Destination Imagination Any group of 2-7 students and an adult Team Manager may form a DI team. DI is a big commitment but pays big dividends in learning, engagement and fun. The DPS DI site has a lot of great information for getting started. I have been a Team Manager for my son's team for two years and it has been a great experience. In the past we have had more student interest than parent Team Managers - please consider donating your time if your student is interested in DI.
Yearbook Mrs. Tobin and Mrs. Davis are the Bill Roberts yearbook advisors. Middle school students who want to be on the yearbook staff can apply in the Fall, Yearbook will be a middle school elective in the second trimester
Super School News with Rocky Mountain PBS Congrats to the teams of sixth graders who were chosen to represent our school in this wonderful program in 2015 and 2016! They did a fantastic job at their taping and their segments are available online here. Mrs. Tobin hopes to work with a new group of 6th graders this year!
Academic Mentors The DPS GT department partners with Academic Mentors, a wonderful program that matches students with professionals so they may gain exposure and knowledge while exploring a possible future in the field. Since 2014, Roberts has been fortunate enough to have three or more students participate each year. DPS only has 60 seats in this program for the entire district. Any interested 8th grader may apply in the Fall, please visit Mrs. Tobin.
Young Authors DPS hosts a Young Author celebration each year and up to two students per school are invited to attend, share their work and read the work of other student authors. Each year, I solicit work from 4th grade authors for this honor.
Awards & Contests In the past, I have nominated students for Colorado Youth Citizenship Award, Asian Education Advisory Award, Rocky Mountain PBS Writing Contest and others. I am always on the lookout for ways to acknowledge and celebrate the unique contributions our students make to the community and the exceptional work they create.
Opportunities for GT and HGT Students The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Duke Talent Identification Program (specific to 7th grade) These opportunities enable admitted students to take online courses and attend specialized camp programs during the summer. If you are interested in either of these programs, please visit their websites to learn more. Both programs have minimum requirements and will require testing for admittance. The programs provide information about registering for these tests.
SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Groups Parenting a gifted child can present unique challenges. Rebecca Mercer, GT Specialist at Isabella Bird and I co-facilitate parent support group and book study following the SENG model. Please contact us at DenverSENG@gmail.com if you would like to join a future group. Groups meet during evenings or weekends and there is a cost to participate.