Automatic Admission Changes to Top 7%

Senate Bill 175, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature allows The University of Texas at Austin to limit automatic admission to 75 percent of the university’s enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students.

The University has determined that it will automatically admit all eligible 2014 summer/fall freshman applicants who rank within the top 7% of their high school graduating classes, with remaining spaces to be filled through holistic review.


Perennial Math Competition

Are you looking for an awesome problem-solving competition? One that gives you instant feedback, online recognition, and cool awards?


  • Grade 3-8, 3 different levels Rookie (3-4), Intermediate (5-6) and Advanced (7-8)
  • Team and individual awards, certificates for all participants
  • 4 tests per year (November-February)
  • Tests can be taken Online for instant grading and/or Traditional Print out if you don’t have access to computer lab
  • $75 per team of up to 30 students, or $20 per individual student if parent wants to buy a membership
  • Free PowerPoint Practice Questions to get your team prepared

Sign up online today!

Perennial Math Competition Details

How to Improve Your Grade in GT ILA

Are you disappointed with your achievement in GT ILA? Confused about how to earn a higher grade? Here are my top five suggestions for improving your grade in GT ILA:

1)    Study more. This is the obvious answer to most issues with grades in GT ILA. It is neither the task of your parents or your teachers to makeyou learn and study. You are the driver in the journey of your educational career, and success is dependent on work ethic. Simply put, you need to spend more time preparing and studying for class to expect to earn high grades.

2)    Stop procrastinating. If you find out about an assignment, quiz, or test, start working on the assignment or studying immediately. Do not wait until the night before the due date to cram. You need to prioritize tasks, set goals, and work to meet those goals for all of your classes. Each week, I write goals for each day, and I do not leave work until I have completed each task. Do not rely on your brain to remember everything you need to complete; use your agenda or make lists.

3)    Focus on learning, not points. The goal of this class is to learn, not earn points. Focus more on learning the content than trying to accumulate points. If you learn, the points will follow.

4)    Use online resources. I have a blog that will help you study and prepare for my class. Use these resources!! For example, if you need assistance with grammar, visit the Grammar page. Look through the links, and watch online tutorial videos to help you relearn concepts. If you are struggling with stem vocabulary, use the Quizlet link from the Vocabulary page on the blog to practice. While tutorials can help you clarify specific concerns, you actually already have access to everything you need to relearn concepts from your own computer.

5)    Review weekly assignments at least twice per week. The weekly assignments are posted on the board, on the lesson plans page, and on the HAC. At least once during the week, read through the list and make mental note of what you have completed. Take home materials to complete the other assignments. Each Sunday evening, review the list again. Organize your assignments and prepare for turning everything in on Monday.

TAGT Parent Conference

Connect, learn and grow with other G/T parents & advocates. Sessions focus on the special nature and needs of gifted children, organizing and advocating within the community, and parenting/family strategies.

The conference will be held November 30, 2012 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel & Convention Center at 400 North Olive Street in Downtown Dallas. Registration is $55 for members, $80 for nonmembers.

For more information, please visit the TAGT Parent Conference website:

Presidential Debates

October 11

  • Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky
  • Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan
  • Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)

October 16

  • Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
  • Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
  • Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

October 22

  • Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)


Who?  GT Parents and Students OR Any parent who is interested in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP).  For more information, visit
What?  Bring your favorite strategy board game and meet other GT students.  Make new friends!  A pizza dinner (pizza, fruit, drinks) will be available with RSVP for $4 per person.
Parent Program on Duke Talent Identification Program.  Overview of 4th-6th grade program will start at 6:15 PM;  Overview of 7th-8th grade program will start at 7 PM.
Where?  Clark Middle School Cafeteria
4600 Colby Drive   Frisco, TX  75035
Please RSVP to with the following information:
  • Number of people eating
  • Number attending parent program
  • School(s) / Grade(s) of Students