Quest Academy
 for Gifted Education


Gifted Advisory Council

Welcome to the Gifted Advisory Council for Quest!

For more info about the GAC, click here. To be added to our contact list, click here.


The Quest Academy Gifted Advisory Council (GAC) is comprised of parents, administrative staff, teachers and community representatives interested in promoting the educational needs of gifted children at Hernando County’s Quest Academy.

Meetings are open to the public and are held the first Thursday of every month during the school year at 6:00 p.m. at Challenger K-8. Please join us!

Click below to learn more about the GAC and Quest:
The GAC Mission and Goals
Joining the GAC
About Quest Academy
Enrolling at Quest Academy

Latest News

04/05/15:  The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, April 7, 2015 at CK8 in the media center. Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30 pm in the cafeteria.

01/05/16:  
***There will NOT be a GAC meeting on Thursday, January 7th.  We will resume meeting again in February.***

12/01/15:  
The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, December 3, 2015 at CK8 in room 505 from 6-7:30pm.   Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm in the cafeteria.

11/03/15:  
The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, November 5, 2015 at CK8 in room 505 from 6-7:30pm.  Our guest speaker this month will be Mrs. Lopez showing us an example of the William and Mary language arts curriculum. Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm in the cafeteria.

09/29/15:  
The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, October 1, 2015 at CK8 in room 505 from 6-7:30pm.  Our guest speakers this month will be Ms. Jasztal speaking on the Tech Club, and Mrs. Wright giving us a mini-lesson that might be observed in her 2nd grade classroom. Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm in the cafeteria.

08/29/15: 
The first GAC meeting of the 2015-2016 school year is scheduled for Thursday, September 3, 2015 at CK8 in room 505.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  There are several council spots available, and plenty of committees to chair. Our guest speaker of the month is David Katcher.  He will be presenting on what he teaches the gifted teachers for their certifications.

05/05/15:  The last GAC meeting of the year will be held Thursday, May 14, 2015 at CK8 in room 505 from 6-7:30pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm in the cafeteria.

03/31/15:  
The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, April 2, 2015 at CK8 in room 505 from 6-7:30pm.  Our guest speaker this month will be Tammy Brinker of the Hernando County Education Foundation. Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm in the cafeteria.

03/03/15:  
***There will NOT be a GAC meeting on Thursday, March 5th.  We will resume meeting again in April.***

02/23/15: 
High school 8th grade orientations and elective selection programs are going on now.

Hernando High School

February 19 at 6:00 pm in the Performing Arts Theater

Springstead High School
February 24 at 6:00 pm in the Gym

February 26 at 6:00 pm in the Gym

Central High School

March 5 at 6:00 pm in the Gym


02/03/15:  You are invited to submit a proposal to present at FLAG's 2015 Annual State-wide Gifted Conference at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS in Tampa on September 25 & 26, 2015. The theme of this year's conference is focused on meeting the needs of Florida's gifted learners, their parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and psychologists both in and out of the classroom by EMPOWERING THE GIFTED while encouraging self-advocacy, creativity, higher-order thinking and problem solving skills, and community activism. Please click on the link below to submit your proposal.  

Submit Your Proposal Now

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is March 17, 2015.


Presenters will be notified of their status by April 1, 2015.

 

Presenters, with a current membership, will be offered a special $50 conference registration rate in gratitude for sharing talents and expertise with participants! Presenters must pay for their conference registration by May 31, 2015.


02/03/15:  
The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, February 5, 2015 at CK8 in room 505 from 6-7:30pm.  Our guest speaker this month will be Dianne Azzarelli who is not only the coordinator for our Hernando Co ESE, but also the Conference Committee Chair for the Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG). Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm in the cafeteria.

02/03/15:  
"America's Junior Mind Challenge" is now seeking highly gifted students between the ages of 7-12 for a new national academic challenge taking place this summer. The academic challenge will test the mental agility of the nation’s smartest children and award the top student a substantial scholarship fund. 

Young brainiacs (7-12 yrs) from across the country are invited to sign up: applicants will need to be highly gifted academically, with significant IQ scores and abilities well above their grade level. The competition will be celebratory and supportive, showcasing great young minds and their exceptional abilities. Regional qualifiers will be held across the country this summer, with successful contestants progressing to a prestigious grand final in the nation's capital. The winner of the competition will be named "America's Junior Mind Challenge Champion 2015" and be awarded a monetary prize to assist in future academic endeavors.We welcome math whizzes, junior chess champions, advanced coders or cryptologists; budding scientists or doctors, ace spellers or Bee contenders to come join this academic adventure.

For more information on how to submit, please contact: 

Kimberly Driedger

Shed Media

323-904-4680 

jrmindchallenge@gmail.com

http://shedmedia.com/casting/920/Americas-Junior-Mind-Challenge.aspx


02/03/15:  One of our students, Meghan Lillibridge, was selected for All-State Chorus, which is a great honor. There is a picture that I will try to post this weekend.

01/08/15:  
Are you interested in the International Baccalaureate Program at Springstead High School?  There will be a meeting in the Springstead High School Cafeteria for students and parents on January 20, 2015 at 7pm for those that missed out on the meeting held back in November.

01/05/15:  
The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, January 8, 2015 at CK8 in room 505 from 6-7:30pm.  Our guest speaker this month will be Quest Academy 2014 FLAG (Florida Association for the Gifted) conference attendees. Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm in the cafeteria.

One Month to Go!
The 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition deadline for entries is February 1, 2015.  The competition is open to students kindergarten through 8th grade (K-8) in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk counties. Entry forms are available on our website.  Every entry wins a pass to Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).  Top inventors are eligible for thousands in cash and prizes. Check out some examples of top inventions from the last six years. 

12/06/14:  
The Department of Education has issued the following memorandum regarding the Florida Missing Children's Day Statewide Essay Contest Deadline - February 26, 2015.  The memorandum may be viewed...click here.

12/02/14:  
The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, December 4, 2014 at CK8 in room 505 from 6-7:30pm.  Our guest speaker initially scheduled for this month will be rescheduled to another month. This will be a business only meeting, but everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm in the cafeteria, provided there are enough children needing it.

11/04/14:  
The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, November 6, 2014 at CK8 in room 505 from 6-7:30pm.  Our guest speaker this month will be Hernando County School's ESE Director, Cathy Dofka. Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm in the cafeteria.

9/26/14:  
The next GAC meeting will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014 at CK8 in the cafeteria from 6-7:30pm.  Our guest speaker this month will be Hernando County School's Superintendent, Dr. Lori Romano. Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge by the YMCA until 7:30pm.

9/26/14:  Florida renewing STEM commitment to rural communities:  For more information, click here.

09/08/14: 
The first GAC meeting of the 2014-2015 school year is scheduled for Thursday, September 4, 2014 at CK8 in the cafeteria.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  There are several council spots and officer positions still available, that were not filled at the last meeting of last school year.

For more news, click here.











If you would like to donate to the GAC, you may do so with
the below link.  All funds, with the exception of the
PayPal fee for the transaction, will go directly to the GAC,
and will be used to fund projects, trips, or other
fundraising activities.