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Patton is pleased to announce that our GATE program earned the exemplar designation from the district this past school year. GT is now called GATE 2.0, which stands for Gifted & Talented, Academic Acceleration, Talent Exploration, and Enrichment and Extracurricular. Our teachers worked hard to expand and improve our GATE program by offering exemplar lessons and designing GT projects for our students.
This school year, the nomination process will be divided into Fall and Spring again. Grades 3-5 will be nominated and test in the fall, and Grades K-2 in the spring. Interested parents and guardians should fill out the parent nomination form and parent checklist. These forms can be accessed on this website (links will be uploaded as the district makes them available) or hard copies will be made available at the front office during the nomination window. GT screening and testing requires parent/guardian permission by the campus deadline. A variety of measures are used for screening and testing including assessments for bilingual students. For more information about the Austin ISD GATE program, please visit the Austin ISD web site tinyurl.com/AustinISDGATE or contact Patton's GATE advocate Caroline Sanchez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There are also some exciting changes at Patton. All of our student in the GATE program will receive exemplar lessons, and have the opportunity to complete 4 GT projects each year (one per 9 weeks). This is in addition to daily extensions and enrichment of district aligned curriculum. There will also be time for students to use the Maker Space which allows students opportunities for STEM hands-on collaborative activities and projects facilitated by our technology specialist, Laura Jones.
The Austin Independent School District GT Testing Calendar allows for nominations to be collected for grades 3-5 beginning on September 10, 2018. Nominations for students in grades K-2 will begin January 14. 2019. Our school will notify parents when the Spring nomination window is open, and our GT Advocate will host parent coffees before these dates in order to provide parents with more information.