Gifted and Talented


Kiker Gifted and Talented Program

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to the 2018 Spring Semester!

The spring identification process for the Gifted and Talented (GT) program at Kiker Elementary School is beginning very soon. The nomination window for Kindergarten, First, and Second grades is January 23 – February 2, 2018. Students in grades 3rd, 4th, & 5th were already screened and processed this past 2017 fall semester. The GT screening process includes several steps: nomination, screening, selection, online testing (which is not timed for K, 1, 2 grade students), and the gathering of student work samples for the student GT Portfolio.

There is new terminology this year 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.

Students will be formally identified to participate in one or more of the interdisciplinary programs through the GATE screening process. Elementary-level students will be screened for both programs.

Talent Exploration (TE) STEM and Talent Exploration (TE) Humanities supports high-ability students who do not qualify for GT services. Activities target gifted and talented students but are available to high-ability students. These students are identified through the GATE screening process.

More information about the AISD gifted program is available from the Department of Advanced Academic Services website. This site can be found at:

https://www.austinisd.org/advancedacademics/gifted/parent-corner

If you are interested in nominating your child for the GT program, please print the attached forms (Parent Nomination Form and the Parent Gifted Characteristics Checklist which includes permission to test). Complete and return the printed 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 School office.

The deadline to submit a nomination to your child’s teacher or the Kiker office is Friday, February 2, 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, parents will receive a letter from the school, through the U.S. mail, informing you of the GT selection committee’s decision. The letters will be mailed on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. GT services for the newly identified students will begin on the first day of the 2018 – 2019 school year.

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

Sincerely,
Artie Arce
Assistant Principal
GT Administrator

Attachments: Parent Nomination form and Parent Gifted Characteristics Checklist which includes permission to test.

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