Excerpts from Our January Newsletter

A Message from AGATE’s Co-Presidents

We hope you are all had a happy, healthy, safe holiday! 

We’re beginning the year with several exciting events, and we invite you to join us for each of them. This Wednesday evening, January 5th, is one of our most popular events every year–our annual “Meet the Graduates” Panel Discussion, in which recent Schreiber graduates share practical advice about navigating high school, preparing for college and more. This event is co-sponsored by the Schreiber HSA and will take place at 7:30 pm, immediately following the Schreiber HSA’s 7:00 pm meeting. The two events are being held on the same Zoom link, which you can find below. Please bring your middle and high school students–and ask plenty of questions! 

Our Spring Presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 9th at 7:30 pm via Zoom, and will once again feature Dr. Elissa Brown, Director of the Binghamton University Community Schools Regional Network. Dr. Brown will follow up last year’s presentation on “The Purpose and Importance of Gifted Education” with a timely discussion of “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Gifted Education and Advanced Coursework.”  For more information, and to find the Zoom link, see below. To review last year’s presentation, click here and use passcode #7mA@oY5. 

Finally, please make sure to save the date for our next “Connecting Over Coffee” on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 10:00am via Zoom. We’ll be joined by Board of Education members Adam Block and Adam Smith, so bring any questions or ideas you would like to discuss. As always, this will be a casual opportunity to meet other parents, discuss challenges and share strategies and resources. The Zoom link is below.

Happy New Year, and best wishes in 2022!

Kim Keiserman & Rebecca Hughes Parker, AGATE Co-Presidents

Dr. Elissa Brown to Return as AGATE Spring Speaker Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 7:30 pm

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We are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Elissa Brown, who spoke to us last year about the “The Purpose and Importance of Gifted Education.” This year, she’ll join us via Zoom on Wednesday, February 9th at 7:30 pm to discuss “How to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Gifted Education and Advanced Coursework.”Dr. Brown is the Director of the Binghamton University Community Schools Regional Network, having previously served as the Director of the Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies in New York City. At Hunter, she was the distinguished lecturer and program leader of the Advanced Certificate Program in Gifted Education. Before her time at Hunter, Dr. Brown was the North Carolina State Director of Gifted Education and Teacher Preparation Programs. From 2002 to 2007, she directed the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary. Dr. Brown has been a district gifted program coordinator, the principal of a specialized high school, and a classroom teacher. She is a published author in the field of gifted education and presents widely.

Join AGATE for Upcoming Events

  • Caffeine with Mike: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 9:45 am, KAM Annex
  • AGATE’s Recent Graduates Panel Discussion, co-sponsored by the Schreiber HSA: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 7:30 pm (immediately following the Schreiber HSA Meeting), https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82233513720?pwd=ZlRiYXkrRmxiblNsa3Y1OGJQUUxwUT09Meeting ID: 822 3351 3720        Passcode: peV2iS
  • BOE Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7:30pm, Schreiber Auditorium, livestream here
  • BOE Policy & Personnel Committee Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 9:30 am, livestream here. 
  • BOE Budget & Facilities Committee Meeting: Monday, Jan. 24, 9:00 am, 
    livestream here.
  • BOE Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7:30pm, Schreiber Auditorium, livestream here
  • BOE Curriculum Work Session: Friday, Jan. 28, 9:00 am, livestream here.
  • AGATE’s “Connecting Over Coffee,” Friday, Feb. 4, 10:00 am,https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4651254190?pwd=N3ZOU1czeVJ0S3piaUJ0QzR1WFlwZz09Meeting ID: 465 125 4190      Passcode: COFFEE
  • AGATE’s Spring Presentation, “How to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Gifted Education and Advanced Coursework,” Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7:30pmhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/89193341500?pwd=S1VQNDRZWEdCMzZNOEpNS1hnOFZkUT09Meeting ID: 891 9334 1500        Passcode: 0tCwmS