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Gifted nomination & testing window opens; District offers online talent development

Bulloch County Schools’ Gifted Services will conduct a spring review of children who are currently enrolled in first through eighth grades only, and those who have been nominated for gifted services.

The school district will receive nominations from teachers, parents, guardians, students, or peers for any enrolled students who meet the specifications for this window of consideration.

Gifted Nomination Window

Nominations for Spring 2023 testing will be accepted between Monday, January 2 through Wednesday, January 25. All nominations must be submitted to the QUEST facilitator at each elementary or middle school by that date.

For your convenience, an online nomination form is available for each elementary and middle school on the school district’s website. Nominations received after the Spring 2023 nomination window closes may be nominated again for the Spring 2024 testing window.

After January 25, nominations are closed and each school’s eligibility team will review student data to determine if a formal evaluation for gifted services is required. A nomination does not guarantee a formal evaluation.

Gifted Services are based on need. The review team must establish whether the evidence confirms the need for a formal evaluation. If so, the parents or guardians of the identified students will receive a Permission to Evaluate Form to sign and return to their child’s school. This form is required before testing can begin.         Testing will begin after teams have taken time for the data review and the receipt of permission to test is received by the gifted teacher at the child’s home school.  The school district will conduct testing March 6 through March 31.

Online Talent Development Resources

The school district now offers parents an online resource to help develop the talent and skills of children. Primary Talent Development is an instructional model that provides all students opportunities to develop their talents and achieve their fullest potential.

Parents and guardians have the opportunity to enrich their child’s higher order thinking skills through attribute, questioning, and creative problem solving experiences that will nurture and challenge children. Thinking skills such as problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and spatial reasoning are extremely important. Through introduction and practice of these skills, children will be better prepared for all academic content areas as well as testing and assessments. Proficiency of these skills also builds confidence and benefits students socially and emotionally.

On the Talent Development webpage there are seven lessons families may utilize. The “Alike and Different” lesson should be divided into two sessions, as stated. These talent development lessons will definitely challenge children to think outside of the box and build higher order thinking skills. Tangram manipulatives for the “Magician Tangram Creations” have been ordered by the school district and will be available at the Central Office for families to check out upon request by the end of January if you choose to use them.  If you would like to order these manipulatives to check out, please notify Dr. Julie Wilson by email.

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