Winter 2014

         
 
  Winter Kaleidoscope
 
   
   
December 2014
 
 
 
 
 
Holiday Greetings to ALL!  

I hope the end of 2014 brought you joy and quality time with your families and friends.  I wish you a safe and prosperous 2015 as we bring in a new year.  With the new year, I want to thank each of you for the incredible work that was accomplished during my two year presidency.  We passed laws, built bridges, connected with the right people to make good things happen for the gifted community.  Under the leadership of our new president, Terry Bradley, this work will continue with the intensity and focus needed.  Terry has put together a new board of incredible and energetic people.  We will go deeper into her vision and goals at our annual Winter retreat. We need each of you to attend because this work can't be completed by a few - it takes commitment, planning and follow through.  I will be there to do whatever is needed to continue the growth of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented.  

 

Buckle up, because the ride is going to be fast and fun!  I invite you to join myself, Terry and the new team in making a difference for the advanced and gifted learners in Colorado!

 

Cheers and best wishes for 2015!

Dr. Blanche Kapushion

 
 

CONGRATULATIONS DISTINGUISHED STUDENTS

Two students were presented at the Fall Conference as CAGT Distinguished Student Award Winners for the school year 2013-2014.  They both received a Certificate of Excellence from Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented and a $500 cash scholarship.

Maya Dawson was the Junior Division winner (ages 7-9).  She was nominated for her excellence in leadership, academics and creative arts.  Maya has been touted as a “natural leader” and “in a league of her own.”  She is interested in “making the world a better place,” which is evident in her fundraising efforts for a local animal shelter and Water for People Charity that raises money for sustainable water pipes in areas that lack natural water resources.  She loves creative writing and sings in a vocal group.  She hopes to pursue a career working with animals or she would like being a singer, author or inventor.

Lily Mott was the Senior Division winner (ages 10-12).  She was nominated for her excellence in academics, leadership and creative writing.  Lily was described as “intellectually talented” “extremely well spoken”, and “mature beyond her age.”  She also “seeks to be the leader of any group” and possesses “unparalleled work ethic.” Lily has received numerous awards for film production, spelling bee, poetry, literature. Lily recognizes the importance of leadership, which she displays in school and on sports teams.  She aspires to become a CNN reporter or a governmental authority figure.

Information about this awards program for the school year 2014-2015 will be posted on the CAGT website soon.

 

 
What's New In Young Adult Literature: Top Ten 2014
 

Dr. Bob Seney

Professor Emeritus

Mancos, Colorado

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

These Novels are my personal Top Ten Reads of 2014. 

All books listed meet the Halsted/Seney criteria for books most appropriate for gifted readers.

 

Acampora, Paul           I Kill the Mockingbird (ms)                                                                  2014

 

Daugherty, Jill           Abandoned Courage (Book 2) (hs/ms)                                                2013

                                    Defining Courage (Book 3) (hs/ms)                                                     2014

                                    Note: Jill is one of our own Colorado GT teachers

 

DiCamillo, Kate          Flora & Ulysses (e)                                                                              2013

                                    2014 Newbery Medal Book:  Holy Bagumba! 

                                    Thematically, more than Philosophy 101!

 

Extence, Gavin            The Universe Versus Alex Woods (hs) #*                                               2013

                                    Wow! For the philosopher, the scientist, and the mathematician.

                                    Deals with assisted suicide. Sophisticated. Literary allusions to the work of Kurt Vonnegut.

 

Sedgwick, Marcus         Midwinterblood (ms)                                                                            2013

                                        2014 Printz Medal

 

Sloan, Holly G.             Counting by 7s (e/ms)                                                                          2013

                                      One every teacher should read.

 

Vanderpool, Clare        Navigating Early (ms)                                                                          2014

 

Wolitzer, Meg              Belzhar (hs)#*                                                                                     2014

                                    2014 Printz Honor [A first novel – Relates to the Works of Sylvia Plath]

                                    This is my Tom Hebert Memorial Novel for 2014.

                                   

 Tom is our colleague and my good friend at the University of Georgia and he uses YA lit in various projects with students – the designation is so named because in an elevator at the 2005 NAGC Conference he said we were not going to get off until, I decided which of my Top Ten was my favorite!

 

Codes:

# Language Alert

* Situation Alert

e = elementary school

ms = middle school/junior high

hs = high school

SR Student Recommended

TR Teacher Recommended

[ To read the initial list of books that included the top ten and more, click here. ]

 
Book Ends
 

Jerry Flack, University of Colorado

 

Struck By Lightning: Poetry and Lee Bennett Hopkins

If more politicians knew POETRY and more POETS knew politics,

I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.

                                                                                                                        John F. Kennedy

 

Introduction

April is National Poetry Month in the United States. This representation of “Book Ends” in the Winter edition of The Kaleidoscope focuses on two vital subjects. First, hopefully readers of this article –  parents, teachers, librarians, administrators, and other mentors – will particularly shine spotlights on the magical wonders of poetry in the education of gifted and talented youths at the very least during the month of April. Even more vital is a daily, year-long celebration of poetry. Second, the key poet to whom this special edition is dedicated is the most prolific poetry anthologist in the history of children's literature in both the United States and the world, Lee Bennett Hopkins. The influence of Lee Bennett Hopkins cannot be overstated. He is a poet and poetry anthologist of incredible productivity. He is noted as the inventor of the picture book poetry anthology as a literature genre. He loves poetry and children and he has been a strong advocate for gifted students for several decades. He is equally an extraordinarily kind and gracious man who has generously contributed vital answers to questions posed in an exclusive interview for this special poetry issue of The Kaleidoscope. Further, as part of the “K” interview he shares one of his original poems with Colorado readers. He speaks to those who educate gifted students, but even more to the point, he speaks directly to students. Hopefully, Kaleidoscope readers will share every single word Mr. Hopkins voices with Colorado's gifted and talented students in their homes, classrooms, and at special events (e.g., Super Saturday sessions).

 

Tests, tests, tests. Yes, it is crucial that ALL Colorado students be literate and understand the sometimes arcane intricacies of mathematics. But, poetry is life's breath. Where indeed would the literate world and an intelligent nation be without the poetry of Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, the King James Version of the Bible, “The Star-spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “The Gettysburg Address,” Robert Frost's “The Gift Outright,” and “We Shall Overcome”? A nation and a world without poetry is verbally impoverished; its people are word paupers.

 

Ballads, odes, blank verse, haiku, cinquain, limericks, acrostics, rondeaux, vers libre, stanza, rhyme, rhythm, metaphor, simile, and much, much more. Many are the forms and tools that verse wordsmiths may use. What really matters is that there should always be time for poetry in homes and in classrooms. Poetry in the curriculum well serves current and future young poets.

A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms,

to be struck by lightning five or six times.

                                                                                                            Randall Jarrell

[ To read this article in its entirety, click here. ]

 
 
Websites and Supports in Science and Math for the Winter of 2014

 

M. Richy Richards

 

It’s cold outside, and with the time spent staying warm inside looking back over time is a perfect way to end the year.

 

Paleontology

Explorations Though Time http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/teachers.php is an online series of interactive web based units to understand fossils, life on Earth over time, and paleontology. There are other links with access to many other supporting portals.  If you want student-centered access try http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/teachers.php. It includes life has a history.

 

The American Museum of Natural History has a new exhibit on paleontology and student interactions to support it at http://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/paleontology . This exploration includes learning what paleontology is and there are Pterosaurs trading and card game with printout information cards on pterosaurs- the reptiles not dinosaurs. On the left hand side are links to resources in anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, Biodiversity and the Brain.

 

Planned units for you to explore directly from the experts!

On-line the Butterfly pavilion in Westminster http://www.butterflies.org/

Denver Botanic Gardens http://www.botanicgardens.org/

National Botanic Gardens http://www.usbg.gov/

 

 

[ Happy hunting with the rest of these resources, found here. ]

Facebook

Facebook (CAGT Latino)

Contact Us

Phone: 303-520-4887
M-F  10:00 - 3:00
 
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
CAGT
18695 Pony Express Drive, #2706
Parker, CO 80134