Gifted and Talented
Please contact Beth Patrick https://bit.ly/gtpatrick
Message from the GT staff
We want to introduce the Gifted/Talented program in Pulaski County School District to you. As always, we are available for questions. Feel free to email or call, Beth Patrick or Krista Pierce.
To prospective GT students & parents:
GT is not a club or group you can join. It is an educational service that is provided to you, if you qualify pursuit to 704KAR 3:285. Kentucky formally identifies gifted students in grades 4-12 in the following areas:
*** General Intellectual: possessing either the potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in general intellectual ability and possessing a consistently outstanding mental capacity as compared to children of one’s age, experience, or environment. General intellectual ability is usually reflected in extraordinary performance in a variety of cognitive areas, such as abstract reasoning, social awareness, memory, spatial relations, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information. A composite score in the 9th stanine is required.
***Specific Academic Aptitude - (Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies) possessing either potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in specific academic areas significantly beyond the age, experience or environment of one’s chronological peers. While students with specific academic aptitude are typically of at least above average intellectual ability, they are often extremely capable of high performance in one or more related academic area (s). A composite score in the 9th stanine on a nationally normed referenced test of achievement is required.
***Leadership or Psycho-social Ability - possessing either potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in social skills and interpersonal qualities such as poise, effective oral and written expression, managerial ability, and the ability, or vision, to set goals and organize others to successfully reach those goals.
***Visual and Performing Arts Ability - possessing either potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in the visual or performing arts and demonstrating the potential for outstanding aesthetic production, accomplishment, or creativity in areas such as art, dance, drama, music.
***Creative and Divergent Thinking Ability - possessing either potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in creative thinking and divergent approaches to conventional tasks as evidenced by innovative or creative reasoning, advanced insight and imagination, and solving problems in unique ways.
Gifted services for students include the following as appropriate per student and per gifted category:
School Services – These are the gifted service options that schools provide that must be decided at the administrative level.
Appropriate Courses - Schools provide an array of courses that include advanced placement, dual credit, honors, advanced, or leveled.
Acceleration - Schools provide subject-matter acceleration and whole-grade acceleration opportunities to students who have demonstrated the need for acceleration.
Early Entrance/Exit - Schools provide early admission to school and early graduation from school to students who have demonstrated the need.
Regular Education Teacher Services – These are the gifted service options that classroom teachers provide based on the needs of the individual gifted students in the classroom.
Differentiation - Teachers provide a variety of differentiation methods to match the needs of gifted students so that students may learn and demonstrate their learning in a manner that best matches their identified strengths with the curriculum and allows students to move through the curriculum faster or deeper. Differentiation methods may include pre-assessment, curriculum compacting, learning contracts, flexible grouping, tiered assignments, student choice, higher order thinking and questioning strategies, and/or extensions.
Gifted Education Teacher Services – These are the gifted service options that the GT Teacher may provide based on the needs of the school, classroom teachers, and gifted students.
Consultation - Gifted resource teacher may provide instructional information and materials to the regular classroom teacher for use in the regular classroom setting.
Seminars - Gifted resource teacher may provide services that are discussion-based sessions on specific topics focusing on advanced content and higher level process skills.
Resource Service - Gifted resource teacher may provide services in a pullout setting. Pullouts may be a part-time grouping of students with gifted characteristics based on the interests, needs and abilities of the students. Pullouts are designed for accelerated content, special interest groups, and process skills development.
Enrichment – Gifted resource teacher may provide services that are academically-based activities, programs, or competitions that may be offered before, during, or after school hours. These services may also be provided by other teachers.
Travel Study Options – Gifted resource teacher may provide services that are academically-based domestic or international travel and which may result in high school or university course credit.
- 1st Visual and Performing Arts Nominees (art, music, dance, and drama) are due from teachers to Krista Pierce
- 3rd Sign ups for Mediterranean Coast and Alps 2021 trip due for the early enrollment discount to EF. Call for more information.
- 7th Visual and Performing Arts Parent Packets being mailed to nominees
- 11th IDEAFEST- gifted 6th grade General Intellect and Leadership in Bowling Green 8:00 am -5:00 pm eastern time
- 11th Gifted Education Month-BOARD PRESENTATION for elementary leadership students at 5:30 pm at the central office boardroom
- 18th Final day to sign up for Scotland and Ireland trip online through EF- call for more information
- 19th Ninja Elementary GI grade Science Review South Schools
- 20th Ninja Elementary GI grade Science Review North Schools
- 24th-25th KAGE Conference in Lexington Kentucky for educators and parents. See KAGE Website
- 26th Norton Center for the Arts for high school visual and performing arts call the gifted department to sign up
- 2nd - 13th FIRST WINDOW FOR GENERAL INTELLECTUAL AND CREATIVITY TESTING signups for all of 3rd grade students and make up testing.
Activities will be rescheduled due to COVID
- 23rd Lexington Children's Theater- Long Road To Freedom for Elementary- all GT; MS/HS Leadership, Visual Arts, and Creativity Gifted Students
- 26th Leadership Nomination Window for 4th grade students: Window Ends May 1st
- 2nd Culinary Day at SCC for High School
- 15th-29th Auditions for visual and performing art nominees at each school
- 1st Leadership Nominations are due to the gifted department
- 1st-14th Final Testing Window for General Intellectual and Creativity testing for all exiting 3rd grade students and additional testing
Gifted and Talented Upcoming Educational Travel Opportunities for 8th grade and high school
Travel Pictures from last Summer Trip to London, Paris, Florence, and Rome