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Gifted & Talented

Prairie Hills GT Co-Coordinators:

Christine Cervera and David Pipinich

When is GT testing at 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.

Important dates for the Universal Screening process at our school:

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:

At Prairie Hills, our 2nd graders will be screened with the NNAT 3, sometime between mid-January and  March 2021.  This may occur after in-person learning resumes, or there may be a schedule to bring small cohorts into the building for testing.

Parent/Staff/Student GT Recommendation:

Prairie Hills will accept new referrals for student GT evaluation from Jan. 5, 2021 through Jan. 22, 2021. Conferences can be a good time to discuss 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 Jan. 22, 2021 in order for a student to be evaluated for GT this school year. 

The CogAT will be administered on Feb. 25 and 26, 2021 for students with submitted paperwork.

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.