The UFRSD believes that “gifted and talented students” 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 school district and who require modifications of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities. (NJ Definition)
UFRSD also accepts the Theory of Multiple Intelligences as advanced by Howard Gardner (1983) that recognizes multiple ways to “be smart,” including intrapersonal, interpersonal ability, musical, and bodily kinesthetic abilities. The District is dedicated to providing a rich array of opportunities for students to explore leadership, music, performance, athletic and other beyond‐academic gifts and talents. Music, art, athletics, student government and many more classroom and extracurricular activities are considered worthwhile opportunities for gifted. and talented UFRSD students. However, specific GT programming is dedicated to academic/creative talents in the areas of verbal‐linguistic, math‐logical, naturalist and spatial “intelligences.” (borrowed from WWP)
* Newell Elementary School
* Stone Bridge Middle School
* Allentown High School
What will determine placement (ES and MS)?
The following areas are considered to determine placement:
How will the process be different (established 2015-2016)?
GT identification committee at each school (5 members) - this committee would assess the informational data from each student and make a determination on whether they should be a part of our G&T program.
Use a rubric for identification - No gatekeepers
|Student Presentation Rubric - GT Placement|
|Depth of Knowledge||Student demonstrates little or no knowledge of their topic|
Student demonstrates some knowledge of their topic
Student demonstrates an in depth and extensive knowledge of their topic
|Ease of which they speak about their topic||Student is reading from a script with little familiarity of the topic (i.e. mispronounced words; lack of ability to answer questions about the topic; etc...||Student is at ease discussing the topic; student is able to answer some questions about the topic, but not all||Student is at complete ease talking about the topic; they are able to talk about it off script; answer questions and ellaborate when needed|
|Passion demonstrated during presentation||Student shows little excitement and passion; the student doesn't articulate that they are interested in the topic ||Student shows some excitement and passion; the student shares that they are interested in the topic||Student shows a genuine love of and passion for the topic they chose; the topic has been chosen by the student, because they have a desire to work on it|
|Creativity ||Student gives basic presentation with little support of their topic||Student presentation has something unique about it||The students presentation is unique and demonstrates a high level of understanding of the topic; original|
District Identification Timeline:
Referral procedures published on district website and District/Campus and GT Meetings held
Screenings, assessment and identification conducted after written parental permission obtained
January - March
Nominations accepted from parents, teachers, school officials
Gifted/Talented committee meets on grades 1-8 screenings
Written parental permission for services obtained for identified students in grades 1-8
Services begin for identified students
Staff e-Mail & Phone Extension
Click on the name of the staff members below to open an email communication with them. Classes listed to the right of staff names are the courses currently taught by that staff member.
Melissa DeSarno (Grades K-2) - Newell Elementary School
Karen Schumacher (Grades 3-4) - Newell Elementary School
Amy Wojciechowski - Stone Bridge Middle School / Stone Bridge Middle School G&T Letter
Pam Koharchik - Allentown High School