Events for 2013-2014

May 29, 2014: AVIATOR WALLY FUNK- Reach for Your Dreams in the Face of Adversity

Join pilot, flight instructor, Olympic skier, expert marksman, and Mercury 13 member as she describes what it was like to be among the first thirteen women to pass NASA's Astronaut qualifications. A truly inspirational role model, Wally has dedicated her life to educating young people on the rewards, challenges, and opportunities that exist, as long as you are willing to - literally! - reach for the stars.

This presentation offers guests a unique perspective on aviation careers, training, and life in space, particularly as it relates to pursuit of dreams in the face of adversity. Wally is slated to be among the first tourists to fly aboard Virgin Galactic's suborbital Spaceship Two.

WALLY FUNK: Reach for Your Dreams in the Face of Adversity
Pilot, Flight Instructor, &
Member of the Famed Mercury 13 "Women in Space" Program

Thursday, May 29, 2014
6:00pm - 7:30pm
WOOSTER HIGH SCHOOL Auditorium
1331 E Plumb Ln, Reno Event Flyer

October 10, 2013: BROWN BAG LUNCH WITH LISA RIGGS

Bring your lunch and meet with your GATE Director/Principal Lisa Riggs at Jessie Beck ES (Rm B-10).

Mrs. Riggs will be preparing a short topic to cover at the beginning of the hour; reading material for parents, and resources for families. During the second half of the lunch, she will be available for some open discussion and questions about the GATE program provided for grades 2-12.

BROWN BAG LUNCH WITH LISA RIGGS
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Noon - 1:00pm
JESSIE BECK ES (Rm B-10)
1900 Sharon Way, Reno Event Flyer

October 10, 2013: GATE 101- ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WCSD GATE

Whether you're a new family to WCSD's services for gifted learners, or a returning one, GT Parent Connection would like to invite you to our welcoming All You Want to Know About GATE event.

GATE Director/Principal, Lisa Riggs, will then be offering an overview of all GATE programming in WCSD and answering all your questions. GT Parent Connection explains the GT Community available to all Washoe County GT families.

Please note this event has been moved to the Commons Area of Spanish Spring HS.

GATE 101- ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WCSD GATE
Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:30pm - 7:30pm
SPANISH SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL Commons Area
1065 Eagle Canyon Dr, Sparks Event Flyer

October 17, 2013: ROLLER KINGDOM (CANCELED)

This event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

November 21, 2013: Parent Support- ADHD/OVEREXCITABILITIES

Presented by: MARK STEINMETZ, GATE ES Enrichment Teacher
Presentation

One of the most commonly misunderstood conditions that exists for children (and adults, also), is that of AD/HD, or attention deficit/hyperactive disorder. This condition is described as one in which the individual cannot attend or concentrate fully on a topic (AD), and can be coupled with the more pronounced inability to control impulsive behaviors (HD). Many factors contribute to this condition, and it has long been a concern for parents, and teachers. There are many strategies, and techniques that can be of a great assistance, and these, and other aspects, will be discussed within this presentation.

Presented by: DAVID SLATER, Pine MS Magnet Teacher
Presentation

Research and observation have led to the belief that overexcitability--the tendency to have reactions to stimuli over and above average in intensity, duration and frequency--is a primary characteristic of the highly gifted. This session will explore this theory, break down the various types of overexcitabilities, and share tips and strategies to help kids who may experience them.



Parent Support- ADHD/OVEREXCITABILITIES
Thursday, November 21, 2013
6:30pm - 7:30pm
DEPOALI MS
9300 Wilbur May Pkwy, Reno Event Flyer
Local Reno Psychologists Contact Info

November 7, 2013: Parent Support- DISCOVERING A GIFTED & TALENTED CHILD

Discussion will be lead by Kim Reynolds & Christine Williamson. Topics to be discussed coming soon.

Parent Support- DISCOVERING A GIFTED & TALENTED CHILD
Thursday, November 7, 2013
6:00pm - 7:30pm
GOMM ES Library
4000 Mayberry Drive, Reno

May 7, 2014: Parent Support- ASSISTING YOUR GIFTED CHILD IN BEING SELF-REGULATED: A PARENT'S ROLE (CANCELED)

Discussion will be lead by RICHARD CASH, Ed. D. Educational Consultant.

This event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Gifted students, when under challenged, do not acquire the learning and academic skills essential for success in school beyond high school. Some of our brightest students fail within their first two years of college because they don't know how to be a "little fish in a big pond." This session will guide parents through the understanding of self-regulation and give you tools to assist your child in developing the acumen to be prepared for more advanced courses with other advanced learners as well as success in the 21st century.

Dr. Richard M. Cash has worked in the field of gifted education for over 25 years. His range of experience includes teaching at the elementary and middle school levels as well as the college level. Most recently, he served as Director of Gifted Programs for the Bloomington Public Schools, in Minnesota. Dr. Cash received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, both with a focus on gifted education. His areas of expertise are educational programming, rigorous and challenging curriculum design for gifted students, differentiated instruction, 21st century skills, brain compatible classrooms, and self-regulated learning.

February 13, 2014: Parent Support- UNDERACHIEVEMENT

Discussion will be lead by Collett Gilmore, 6th Grade Billinghurst MS AAP Teacher.

Parent Support- UNDERACHIEVEMENT
Thursday, February 13, 2014
6:30pm - 7:30pm
CLAYTON MS
1295 Wyoming Ave, Reno Event Flyer

Millions of children with average, above average, or even gifted abilities, including those from homes where education is valued, do not perform to their capabilities. Underachievement Syndrome can be seen when a capable child is not working to his/her abilities in school. Many factors contribute to this condition which has long been a concern for parents and teachers.

There are many strategies and techniques that can be of a great assistance. These and other aspects will be discussed at this presentation.

View/Download Handouts and Powerpoint Presentation.

November 15 & 16, 2013: DR SYLVIA RIMM- 2-DAY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT IN RENO

Dr. Sylvia Rimm is a psychologist who directs the Family Achievement Clinic in Ohio and specializes in working with gifted children. She is also a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Dr. Rimm speaks and publishes internationally on parenting, giftedness, creativity, and underachievement.

Dr. Rimm, famous for her books, See Jane WinŽ, a New York Times Bestseller featured on both Oprah Winfrey and Today shows as well as, How to Parent So Children Will Learn and Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades, both 2008 National Best Books award winners from USA Book News.

GT Parent Connection and WCSD Gifted and Talented Education present:

DR SYLVIA RIMM- 2-DAY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT IN RENO
November 15 & 16, 2013
MCQUEEN HIGH SCHOOL Auditorium
6055 Lancer St, Reno Event Flyer

Friday, November 15th @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm

FOR PARENTS:
"Understanding the Emotional Impact of GT"
by Dr. Sylvia Rimm

FOR STUDENTS:
"Conversations About Being Gifted: A Workshop for Students"
by local psychologists Melanie Crawford, Ph.D., Susan Ayarbe, Ph.D. & Brie Moore, Ph.D.


Saturday, November 16th @ 9:00am - noon

"How to Understand Our GT Children & Help Them Maximize Their Gift"
by Dr. Sylvia Rimm

Dr. Sylvia Rimm Resources

Local Reno Psychologists Contact Info

Dr. Melanie Crawford- (775) 786-7881

mcrawfordphd@gmail.com | 5421 Kietzke Ln. Ste 202, Reno NV 89511

Dr. Susan Ayarbe- (775) 787-8755

Susan@susanayarbe.net | 5421 Kietzke Ln. Ste 202, Reno NV 89511

Dr. Brie Moore- (775) 826-6218

drmoore@pinecresthealth.com | 10631 Professional Circle, Suite A, Reno, NV 89521

January 16, 2014: BROWN BAG LUNCH WITH LISA RIGGS

Bring your lunch and meet with your GATE Director/Principal Lisa Riggs at Dilworth MS.

Mrs. Riggs will be preparing a short topic to cover at the beginning of the hour; reading material for parents, and resources for families. During the second half of the lunch, she will be available for some open discussion and questions about the GATE program provided for grades 2-12.

Brown Bag with Lisa Handouts »

BROWN BAG LUNCH WITH LISA RIGGS
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Noon - 1:00pm
DILWORTH MS
255 Prater Way, Sparks Event Flyer


A summary of this event is included in our February 2014 e-Newsletter. To receive our newsletter, sign up at e-Newletter.

January 10, 2014: PUMP IT UP

Please join GT Parent Connection for a private event at Pump It Up (www.pumpitupreno.com).

Cost is $6 per child, adults no charge. Sorry no passes for this special event. Parents are responsible for their child's supervision.

Children must be at least 24 months and 34" tall to play on the inflatables. Socks are required to play on any inflatable game.

A signed waiver is required of everyone who enters the facility: print waivers »

PUMP IT UP
Friday, January 10, 2014
2pm - 5pm
610 E. Glendale Ave, Sparks Event Flyer
Friends & Family Welcome!

March 13, 2014: Parent Support- PERFECTIONISM

Discussion will be lead by Jenny Hoy, Swope MS Magnet Teacher, in collaboration with Kim Leslie.

Parent Support- PERFECTIONISM
Thursday, March 13, 2014
6:30pm - 7:30pm
VAUGHN MIDDLE SCHOOL
1200 Bresson Avenue, Reno Event Flyer

Learn how gifted students try to be perfect and this very behavior, while it sounds good, is actually debilitating and can interfere with your child's academic growth. Learn specific strategies to help your child 'Strive for Excellence' while actively learning and engaging in the process, but avoid the pitfalls of Perfectionism.

Look forward to a fun and engaging presentation that will allow you to engage in some activities to help you understand how perfectionism affects your child along with time to practice conversations you might want to have with your child regarding this serious obstacle to academic and personal growth.

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May 15, 2014: BROWN BAG LUNCH WITH LISA RIGGS

Bring your lunch and meet with your GATE Director/Principal Lisa Riggs at Double Diamond ES.

Mrs. Riggs will be preparing a short topic to cover at the beginning of the hour; reading material for parents, and resources for families. During the second half of the lunch, she will be available for some open discussion and questions about the GATE program provided for grades 2-12.

Presentation Handouts:
BROWN BAG LUNCH WITH LISA RIGGS
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Noon - 1:00pm
DOUBLE DIAMOND ES
1200 South Meadows Parkway, Reno Event Flyer

March 10, 2014: GT RESOURCE FAIR 2014

GT Resource Fair 2014 »
Monday, March 10, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm
WOOSTER HIGH SCHOOL Big Gym
1331 East Plumb Lane, Reno

Learn about programs and resources for gifted and talented students!

  • LEARN ABOUT summer programs and camps, enrichment activities, fine arts & performing arts opportunities, science and outdoor programs, academic talent searches, foreign exchange programs, online learning, teacher information including gifted education courses and programs, WCSD GT Programs, Davidson Institute for Talent Development and the Davidson Academy, UNR programs, organizations for gifted and talented, non-district school options including charter, private and online schools, and a wide array of extra-curricular programs. Pick up brochures and speak with program representatives. Many new programs will be attending this year!
  • DISTANCE PROGRAMS - visit our tables dedicated to brochures and information about programs of interest from around the country including academic programs, summer programs and camps, leadership, travel, science, archaeology, and much more!
  • USEFUL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES - elementary, middle school and high school.
  • SEE WHAT'S NEW IN THE WCSD GATE PROGRAM! WCSD GATE administrator Lisa Riggs and GT staff will be on hand to talk about programs for gifted students.
  • FREE ADMISSION AND OPEN TO ALL - bring a friend! Families welcome.
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