Elementary Gifted and Talented Program
Mission StatementThe gifted program leads students to be successful, intrinsically motivated decision makers, who reach their maximum potential as independent thinkers and lifelong learners.
In kindergarten and first grade, identified GT students are served through the regular classroom where each teacher is trained in the initial 30 hours of GT training, along with six-hour annual updates. PACE (Plan of Action for Curriculum Enrichment) teachers, teachers who are trained to work specifically with gifted students, also schedule pull-out lessons with these students as well as working with the students in their general classrooms as time allows.
All identified 2nd-5th graders are served through a two-hour per week pull-out program called PACE. PACE enrichment curriculum at this level is designed to allow for in-depth exploration of topics and issues that require high-level thinking. The purpose of enrichment is to provide extended learning opportunities and challenges to students who have already mastered or can quickly master the basic curriculum.
In elementary, the GT students are clustered in groups of 5-10 in the classrooms. This gives the GT students opportunities during the week to work with other GT students in a flexible setting. Teachers use formative assessments to make decisions about grouping in their classrooms to best address the learning needs.Please click here for more information about PACE (PACE Handbook 2017-2018).Elementary Gifted and Talented SpecialistsThere are a total of seven PACE teachers who are assigned to work with our elementary gifted and talented students. Their names and campus assignments are listed below. To learn more about each PACE teacher, please click the name to visit the teacher's website.
Name Campus Assignment(s) Debbie Ruiz Elkins and Willow Creek Shelly Couch Bryson, Eagle Mountain, and Saginaw Shelly Dreiling Lake Pointe and Northbrook Meg Farley Comanche Springs and Gililland Stacey Herring Greenfield and Remington Point Laura Musgrove High Country and Chisholm Ridge Lauren Polasek Parkview and Dozier