Gateway Regional High School

Gifted and Talented Plan

Definitions and Regulations

  1. In compliance with New Jersey law, Gateway Regional High School defines gifted and talented students as those students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.
  2. In compliance with New Jersey law, Gateway Regional High School will provide adjustments or modifications to content, process, products, and learning environments, enabling students who are gifted and talented to participate in, benefit from, and/or demonstrate knowledge and application of the NJSLS.
  1. The educational program offered to gifted and talented students will encourage and challenge them in the specific areas of their abilities, but will not replace the basic instructional program of the various grades of this district.   The program offered to gifted and talented students may include, but are not limited to:  pull-out programs; classroom differentiated instruction; acceleration; flexible pacing; compacted curricula; distance learning; advanced classes; or individual programs infused into the student’s regular instructional program, provided that a written description of the infusion has been prepared and filed in the student’s record.
  1. In compliance with New Jersey law, Gateway Regional High School will take into consideration the Pre-K–Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards of the National Association for Gifted Children in developing programs for gifted and talented students.

Identification of Students

  1. In compliance with New Jersey law, Gateway Regional High School will make provisions for the ongoing identification of gifted and talented students.
  1. Identification Opportunities
  1. Identification will be made when students enter GRHS at 7th grade, OR
  2. when a new student transfers from out of district to GRHS, OR
  3. upon parent request.
  1. Identification Procedures
  1. Initial identification of students shall be made
  1. By identifying students with high achievement test scores (90% proficiency or higher on most recent PARCC or PARCC-substitute exams) OR
  2. By parent nomination during an annual open nomination period held in May.
  1. In compliance with New Jersey law, the multiple measures identifying gifted and talented students will be used to calculate an overall indicator and will include
  1. The Scales for Identifying Gifted Students
  1. Parent recommendations (30% of indicator)
  2. Teacher recommendations (30% of indicator)
  1. Achievement Test Scores (40% of indicator)
  1. Most recent achievement test scores, such as PARCC Math, ELA or substitute assessment as available

Services Provided 

  1. In compliance with New Jersey law, gifted and talented students at GRHS will be served
  1. Through instructional modifications and adaptations in courses as written in the GRHS curriculum.
  2. Through advanced course offerings or acceleration of courses as appropriate.
  3. Through optional enrichment opportunities such as the middle school robotics programs, competitions, independent study programs, etc.
  4. By informing parents, teachers, counselors, and the student of identified areas of giftedness and available opportunities.

Additional Resources

New Jersey Student Learning Standards: Gifted and Talented Requirements

New Jersey Frequently Asked Questions: Gifted and Talented Services

PreK-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Text of Letter Announcing Nominations

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The mission of Gateway Regional High School is to provide appropriate, challenging opportunities in a safe and positive environment, so that all students can develop academically, mentally, emotionally, physically and socially to their fullest potential. The Gifted and Talented program at Gateway Regional insures that this occurs by providing advanced and enriched curriculum in core subject areas as well as further programs designed to challenge students identified as exceptional learners.

The state of New Jersey defines a gifted and talented student as “
those students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.”

The Gifted and Talented program at Gateway Regional High School strives to both develop student strengths and interests as well as expose students to new ideas and opportunities. In the middle school, in addition to standard curricular and extracurricular choices, students may choose to participate in a pull-out Robotics and STEM program. High school opportunities, in addition to dual-credit and Advanced Placement courses for college credits, include independent study options and extracurricular programs.  

Students are identified for the Gifted and Talented program through an annual process that begins with a nomination. Parents, family, teachers, and community members are encouraged to nominate any student entering or attending Gateway Regional High School in the next school year for screening. The screening process includes measures of leadership, creative, academic, and intellectual capabilities. Placement decisions are made by committee in the spring semester for the next school year.

To nominate a student for the screening process, please complete this form: http://bit.ly/GTNomination 

To request a hard copy of the nomination form if you are unable to complete the online form, please contact Amy Mount. You may direct questions or comments to Amy Lynn Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at amount@gatewayhs.com or 856-848-8200 x. 219.

Text of Memo Announcing Nominations to Elementary Campuses

Dear Administrators and Teachers,

The mission of Gateway Regional High School is to provide appropriate, challenging opportunities in a safe and positive environment, so that all students can develop academically, mentally, emotionally, physically and socially to their fullest potential. The Gifted and Talented program at Gateway Regional insures that this occurs by providing advanced and enriched curriculum in core subject areas as well as further programs designed to challenge students identified as exceptional learners.

Students are identified for the Gifted and Talented program through an annual process that begins with a nomination. Parents, family, teachers, and community members are encouraged to nominate any student entering or attending Gateway Regional High School in the next school year for screening. The screening process includes PARCC (or an alternative test) scores, and measures of leadership, creative, academic, and intellectual capabilities collected from the student’s current teachers and parents through the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS).

Administrators/Counselors, please provide a list of students currently identified as gifted and talented. Currently identified students will be automatically screened for placement in the GRHS program. Lists may be submitted to Denise Marconi, dmarconi@gatewayhs.com.

Teachers, you may nominate any student not currently identified as gifted and talented for the screening process by completing this form: http://bit.ly/GTNomination 

Once students have been nominated, their current teachers will receive an email asking the teacher to complete a measurement form for the SIGS. Completion of this form is necessary for placement in the GT program. Schools will be notified when to expect emails. Our target is prior to the first week of June.

You may direct questions or comments to Amy Lynn Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at amount@gatewayhs.com or 856-848-8200 x. 219.


Nomination Forms: http://bit.ly/GTNomination 


Screening Letter for Parents

Dear Parent or Guardian,

 

Your student,                                                       has been nominated to receive services in the Gateway Regional High School Gifted and Talented Program.

 

To qualify for this program, a student must be identified and screened.  Screening involves collecting and considering data from many sources, including information from standardized test scores, parent(s), and teachers. Please complete the enclosed Home Rating form for the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) and return by mail in the enclosed envelope. The measurements collected from this form will be used as a portion of your student’s identification process. The measurements will also help Gateway Regional High School identify areas in which your child might benefit from enrichment.

If you would prefer that your student not be identified for the gifted and talented program at this time, please return the Home Rating form uncompleted with a note stating that you’d like to refuse identification.                                                                                          

Please direct questions or comments to Amy Lynn Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at amount@gatewayhs.com or 856-848-8200 x. 219.

Best regards,

 

 

Amy Lynn Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

amount@gatewayhs.com

856-848-8200 x. 219

There are many traits that gifted individuals have in common, but no gifted learner exhibits traits in every area. Not all gifted and talented students excel in traditional classroom settings. This list of traits may help you better understand your child.

Cognitive

Creative

Affective

Behavioral

Keen power of abstraction

Interest in problem-solving and applying concepts

Voracious and early reader

Large vocabulary

Intellectual curiosity

Power of critical thinking, skepticism, self-criticism

Persistent, goal-directed behavior

Independence in work and study

Diversity of interests and abilities

Creativeness and inventiveness

Keen sense of humor

Ability for fantasy

Openness to stimuli, wide interests

Intuitiveness

Flexibility

Independence in attitude and social behavior

Self-acceptance and unconcern for social norms

Radicalism

Aesthetic and moral commitment to self-selected work

Unusual emotional depth and intensity

Sensitivity or empathy to the feelings of others

High expectations of self and others, often leading to feelings of frustration

Heightened self-awareness, accompanied by feelings of being different

Easily wounded, need for emotional support

Need for consistency between abstract values and personal actions

Advanced levels of moral judgment

Idealism and sense of justice

Spontaneity

Boundless enthusiasm

Intensely focused on passions—resists changing activities when engrossed in own interests

Highly energetic—needs little sleep or down time

Constantly questions

Insatiable curiosity

Impulsive, eager and spirited

Perseverance—strong determination in areas of importance

High levels of frustration—particularly when having difficulty meeting standards of performance (either imposed by self or others)

Volatile temper, especially related to perceptions of failure

Non-stop talking/chattering

Source:  Clark, B. (2008). Growing up gifted (7th ed.)   Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson Prentice Hall.


Letter to Parents: Placed

Dear Parent(s):

 

Thank you for allowing us to screen                                                                     to determine if gifted and talented education is appropriate for his/her learning needs.  The Gifted and Talented placement committee on your student’s campus has determined that your student does qualify to receive the services offered to gifted and talented students in Gateway Regional High School and that his/her educational needs will be further met through placement in pullout and/or other classes designed for gifted and talented learners.

 

Beginning next school year, he/she will be eligible to receive educational services offered through the GT program.  Should you have questions or concerns prior to that time, please feel free to contact Amy Lynn Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at amount@gatewayhs.com or 856-848-8200 x. 219.

Letter to Parents: Not Placed

Dear Parent(s):

 

Thank you for allowing the Gifted and Talented Program placement committee on your student’s campus to screen                                                                      to determine if gifted and talented education is appropriate for his/her learning needs.

 

The committee has determined that he/she does not qualify to receive GT services at this time.  Please keep in mind that intelligence is cumulative, not static, and that the instruments used to measure ability vary.  Therefore, because your student does not qualify at this time does not mean he/she might not qualify in the future.  

Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Amy Lynn Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at amount@gatewayhs.com or 856-848-8200 x. 219.

Email to Teachers, Counselor

Please be aware that                                                                    has been screened and qualifies for the Gateway Regional High School Gifted and Talented program. Based on screening, the student has been identified as gifted or talented in the following area(s):

General Intellectual Ability

Social Studies

Language Arts

Creativity

Mathematics

Leadership

Science

In compliance with New Jersey law, Gateway Regional High School defines gifted and talented students as those students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.

In compliance with New Jersey law, Gateway Regional High School will provide adjustments or modifications to content, process, products, and learning environments, enabling students who are gifted and talented to participate in, benefit from, and/or demonstrate knowledge and application of the NJSLS. As you plan classroom instruction, please provide the student referenced above with appropriate accommodations and modifications for GT students. Suggested differentiation strategies are included in the Gateway Regional curriculum. For more information on how to best serve your gifted students, please visit the NAGC website for educators.

There are many traits that gifted individuals have in common, but no gifted learner exhibits traits in every area. Not all gifted and talented students excel in traditional classroom settings. This list of traits may help you better understand gifted and talented students.

Cognitive

Creative

Affective

Behavioral

Keen power of abstraction

Interest in problem-solving and applying concepts

Voracious and early reader

Large vocabulary

Intellectual curiosity

Power of critical thinking, skepticism, self-criticism

Persistent, goal-directed behavior

Independence in work and study

Diversity of interests and abilities

Creativeness and inventiveness

Keen sense of humor

Ability for fantasy

Openness to stimuli, wide interests

Intuitiveness

Flexibility

Independence in attitude and social behavior

Self-acceptance and unconcern for social norms

Radicalism

Aesthetic and moral commitment to self-selected work

Unusual emotional depth and intensity

Sensitivity or empathy to the feelings of others

High expectations of self and others, often leading to feelings of frustration

Heightened self-awareness, accompanied by feelings of being different

Easily wounded, need for emotional support

Need for consistency between abstract values and personal actions

Advanced levels of moral judgment

Idealism and sense of justice

Spontaneity

Boundless enthusiasm

Intensely focused on passions—resists changing activities when engrossed in own interests

Highly energetic —needs little sleep or down time

Constantly questions

Insatiable curiosity

Impulsive, eager and spirited

Perseverance—strong determination in areas of importance

High levels of frustration—particularly when having difficulty meeting standards of performance (either imposed by self or others)

Volatile temper, especially related to perceptions of failure

Non-stop talking/chattering

Source:  Clark, B. (2008). Growing up gifted (7th ed.)   Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson Prentice Hall.

Please direct questions or comments to Amy Lynn Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at amount@gatewayhs.com or 856-848-8200 x. 219.