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Science Alliance for 5th Graders!

 

Learn more about how your child can work with a high school mentor and showcase their science project at  the Science Alliance District-wide Science Fair at Dougherty Valley High School.

Click here for more information.

 

Science Alliance 5th Grade Info Flyer

Websites for Parents of GATE Students

ohn Hopkins

Center for Talented Youth

http://cty.jhu.edu/welcome/index.html 

 

National Association for 

Gifted Children

http://www.nagc.org/

 

 

Education World:

Gifted Page click here

 

 

Hoagie's Gifted

Education Page

 

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/

 

California Association for 

the Gifted

http://www.cagifted.org

Gifted and Talented Education

GATE Information Night 2018

Mark your calendar for October 23rd from 5:45-6:30 in the MPR. 

Presentation from GATE Parent Information Night

GATE at Montair

Montair Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program supports excellence in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) through a program that enhances the education of all students while addressing the specific needs of the gifted. An equitable identification process, differentiated instruction, and enrichment ensure continuous academic growth. Montair teachers provide GATE students with planned and organized learning experiences that are integrated into the regular school day. They may also be augmented or supplemented with other enrichment activities related to the core curriculum. Differentiated curriculum is one that regularly provides opportunities for gifted students to experience instructional techniques that address one or more of the following questions about instruction:

 

Pace: Is the child moving through the curriculum at a pace that insures continuous progress?

 

Depth: Does the curriculum allow the gifted child to go deeper than the surface of a subject area?

 

Complexity: Is the gifted child challenged by critical thinking and higher order thinking skills in the classroom?

 

Product: Does the child have the opportunity to be creative and to apply knowledge to real life situation

 

At Montair we enrich all our students with a variety of opportunities both during the school day and through our after school enrichment program. Montair currently offers before and after school enrichment programs including Breakfast Book Club,  Pacific Chess Academy, Sarah's Science Toyology, Math Olympiads (Grades 4-5), and Leadership (Grades 4-5).  We also created 3 Science Olympiad Teams (Grades 4-5) who competed and were honored in a variety of categories. 

GATE FAQ

1. What is GATE?

GATE represents Gifted and Talented Education. The term gifted refers to children who show, or have the potential for showing, an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas of expression. GATE is the differentiated and specialized education within the classroom designed for these gifted children.

 

2. How does a student become qualified as GATE?

 

At the conclusion of the second trimester, second grade teachers administer the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). In order to pass the test, the CogAT age-related composite score must be at the 98th percentile or above OR a student must have an age-related composite score at the 97th percentile with an age-related score at the 99th percentile in at least one of the test's three sections (verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal). Once a student has passed the CogAT, he or she is identified as GATE.

 

3. What is the CogAT?

 

The CogAT is a natural aptitude test that measures a student’s inductive and deductive reasoning abilities as well as their capacities in verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative tasks. Scores on this assessment reflect a student’s ability to identify relationships and demonstrate flexible thinking. The CogAT is frequently used among school districts to identify gifted students. San Ramon Valley Unified School District is one of those districts.

 

4. How does one prepare for the CogAT?

 

Since the CogAT is a natural aptitude test, there is no academic preparation required. Unnecessary studying can actually hinder a child's performance on the test and cause greater disappointment in the case that the child does not pass. Montair teachers recommend a good night's sleep the night before, a hearty breakfast the morning of the test, and plenty of encouragement from parents. Second grade teachers review the test's content with practice tests beforehand and create a conducive test taking environment by teaching the students smart test taking strategies.

 

5. What happens if my child passes the CogAT test?

 

Once your child passes the CogAT, he or she is classified as GATE in the school district and at the child's elementary school site. Administration and classroom teachers are informed of the child's GATE status and this information is entered into his or her school file. Students retain GATE status throughout their educational experience in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Students are placed in "GATE clusters" which means that many are grouped together in one classroom to meet their needs more effectively.

 

6. What happens once my child is identified as GATE?

 

You will receive an e-mail from Montair shortly after test results have been released. The e-mail will give you a brief overview of the program and what it entails. For further explanation, you will receive an invitation for a GATE Information Night. This night will explain the program in detail and answer any questions you may have about the program. Classroom teachers are another great resource for information.

 

7. How does Montair meet the needs of GATE students?

 

GATE instruction begins on the first day of school. Through a variety of good teaching practices and strategies, Montair teachers meet the needs of and provide challenges for GATE students. GATE education is integrated into daily instruction. This ensures that gifted students' needs are being met consistently and constantly. Research shows that ongoing, in-class GATE instruction is far more powerful than sporadic after school GATE enrichment. San Ramon Valley School District and Montair believe that our gifted students deserve the maximum amount of GATE instruction that can be provided. The topic of GATE instruction and its implementation will be discussed in depth at the GATE Information Night. For information on how your child's unique needs are being met in his or her personal classroom, consult the teacher. Just as our gifted children learn differently, teachers present information and modify to meet their teaching styles. There might be slight deviations.

 

8. What happens if a child does not pass the CogAT?

 

Regardless if a child passes the CogAT, his or her needs will be met in the classroom. GATE practices and strategies are not restricted to GATE students alone. If a child excels or shows strength in a particular academic area, the teacher will instruct or challenge him or her accordingly. Montair has many brilliant children that are willing and able to take a challenge. Montair teachers give children what they need whether or not they are classified as GATE.

 

9. Can students take the CogAT again? If so, how do I organize the retest for my child?

 

Yes. Students can retake the CogAT the following year.  If you would like your child to retest, register online with the GATE district office. There is a cost (TBD) that covers the registration and administration process. Register at  http://www.srvusd.net/edservices/GATE

 

10. My child is new to the school district. How can he or she be identified as GATE?

 

 If your child was identified as a GATE student in another school district, contact the district GATE office at (925) 552-2916. They will tell you if the other district's assessments are equivalent or if your child must retest in our school district. If your child must retest, please refer to the previous question and answer.

 

11. How can I get additional information about the GATE program in the San Ramon Valley School District and at Montair?

 

For information about the GATE program in San Ramon Valley Unified School District refer to the district's GATE website at http://www.srvusd.net/edservices/GATE. There is a multitude of information about the district's approach to and support of gifted education. For further information about GATE at Montair, contact a GATE teacher representative. Their information is provided on this webpage. For specific questions about GATE instruction and how it's implemented in the classroom, please wait for the GATE Information Night. It will provide all the answers to those questions and more. Your child's classroom teacher can be a valuable resource for information as well.

 

12. How can parents help out with the GATE program? 

 

There are many ways you can help our Montair GATE program and your gifted child.

 

  • Contact the classroom teacher and see if there is any way to assist in GATE instruction implementation.
  • Teach an enrichment class after school. You don't have to be a teacher to provide knowledge, experiences, and challenges for our gifted children. They are eager to listen and learn. Teachers can train you on simple teaching techniques to aid in your instruction if you would like.
  • Volunteer to be a chaperone for one of the enrichment classes when needed.
  • Provide instruction yourself at home. Learning does not end once a child leaves the classroom. The best education comes from teachers and parents working together for children. Take your child to museums, shows, or places of historical value. Ask questions about the trips and connect them to real world applications. You can also provide interest-based projects if your child would like to do them.

GATE IDENTIFICTION AND TESTING

Identification and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Information

San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 to identify students eligible for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. This test consists of three batteries which measure verbal, quantitative and nonverbal abilities. To be considered for SRVUSD GATE identification, a student whose National Age Composite Percentile Rank is at 98 or above is considered. 

Additionally, a student whose National Age Composite Percentile Rank is 97 AND has scored a 99 in ONE of the three areas (Verbal, Quantitative or Non Verbal), will be considered for GATE identification. Our district does not recommend any materials for CogAT preparation. Students are encouraged to take the CogAT with minimal test preparation so that we get an accurate measure of the students' reasoning abilities.

 

CogAT Testing for Grade 2: All 2nd grade students are administered the CogAT in their classrooms. The Grade 2 CogAT is administered in the last week of February of each school year.

 

CogAT Testing for Grades 3-4:  Students in grades 3 and 4 who have previously taken the grade 2 CogAT, or are new to SRVUSD may take the CogAT. Parents must register their child to take the test. Online registration for CogAT test begins in early Fall. For the 2016-17 school year, the CogAT testing date is Saturday, November 5, 2016. The online registration window is August 15 - September 25, 2016. To register  Click Here

 

CogAT Testing for New Students in Grades 5-7:  Students in grade 5, 6, or 7 who are new to SRVUSD and have never been tested for GATE will be given an opportunity to take the CogAT. Parents must register their child to take the test. Online registration for CogAT test begins early Fall. For the 2016-17 school year, the CogAT testing date is Saturday, November 5, 2016. The online registration window is August 15 - September 25, 2016. To register Click Here

 

New Students in Grades 3-8 Previously Identified as Gifted in Former District: Previously identified gifted students who enter SRVUSD are considered for GATE identification as determined by the SRVUSD's GATE identification criteria. Parents should provide their student’s GATE identification paperwork to their school office. The paperwork needs to include: 1. document that certifies that the student was in a gifted program, and 2. name of assessment measure(s) and student’s scores used to qualify the student for GATE. Please contact Hanna Ma if you have questions.

 

Important Dates

CogAT Retesting Registration Closes on September 23, 2018

 

 

CogAT Testing for Grades 3-4: Students in grades 3 and 4 who have previously taken the grade 2 CogAT, or are new to SRVUSD may take the CogAT. Parents must register their child to take the test. Online registration for CogAT test is on August 13-September 23, 2018 and testing takes place on the morning of Saturday, November 3, 2018. Click Here to Register.


 

 

GATE SRVUSD Contacts

Carol Loflin, Director,  cloflin@srvusd.net

Tasha Snow, Curriculum Coordinator, tsnow@srvusd.net

Cathy McSweeney, Secretary, cmcsweeney@srvusd.net 

 

CogAT Testing Contact -

Hanna Ma - Coordinator, Assessment, Research and Evaluation 925-552-2959 or 925-552-2967   

GATE Links

Previously Identified as Gifted in Former District

New Students in Grades 3-8 Previously Identified as Gifted in Former District: Previously identified gifted students who enter SRVUSD are considered for GATE identification as determined by the SRVUSD's GATE identification criteria. Parents should provide their student’s GATE identification paperwork to their school office. The paperwork needs to include: 1. document that certifies that the student was in a gifted program, and 2. name of assessment measure(s) and student’s scores used to qualify the student for GATE. Please contact Cathy McSweeney if you have questions.

 

 

Learning Links

GATE students can use the following sites to investigate topics of interest and gain a greater understanding of them.

The Arts

ARTSEDGE 

Artsonia 

ArtsEdNet 

Music Education Online 

The Puppetry Home Page 

 

Language Arts and Literature

AskOxford.com 

Bartleby.com 

Bookadventure 

The Children's Book Council 

The Children's Literature Web Guide 

The Online Books Page 

 

Mathematics

BoxerMath.com 

ExploreMath.com 

Illuminations 

Math.com 

The Math Forum 

Math Goodies 

 

Science

NASA Education Program 

Project 2061 

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Student Programs 

 

Social Studies

EyeWitness

Lesson Plans and Resources for Social Studies Teachers

Social Studies School Service 

Social Studies Sources

 

Health/Nutrition/Physical Education

KidsHealth 

KidsRunning.com 

PE Central 

Sports Media

 

Information Indexes

(An information index is a set of topic menus and submenus to narrow searches until you find what you need.Yahoo is the most popular, but there are other choices including specialized education indexes.)

Google for Education

Yahoo! 

About.com 

Education World 

EduHound.com 

Galaxy 

HotBot 

 

Search Engines

(These online tools find Web pages containing words or phrases that you specify-put desired phrases in quotes,such as "Continental Congress." The last three are "metasearch engines" that use multiple search tools simultaneously.)

Ask Jeeves 

Lycos 

Search.com 

SearchEdu 

Search Engine Watch 

WebCrawler

Dogpile 

 

Student Research Resources

(The following age-appropriate sites help students answer their own questions, do homework assignments and focused research.)

The Academy of Achievement

Ask Jeeves Kids

Bigchalk HomeworkCentral 

CNN Student News

CyberSleuth Kids 

InfoPlease 

Itools.com 

KidsClick! 

Library Spot

The National Student Research Center (youth.net/nsrc)

NetTrekker (www.nettrekker.com)

Refdesk.com (www.refdesk.com)

Surf Monkey (www.surfmonkey.com)

Yahooligans! The Web Guide for Kids (www.yahooligans.com)

 

Libraries and Museums

(The following sites will link you to museums, libraries and interactive exhibits throughout the world)

A Library of Blue Ribbon Learning Sites: www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/index.cfm

American Memory Historical Collections (memory.loc.gov)

American Museum of Natural History (www.amnh.org)

The Exploratorium (www.exploratorium.edu)

The Franklin Institute Online (www.fi.edu)

Hands-on Science Centers Worldwide (www.cs.cmu.edu/~mwm/sci.html)

The Internet Public Library (www.ipl.org)

The Library of Congress (www.loc.gov)

Library Spot (www.libraryspot.com)

MuseumNetwork.com (www.museumnetwork.com)

National Air and Space Museum (www.nasm.edu)

National Archives and Records Administration (www.nara.gov)

Smithsonian Institution (www.si.edu)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (www.ushmm.org)

 

News Sources

(The communications sites below offer news-related curriculum resources students.)

ABC News (abcnews.go.com)

CNN.com (www.cnn.com)

CNN Student News (fyi.cnn.com)

MSNBC News/Education (www.msnbc.com/news/Learning_Front.asp)

The Nando Times (www.nandotimes.com)

NBCi (www.nbci.com)

The New York Times/Learning Network (www.nytimes.com/learning)

NewspaperLinks (www.newspaperlinks.com)

Time for Kids.com (www.timeforkids.com/TFK)

USNewsClassroom.com (usnewsclassroom.com)

USA Today/Education Online (www.usatoday.com/educate/home.htm)

The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition (www.wsjclassroomedition.com)

Television Media

(The sites that follow offer teaching and learning materials to support and extend television programming.)

AE Classroom (www.aande.com/class)

Annenberg/CPB Exhibits (www.learner.org/exhibits)

Biography.com (www.biography.com)

Book TV (www.booktv.com)

Discovery.com (www.discovery.com)

DicoverySchool.com (school.discovery.com)

ESPN.com (espn.go.com)

HBO Family (www.hbofamily.com)

History Channel.com (www.thehistorychannel.com)

National Geographic.com (www.nationalgeographic.com/education)

National Public Radio Online (www.npr.org)

Nickelodeon Teachers.Nick.Com (teachers.nick.com); Nick Jr. (www.nickjr.com)

PBS Online (www.pbs.org); PBS Kids (pbskids.com)

PBS TeacherSource (www.pbs.org/teachersource)

Sesame Workshop (sesameworkshop.org)

The Weather Channel weather.com (weather.com)

 

Educational, Yet Fun Sites for Kids

(The following sites offer creative child0appealing educational and recreational materials including games,

puzzles,stories and interactive activities).

Berit's Best Sites for Children (www.beritsbest.com)

Bonus.com (bonus.com)

Cyberkids (www.cyberkids.com)

Fun-Attic (www.funattic.com)

Funbrain (www.funbrain.com)

Headbone.com(www.headbone.com)

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page www.hoagiesgifted.org

Infogrames Kids (www.funkidsgames.com)

KidsCom (www.kidscom.com)

Linkopedia/Kids (www.linkopedia.com/kids.html)

MaMaMedia.com (www.mamamedia.com)

MidLink Magazine (longwood.cs.ucf.edu/~MidLink)

MSN Kids (kids.msn.com)

NASA Kids www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html

(www.4kids.org)

(Zeeks.com)

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