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Gifted & Talented

**Upcoming Event for Middle School Students:

February 18, 2022 | Future Forward Friday | Middle School Event Middle school GT students will have the opportunity to rotate through programs at the Washington Square or Bollman Future Forward campuses. This is a chance for students to learn about skills that they have likely never experienced at home or school. Future Forward Friday will take place during regular school hours on a district in-service day when students do not have school. More details will be posted on the Adams12 GT Parents Group website as they become available. Link to sign up for Future Forward Friday.

Our School’s GT Coordinator(s) Contact Information

  • Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher and GT Coordinator: Mandy Festi        Email:


Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) Timeline 2021-2022: 

Sept 1: ALP's open in Infinite Campus 

Sept 1-24: Teachers will be sending out parnet input and student interview surveys and collaborating to create goals with GT students. 

Sept 30: ALP Drafts completed in Infinitie Campus for Parents to review and sign 

Oct 14: Parnet Teacher Conferences (a possible time to review ALP and provide signatures) 

Oct. 31: ALPs finalized with electronic parent signature 

Dec. 20: Mid-Year progress monitoring updated in Infinite Campus 

Feb. 15: Spring progrees monitoring update 

May 18: End of Year Annual Review and goal attainment updated in Infinite Campus 

*Please reach out to our GT Resource teacher with any questions

When is GT testing in my school?

Universal Screening: In Adams 12 Five Star Schools, 2nd and 6th graders who are not already identified GT participate in the Universal Screening process for potential gifted and talented identification. Find more detailed information regarding Universal Screening in the Five Star District.

Important dates for the Universal Screening process at our school:

2nd Grade Screener: Oct. 5th 

6th Grade CogAT Screener: Oct. 7th

All other Grades CogAT Screener: Nov. 30th & Dec. 1st, 2021

Parent/Staff/Student GT Recommendation:  If you are interested in having your child be considered for the GT
identification process please fill this form out. *Form will open on Oct. 18th and close on Oct. 25th.

Once you have completed the link, it will take approximately 1 week after the due date for you to receive notice from
AAGS requesting permission. You can find more detailed information regarding the GT recommendation process in
the Five Star District at the AAGS website.

Important dates for the GT Recommendation process at our school:  Please return your Parent- School Partnership form to your students teacher or our GT coordinator. 

April 6: Deadline for portfolios for recommendation of GT in: Visual Arts, Performing Arts/Drama, Music, Dance, Psychomotor, Creativity, and Leadership

Buffs Bundle: Check out what our GT students are working on here

Gifted & Talented Program Offerings

Advanced Curriculum & Extended Learning:  “The Vehicle”
Provides the depth and complexity needed to ensure meaningful academic growth
Our school offerings include:

  • Battle of the Books
  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
  • ST Math online programming
  • Math Counts Club 
  • Noetic Learning Math Contest

Differentiated Learning Pathways:  “The Roadmap”
Provides an education at the appropriate level of readiness and challenge
Our school offerings include:

  • Spelling Bee Participation 
  • Math Counts Club

Individualized Opportunities & Enrichment:  “The Customized Options”
Actively engages and motivates through interests and meaningful learning opportunities
Our school offerings include: 

  • Passion projects option
  • Kids Create Studio Glitter and Glow
  • Spanish Language Learning
  • Bricks for Kidz

Offered only for middle school selected students:

  • Honor Choir
  • Honor Band
  • Honor Orchestra
  • Student Leadership
  • National Junior Honor Society

Social-Emotional Learning:  “The Destination”
Focuses on developing the whole child by balancing empowerment and accountability
Our school offerings include:

  • Advisory classes in all middle school levels to support social and emotional growth
  • Second Step Social and Emotional Curriculum
  • Access to student family outreach programs
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Systems

Gifted and Talented Parent Group Information for Adams 12 Parents: Gifted Parents Group facilitates the growth and success of Adams 12 Five Star Schools Gifted and Talented (GT) students by addressing the unique needs of this student population and their families. We hope you will join us and become involved for the benefit of your family and all Five Star District GT families.

Purpose: As the organization was formed, discussions around important potential activities that would be beneficial to the Gifted and Talented (GT) community were grouped into the following five areas of focus:

  • Resources:  identification of GT resource gaps and work to provide needed resources through collaboration with parents, schools, the school district and the community
  • Policy:  participation in the development, implementation and communication of GT-related district guidelines and policies in conjunction with district staff
  • Advocacy:  act as advocates for GT students, families, parent groups, schools and GT programs to affect change at the school, district or state level
  • Education:  facilitate unique educational opportunities for advanced learning and GT-related topics for students and their families
  • Community:  cultivate a strong GT community in Adams 12 Five Star Schools by creating opportunities for interactions between families, schools and the community

Link to Website:

Upcoming Events for Parents: