Parent Handbook Table of Contents Introduction What is Giftedness?



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Accelerated Programs Timeline

August:

  • GATE Advisory Meeting Dates are posted on our Website

September:

  • Parents are notified if students are identified as GATE through the CST.

October:

  • Parent letters are sent out notifying future middle school students of eligibility of High Achiever, Rapid Learner 6th grade or IB Programs.

  • IB/HA/RL Parent information nights

November:

  • Placement testing for out of district students wanting to apply for IB or HA who do not have CST scores

  • GATE Information Night

  • Commitment Letters for IB and 6th Grade RL are due

January:

  • Letters of acceptance for 6th grade RL or IB are sent out.

  • Naglieri Test is given to all first grade students

March:

  • Parents are sent letters of identification for students identified GATE through the Naglieri.

  • Parents interested in 2nd grade RL need to submit a Request for SAT 10

  • 2nd Grade Rapid Learner Information Night

April:

  • SAT 10 is administered to 1st Graders interested in Second Grade Rapid Learner.

May:

  • Results of the SAT 10 are sent to parents

  • 3rd through 6th grade Rapid Learner applications are due

July:

Appendices

Appendix A

Student Learning Plan



Appendix B

Rapid Learner Criteria

High Achiever Criteria

Middle School International Baccalaureate Criteria

9th Grade Honors Criteria

San Juan Unified School District

GATE Student Learning Plan
Student: Grade: School: Teacher: Date:

Overview: Your GATE identified child is receiving a comprehensive instructional program across the curriculum. The goal of the GATE program is to provide challenging learning experiences and enrichment, including depth, complexity and accelerated pacing of content when appropriate. The strategies for differentiating content are designed to meet the student’s academic strengths and learning needs.


Content Learning Focus


Processes/Thinking Skills



Differentiated Activities/ Performance Tasks/Products

Research Skills/Resources





Example:


2nd grade

Student will:

o include details

o elaborate on the character traits

o connect this character with another

character from a different story



Student will:

o identify attributes of character

o compare/contrast character with another

character

o determine importance of characters in the two stories


Student will:

o give an oral presentation of a character for a current literature story



o library

o newspaper

o magazines

o internet



Example:


5th grade

Student will:

o include details, general ideas and elaboration

o view different perspectives and connections between subjects (informational text)


Student will:

o analyze bias

o make judgments based on criteria

o think deductively and summarize

Student will:

o write a current editorial newspaper article about an historical event in social studies book



o library

o internet

o newspaper

o magazines




Strategies for Differentiating Content
Teacher: Please check any of the following strategies used for differentiating students’ learning during the school year.
Inquiry-based projects Research projects Advanced content standards Participate in interest-based activities
Analysis and application of In-depth analysis in content Accelerated pacing Cross age learning opportunities relationships/patterns over time standard
In-depth explanation of a topic Teacher-guided independent learning Flexible learning groups Other: (list)




Comments:



Teacher Signature: Parent Signature:





San Juan Unified School District


Strategies for Differentiating Content


Student Characteristic

Strategy

Depth and complexity ** of student

understanding in content areas



o Provide supplementary texts including research materials at varied reading levels

o Offer extended learning opportunities for advanced students

o Demonstrate ideas or skills in addition to oral discussions

o Provide audiotaped materials for extended study

o Use videotapes to supplement and support explanations and instruction

o Provide cooperative learning experiences

o Use reading partners to work on extension projects

o Provide organizers to guide in depth comprehension of text

o Provide advanced vocabulary lists for reference during note taking in research projects

Interest

o Provide interest centers to encourage further exploration of topics

o Provide a wide range of materials to support diversified student interests

o Use advanced questioning techniques and topics to guide discussions in content areas

o Use examples and illustrations based on students interests

o Provide extended research projects across content areas

Learning Profile

o Present in visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modes

o Use applications, examples, and illustrations from a wide range of intelligences (based on Gardner and

Sternberg models)

o Use applications, examples, and illustrations from both genders and range of cultures/communities

o Teach with whole-to-part and part-to-whole approaches

** Depth: Concept of challenging students to probe deeper, more elaborately into the core curricular area(s) of study

- (academic language) vocabulary of content areas

- details/elaboration

- apply rules

- note patterns

- state trends

- arguments/positions surrounding a topic(s)

- define unanswered questions

- generalize principles, theories, big ideas


Complexity: concept of broadening the student’s understanding of area(s) studied by making connections, relationships, associations, between, within, and across subjects and disciplines

- analyze relationships/patterns over time

- examine concepts/ideas

- interdisciplinary connection


SAN JUAN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

ENTRY CRITERIA FOR

RAPID LEARNER PROGRAM GRADE 2
Preliminary criteria: Students must be GATE identified. Students residing within the San Juan Unified School District boundaries have priority placement before students from outside of the San Juan Unified School District boundaries for placement in a RL Program.
2nd grade RL eligibility: After preliminarily qualifying, GATE students will have scores calculated centrally as follows:
1. Norm curve equivalent score (NCE score) from a standardized Score

norm-referenced test (SAT/10 or another norm-referenced test)


Reading Comprehension 30%

Math Problem Solving 15%

Math Procedures 15%

2. Classroom Performance (Third Trimester report card of current year)

Possible Maximum

Score Score

1st Grade English Language Arts Standards – # 1, #2 8 10%

(#1- word analysis, vocabulary, fluency #2- comprehension)

1st Grade Writing Standard - #5 4 15%

(#5- writing applications)

1st Grade Math Standard – #1, #5 8 10%

(#1- number sense/operations #5- mathematical reasoning/problem solving)

Work Habits 4 5%


  • demonstrates organization and time management;

  • stays focused and on task;

  • completes class assignments on time;

  • works independently.

Total: 100%

Students with the highest scores will be offered placement in the 2nd grade program until the classes are filled.



SAN JUAN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

ENTRY CRITERIA FOR

RAPID LEARNER PROGRAM GRADE 3

Preliminary criteria: Students must be GATE identified to qualify for the Rapid Learner Program. Students who reside in the San Juan Unified School District boundaries have priority placement, however the application process is open to all students.
3rd grade RL eligibility: After preliminarily qualifying, GATE student scores will be calculated centrally as follows.

Possible Weight in

Score Total Score

State Tests

2nd English Language Arts CST* (available in August) 600 25%

2nd Math CST* (available in August) 600 25%

Classroom Performance (Third Trimester report card of current year)

2nd Grade Standards English Language Arts - #1, #2/3 12 15%

(#1- word analysis, vocabulary, fluency #2/3- comprehension/literary response)

2nd Grade Standards Writing - #5 4 15%

(#5- writing applications)

2nd Grade Standards Math - #1, #5 8 15%

(#1- number sense/operations #5- mathematical reasoning/problem solving)

Work Habits 4 5%

* demonstrates organization and time management;

* stays focused and on task;

* completes class assignments on time;

* works independently


Total: 100%

Scores will be weighted and a total score calculated. Students with the highest scores will be offered placement in the 3rd grade program until the classes are filled.


For further information, please contact the GATE office at 979-8049 or visit our web site at

www.sanjuan.edu.
* CST - California Standards Test

SAN JUAN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

ENTRY CRITERIA FOR

RAPID LEARNER PROGRAM GRADE 4-6

Preliminary criteria: Students must be GATE identified to qualify for the Rapid Learner Program. Students who reside in the San Juan Unified School District boundaries have priority placement, however the application process is open to all students.
4-6 grade RL eligibility: After preliminarily qualifying, GATE student scores will be calculated centrally as follows.
Possible Weight in

Score Total Score



State Tests

English Language Arts CST* (use prior year’s scores) 600 25%

Math CST* (use prior year’s scores) 600 25%

Classroom Performance (Third Trimester report card of current year)

Standards English Language Arts - #2/3 4 15%

#2/3- comprehension/literary response)

Standard Writing – #5, #6 8 15%

(#5- writing applications #6- writing conventions)

Standards Math - #1, #5 8 15%

(#1- number sense/operations #5- mathematical reasoning/problem solving)

Work Habits 4 5%

-demonstrates organization and time management;

-stays focused and on task;

-completes class assignments on time;

-works independently

Total: 100%

Scores will be weighted and a total score calculated. Students with the highest scores will be offered placement in the appropriate grade level program until the classes are filled. An introductory meeting will be held with the principal.


For further information, please contact the GATE office at 979-8049 or visit our web site at

www.sanjuan.edu.

* CST - California Standards Test



6TH GRADE High Achiever Program

The 6th grade High Achiever (HA) Program is available at all middle schools except Winston Churchill. The district office will centrally calculate student scores. Students with scores of 83 points or higher will be eligible for the 6th grade HA Program.



Students residing within the San Juan Unified School District boundaries have priority placement before students from outside of the San Juan Unified School District boundaries.

Preliminary Criteria: Advanced score (5) on the California Standardized Test (CST) in English-Language Arts in 4th grade or a total 4th grade CST score for English Language Arts and math of 805 or higher.

For students who have not taken the CST, preliminary criteria can be determined by a score at or above the 85th percentile on total reading on a norm-referenced test. 6th grade HA eligibility after preliminarily qualifying, students will have scores calculated as follows:

6th grade HA eligibility: After preliminarily qualifying, students will have scores calculated as follows:

State Testing

Possible Score

Weight in Total Score

4th Grade ELA CST

5

35%

3rd Grade ELA CST

5

20%

4th Grade State Writing

8

20%

Classroom Performance (Third Trimester)

Possible Score

Weight in Total Score

4th Grade Standards English Language Arts -1,2/3,5

12

25%


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