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Date: April 2, 2020

To: Parents of current 2nd - 4th Grade Students

RE: Referring Students for the GT Program

Dear Parents of 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grade Students:

We are accepting referrals for students to participate in the Russellville School District Gifted & Talented Program. The program is designed to serve high potential students who demonstrate above average (1) intellectual ability, (2) task commitment and/or motivation, and (3) creativity. The process is non-discriminatory and open to all students.

Students selected to participate in the program at the 3rd-5th grade levels receive 150 minutes instruction each week with a GT Resource Teacher. This performance-based program provides a student-centered environment and a curriculum designed to meet the intellectual and emotional needs of the gifted child. The curriculum provides opportunities for acceleration, stimulation of higher-level thinking, engagement in problem solving and research activities, leadership opportunities, and real world application of information.

With your permission, we will gather data concerning your child’s intellectual strengths, creative abilities, and motivation toward learning upon referral. This data will include questionnaires completed by you and your child’s teacher, classroom performance measures (grades) and assessments. Please make sure you complete all three forms; Parent Referral, Parent Permission to Collect Data, and Home SIGS. In addition, your child will be asked to complete GT assessments in the Fall. Once this data is collected, a committee knowledgeable in the characteristics of gifted children will review the information on your child and make a recommendation as to the best placement for your child when we return to on-campus classes..

If you would like to refer your child for the GT Program, please submit three forms; Parent Referral, Parent Permission to Collect Data, and Home SIGS from the RSD website. See the links in the left column under FOR PARENTS.

Submit the completed forms by Friday, May 1st.

You will be notified by mail of the G/T Identification Committee’s decision in September 2020.

***If your child has already been placed in GT, there is no need to refer again.

Something to Think About

Smart Child Gifted Child
Knows the answers
Asks the questions
Is interestedIs highly curious
Is attentiveIs mentally/physically involved
Has good ideasHas wild/strange ideas
Works hardPlays around, yet tests well
Answers the questionDiscusses in detail, elaborates
Top of the groupBeyond the group
Listens with interestShows strong feelings and opinions
6-8 repetitions to master1-2 repetitions to master
Understands ideasConstructs abstractions
Enjoys peersPrefers adults
Grasps the meaningDraws inferences
Completes assignmentsInitiates projects
Is receptiveIs intense
Copies accuratelyCreates new design


A QUICK LOOK AT THE ELEMENTARY GT PROGRAM

Students selected to participate in the GT Program at the 3rd-5th grade levels spend 150 minutes each week with a GT Teacher. This performance-based program provides a student-centered environment and a curriculum designed to meet the intellectual and emotional needs of the gifted child. The curriculum provides opportunities for acceleration, stimulation of higher-level thinking, engagement in problem solving, and in-depth research activities, leadership opportunities, and real world application of acquired process skills. Because of the academic focus of the GT Program, students are not held accountable for every assignment given in their on-level classroom when they are working with the GT Teacher. Rather, they are held accountable for the concept developed in their absence.

EXPECTATIONS & EVALUATION OF GT STUDENTS:

Students participating in the GT program are expected to maintain a strong grade point average and to work to their potential in both the regular classroom and in the GT room. Evaluation of students in the GT room is an ongoing process that involves both the GT teacher and the student in assessing the mastery of skills, effort, task commitment, and overall performance.

Continued placement in the program will be determined by GT personnel with input from the child’s classroom teacher. This evaluation will focus on determining the best placement for the child. If it is determined that the student’s needs are being met in the on-level classroom, the recommendation will reflect this. If it is determined that the child’s current placement in the GT program is appropriate, the child will continue in the program with parental consent.

Important Points to Consider Before Referring Your Child:

Students are out of their on-level classroom 150 minutes each week, and this may involve traveling on a school bus for field trips.

QUESTION: Can my child handle a change in environment one day each week?

QUESTION: Can my child maintain her/his work and/or grades?

QUESTION: Can my child accept missing some of the classroom activities?

NOTE: Our schools and teachers try very hard to avoid conflicts with “special activities”. However, since many events are planned far in advance, it is inevitable that such situations will arise. The vast majority of students identified for GT handle these situations very well. However, there are some children who would find these changes very difficult to deal with.

GIFTED & TALENTED PROGRAM

2203 South Knoxville, Russellville, AR 72802

GT Office: 479-968-3106

dana.sumter@rsdk12.net