Gifted and Talented
Kiker Gifted and Talented Program
Welcome Back to the 2018 – 2019 School Year!
The Fall identification process for the Gifted and Talented (GT) program at Kiker Elementary School is beginning on Monday, September 10th. The nomination window is September 10 – September 21, 2018. We will test students in grades 3, 4, & 5 this Fall semester. Students in grades K, 1, & 2 will be tested in the Spring semester. The GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) screening process includes several steps: nomination, screening, selection, online testing (which is timed), teacher input, and the gathering of student work samples for the Student GT Portfolio. If your child was nominated for the GT program last school year, you must wait a full year before nominating again.
I want to remind you of the new terminology in the Gifted and Talented program. GT STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for students identified gifted in math and/or science and GT Humanities for students identified gifted in language arts and/or social studies.
Talent Exploration STEM and Talent Exploration Humanities supports high-ability students who do not qualify for GT services. Nonetheless, these students are grouped with the identified GT students. Therefore, activities are available to these high-ability students who are identified through the GATE screening process.
If you are interested in nominating your child for the GT program, please print the attached forms (Parent Nomination form and Parent Gifted Characteristics Checklist). Complete and return forms to your child’s teacher. The teacher will give the forms to Mr. Artie Arce, Assistant Principal/GT Administrator.
Please note: The Parent Nomination form and the Parent Gifted Characteristics Checklist will not be available for you to pick up at Kiker Elementary.
The deadline to submit a nomination to your child’s teacher is Friday, September 21, 2018 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, Monday, December 3, 2018 through the U.S. mail, to inform you of the selection committee’s decision. GT services for the newly identified students will begin on Monday, January 7, 2019.
Thank you for your interest and support of the Gifted and Talented program at Kiker Elementary School.
Mr. Artie Arce