• The 3rd Annual GATE-sponsored Community Interest Fair
    for all K-8 PVSD students!
    (more details below flyer)

    We are so excited that 3rd Annual Community Interest/Career Fair is almost here!  Although it is run by the GATE Program,  it is open to all K-8 PVSD students. There will be three strands of information available:

    1. Career Pathways.  For our goal-oriented students who already know what direction they want to pursue in life, this allows them to make connections with people in that pathway. For our students who aren’t sure where their interests lie, this allows them to explore connections.  We have many eager community members ready to share with our students. Presenters range from traditional career pathways, to entrepreneurs who created their own path from their personal passions; also government representatives, first responders, private businesses.
    2. Middle and high school clubs and opportunities.  For our young kids who are not even thinking that far ahead, this allows them to explore middle school and high school opportunities.  There are clubs, art pathways, even a movie lighting technician. If a club at your school would like to have a table for presenting their information, please let me know.
    3. Health and wellness topics and organizations.   There will also be presenters sharing family resources and community service opportunities including emergency preparedness. There is really something for everyone.

    When:     Thursday, April 12, 2018,  from  5:00-7:00 pm, open house format. 

    Where:    Camarillo Community Center 1605 E. Burnley St. in Camarillo

    Who:       For all PVSD students in grades K-8 with a parent or guardian, siblings are also welcome to attend. 

                    This is not a drop-off event, students must be supervised. 

    What:      Presenters will be placed around the auditorium to share information and answer student questions about the three strands noted above

    Extra:      Students who complete a Career Fair Bingo card will be entered in a drawing to win prizes donated by local merchants.

    We have a lot of the community invested in both time and donations, and want to make this event worth their participation, as well as a meaningful experience for our students to connect with the larger community. Each year our audience has grown, and I would like to see this year even bigger and better than last year!  We encourage you and your student(s) to attend this engaging and informative event

    Changes in the GATE program starting in the 2017-18 school year:
    • GATE will now be incorporated in the regular classroom through daily differentiation and a virtual learning enrichment program. This replaces the “GATE Day” format of centrally located pull-out sessions for GATE students in grades 3-5.
    • GATE students in grades 3-5 will be clustered (grouped) by grade level at their school site.
    • Beginning in October, teachers will schedule approximately one hour per week for GATE students to participate in the virtual learning enrichment program.
    Changes in the GATE referral and testing process:
    • The referral process starts with your student’s classroom teacher.
    • Testing will be for current school year 3rd and 5th grade students and transfers into the District only, per assessment guidelines.
    • Testing will take place one time in the school year, after Winter Break. 
    • Parent referral packets are due back to your student's teacher on or before February 1, 2018.  Referral packets can be obtained from your student's teacher.

     PVSD identifies students in the following three categories:

      1. Intellectual Ability: Students whose general intellectual development is markedly advanced in relation to their chronological peers. In general, students are tested only one time.
      2. High Achievement Ability: Students who consistently function for two consecutive years at highly advanced levels in both English-Language Arts and mathematics.
      3. Specific Academic Ability:  Students who consistently function for two consecutive years at highly advanced levels in either English-Language Arts or mathematics.
    GATE Newsletters Available:

    Please visit the Newsletter Archive at left for Coordinator Jessie Green’s GATE Newsletters.  You will find important news and information, plans and links for the GATE Program. 


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    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 - JGreen@pvsd.k12.ca.us
    Lisa Bertels - PVSD GATE Secretary - 805.445.8661