Southlake Association for Gifted and Talented (SAGT) is hosting their annual Welcome Coffee on Thursday, Sept. 15, 9-11 a.m. at the CISD Administration Building. Guest speakers will be Gina Peddy, CISD Exec Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Ian Byrd, national speaker addressing what it means to be a successful student with today’s unique challenges.
SAGT members attend free. Non-member admission is $15. For more information and to register your annual family membership visit SAGT here.
The Southlake Association for Gifted and Talented supports Carroll Independent School District in efforts to promote and encourage the education of gifted and talented students and to advance academics in the district.
To support the organization’s mission, SAGT offers a monthly Teacher Recognition Award. The program is designed to shine a light on classroom teachers who bring GT elements to the classroom or instruct students to think “outside the box”.
This month, SAGT members presented Carroll ISD teacher Donna Clarrissimeaux with the Teacher Recognition Award. She received a certificate, sign and a sweet treet from SAGT representative Kristin Jesser.
Clarrissimeaux teaches 4th grade at Walnut Grove Elementary School. Parents say she shows enthusiasm in the classroom and encourages students to “dig deeper” in language arts. Clarrissimeaux gives her student the option of writing, illustrating and publishing a book while challenging each child to redefine their personal best. Clarrissimeaux has been a teacher for over 40 years and has been a Dragon for the past eight years.
SAGT takes the time to recognize outstanding educators in Carroll ISD. Click here to read about past winners.
Carroll ISD receives support in many ways. Two groups that support the district in maintaining academic excellence are the Carroll AP Booster Club and The Southlake Association of Gifted and Talented. Both of these non-profit organizations provide grants, donations and community support needed to advance teachers and students in their scholarly pursuits.
Recently, the Carroll AP Boosters and SAGT awarded grants to two dozen Carroll ISD faculty members. Board Members, Julie Doyle and Kelli Zenick presented SAGT grants to teachers during the Jan. 13 School Board Meeting.
“We are happy that we can partner with Carroll ISD and parents to support our GT teachers and students,” said SAGT President Julie Doyle. “In addition to the $5,388 we were able to award in teacher grants this year, SAGT also partnered with schools and PTO’s and paid $1,750 to help 14 GT teachers attend the annual TAGT conference in December.”
The Carroll AP Boosters also awarded grants recently, fulfilling 17 teacher requests for enrichment grants. There was a 14% increase in grant funds this year, do to a successful membership drive and a grant from IBM. In addition, the Carroll AP Booster Club will be offering several $1,000.00 Senior Scholarships in the spring which are funded through local community sponsorships. Details about the scholarship application process and due dates will be available next month.
“We are privileged to support our advanced academic teachers to enhance the educational opportunities of CISD students,” said AP Booster President Kelli Zenick. “We are proud to play a small role in providing our CISD teachers the additional resources needed for their classrooms and we appreciate the continued support of our membership and our community.”
This year SAGT will not only donate $7,500 in grants, the group will also host two Student Program events and six Parent Program events, as well as award a scholarship to a graduating senior. SAGT awarded partial or full grants to all teachers (8 total) who submitted grant applications. Grant requests totaled over $13,000.
Below is a list of all CISD AP and Quest teachers who received grants this year:
Durham Intermediate School
Eubanks Intermediate School
Carroll Middle School
Carroll High School
Carroll Senior High School
The new year is off to a great start for Carroll ISD faculty. At the January 13 School Board Meeting, Trustees and Superintendent Dr. David Faltys accepted donations from two different district booster clubs to fund teacher grants.
The first check presentation was from the Southlake Association for the Gifted and Talented. SAGT, is a non-profit organization that partners with Carroll ISD to promote and encourage advanced academics in the district. The group presented Dr. Faltys with a check for $3, 851.90. The grants were requested from five Carroll ISD teachers including three elementary, one intermediate and one high school.
SAGT organizers say they are happy to partner with Carroll ISD and parents to support teachers and GT students in a number of ways including student and parent programs, helping to send teachers to TAGT conferences, student scholarships and teacher grants.
A second check presentation, this one from the Carroll AP Boosters, will fund a dozen teacher requests for enrichment grants. Some of the grants include participation in a STEM conference and iPads for art, psychology and science classes. The money will also pay for 5th and 6th grade social studies enrichment in history, cross-cultural, economics and geography.
A statement from the AP Boosters read, “We applaud our committed faculty for the passion and vision they have towards providing our children a true 21st Century education, and we, the AP Booster Club, are proud to play a small role in helping them provide the tools with which to do so.”
The booster club says they were able to raise 36% more money this year through a successful membership drive.
Regular Meetings of the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees are available to watch on demand through the district’s website. A video clip from the check presentation is below.