PEAK Gifted & Talented Services

PEAK Gifted & Talented Program

The PEAK Gifted and Talented program is housed at the Ray Bjork Learning Center.  The PEAK GT program coordinator is Jane McDonald. 

For more information, please call the PEAK GT office at 324-2900.

Fax # 406-324-2901

Email: thouse@helena.k12.mt.us

PEAK Parent Seminar

Dear PEAK PArents,

This Friday, November 22nd, we are hosting a brown bag lunch seminaropen to all GT parents.

The GT Student: Intensities and Resiliency

Brief Presentation followed by Q and A, and a discussion of Tips, Tricks and Tactics

Ray Bjork Learning Center Room 7

1600 8th Ave.




Orientation 2013-2014

 Here is the PowerPoint presentation from our Parent orientation.  Sorry; some of the slides look a little odd since the animations don't translate into PDF format.  If you'd like the original presentation emailed to you, please contact the PEAK staff.  Thanks!

ParentPres4-102013-14.pdf (2889.2 KB)

NEA Article for Gifted Families

Dear PEAK Families,

Please read this interesting article from the NEA Today magazine:


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Gifted Matters


Gifted Matters


Regional & state-wide G/T events

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In addition to the AGATE conference coming up in just 2 weeks, there are lots of gifted-related events happening around our state, including some free events for parents.   We’ll break the events down by region below, but first here are some state-wide updates:

AGATE Conference

  • We still have space for you at AGATE's Annual Conference on giftedness on April 3rd and 4th in Billings, if you haven’t signed up yet.
  • Yes, you can earn OPI hours for attending the AGATE conference.  Or, you can choose to enroll for 1 credit hour from MSU-Western.  The fee is $115 and you must attend both days and both evenings.  Sign-up at the conference when you register.
  • Parents can attend the evening events FREE.  Thursday, April 3rd at 7 p.m. is Evening with the Experts, where they can ask questions of our keynote speaker and other gifted experts. Friday, April 4th at 7 p.m. keynote speaker Brian Housand will share his thoughts on “Technology and Gifted Kids:  What Parents Need to Know” at our awards ceremony for SAT Challenge winners.  (Please let other parents of gifted kids know about these events.)

moneyOPI grant applications are due next week, March 28.  Make sure someone in your district is applying for your share of the grant money.  The Intent to Apply has now been integrated into the E-grants system. 



  • 3/18, 4:10 pm:  Math education is the topic of the Distinguished Speakers Series. (FREE at MSU.)  How do we enact a vision of mathematics teaching in which mathematical reasoning and sense-making play a central role? How do we make mathematics teaching a strong and vibrant profession?


In addition to the AGATE conference, there are 2 professional development classes coming up at MSU-Billings:


  • The next MEA/MFT Educator Conference will be held in Missoula on October 16-17.  Share your knowledge and experience dealing with gifted students by presenting in the AGATE strand at MEA/MFT.  Applications to present are due April 30th.  This is a great way to "pay it forward"!

We hope to see you at our conference in Billings in two weeks!

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Mar 18, 5:30pm:  "From Worrier to Warrier"
SENG webinar

Mar 22, 5:30 pm:  "Solutions to the Trauma of Bullying"  SENG webinar

April 3-4, 2014
AGATE Annual Conference
Register today for the full conference and you can attend:

  • Perfectionism and Giftedness
  • Getting Gritty:  How Passion and Perseverance Can Make a Difference
  • Guiding Youth to Meaningful Applications for Their Talents
  • SENG Model Parent Groups Support Parents and Gifted Kids
  • Help!  My 1st Grader Reads at a 5th Grade Level!

OR, attend the two evening events FREE

  • 7 pm, Apr 3: Evening with the Experts
  • 7 pm, Apr 4:  Technology and Gifted Kids:  What Parents Need to Know

April 9, 10 am:  "A Twice-Exceptional Discussion to Help Teachers and Parents Better Advocate for Services" – NAGC webinar

April:  COMPASS POINTS, the Missoula parent group for G/T, is voting on a date for their April meeting, at which they will discuss the school board elections. Express your preference here.  Connect with the group on Facebook.


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