Pleasant Valley School District

Excellence for all.

New GATE Newsletter available: 
Please visit the Newsletter Archive at left for Coordinator Jessie Green's April GATE Newsletter. You will find important news and information, plans and links for the GATE Program.   
GATE Day Classes for 3rd grade GATE students:

GATE Day classes for 3rd grade GATE students are scheduled for May 24, 31 and June 7.  Please review the updated GATE Day schedule at the left for details.  Required paperwork to attend GATE Day will be sent home with the student after Spring Break. 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.  

PVSD GATE Referral Process:

The process of identifying students for participation in GATE is ongoing.  Please see the PVSD Referral process and the GATE Identification Criteria on the menu at the left. You may also contact the GATE Facilitator at your school site for any GATE-related questions.

The Spring 2017 Referral window is now closed.  For students who tested, test results and determination of program eligibility will be mailed in April to the home address for the student in the PVSD database.  If a letter is not received by May 1, please contact the GATE office. 

Parent Survey:
Parents of PVSD GATE students, in order to make the GATE program the best it can be, we need to hear from you!  Please take a moment to give our GATE Leadership team some parental insight by completing this new survey here:  PVSD GATE Parent Survey 
 Enrichment Opportunities for PVSD GATE students:

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 to register your PVSD GATE student and get more information about these events and others planned for the upcoming school year.

Community Interest and Career Fair
As a complement to our Expert Project and Inventor's Tank, the GATE Program sponsored the 2nd Annual PVSD Community Interest and Career Fair on February 23, 2017, for all PVSD students.  It is so important for our children to know that their community supports them.  It is just as important for our students to know that they are contributing members of this community, and that there are wonderful opportunities out there for them.  Many thanks to those community members who donated their time to inform our students!
 Expert Project for GATE Students in grades 3-5:
Many students are very interested, even passionate, about a particular topic and the Expert Project is an opportunity for GATE students to extend their knowledge and learn about a topic of their own choice. Students follow a process for scholarly independent study that comes from the work of Dr. Sandra Kaplan and Dr. Jessica Manzone, both of the Rossier School of Education at USC.  
We hope to see many interesting projects displayed for the community!  Expert Project night open house will be held at the Camarillo Community Center during the evening of Friday, March 24, 2017, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, set up for participants starts at 5:30.
Inventor's Tank for GATE students in grades 6-8
We are excited to announce the first PVSD Inventor's Tank!  This new project is modeled after the popular television show "Shark Tank."  Inventor's Tank open house will be held at the Camarillo Community Center during the evening of Friday, March 24, 2017, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, set up for participants starts at 5:30. 

Pleasant Valley School District Gifted and Talented Education Program

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.






Jessie Green - PVSD GATE Coordinator -
Lisa Bertels - PVSD GATE Secretary - 805.445.8661