Southlake Association for Gifted and Talented

SAGT Stargazing with Mr Graff

Friday, January 27th

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Dragon Observatory at Johnson Elementary,

1301 N. Carroll Ave.

Navigating the CISD 2022-23 Academic Planning Guide

Tuesday, February 21st

11:00am - 1:00pm

Carroll Admin Bldg - Lonesome Dove

Safari Overnight at the Fort Worth Zoo

Saturday, March 4th, 8pm-

Sunday, March 5th, 10am

2023 Scholarship Dates

Feb 1 - Deadline to join SAGT for scholarship eligibility

Feb 15 - Scholarship applications open

Mar 31 - Deadline to submit scholarship applications

Student Program Safari Overnight at the Fort Worth Zoo

Please plan to join us for our 2023 SAGT Safari Overnight

Fort Worth Zoo

Saturday, March 4, 8 pm – Sunday, March 5, 10 am

$75 per person

Bring your sleeping bag and explore the Fort Worth Zoo after hours with other SAGT members!

On Saturday evening, attendees will explore the Fort Worth Zoo on a guided tour followed by a tasty snack, fun activities and a live animal presentation. On Sunday, attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, morning tour before the Zoo opens and all-day admission. A giraffe feeding voucher is included.

Please note that in the event of inclement weather, some activities may be substituted.

The Education Center is climate-controlled.


SAGT Safari Overnight at the Fort Worth Zoo Registration

This event will sell out, so please register early. Registration will close on February 20.

Safari Overnight is a SAGT Member-Only event. All participants (including friends & guests) must be members of SAGT. If you are not a SAGT Member but would like to join, please click here.

Once registered, please be sure to print and bring your SAGT Zoo Waiver to the event.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, and no more than five minors per adult. If you plan to bring and supervise other SAGT children, please make sure to have their parent sign the waiver prior to arriving at the zoo.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Questions about this event? Contact send an email to

Parent Programs

Navigating the CISD 2022-23 Academic Planning Guide

Tuesday, February 21st

11:00am - 1:00pm

Carroll Admin Bldg - Lonesome Dove

Check-in will begin at 10:45am

This members-only parent-to-parent forum will discuss the Intermediate, Middle and High School Academic Planning Guide from a GT perspective. Gina Peddy, CISD Exec Director of Curriculum & Instruction, will address new courses and course changes. She and our parent panel will provide tips and insights on helping your students plan for next school year.

Recommended for parents of 5th-12th grade students. This is a Brown Bag Series event, so feel free to bring your lunch, and questions.

Questions about this event? Send an email to

2022-2023 SAGT Teacher Grants Awarded

The SAGT Grants Committee is pleased to announce we have presented a check to the CISD School Board in the amount of $6,718.64 to be applied directly to the enrichment of the CISD GT community!

This year SAGT awarded 5 teacher grants totaling $4,384.64 to teachers at Rockenbaugh, Eubanks, Carroll Elementary, Carroll Middle, and Carroll High school. The money will be used to support gifted students in the classroom with items including alternative seating, alternative desks, aqua culture growing systems, and board games that support argumentative units. In addition, SAGT contributed $2,334 to help send 6 teachers to the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented conference in December. This conference provided continuing education, and new creative ideas for GT instruction.

This contribution to the CISD GT program would not have been possible without the generous dues and donations of SAGT members. Thank you so much for your financial support! You have made a true difference in the lives of our children.

Student Programs

SAGT Stargazing with Mr Graff is rescheduled for Friday, Jan 27. Sign up is full!

Join SAGT at the Dragon Observatory at Jack D. Johnson Elementary School for a stargazing session with Mr. Graff, CISD Physics & Astronomy teacher. Jupiter, Saturn, possibly Neptune, Uranus, and a number of stars, including binary stars and a planetary nebula will be on view through two 14-inch Celestron telescopes.

The Observatory is housed at the southeastern end of the field past the playground. This event is free and open to all SAGT members in grades K-12.

When: Friday, January 27th from 7:00-9:00PM (please choose one 30 minute time slot as the observatory gets crowded and we want to accommodate as many SAGT members as possible)

Where: Dragon Observatory at Johnson Elementary, 1301 N. Carroll Ave.

Questions?: Email

Texas Association of Gifted and Talented

Take advantage of your complimentary TAGT membership!

New Podcast alert!

Welcome to the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Podcast. TAGT exists to connect and empower educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented individuals through awareness, advocacy, and action. Learn more and find resources at

The TAGT Podcast

We had a great time at our SAGT members only Art House Event!

Participants painted acrylic on wood to create citrus slices!


Andre Bradford, aka “S.C. Says”, an Austin-based slam poet and the 2022 Texas Grand Slam Champion, visited us on Sep 21st and gave us some really poignant and relatable stories and helped us examine our Culture of Comparison. SAGT loves to provide these high quality events for our community!


A special message from From John Patton, Center Director at Code Ninjas Southlake:

We had a great time at the SAGT Code Ninjas event. The kids were great to work with and we appreciate you choosing us to spend your time with. If anyone is interested in doing our program, I’ve listed some information below:

SPECIAL OFFER for SAGT- $49 for the first month! (no long term commitment).

Our coding hours are Tues – Fri from 3pm – 7pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm. For 4-6 year olds, we recommend coming in 1 hour a week. For 7 and up, we feel 2 hours is best (one 2 hour session or two 1 hour sessions). We are very flexible in that you can choose to come in whenever you’d like. We primarily do our coding curriculum, but also get into 3d printing, robotics, etc.

4-6 year old registration –

7 and up registration –

Questions? Contact John at or


SAGT kiddos having a great time at our Code Ninjas Event!


Thank you to everyone who brought their students out bright and early on Saturday, August 27th for our Study Skills Workshop!

Over 100 students in grades 5-12 joined Mrs. Leslie Andre (a former CISD teacher) to learn about how to set themselves up for school success, with tips on things like getting organized, how to take effective notes, and understanding different types of learning styles. The morning was capped off with an amazing student panel where Maddie Byrne (12th), Megan Ganier (11th), Lily Garland (11th), Megan Ihle (12th), Bryce Inouye (12th), Carter Ruck (12th), and Caroline Schilsky (11th) offered their own personal advice and answered questions from the audience. Thank you to Mrs. Andre and these awesome students for such a great event.

If you have any feedback about the workshop, please email

Amazon Smile

Support SAGT when you make purchases from Amazon.

Go to and follow the prompts to set up a charity to support. Search for Southlake Association for the Gifted and Talented, and start shopping! Amazon Smile will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to help support our GT teachers and student and parent programs. If you have your account linked to another charity, you can change the charity under Account/Your AmazonSmile.

Click here for a direct link to SAGT AmazonSmile


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