If students are identified as gifted & talented (GT), parents should have received notification from either DPS or McAuliffe directly upon identification. Schoology will be used this year as the primary communication tool for enrichment opportunities. Reminders with dates and times for those opportunities, ALP surveys and general information will be pushed out to the students from this site. There will be a GT folder that will have the above mentioned information on your child’s grade-level homeroom page. Parents may also be notified via email with any pertinent information by our GT Coordinator Becky Middleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6th Grade Gifted and Talented Testing – both Newsletter and website, please run through 9/13
All 6th graders will be taking the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Assessment (NNAT) on Friday, September 14th during their math class. The NNAT is a 30 minute nonverbal assessment used to identify students’ ability to reason. The test is required by state law. This test could be used as a part of a student’s body of evidence to be identified as GT. It will also add to a current GT student’s body of evidence. If you would like more detailed information, please take time to read A Parent’s Guide to Assessments here.
GT Advanced Learning Plan News
All students will be given the opportunity to write goals, both academic and affective. All students who are officially identified as gifted and talented are required to have goals written in each of their strength areas and one affective goal. Here is a short video on how to write a SMART goal.
At the beginning of the year, talk with your students about their individual goals for the year. Have your student talk with their teachers about the goals they have for their students for the year. At the end of August, beginning of September, students will come home with a worksheet that they can go over with parents or caregivers, and talk about what goals they would like to set for the year. Students will bring the worksheet back to school and they will log their goals onto a Google form. Students who are officially identified as gifted and talented will have their ALPs written from the goals they write on this form. Once a student has their goals, he or she should start working on them. Students will monitor their progress several times throughout the year with a final reflection at the end of the year where they can articulate how they met or did not meet their intended goals and their possible next steps.
University Talent Search Opportunities for GT and HGT Students
Here are two talent search opportunities in which your student may be interested: The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Duke Talent Identification Program. If you think your student would be interested in either of these programs, please visit their websites and look for the talent search link to learn more (the Duke TIP program has a specific 7th grade talent search program). Both programs have minimum requirements and will require SAT or ACT testing for 7th and 8th graders, and the programs provide information about how to register for these tests. Sixth graders qualify by taking the SCAT or STB. If your student does qualify, he or she will have the opportunity to take online classes with these universities and to attend their specialized summer camps at a variety of college campuses across the country. – Becky Middleton, GT Coordinator
This year, we have grade-specific Gifted & Talented (GT) offerings for GT-identified students as listed below. Approximately 50% of our student body is identified as GT, so we also provide a broad range of Clubs – including Destination Imagination, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Math Club and more – that is open to all students, plus a wonderful array of After-School Enrichments.
- 6th grade only: Night of the Notables – Spring, 2019
Night of the Notables is for 6th graders who would like to study the life of a notable person from history who you are interested in. From there, you will learn as much about that person as possible…so much that you will become that person…ok…not really, but you will be able to present yourself as that person to an audience by the end of our study. Starts in the spring and students will present their notable at the GT Showcase at the end of the year.
- 7th grade only: Independent project – Spring, 2019
The independent project study project is just that, a project where you pick a topic that you will study independently. You will choose something about which you would like to learn more: a current event, past event, a time period in history, a profession, an issue, anything about which you are passionate or in which you have a deep interest. We will start in the spring and projects will be presented at the GT Showcase at the end of the year.
- 8th grade only: In-depth object study – Winter, 2019
8th graders will become McAuliffe’s leading experts on an object of their choosing. They will learn everything they can: types, colors, weight, legends, myths, history, how it relates to everyday, etc. This group will get started after Labor Day and will meet every other Friday. They will report their findings at the GT Showcase at the end of the year.