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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.