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1 NATALIE SANCHEZ Redwood City School District GATE Program Parent Orientation Meeting

2 Introductions Natalie Sanchez 2 nd year teaching the GATE program North Star Academy Kennedy Middle School Specialize in Differentiated Instruction

3 What is GATE? GATE: Gifted and Talented Education These are students whose potential requires differentiated and challenging educational programs or services beyond those provided in the general school program. Redwood City School District All day pull out program Differentiated, complex, enriching, and rigorous learning Homogenous group of gifted students Grouped by grade level

4 Gifted Learner Characteristics Asks the questions Is highly curious Plays around yet tests well Discusses in detail, elaborates Shows strong feelings 1-2 repetitions for mastery Is intense Creates a new design Enjoys learning Inventor Good guesser Is keenly observant Thrives on complexity Initiates projects These are some of the characteristics. For more information visit California Association for the Gifted

5 GATE Learning Objectives At all grade levels, students will explore, problem solve and use various avenues to address educational challenges. They will learn there is no "right way" to tackle concepts. Students will also examine GATE characteristics and identify their learning styles.

6 Social & Emotional Benefits of GATE Program This is an opportunity for GATE identified students to work together in a homogeneous group. Group work and social interactions with gifted students and their peers. Understanding of GATE characteristics and how that effects one socially and emotionally.

7 GATE Program class meetings (1-2 times per month) during the year including 3 field trips Program schedule: Classes meet either Tuesday, Thursday, or Fridays Students will miss class during Smarter Balance Testing GATCA: Gifted and Talented Childrens Association Information and support for GATE children Supports our program-field trips, computers, speakers

8 Expectations Consistent attendance Please or call me ASAP if your child will miss class. Please leave a message at the Selby Lane office after 8:20. Be Punctual 8:20-2:30 Regular Day 8:20-1:30 Minimum Day Students line up at 404 line outside in morning Come prepared and ready to learn! Lunch, snack, water bottle, uniform type clothes Good Behavior Especially important due to the design of the class

9 Uniform Policy Pants or skirts: khaki or black Shirts or blouses: plain white collar shirt/blouse OR school t-shirt Sweatshirts: plain black, khaki or light gray OR a school sweatshirt Coats or Jackets: any style or color except red or blue. No sport jerseys Shoes: closed toed only Please go to Selby Lane office if you need of assistance to purchase uniforms

10 Transportation No buses available for drop off/pick up Sections are grouped by school Carpooling is encouraged with your fellow schoolmates Please allow appropriate travel time to ensure your child is on time to class. Drivers are needed for field trips –no buses

11 Homework and Materials Needed No GATE homework Materials to bring to class Donations from materials list –simple household items to help supply for design challenges Water bottle, snack/lunch and uniform Further learning: Visit class website to further explore our units. Website will be updated as the year progresses.

12 Sample of 4 th Grade Topics Electricity and Magnetism: Students will experiment with and build different types of circuits. They will combine their knowledge of magnetism and electricity to build an electromagnet for design challenges. Animal Adaptations: Students will examine adaptions and create a super animals based on their given environment. World conservation: Students will examine ways perform design challenges to conserve our resources. Fibonacci: Students will learn about the Fibonacci pattern and create their own designs based on Fibonacci numbers.

13 Sample of 5 th Grade Topics Crime Scene Investigation Mysteries: Students will crack cases using the knowledge theyve learned about fingerprints, chromatography, and scientific observations of forensic evidence. Simple Machines: Students will experiment with levers, pulleys, wheels and axles and solve design challenges using these simple machines. Mystery Material: Students investigate the properties of common elements and learn how they are organized on the periodic table. They will use tools and tests to separate and identify properties of a mystery material. Biomimicry: Students will learn how to apply animal adaptions to solve real world problems.

14 Sample of 6 th Grade Topics Renewable Energy: Students will learn about the types of renewable energy and solve real life problems with these energy sources. They will also design asolar oven to roast marshmallows. Bridge Design: Students will apply the concepts of force and energy to solve bridge design challenges. Ancient Civilizations: Students will connect natural resources with ancient social systems to understand the problems ancient peoples faced. Our World, Our Lives: Students will investigate different biomes, and the importance of natural resources to their personal lives. Students will design an invention to a real world environmental issue. Fabulous Physics: Students will explore the laws of physics through fun activities and experiments.

15 Field Trips 3 Field Trips each grade level Field trip permission forms will be sent home in September Car checks 24 hours in advance-at YOUR school site (not Selby Lane) Bring drivers license and insurance card during car check Booster chair (if under 80 lbs or 8 years)

16 Parent Help Administrative tasks collecting materials list items Arrange carpooling with your school Field Trips Organizing drivers and forms Drivers Chaperones Coordinators: One per grade level would be helpful!

17 Questions ??? Contact Info: Natalie Sanchez Selby Lane Elementary School 170 Selby Lane Atherton, CA Room 404 Selby Lane phone: (650) 368 – 3996 GATE classroom direct line: (650) There is no voic , so is a better way to contact me

18 Before you leave tonight… Confirm your childs enrollment Fill out a parent/student information form Complete the Field trip forms-if interested in participating Field Trip Guidelines for Chaperone Driver Forms Please turn them in to the basket If you are undecided, you can enroll online at Thank you for attending the New Parent Meeting!


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