Tomi Stage

Mrs. Stage       

Advanced Learning Facilitator 2020-2021  

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ALP UPDATE

Thank you for meeting with me at conferences in October.  It was wonderful to hear from you all.  If you haven't had a chance to respond to my email that contains a copy of your child's ALP, please just reply that you accept it.  This will be considered our electronic signature for 2020-2021.

 

Discovery Program Application Process
The application process for the Discovery Program is now open.  Applications are due December 4, 2020. The Discovery Program is designed for highly advanced gifted learners in grades 2 - 6 whose needs will be best met in a center based program.   

Want to know more about DCSD's Discovery Program? Join parents of Discovery students and staff from our district's Advanced Academics and Gifted Education team to learn more about this programming available through Discovery.

Join DCAGT (Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented) on their Facebook page on Wednesday, November 11 from 6:00 to 7:00pm

 

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 6th Grade Universal Screening

Universal Screening 

  In the spring of 2020, DCSD transitioned from the “paper pencil” CogAT to the online version.  The online assessment platform provides for easier administration, faster results, and access to the directions in multiple languages other than English. (NOTE: Additional language options are in process.) 

As part of this process, ALL students in grade 6 not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 11-19th.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  

Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

Testing for Gifted Identification outside of the universal screening grades (Grade 2nd and 6th) WILL NOT be facilitated in this November testing window.  Referral testing will be offered in the Mid Year testing window.  

We will provide more detailed information about this opportunity soon!  

 

If your child is in a grade other than 6th and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, and you have not done so already, please initiate the Gifted Identification Referral Process by completing the referral form linked HERE NOTE:  Completing this referral form WILL NOT initiate the CogAT assessment.  

Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.


What We've Been Up To:

• 1st Grade:  We will be working on our Algebraic Thinking Math Center during our time together.  We meet on Wednesdays from 12:20 - 1.

•2nd Grade:  We have begun our study of Fibonachi!  We meet on Wednesdays from 2-2:45.

•3rd Graders:  We are doing the Challenge Math problems together.  Students have Math enrichment packets they can work on in class in place of the regular practice problems from the program.  These reinforce the same skills, but use some higher order thinking skills and integration other strategies  to complete them. We have begun studying Native American totem poles.  Our goals are to better understand the culture of the northwest tribes and their beliefs in and value of our natural world.  We will be learning about some of our own character traits in connection with the animal totems.  As a culminating activity, we will build our own totem poles using our 3-D printer.

 4th  Graders:  We are doing the Challenge Math problems together in class .  Students have enrichment packets they can work on in class in place of the regular practice problems from the program.  These reinforce the same skills, but use some higher order thinking skills and integration other strategies  to complete them.  We are making progress in identifying our Genius Hour projects.  Kids are very excited about these!  This project will help them practice the personal skills initiative/self-direction, responsibility, perseverance, and  creativity and innovation.  We are also working on building in some advanced writing skills in the stories we are writing in class.

•5th Graders will begin work on their Growth Mindset Google Classroom during virtual learning this week.  I will meet with them for Reading on Wednesdays from 1:20-2:00 pm.  Our virtual Math class will continiue on Thursdays at 9:30! We will work on our Challenge Problems that go with the Math Program, and some students are working through extra challenging Math that integrates science concepts and and more advanced Math skills.

•6th Grade: We are continuing our deeper dive into oppression as we read our next novel.  We will be pairing this with poetic text about oppression and building an understanding of the issue of racism in our county.  We are learning how to analyze and interpret poetry along the way.  In Math, we are working on 7th Grade Level Challenge Questions together and they have Enrichment Packets they can work on in class in place of the regular practice problems from the program.  These reinforce the same grade level skills, but use some higher order thinking skills and integration other strategies  to complete them.   Some students are starting a STEM project with positive and negative integers, using fractions and decimals.    

 


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DCSD Gifted Education News

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Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented  Newsletter 

NEW! Facebook Live Sessions in collaboration with DCSD GT Department

Do you want to learn more about Gifted Education in DCSD? Our first session will contain about 30 minutes of information from our district's Advanced Academics and Gifted Education team. We will then follow with about 30 minutes of questions and answers.

Join DCAGT on our Facebook page on Monday, October 26 from 6:00 to 7:00pm.