Gifted and Talented
FORT SAM HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Gifted and Talented Program
A gifted and talented student describes a child who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who exhibits high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or excels in a specific academic field.
In FSHISD, each campus has a G/T Campus Coordinator dedicated to implementing a program that honors the individual differences of students and inspires them to their highest level of learning.
- Elementary Coordinator - Laura Lamoureux
- Secondary Coordinator - Terri Garatoni
- Middle School GT Teacher- Kayla Nellums
- Secondary GT Administrator- Cristina DeHoyos
Both campuses implement the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP). The TPSP is a statewide standard and assessment system designed to capture the high levels of achievement of gifted/talented students. The goal of the TPSP is for students to create work that reflects the professional quality that the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Student’s requires. Student projects are TEKS-based and focus on the core content areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies with interdisciplinary connections.
Gifted and Talented Policy
Fort Sam Houston ISD implements the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. To ensure alignment FSHISD has adopted policies in compliance with state requirements. Their contents can be found in EHBB (LEGAL) and (LOCAL).
Gifted and Talented Regulation
In addition to items in policy, regulations are in place to guide processes and ensure all students have fair access to a quality Gifted and Talented program.
Elementary students, kindergarten through fifth grade are identified in the area of general intellectual ability. Middle and high school students are identified in the four core areas of the curriculum and participate only in areas of their particular strength or interest. Parent surveys, teacher surveys, as well as quantitative measures are used to identify students in grades 1 – 12. Kindergarten and First grade students are assessed in January of each year and must receive services by March 1. All other grade levels may be tested either in the Fall or Spring. To refer a student for assessment call your campus' main office.
When a student identified as gifted by a previous school district enrolls in the District, the District shall place the student in the District’s program for gifted and talented students.
Once a student is identified for services in the gifted and talented program, they remain in the program unless they are exited.
The gifted program shall be evaluated annually, and evaluation information shared with site-based decision-making committees.
Fort Sam Houston Elementary School (FSHES) Program
FSHES G/T activities centralize around specified themed units as delineated in the TPSP. Students will attend G/T work sessions Monday - Thursday during their grade level’s intervention and enrichment time. All students will remain with their homeroom class on Fridays to allow for class team building and homeroom enrichment activities.
There are also special activities (Pumpkin Chunkin’, Egg Drop) throughout the school year that all G/T students are encouraged to participate in, including at least one field trip per grade level.
Robert G. Cole Middle/High School (RGC) Program
Differentiated opportunities are provided for gifted students in core academic areas. Selected subject classroom teachers provide differentiated instruction and production opportunities throughout the school year in the traditional classroom setting.
A variety of advanced academics courses in the form of Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, and Career and Technical Education courses and campus enrichment programs (including but not limited to: Academic Decathlon, UIL Academic competition, Leadership or JROTC) are available to help students explore the content of interest on a more complex level.
In addition to that support, the program coordinator and/or GT teacher provide RGC G/T activities that centralize around problem solving, creativity, and specified themed units as delineated in the TPSP. Weekly meetings help deliver these activities at the secondary campus.
The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented posts a variety of resources to support G/T students, families and programs. Here are a few:
- Annual Enrichment Program Listing. The list includes camps and programs offered throughout the country that help tap into the abilities of G/T students.
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- Understanding Your Gifted Child from the Inside Out-A Guide to the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Kids by James R. Delisle, PhD
- Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students by Thomas P Hebert, PhD
- Parenting Gifted Children 101 by Tracy Inman EdD
- Raising a Gifted Child by Carol Fertig