Summer 2020 Enrichment Opportunities
TH!NK: GT Camp provides summer enrichment opportunities for K-9 grade gifted students. Dr. Mary Christopher, CGL Consulting, directs the program which is taught by experienced teachers who hold a masters degree in gifted education. View classes offered during Think! GT Camp
Location: North Ridge Middle School 7332 Douglas Lane NRH, TX 76182
Dates: June 15-19, 2020 8:30-3:30
Grade Levels: Students who've completed grades K-9. Students must be able to provide documentation of GT status from their district.
Registration fee: $225
For questions regarding Camp Think, please contact Dr. Mary Christopher
Destination Imagination Summer Camp provides a week of creative and critical thinking challenges for students who've completed grades K-8. Students will get the opportunity to participate in a shortened version of a past Destination Imagination team challenge as well as instant challenges.
Location: Walker Creek Elementary 8780 Bridge Street NRH, TX 76180
Dates: June 22-26, 2020 8:30-3:00
Grade Levels: Students who've completed grades K-8.
Registration Fee: $125.
Register and Self-Pay for Destination Imagination Summer Camp. Registration closes Friday, April 24, 2020.
Birdville ISD provides a limited number of scholarships for Birdville ISD students at Title I campuses to attend Destination Imagination Summer Camp.
Apply for a Destination Imagination Summer Camp Scholarship (English) Applications due Thursday, April 9, 2020
Apply for a Destination Imagination Summer Camp Scholarship (Spanish) Applications due Thursday, April 9, 2020
For questions regarding Destination Imagination Summer Camp, please contact Camp Director Laura Lyons
Camp Invention is a week-long summer STEM program that turns curious students into innovative thinkers! The curriculum for Camp Invention is provided by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Location: Birdville Elementary 3111 Carson Street Haltom City, TX 76117
Dates: July 20-24, 2020 9:00-3:30
Grade Levels: Students who've completed K-5 grades
Registration fee: $255 (discounts may be available through Camp Invention)
Register and Self-Pay for Camp Invention (Registration remains open until the camp is filled. Maximum enrollment is 120 campers) **If you self-pay for Camp Invention, Birdville ISD cannot reimburse you the registration fee**
Birdville ISD provides a limited number of scholarships for Birdville ISD students at Title I campuses to attend Camp Invention.
Apply for a Camp Invention Scholarship (English) Applications due Thursday, April 9, 2020
Apply for a Camp Invention Scholarship (Spanish) Applications due Thursday, April 9, 2020
For questions regarding Camp Invention, please contact Camp Director Stefanie Woodard
What is "giftedness"?
“Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity.”
--The Columbus Group
GATE Department Communication:
All GATE Interventionists use the Class Dojo app to communicate what is happening during GATE pull-out class time as well as communicate department information. To obtain access to your child's GATE Class Dojo account, contact your child's GATE Interventionist. View list of GATE Interventionists
6 week GATE department newsletters, 12 week GATE progress reports, and other announcements will be e-mailed to parents. Please be certain your current e-mail address is in Skyward.
Students in grades 3-5 complete a weekly "Communigate" each time they attend GATE pull-out classes. Communigates are kept in their GATE binders.
GATE Parent Guidebooks:
2019-2020 GATE Department Newsletters:
Recommended websites for parents:
The three images above help explain "giftedness"
Image #1-gifted individuals excel at abstract reasoning, pattern matching, and independent thinking
Image #2-Imagine a brain as a bicycle-bicycles can only be ridden so slowly before they fall over. There is a minimum speed at which they can move. Gifted brains have a higher minimum speed limit than typical brains in order to stay engaged in learning.
Image #3-gifted individuals have intense interests that are sometime atypical. Often, they look to intellectual peers over age peers who share similar interests.