IAGC
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Events and News

 

April 29, 2014 - Rockford's Washington Renaissance Gifted Academy receives State Honor Roll award for ninth consecutive year. Washington Academy is among 177 schools the Illinois State Board of Education has recognized for academic progress or excellence. The magnet gifted school, which serves students in first through fifth grades in the Renaissance Gifted Academy, is a repeat winner of the Academic Excellence Award. It has received an excellence award every year since 2005.

March 20, 2013 - Rockford Gifted Program 8th-grader - 100 days after second BMT - NO LEUKEMIA! See a video of her at the gym this week, 5:30 a.m.

JAN. 31, 2013 -- Rockford Washington Gifted Academy named to the 2012 Illinois Honor Roll by the State Board of Education. Washington Academy earned an Academic Excellence Award, given to a school that has sustained very high academic performance over at least three years. At Washington, 100 percent of students met or exceeded standards in both reading and math on state standardized tests. The district’s gifted elementary school has received an excellence award every year since 2005.

September 10, 2012 - Gifted Students in Rockford See More Opportunities
Read the story here and click on the link there to listen to the NPR report.

May 15, 2012 - See photo of IMSA's Max McGee presenting the Trustees' Award to IAGC's Sally Walker at IMSA's 25th Gala.

February 12-18, 2012 - Celebrate Gifted Education Awareness Week.
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January 23, 2012 - IMSA Receives Highest Ranking in World Contest; Mathematical Model Addresses Maintenance of International Space Station

"One team from IMSA received the highest ranking possible in the 14th annual international High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). Their performance placed IMSA among the top seven schools in the world in this year's competition...."Read more...

October 24, 2011 - CHATHAM - "Glenwood Middle School principal Kerry Cox successfully defended her doctoral dissertation...'Gifted Education in Illinois: Politics and Leadershin in Education'."  Read more....

October 3, 2011 - "Fatally Unique" founder sings praises of Rockford's creative arts programs"
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September, 2011 - IAGC Board member Paula Olszewski-Kubilius Heads National Gifted Organization. A national leader in the field of gifted education, professor Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, the director of the Center for Talent Development at SESP, is now president of the National Association for Gifted Children. Read more....

August 15, 2011 - Springfield "Iles Elementary School has been named an International Baccalaureate school, making it one of a few Illinois grade schools outside the Chicago area to receive the coveted title...."  Read more....

June 24, 2011 - Mundelein District 70 - Highland Middle School gifted education students will have their essays published in an issue of Creative Communications, its 2011 anthology, "A Celebration of Essays." Students in gifted education classes at Adler Park School will have their poems published in a student anthology, Award-Winning Young Writers of America-2011. Read more...

June 23, 2011 - Litchfield Summer Gifted Academy: 90 gifted students who completed fourth through eight grades from 27 different communities are at Litchfield High School for week-long Summer Gifted Academy.  Read more...
 
May 31, 2011 - Freeport teen graduates from Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy before he gets his driver's license. Read more...

March 18, 2011 - Class AA Scholastic Bowl championship: First Place, Illinois Math and Science Academy; Second Place, Rockford's Auburn High School Academy.

February 10, 2011 - Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Opening of IMSA's Rock Island Region Field Office. Read more...

January 20, 2011 - Five IMSA Students Named Intel Semifinalists
Five IMSA seniors are among only 13 from Illinois and 300 in the nation who were named Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) Semifinalists in the 70th Annual Intel Science Talent Search. Often considered the "junior Nobel Prize," the Intel STS recognized the most accomplished students and their schools for excellence in science and mathematics. Read more...

December 12, 2010
- "HARVARD - Students, robots tackle obstacle course
Students from across Illinois designed and raced robots...at Harvard Junior High School for the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition. Fourteen teams of children ages 9 to 14 built robots using LEGOs containing micro-computers, motors and sensors, said Mimi Book, a gifted resource teacher at Harvard Junior High School and the regional host of the competition." Read more...

September 18, 2009 - IMSA opens field office at Lindenwood University in Belleville "...The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy celebrated the opening Thursday of its new Metro-East Field Office at Lindenwood University in Belleville. The office will provide math and science instruction to metro-east teachers to will help them focus their lessons on inquiry and discovery. It will provide students with after school, weekend and summer programs. And it hopes to build relationships with the community through program coordination with local organizations...." Read more...

August, 2009 - CONGRATULATIONS to two of IAGC's very own: Rosina M. Gallagher, Ph.D., NCSP, has just been elected President of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) http://www.sengifted.org/ Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Ph.D., has just been elected Vice-president (President-elect) of NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) http://www.nagc.org/

July 17, 2009 - Thank you to those of you who responded to our request to contact legislators regarding the Javits Federal Gifted Program. We have good news to report. The 2010 House appropriations bill, which includes education funding, put back the $7.4 million minimum that the Javits program needs to operate. The bill now goes to the floor, then to the Senate. Stay tuned for updates including writing thank-you letters to supportive representatives as soon as the Congressional Record is available. Illinois Legislators who co-signed NAGC's original letter of request for $11.25 million for the Javits Program in Fiscal Year 2010 are: ~Representative Bobby Rush (IL-1) ~Representative Danny Davis (IL-7) ~Representative Donald Manzullo (IL-16) ~Senator Roland Burris (IL) For the NAGC update, go to http://www.nagc.org/index.aspx?id=585

Alton , June 1, 2009 - Encouraging young singers' growth Monsanto's Artists-in-Training program includes River Bend students " Twenty gifted high school students participated in a yearlong vocal training program with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, designed to nurture emerging talent. By providing weekly lessons and exposing the students to a wide variety of musical experiences, Artists-in-Training fosters both the artistic and technical development of students in the greater St. Louis area and Southern Illinois region...." Read more...

May 26, 2009 - Rockford's "Auburn quiz team the top Illinois finisher at national championship Auburn High School's Scholastic Bowl team ...in the National Scholastics Championships at George MasonUniversity...finished...second in the consolation bracket, 18th overall...the finish was the best for an Illinois school...." [All four members of the team are in the Academic Gifted Program.] Read more...

St. Mark teams up with IMSA

Enrichment program is linked to Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
May 18, 2009 PEORIA —
Academically gifted students of St. Mark Catholic School can boost their learning outside of regular school hours...St. Mark has teamed up with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy under its Excellence 2000+ program, to allow top students in grades four through eight to progress further and faster, with an enrichment program offered once a week on Saturdays. Read more...

Springfield Gifted Teacher: "District 186 names educator of the year The third time was the charm for Sandy Bauer, a fourth-grade teacher at Iles Elementary School who was named 2009 Springfield School District educator of the year Tuesday...Bauer has been a pioneer in teaching gifted education and using technology. She has been at Iles since it became a school for gifted students." Read more...

March 19, 2009 PLAINFIELD -- Two Plainfield School District teachers are among 40 educators named regional trainers for the new Illinois Gifted Education Seminar, offered this summer through the state board of education. Timber Ridge Middle School Differentiation Specialist Carrie Daca and Ridge Elementary School Differentiation Specialist Sandi Reade will help present the new 45-hour course that replaces the former Gifted Education Institute. Teachers will learn how to support gifted learners; identify them; address their special needs; and measure their academic growth. Read more...

Talented And Gifted students visit IC science dept. February 19, 2009 BY KATIE ANDERSON Journal-Courier Two groups of fourth-graders from District 117 spent their weekly Talented and Gifted (TAG) class at Illinois College today.   http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/gifted_21399___article.html/students_talented.html#sl


Rockford Gifted Students benefit from writing grant
Jan 31, 2009 "ROCKFORD — Students at Washington Gifted Academy have 40 new atlases to use for lessons, and one or two new swing sets are on the way, thanks to five students and a $2,250 grant. The grant was awarded by the In Youth We Trust Board of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois." Read more...

Iles School to enroll 6th-graders next fallIles School, the Springfield School District's center for gifted students, will enroll sixth-graders for the first time next fall, after the Springfield School Board approved the addition Monday night. The move is the first step toward expanding Iles, an elementary school, up through the eighth-grade, an idea for which supporters of the school have long campaigned and one Springfield School Superintendent Walter Milton recently backed. Read more...

Area Merit Scholarship finalists reflect well on gifted programs Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL, USA " The announcement of the semifinalists last month also reflects the success of the gifted education program in Rockford's public schools...." Read more...

AUGUST 20, 2008

Congressman cuts ribbon at Rockford's Washington Academy United States Congressman Don Manzullo will join Superintendent Linda Hernandez, other dignitaries and an anticipated 1,500 students and parents at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Washington Gifted Academy at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 21, at the school's front entrance on West Street.

After the ribbon-cutting, families and school officials will tour the school, where nearly $475,000 in building improvements were made during summer break. Washington, built in 1940 as a junior high school, becomes the site for gifted programs that operated previously at King Elementary School and West Middle School when students return Monday, August 25, for the start of the 2008-2009 academic year.

Paving work to accommodate an additional 10 buses at Washington accounts for approximately half of the total modification costs. Nearly 800 students who live throughout the Rockford School District are expected to attend Washington , which last year served primarily as a neighborhood school with an enrollment of fewer than 500. New laptop computers have been purchased, the security system has been expanded, gym lockers have been replaced and the gym floor has been refinished, among other upgrades.

Three dozen band, orchestra and vocal students under the direction of Washington teacher John Dixon and parent-singer-actress Jenine Cannell-Puri will perform "A New Day" as part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. State Senator Dave Syverson and Rockford Alderman Victory Bell also are expected to attend.

Beginning 5 p.m. and continuing while tours take place, families will enjoy hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, chips and cookies during a Back-To-School picnic, a tradition for the first- through fifth-grade classes that previously attended King.

Washington has scheduled an Open House from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. October 9 for interested community members or families who wish to have their children tested for admission to the program for 2009-2010.

July 1, 2008 - District 80 --MT. VERNON--continues to fund Talented and Gifted program - Despite the lack of state funding for Talented and Gifted programs, District 80 has continued serving 127 students..." Read more...

 June 6, 2008 - Peoria's Washington Gifted School student wins award Peoria Journal Star - Peoria, IL, USA "Fourteen-year-old Braden Christopher is back to robotics and video games after writing a research paper worthy of an award at the Illinois History Expo...." Read more...

A Rockford gifted program student scored perfect ACT & SAT scores. 

[This newspaper article shows how he credits the gifted program and his parents. Also, the high school principal explains his role is to "remove obstacles." The article has many statements that support gifted education and how parents and educators help.-tm for IAGC]
Auburn student Aces ACT & SAT Teen also captained the state champion Scholastic Bowl team By Jeff Kolkey RRSTAR.COM Posted May 24, 2008

ROCKFORD ‹ ...Auburn High School's Sivakumar Sundaram...On Friday, a day after the School District announced that the junior had scored a perfect 2,400 on his SAT, Sundaram discovered he had aced his ACT. ... Sundaram graciously does not take full credit for his success. He points to the Rockford School District¹s gifted program that he's been a part of since the first grade. Students take an intelligence test to enter the program and learn at an accelerated pace.

Learning alongside other gifted and academically talented students with teachers who challenged him was the perfect mix of ingredients to push him, Sundaram said. And although things just come a little easier for Sundaram than most people, years of hard work went into his perfection on the college entrance tests taken in the spring...

"I don't know what would have happened to me if I went through a regular education program," Sundaram said. "The thing about gifted kids is that when they get bored, they get lazy."

He also credits his parents...for making learning fun for him..."What they were able to do is start me early really enjoying the process of learning and giving me tools to succeed," Sundaram said. "They never really had to push me to make me do my homework. They¹re not those crazy, psycho parents you might see at the spelling bee."

Auburn Principal Richard Jancek said he takes pride in leading a school that has produced students capable of perfection on college entrance exams in consecutive years...Jancek said people have asked what his role is in the success of a student like Sundaram. He tells them that it's to remove obstacles, to create an environment where they are able to reach for the limits of their potential.

"My job is indirect, setting the stage for the achievement," Jancek said. "The direct jobs are from the teachers and the parental support and all the hard work and, let¹s face it, there is some God-given talent in there, too."

Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license... Rockford Register Star | 99 E. State St. Rockford, IL Copyright © 2008 GateHouse Media, Inc. Some Rights Reserved.

For the complete article, go to http://www.rrstar.com/news/x1946832669/Auburn-student-aces-SAT-ACT