Programs

Watch your school newsletter and this website for announcements of additional programs offered throughout the year. GATEway wishes to thank Rochester Public Schools for allowing us to use their facilities for our programs and meetings.


Upcoming Programs

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 12:30 – 4:30 PM, GATEway Science Fair - Registration deadline is January 24. For all details, go to our Science Fair home page.


Past Programs

Monday, October 9, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, GATEway Fall Program - Anne Tyler, M.S., LMFT on the topic Gifted Children and Executive Functioning Skills

Executive functioning skills include the ability to makes plans, keep track of due dates, organize materials, finish work on time, and make mid-course corrections while thinking, reading and writing. Does your child struggle with these kinds of skills? Rochester GATEway invites you to join us and other parents of gifted children to learn more about how executive functioning skills challenges can negatively impact learning and life skills for some gifted children. Gifted children and teens who have trouble regulating their emotions and behavior, trouble initiating non-preferred or challenging tasks, or trouble transitioning, concentrating or finding their things can experience high levels of stress, anxiety or depression. Learn about the research-based strategies to coach gifted children to improve executive functioning and experience better emotional and psychological health.

Our guest speaker, Anne Tyler, M.S., LMFT, is a family therapist in Edina, Minnesota. She specializes in the needs of gifted children, adolescents and adults. She is the creator of MindQuest groups that teach gifted children and adolescents how to improve executive functioning and develop growth mindset and mindfulness skills to improve learning and daily life. She is a regular presenter to parents and educators on topics to improve the lives of gifted children and families.

This is a free event and you do not need to be a member of GATEway to attend.  However, for our planning purposes, please register here by using the RSVP link above.  Child care for school age children will be provided for – but only for – families who register and request child care by October 6th.  To allow parents to focus on the speaker, we would appreciate it if you would make other child care arrangements for younger children.

The evening will start at 6:30pm in the John Marshall HS Rocket Center. We invite your family to join us for a dessert potluck and social time.  You may bring a dessert or healthy snack to share.  Drinks, plates, silverware, and napkins will be provided by GATEway.  At 7:00pm, school age children will stay in the Rocket Center for supervised games and activities while the adults move to the Media Center for the hour-long presentation. Ms. Tyler will be available until 8:30 for an optional question and discussion time for those who are able to stay a little longer.

John Marshall is located at 1510 14th Street NW. The main door  ( Door #1) is by the flagpole, towards the north end of the building and set back from the sidewalk and parking lot. The Rocket Center is straight ahead once inside the main doors. Contact pres@rochestergateway.com with any questions.


Rochester GATEway Annual Family Program, Friday May 5, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Quarry Hill Nature Center

*** Free for GATEway members, and $5 per family for non-members ***

We invite you to join us for a fun and educational evening learning about bees at Quarry Hill! Quarry Hill is installing a new bee exhibit Earth Day weekend and has some new bee programs for us to enjoy. Activities will be geared toward elementary school aged children. Younger siblings are welcome.

You do not need to be a GATEway member to attend. Your children do not need to be in a gifted program or receiving gifted services to participate.

Parents must attend with their children.

Space is limited and
Pre-Registration required

The evening is free for members and $5 per family for non-members.

Questions? Phone Dee Voldal at 285-1658 or email pres@rochestergateway.com.

Schedule of Events

  • 6:30 Check in and select sessions.
  • 6:45 Brief GATEway informational session.
  • 7:00-7:45 and 7:50-8:30 Quarry Hill naturalist led sessions. You will have the choice of attending two of the following three options:
    • Honeybee Survival Game Board – This is an outdoor activity. Dress for the weather.
    • Honeybee 101 – Learn about honeybee anatomy and hive roles. Make a beeswax candle and taste some honey. This is an indoor activity.
    • Bee Keeping and Hive Life – Meet a beekeeper and see how their equipment works. This is an outdoor activity. Dress for the weather.

** Quarry Hill is located at 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, MN **


"High School Registration for the College Bound Student - Tips From the Trenches", Wednesday January 18, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Century High School Forum

*** Free and Open to the Public ***
SPACE IS LIMITED so RSVP appreciated (but not required) RSVP

Do you have a student entering high school next year with plans for college? Have you wondered how to plan high school classes to your student’s best advantage? Are you in the high school years and wondering about new class options?

There are more high school course choices than ever available in RPS. Planning class choices to best prepare your college-bound student can be a challenge. We invite you to learn from experienced parents about class planning and course registration.This program will highlight useful questions and identify helpful resources you may need as you and your student navigate high school choices. Topics include:

* Using the course registration guide
* Changes to graduation requirements
* Alternative options for course credit
* Considerations for 9th grade course selections
* Course selection & college admissions/credits
* Honors and AP Courses
* CTECH
* PSEO
* College in the Schools

Your high school guidance counselor is your official resource for information about the registration process and specific questions about classes.

Email pres@rochestergateway.com if you need more information or have questions about this event.


"Gifted Children and Gifted Education - The Basics", Thursdays in August 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Rochester Public Library Meeting Room C

RSVP

Have you heard the term “gifted”?  Have you wondered if your pre-school age child is gifted?  Has your elementary age child been identified as gifted? What services and resources are available during the school day and outside of school?  How do you best help your gifted child, not only academically but socially and emotionally as well?

We can help answer those questions!

We invite you to join members of the Rochester GATEway Board to hear about the basics of giftedness in children from birth on, about gifted education, and how to support and advocate for your gifted child.  GATEway has a 26 year history in Rochester and its members have a wealth of experience in raising and advocating for gifted children.  Each session will begin with a panel presentation on the topic, followed by time for questions.  You are welcome to attend any session individually but it will be most beneficial to attend all four.

August 6th: “What is Gifted? Is my Child Gifted?”

Discussion will include characteristics of gifted children from birth on, the concept of IQ, types and levels of giftedness,  identifying very young children, being aware of factors like over-excitability and twice-exceptionality.

August 13th: “Identifying and Serving the Gifted in Public School”

Discussion will include when and how Rochester Public Schools identify children  for gifted services and what programs are offered for gifted learners during the school day.

August 20th: “What Next? What Else?”

Discussion will include ideas for working with your school, advocating for services in school, and finding alternatives for your gifted child’s education as well as ideas for enrichment activities outside of school.

August 27th: “Advocating for and Parenting the Gifted”

Discussion will include ideas for ensuring your child’s social and emotional needs are addressed, understanding thechallenges of raising gifted children (over-excitability, dual diagnosis, perfectionism, underachievement, friendships).

The presenters have raised and advocated for gifted children in elementary, middle, and high school, and beyond!  Between them, they have years of experience on the GATEway board, on the MCGT board at the state level, working with the RPS Gifted Services, serving on gifted services task forces and serving on parent advisory councils.


October 30, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, GATEway Fall Social

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Rochester GATEway invites you to join parents of gifted children in grades K-8 for a presentation and facilitated discussion with Carol Malueg on helping our children form friendships and build social connections. We invite you to bring questions you have on that topic.

This is a free event and you do not need to be a member of GATEway to attend. Please register via our website at www.rochestergateway.com. Click on Fall Social under Hot News on the main page. Child care for school age children will be provided for – but only for – families who register and request child care by October 27th.

The evening will start at 6:30pm in the John Marshall Rocket Room (main entrance then straight ahead) where your family can join us for a dessert potluck and social time. You may bring a dessert or healthy snack to share. Drinks and serving items will be provided by GATEway. At 7:00pm, we will begin the presentation and discussion.

Our guest speaker, Carol Malueg, currently serves as Vice-President on the state board of directors for the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT). A Master Facilitator and Trainer for Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted children (SENG), Carol facilitates groups around the Twin Cities. She works with the Center for K-12 Guidance (formerly a division of CollegeSphere) as an Independent Educational Consultant, specializing in K-12 educational planning for gifted and talented and twice exceptional students in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.


November 8, 2014, Annual MCGT Conference, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

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This conference is an opportunity to learn more about gifted education and parenting issues. The keynote speaker will be Lori Comallie-Caplan whose area of expertise is in meeting the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals. Breakout sessions on a variety of topics are offered for the adults, while students in grades K-7 may attend fun classes especially for gifted children.  The cost is $55 for members, $70 for non-members.

December 2 (6:30-8:00 p.m.) and December 6, 2014 (1:00-2:30), GATEway Science Fair Workshops, Century High School Cafeteria

These are free “how to” workshops for families interested in participating in the GATEway Science Fair.  It’s a great learning opportunity for students who have never done a science fair project before. Pre-registration is required and will open in November.

February 21, 2015, GATEway Science Fair, Landow Atrium, Mayo Clinic Gonda Building

This science fair is for students in grades 3-6.  Look for more details on our website and in the fall and winter Community Education brochures.  Co-sponsored by the Mayo chapter of Sigma Xi.

 

May 2015, Family Program and Annual Election, TBD

The event will begin with a brief meeting to vote for the next year's officers and will end with an educational family program.

 



Past Programs


October 10, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, GATEway Fall Social

Does your child need more?  More options to develop their interests outside of school?  More challenge during the school day?  Do you ever wonder how other parents have provided for the needs of their gifted children?  We’ve been there, done that and are doing it!  Rochester GATEway invites you to join parents of gifted children for a panel discussion.  The parents on the panel have a wide range of experience in nurturing their gifted children’s development.  Come to hear ideas you might not have thought of and learn options you might not know you have.  This is a free event and you do not need to be a member of GATEway to attend.

We will start by having the panel members share some of their experiences.  We invite you to bring your own questions.

The evening will start at 6:30pm in the RCTC Heintz Center room HA102 where you can join us for a dessert potluck and social time.  Please bring a dessert or healthy snack to share.  Drinks and serving items will be provided by GATEway.  At 7:00pm, school age children will move to room HA104 for supervised games and activities while the adults stay for the panel discussion.

The RCTC Heintz Center is located at 1926 Collegeview Drive SE in Rochester.  Please park in the parking lot east of the building.  We want to thank RCTC for co-sponsoring this event.  RSVP is appreciated especially if you will be using the child care.  Contact Dee Voldal at 285-1658 or rochestergateway@gmail.com with any questions.  If you haven’t already, “like” us on Facebook at Rochester GATEway.

 

November 16, 2013, Annual MCGT Conference, University of St.Thomas, Minneapolis

This conference is an opportunity to learn more about gifted education and parenting issues. Breakout sessions on a variety of topics are offered for the adults, while students in grades K-7 may attend fun classes especially for gifted children.  Registration information will be included in the Sept/Oct issue of the Outlook newsletter and will be available on MCGT.net in September.

 

December 3 & 7, 2013, GATEway Science Fair Workshops,RCTC Hientz Center

These are free “how to” workshops for families interested in participating in the GATEway Science Fair.  It’s a great learning opportunity for students who have never done a science fair project before. Watch for details in November school newsletters and take-home flyers. This event is co-sponsored with Rochester Community and Technical College Community and Youth Programs.

 

February 22, 2014, GATEway Science Fair, Landow Atrium, MayoClinic Gonda Building

This science fair is for students in grades 3-6.  Look for more details on our website and in the winter Community Education brochure.  Co-sponsored by the Mayo chapter of Sigma Xi.

 

May 2013, Family Program and Annual Election, date and location to be determined

The event will begin with a brief meeting to vote for the next year's officers and will end with an educational family program.


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Please check back later. Other programs will be added as information becomes available.



A Sample of More Past Events

October 25, 2012 

November 10, 2012 - 9:00 a.m.

February 9, 2013 - 12:30 p.m.

Family Program and Annual Election
May, 2013 - TBA

2012 GATEway Science Fair
Saturday, February 25, 2012

2012 Annual Meeting
June 23rd

Thursday, September 29, 2011

2011 Annual MCGT Conference
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011,
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 or
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Jan 15th Swim/Skate/Game Day
Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

March 15, 17, 22, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

May 13, 2011

Jenson Lake Picnic Shelter, Lebannon Hills Regional Park, Eagan
Noon - 5:00 PM
July 24, 2011

Thursday, September 30, 2010

2010 Annual MCGT Conference
Saturday, November 6, 2010

Science Fair Workshops
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 or
Saturday, December 4, 2010 

2010 MCGT School Options Fair
Saturday, December 4, 2010

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009