Dudley Elementary has ended its first year implementation of a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy. The GATE Academy is a program designed to challenge fourth through sixth grade GATE and high achieving students in the classroom on a daily basis. The classes challenge students to obtain a deeper, more complex understanding of all material presented in class, and specifically to prepare them to be ready for algebra in seventh grade. Teachers use GATE strategies such as compacting, differentiation, depth and complexity, and Blooms Taxonomy questioning in order to provide students with a deeper understanding of the material.
Fourth grade students loop with the same teacher over two years, so remain with the teacher for fifth grade as well. In sixth grade, when students rotate teachers, the GATE and high achieving students are grouped in a way that allows them to continue their progress.
This year, students in the fourth/fifth grade class, completed in-depth artist reports and permanent tile painting, had a visit from Mad Science, made a solar system unit including paper mache models and had students present science lessons throughout the year, created a picket fence representing the growth of California, participated in a webquest on mountain climbing with a field trip to IMAX to see the Climbing Everest movie, had field trips to Coloma and the Gold Bug Mine in Placerville and participated in many more engaging activies.
North Country Elementary
Site Set on SEVA Honors
by Kim Baioni, CJUSD GATE Coordinator
In 2008, Mrs. Kim Tricomo, teacher and GATE coordinator at North Country Elementary School, applied for and was awarded a grant from the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium to purchase the equipment necessary for students to produce their own educational videos. Every year since receiving the grant, students from Mrs. Tricomo’s GATE program have produced educational videos that are submitted to the Sacramento Student Educational Video Awards Competition. Twice, the students have brought home awards. This year, Mrs. Tricomo’s class has submitted 4 DVDs for the SEVAs. To prepare for such filming, she took several of her GATE students to various trainings provided through SECC. Students were able to learn behind the scenes techniques to improved their writing and editing skills. On one such training, Mrs. Tricomo took students Jonathan Jolly, Riley Blackard, and David Duncan to the KVIE TV studio! On March 21, a crew from the consortium was on campus to interview and film the producers of the four videos. Other GATE students involved include: Cheyenne Hilbun, Johnathan Dixon, Cadyn Miller, Kiara Melvin, Carina Garbuzova, and Jaedeme Bumagat. On May 7, these students will be recognized at the SEVAs at Sacramento State. We are all rooting for you. For more information and past video entries, visit http://www.secctv.org.
Oak Hill Elementary
See the movie Unsolved Mysteries of the World
by the GATE Otters of Oak Hill Elementary!
Wilson C. Riles Middle School
WCR Gate Academy Flourishes
- by Kim Baioni, CJUSD GATE Coordinator
In the fall of 2010, Wilson C. Riles Middle School launched the GATE Academy, designed to provide gifted and talented students with specialized instruction in English and social studies. Classroom lessons within the Academy are designed to extend beyond state standards, meeting the scholastic needs of gifted students in a setting alongside their academic peers.
Students in the Academy attend GATE English and social studies classes and are placed in the appropriate math level, with algebra available to the 7th grade students who qualify and geometry available to qualifying eighth grade students.
Over the course of the 2011-2012 school year, Academy students participated in two exciting off-campus learning experiences. In January, students attended the play “The Giver” at the B-Street theatre. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to see a favorite book played out in live theatre. For some, this was the first time they had ever seen a play. On March 30th, Academy students boarded a bus for San Francisco with the Exploratorium and Pier 39 on the itinerary. Students spent the morning at the Exploratorium where they experienced interactive, hands-on learning in the study of science, art and human perception.
The GATE Academy provides innovative learning opportunities designed to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted and talented middle school students. Through continued expansion of the program, we look forward to building upon the success of the GATE Academy into the 2012-2013 school year and beyond. See the GATE Academy website for additional information https://sites.google.com/a/centerusd.org/riles-gate/