October 4th Speaker Meeting


When: October 4th, 7:00 PM-8:45 PM
Where: Vaughan Elementary School   
 
SPEAKER: IAN BYRD
TOPIC: CREATING TOMORROW’S INNOVATORS
21st century technologies have opened new paths for success, and gifted students’ curosity and intense interests make them uniquely suited to blaze these new trails. At the same time, gifted characteristics such as perfectionism and imposter syndrome can hold them back. We will discuss how parents and teachers can support students, empowering them to become tomorrow’s innovators.

Join us for the FIRST Allen Gifted speaker meeting of the year on Oct. 4th, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Vaughan Elementary!! We are very excited to bring Ian Byrd (byrdseed.tv) from California to be our first guest speaker this year! Ian Byrd is the founder of Byrdseed.com – a gifted education resource used by gifted teachers all over the world. Ian is a former gifted teacher and now a gifted education consultant and expert. He develops curriculum, content and videos that provide extra learning for gifted kids. For the last several years, Allen Gifted has provided a subscription to all AIM teachers for this program. His presentations at gifted conferences are usually standing-room only — we are very excited to have him come to Allen to speak!

After his presentation, we will have announcements about upcoming program opportunities for Allen Gifted. Then, we will get to take a tour of the new GATE facility, Allen ISD’s first gifted academy (located at Vaughan).

We look forward to seeing you all!

Summer Camp

One Great Summer. 11 Great Camps.

Allen Gifted’s Incredible Learning Experiences
Camps for the Gifted & Talented – Sponsored by Allen Gifted

All camps run from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Register at www.allenisd.org/communityed (step-by-step info at the bottom of this post)

June 13-17

Engineering Projects with Arduino and Raspberry Pi (grades 4-7)
Taught by UTD | Cheatham Elementary | $250

This engineering and coding camp focuses on hands-on projects where students construct a number of gadgets using the newest Raspberry Pi and Arduino. In this course, we will use both tools to interact with the outside world and use it in a wide array of digital maker projects. Projects include an LED Stoplight, creating a LED light pattern, measuring the distance from an obstacle using ultrasonic sensors and more! FOR THIS CAMP ONLY, YOU MUST REGISTER AT THE UTD SITE. Look for Allen ISD AGILE (GT) under Week 2 camps. https://goo.gl/UZdxVA

June 20-24

AGILE Theatre Camp (grades 4-8)
Taught by Alison Kingwell (Ford MS Theatre) and Leigh Ann Unkenholz (AHS Theatre) | Cheatham Elementary | $149

One of the original three AGILE camps, this one is always a favorite for everyone! This camp always sells out in hours, so this year, we’re offering two different weeks! Join our amazing directors as they work with students to put on a play in just one week! Students not only participate in acting roles, but also have an opportunity to help design and create their sets, props and more! Note: This camp will have the same production as July 18-22, so please register for only one section of AGILE Theatre Camp!

June 27-July 1

To Get To The Other Side: Designing Bridges (grades 1-3)
Taught by Kathy Spann & Beth Miller | Reed Elementary | $139

When civil engineers design bridges, they must take into account factors like balance and motion. Students will reinforce their understanding of “push” and “pull” as they explore how forces act on different structures. They’ll use what they know about balance and force as they experiment with beam, arch, and suspension bridges—and learn how bridge designs counteract and redirect forces and motion. In the final design challenge, students plan, build, and test their own bridges.

July 5-8

Creative Challenges: Writing Explosion! (grades 4-7)
Taught by Cathy Embry & Julie Georgas | Reed Elementary | $139

Looking for new ways to add a burst of creativity to your writing? In this camp, writers will learn some new techniques to “shake things up” and help their writing explode! Explore the “unexpected surprise,” play with rhythm and rhyme, embrace alliteration and use unusual writing prompts to help take your writing to another level.

July 11-15 

Mission To Mars  (grades 3-6)
Taught by Teri Stepanic & Shayne Williams | Cheatham Elementary | $139

Imagine having to live, work and survive on Mars! Students design a sustainable community that might support LIFE on Mars! In preparing to send our first team of explorers to Mars, what do we need to consider? From food to transportation, there are a lot of challenges to overcome! Using an engineering design process, they will solve the challenges that they might encounter when Mars becomes the “new frontier!”

July 18-22

AGILE Theatre Camp (grades 4-8)
Taught by Alison Kingwell (Ford MS Theatre) and Leigh Ann Unkenholz (AHS Theatre) | Cheatham Elementary | $149

One of the original three AGILE camps, this one is always a favorite for everyone! This camp always sells out in hours, so this year, we’re offering two different weeks! Join our amazing directors as they work with students to put on a play in just one week! Students not only participate in acting roles, but also have an opportunity to help design and create their sets, props and more! Note: This camp will have the same production as June 20-24, so please register for only one section of AGILE Theatre Camp!

The Challenge is ON: Step Up to STEM!  (grades 2-4)
Taught by Carin Engelbert & Mary Jane Barnes | Cheatham Elementary | $139

Are you ready to tackle some incredible engineering design challenges? STEP right up, the challenge is ON! From creating and testing a better way to protect Humpty Dumpty (as the egg fell off the wall) to designing the ULTIMATE confetti launcher, you will have an exciting week of STEM competition! This camp is an exciting opportunity for young engineers to collaborate, design and test!

July 25-29

Can We Solve It?: Math Problem Solving (grades 1-3)
Taught by Teri Stepanic & Shayne Williams | Reed Elementary | $139

We’ve got problems! Are you ready to brainstorm problem solving strategies with your team to find the answer to real-life problems in geometry, probability, patterns, cryptography and more! Can you solve them? After you take this class, we think you can!

Into the Woods with German (4-7)
Taught by Beth Raeder & Shelby Cleveland | Reed Elementary | $139

Go “into the woods” with Aschenputtel (Cinderella) and Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood) and a lot of other familiar Grimm characters while learning more about German language!  Our first AGILE language immersion camp gives students a chance to try out German using theatre, games and music. This camp is a great opportunity to start a new language and try out German before choosing a language elective in high school! (Taught by the Allen HS German teachers)

Aug 1-5

Stretch Your Imagination – Write Away! (grades 1-3)
Taught by Cathy Embry & Julie Georgas | Reed Elementary | $139

Young writers will a week full of opportunities to stretch their imagination (and writing skills) in this camp! Creative exercises will help students use their imagination to craft poems and paragraphs using their senses and the world around them. From using rhymes to alliteration to vivid verbs, your writer will be creating an amazing portfolio this week.

What Are Your Chances? Probability in Action (grades 4-7)
Taught by Teri Stepanic | Reed Elementary | $139

Game of chance, anyone? Love those carnival games (that nobody ever wins!) Learn how to tell when the odds are in your favor with this study of math, probability and chance! Students will experience how chance impacts many areas in our life and then have an opportunity to apply it by creating their own games of chance!

 

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR AGILE CAMPS

Choose a grade level for the camp that the camper has “just completed.” Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (The AGILE Spotlight Theatre Camp will run longer on Friday for their play which starts at 4:00 pm!) Campers will be signed in and out at the assigned classrooms. Your child will need to bring a sack lunch and drink Monday through Thursday. Each Friday, a pizza party with pizza, popsicles and a drink will be provided in the cafeteria.

Getting Started:

1. Go to www.allenisd.org, click on departments, then click on Community Education. Once you are at the Community Education homepage click on the link at the center of the page.

2. If you have already set up an account to purchase previous Community Education events or Kid’s Club, use your account login information. Make sure you have registered all of your children you will be enrolling in camp.

3. If it’s your first time to use the new registration software, go to the link noted in point 1 (www.allenisd.org/communityed). Follow the directions for first-time visitors to create an account. Account set-up/login is in the upper left-hand corner of the browser window.

4. The “shopper” is the parent.

5. Once you’ve created an account, you will need to add family members (your children) who you will be registering for camp. With the new software, you register each camper for the various camps. A child can only be registered once for a camp. You can not buy multiple quantities of a camp under one child’s name.

6. If you’ve forgotten your password, please call (972) 727-0502 or e-mail sandra_ lovesey@allenisd.org.

Refunds will be granted, less a $25 per camp administrative fee, when requested by noon five working days prior to the start of camp.

 

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