Enriching The Minds Of Brilliant Children

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SEPTA Raffle Team at the Manhasset Library
SEPTA Raffle Team at the Manhasset Library

SEPTA’s Gifted & Talented Division began the year with over 100 people attending their Mad Science Fire & Ice show at the Manhasset Library on Oct. 14, Superintendent’s Conference Day. The children in the audience participated in all demonstrations and were entertained by Xenon Zach, our local scientist.

He showed everyone how “Eggbert,” his pet egg which was too large to fit into a glass container, could get safely in and out in one piece using different properties of air pressure.

Zach demonstrated why some things float on air and some fall using straws and hair dryers, but when he brought out the leaf blower, the children couldn’t contain themselves.

He also had four volunteers take a “Mad science shower” with frozen gas in front of the audience.

The brave children who waited out a fire drill caused by a faulty light towards the end of the program got a special treat. They got to touch and experience a foggy ice storm created by dry ice.

An expert presentation is offered on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. that reviews how parents can enrich gifted students and effective methods for educating gifted students. Manhasset SEPTA Gifted and Talented division will have Tobi J. Phillips, EdD., president and founder of Village East Gifted, Inc., discuss what parents and educators can do to best support brilliant children. The presentation takes place at the Manhasset Public Library Community Room on the lower level. Parents, educators and school staff are encouraged to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be served.

Village East Gifted, Inc. is an enrichment program for gifted students ages 4 to 18 across Long Island. With 35+ years of experience, Dr. Phillips has worked with students ranging from academically-challenged to the highly-gifted and conducted workshops in LI school districts providing guidance to thousands of families raising gifted children.

Dr. Phillips will review the Village East Gifted’s Approach to Gifted Education and share their highly effective methods for educating gifted children by Phillips RBM (Reawakening Brilliant Minds) Approach. Attendees will also learn how highly intelligent learners can become engaged, challenged and “entertained” by the “simultaneous stimulation of their multiple intelligences”. The academic, emotional, social and cognitive needs of gifted children will be discussed as well as suggestions for effectively raising happy and intellectually-satisfied gifted children. There will be an open “ask the expert” Q-and-A immediately following the presentation.

Join Manhasset SEPTA Gifted and Talented Programming at this kick-off meeting and presentation for the 2015-16 school year. Contact SEPTA at manhassetsepta@gmail.com with any questions or to find out more about the presentation.

Manhasset SEPTA Gifted and Talented Programming has started programming for the school year with First Time French, a seven week program that introduces the French language, food and culture to children in second to fifth grades.

Upcoming programs include Challenge Island, which was met with an overwhelming positive response from the community in the past years offered. Find out more about this program and other upcoming gifted/talented program at www.manhassetsepta.org.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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