Tuesday, October 29, 2013

We look forward to seeing you Saturday, Nov. 2 for Earth and Space Exploration Day!

Earth and Space Exploration Day, hosted by Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, has experienced remarkable growth over the past several years. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure that visitors are able to secure tickets for the astronomy shows and other ticketed activities. It also helps us anticipate the number of people that will attend Earth and Space Exploration Day 2013 and allows a speedy check in for you and your family.
PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://nasa.asu.edu/ESE-Day-Registration?destination=ESE-Day-Registration

Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Arizona State University Tempe campus - Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4) - located on the corner of McAllister Ave. and Terrace Rd. Public parking is free in any ASU lot south of University Avenue on Nov. 2. The most convenient parking is available in the Rural Road parking structure (#4) on Lemon St. and Rural Rd., and the Tyler Street parking structure (#2) on the corner of Tyler Street and McAlister. A parking map is available at: www.asu.edu/map.


Earth and Space Exploration day is a free annual fall event hosted by the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) on ASU's Tempe campus inside/outside ISTB 4. The SESE community offers special science-related activities from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space alongside real scientists. One of the biggest attractions is ISTB 4 with its Gallery of Scientific Exploration offering a variety of interactive exhibits and the Marston Exploration Theater, which will be running 3-D astronomy shows throughout the day. Visitors can see a replica of Curiosity rover, explore Tempe Butte on a guided field trip, pan for gold, watch science demos, dig for meteorites, bring rock samples for Dr. Rock to examine and so much more! Dr. Rock will be available to analyze rock samples and children are encouraged to bring samples from their backyard for analysis.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Get Informed on the Gilbert Public Schools Override

This November election Gilbert Public Schools is asking for a 6.6% override, a continuation of the current rate, which is decreased from the 10% rate of last year.  

Do you have questions about the GPS override?  If so, click here to visit the GPS Override FAQ page.

GPS held public forums in September and October to explain the override and address questions from the community.  If you were not able to attend one of these forums, click here to watch a video of the forum on the GPS website.

How does the Gilbert override request compare to the requests of other districts in the East Valley?  Click here to read an article in the East Valley Tribune.

Gilbert Public Schools - An "A" District

Interested in viewing a neutral and brief report on how GPS handles their finances?  Click here to visit the recent Arizona Auditor General’s Report on Gilbert Public Schools.

We encourage members of the GPS community to become an informed electorate.  Please vote on November 5th.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Guest Lecture Series Review

Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted hosts a Quarterly Guest Lecture Series

Over 60 in attendance at September's Guest Lecture

September's Guest Lecture Topic:  Strategies for promoting Social and Emotional Growth in Gifted Children

Amber and Heather did a great job explaining Intensities that are often experienced by gifted people.  As a parent it helped me understand some of my son's behavior in a different light.  I recognized that he and I think differently and there is nothing wrong with that.  It helped me to understand the world through his perspective as well.  I also appreciated that Heather and Amber both had personal experience with their family members they were able to share as well as practical strategies for us to use with our children.  My husband and I were able to get a mutual understanding and were able to build some strategies together to use at home.  It has been so helpful.

It was also great to see so many other parents there.  I liked that we were able to see other parents who were from our son's school.  I also really appreciated that the meeting was kept to an hour.  We chose to stay after to chat with a few parents we met, but I appreciated the prompt start and end of the meeting.

Review written by Kristina Park

Next Guest Lecture:  Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Topic:  How to advocate for your gifted child while building bridges with teachers
Location:  Greenfield Elementary Library, 7-8pm