Knowing how your student is doing while at THINK is important! Parents have access to program staff via email and phone while your student is in our care. Additionally, we request that parents remain available via phone throughout the duration of the program, so we can reach you quickly in any of the following cases:
With that said, a member of our leadership staff is always available and accessible to you and your student. In cases of non-emergency, you can always contact a member of our leadership staff via email at THINK@davidsongifted.org. We will do our very best to get back to you within the same day; however, messages sent near the end of the day may be returned the following morning.
Students are welcome to bring cell phones with them to THINK to stay in touch with family. To assist students to be fully engaged with others and their courses, cell phone use is limited to the residence hall.
Students can provide parents with their WebCampus/Canvas log-in credentials if they feel comfortable doing so. However, it is up to the student to provide this information as THINK staff does not store student username and password information. If parents have question or concerns about a course, we recommend that they first connect with their student, as the student will have the most direct access to their assignments and grades. However, our staff is also here to offer support should any additional questions arise.
At the end of the second week of instruction, we will send a progress report via email to students and parents which includes the cumulative grade up through that point in the program. This should help to provide a general idea of what the final grades might look like in relation to the remaining coursework and allotted points available. This will serve as the primary academic check-in with parents.
You are welcome to mail letter or care packages to your student. The U.S. Postal Service does not deliver to Sierra Hall. Deliveries by major carriers such as UPS and FedEx may be sent to the address below. Packages will NOT be accepted prior to the program start date. Any packages received before this time will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender.
Attn: Davidson THINK Summer Institute
Participant's First and Last Name1001 N Virginia StreetReno, NV 89503
***Please note: Our staff will check the Sierra Hall front desk once each evening for daily package deliveries and will NOT be responsible for tracking package deliveries.
Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.