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Gifted and Talent Development

Gifted and talented children are those students with outstanding abilities and capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment.

They have significantly different educational needs from their peers and require educational differentiation as a regular part of their school day to ensure they reach their full potential. District 196 uses multiple criteria to help identify gifted and talented students.

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Information for incoming 6th grade GT students

 
How are Students placed in the FRMS GTD Program?
  • The transition between elementary and middle school GTD programs will happen automatically; no specific action is required on parents’ part to ensure that FRMS is aware of a child’s participation.  Elementary GTD teachers will share pertinent information with the FRMS GTD coordinator.  (No GTD identification will take place at the middle school level). 
  • Parents of students new to the district or whose children are open enrolling within the district are encouraged to contact FRMS to ensure appropriate placement.
What Happens when GTD students start 6th grade at Falcon Ridge Middle School?
  • All 6th grade students will be assigned to an advisor.  Students will meet in their Advisory class 3 days per week The advisor is also the first contact for parents with any general questions or concerns about the transition to sixth grade.  The Advisory teacher is also the teacher with whom parents will conference with in the fall and winter.
  • 6th grade GTD students will be grouped together in English and Accelerated Math classes. 
  • 6th grade GTD students will meet with the GTD coordinator once a trimester to learn about the enrichment activities they might like to pursue over the course of the Trimester.  These opportunities might include clubs, field trips, competitions and discussion groups. 

Screening and Identification Process

District 196 conducts universal screening at a district level to find students who are demonstrating outstanding abilities and are capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. We use multiple criteria for a strengths-based identification of gifted and talented students. 

We screen and identify students annually in grades 2 through 5.

  • All second-grade students enrolled in District 196 are universally screened.
  • All fourth-grade students will be universally screened.
  • Students in grades 4 and 5 who are not previously identified but are demonstrating outstanding abilities may be screened by school request with parent permission. 

The identification process begins in October and ends in April. There is no screening available outside of this process.

Enrichment Opportunities and Information

GT and enrichment opportunities will be added as they are offered. Information will also be shared via the Falcon Ridge Middle School daily school announcements and weekly parent emails. (Be sure to sign up!)

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Lindi Shannon Warner

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Science Teacher

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651-683-6969 x85367
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Science Teacher

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English Teacher

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651-683-6969 x85366
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English Teacher

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Social Studies Teacher

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651-683-6969 x85364
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Social Studies Teacher

Mike Schramm

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Mathematics Teacher

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651-683-6969 x85315
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Mathematics Teacher