Posts from Michael McCurdy
November 16, 2009
Last week our child’s G&T kindergarten class at PS 33 Chelsea Prep held parent-teacher conferences. Our conference went well though it was short — just 10 minutes — so the teacher could meet with every child’s parents. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a detailed report card for our child.
Below is a copy of the (more…)
November 2, 2009
Last Thursday I participated in the Bright Kids NYC parent information session about OLSAT test prep and general information about the NYC gifted and talented program. Bright Kids NYC is a program that prepares children in pre-K through second grade to take standardized tests.
I sat on the G&T panel and answered questions from prospective G&T parents. (more…)
October 27, 2009
As promised, here are my top 10 suggestions for the Department of Education’s future gifted and talented information sessions:
There should be a “first come, first seated” policy on seating. When it’s full don’t allow anyone else into the session.
Make sure the facility doesn’t get too hot. Parents are already on edge to begin with so (more…)
October 26, 2009
I attended the NYC DOE gifted and talented program session this past Thursday night on the Upper West Side at Brandeis High School (84th and Amsterdam) where hundreds of prospective G&T parents convened. I arrived a bit late due to delays on the 2 train but finally showed up around 7:15 p.m. (the session started at (more…)
October 21, 2009
The New York Times had an interesting article this week about the new Speyer Legacy School, a private school catering to gifted and talented children where annual tuition is a meager $28,500 for kindergarten. I suppose some people think there’s a need for such a program in the competitive world of gifted and talented but there still remains (more…)
October 15, 2009
NYC Gifted and Talented Information Session Reminder Postcard
In the mail yesterday we received the notice below from the NYC DOE reminding us about the gifted and talented program information sessions that began yesterday in the Bronx. I’m sure there were many parents in the Bronx who would have liked to attend but didn’t get their (more…)
October 13, 2009
Before I started posting to GothamSchools, I polled readers of my blog to find out parents’ perspectives on test prepping their child for the OLSAT to get into the NYC gifted and talented program. I must admit, I was a little suprised so many parents voted they’d be fine if others found out they test prepped their (more…)
October 7, 2009
The DOE just posted the gifted and talented handbook on the NYC Dept. of Ed site. You can now apply online for the gifted and talented testing.
October 4, 2009
This past week we visited our child’s gifted and talented class at PS 33 Chelsea Prep for a parents meeting with the teachers and principal. The school staff conducted the meeting in a very organized, professional and informative way. They addressed all of our questions and we had the opportunity to chat with other parents we haven’t met before.
The principal stood before us (more…)
September 30, 2009
I’ve been religiously checking every day and the NYC DOE just posted gifted and talented testing dates and information sessions for this year.
I’ll be attending a couple of the sessions to evaluate the format and gauge interest in this program. I’ll post my evaluations of these meetings and I invite you to do the same.
Here’s a brief (more…)