• GT@WH

    Welcome to the Gifted and Talented Page for Warren Hills Regional Middle School. 

    Please review Board Policy #2464- Gifted and Talented Students:

    The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to identify gifted and talented students within the school district and to provide these students with appropriate instructional adaptations and services.  To that end, the Board directs each such student in the school district be identified and offered an appropriate educational program and services.

     For purposes of this Policy, “gifted and talented students” means students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability in one or more content areas when compared to their chronological peers in the district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.

     The Superintendent will develop appropriate curricular and instructional modifications used for gifted and talented students indicating content, process, products, and learning environments.

     The Superintendent will develop procedures for an ongoing Kindergarten through grade twelve identification process for gifted and talented students that includes multiple measures.  Multiple measures may include, but are not limited to:  achievement test scores; grades; student performance or products; intelligence testing; parent, student, and/or teacher recommendation; and other appropriate measures.  The identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non-discriminatory, and related to the programs and services offered by the district.  The identification procedures will be reviewed annually.

     The Superintendent will take into consideration the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Twelve Gifted Programming Standards of the National Association for Gifted Children in developing programs for gifted and talented students.  The educational program offered to gifted and talented students will encourage and challenge them in the specific areas of their abilities, but will not replace the basic instructional program of the various grades of this district.   The program offered to gifted and  talented students  may include, but are not limited to:  pull-out programs; classroom differentiated instruction; acceleration; flexible pacing; compacted curricula; distance learning; advanced classes; or individual programs infused into the student’s regular instructional program, provided that a written description of the infusion has been prepared and filed in the student’s record.  Programs for gifted and talented students will be periodically evaluated for their continuing efficacy and adjusted accordingly.  The parent of any student identified as gifted or talented shall be consulted regarding any program designed to address the student’s particular needs." 

    Adopted:        November 3, 2009

    Revised:         September 20, 2016

    Revised:         June 20, 2017

     

    Please review Board Regulation #2646:

    Definition

     Gifted and talented means “those students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district, and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities,” pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1.

     

    Identification of Gifted and Talented Status

     The Superintendent or designee will determine a student is gifted and talented through multiple measures.  These may include any of the following:

    1. Comparison to chronological peers in the district
    2. Achievement test scores
    3. Grades
    4. Student performance or products
    5. Intelligence testing
    6. Parent, student and/or teacher recommendations
    7. Screening checklists
    8. Other appropriate measures

     A student profile will delineate information collected from the multiple measures.

     

    Sending District Already Identified Gifted and Talented Students, Incoming 7th Graders

    Transfer Procedures

    Students transferring into the Warren Hills Regional Middle School may be placed in the Gifted and Talented Program with appropriate information of previous placement in a similar program in the sending district.  Without appropriate documentation, and/or upon recommendations from the receiving teacher or counselor, the incoming students may be screened for the Gifted and Talented Program off-schedule using the standard procedures and measurements.  Warren Hills Regional reserves the right to administer its own measures if there is any question concerning the appropriate measures or other information received.

    Sending District NON-Identified Gifted and Talented Students, Incoming 7th Graders

    Nomination Forms Available;

    Nomination Forms Due

    Mid-April

    Mid-May

    Standardized Test Assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics

    End of May

    Slocumb-Payne Teacher Perception Inventory—Completed by Sending District Teachers (2)

    Beginning of June

    Student Interview by Selection Committee Representatives—At Sending District

    Mid-June

    Eligibility Profile Completed

    June

    Notification to Parents/Guardians

    End of June

     

    Already Identified Gifted and Talented Students, Upcoming 8thGraders

     Students already identified and who participated in the Gifted and Talented Program in grade 7 will continue into the grade 8 Gifted and Talented Program.

     Non-Identified Gifted and Talented Students, Current 7thGraders

    Spring Timeline

    Nomination Forms Available;

    Nomination Forms Due

    Mid-April

    Mid-May

    Standardized Test Assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics

    End of May

    Slocumb-Payne Teacher Perception Inventory

    Beginning of June

    Student Interview by Selection Committee Representatives

    Mid-June

    Eligibility Profile Completed

    June

    Notification to Parents/Guardians

    End of June

     

    Non-Identified Gifted and Talented Students, Current 8thGraders

    Fall Timeline

    Nomination Forms Available;

    Nomination Forms Due

    Mid-May

    Early June

    Standardized Test Assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics

    September

    Slocumb-Payne Teacher Perception Inventory—Professional Development Session, September;

    Completed by Teachers (2)

    Early September;

    Early October

    Student Interview by Selection Committee Representatives

    Early October

    Eligibility Profile Completed

    Mid-October

    Notification to Parents/Guardians

    End of October                                                


    Instructional Accommodations

    1. Requires appropriate curricular and instructional modifications
    2. Indicates content, process, products, and learning environment
    3. Must take into consideration PreK-Grade 12 National Gifted Program Standards of the National Association for Gifted Children [NAGC]

    Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA]

    1.  Requires districts to include information on students achieving at the advance level for the State Report Card
    2. May use Title II professional development funds to provide training on Gifted and Talented education -  specific instructional practices, such as enrichment, acceleration, and/or curriculum compacting.

    Gifted and Talented Model 

    The School Enrichment Model [SEM] may be utilized to address different kinds of enrichment:

    1.  Type I – may be generalized assemblies or more specialized for a Gifted and Talented group
    2. Type II – may be more skills focused, with learning stations in mind (not just content)
    3. Type III – may be extension activities

    Organizational Options

    The Gifted and Talented Program may be organized using any of these options or a combination of these options:

    1. Curricular compacting
    2. Cluster grouping
    3. Enrichment cluster
    4. School community involvement
    5. Other as deemed appropriate

    Appeals to the decisions of the Warren Hills Regional Middle School's (WHRMS) Gifted and Talented Selection Committee may be made within 7 days of the notification of placement or non-placement in the program. Appeals must be made in writing by presenting additional information not previously seen by the committee to the middle school principal.  Appeals beyond the principal should follow the chain of command being the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction and then to the Superintendent.  

    The Superintendent or designee ensures the Gifted and Talented Program is evaluated annually.

    Adopted:   September 20, 2016

    Revised:    June 20, 2017

     

    Please review the program description from the 2018-2019 Program of Studies:

    "Gifted and Talented Program Grades 7, 8 The WHRMS Gifted and Talented Program is designed with three main goals in mind: (1) To connect the entire school community to the School wide Enrichment Model (Renzulli & Reis) whereby all students are provided enrichment opportunities; (2) To identify students that display the characteristics of giftedness and provide in-depth, accelerated and complex learning opportunities; and (3) To enroll all students in school wide enrichment clusters that expand student interests and knowledge outside of the typical school curriculum. NOTE: The Gifted and Talented Program mainly occurs during the instructional day. A determination of gifted and talented status will be in accordance with Board of Education Policy #2464 – Gifted and Talented Students."