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Gifted Department Vision
We strive to meet the intellectual, academic and social emotional needs of
the gifted learner by providing more depth, more complexity and independent
study beyond the regular curriculum. Our program serves students by providing a
relevant and deeper understanding of all the world has to offer. We strive to motivate our students to become lifelong learners and leaders.
 

Kindergarten screening for gifted & talented services will be conducted automatically
during the months of November and December. There is no action required on the part of
Kindergarten parents. The campus GT Specialists will evaluate student performance on
various applicable tasks to screen for the need for services to address academic giftedness
as set forth by TISD.
If your Kindergarten student meets the minimum criteria on the screening tasks, you will
be notified in writing that he/she qualifies for further testing, and you will receive
required forms to complete. In that case, you will need to return the required forms to
your campus GT Specialist in order for your child to continue in the evaluation process.
Those forms must be received by the deadline indicated on the letter.
**You will only be notified, in writing, if your child meets the minimum criteria for
further testing.**
Eligible students who return the required forms by the deadline will continue with the
testing process starting in January.

 


GT Services


Here is a brief list of some of the GT services that will be available throughout the year to meet your child’s unique needs.   Services may include:

Pull-out or Push-in times with a GT specialist – Your child’s teacher and I will work together to provide the best learning environment for your gifted child.  We may provide these services either in a small group setting of the GT classroom or within your child’s classroom via extensions, differentiated projects, menus, and/or tiered activities.   GT pullout sessions will begin after Labor Day and will follow a regular schedule.  There may be some interruptions during GT testing periods. I am split between two campuses this year and will be available to provide services on two to three days each week, depending upon the weekly schedule.

Academic clubs and activities – Our school is working to provide various clubs for students to participate in. Club participation is optional and GT students must follow all club rules and restrictions just like all other participants.  District wide activities such as the GT Kids Conference and TISD Chess Tournament will be offered as well.

 

Project Based Learning – Our GT students will take part in project based learning activities such as Texas Education Agency’s Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP), EcoRise, and/or Buck Institute for Education’s PBL Gold Standard Structure .  Our goal is to offer your child choices with structure so that research, collaboration and learning take place with an emphasis on developing 21st Century skills.   Evaluation of projects will occur via rubric based peer and teacher feedback.  Grades will not be issued for GT projects so the emphasis will be on creativity, critical thinking, communication, personal growth, and collaboration, not a letter grade.  Student products may be selected for display in the Campus and/or District GT Student Showcase.

I am eager to get to know you and your child. I look forward to empowering our students to success! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Email is the most effective method. jamesherwig@tomballisd.net

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