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Parent Panel Discussion: Wit and Wisdom – 11/16/2017

Parent Panel Discussion: Wit and Wisdom – 11/16/2017

Lovejoy Gifted Association Presents:

Wit and Wisdom

Parents of Lovejoy GT graduates share their experiences

Featuring Lovejoy GT Parent and Graduate Panel

Thursday, November 16

Parent Panel: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Mix and Mingle: 7:30 pm- 8:00pm

Lovejoy High School – Lecture Hall A101 (near front of entrance)

This free event is open to all LISD GT Families – LGA membership not required

My child just joined GT-what should we be doing to support them inside and outside of school?

How will the GT classes and experience influence college admissions?

How do we keep our GT child excited and engaged through Intermediate and Middle School years?

Is GT really worth it?

Come join us for a evening of wit and wisdom shared by parents of recent Lovejoy GT graduates to get answers to these and many other questions!  Our Parent Panel will share their stories and perspective on how to help you and your children get the most from the GT programs in LISD.  It’s a great opportunity for families who are new to GT to get a head start, as well as for families who have been with GT and are looking to reconnect as their children’s interests continue to evolve and change.
This event is sponsored by The Lovejoy Gifted Association and is open to all parents, teachers and students who are interested in learning more about the Gifted and Talented programs.  You do not have to be a member to attend. Questions please contact Piritta van Rijn at

Speaker: Fantastic Fossil Findings

Join John S. Mead — Passionate Biology Teacher, Origins Explorer & Nature Photographer — as he guides us through his exciting participation in Dr. Lee Berger’s scientific excavation of a new human species, Homo Naledi, from the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. This species of human ancestor is believed to be 900,000 to 2 million years old. The discovery of Homo Naledi is featured on the cover of the October 2015 National Geographic Magazine, and a current exhibit at the Perot Science Museum. 

Presentation is suitable for middle & high school students 

Tuesday, April 11 


Auditorium at Lovejoy High School
2350 Estates Pkwy Lucas, TX 75002 

Free for Lovejoy Gifted Association members and their families 

$5 per Adult for non-LGA members 

Middle and High School students free with current school ID 

Join LGA for Lunch Bunch & Book Club

Join LGA for Lunch Bunch & Book Club

Need an Interesting read for Spring Break?
Try Wired to Create:
Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind
by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

Then Join LGA for Lunch Bunch & Book Club
Thursday, March 23 — 11:30 – 1pm
Zoe’s Kitchen at the Villages of Fairview
102 Prairie Road, Fairview, TX  75069

Please RSVP by March 21 to


Click here to purchase Wired to Create
This book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people. With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Josh Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and many other creative luminaries, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity – and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives

Speaker – Ann Batenburg – March 1, 2017

Presentation on Gifted Talent Development

Speaker — Ann Batenburg, PhD

Associate Clinical Professor of Gifted Education at SMU

Wednesday, March 1   7-8pm
Lovejoy High School Lecture Hall
2350 Estates Parkway, Lucas, TX 75002.
The Talent Development Perspective is a new way of looking at giftedness based on the latest research and thinking in the field of Gifted Education. Talent Development sees giftedness as centered in a specific field, developed over time, and dependent upon non-cognitive skills, like interest, perseverance, and beliefs. This presentation will outline the main ideas of the Talent Development perspective, and then leave time for discussion with participants about what this new idea could mean for Gifted Education as a whole.
Free for Lovejoy Gifted Association members and their families
$5 per adult for non-LGA members — accompanying children/students are free

LGA Grant Program for GT Teachers is now open

2015-16GrantPerezWhat is it?  Every year the Lovejoy Gifted Association funds many grant requests for Gifted and Talented Teachers in Lovejoy ISD that are too small to be considered by the Lovejoy Foundation.  Examples are math manipulatives and artwork for all 3 elementary schools that pairs with their lessons, kid -friendly books about great artists and inventors and a Jeopardy-like buzzer set for fun test reviews at Sloan Creek,  a worm farm and spectrometer for Willow Springs, and a visiting author that speaks to GT English students at LHS every year.  Too see previous grant awards click here go to our website “LGA Grants”.


The Process:  Starting in January, GT teachers apply on our website for items they would like to use in their own classrooms to benefit their students or enhance their GT curriculum.  These grant applications are then evaluated by a committee of Lovejoy Gifted Association members. The ones that will benefit the most students, make sense– in that there are not additional yearly operational costs, are within our budget, and generally provide the most “bang for the buck” are approved.  We have been blessed to be able to fully fund about 90% of these requests so far, mostly due to your generosity.  Many donations added together meet bigger needs than we can individually.


How can I help?  Please donate to our grant program this year by clicking on the button below.  100% percent of your donation is tax-deductible since we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization!  You also don’t need to be an LGA member to donate to this program and enhance your child’s experience in the GT classroom!  If your child has any GT teachers that want enrichment items for their classroom, please encourage them to apply for a grant on our website . Applications are due by Feb. 24th this year.  If you are interested in serving on the grant committee to decide which requests to fund, please contact Geri Anne Larimer via, but there are only a couple of spots available.

Independent Studies Presentation 2016-17

Independent Studies Presentations

Monday, February 13th at 12 noon
Board Room at Red Schoolhouse
259 Country Club Road, Allen, TX

Feel free to bring your lunch to eat while you watch


We cordially invite you to join us for Independent Studies presentations given by Lovejoy students on Monday, February 13th at noon, following our Lovejoy Gifted Association meeting.  If you have ever considered enrolling your child in a Lovejoy independent Studies course, this is a great opportunity to see what students accomplish through such a course and what kinds of things they study.  You are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy while you are watching the presentations.

For more information on the Independent Studies Classes see the links below:
Independent Studies at Willow Springs Middle School
Independent Studies at Lovejoy High School

3….2….1…. Blast Off…..It’s ROCKET LAUNCH TIME!

Rocket Build Party: November 2; Rocket Launch: November 6

The Lovejoy Gifted Association and the Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) will be sponsoring the ROCKET PROJECT again this year due to the overwhelming success of last year’s event! The Rocket Project is an extracurricular STEM activity at which your child builds a rocket one evening, then launches it another day — all with the assistance of the professionals from DARS. Demonstration launches will be held behind SCIS during lunch periods Wednesday, October 12th. Please join us for the fun:

What:                Rocket Build Party*

Where:              SCIS cafeteria

When:               Wednesday , November 2nd from 6:00-7:30

Who: Skill level geared toward 3rd-6th graders, but all ages are welcome with an adult.

Launch:             Sunday, November 6th at LHS — at Noon

Cost:                $12 for LGA members and $22 for nonmembers.


Click here to order your rocket kit.The deadline for orders is: October 19  

*Parental supervision is required at both the Build and Launch events.

LGA Rocket Launch Video: 

LGA Book Club – Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

You’re Invited to a Lively Book Discussion on Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Psychologist Carol Dweck

Thursday, October 27 at noon
Gloria’s restaurant in Village of Fairview
Please RSVP TO by Monday, Oct. 24

Sometimes gifted students avoid projects, subjects or activities because they do not believe they can be successful at them. This can be changed by adopting a Growth mindset instead of a Fixed one — thereby fostering productivity and creativity.  We will discuss many informative anecdotes and ideas offered in this book.

TO PURCHASE —  Please go to Amazon Smile and designate Lovejoy Gifted Association as your charitable organization.  Then when you order the book we will receive a small portion of the purchase as a donation at no cost to you!


Help out the LGA while shopping at Amazon

Help out the LGA while shopping at Amazon

We really appreciate our Members and those individuals who send donations to the Lovejoy Gifted Association.  We use those funds for programs, scholarships, and grants to teachers.

We are excited to add another way that you can help LGA help your kids.

You can now sign up with Amazon Smile so that a small percentage of your Amazon purchases will be donated to LGA.  It doesn’t cost you anything extra but your children will benefit.

To help, all you have to do is go to AmazonSmile (  There you need to search for and select Lovejoy Gifted Association as the charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at after that will result in a donation.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Thank you for all your wonderful support of the Lovejoy Gifted Association!

Lovejoy Gifted Association Meet & Greet

Lovejoy Gifted Association Meet & Greet

Lovejoy Gifted Association is hosting a Meet & Greet. 

Tuesday, September 20
8:30 – 10:30am
LISD Administration Building
259 Country Club Road, Allen, TX 75002.

This event is for everyone interested in learning more about the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program at Lovejoy ISD.

You will be able to meet Brie Smith, Director of Advanced Academics for grades 5-12, 
and Caroline Garcia, Elementary GT Coordinator.

All prospective and current LGA members are encouraged to attend and mingle with other GT parents.

This is an informal, come and go event, so please stop in at your convenience.

A light brunch and beverages will be provided, and children are welcome to attend.

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LGA Board Elections: May 9, 2016

LGA Board Elections: May 9, 2016

The Lovejoy Gifted Association will be holding its general meeting to elect the new slate of officers during the meeting tonight.


We encourage any LGA members to attend this meeting to participate in the confirmation of our proposed LGA board of directors for next year.


Click here for the slate of candidates.

LGA Senior Scholarship deadline extended to May 2

LGA Senior Scholarship deadline extended to May 2

The Lovejoy Gifted Association (LGA) will award one $500 scholarship to a college-bound senior graduating from Lovejoy High School.

All applicants must have:

•attended LHS during their sophomore, junior and senior years•been identified as Gifted and Talented (GT) by Lovejoy ISD, or other accredited school district before moving to LISD

•completed at least one GT class at Lovejoy High School, which can be an AP/GT class, as indicated on their transcript

•at least 1 parent that joined as a member of LGA for at least 2 of their high school years (can still join online this year if needed to fulfill this requirement at

Click Senior Scholarship Application to fill out the interactive form.

The deadline has been extended to May 2nd since the 1st is on a weekend.

COLLEGE PLANNING: Start getting ready now!

COLLEGE PLANNING: Start getting ready now!

COLLEGE PLANNING: Start getting ready for this “Rite of Passage” now!

Tuesday, March 29th at 7pm in the Lecture Hall at Lovejoy High School

Discover the 12 strengths and experiences colleges look for in high school students! Uncover practical ways that students can successfully be distinguished from a plethora of bright, talented, and exceptional applicants. Come to this enlightening program by Marilyn Kaufman, M.Ed., President of College Admission Consultants, and counselor on The Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board.

Brought to you by the Lovejoy Gifted Association

Free for members, $5 for non-members

Event Flyer


Rocket Project 2016

Rocket Project 2016

Build and Launch Rockets with the LGA!

Sponsored by Lovejoy Gifted Association and DARS and available to all students (recommended for 5th – 8th grade, parents may use their own discretion).

 Watch the Demonstration Launch*Thursday, Jan. 28 at SCIS — 1 rocket launched during last 15 min. of each lunch period behind school — Parents are welcome to attend

Build Your Own Rocket  — Monday, February 29 at 6pm in Sloan Creek Cafeteria

Rockets MUST be purchased in advance! Sign-up and purchase your rockets online at

 Launch Your Rocket*Sunday, March 6 (Noon) at Lovejoy High School or Saturday, March 19 from 10am-4 pm in Frisco with Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS)

Adult Supervision is required for both the Build and Launch events  

* — Launches may need to be rescheduled if weather conditions are adverse

Rocket Project 2016 flyer