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Middle School Gifted & Talented Program. Parent Orientation September 2009. Challenging ALL Children to Achieve at Higher Levels. Gifted Students. Who are We?. Bright Student Knows the answers Is interested Has good ideas Works hard Top group Learns with ease Enjoys peers

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middle school gifted talented program

Middle School Gifted & TalentedProgram

Parent Orientation

September 2009

Challenging ALL Children to Achieve

at Higher Levels

gifted students
Gifted Students

Who are We?

profile of high achieving students
Bright Student

Knows the answers

Is interested

Has good ideas

Works hard

Top group

Learns with ease

Enjoys peers

Grasps meaning

Good at memorization

Is pleased with own learning

Gifted Learner

Asks questions

Is highly curious

Has unique ideas

Plays around

Beyond the group

Already knows

Prefers adults

Draws inferences

Good guesser

Is highly self-critical

Profile of High Achieving Students
reflections from gifted students
Reflections from Gifted Students
  • What do you think being gifted means and what is your reaction to the term?
  • How do you feel when parents or other adults compliment you about something related to giftedness? Is it different if done privately or in from of friends?
  • How do you feel about accepting compliments from friends or teachers? Do you react differently?
student comments
Student Comments
  • Giftedness means you can think on your feet, be creative and express yourself. Girl, 13
  • When people ask if I am gifted, I am usually silent because I am ridiculed for being smart. It can get very difficult because I can’t use my entire abilities on a subject. Boy, 13, Iowa

from More Than a Test Score, Robert Schultz and James Delisle

identification of gt students
Identification of GT Students
  • 96th percentile on a nationally-normed Aptitude Assessment on the Total Composite Score

Or two of the three criteria below:

  • 88th percentile on a nationally-normed aptitude test
  • 89th percentile on MAP or PASS tests
  • STAR test (elementary) or final GPA of 3.75 or higher (middle)
middle school gifted program two tiers
Bright & Gifted Students

Advanced courses in English, math, science, social studies 6-8

Possibility of high school credit in 2 or 3 courses

Gifted Enrichment

40 minute block for GT students only

Verbal Course – integrates critical reading, writing, and the humanities

Quantitative Course – integrates reasoning, problem-solving, and the sciences

Middle School Gifted ProgramTwo Tiers
mission of gt program
Mission of GT Program
  • To provide identified students with educational opportunities designed to address their academic talents and abilities including the need to learn faster, explore topics in greater depth of content, engage in critical questioning and discussion about content, and explore complexities around topics.

Gifted & Talented Curriculum Framework

Real World Applications

Communication & Argumentation

Critical Thinking & Inquiry

Standards & Concepts

curriculum map quantitative integrated studies
Curriculum MapQuantitative Integrated Studies

8th Grade

Fibonacci Sequence

The Sky is the Limit

Force and Motion



Spatial Visualization


Fun with Food

Pythagorean Theorem

Linear Programming


Financial Literacy

6th Grade

Animal Populations

Local Issues Analysis

Trip of a Lifetime

White Rain

Mathematics Problem Solving Units

“Leaf it to Me”

Math Around the World

Strategy Games

Animal Adventure Wildlife Web-quest

7th Grade


Math Curse Project

Vacation Project

Fever 1793

Logic units (bouncing ball, odds, spreading out, hand area v. height)

Tower Power

Career Projects

Mall Project



the curriculum map verbal integrated studies
The Curriculum MapVerbal Integrated Studies

8th Grade

Getting to Know Hysteria (Salem witch trials)

Jr. Great Books


Civil War

Threads of Change

The Jungle


The Water is Wide

6th Grade

Cultural Universals

World History Simulations (Dig, Empires, Egypt, Greece, Maya)

Jr. Great Books

Document-based Questions (China, Greece, Aztecs, Black Death, Mongols)


7th Grade

“Utopian Society”

Defining Nations

Industrial Revolution

World War I

1940’s A Decade of Change

The Holocaust

The Cold War

Speech Analysis and Writing

screening for newly qualified gt students in ms
Screening for Newly Qualified GT Students in MS

Middle School Identification Timeline

  • June – July Review GT list from elementary grades and schedule for

MS GT program

  • August 12 – 19 Notify parents of students who transfer into middle level

GT Program

  • August 17 Notify all parents of GT program requirements
  • September 3 GT Parent Information Night at home middle schools
  • September 7-30 Fall MAP test (DIMENSION B screening)
  • October 12 – 23 CogAT testing for new middle school students who have

never taken a nationally-normed academic aptitude test

(DIMENSION A screening)

  • January 22 GPA reviewed for 6th grade (DIMENSION C screening)
  • January 26 Admittance of newly screened GT students