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TRUSD GATE

 

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April 27th Tuesday night 6:30-8:00

GATE Parent Information Night:

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Twin Rivers Unified School District GATE Program

 
The Twin Rivers Unified School District is dedicated to meeting the needs of all its students. The district recognizes the inherent uniqueness and particular needs of every student and seeks to develop the talents, aptitudes, and skills that each student brings. The district seeks to maximize student potential through multiple-measure identification, differentiation, and socio-emotional development. Our vision is that GATE students will emerge from the system as confident, capable, and contributing members of society.
 
Through its Network Neighborhood configuration, the Twin Rivers USD offers a continuum of services K-12th grades.
 

Elementary Schools

Classroom Instructional Practices:

             Best Practices, Differentiation, Curriculum Compacting, Extended Learning opportunities

 

General Classroom Enrichment and Extension:

              Depth and complexity around content areas

Grouping within the instructional day:

              Instructional day class/access time, cluster and flexible grouping strategies

Extended day/year enrichment:

             After school programs and summer school

 

Special Enrichment Classes, Events and Projects: Varies by school

MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement), Science Olympiad, Academic Talent Search, Bridge Building Competition, Water Bottle Rocket Competition, Creek Week, Science Fair, Destination Imagination, Regional Science Fair, Academic Deacthalon, Science Bowl, Journalism, Sacramento Histroy Day, Washington DC trip, Biology and Ecology Exploration, Environmental Exploration, Aero Space Exploration, Math Exploration, Robotics, Sculpture, Computers, Book Club, News Broadcasting, Yearbook Journalism, Web Design, Digital Storytelling, and more....

 Secondary Continuum

Classroom Instructional Practices: Best Practices, Differentiation, Curriculum compacting, Extended Learning Opportunities
Within Class Cluster Grouping General Classroom Enrichment and Extension (depth and complexity around content areas)
Honors Standards (differentiated Instruction and assessment within a CA standards-based course) Honors Classes (CA standards-based courses with differentiated intruction and assessment)
Enrichment Clusters Advanced Placement (college-level courses)

 

Acceleration Options:

Course Challenges, Subject Acceleration, Advanced Placement Classes, ACE Classes, Dual Enrollment (simultaneous high school and college enrollment)

Special Enrichment Programs: Site Based

MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement), Economics Summit, Science Olympiad, Academic Talent Search, Bridge Building Competition, Water Bottle Rocket Competition, Science Fair, Regional Science Fair, Creek Week, Honor Band, Forestry Challenge, ROTC Competition, Academic Decathalon, Science Bowl, College Field Trips, Journalism, Sacramento history Day, etc.

 

Back to SchoolGATE Instruction in the Twin Rivers District
 
Advanced Placement (AP): GATE students are offered Advanced Placement courses. These courses are approved by the College Board, a national non-profit governing agency. This approval is part of a new audit process that is required if a course is to qualify as an AP course. Teachers, content, and instruction must be at a college level. Thus, many colleges and universities accept AP courses, giving those who pass the AP exams at a certain level college credit for the course. Students also earn higher grade point averages by taking AP courses.
 
The Twin Rivers’ GATE Program offers an expansive selection of Advanced Placement classes that include:

Junior HS
Rio Linda JHS
Norwood JHS
Martin Luther King JHS
Foothill Farms JHS
Rio Tierra JHS
 
 
 
 Honors
English 7
English 8
Physical Science
Life Science
US History
World History
English 7
English 8
Physical Science
Life Science
US History
World History
English 7
English 8
Physical Science
Life Science
US History
World History
 
English 7
English 8
Physical Science
Life Science
US History
World History
 
 
 
Implementation   in
2010-2011

 

High Schools
Rio Linda HS
Grant HS
Highlands HS
Foothill HS
 
 
 
Honors (Advanced)
 
or
 
AP Prerequisite classes
Biology XL
English XL
Pre-Calculus
French 3
Spanish 3
Anatomy
Advanced Art
Advanced Drama
Advanced Piano
Advanced Public Speaking
Advanced Digital Media
English 9 Honors
English 10 Honors
Algebra 2 Honors
Spanish (Native Speakers) 3*
Spanish 4*
Chemistry Honors
Pre-Calculus
 
 
 
 
 
* Student in these classes may take the Advanced Placement test
Honors Chemistry
Honors Biology
English 7 Honors
English 8 Honors
English 9 Honors
English 10 Honors
Honors Geometry
Honors Physical Science 8
Honors Life Science 7
Pre-Calculus
Honors US History 8
Honors US History 11
Honors World History 10
 
Honors Biology
Honors Chemistry
English 9 Honors
English 10 Honors
Pre-Calculus
Honors Pre-Calculus
Honors World History
Advanced Placement
AP Biology
AP Calculus
AP Chemistry
AP English Composition
AP US Gov/Politics
AP Macro Economics
AP Physiology
AP Physics B,C
AP Spanish
AP US History
AP World History
AP Studio Art
AP Calculus
AP English Composition
AP US Gov/Politics
AP US History
AP Physiology
AP Macro Economics
AP Statistics
 
AP Calculus
AP Studio Art
AP English Composition
AP English Literature
AP US Gov/Politics
AP US History
AP Statistics
 
AP Calculus
AP Studio Art
AP English Composition
AP English Literature
AP US Gov/Politics
AP US History
AP Physiology
AP Macro Economics
AP Statistics
AP German
AP Spanish

 

A-G approval: In addition to College Board approval, all AP and honors courses must have an A-G approval. The A-G delineation refers to the content of the course. Once approved, the class may count toward the necessary admission criteria for University of California and California State University schools. In addition to being approved as college prep courses, all AP coursed must be approved by UCOP in order to earn students increased GPA weighting.
 
District and State expectations: State standards for GATE drive the Twin Rivers Unified School District GATE plan. The State GATE standards require the District to establish defined competencies for GATE teachers and use them to develop a district process for qualifying teachers to teach GATE students. In addition, districts must assure that all teachers assigned to teach gifted students are certified. This plan requires the District to offer ongoing training and certification for all teachers of GATE students at all levels offered.
 
Training: In order to meet the State expectation of offering high-quality research-based professional development related to advanced academics (GATE education), the Twin Rivers Unified School District has offered training and certification for all District teachers through Fresno Pacific University. This program focused on the three most essential components of GATE instruction: Identification of the GATE student; differentiation of instruction during the instructional day; and the social-emotional development of the gifted and talented student.
 
Instructional materials: GATE students enrolled in honors courses at the District junior high schools use regular district-adopted materials. AP students use college text books and other supplemental texts for AP classes.
 
GATE Liaisons: Each site has a GATE Liaison who develops and implements site GATE plan that is based on the District GATE goals and benchmarks. GATE Liaisons also work with the District GATE Coordinator to further develop elements in the District plan.
 
Universal Access: Although the District identifies GATE students in order to serve their individual needs, it is the expectation that all students may participate in honors and AP classes.
 
Honors: These California Content Standards-based courses offer differentiated instruction to all GATE-identified as well as all high-performing and rigor-seeking students.
 
Curriculum Development for District AP and Honors courses: District AP teachers are working collaboratively with District staff to define course standards and rigor, and develop pacing and assessments in preparation of the College Board AP audit. Curriculum groups will also be working on differentiated resources and assessments for honors courses.
 
Directory of Expertise: The District has developed a directory of differentiated instruction mentors with proven skill in addressing the needs of the GATE student. These teachers can be observed by those teachers who are in or have completed the GATE or Differentiated Instruction certification program.

 

Question MarkFrequently Asked Questions about a GATE Program
 
Who are Gifted and Talented students?
Gifted: Those students who possess aptitudes or abilities that exceed those of other students their own age.
 
Talented: Gifted students who demonstrate achievement that exceeds that of other students their own age.
 
How are Gifted and Talented students identified?
          Holistic identification: academic achievement and potential abilities
          General intellectual ability; specific academic ability; high achievement; visual and performing arts
          Non-verbal tests for early and English learner identification
          Students may also be nominated by teachers and parents for possible identification as a GATE student.
          In addition to the referral, the site liaison will request evidence of giftedness for the Student Study Team (SST) who will evaluate for appropriate placement is the GATE program.
 
How are GATE students served?
         Students are placed in courses that match individual strengths.
         Students are placed with like students in enriching environments that allow for intellectual peer interaction.
         Placements are made with highly qualified teachers who have GATE certification in preparing to meet student needs.
 
What does the daily instructional program look like?
         Flexible grouping
         Differentiated instruction-instruction and assessment
         Curriculum Compacting
         Enrichment and acceleration
 
Who teaches GATE students?
         All core content teachers are deemed Highly Qualified by NCLB (“No Child Left Behind” federal education legislation),
         All teachers of Honors and Advanced Placement classes in 7-12th grades are GATE certified,
         All GATE School Liaisons are encouraged to be GATE certified and may take the TRUSD GATE or  Differentiated Instruction Certification program for free.