On Tuesday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m., Chairman Larry Taylor and the members of the Senate Education Committee will be holding a hearing to discuss Senate Bill 2145 (relating to the public school finance system). This proposed bill seeks to REPEAL the Gifted and Talented Student Allotment. If this is something you would like to weigh in on, you may contact the senators on the Senate Education Committee and tell them the importance of the G/T weight and allotment, explain that it was created to support gifted students for a reason, and voice your concerns about how detrimental it would be to revoke the allotment.
TAGT believes gifted students from every cultural background see the world in unique ways and are developing minds that just might discover innovative answers to the most challenging questions of their generation. Being identified as gifted and talented is not a badge of honor, nor a reward for good behavior. It is an educational diagnosis requiring gifted program services for G/T students to reach their full potential. Supporting the academically under-challenged students in Texas is vital.
If you want to take action, you may use this sample letter to send to the senators on the Education Committee or go to the Capital and submit a Witness Affirmation Form to indicate you are opposed to the bill. You will need to do so before the committee meets on April 18th.
Senate Education Committee
Chair: Sen. Larry Taylor
Vice Chair: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Members: Sen. Paul Bettencourt; Sen. Donna Campbell; Sen. Bob Hall; Sen. Don Huffines; Sen. Bryan Hughes; Sen. Kel Seliger; Sen. Van Taylor; Sen. Carlos Uresti; and Sen. Royce West
ABOUT TAGT: The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students from every cultural background who see the world in unique ways and are developing minds that just might discover innovative answers to the most challenging questions of their generation. TAGT provides more than 3,000 members a forum for exchanging ideas and information about the education of G/T students.
Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented
5920 West William Cannon Dr., Bldg 7, Ste 102
Phone: 512.499.8248 • Fax: 512.852.4552
Celebrate Earth Day!
One component of the revised Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is Physical Environment. Per the Centers for Disease Control, a “healthy and safe physical school environment promotes learning by ensuring the health and safety of students and staff. The physical school environment encompasses the school building and its contents, the land on which the school is located, and the area surrounding it. A healthy school environment will address a school’s physical condition during normal operation as well as during renovation (e.g., ventilation, moisture, temperature, noise, and natural and artificial lighting), and protect occupants from physical threats (e.g., crime, violence, traffic, and injuries) and biological and chemical agents in the air, water, or soil as well as those purposefully brought into the school (e.g., pollution, mold, hazardous materials, pesticides, and cleaning agents).”
So, with spring right around the corner, it’s a perfect time to start thinking about ways to celebrate Earth Day! This day helps draw attention to not only the physical environment, but can also incorporate other components of the WSCC model with a little creative ingenuity!
Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyle Liaison
At Lone Eagle Martial Arts, we have Karate Programs for all ages!!
Lone Eagle Martial Arts is located in Richardson, TX with a state of the art facility for you and your family to train in Martial Arts. We offer classses for Little Dragons (4-6
yrs old), Karate Kids (7-11) , Teens/Adults (12+), and Family style classes (6+)!
We provide one of the highest customer rated Karate for Kids and Adults programs in the country for the Richardson Community.
Lone Eagle Martial Arts is the premier Family martial arts and after school Program in North Texas
(A-List. City Voter.com 2015/2016)
Terrace's Annual Turkey Trot is on Friday, November 18th, 2016. This is a FREE Student Running Race. Grades K-3rd run at 10:00 am on the field behind Terrace.
Grades 4-6 run at 1:00pm on the 4 streets surrounding the school. Students in grades 4-6, MUST have a parent signed permission form to participate.
Please contact coach Veit with any questions. (469)593-8760 Tammy.Kostner@risd.org
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! Volunteering parents please clink on this link to sign up to help: Friday, November 18th, 2016.
Included in this blog are two parent flyers for upcoming events, one for a dyslexia event and the other for a G/T event. Please post these in your campus newsletters and make hard copies to post in the office or other visible spots.
Also, if you have not already joined the RISD SAGE Facebook page please take a minute and join us following this link www.facebook.com/groups/sageptarisd/
The RISD SAGE Facebook page is our primary connection to the community both within the district and out in the greater community. Our members post a variety of upcoming events for parents, students and teachers, relevant news articles and even pose questions for feedback.
If you have a SAGE related event at your campus or someone has created an awesome awareness display, please take pictures and post to FB! I just saw a bulletin board highlighting famous people with dylexia at Lake Highlands Jr. High, that would make a great picture post for this month of awareness on Facebook. It's great to see all the things happening around the district!
Have a great week and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out!
RISD Council of PTAs SAGE Chair