Gifted and Talented

Welcome Back to the 2017 – 2018 School Year!

The Fall identification process for the Gifted and Talented (GT) program at Kiker Elementary School is
beginning. The nomination window is September 11 – September 22, 2017. We will test students in grades 3, 4, & 5 this Fall 2017 semester. Students in grades K, 1, & 2 will be tested in the 2018 Spring semester. This change will allow younger students the opportunity to adjust to the new school year before the students participate in the lengthy GT Screening Process. The GT Screening Process includes several steps: nomination, screening, selection, online testing (which is timed), and the gathering of student work samples for the Student GT Portfolio. By separating students into two groups for testing, the campus is able to test students in smaller groups and provide teachers more time to collect student work samples and other screening data for younger students.

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 while secondary students may be screened for one or both.

Talent Exploration STEM and Talent Exploration 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:

www.austinisd.org/academics/advancedacademics/gifted/parent-corner

If you are interested in nominating your child for the GT program, please save and print the attached forms.
(Parent Gifted Characteristics Checklist and 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: Parent​ ​Gifted​ ​Characteristics​ ​Checklist​ ​(3​ ​pages)​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​available​ ​for​ ​you​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​up​ ​at Kiker​ ​Elementary.

If you nominated your child for the GT program last school year and the child did not qualify, you may not
nominate again until a full year has passed. For example, if you nominated your child in the Fall semester
2017, you may not nominate again until the Fall semester 2018.

The deadline to submit a nomination to your child’s teacher or the Kiker office is Friday, September 22, 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, through the U.S. mail, to inform you of the selection committee’s decision on Monday, December 11, 2017. GT services for the newly identified students will begin on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

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: Parent Gifted Characteristics Checklist and permission to test. (3 pages)

Upcoming Kiker Events

  • December 14, 2017
    Stay warm with your favorite pair of winter socks for sock day

  • December 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Small MS Green Tech Academy recurtiment presentation

  • December 15, 2017
    Hats off to winter -- stay warm with your favorite winter hat / headband

  • December 15, 2017
    Sweets for Staff

  • December 18, 2017
    Winter Parties

  • December 18, 2017
    Party the day away in your favorite holiday t-shirt or outfit

  • December 19, 2017
    Pajama Day!

  • December 20, 2017-January 1, 2018 @ 
    Winter Break Holiday (No School)

  • January 2, 2018
    Student Holiday - Staff Development

  • January 3, 2018
    Classes Resume

  • January 8, 2018 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    PTA Executive Board Meeting