FMS Gifted and Talented Program Blog

  • 8th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 8/16/2017

    sf The Space Foundation International Student Art Contest is once again looking for students, ages 3 – 18, from around the world to submit original artwork based on a space-oriented theme. The deadline for entry is November 17, 2017, and winners will be announced on or before January 19, 2018. Free to enter and open to all students.

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  • Summer Enrichment

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 2/13/2017

    Summer break is a great opportunity to explore interests and build your academic resume.  The following links might help you in exploring the opportunities available to you. Parents, as with any such program not offered by the School District as part of its curriculum, should examine them to determine whether they deem them appropriate for their student. Many thanks to Mr. Lamb at the high school for this great list!

    Center for Bright Kids at the Colorado School of Mines

    Since 1982, the Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Center has offered summer programs for high-interest, high-ability students. Rooted in the talent development model, CBK summer programs offer students the opportunity to study with bright, motivated peers, enhance their preparation for advanced coursework, and establish long-lasting friendships with students from across the country and around the world. Students with exceptional ability entering grades 4-11 are offered a varied selection of enrichment and/or acceleration courses on campus at the Colorado School of Mines.

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Teen Explorers

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is looking for responsible high school leaders who love animals, are interested in mentoring their younger peers, leading conservation initiatives and education programs, and acting as CMZ ambassadors. Teen leaders will gain valuable training including leadership, interpretive education, peer mediation, communication and animal handling.

    Colorado College Summer GT Program

    For 35 years, Colorado College has offered this three-week summer program for gifted students. The program brings to the campus teachers who are experienced and skilled in working with gifted children and who are well educated in their fields. Each teacher has a graduate teaching assistant to help provide the individual attention that gifted children need.

    Colorado Outward Bound School Wilderness Program

    Outdoor adventures range from 6-81 days for ages 14-adult and are available year-round throughout the United States and Mexico.  Leadership skills and character development are the focus.  You don't have to be an athlete or outdoor enthusiast to succeed, but you do need to embrace a challenge and seek adventure.

    Global Leadership Adventures

    The Global Leadership Adventures offer teens the opportunity to volunteer abroad with inspirational community service organizations.


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  • Current and Upcoming Opportunities

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 1/17/2017

    CC2017 The CC Education Department is now accepting applications for the 2017 Gifted and Talented+ (GT+) Children’s Summer Program for children entering grades 1–10 in the fall.  See the GT+ web page for more details.


    GT+ Online Application and Program Details:


    GT+ Class Descriptions


    FYI Regarding GT+

    • Financial assistance is available for children receiving free or reduced lunch. Scholarship requests will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2017.
    • Students do not need to be currently enrolled in a gifted and talented program at school to apply for GT+
    • FFC8 will be offering scholarships. More information available soon!
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  • Upcoming GT Parent Nights

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 11/30/2016

    Please join us for Fountain Middle School's Fall Gifted and Talented Parent Nights. Students will be presenting their Advanced Learning Plans, and we will be sharing our plans for next semester.


    Food will be provided and childcare can be made available. Please RSVP to Mrs. McLane: with the number of people who will attend, plus your childcare needs.


    • 6th Graders: Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Library
    • 7th Graders: Monday, December 12, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Library
    • 8th Graders: Tuesday, December 13, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Library
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  • Medusa Mythology Club

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 11/14/2016

    Medusa On Friday, December 2, we will begin our Medusa Mythology Club. Students in any Advanced Language Arts class, students with an ALP, or students recommended in writing by a teacher are invited to join us. Our first meeting will explain the club goals and our process this year. We will meet from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. on Fridays in Ms. Conrad's room. See the complete flyer here: Medusa Mythology Club

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  • PPAGS Monthly Book Study

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 9/26/2016

    Raisin' Brains The Pikes Peak Association for Gifted Students is starting a monthly book study for the parents of gifted children. The first meeting will be Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble by the Citadel Mall. For more information and to RSVP, please see their website.

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  • Understanding Childhood Trauma

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 9/19/2016

    This Thursday, FFC8 is hosting Matt Bennet from the Denver-based Coldspring Center for Social and Health Innovation for a presentation about childhood trauma and its impact on child development. This is an opportunity for adults to discuss what children need to recover, succeed in school and relationships, and realize their full potential. Mr. Bennet will present research on the impact of trauma and how parents, family members, and school staff support the recovery and healing process. 

    This is a free event located at Fountain Fort Carson High School's Auditorium from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, September 22. More information is available on the event flyer.

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  • All Pikes Peak Teen Reads - Author Signing

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 9/6/2016

    Author E. Lockhart will be at Library 21C on Friday, November 4 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (doors opening at 6:15) to talk about and sign her book The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. I've not read the book myself, but after seeing the reviews, I'm adding it to my pile.


    From BooklistDHFLB

    *Starred Review* In the summer between her freshman and sophomore years, Frankie Landau-Banks transforms from “a scrawny, awkward child” with frizzy hair to a curvy beauty, “all while sitting quietly in a suburban hammock, reading the short stories of Dorothy Parker and drinking lemonade.” On her return to Alabaster Prep, her elite boarding school, she attracts the attention of gorgeous Matthew, who draws her into his circle of popular seniors. Then Frankie learns that Matthew is a member of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, an all-male Alabaster secret society to which Frankie’s dad had once belonged. Excluded from belonging to or even discussing the Bassets, Frankie engineers her own guerilla membership by assuming a false online identity. Frankie is a fan of P. G. Wodehouse’s books, and Lockhart’s wholly engaging narrative, filled with wordplay, often reads like a clever satire about the capers of the entitled, interwoven with elements of a mystery. But the story’s expertly timed comedy also has deep undercurrents. Lockhart creates a unique, indelible character in Frankie, whose oddities only make her more realistic, and teens will be galvanized by her brazen action and her passionate, immediate questions about gender and power, individuals and institutions, and how to fall in love without losing herself. Grades 7-12. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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  • Colorado Springs Mini Maker Fair

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 8/29/2016

    Maker Faire Library 21C (short for Twenty-first Century) is probably my favorite public library in Colorado Springs. On October 15, they will be hosting a Mini Maker's Faire where you and your family can enjoy hands-on experiences with 100+ makers and artists.

    Past highlights have included:

    • Rocket launches
    • Robots, including R2-D2
    • Skyping with a scientist in Antarctica
    • 3D printing
    • Food trucks
    • LEGOs
    • Jewelry makers
    • Tiny houses

    Yes, you can click on the image to register to be an exhibitor, but click here for more information about attending with your family!

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  • Colorado Springs Cool Science Carnival

    Posted by Katrina McLane on 8/22/2016

    Cool Science The Cool Science Carnival Day at UCCS is a day full of activities that the entire family can enjoy, this year on October 8, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This event is worth attending for the lab tours alone, where you can view research in progress at UCCS laboratories. I've seen Dr. Ron Furstenau's "The Magic of Chemistry" demonstration, and it's very entertaining. He works with the Air Force Academy, and other Academy faculty and cadets will be giving fun physics demonstrations. There's another presentation called "The Explosion Show!" that sounds like a blast (sorry). This is a FREE event, and there are dozens of activities for all ages. Highly recommended.

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