GT News Around NRE

Discovery Application Timeline for 2018-2019 School Year
The Discovery Application Process for the 2018 -2019 school year is now open. 

The application process may be initiated by a teacher or other professional, parent, or student. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is November 17, 2017. For applications submitted after that date, students identified for the program are placed on a space availability basis.

The Discovery Program is a self-contained, center based, magnet program for highly gifted learners located regionally at four elementary school sites in Douglas County. The program is intended for those students who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school gifted programming.

Due to the intensive nature of the Discovery Program, a body of evidence is needed to determine the best match between student and programming.  Information considered includes documented cognitive ability, standardized achievement data, classroom performance data, student, parent, and teacher input. Three major criteria for placement are 

1) Exceptional intellectual/cognitive
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2) Documented above grade level performance in multiple content areas, and 
3) no below grade level performance in any content area. 

Multiple criteria will be considered in the placement process to provide evidence of the best match between student academic need and the rigorous environment of the program.

Please visit the DSCSD Gifted Education Webpage linked HERE for more information and application materials.  

Save the Date: 

DBC Parent Meeting September 27, 2017

SAVE THE DATE. The first DBC Parent Meeting for the 2017-2018 school year is Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Northridge Elementary Library. All Discovery parents are invited to attend.

 Come learn about our current plans and share your ideas on how we can best support Discovery students and teachers this school year.

Another Opportunity:
Dear Families! 

A SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the GiftedParent Group is forming this October. This interactive 8-week parent discussion group meets once a week and discusses key issues related to giftedness and real-world, research-based parenting strategies to help you address these issues in your family. Plus it's a great place to learn about local resources and learn from fellow parents who are facing similar challenges (without judgement!).

Click here to learn more about the group and to register:

​Can't make it this fall? Sign up here to get notified when another group forms:​



The NRE Discovery Booster Club (DBC) is a Chapter of the Foundation for Douglas County Schools (formerly Douglas County Education Foundation). As a chapter, DBC is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

Visit the Foundation's website here.
DBC BOARD (2017-2018)
Filipina Pate, President
Leann Spencer, Vice President
Sara Seba, Secretary
Diane Christensen, Treasurer
Karen Grewell, Community Liaison
Catherine Archuleta, Volunteer Coordinator

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CogAT Testing is Around the Corner!

Please review the CogAT Information tab for the most up to date news about CogAT, including who will be tested and the tentative testing schedule.  If you have a child in 1st, 2nd, 4th, or 5th grade and you wish to have him or her tested, you must complete the Consent to Test AND Gifted ID Referral forms that can be found on the CogAT Information tab.  These forms are due no later than Friday, August 18th to Tawnya Houghton, Intervention Specialist and School Assessment Coordinator.

2017 2018 Advanced Learning Plans

All students who are identified as gifted in the state of Colorado must have a written personalized learning plan, called an Advanced Learning Plan.  At Northridge, Amanda Schmidt, Assistant Principal and GT Facilitator, will seek in put from teachers, students and parents to draft the goals for your child's Advanced Learning Plan between August 29th and September 19th.  Once these plans are drafted, they will be shared with parents no later than September 30th.  

If your child is identified as gifted and is a part of one of our non Discovery classrooms, you should expect to  receive a copy of a parent letter, a parent survey and a student survey in the August 24th Thursday folder.  If you do not receive this packet, please email me ( so that I can send it to you.  These surveys will be used as we draft goals for your child.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.