Mrs. Packer December 2015 GE News

Gifted Education news for Cedar Island Elementary

Gift Guide

Looking for a gift idea for the holidays, a birthday, or other special occasion? The following links have some great options for gifted, high performing, creative, and brainy kids!

Testing for GE Services Coming Up in January and Early February

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! Teachers in grades three and four will soon begin the data-collection process in preparation for identifying those students with the greatest need for pull-out enrichment in the 2015-2016 school year.

Teachers and parents may nominate students for this testing and students may self-nominate. 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.

Current GE Pull Out Groups:

Who Knew?!

Students who may need Gifted Education Quantitative classes may show evidence of the following abilities:

  • Multiple Intelligence strength in logical reasoning/math
  • Strong academic performance and/or potential, particularly in math (Evidence may include math RIT score, MCA score, classroom performance)
  • Makes distinction between minute logical inconsistencies
  • Pairs logical and creative thinking to solve problems
  • Strong interest in math computation, problem-solving, spatial reasoning, and/or complex patterns

Students who may need Gifted Education Non-Verbal classes may show evidence of the following abilities

  • Multiple Intelligence strength in visual/spatial, logic, and/or bodily kinesthetic
  • Sequencing skills
  • Pattern recognition
  • Constructive problem-solving
  • Hands-on processing
  • Communication with pictures, images and/or large gestures
  • Makes distinction between minute visual differences
  • Pairs logical and creative thinking to solve problems

GE Monthly District Parent Meetings

Our first Osseo district GE parent meeting was a success! We had over 55 parents in attendance. The purpose of these meetings is to provide parent support for students participating in gifted education needs based classes. There will be monthly meetings throughout the year with various topics – see schedule below. 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. Childcare for children 4+ and a light snack will be provided. Our second meeting will be December 8th and the topic will be on intensity, perfectionism and stress, which are all common characteristics of gifted children.

December 8th, 2015

6:30-7:30 PM

Intensity, Perfectionism and Stress

January 12th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement

February 9th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Idealism, Unhappiness and Depression

March 29th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Communication: The Key to Relationships

April 12, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Not Just Gifted? Twice-Exceptional Children, Organization Issues

May 10th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Advocating for Your Gifted Child Gifted Child


Contacting Deb Packer

763.425.5855 ext. 82124 Wednesday and Friday

Gifted Education Resources:

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page:

National Association for Gifted Children:

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG):