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Grades 3-5 Gifted and Talented Nomination Process – September 9 – 20, 2019

Students In Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Are Eligible To Be Screened For Gifted And Talented (GT) And Talent Explore (TE) Through A Nomination And Screening Process. All Campuses In Austin ISD Provide Screening, Identification, And Services For Gifted And Talented Students. Additionally, Students Screened For Gifted And Talented Who Are Not Identified For GT Services Are Automatically Considered For Talent Explore.

Talent Explore Identification Is For High Ability Students Who Do Not Qualify For Gifted And Talented But Demonstrate Potential To Perform At High Levels When Grouped With Gifted And Talented Students.

Students May Be Identified Through The Screening Process In One Or More Of The Following Areas: 

  • GT STEM (Science And Mathematics), 
  • GT Humanities (Language Arts And Social Studies), 
  • Talent Explore STEM (Science And Mathematics)
  • Talent Explore Humanities (Language Arts And Social Studies)

The GT Campus Advocate At Bernice Kiker Elementary Is David Crissey And He Can Provide Information And Assistance With The GT Nomination And Screening Process.

In Order For A Student To Be Identified As GT In Austin ISD, Data From Several Quantitative And Qualitative Criteria Are Collected Over A Three-Week Period And Reviewed By The Campus GT Decision-Making Committee.  Please Reference The Timeline Below For More Specific Information.

What Do You Need To Do If You Want Your Child Nominated For The Gifted And Talented Program?

Print The Attached Form Or Get A Copy From The Front Office And Hand It In (Completed) Prior To September 20, 2019.

Fall 2019 GT Identification Timeline For Grades 3, 4, And 5

Please Use The Following Timeline As We Proceed Through The Austin Independent School District’s Gifted And Talented Identification Process. Please contact David Crissey For Assistance With The Process.  

September 9 – September 20           
Nomination Window For 3 – 5 Grades – We MUST Have Parent Permission For Testing.

October 14 –  November 8
CogAT Testing Window – All Testing Will Be Completed Online.  After Scheduling Students Will Be Pulled From Class For The On-Line CogAT Testing. 

October 14 –  November 8
Teacher Observation Of Students And PORTFOLIO COLLECTION.

November 11 – December 5
Campus Decision Making Committee Meetings

December 6
Parent Notification Letters Will Be Mailed Home

The Student Portfolio Will Consist Of The Following Items:

Interdisciplinary Common AssessmentsThe Classroom Teacher Collects All The Student Work Products Of The Nominated Students For Each Student Portfolio.

Common Assessment Scoring RUBRIC – Teachers Complete The Common Assessment Scoring RUBRIC For Each Student With Their Grade Level Team And Inputs The Data In The Student’s Common Assessment Google Form.  Administration Will Participate In Each Grade Level Meeting.  

Gifted Characteristics Checklist For Teachers – Teachers Complete The Gifted Characteristics Checklist For Teachers For Each Student And Inputs The Information In The Student’s Gifted Characteristics Checklist Google Form. 

GT Student Identification Profile – This Is A Required Form That Contains All Assessment Data For Each Student Screened For The Gifted Program.  The GT Advocate Will Complete One Profile For Each Student Who Participates In The GT Assessment Process.  The Student GT Profile Helps The Campus GT Decision-Making Committee Make Placement Or Non-Placement Decisions For Each Student Tested. 

Please see the GT Home Page for additional Information.

Volunteer Opportunities

We still have the following Volunteer Opportunities for this school year.  Please email [email protected] if you are interested.
Back-up coordinators needed (would be the coordinator in 2020-2021):
  • DADS ON DUTY – Fun-loving fathers (or grandfathers) are needed to help supervise lunch period play!  If you enjoy spending half an hour organizing, encouraging, and participating in after lunch fun, this job is for you!  Dads, we can find a time that fits your schedule. This committee meets a few times during the school year. 
  • PARTNERS IN EDUCATION (PIE) – PIE is an AISD program that enables business and community partners to help and work with local schools both with financial and volunteer needs.  There are many ways to partner: rebates, donations financial or in-kind, and much more. In return, partners get exposure and recognition in the school community and AISD.     

Introducing HappiFamili

Looking for After School Activities?
In an effort to make life easier for our families, as well as support our green initiative, Kiker is partnering with HappiFamli to promote and organize our after-school & enrichment programs.  This Fall 2019 semester vendors will also be allowed to have a flyer in one of the Friday folders, but moving forward, all after school enrichment will be online!
HappiFamli provides parents with an on-line, one-stop shop for after-school and enrichment programs.  Information is comprehensive and up-to-date for all on-campus and bused-from-campus programs.  Families can learn about and register for programs all from one place, saving you time and making life that much easier.
To learn about and register for programs, click here bit.ly/HappiKiker 

AISD Updated Safety System at Kiker

Always be prepared to show identification when visiting Kiker! As you are all planning visits to Kiker for any reason (with the exception of morning drop off) please always be prepared show identification.  If you have been here before, we will  ask you to provide your drivers license for us to scan and update in our system.  If you have friends or family that will be coming with you, please make sure they bring identification as well.

If you need to pick your child up early, we will ask for identification. In addition, try to be here by 2:30.  This will allow plenty of time for the buddies that escort them to the office to get back to class safely prior to dismissal.  Please note that this system has been updated district wide. We thank you for your help and understanding while we work out all of the details!

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