8:30 am – 9:30 am Facilitated Networking
Activities facilitated by Jeff Renfrow,
Stargate Head of Lower School


9:45 am—10:55am Breakout Sessions
G/T 101 - Marcella Embry,
Stargate 5th/6th Grade Teacher
No matter what the age of your gifted child, this session covers the basics of what behaviors and expectations are typical from gifted children.

Tech-Savvy Parents - Michelle Eckstein, Educational Consultant and founder of the Gifted Kids Network
Learn about "Web 2.0" including interactive applications and technologies that are available for free. See how these technologies can encourage critical and creative thinking as well teach 21st century literacies. Participants will take home a list of free Web-based applications that students can use for school projects and families can enjoy together.

Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted - Meril Amos, Stargate School Counselor
Gifted children typically bring with them a unique set of attributes, which are not necessarily found in same-age peers.

11:10 pm—12:20 pm Breakout Sessions
I'm Rubber, You're Glue - Joyce Bustamante and
Colleen Vaughan, Stargate 3rd/4th Grade Teachers
A demonstration and explanation of how a successful unit on Economics was developed for the third and fourth grades. This is a collaboration between the teammates, and an integrative unit which ultimately involved most of the Stargate community.

Gender Differences - Patty Crone, Stargate Head of School
If you subscribe to the theory that boys and girls learn differently, multiply that by at least 10 for gifted girls and boys. Share your experiences as a gifted child and as the parent of a gifted child, and discuss with others how inherent and environmental factors can impact our children.

Alternate Thinking Strategies for the Non-Traditional Student Heidi Huey, Stargate 1st/2nd Grade Teacher Do you find your child humming while they work? Maybe they need absolute quiet to get anything done? This session offers some alternate thinking strategies that can be incorporated into a traditional classroom for our non-traditional thinkers.
12:10 pm—1:00 pm Lunch
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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm—Student Panel
What does a Stargate education do for you?
Students in grades 5-8 talk about their experiences here and respond to questions from the audience


2:20 pm – 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions
Finding One’s Way Around Stargate’s Web Systems
Stephen Pegler, Stargate Junior High Science Teacher and
Valicia McPherson, Stargate Information Resource Coordinator

Stargate's website contains a world of information and resources at your fingertips...if you can only figure out where to find it and how to get in! Let us show you how to effectively use Powerschool and the Newsletter Management system, and much more!

SENG Parent Groups Kim Leider, Stargate 5th/6th Grade Teacher
Led by a trained SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) facilitator, there will be descriptions of SENG parent groups, including the topics discussed at each of the seven meetings and background on each topic. The accompanying book will be there for parents to see and peruse. Times and dates will be posted and sign-up sheets will be available for groups co-facilitated by Counselor Meril Amos and Kim Leider.