Pleasant Valley School District

Providing the education and resources for all students to reach their highest potential.

PVSD GATE Referral Process for 3rd - 7th graders:

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.

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 
New GATE Newsletter available: 
Please visit the Newsletter Archive at left for Coordinator Jessie Green's January GATE Newsletter. You will find important news and information, plans and links for the GATE Program.   
Spring GATE Day Classes for 4th and 5th grade GATE students:

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.  

 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.

 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.  
GATE students will receive an information packet, with instructions and deadlines, to bring home.  This information will soon be emailed to parents and guardians of GATE students.  We hope to see many interesting projects displayed for the community!  Expert Project night will be held at the Camarillo Community Center during the evening of Friday, March 24, 2017.  Details will be announced later.
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."  Middle School GATE students will receive an information sheet, with instructions and deadlines, to bring home.  This information sheet will also be emailed to parents and guardians of GATE students.  We hope to see you at the evening kick-off event on October 13, 2016, to learn about the S.C.A.M.P.E.R. method used for this project!  Inventor's Tank will be held at the Camarillo Community Center during the evening of Friday, March 24, 2017.  Details will be announced later.
Community Interest and Career Fair
As a complement to our Expert Project and Inventor's Tank, the GATE Program is sponsoring the 2nd Annual PVSD Community Interest and Career Fair to be held 5:30-7:00 pm 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.  We will have people representing various careers and interests available for students to have a chance to question and observe.  Students can also participate in an information BINGO activity and win a prize!  We are looking for people in the community to participate.  If you or someone you know are interested, please use this link to sign up for more information.  

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