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M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Parent Information Meeting January 17, 2013 For a copy of this PowerPoint go to the Pike website: www.pike.k12.in.us.

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1 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Parent Information Meeting January 17, 2013 For a copy of this PowerPoint go to the Pike website: www.pike.k12.in.us

2 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Mission Statement The High Ability Program of the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township seeks to provide our most academically talented students with developmentally appropriate, enriched and accelerated experiences to actively engage them in learning. The richly differentiated curriculum is well integrated and solidly based on tenets of critical thinking. The development of critical thinking is the basis of all learning. The ability to think critically is imperative to prepare students to acquire the skills and the mindset to be life-long learners and to accept the challenges and the responsibilities of a global society. The High Ability Program of the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township seeks to provide our most academically talented students with developmentally appropriate, enriched and accelerated experiences to actively engage them in learning. The richly differentiated curriculum is well integrated and solidly based on tenets of critical thinking. The development of critical thinking is the basis of all learning. The ability to think critically is imperative to prepare students to acquire the skills and the mindset to be life-long learners and to accept the challenges and the responsibilities of a global society.

3 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program The Indiana Code defines a student with high abilities as one who: The Indiana Code defines a student with high abilities as one who: –performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, an outstanding level of accomplishment when compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment –is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interests

4 Learns new things quickly Has extensive vocabulary; background knowledge IntuitiveThinks creatively Grasps big-picture concepts, connections Grasps math concepts easily 4

5 Great sense of humor Variety of Friends Complex games, fantasy, nonfiction PerfectionistObservantCurious 5

6 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program The importance of the parent roleThe importance of the parent role –Support your child –Give your child time –Encourage their individuality –Don’t expect too much – home responsibilities should fit their chronological age not mental age –Provide consistent rules and expectations –Encourage questions, experiments and risk taking –Be a good role-model

7 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Program Locations 2012-13 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Program Locations 2012-13 ElementaryElementary –Guion Creek, Eagle Creek - Grades 1-5 –Fishback Creek – Grade 1-3 MiddleMiddle –Guion Creek, Lincoln, New Augusta – Gr. 6-8

8 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Program Locations 2012-13 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Program Locations 2012-13 High School Pike High SchoolHigh School Pike High School –Grade 9 Honors –Grades 10 Honors and AP –Grades 11 and 12 AP, Dual Credit, IB

9 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Cluster Classrooms For students who do not meet HA self- contained program criteria or who choose to stay in their home schoolFor students who do not meet HA self- contained program criteria or who choose to stay in their home school Offers instruction in peer groups of similar abilityOffers instruction in peer groups of similar ability Challenges and enriches students needing more rigorChallenges and enriches students needing more rigor Typically 3-5 cluster students in a classroomTypically 3-5 cluster students in a classroom

10 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Curriculum Enhancements Ongoing Professional development sessions for HA teachersOngoing Professional development sessions for HA teachers Inquiry projects – collaboration with media specialistsInquiry projects – collaboration with media specialists Parallel Curriculum Model used with the support of one of the authors, Jann LeppienParallel Curriculum Model used with the support of one of the authors, Jann Leppien Transition to Common Core State Standards in Mathematics & English Language ArtsTransition to Common Core State Standards in Mathematics & English Language Arts Use of Mathematical PracticesUse of Mathematical Practices

11 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Ongoing Evaluation Annually seek input from parents, students, and teachers. The district HA/Honors committee reviews the status of high ability programming and makes recommendations for program adjustments.Annually seek input from parents, students, and teachers. The district HA/Honors committee reviews the status of high ability programming and makes recommendations for program adjustments. Committee is currently working on program review related to federal and state requirements.Committee is currently working on program review related to federal and state requirements. Current focus on middle and high school service options for high ability and honors students.Current focus on middle and high school service options for high ability and honors students.

12 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Identification Use Acuity and NWEA test scores to create a pool of studentsUse Acuity and NWEA test scores to create a pool of students Achievement tests, Cognitive tests, teacher rating, parent ratingAchievement tests, Cognitive tests, teacher rating, parent rating Follow a Case Study Format – team of counselors and administrators use DOE guidelines, components of giftedness and standards to make a decision on each individual child.Follow a Case Study Format – team of counselors and administrators use DOE guidelines, components of giftedness and standards to make a decision on each individual child.

13 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Testing Timeline Grades K-2 Oct./Nov. – Universal Screening (CogAT, NWEA)Oct./Nov. – Universal Screening (CogAT, NWEA) Jan. – Student selection for further testingJan. – Student selection for further testing Feb. – Selected student testing (OLSAT, TOMAGS)Feb. – Selected student testing (OLSAT, TOMAGS) Feb. – Teacher & Parent SIGS forms Feb. – Teacher & Parent SIGS forms April – Case Study Identification ProcessApril – Case Study Identification Process May - Parents notified by letterMay - Parents notified by letter

14 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Testing Timeline Grades 3-8 Oct./Nov. – Universal screening (CogAT, Acuity)Oct./Nov. – Universal screening (CogAT, Acuity) Jan./Feb. – Student selection for further testingJan./Feb. – Student selection for further testing Feb. – Teacher & Parent SIGS formsFeb. – Teacher & Parent SIGS forms Feb. – Selected student testing (OLSAT, TOMAGS, NWEA)Feb. – Selected student testing (OLSAT, TOMAGS, NWEA) April – Case Study Identification ProcessApril – Case Study Identification Process May - Parents notified by letterMay - Parents notified by letter

15 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program High School Offerings Danielle Vohland – IB coordinator dvohland@pike.k12.in.us

16 International Baccalaureate Programme  three subjects at higher level (240 hours each).  three subjects at standard level (150 hours each).  all three parts of the core. Students study concurrently:

17 Advance Placement (AP) Courses PHS offers 24 College Board approved A.P. courses (approved syllabus and trained teacher)PHS offers 24 College Board approved A.P. courses (approved syllabus and trained teacher) Exams (taken in May and fee is $89/test)Exams (taken in May and fee is $89/test) College CreditCollege Credit –In State/Public - Credit Hours may be awarded for a 3 or higher on exams at most public post-secondary schools. –Out of State/Private – 3 or higher but most require a 4 or higher. NMSI GrantNMSI Grant PHS is an AP Honor Roll School (2 nd Year)PHS is an AP Honor Roll School (2 nd Year)

18 Dual Credit (DC) at PHS Allows students to earn both college and high school creditAllows students to earn both college and high school credit Some colleges require certain test requirements (PSAT, SAT, ACT, Accuplacer), grade point averages (GPA), grade levels and/or fees—which if any, are significantly reduced from the university’s on-campus fee.Some colleges require certain test requirements (PSAT, SAT, ACT, Accuplacer), grade point averages (GPA), grade levels and/or fees—which if any, are significantly reduced from the university’s on-campus fee. Include both academic courses and career academic courses (courses taken at J. Everett Light Career Center in Washington Township)Include both academic courses and career academic courses (courses taken at J. Everett Light Career Center in Washington Township)

19 M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Question/Answer Discussion High Ability Handbook is located at the MSD of Pike Township Website M.S.D. of Pike Township High Ability Program Question/Answer Discussion High Ability Handbook is located at the MSD of Pike Township Website http://www.pike.k12.in.us/academics/Pag es/Gifted-and-Talented.aspx

20 Contact Information Kathy Sharpe Director of Curriculum and Instruction K-12 kasharpe@pike.k12.in.us Curriculum Dept. 387-2216 Cindy Huffman Director of Programs & Staff Development chuffman@pike.k12.in.us


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