Gifted and Talented

Kiker Gifted and Talented Program

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

We are beginning the Spring identification process for the Gifted and Talented program at Kiker Elementary School. The nomination window is January 13 – January 27, 2017. This school year we are piloting a change in the GT Screening Process at Kiker Elementary. We will be testing students in grades 3-5 in the Fall 2016 Semester and students in grades K-2 in the Spring 2017 Semester. This change will allow younger students to have an opportunity to adjust to the new school year before the students participate in the lengthy GT Screening Process. The GT Screening Process does include several steps: nomination, screening, selection, online testing which is not timed for the younger students, and the gathering of student work samples for the Student GT Portfolio. By separating students into two groups for testing, the campus will be able to test students in smaller groups and provide teachers with more time to collect student work samples and other screening data for the younger students.

More information about the AISD gifted program is available from the Department of Advanced Academic Services website. This site can be found at:
www.austinisd.org/academics/advancedacademics/gifted/parent-corner

If you are interested in nominating your child for the GT program, please confer with your child’s teacher first. Once you have conferred with the teacher, please print the attached forms below. (GT Parent Nomination Form K-5 and GT Parent Survey K-5). Fill out and return the completed forms to your child’s teacher. The teacher will then give the forms to Mr. Artie Arce, Assistant Principal/GT Administrator.

If you nominated your child for the GT program last school year and the child did not qualify, you may not nominate again until after a full year has passed. For example, if you nominated your child in the Spring semester 2016, you may not nominate again until the Spring semester 2017.

Please note: Parent Nomination form or the Parent Survey form will not be available for you to pick up at Kiker Elementary.

The deadline to submit a nomination to your child’s teacher or the Kiker office is Friday, January 27, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. No late nominations will be accepted due to the tight deadline for requesting the CogAT online assessments.

After the GT identification process is completed, parent letters will be mailed to your home, through the U.S. mail, to inform you of the selection committee’s decision on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. GT services for the newly identified students will begin on the first day of the 2017 – 2018 school year.

Thank you for your interest and support of the Gifted and Talented program at Kiker Elementary School.

Sincerely,
Mr. Artie Arce
Assistant Principal
GT Administrator

Attachments:
GT Parent Nomination Form
GT Parent Survey

Upcoming Kiker Events

  • August 7, 2017 - August 18, 2017
    New Student Registration

  • August 17, 2017 - August 18, 2017
    Staff Planning & Prep

  • August 18, 2017
    Join the PTA & Buy Your 2017-18 Spirit Shirt!

  • August 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    Kindergarten Playdate at Circle C Metro Park

  • August 18, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    New Student Orientation

  • August 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Meet the Teacher

  • August 21, 2017
    First Day of Classes

  • August 28, 2017
    Back to School Night - Kindergarten

  • August 29, 2017
    Back to School Night - Pre-K, PPCD, 3rd, & 5th

  • August 31, 2017
    Back to School Night - 1st, 2nd, 4th, & SBLC

  • September 4, 2017
    Student & Staff Holiday - Labor Day