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Gifted Math Program November 2009 Dear Parent: This memo has two purposes: 1. to provide you with initial information regarding your child’s possible participation in the University at Buffalo Gifted Math Program, and 2. to invite you to attend one of our Family Information Meetings. If you decide to have your child seek admission to the program, you may pick up a testing application at one of the family information meetings, or call the program office at 645-4467 for further information on how to obtain one. Visit our website at http://giftedmath.buffalo.edu where you can find a description of our program as well as more detail on our program’s operation, curriculum, and staff. We urge you to read this memo carefully in order to focus discussion at the Family Information Meeting. At either of those meetings (you should not attend both), you will have a chance to hear more about the program, to have your questions answered, to see some of the texts which will be used, and to obtain information about testing. Your child may attend with you if you wish. No reservations are required. Family Information Meeting Schedule: Sunday, February 7, 2010 1 pm to 2 pm 20 Knox Hall Saturday, February 27, 2010 10 am to 11 am 20 Knox Hall These locations refer to the Amherst (North) Campus near Millersport Highway and Maple Road. A map to locate Knox Hall can be found at http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/pdf-page.html . Fall 2010 will mark the thirty-first year for the Gifted Math Program. Currently about 250 students are enrolled, most of whom we expect to continue. Despite the rigorous work schedule and extra commuting time, only a few students have dropped out and attendance is excellent. We realize that the decision about your child’s participation in this program is a major one. Of course we believe that this program will provide great benefits to those enrolled, but both you and your child should recognize what the program demands. Families are responsible for transportation to and from classes. (Inter-campus shuttle buses operate between the University’s Main Street and Amherst Campuses and some Buffalo students utilize this transportation.) Once classes start, many parents arrange car pools. First year classes meet from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays during the school year. (From the third year on, classes meet from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., also on Mondays and Wednesdays.) 436 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1000 Tel: (716) 645-4467 Fax: (716) 645-6841 Web: http://giftedmath.buffalo.edu The work load will be substantial but not excessive. Although students will be excused from their regular school math class, it is expected that an additional half-hour to hour of study time must be set aside each school day. There are fees, but scholarship money is available and can be requested by a parent. Initial testing is $50. For those who subsequently enroll, program fees for the 2010– 2011 school year are currently $650 ($325 per semester), which covers textbooks and materials as well as classroom instruction. There is a University student identification card fee of $20.00. College credit is an option for our students. The cost for the college credit is not included in the fee described above. The current cost per credit hour is $207.00. GMP student courses vary from 1 to 4 credit hours per course. If your child completes the testing, there is no assurance that he or she will be one of the 60 students selected for the classes. All families will, however, receive full test results. Here is our proposed calendar for setting up next year’s classes: NOMINATION DEADLINE *** Wed, January 27, 2010 Our office must receive the Nomination Form by this date. Schools or parents may nominate a child. FAMILY INFORMATION MEETINGS (20 Knox Hall) Sun, February 7 th at 1 pm at the University at Buffalo, Amherst (North) Campus (Attend only one meeting) or Sat, February 27th at 10 am Amherst Campus and Spine maps can be found at http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/pdf-page.html TEST ENROLLMENT DEADLINE Mon, March 8th This is the deadline for signing up your child for testing. Sat, March 13th from 9am to Noon EXAM SESSIONS or Sun, March 21st from 1 to 4 pm (Choose one date) April 6, 2010 EXAM NOTIFICATIONS MAILED Month of April STUDENT-PARENT-STAFF CONFERENCES We look forward to meeting many of you at one of the orientation meetings and to working with some of your children during the coming year. If you have questions, please call 645-4467 (Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm). A Gifted Math Program staff member will answer your questions or return your call. Sincerely, Thomas L. Schroeder, PhD, Interim Director Mr. Rafael A. Mercado, Associate Director Mrs. Anne M. Szczesny, Administrator *** Late nominations are processed only when possible.