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Gifted & Talented

Our School’s GT Coordinator(s) Contact Information

Name(s): Rachel Haas and Elaina Cascini
Email(s): rachel.s.haas@adams12.org and elaina.cascini@adams12.org


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 26, 2019

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 you need to contact your GT Coordinator for school specific information.

Important dates for the GT Recommendation process at our school:

Parent Nomination Forms for Testing Due - November 4, 2019

Whole School GT CogAT Testing - December 3-4, 2019


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
  • Porject 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 social-emotional needs for grades 1-5
  • Project based learning to engage students in learning at a deeper level and be involved in research
  • Career series, in house field trips, and STEM challenge days

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

Our school offerings include:

  • Weekly SEL group pull outs with GT Teacher/SEL specialist
  • 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