About

SPAN (Synergy/SAGE Parent Action Network), also known as the Prior
Lake/Savage chapter of MCGT, will host the following gatherings for the 2019-20 school year. All meetings/presentations are free and open to the public. Questions can be sent to [email protected].

Tu. Oct. 8 7pm WW Media Center CHAT Meeting. Advocacy for your gifted child in school and beyond. Speaker Carol Malueg. This meeting will be an MCGT-sponsored CHAT event.

Th. Nov 21 9:30am Caribou inside Prior Lake Lunds** Coffee Chat. Come join SPAN Board members to ask questions to those who have “been there,” to talk about your child, or to socialize with other parents of gifted kids.

Th. Dec. 12 7pm WW Media Center Meeting. Gifted services K-12 in the district. Representatives from the district office and elementary, middle, and high school levels will give brief presentations and answer your questions.

Tu. Jan. 21 7pm TOMS auditorium Meeting. Representatives from College Connectors (http://collegeconnectors.com/) will present and answer questions about searching for colleges that match your needs/wants, considerations during the few years before you apply
to college, and other tips.

Jan. date/time TBD Caribou inside Prior Lake Lunds** Coffee Chat. Come join SPAN Board members to ask questions to those who have “been there,” to talk about your child, or to socialize with other parents of gifted kids. Middle and high school scheduling time frame.

Th. Feb. 6 7pm WW Media Center Meeting. A panel of parents of high-ability kids and middle-school/high-school high ability kids themselves will answer questions about development/experiences growing up and moving through the school system. How many
advanced courses should you take at one time? How much homework do you have? Have you done PSEO classes? PSEO vs. AP classes vs. concurrent enrollment (college in the school) classes? How can you fit in the required PE/Health requirements at the high school? These are just some of the questions that the panel will be happy to answer!

March date/time TBD Caribou in Prior Lake Lunds** Coffee Chats. Come join SPAN Board members to ask questions to those who have “been there,” to talk about your child, or to socialize with other parents of gifted kids. After SAGE invitations come out.

**Caribou in Prior Lake Lunds: 16731 Hwy 13; Prior Lake, MN 55372. Note that this Caribou stops serving drinks at 7pm, so you will want to arrive a bit earlier if you want a Caribou beverage!

WW: WestWood Elementary School (5370 WestWood Dr. SE; Prior Lake, MN 55372)

TOMS: Twin Oaks Middle School (15860 Fish Point Rd. SE Prior Lake, MN 55372)

2019-2020 Board Members
Apryl Henry, President; leaving Board at end of this school year
Open Vice President
Anne Fry, Treasurer & Webmaster; leaving Board at end of this school year
Linda Becker, Secretary

Heather Banas, Elementary/Middle Representative
Stephanie Benson, Elementary Representative
Rachel Carlson, Elementary/Middle Representative
Becky Smith, Elementary/Middle Representative
Stacey Sorensen, Elementary/Middle Representative

2 Responses to About

  1. Stefanie Peterson says:

    Hi there
    I recently became a member of MCGT onlne. I indicated that I wanted to join the Prior Lake/Savage chapter since we live in Savage. I am wondering how I get more information on the chapter. What does being a member of this organization mean. I am new to this so any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
    Stefanie Peterson

  2. priorlakeadmin says:

    Hi, Stefanie.
    I am one of the co-presidents of the Prior Lake/Savage chapter. Glad to have you as a member!

    The MCGT site itself has some wonderful resources to explore. The chapter itself generally holds 6 meetings each year (in October, November, January, February, March, and April) that focus on various topics. This past school year, we’ve brought in representatives from different levels in the school district (middle school prinicipals and teachers, high school principal, curriculum director and superintendent) to talk about how the needs of gifted kids within the district are being met and to allow an opportunity for parents to ask questions. We also just hosted a social event for all gifted kids in the district and chapter, which was a great success! That was our first attempt at such an event.

    MCGT also sponsors CHAT (Connect, Help, Advocate, Talk) nights through different chapters throughout the school year; we are hosting one on Tuesday March 13 at 7pm in the high school auditorium titled, “College Planning for High-Ability Students.” Our last meeting will be on April 24 and will focus on summer opportunities for gifted kids.

    Within the Prior Lake/Savage school district, we are known as SPAN (Synergy/SAGE Parent Action Network). Please email me at either [email protected] or [email protected] if you’d like to be added to our email list. I use the list to notify members about upcoming meetings, pass along information about opportunities in the area for gifted kids and their parents, and to communicate about issues specifically related to gifted kids in the school district.

    Please let me know if you have more questions/concerns!
    Apryl

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