School-Wide Tag Plan
Talented and Gifted - TAG
Jill Bailey email@example.com - Talented and Gifted Coordinator at West Sylvan MS
At East/West Sylvan Middle School, the Talented and Gifted (TAG) curriculum is infused into all classroom instruction. Our TAG students number approximately 1/3 of our total school population. Since there are so many students in the TAG program, our teachers teach to all levels and rates using differentiated instruction. Students remain in the classroom for their instruction, rather than being pulled out for TAG classes.
Teacher and/or parents can nominate students for the TAG program, in the fall of each school year. To help make this determination, interested parents are encouraged to read the Parent Letter and fill out a student “TAG Nomination Form” and “Parent Consent to Test” form. These forms are also available in the main school office. These forms help parents assess their child in characteristics that are often common behaviors of the TAG child. Students who are new to our district and/or have been in a Talented and Gifted program in their previous school district will need to be nominated for the TAG program in the Portland School District.
This process involves:
- Two nomination forms – one by a parent and one by a teacher.
- A review of school history and social/emotional variables.
- Two rated work samples demonstrating student’s strengths in math, reading or cognitive ability.
- One standardized test in area of student’s strength.
TALENTED AND GIFTED IDENTIFICATION
During the year, schools survey the school population to identify students who may be intellectually gifted and/or academically talented, known as Talented and Gifted (TAG). As part of the process parents may nominate their child if they believe the child is exceptionally able. To help make this determination, interested parents are encouraged to pick up a student “TAG Nomination Form” and “Parent Consent to Test” form in the school office or you can download these forms from the PPS website http://www.tag.pps.k12.or.us/ These forms help parents assess their child in characteristics that are often common behaviors of the TAG child. Additional information about the TAG Program is available from Jonathan Jeans, firstname.lastname@example.org, East Sylvan TAG Coordinator at 503-916-5560 or from Jill Bailey, email@example.com, West Sylvan TAG Coordinator at 503-916-5690 or check the TAG link on the school website. Deadline for nominations are December 1, 2012. Testing will be scheduled with schools. Families will receive a letter from the TAG District Office of the results approximately 30 calendar days after testing.
Websites of Interest
www.tag.pps.k12.or.us (Portland Public Schools)
www.nagc.org (National Association Gifted Children)
www.hoagiesgifted.org (Multiple links for parents, and teachers of gifted students)
www.portaportal.com PPS Tag with Guest Access
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, mostly Math K-12
http://www.mathstories.com/ House of Math Word Problems for Children
http://nsdl.org National Science Digital Library - try searching for any topic under the K-12 heading
http://www.puzzle.dse.nl/index_us.html The Ultimate Puzzle Site
SATURDAY ACADEMY CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Saturday Academy has been providing valuable enrichment opportunities for students in the Portland/Vancouver area since 1983. Small, informal classes, hands-on activities, and subjects they choose themselves provide students with a meaningful, individualized, learning experience. This fall, middle school age students can choose from 37 classes including: Game Maker, Photoshop Creations, Actor's Studio, Test Taking Help, Adventures in Geometry, Medicine Up Close, Animal Anatomy, Experiments in Electronics, and Java Programing.
Catalogs for Saturday Academy are located in the main office or you can call 503-725-2333 for more information.