Archive for October 2015

National History Day Information

Dear NHD Teachers,

Here are some important dates, listed on our website, to add to your NHD calendar:

Boulder County Regional History Day Contest

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Southern Hills Middle School (1500 Knox Drive, Boulder)

Coming Up! Second Annual Research Rendezvous

Tuesday, November 10, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder)

Qualified volunteers assist students with their research into primary and secondary 

sources using available library and community resources online and in print.  

Category Deadlines

Registration deadline: Thursday, March 4, 2016

Paper Deadline: Thursday, March 17, 2016 – five copies, to the BVSD Ed Center

(attn: Marlys Lietz, 6500 E. Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 80303)

Website Deadline: Thursday, March 17, 2016 (11:59 pm)

All other categories: Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bring two copies of your Process Paper and Bibliography to hand to judges

Also, don’t forget to tap into these local resources:

  1. The Museum of Boulder, has created a list of resources and potential local topics (attached) to coincide with the new theme:Exploration, Encounter, Exchange.
  1.  Boulder Public Librarian, Gina Scioscia, will visit your classroom to ensure that all NHD students have library cards before the Research Rendezvous. Please contact Gina directly at sciosciag@boulderlibrary.orgto get on her schedule.

Thank you!


Marlys Lietz

Advanced Academic Services


Please take note of my part-time office hours – Monday: 8 am-12 pm; Tuesday/Wednesday:

8 am-2 pm; Thursday: 11 am-3 pm.

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Pen & Paper Writing Club

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Participation in the Academic Games Leagues of America Continues to Grow!

Participation in the Academic Games Leagues of America Continues to Grow!

Many schools and students in SVVSD have been involved with the Academic Games Leagues of America (AGLOA) over the past few years. The academic games (7 in total), focus on various content categories including Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Logic. Participation continues to grow, especially as training in the most popular game, Equations, becomes more accessible in classrooms and at venues throughout the district after school.

Each year, SVVSD (in collaboration with the Gifted and Talented Department), sends a team of students to compete at the National AGLOA Tournament. Twenty three students earned the honor of representing SVVSD (and Colorado) at the competition in Orlando, Florida, last spring. The national tournament is becoming an “international event” as even a team from India joined the competition! Two awards came home to Colorado via Carter Kruse (Westview Middle School), and the overall experience was positive for all involved!

An online version of the mathematics game, Equations, is currently being piloted in the district. Approximately 80 students and teachers have participated in the training. Students from Colorado and India played in the first ever intercontinental live online tournament.

Preparations have begun for the annual competition and continued online play. Weekly practices for advanced and gifted and talented students (grades 3-12) take place at Erie Elementary and Sunset Middle School. The national competition is scheduled for April 2016, and students will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, to play against teams from around the nation. Practice is essential for students in grades 4-12 hoping to compete for a spot on the national tournament team. Should you be interested in learning more about the practices or online option, please contact Karen Kruse at



2015 Parent Institute

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Time Management for Gifted Kids

Time Management for Gifted Kids

Learn to Tame Time

Gifted kids find it especially difficult to manage their time. When a child is so interested and stimulated by her world, school projects and after-school programs can easily become overwhelming. Highly motivated minds may tend towards perfectionism and idealism, leading many gifted kids to over commitment and even burnout. You are your child’s best resource, so become her time-management expert now and launch into a smooth back-to-school routine.

Know Your Child

More specifically, know your child’s learning style. Is he an analyzer or a visualizer? Does he think step-by-step or more holistically?

Knowing how your child learns and thinks will help you choose the tool that’s right for him to get organized. Will it be a grid or a picture? A to-do list or a flow-chart?

Many gifted kids don’t want to structure their time, so prepare yourself to be flexible and creative. Organizing just one day might be a good way to show him the limitations of his time and the priority-setting he’ll need to do.

Before you sit down with him, know your own plan for homework rules, regular routines, and free-time choices.

Know Your Plan

Before your child can master time, you’ll need to set some ground rules.

  • What happens after school? You can take this time to talk about the school day in a relaxed way. Have a snack and get all the news. Plus, you can help your child decide if the rest of the day holds enough time for everything he wants and needs to accomplish.
  • Schedule homework first thing. This may be difficult, but your child needs this type of structure to learn priorities.
  • Find your child’s homework space with his needs in mind. Some kids need a quiet environment with no distractions; others can work just as well at the kitchen table with music playing. If you haven’t already, read the Know Your Child section.
  • Make sure reference books are within easy reach of her study spot.
  • Offer her this learning tip: Studying smaller amounts of information for several days is more effective than one marathon all-nighter.
  • Stay involved. Find the mid-point between paying no attention to your child and overbearing watchfulness. Younger children need more supervision than older children, who are developing self-discipline. When your child is in middle school, if you are still helping with daily homework, it’s time to let go. Be a resource she can go to, not a constant crutch.
  • Too much work? There will be times when she’ll have more work than she can accomplish, or when a project is going so well she doesn’t want to put it aside. This is an ideal time to teach perfectionists to prioritize — not everything deserves a maximum amount of time. Sometimes, it’s okay to “skim the surface,” especially when she’s feeling overwhelmed or the project isn’t high priority. Then you can establish consequences for not completing assignments that are important.
  • Plan ahead for relaxing activities like television, books, and play. Zoning out can be refreshing and can give him time to incubate ideas. Review your child’s hobbies and interests. What helps him best recharge his batteries: time alone; time with friends; time with books, a favorite TV show, a pet, or a pet project? Help him set aside time every day for this. Choosing TV programs or video games in advance will balance his needs for other kinds of fun and self-care.Time ToolsSetting up a way to manage your gifted child’s time depends in large part on how your child thinks.Logical, analytical thinkers keep neat notebooks and like to organize. Their sock drawers are neat. Creative, holistic, or “feeling” thinkers have looser ways of keeping organized. They might keep their socks on the floor, over the door, and in the drawer — but they know where they are!

    Keeping your gifted child’s mind in mind, here’s your jumping off point for finding the right time-management tool. Play and experiment with the following examples. You and your child will have time right where you want it.

    Charts and Pictures

    Planning by Picture
    One way to engage kids who are visual learners is to make a time chart that looks like a favorite topic.

    For example, start with a large multi-tiered hamburger. In a 24-hour day, how much lettuce, cheese, or ketchup will he need? Is cheese the homework? Is the sauce his free time? Let your child have fun deciding.

    Planning by Pie Chart
    Try planning by pie chart! Here’s an example.

    Print out your own blank pizza chart to schedule on!

    Use anything that will serve the end goal: a system for time management that keeps your child involved in her own successful planning.

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    Grids and Lists

    Here are some examples for setting up a schedule. The priorities for each activity will change daily. One day, for example, the long-term research paper might not be as important as practicing for an upcoming recital. And remember to “plan for planning.” Balancing long- and short-term goals takes energy, thought, and time!

    Choose a few of the designs below, try them out with your gifted child, and decide together what’s best for now. If you need to, you can reinvent your tool anytime. What’s important is that you get started before school does.

    Planning by Activity

    Activity Hours
    Sleeping 8
    Dressed & Ready 1
    To & From School 1
    School 6
    Planning .5
    Snack .5
    Homework 1
    Hobby (pet rabbits) 1
    Sports 0
    Play (friend over) 1.5
    Dinner 1
    Chores .5
    TV 0
    Reading 1
    Unscheduled 1
    TOTAL 24

    Planning by Time

    Time Activity
    6 a.m. Get Ready
    7 a.m. Travel
    8 a.m. School
    9 a.m.
    10 a.m.
    11 a.m.
    12 p.m.
    1 p.m.
    2 p.m. Travel
    3 p.m. Snack
    4 p.m. Homework
    5 p.m.
    6 p.m. Dinner/Chores
    7 p.m. TV
    8 p.m. Favorite Project
    9 p.m. Reading
    10 p.m. Bed

    Planning by To-Do List

    Priority Activity
    1 Homework
    5 Research Paper
    2 Soccer Practice
    4 Reading for Fun
    3 Dishes
    6 Clean up Room
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