GT Corner

Helpful information and announcements!

Week 9: GT Nominations are closed! Please check your email for Observation checklists.

Week 8: 10/3 - 10/7

The referral window closes this week!

Week 7: 9/26- 9/30

Thank you for submitting your referrals! Please get them in. NO LATE REFERRALS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Window closes 10/7.

Week 6: 9/19- 9/23

GT Referral Nominations are now open

Nominations are closed.

Week 5: 9/12-9/16

Zoom Video of GT Info session from 9/13/22

Becker Elementary Gt Parent Info Session 9/13/2022

Google Slide Presentation from 9/13 meeting

Week 4: 9/5- 9/8

1st annual GT Parent info session!

This year, I will host a 45-minute zoom session to discuss the most common questions I get, go over the steps for nomination, and then explain my role. I'm hoping that we'll cover everything you need to know and have time after for some questions if I didn't answer something.

I will end the meeting at 6:15 pm. If you do not get an answer to your question, please email me directly.

Thank you!

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Week 3: 8/29 - /9/2

Gifted and Talented Assessment and Screening Timeline for 2022-2023

The GT Nomination window will open on September 19 and close on October 7. I will post a link to an online nomination form per grade level on the Smore and I will send a flier home the week before with a QR code.

Students who have already been identified as GT in previous years do not need to test again. Once they are identified they will stay in GT for the remainder of their time in AISD.

Once all nominations have been received, I will email parents and teachers to fill out student observation forms. These forms will be sent out on October 8th and are due by October 19.

Once all documentation has been received, students will take online GT testing. They will be pulled out of class for 30-60 minutes for a series of 3 days to complete testing. 3rd-5th graders will take a CogAT* test and K-2nd will take the NNAT**.

Online testing will take place between October 24 and December 2.

Final decisions will be communicated on Dec. 19th and services will begin on January 10th.

*The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a multiple-choice K-12 assessment that measures reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions. The CogAT is a group-administered aptitude test commonly given as an entrance exam into a school’s gifted programs.

**The NNAT (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) is a nonverbal test used for qualifying K-12 students for gifted and talented programs. It is a group-administered aptitude test commonly given as an entrance exam into schools’ gifted programs. The NNAT utilizes shapes and figures to evaluate the problem-solving and reasoning abilities of a child without relying on their language skills.

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GT Challenge (Open to ALL)

Bake something and DOUBLE the recipe!

Have your child figure out how to double measurements. Discuss what measuring tools are, why we use them, and how it relates to Math!

Have them write a paragraph explaining how they figured out what the total was from doubling (example: 1/3 and 1/3 was 2/3 because it was a third of a cup plus another third so we have 2 thirds NOT 2/6 because that would be less than 2/3 ) and why math is important for every day life!

If doubling is too easy, try HALFING a recipe!

Turn in any pictures or work to with your child's name, grade, and teacher!

Week 2: 8/22- 8/26

Hello! I'm Crystal Contreras the GT Advocate for Becker Elementary. This is my second year in the role and I hope to keep getting better every year. Please stay tuned for important announcements, dates, and deadlines here. Aside from the Smore, please visit our GT Bulletin by the Main entrance of the school.

This month all students are invited to complete GT menu activities for a chance to get a prize! The bulletin board will be updated with important dates, information, and other activities.