Gifted and Talented
Uvalde Independent School District
A Note from UCISD Gifted and Talented Teacher
This first newsletter will focus on providing an overview of program design, identification procedures, and policy resources.
Alicia Menchaca, Enrichment Specialist
Gifted and Talented Informational Meeting
Tuesday, Sep 26, 2023, 05:30 PM
Parent Connection Resource
Texas Association of Gifted and Talented
If you are looking for a community that supports your journey as a parent of a gifted child check out the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented. They are hosting a TAGT Fall parent webinar. In this session, attendees will delve into the critical topic of mental health challenges students face and the significance of fostering connections and relationships in their lives.
The UCISD Gifted and Talented Program is committed to providing our students with learning experiences that lead to the development of leadership skills and the creation of advanced level products and/or performances while fostering independent thinking and the promotion of reasoning and critical thinking skills through collaboration with students of similar abilities.
Students at the elementary level receive services through a pull-out program with the gifted teacher.
Students participate in lessons and activities that lead to project development that include real-life applications, and opportunities for independent research.
All students will use the district selected learning management systems for their projects and communication.
- Kindergarten through second grade will utilize See-Saw
- 3rd-6th will utilize Canvas.
Students at the middle and high school receive services from core content teachers that are trained in instruction strategies and best practices for gifted students.
K-2: Students in these grade levels will participate in lessons and activities each week that focus on divergent and convergent thinking skills.
3rd-4th: Our third and fourth grade students will be working on the Explore National Parks Project. This project will allow students to research a selected National Park and develop materials to promote the park for potential visitors. This project highights the Every Kid Outdoors Program where all fourth grade students across the US get FREE National Park Passes for their families!
5th-6th: Fifth and Sixth grade students will be working towards participation in the 90 Second Newbery Contest. Students will read a Newbery Award Winning Novel and write and produce a 90 second film that includes twist or dramatic retelling of the story.
- Is my student a good candidate for G/T?
The G/T Program in UCISD is designed to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of students performing above grade level academically. If you have questions about the decision to refer your child, please contact your child's homeroom teacher at the elementary level or the school counselor at the secondary level. Your child's classrooms teacher will be a good resource of information regarding your child's performance in class and whether or not a G/T placement would benefit your child at this time.
Approximately 5% of students qualify for the gifted program. Very bright students may not qualify. Early readers, all A's, and high STAAR scores are excellent, but are not always indicators of giftedness. Those who meet the criteria for G/T services must earn exceptionally high scores on multiple assessments or screeners. Percentile scoring compares students nationally and by age versus percent correct scoring. Students who score in this range are typically 2-3 years ahead of their peers and have the ability to do level of work set by the G/T Teacher and the Gifted and Talented Curriculum.
Please visit the UCISD G/T Parent Resource Page to find more information regarding the characteristics of gifted learners.
How can my student enter the G/T Program?
There are two ways in which students may be identified for gifted services. All students are eligible to be referred to the program for testing by parents, teachers or community members throughout the year using the digital referral forms that are found on the UCISD website. Additionally, UCISD offers a universal screener for all kindergarten students in the district to assist with early identification.
After students complete testing a student profile is created and reviewed by a committee of teachers that are trained in identification of and nature and needs of gifted students. Committee results are disseminated by the district via US mail within 10 days of the decisions. Parents are able to request a meeting to discuss the child's results at their discretion using the procedures outlined in the handbook.
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