The process of identifying students for participation in GATE is ongoing. If your student has been tested and not accepted into the program, they are eligible to retest one year later. For example, if your child tested in Fall 2016 they are not eligible to retest until Fall 2017.
The Spring 2017 Referral and Testing window is now open for students in grades 3-7. Please see the PVSD Referral process and the GATE Identification Criteria on the menu at the left. The process starts with a discussion with your student's teacher. Teachers have the current referral documents for parents. Completed documents and attachments from parents are due to the teacher on or before February 17, 2017, and testing will be in late March/early April, 2017. You may also contact the GATE Facilitator at your school site for any GATE-related questions.
Spring session of GATE Day starts on Tuesday, January 17. Please review the GATE Day schedule at the left for details. Those 4th and 5th grade students who were or will be accepted into the GATE program since the start of Fall GATE Day are also eligible to attend the Spring session. Required paperwork to attend GATE Day will be sent home with the student in December and there will be a parent orientation meeting in January (see above). You can find GATE Day curriculum information on page three of Mrs. Green's September, 2016, newsletter. Please contact your school site GATE Facilitator or the GATE office for any questions.
GATER, a non-profit parent group dedicated to supporting GATE in PVSD, has offered a Battle of the Books competition, Science assemblies, and the Disney Youth Program for middle schoolers, among other events. Please visit the GATER page (at left) or their website directly at www.pvsdgater.org to register your PVSD GATE student and get more information about these events and others planned for the upcoming school year.
The Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program has identified 6.5% of the student population as having characteristics of gifted learners. In the classroom, students are clustered in groups and lessons are differentiated for content, process, and product. Additionally, students are invited to participate in varying activities including GATE Day, Expert Project/Expert Night, ACHS Science Day for Middle School, America's Battle of the Books and Westmont Leadership Conference.