Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

Special Edition - Edition 4


Capistrano Unified School District has eliminated GATE testing for middle school students and is transitioning over to a Performance Based Criteria Program for gifted and high achiever students. Rising 2016-17 6-8th grade students identified as GATE will be grandfathered into accelerated classes until they enter high school but new performance criteria shall be used to place non-identified GATE students into accelerated classes if space permits. Students in accelerated classes will need to maintain performance based criteria in order to remain in accelerated classes going into high school. For more information about the CUSD Middle School Performance Based Program, please refer to the CUSD webpage here.
What's the difference between being gifted vs bright?

Is your child gifted or bright? What's the difference? High achieving students are not necessarily gifted and not all gifted students are high achievers. Read more about the difference in this article.

High Achiever, Gifted Learner, or Creative Thinker?

This study further explores the differences between being bright and being gifted by exploring further into the creative thinker who may not fall into either category.

Quicklink Resources

Guidance Webpage Information and/or links on the Academic Domain such as study skills, test taking, tutoring resources, and useful links for help with English writing and Math skills

Counselors Corner Resource Personal-Social Domain including stress management, conflict mediation, grief, and social skills

College and Career Guidance Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions, and career choices.

Mrs. Theresa Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z

Mr. Andrew Fredriksz - School Counselor Intern

Mr. Fredriksz is a graduate counselling student at Chapman University and is completing his internship with Las Flores. He is available Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mrs. Sonia Eatmon - School Psychologist

Mrs. Lynda Sherman - Registrar, Guidance Secretary

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.