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Gifted & Talented

Prairie Hills GT Co-Coordinators:

Christine Cervera and David Pipinich

Important Info and Timeline for GT Identification and Prairie Hills:

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.

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.

Universal Screener Dates for 2nd Grade: At Prairie Hills, our 2nd graders will be screened with the NNAT 3, as well as any third graders who were opted out of screening last year due to COVID-19 and/or remote learning. NNAT Screening for 2nd graders, plus third graders who missed it last year will be on Thursday November 4, 2021. Second grade parents do not need to sign a form or give permission for the NNAT Screening.  

New Referrals: Timeline and Deadlines

Parent/Staff/Student GT Recommendation:

Prairie Hills will accept new referrals for student GT evaluation from Nov. 12, 2021 through Dec. 2, 2021.  Begin the process by filling out this online referral form no later than December 2, 2021. Conferences can be a good time to discuss a GT referral with the classroom teacher.  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.
Referral paperwork MUST be received by Dec. 2, 2021 in order for a student to be evaluated for GT during the 2021-2022 school year. Late referrals cannot be tested until the following school year (2022-2023).
A cognitive assessment, such as the CogAT, NNAT, or other cognitive assessment requested by our AAGS, Advanced Academics and Gifted Services, Team will be administered on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, 2022 for students with paperwork submitted by the deadline.

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: Classroom teachers create an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) specific to each GT student’s areas of strength. Teachers provide learning opportunities that offer depth and complexity for our advanced learners. We have an after school Makers and Builders Club for our intermediate GT students that offers students a chance to explore concepts like design principles, engineering, STEM concepts and 3-D modeling with a studio-like approach.

Differentiated Learning Pathways:  “The Roadmap”
Provides an education at the appropriate level of readiness and challenge
Our school offerings include: GT students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous in and out of school opportunities that provide academic challenges and choices in their own learning. Some of these opportunities include the library’s Makerspace, Spelling Bee, Battle of the Books, Choir, Art Club and Student Leadership.

Individualized Opportunities & Enrichment:  “The Customized Options”
Actively engages and motivates through interests and meaningful learning opportunities
Our school offerings include: During the school day, GT student groups are occasionally pulled out for special speakers or activities that enrich their learning and explore different topics. Within the first trimester, we survey our GT students to find out what topics and activities they are most interested in, and tailor some of our programming to meet student interests. During our Nimbus Program Group time, GT students have the opportunity to network with their GT peers on topics and projects of high interest approximately once a month.

Social-Emotional Learning:  “The Destination”
Focuses on developing the whole child by balancing empowerment and accountability
Our school offerings include: Each GT student has an Affective Goal within their Advanced Learning Plan. During our Nimbus Program Group time, students are offered chances to explore what it means to be gifted, as well as specific social and emotional needs of a gifted learner. Students are taught about some of the ways their brain processes information differently than others, and what that might mean in terms of working in groups, and getting along with both gifted and non-gifted peers.