Tomi Stage

Mrs. Stage       

Advanced Learning Facilitator 2021-2022

Welcome back Sand Creek families!  It has been so good to see your kids and you in the building.  We are off to a great start this year.  This week the kids and I are reviewing the data we've been collecting from classroom assessments, IReady, etc.  and determining our goals in our ALPs.  I will be sharing the Advanced Learning Plans with your at Parent/Teacher conferences in October.  If you'd like to see your child's ALP before then, please let me know.


I send out reminders for special events, important information, and updates to the website through an email to our google group - Sand Creek GT Parents.  Please let me know if you have a child with an ALP, but have not been receiving any group notifications from me.



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Discovery Application for 2022-23 Opens End of September

The Douglas County School District Discovery Program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students (2nd to 6th grade) who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school programming. For more information about the Discovery Program please go HERE.

What We've Been Up To:

• K/1st Grade: Early in the year I just visit our kids in the classroom to see how they are doing.  I meet with them to assess and gather data on them to help us determine the best programming options for them.

•2nd Grade: We are starting the year out as Math Detectives! Very exciting!  This is a combination of reading clues and solving math problems!

•3rd Graders: In Math we are working on higher level multiplication problems.  If you child doesn't have their math facts memorized, practicing them at home could be a fun family activity! In Reading we have been working on growing our brains with critical thinking through analogies and If Then statements.  Next, we will begin our student of Native American beliefs around spirit animals and use the 3D printer to create our out totem poles made with our spirit animals.

 4th  Graders: 4th Graders are coming to the Math Lab 2-3 times a week to work on individualized math activities.  Our focus is on place value and computation right now.  In Reading, yes, we are working on the Sound Garden!  We are hoping to get to put it outside this year!  We are putting together a commercial to send to the other classes to let them know what it's all about!

5th Graders are coming to the Math Lab 2-3 times a week to work on individualized math activities.    In Reading we have been learning about Growth Mindset.  We have also been programming our Dash Robots to get through Driving School, Challenge Cards and we will be creating challenge courses to program them through.

 •6th Graders: In Math we have been reviewing multiplication and devision of decimals while creating a budget plan for a field trip to the zoo.  We are learning how important working accurately is!  In Literacy we are diving into the concepts of oppression and immigration to support our understanding of the novel The Circuit.



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DCSD Gifted Education News

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Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented 


Douglas County Gifted Education Advisory Council (DCGEAC)

We have parents with gifted children that represent each of our feeders in elementary and secondary schools, charter schools in each region and homeschool. We are also seeking secondary students from each region to add their voices. Please see the openings below and let us know if you are interested by filling out the self nomination form HERE. Please email Heather Groff at with any questions. We look forward to partnering with you!


Castle View Feeder: Elementary

Chaparral Feeder: Elementary, Secondary, Discovery

Douglas County Feeder: Elementary

Highlands Ranch Feeder: Elementary

Legend Feeder: currently filled

Mountain Vista Feeder: Elementary

Ponderosa Feeder: Elementary

Rock Canyon Feeder: currently filled

ThunderRidge Feeder: Elementary

Charter: currently filled


Secondary Students (grades 6-12):

Castle Rock (DCHS, CVHS)

Highlands Ranch (HRHS, MVHS, RCHS, TRHS)

Parker (CHS, LHS, PHS)


Check out the upcoming Conversations with CAGT - Season 2

  • September 14th – Brendan Mahan – Rejection Sensitivity

September 21st – Emily Mofield and Megan Parker Peters – Building Tenacity and Resilience through Social-Emotional Learning