ISM Final Presentation Night

This annual event presents a great opportunity for students to gain exposure to the ISM program and the opportunities it can create for them.

Who: GT students and parents

What: ISM Final Presentation Night

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Time:    Product Displays 6:30pm (Walk around and look at the different products the ISM students have been creating with their mentors, and ask them questions if you’d like!)

              Mentor Recognition 7:05pm (Sit in the auditorium and learn about the program and listen to the students thank their mentors.)

              Student Presentations 8:00pm (Visit a your favorite student’s product presentation to learn about what went into its creation!)

Where: Heritage High School Auditorium


FISD SAT/ACT Prep Courses

The new provider for middle and high school SAT and ACT courses in Frisco ISD is The Princeton Review.

Attached is a flyer regarding a summer SAT prep course for parents of gifted students who will be 7th and 8th graders next year. This course is for students who would benefit from early exposure to this test and from the skills taught in the course.  It should be noted that the content of the course will be taught at a higher level.

The flyer includes information about course location and cost. For more information, contact The Princeton Review directly.

Duke Tip Frisco ISD

Free Books?!

Did you know you can get free audiobooks all summer long?

SYNC YA begins May 15 and the list of FREE Young Adult audio books is up on the site: Each week over the summer, one modern YA audio book is paired with one classic YA audio book, and they are both FREE. Sign up now using your email or smart phone.  If you have the Overdrive app, that is a great way to download the FREE books each week and listen to them. You can even import the audiobooks into iTunes after you download them.


May 15 – May 21
WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library)
THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)

May 22 – May 28
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio)
OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 29 – June 4
CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)
THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)

June 5 – June 11
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

June 12 – June 18
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)

June 19 – June 25
I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio)
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)

June 26 – July 2
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)

July 3 – July 9
TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)

July 17 – July 23
THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

July 31 – August 6
DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio)
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)

August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)

100 Books That Will Make You More Interesting…

Check out this list of “100 books that will make you more interesting, more attractive, and sound smart even if you aren’t (yet).

‘Want to sound smart in conversations with grownups or college friends? Make reference to one or two of these books (only if you’ve really read them!), and you will! There are lots of books in the universe, and they’re not all required reading for class, so if you were to read only 100 books as a young adult, reading these would certainly not be a bad idea.”

Summer Mathematics Institute

The Summer Mathematics Institute (SMI) is a 3-week residential program with an intense focus on mathematics. Students enroll in a single class and have the opportunity to complete one year of high school mathematics in this self-paced program. It is sponsored by the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas. Those who win this scholarship have the chance to live on a college campus and meet other gifted students who share their passion for mathematics.

2014 TAGT/SMI Scholarship Application – Must be postmarked by Friday, March 7, 2014

Thanks to the generosity of Summer Mathematics Institute, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) has awarded two full scholarships to the SMI program, valued at $2,250.

K-12 Summer Enrichment Programs (TAGT does not sponsor, endorse or produce any summer programs)

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Improve Your Memory

How to Improve Your Memory, Instantly

      A crash course in training your brain for amazing recall
Published on February 14, 2014 by Christopher Taibbi, M.A.T. in Gifted-Ed Guru

Let me tell you something utterly amazing about your brain. Better yet, let me show you something you can do to increase your brain’s ability to memorize information easily…and for the long-term. In short, take a moment with me here and I’ll demonstrate a way you can consciously use your own brain’s hardware to make you feel—and seem to others—truly gifted.

First, consider this challenge. Pretend that I were to ask you to go to the grocery store for me to buy a particular list of ten items. Furthermore, suppose that I was going to dictate these items to you and that I would not let you write them down—yup, that’s right. All you can do is listen to me and do your best to memorize them. After that, you’d get in the car, drive to the store, and start shopping based on your memory of what I’d said.

How would you go about doing this? Would you make a mental acronym of the items? (POM, for example, might help you recall that you’ll need to get pizza, oranges, and mustard.) Would you make up a song about the items? Maybe you’d try to make a mental map of the store and walk through it to get the items. All of these are clever approaches, to be sure. And yet none of those are the approach most people would take which is to merely repeat the items over and over and over again, one continuous loop of “pizza, oranges, mustard… pizza, oranges, mustard….”

Regardless of the technique used above, the average person people can successfully recall seven or eight of ten items posed in such a fashion—and he can only do so in a scattershot fashion. He might recall that “mustard” was somewhere on the list, but he may not recall that it was the third item he was told to buy. The reason for this hit-or-miss memory is that, in most of the examples above, a relatively miniscule portion of the brain is being used to retain the information—the hippocampus. This portion of the brain is not really adapted to storing information in a sequential or long-term way. So imagine the power and efficiency of your brain’s ability to retain information if you could use a whole lobe of it, say 20 percent of your brain’s matter, to help you out—instead of something about the size of a lima bean. You can.

I’ve written before about the visual portion of the brain. We’ll put it to the test today. Let’s tap into the occipital lobe and, by doing a simple experiment, see if you’re not able to dramatically increase your own memory. We’ll use that simple list of 10 random grocery items to judge its effectiveness. As silly as what I am about to ask you to do may seem, I promise you this: if you really try it, if you really suspend disbelief, and if you really follow my directions, you will be able to recall that list of 10 items perfectly. I don’t mean that you’ll be able to eventually remember all the items; I mean you will have immediate recall of each item, in the order they were given, the very instant you want them, even if I were to ask you to list them for me out of order. (For example: “Tell me what the seventh item was, followed by the third and then the tenth.”)

It starts with this odd list at left. Keep it  handy. We’re going to use it a lot initially. You’ll recognize it as the words from an old nursery rhyme (“One two, buckle my shoe. Three four, shut the door.” etc.). Here’s what I’d like you to do with this list.

As I rattle off the 10 items (provided on the link you’ll find below), you are going to consult that nursery rhyme list and use it to create a picture in your mind. You’ll do this by associating the item I ask you to get with one of the items given in that list. For example, if the FIRST item I ask you to recall is a bag of oranges, then you’ll make a mental picture of “oranges” somehow associated with a “bun.” You might imagine a bunch of oranges nestled in a hot dog bun. Or maybe you’ll picture a sliced orange sitting in between the top and bottom of a hamburger bun. It’s entirely up to you, but I can tell you this: the odder the picture, the more details you create, the stronger that memory will be.

When I ask you to recall the SECOND item—say, a gallon of milk—you should make a mental picture that places “milk” and a “shoe” together. You’re drinking milk from the shoe, perhaps; or maybe you’re kicking that gallon of milk down the hallway with your high-heeled shoe. It’s up to you.

We’ll continue in like fashion. I’ll give the items in sequential order, you make the mental pictures. Initially, consult that nursery rhyme list—it’s fine! We are using that list as a matrix to help you organize the data I’m about to give you (the grocery list). Just DO NOT write down the list of items I ask you to buy—that’d be cheating. Go slowly so that you have enough time to really create each image. If I go too fast, just hit pause on the two-minute video you’re about to watch. When we are done, I’ll ask you to answer the questions in the paragraph below. Again, trust me on this: if you really try it, crazy as it seems, it will work. Ready? If so, then click this link and get ready to hear the 10 items I want you to purchase. Go!

You’re back! Great.

Now, breathe deep, relax and answer these questions. Again, you may consult that memory matrix as you complete this questionnaire. (The answers are at the end of this article.)

  • What was the third item I asked you to buy, the one you associated with the “tree”
  • What was the eighth?
  • In this order, what was item number 9, then 1, then 6?
  • Which numbered item was the “hamburger meat”?

So, are you amazed? You needn’t be. You were successful because you actively sought to use a large portion of your brain to do something that it naturally wants to do all of the time. Think about it: do you recall a time when you studied for a test and recalled that the answer to the test question lay in your notebook…it was on the right-hand page…in the upper right corner…. Or do you recall precisely where you were when you heard of the attacks on 9/11? Of all the ways your brain tries to help you recall information, for most of us, it does so in a visual format. By virtue of the experiment above, you’ve just proven that harnessing that power of the brain can dramatically improve your own abilities.

Now, it’s up to you to put that newfound talent and knowledge to everyday use.

Answers (in order): oranges, chocolate syrup, 50 lbs. of dog food, broccoli, air freshener, ice cream, 1 lb. hamburger meat, loaf of bread, blank data CDs, and heavy whipping cream

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FISD GT Game Night


Thursday, February 20, 2014
from 6:00-8:00 PM Griffin Middle School Cafe*
3703 ElDorado Parkway
Frisco, TX  75033

The school cafe is located on the south side of the school.  Please use the Lenox Lane parking entrance.

PTA SAGE Sponsored Parent Program

PERFECTIONISM:  Excellence is the Anecdote

As a convenience, a dinner option is available for those interested.  This month, the meals will consist of 2 slices of pizza, a cookie and a drink for $4 each.   Extra slices of pizza may be sold at $1 a slice once everyone is served.  Please let us know when you RSVP how many people plan to eat & if you prefer vegetarian options.
RSVP’s for food should be sent no later than Wednesday, February 19 at noon.  RSVPs for the parent program and game night are accepted later,
just not food reservations.

PLEASE RSVP TO with the following information:
1.  Number of students attending game night.
2.  Number of parents attending parent program.
3.  School your child(ren) attend(s).
4.  How many will be eating. (FOOD RSVP’s need to be sent by Wednesday, February 19 at noon.)
5.  If you want to volunteer to help with game night or with FGA in general, please let us know when you RSVP!  We are looking for committee members!

Public Speaking Workshop!

FBCTC Public Speaking Workshop for Youth 2014

Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony Children Ministries will host a Public Speaking workshop February 22, 2014 from 9AM – 12:30PM. The workshop is open to all students in grades 6th through 12th and is based on the belief that every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader. The workshop will use the principles and practical examples of Toastmasters International to provide emphasis on specialized skills and the individual needs of each participant. The location of the workshop is in the Family Life Center of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony, 4396 Main Street, The Colony, Texas 75056. Please visit for additional information.