ALL-ABILITIES PLAYGROUND INIaTIATIVE
MCKINNEY’S FIRST ALL-ABILITIES PLAYGROUND, DESIGNED BY STUDENTS AND SPEARHEADED BY THE ROTARY CLUBS OF MCKINNEY, WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES!
contractors are grading the playground area and will be using a crane to bring in the restroom soon. depending on the weather, the playground may open in early spring 2018!!.all the students who worked on the project will be invited to the opening. the playground has received generous support and fundraising continues. progress on this amazing project can be followed by clicking here.
april 20, 2017
misd alpha students participated in the much anticipated groundbreaking for the all abilities playground!
THANK YOU TO THE GENEROUS DONORS TO THE MCKINNEY ALL ABILITIES PLAYGROUND!!!
BEGINNING IN 2015, ALPHA STUDENTS WORK ON DESIGNS FOR THE PLAYGROUND, COLLABORATING WITH MEMBERS OF THE ROTARY CLUB, CITY OFFICIALS, HIGH SCHOOL MENTORS, AND PROFESSIONAL PLAYGROUND ARCHITECTS. THIS UNIQUE PROJECT FOSTERS INSIGHT INTO THE EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHILE WORKING TO ACTUALLY MEET THOSE NEEDS.
Texas association for the gifted & talented (tagt)
Announces the 2016 Innovation in Gifted Award Recipients
**WINNER** Alpha Digital Learning Commons
McKinney ISD Alpha - ALPS
** Award presented December 1, 2016. McKinney ISD ALPHA- ALPS to receive a $5,000 financial award to support continued operation, expansion or development of innovation**
To read more >> click here
tagt student scholarships available annually
***tagt will likely begin promoting 2017-18 scholarships in november or december***
information for 2016-2017
Summer Enrichment Scholarships (Up to $400; multiple available)
Awarded to identified gifted students in grades K-12 that want to enrich their learning experience in the summer months.
Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship ($2,500; 1 available)
Awarded to a graduating G/T high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.
Adelle McClendon Young Leader Scholarship ($2,500; 1 available)
Awarded to a graduating G/T high-school senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.
TAGT/SMI Scholarships ($2,250; 2 available)
Attend the Summer Mathematics Institute (SMI), a 3-week residential program with an intense focus on mathematics. Sponsored by the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas.
CLICK HERE >> ENCOURAGE A G/T STUDENT TO APPLY!
SCHOLARSHIP READERS NEEDED
***not currently seeking readers, check back later in the year for 2017-18***
TAGT is seeking readers to evaluate and score student scholarship applications. This meaningful engagement activity supports students as they pursue their passion for learning. In 2016, TAGT awarded scholarships totaling nearly $25,000 and we could not have made that happen without our amazing volunteer readers!
This engagement opportunity has three steps:
2. Complete a short training of the evaluation process
3. Read and score approximately 20 scholarship applications over a two to three-week period in March
Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT)
accepting nominations for State Awards
***DEADLINE PASSED, CHECK BACK in 2018-19***
TAGT State Awards honor outstanding service, contribution and commitment to gifted education. Celebrate our amazing teachers, administrators, and advocates by nominating your favorite for a TAGT State Award August 7 - september 7, 2017 >>here
Senate to Vote on NCJLB Replacement
From ASCD's Capitol Connection - December 4, 2015
It’s actually happening! The U.S. House has passed the House-Senate compromise bill to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). By a vote of 359–64, the House approved the replacement, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Senate is expected to vote on ESSA next week, and it is crucial that senators hear that we are ready to end the days of NCLB.
ESSA represents a vast improvement to current law, eliminating both the challenges of NCLB’s prescriptive requirements and ending the disjointed system of NCLB waivers. ESSA is the result of much effort from the House and Senate education committees and compromise from both sides of the aisle.
The new ESSA will
Eliminate adequate yearly progress (AYP) and highly qualified teacher requirements.
Provide strong support for teachers and school leaders.
Broaden accountability systems to include multiple measures of student performance, educator effectiveness, and school quality.
Furthermore, ESSA does not include the contentious “portability” provision, which would have shifted federal resources away from students and schools most in need of support.
ESSA is very close to the finish line. Let’s push it forward: contact your senators and urge them to support ESSA. (ASCD has streamlined the process for you; it will take just minutes to click on the link above and send a prewritten e-mail to your senators.) Forward this e-mail to your colleagues and ask that they take action as well.
Craving even more action? Contact your senators on Twitter. This list provides all senator Twitter handles. Simply use the sample tweet below and insert your senator’s handle where appropriate.
ASCD’s Government Relations Team
P.S. Need to look up your legislative representatives? Click here to find them.