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 Identification

as of  June 5, 2015


Elementary (K-2)

Elementary 

(3rd)

Elementary (4th/5th)

Pre-Algebra 6th

ROCK 

7th/8th

There is no formal identification procedure in place for students in grades K-2.

Teachers in grades K-2 may contact the GT Department at any time for assistance with resources and strategies.
Screening for formal GT identification/Explore Program takes place mid-year in 3rd grade.
Students in grades 4 and 5 who are new to the Rockford Public School District will receive classroom accommodations as needed for the first marking period.

4th/5th grade teachers may make a recommendation for Explore testing if the needs of the student exceed the classroom differentiation already provided by the teacher.

Testing for recommended 4th/5th graders will take place in December.
6th grade students who are new to the Rockford Public School District and are being considered for Pre-Algebra placement will go through a file review by the GT Department.

A student file is reviewed for relevant test scores and substantial evidence to determine the need for testing.





Testing will take place in late October or early November.
7th and 8th grade students who are new to the Rockford Public School District and are being considered for ROCK placement will go through a file review by the GT Department.

A student file is reviewed for relevant test scores and substantial evidence to determine the need for testing.



Testing will take place in late October or early November.

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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