Celebrating Gifted

January 2023

Greetings, GT Families!

The new semester has begun, and we have a lot going on to get the year started! Please read below about GT Academy and GT Mentorship applications as well as our NEW summer camp pilot!

We would also like to encourage our parents to attend the monthly Information Download Zoom session to hear the latest happenings in the Gifted and Talented Department (and ask questions!) - save the date for January 11, 2023, at 6:30! We hope that you and your family have a prosperous and positive new year!


FBISD GT Department

5th grade Parents and Students: GT Middle School Academy at Quail Valley

The 2023-2024 GT Academy Recruitment, Application and Selection Timeline has been published and is available on the GT Academy Webpage. School tours and 5th grade night are also on the GTA calendar. Please go to the GT Academy web page for all information related to the GT Academy!

GT Academy Recruitment and Application Information

11th grade Parents and Students: GT Mentorship Information Meetings

Representatives from the Gifted and Talented Department will be visiting campuses in January to share information and application requirements with current GT-identified juniors about the Gifted and Talented Senior Mentorship Program. GT Mentorship is a for-credit, honors-level elective available to GT-identified seniors. Juniors apply during the spring semester of their junior year. Students will receive meeting attendance information from their campus directly.

Information Meeting schedule (chronological order):

Elkins High School -- Monday, January 9, 2023 (morning)

Austin High School -- Monday, January 9, 2023 (afternoon)

Dulles High School -- Tuesday, January 10, 2023 (morning)

Ridge Point High School -- Wednesday, January 11, 2023 (morning)

Hightower High School -- Thursday, January 12, 2023 (morning)

Marshall High School -- Tuesday, January 17, 2023 (afternoon)

Bush High School -- Wednesday, January 18, 2023 (morning)

Clements High School -- Wednesday, January 18, 2023 (afternoon)

Willowridge High School -- January 19, 2023 (morning)

Kempner High School -- January 19, 2023 (afternoon)

Travis High School -- Wednesday, January 25, 2023 (morning)

Hightower High School -- Thursday January 26, 2023 (morning, if needed)

Parent information meetings will also be held via Zoom at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 12:00 p.m. LINK TO JOIN

Thursday, January 19, 2023, 6:30 p.m. LINK TO JOIN

Gifted and Talented Mentorship Web Page

Spring Referral Window is Open: January 5 - January 31, 2023

Eligibility for referral during this window:

  • Fort Bend ISD students who enrolled after the the closing of the fall referral window (after September 30, 2022)
  • Fort Bend ISD students who are identified for GT services and wish to be re-evaluated to add an area of service (fee assessed for re-evaluation)

Please visit the Spring Referral Window Web Page for full details

GT Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Information Download

Please join us for our January Information Download provided by the GT Parent Advisory Committee (GT PAC) and FBISD GT Department on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 6:30 p.m.

January's session will provide updates on the work of the GT Department and GT PAC subcommittees in December and January, information on GT Initiatives as well as GT-specific parents resources selected by the FBISD GT PAC.

Access the Zoom Link HERE.

GT PAC (Parent Advisory Committee)

The GT PAC hosted its monthly virtual meeting on December 14, 2022. During the “Information Download” portion of the meeting, the GT department provided an overview summarizing the Fall 2022 GT Parent Symposium, GT Family Series Challenge, and GT Workstream monthly updates.

GT PAC Web Page

To access video/recording of the December Information Download meeting, please use the link below:

December Information Meeting

Grades 3-5 GT Summer Camp

The GT Department is happy to announce the pilot of a summer camp designed specifically for GT-identified students. After receiving feedback from our GTPAC on potential dates, locations, tuition cost and areas of interest, the GT Department has decided the camp will be science-based and will serve students enrolled in grades 3 through 5. The camp will be filled with innovative and creative experiences, as well as opportunities for field experiences. This pilot will be available in the summer of 2023 with the intention of expanding to other grade levels and will provide additional opportunities in upcoming summers.

The District will be sharing summer camp registration information, dates, locations, and costs later this spring. We are excited to be bringing this hands-on experience to our GT students. Stay tuned for more information.

GT Family Series: "It's Cold Outside"

If you registered for the Winter Family Series Challenge "It's Cold Outside," please remember to submit your videos by Friday, January 13, 2023! We are looking forward to seeing the entries!

Video submission E-mail

GT Learning Plans

During January, students will review their GT Learning Plan goals to clarify their next steps and make any adjustments necessary to meet their goals. Parents can support the GT Learning Plan goal review by asking reflective questions to help your child focus on the steps needed to accomplish their goal and provide positive reinforcement to encourage your child to continue on the path to success.

GT Learning Plan Web Page

TPSP in FBISD (GT Showcase)

Students should continue compiling their research on the topic they have chosen for their project, as well as starting to design a final product for presentation. Be on the lookout for campus showcase dates on the campus GT web pages!

TPSP in FBISD Web Page

Mentorship Spotlight