Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!
"What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning." Chuck Grassley
Gifted vs. Bright and Other Information You May Want to Know
Kindergarten GT Parent Information Meeting
Elementary Parent Night Presentation Sept 8, 2016
February Elementary Newsletter
GT School Supply List
WHAT IS GIFTED AND TALENTED
Prosper ISD uses the Texas Education Agency's definition of "gifted and talented student": a child or youth who performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area, possess an unusual capacity for leadership, or excels in a specific academic field.
The mission of the Prosper GT Program is to provide a challenging and unique education that addresses students' learning styles and social/emotional needs through creative and criticial thinking, depth and complexity, and sophisticated problem-solving across multiple content areas.
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
- All Prosper ISD elementary classroom teachers and secondary core subject teachers are required to have 30 hours of professional development in gifted education and to complete annual updates of six hours of additional professional development in gifted education
- Identified elementary students are placed in cluster groups within classrooms
- Elementary students identified for advanced program services will meet regularly with a GT Campus Specialist extensively trained in the nature, needs, and social and emotional development of gifted students
- Based on GT testing data, sixth through eighth grade students may choose GT PreAP classes in Reading and in Math that cover the same learning objectives as the PreAP classes, but also include additional components designed specifically for gifted learners
- Students in the middle schools and at the high school who are placed in the GT program are expected to take at least one Gifted Level, PreAP, Gifted PreAP, or AP course in their schedule depending on their area(s) of strength, Reading/ELA or math, and interest to maintain their GT Program Placement
- Freshman GT students at PHS who are gifted in Language Arts have the option of taking Humanities.
- GT students at PHS who are gifted in math and English will be clustered together in math courses.
- Prosper ISD Gifted and Talented Program services focus on gifted academic experiences and personal development. Other Prosper ISD courses and opportunities serve to meet the needs of students with talent in leadership, speech, the performing arts, and/or the visual arts
Janet Anders, Director of Advanced Academics
For questions regarding a specific campus, please contact the campus GT Specialist or GT Team Leader.
Leslie Harrison, GT Specialist
Lisa Jones, GT Specialist
Kristen Hartsell, GT Specialist
Kara Mehuron, GT Specialist
Light Farms Elementary
Misti Wellenberger, GT Specialist
Wendy Kruse, GT Specialist
Nancy Melnick, GT Specialist
Rogers Middle School
Dianna High, GT Team Leader
Reynolds Middle School
Torrey Eckert, GT Team Leader
Prosper High School
Kristy Skoyles, GT Team Leader
Prosper ISD uses both quantitative and qualitative data to identify students for gifted program services. Ability* and achievement test scores along with evaluation forms completed by the parent and, for existing students, teachers are reviewed by the committee. Students whose data indicates that GT program services are the most appropriate educational setting will be placed in the program by the placement committee.
*All students in grades K, 2 and 4 will be given the CogAT during the week of December 5-9, 2016. Other students will be given the CogAT as part of the identification process if they are referred for GT screening.
Is my child Bright or Gifted?
Please note: Students may only be referred once every two years for GT testing.
If you would like to refer your child for screening and GT placement consideration, please complete the appropriate referral during the referral window. The referral links will be added during the windows and referrals will be completed online. Referrals are due by 3:00pm on the due date. Late referrals will not be accepted.
Kindergarten: November 28 - December 9, 2016 @ 3:00pm The kindergarten referral window is closed.
1st grade and above: March 3 - 23, 2017 @ 3:00pm. The referral link will be open only during the listed days/times. Late referrals will not be accepted.
The referral window is now closed.
The ability testing for grades 1st through 8th will be on Saturday, April 8 at Folsom Elementary. Parents who refer their child(ren) will receive detailed information.
The ability testing for grades 9th through 11th will be during the school day on campus throughout the month of April.
GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM FURLOUGH INFORMATION
• TEA prohibits individual teachers and/or counselors from granting a furlough request. Furlough
decisions must be joint decisions among the parents, student, and the Gifted and Talented
Program teacher(s) and/or administrators.
• Furloughs require a beginning date and an ending date.
• Furloughs exist for one semester or less in a given school year. Extensions may be requested
but must not exceed the school year in which the furlough is granted.
• Furloughs are not discipline tools or a means to avoid challenging courses or instructors.
• Furloughs are granted for student health, personal issues and/or family situations. Elementary
furloughs may reflect a need to suspend pull-out time and increase instruction in the general
• Elementary students are not responsible for completing work done in the GT program while the
student is on furlough.
• Reasons for furlough are confidential. Furlough paperwork will stay in the GT program file and
is not included in the student’s official school cumulative file.
• All furloughs expire at the end of the school year in which they were granted.
• Students return to the Gifted & Talented Program within the dates prescribed in the furlough
without requiring reassessment. A student will be considered to have exited the GT
Program if he/she does not return to the GT pull-out or advanced academic classes
(GT, pre-AP, or AP) as agreed upon and must be reassessed to re-enter the GT
• Consultation among teacher, parent, student, gifted specialist, and counselor/administrator.
• Request for Furlough form completed and returned to campus.
• Campus Committee grants or denies furlough request.
• Parents and teachers are informed of the decision and the dates involved.
• Gifted Program files are updated to include signed Furlough Request Form.
• Gifted Program specialist reminds parents, student, and campus when the furlough is about to
expire and when the student is expected to return to the GT program classes/advanced
classes. A request to extend the furlough may be considered at that time, but a furlough may
not exceed the current school year.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED GT STUDENTS NEW TO PROSPER ISD
Students who were formally identified as gifted in a previous school district must submit a letter or document on official school stationary that verifies the student’s participation in a gifted program and provides the test scores used for placement in the program. The gifted and talented coordinator will review the data to determine whether or not the expectations of the previous district equal, exceed, or approximate Prosper ISD requirements.
Prosper ISD will honor test results from other districts provided they are not more than two years old and were nationally normed ability and/or achievement tests. Additional testing needed to complete the gifted program assessment and referral process will be administered as needed. Once the information from the previous district is received, parents will be notified of the final placement decision within six weeks.
If a student was not formally identified as gifted in a previous district, he or she will be assessed according to the regular assessment and referral schedule for the child’s grade level.
PROCEDURES FOR EXITING THE GT PROGRAM
Exiting the gifted and talented program may be initiated by the student, the parent, the teacher, the counselor, or an administrator. Parents and the student must then be consulted regarding the most appropriate educational placement for the student. Student performance in the program is one component of this decision. Any decision to formally exit a student from the gifted and talented program must be finalized by a selection committee after parent consultation.