Gifted and TalentedProgrammingStaff

Maggie Thelen

Director


Sonia Andrews

Consultant


Melissa Pischner-Stull

Consultant


Judi Smith

Secretary


Nancy McPhee

Instructional Coach

























Gifted and Talented
6097 Belmont Ave.
Belmont, MI 49306
Maggie Thelen, Director
Phone616.863.6370Fax616.863.6356



2015-2016 

GT Testing and Advanced Class Testing

as of  April 1, 2015


6th Grade

Advanced Math Testing


All testing will take place the week of April 27, 2015


Students need #2 pencils and a calculator for testing. Classroom teachers will get an exact date and time for testing in early April. 


Parent Observation Checklists for April testing are no longer being accepted. Due to the volume of students tested, strict adherence to a deadline is necessary.  Both the deadline and no exception policy can be found on both the parent informational letter and the Parent Observation Checklist enclosed with the letter. No other testing sessions are scheduled for this school year.


Should new RPS enrollees require testing for advanced middle school programming, a testing session will be held in September, 2015 and students with late paperwork may be included in that potential testing session. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the Gifted and Talented Department by August 21, 2015 to inquire about whether a fall testing session will be offered. jsmith@rockfordschools.org or 616.863.6370

7th & 8th Grade

ROCK Testing


All testing will take place April 16-17, 2015


Students need
#2 pencils and a calculator. 

ALL 7th Grade Students will test for ROCK on Thursday, April 17, 2015 at 7:45am. 

6th grade students will test on Thursday or Friday, April 16 or 17 at 7:45am. 6th grade teachers have the exact schedule of testing.


Parent Observation Checklists for April testing are no longer being accepted. Due to the volume of students tested, strict adherence to a deadline was necessary.  Both the deadline and no exception policy can be found on both the parent informational letter and the Parent Observation Checklist enclosed with the letter. No other testing sessions are scheduled for this school year.


Should new RPS enrollees require testing for advanced middle school programming, a testing session will be held in September, 2015 and students with late paperwork may be included in that potential testing session.It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the Gifted and Talented Department by August 21, 2015 to inquire about whether a fall testing session will be offered. jsmith@rockfordschools.orgor 616.863.6370

9th Grade Honors Testing

Please contact Rockford Freshman Center for information on 9th grade Honors classes and qualification.

Mission

The vision of gifted education in the Rockford Public Schools is to provide exemplary differentiated programs and/or services enabling gifted learners to maximize their potential as productive learners.


Director's Welcome


The RPS Gifted and Talented Department welcomes you and invites you to share in our passion for ensuring learning for all students who demonstrate a need for higher level opportunities.

Director Maggie Thelen coordinates this department, which serves grades K-12, and is supported in these efforts by two teacher consultants. All department personnel are required to possess a master’s degree in gifted education and work with other district personnel to ensure academic success for high ability students. A varied array of gifted-related services and programs are available to students, teachers and parents in the Rockford schools.

Programming provided by the Gifted and Talented Department includes teacher consultation in kindergarten through eighth grade; a pull-out program for fourth and fifth grade; and testing, placement, and accelerated programming in grades six through twelve, as well as serving as a testing site for the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search.

Maggie Thelen, Director
Gifted and Talented Department


 
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