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Gifted & Talented

Our School’s GT Coordinator(s) Contact Information

Name(s): Rachel Haas, Sarah Utke

When is GT testing in my school?

Universal Screening: In Adams 12 Five Star Schools, 2nd and 6th graders who are not already identified GT participate in the Universal Screening process for potential gifted and talented identification. Find more detailed information regarding Universal Screening in the Five Star District.

Important dates for the Universal Screening process at our school:

2nd grade NNAT3 - September 17, 2021

Parent/Staff/Student GT Recommendation: All students can participate in the GT identification process by submitting a complete body of evidence. Find more detailed information regarding the GT recommendation process in the Five Star District.

If you are interested in having your child be considered for the GT identification process, please fill out this interest form.  After filling this out, the GT Coordinator will email you with a permission form to fill out and return for your child to be able to take the CogAT.

Important dates for the GT Recommendation process at our school:

Parent/Teacher Nomination Forms for Testing Due - October 8, 2021 (no late requests will be accepted)

Whole School GT CogAT Testing - November 17-18, 2021

Gifted & Talented Program Offerings

Advanced Curriculum & Extended Learning:  “The Vehicle”
Provides the depth and complexity needed to ensure meaningful academic growth

Our school offerings include:

  • Cluster model in grades K-5 so all GT students are housed in one or two classrooms
  • Project Based Learning to apply learning to real life situations
  • Students in grades 4-5 taught Depth and Complexity prompts
  • Teachers trained in depth and complexity

Differentiated Learning Pathways:  “The Roadmap”
Provides an education at the appropriate level of readiness and challenge

Our school offerings include:​

  • STRUCTURES TO ALLOW FOR DIFFERENTIATION: The following structures are used throughout Mountain View to allow for differentiation within content, process, product, environment:

    • CONTENT: accelerated content, online classes, supplemental curriculum

    • PROCESS: acceleration, depth and complexity, grouping, research

    • PRODUCT: authentic audience, demonstration of new knowledge, formative and summative assessments, real-world application

    • ENVIRONMENT: centers, cluster groups, flexible groups, independent, resource room, and whole class

Individualized Opportunities & Enrichment:  “The Customized Options”
Actively engages and motivates through interests and meaningful learning opportunities

Our school offerings include:

  • Teachers trained in Kagan Structures for Cooperative Learning
  • GT Teacher offers enrichment classes focused on entrepreneurial skills for grades 1-5
  • Project based learning to engage students in learning at a deeper level and be involved in research
  • Professional development offered to staff facilitated by GT Coordinator and principal

Social-Emotional Learning:  “The Destination”
Focuses on developing the whole child by balancing empowerment and accountability

Our school offerings include:

  • Affective goals on ALP's to work on throughout the year
  • Self evaluation and goal setting interviews for students to evaluate their performance traits
  • Professional development for staff on social emotional needs of GT students
  • Zones of Regulation being taught in every classroom every week