Lisa Clark 
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  • CTY: 60 Top College Reviews

    I would like to pass the following on to you from CTY:
     

    At CTY, we’re excited for your approaching choices about college, and equally excited to help you get inside information you won’t find anywhere else to make that choice. 

    The help is in the form of College Reviews, where we’ve compiled reviews of 60 top colleges published over the years in Imagine magazine. Our College Reviews CD contains unique points of view from academically-minded students who attended the institutions we covered, and their appraisals of the academics, campus vibe, highs, and lows. And they tell us if they’d choose their school if they did it all over again. 

    On College Reviews you might see a school that’s on your short list. And even if not, reading the reviews can help you refine your own method of evaluating colleges you’re considering. 

    Most students choose a college primarily for its strong academic reputation, but the real question is, will it be a great fit for you? We’re confident that College Reviews will help you answer that question.

    See the colleges, read a sample review, and order the College Reviews CD at http://cty.jhu.edu/imagine/about/college_reviews.html 

    Best wishes on your college search. 

    Sincerely,

    Melissa Hartman
    Editor, Imagine 
    The Johns Hopkins University
    Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
     
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  • Welcome Back!

    Welcome Back!  I am looking forward to a meaningful, productive and fun year with GATE.  I will be planning our first meeting of the year to take place at the end of September or beginning of October.  However, before that time I would like to hear from all our members with some thoughts about what we can do to better serve you.  Please email me or feel free to call me with any suggestions for programs that you liked in the past or a new idea or direction that you think we should explore this year.  I welcome input from current members, interested parents or USC staff.   Thank you in advance for your input and keep an eye on e-alerts for meetings dates.  
     
     
    Lisa Clark
    412-851-1667
    clark1692@verizon.net 
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  • Potential Summer Camp Opportunity for Students

    Summer Science Camp Opportunity
     
    "The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) is organized to provide activities,
    experiments, projects, and field experiences for students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall of 2014. The
    camp promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and supports historically
    underserved and underrepresented students with limited opportunities. Students attend the camp free of charge.
    Students currently in grade 5, 6, or 7 who have an interest in science and mathematics, at least a B average in
    science and mathematics courses and a passing score on the state’s standardized science and mathematics tests
    are eligible to apply. Immediate family members of the university staff, EMBHSSC camp staff and ExxonMobil
    employees are not eligible"
     
    If you are interested and believe your child may qualify please see the application  at http://http://www.theharrisfoundation.org/Uploads/Groups/117/DocumentGallery/2014StudentApplicationFormR-WJ.pdf
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  • Einsights from Duke TIP

    Parents,
     
    I recently received some interesting articles from Einsights, the Duke TIP online publication, that I would like to pass on to all of you.
     
    1.  Duke TIP Fall Booklist.  http://einsights.tip.duke.edu/fall-2013/booklist
     
    2.  Parenting the Gifted Middle and High school student: http://einsights.tip.duke.edu/fall-2013/parents/#ninth
     
    3.  College Prep and Beyond:  http://einsights.tip.duke.edu/fall-2013/college-prep/#ninth
     
    Hope to see you all at our meeting and book discussion on Tuesday.  
     
    Lisa 
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  • Article and Video from Duke's TIP program

    GATE Parents:
     
     
    Please check out the article The Faces of Acceleration at http://tip.duke.edu/node/796.  This article discusses different types of appropriate acceleration.  Please also view the video entitled Social and Emotional Characteristics of Gifted Students: Smooth Sailing, Rough Seas at http://vimeo.com/41707896. 
     
    Thank you.
     
    Lisa Clark 
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  • GATE Book Club

    GATE Parents:
     
    I am happy to announce that we are going to have a GATE Book Club.  Our members expressed an interest in exploring the social and emotional needs of gifted children.  So our first book will be Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good by Miriam Adderholt, PhD and Jan Goldberg. 
    This book explains the differences between healthy ambition and unhealthy perfectionism and gives strategies for recognizing the symptoms.  You can purchase the book or order it at the public library.  I noticed copies selling on Amazon.com for $2.00-$15.00.  
     
    Our next meeting will be in November (date and time to be announced) so you have plenty of time to read the book selection.  We will start our November meeting with a discussion of the book leaving some time for general discussion and socializing.  
     
    I am looking forward to reading this book and discussing it with all of you.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.
     
    Lisa Clark
    clark1692@verizon.net 
     
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  • Attention GATE Parents: Information from Johns Hopkins CTY

    Gate Parents please check out the following announcement from CTY:
     
    CTY’s free online math and science resource, Cogito.org, recently announced the new CTY Cogito Research Awards and in this first year, up to 10 students with the most promising research proposals will receive grants of up to $600 to help cover expenses associated with their projects and will be paired with a mentor to help guide their work.
    You can apply for the award between now and October 31. Read more about the awards here: https://cogito.cty.jhu.edu/39168/cty-cogito-research-awards/.
    You must be a Cogito member to apply. As a Cogito member, you’ll be part of an award-winning online community of bright science-minded students from around the world. There is no charge for membership.
    If you aren’t a member, then join here: https://ctyjhu.org/mycty/cogitologin.cfm (you’ll need your CTY student ID number at the top of this email).
    When you sign up you can meet other top students from around the world in a secure space, catch up with hot topics in science, technology, math and engineering, join in on webinars and online interview with science newsmakers, and grow by adding your own voice and ideas in an online space reserved just for you.
    Questions? Please contact us at cogitocty@jhu.edu. We look forward to seeing you online.
    Sincerely,
    CTY and The Cogito Staff
    ******** Message to Parents of Students under 18 *********
    Dear Parent:
    We are writing to invite your child to become a member of Cogito.org, a website where exceptional students interested in science and math can connect with professional scientists and other bright young people like themselves. Cogito has been developed by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) in collaboration with eight other prominent organizations that serve gifted students. We hope you will visit the site at http://www.cogito.org
    Cogito takes your child's privacy and safety online seriously. The parts of the site where students can interact with one another and with guest experts are restricted to members and invited guests. The discussion forums are overseen by Cogito staff and trained hosts, and members are expected to abide by Cogito's House Rules, which are posted within the forums for students and available for your review at your request.
    Terms of Use and Privacy Policy are available to review here:
    We hope you and your child will enjoy Cogito. If you have additional questions, please contact us at cogitocty@jhu.edu or call (410) 735-6065.
    Sincerely,
    The Cogito staff
    *************
    Johns Hopkins University
    Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
    Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Back to School Update for GATE Parents

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful and relaxing summer.  As we get ready to head back to school it is time to begin to plan GATE meetings and activities for the year.  At the end of May we had our last meeting of the year and discussed potential programming for this year.  Everyone seemed to be in favor of a GATE Book Club where we would select a relevant book and discuss it at one of our meetings.  As such, I would like a few book suggestions from our members.  Please forward your suggestions to me via email.  
     
    In addition, I thought I would pass on a link to an interesting article from Duke TIP regarding acceleration for academically talented students.  Please check out www.tip.duke.edu/node/1256.(sorry if this doesn't work as an actual link. I tested web address several times so type it in - it should work)  
     
    Also, one of our members recommended "Supporting Gifted Learners" on Facebook. This page allows parents to write questions which folks respond to. They also announce webinars that may be helpful, so check this out if you are on Facebook.   
     
    Thank you,
    Lisa
    clark1692@verizon.net
     
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  • GATE

    All GATE Parents, Gifted Coordinators and Administrators
     
     
    Thank you for a wonderful year.  We had great attendance at all of our meetings and we passed on some valuable information to our members.  If you  have any thoughts for speakers, topics or areas of interest for the group for next year please do not hesitate to contact me over the summer.  In addition, I would like to keep developing the website, so please continue to submit your ideas to me for links, books, enrichment opportunities etc. 
     
    Have a great summer and see you all next school year. 
     
    Lisa Clark
    412-851-1667
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  • Duke TIP Educational Opportunity Guide

    GATE Parents:
     
    Please check out the link below from the Duke TIP Program. Thanks.
     
    Lisa Clark
     
     
     
     
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  • Duke TIP: College Prep

    Please check out the site below to view an interview with the Duke University Dean of Admissions to help you understand what colleges are looking for and how to hep your child stand out. 
     
     
     
     
    Any questions, please contact Lisa Clark (412)851-1667
     
     
     
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  • DUKE TIP Book list

    Please check out the DUKE TIP site below to see what TIP Teens have been reading.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Any questions please contact Lisa Clark (412)851-1667.
     
     
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Last Modified on January 18, 2017