GATE PROGRAM CURRICULUM
The planned curriculum for the Hope School District GATE Program is available here for your information.
For more information, please contact Mrs. Carrie Garner, District GATE Coordinator, at 967-1239 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1961, the California Legislature established the mentally gifted minor (MGM) program for students scoring in the 98th percentile or above on standardized intellectual ability tests. By 1980, 454 school districts and 160,000 students were participating in this program. AB 1040, enacted in 1980, established the GATE program allowing districts to set their own criteria.
The GATE program offered by the Hope School District provides a comprehensive continuum of services and program options that is responsive to the needs, interests, and abilities of gifted and talented students in grades four, five and six at all three elementary schools in our district. Services for GATE students are integrated throughout the regular school day by means of differentiated lessons and activities, based on the core curriculum. The core curriculum is differentiated through acceleration, depth, complexity and novelty and is consistent with current research provided through the California Association for the Gifted.
GATE identified students are clustered in self-contained regular classrooms in grades 4-6 as well as part-time groupings with the district GATE resource teacher in science and social studies. The GATE program offers more complex instruction and a focus on higher level thinking skills that exceed state and district standards. Clustered students are provided differentiated learning opportunities that ensure appropriate challenges and choices in core curricular areas.
For more information please contact Mrs. Carrie Garner, District GATE Coordinator, at 967-1239 or by email: email@example.com.
January 2012 GATE Newsletter
Hope School District GATE Program
6th Grade News and Pompeii Journal Updates
January 18, 2011
Students set out in late November to research the Roman baths, daily life, and religion in ancient Pompeii during the time of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. They could choose to research additional topics about Pompeii to include in their personal journal and they are currently hard at work on this project. They have one more month before the mid-February deadline approaches. Please ask your student to share their Pompeii identity, what their occupation is and a few interesting research facts with you.
After having taught at Piedmont Middle School and Castro Valley and San Leandro High Schools, I wanted to use my secondary education experience to help prepare 6th graders for junior high. Two goals I've set for the 6th graders this year involves planning and organization and we work on both together in GATE using the Pompeii Journal project.
Students received a Green Handout on the first day of the Pompeii project which lists the requirements in detail. It's designed as a check-off list to help students familiarize themselves with what they need to include in their journal. We refer to this green sheet each day in class and discuss ways to “Look before you Leap.” Students joke that they have almost memorized it in their sleep.
Students recently received a Blue Handout. Although we sit down together to review their work individually, this sheet asks students to take an honest assessment of where they are to-date in their research. We discussed how to make this blue sheet more personal. Several students marked future dates to set goals for completing certain items and by doing so helps them to be aware of and focus on critical time limits (the blue sheet is attached). The Pompeii journal assignment is self-directed and students have many choices as to what they want to work on and accomplish in class; researching, note taking, using a variety of class reference books, drawing, editing, and transcribing entries.
We have several remaining GATE classes left to complete this project. The 6th grade classroom teachers have also allowed students time to work on their journals during the new Intervention/Enrichment portion of the day that the District established this year.
It's rewarding to see students' efforts in research and organization take shape. Students and parents may contact me with questions about the ancient Pompeii journal project at:
Remember: La Colina Jr. High Open House for 6th grade parents is Jan. 20 at 6:00 PM
Thank you too, for your help and support!
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