Friday, March 31, 2006

Sweet Acceptance Letter

My older son got accepted to the 23rd annual Research Science Institute (RSI) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is among 53 US students chosen to attend the program for top math and science students. In addition, 20 students from other nations will also attend.

Two days ago, we also learned that he qualifies for the USA Math Olympiad the 2nd time.

I feel elated. Overparenting is good. At least for now...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Gifted High School Program at Bellevue, WA

I just got an email from Dr. Riley, superintendent of the Bellevue School District. He reported that there are enough students registered for the new gifted high school program so the program will begin this fall. It is great news for students in this area. I believe that this is the most rigiorous academic program that a public school can offer.

If your son or daughter did not register for the Interlake program but you would like to do so now, contact Sharon Collins, the Principal of Interlake, and she will help you with the registration process.

More information can be found in BSD New High School Gifted Program website.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Saving for College

I visit Personal Finance Blog from time to time. The author posted a wonderful discussion on college saving. The articles there explain all options and examine their pro-and-cons, including his own action plan. It is a great starting point to understand the daunting responsibility of paying for your children's education.

Japan's First Figure-skating Gold

I read from the Time magazine about the gold medalist Shizuka Arakawa. It says, "Arakawa, 24, considered retiring in 2004 and finished ninth at last year's world championships. But she stuck with it to please her dad and wound up scoring Japan's first figure-skating gold and becoming a national hero."

Parents' expectation could be very powerful. Using it wisely can produce great results.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Summer Programs

It is time to schedule summer activities. I have compiled a list of math and science summer programs for middle and high schoolers on this site. Enjoy!