Mrs. LeClaire's Jan. 2016 GE News

Gifted Education News For Fernbrook

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CogAT Testing in January

What does CogAT measure?

CogAT measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime, and at different rates for different individuals. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which contribute to school achievement as well.

All second graders will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test in January. Data gathered from this process and the upcoming NWEA assessments, will be used for decisions about GE services for 2016-17. Watch the Wednesday envelope for testing schedule and additional information. You do not need to sign and return anything unless you DO NOT want your child tested.

Third and Fourth graders can be tested with the CogAT too. Students who have been nominated already by teachers or parents have returned a signed permission slip and will be receiving a note home about when they will be testing.

Students may re-test for areas in which they do not currently qualify for GE service. Contact your GE teacher for additional information or to nominate your child for testing if they have not already been nominated.

Weekly Testing Schedule

· Jan. 6, 7, 8 Grade 4 CogAT testing

· Jan. 12, 19, 26 Grade 2 CogAT testing (Woolley, Rahja)

· Jan. 13, 20, 27 Grade 2 CogAT testing (Micek, Webster)

· Jan. 14, 21, 28 Grade 2 CogAT testing (Huck, Eernisse)

· Jan. 13, 20, 27 Grade 3 CogAT testing (Mickelson, Tracy, Varley)

· Jan. 15, 22, 25 Grade 3 CogAT testing (Daley, Larson)

· Make-ups as needed

Up Coming Parent Meeting

Do you want to learn more about what it means to be “gifted?” Would you like to meet and connect with other parents of gifted children? Our school district will now be offering parent support for students participating in gifted education needs based classes. These sessions will be facilitated by several of our #279 Gifted Education Teachers. All meetings will be held at Oak View Elementary and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. The January session is listed below.


Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement

Date: January 12th, 2016

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM

Location: Oak View Media Center

Contact Information

Gifted Education Resources:

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page:

National Association for Gifted Children:

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG):