GATE Updates January 2022

Gifted and Talented Education

Elementary School Innovation Clubs

Each elementary school will offer Innovation Clubs for GATE identified 3-5 graders. These clubs will be taught by a GATE certified teacher, or by a partner teacher from the Institute for Educational Advancement. Innovation Clubs offer opportunities for students to engage in an interest based pathway of study, collaborate on STEAM based projects, and develop critical and creative thinking through problem based learning. Your school will be reaching out to parents of students in grades 3-5 within the next month to offer the opportunity to participate in Innovation Club.

Junior Docents - Gamble House

We are #pusdproud of our middle school Junior Docents for The Gamble House! These student docents have completed their training and begun going to third grade classrooms to docent the virtual tour for My Masterpieces!

GATE Parent Enrichment Evening

Please join us on February 15 for a GATE Parent Enrichment Evening! We will discuss current services and supports for our students, and explore ways to connect strengths and challenges from school to home.


5:00 English

6:00 Spanish


Please RSVP here.

Renzulli Learning!

Looking for a meaningful enrichment and differentiation tool for your child? Try Renzulli Learning! All students and teachers K-5 have access through Clever to this incredible interest based learning program. Start with the interest inventory and then explore from there!

GATE Equity Focus Group

We are committed to equity in identifying and serving potential in our students. Through the new identification processes we have put into place in the last three years we have had improvement in this area.


To this end, we have convened a GATE Equity Focus Group to engage in professional learning and further adapt our processes to better serve the needs of gifted youth from all populations that we serve. For 2020-21, the group was made up of teachers and instructional coaches who are committed to this cause and dedicated to supporting systemic pedagogical changes for identifying and responding to potential.


As we continue to develop this work, we are looking for parents to lend their voice. Please email anderson.karen@pusd.us directly if you are interested.

Save the Date! Innovation Exposition

Friday, May 6th, 9am-4pm

1201 South Marengo Avenue

Pasadena, CA

Selected students from each school present their projects to community scientists, engineers, and leaders. Awards ceremony will be livestreamed.

More information can be found here.

Save the Date: Math Field Day!

Thursday, April 14th, 5pm to Saturday, April 16th, 7:30pm

990 Allen Avenue

Pasadena, CA

The in-person culminating event will take place at Marshall Fundamental and will include the following:

The Championship Series (5:00 - 6:00):

  • Each grade level with play the championship round (top two teams) in person

  • A neutral certificated proctor will be assigned to the group to ensure integrity of the test taking process


Field Day Activities (5:00 - 6:30)

  • All teams will go to preset stations for outdoor STEM activities sponsored by high school academies and community partners


Awards Ceremony (6:30 - 7:30):

  • Olympics style: teams will parade around the football field and then sit on the track in designated location

  • Medals, certificates, and trophies will be given out

  • Gold, Silver & Bronze teams will be announced