Bellevue East HAL Services

Information for Teachers

What is High-Ability Learning?

Students identified for HAL services at Bellevue East have been through a screening and identification process at some point in his/her educational journey. Typically, students who are identified show superior reasoning, advanced language, and require little repetition to learn something new.

What is High-Ability Learning?

The Nebraska Department of educations states:

Children capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement and/or potential ability in any of the following areas, singly or in combination:

• general intellectual ability

• specific academic aptitude

• creative or productive thinking

• leadership ability

• visual or performing arts

• psychomotor ability

To learn more about how BPS identifies high-ability learners, visit this link.

Power Teacher Information: Who are my High-Ability Learners?

District-wide we are now identifying students for HAL services based on a strength in either a quantitative and/or verbal domain. All incoming freshmen, beginning this year, should have information specific to his/her domain of strength. sophomores and juniors may have some information (and more will be added over the course of the year); however, most seniors will not have any extra information.

On Power Teacher, there are multiple ways to view which students are identified as high-ability learners:

  1. In Power Teacher, select the backpack on the start page, and select individual students. If a student is identified as a high-ability learner, he/she will have "HAL" on the screen under his/her picture.
  2. Through Power Teacher, there is more detailed information available for each student. Follow the steps in this document to check out suggested modifications and the domain of identification.

Meeting with Students

So far this year we have met with Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors to discuss the delivery of High-Ability Learner (HAL) services for the 2015-2016 school year at East. We will meet with Juniors in the near-future on an individual basis to discuss possible instructional modifications, goals, and ways we can provide support.

With students, we discussed some of the following:

  • We will be offering Seminars over a variety of topics that are pertinent to gifted teens.
  • We will also continue to offer guest speakers from career fields; many times those speakers have internship (sometimes even paid internships) opportunities for students.
  • There are also a number of academic competitions that are available to you; check your email and read these newsletters.

We are here to support YOU!

Please know, should you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to brainstorm ideas, we are here to provide support to meet the varying needs of your students. We are willing to attend collaboration, as well as team and/or individual planning events. Want to meet? Contact one of the building HAL facilitators or Megan Kinen, District HAL facilitator.

Myths - Perception vs. Reality

Throughout the next several months, we will share myths about gifted students, according to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Each month we will share one or two myths with you. NAGC Myths

Myth: Gifted students don't need help; the'll do fine on their own.

Truth: Would you send a star athlete to train for the Olympics without a coach? Gifted students need guidance from well-trained teachers who challenge and support them in order to fully develop their abilities. Many gifted students may be so far ahead of their same-age peers that they know more than half of the grade-level curriculum before the school year begins. Their resulting boredom and frustration can lead to low achievement, despondency, or unhealthy work habits. The role of the teacher is crucial for spotting and nurturing talents in school.

Myth: That student can't be gifted! He/she is receiving poor grades.

Truth: Underachievement describes a discrepancy between a student's performance and his actual ability. The roots of this problem differ, based on each child's experiences. Gifted students may become bored or frustrated in an unchallenging classroom situation causing them to lose interest, learn bad study habits, or distrust the school environment. Other students may mask their abilities to try to fit in socially with their same-age peers and still others may have a learning disability that masks their giftedness. No matter the cause, it is imperative that a caring and perceptive adult help gifted learners break the cycle of underachievement in order to achieve their full potential.

Senior Seminar: College & Scholarships

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 2:45pm


We plan to host a seminar during GPS on Thursday, October 8, during GPS. We will be talking about college and scholarship applications, specifically pertaining to high-ability learners. Seniors identified fro HAL services have received information via BPS email to sign up if interested. Do you know of a senior identified as a high-ability learner who would benefit from this? Let us know and we will see if he/she signed up.

Bellevue East HAL Facilitators

David Bossman & Valorie Sailors, Bellevue East HAL Facilitators

Megan Kinen, District K-12 HAL Facilitator