Patton is pleased to announce that nominations for gifted and talented students are being accepted until September 22 for grades 3-5. Interested parents and guardians should fill out the parent nomination form and parent checklist. These forms can be accessed here or hard copies are available at the front office. 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 gifted program, please visit the Austin ISD web site tinyurl.com/AustinISDGATE or contact Patton's GT advocate Caroline Sanchez (firstname.lastname@example.org). GT is now called GATE 2.0, which stands for Gifted & Talented, Academic Acceleration, Talent Exploration, and Enrichment and Extracurricular. GATE modifies the way our students are grouped. Instead of four areas or "clusters," students will qualify as either GT in STEM (math and science), or GT in Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies).
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. Additionally, our new addition to the school will serve as a Maker Space for teachers to bring students, allowing them opportunities for STEM hands-on collaborative activities and projects facilitated by our technology specialist, Laura Jones. There will also be some exciting after-school enrichment opportunities for our students such as Eco Team, Chess Club, Reflections, Spanish Club, and possibly Destination Imagination (if we have enough parent volunteers).
The Austin Independent School District GT Testing Calendar allows for nominations to be collected for grades K-2 beginning on January 23. Our school will notify parents when the Spring nomination window is open.