Connally Independent School District is committed to actively identifying and serving students who exhibit remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and offer opportunities for acceleration in the academic core, leadership, and creativity.
DEFINITION OF GIFTED AND TALENTED
“Gifted and talented student” means a child or youth 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. Education Code 29.121
The goals of the CISD Gifted and Talented Program are to provide opportunities to meet the educational, psychological, and social needs of gifted students. The program goals will include the following:
- The gifted and talented students will gain expanded insights into their own academic ability, potential for success, and the inherent responsibility these gifts imply.
- The gifted and talented students will expand their problem-solving and decision-making techniques by utilizing higher thinking skills.
- The gifted and talented students will become more independent and self-directed in their educational pursuits.
Campus coordinators for Gifted/Talented programming have been designated for each site.
- Connally Early Childhood Center, Missy Sulak, Principal, 750-7160
- Connally Primary-Betsy Wright, Counselor 296-7600
- Connally Elementary-Eric Cantu, Asst. Principal 750-7100
- Connally Jr. High-Thurman Brown, Annie Connor, Brian Biezenski-296-7700
- Connally High School-Renee Thompson, Curriculum 296-6700
Students may be nominated/referred for the gifted and talented program at any time by teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested persons. The district shall provide assessment opportunities to complete the screening and identification process for nominated/referred students at least once per school year per district policy.
Nomination forms will be available in the front offices at each campus. Forms should be completed and returned to the office. The due dates of December 1 (for Kindergarten students only) and March 1 (for students in grades 1-12) will be noted on the nomination form. When at all possible, information regarding nomination may be provided in languages that the families of nominated students are able to understand or an interpreter will be provided.
For students in Kindergarten, nomination and placement will be in the spring semester. Placement will be no later than March 1.
CAMPUS PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
Early Childhood Center (K)
Kindergarten is the first opportunity to screen students for the Connally gifted program. In the month of December, students are nominated to be tested. Students who are identified for G/T services will be served in a pull-out program for 2 ½ hours one day each week after March 1. They will work with problem solving and expanding knowledge areas that the students are already studying in the core academic areas.
Primary Program (1-3)
Students in grades 1 through 3 will be served in a self-contained classroom with teachers who have been trained in creating a differentiated curriculum. The class will be filled with other students who are considered excelled but have not qualified for the G/T program. All students in the primary gifted and talented program will be provided an array of appropriately challenging and enriching learning experiences.
Elementary Program (4-5)
Gifted students in grades 4 and 5 will have the opportunity to develop their creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving skills in a fulltime accelerated classroom setting. Special learning opportunities are offered through cross-grade level study seminars, distance learning, and academically-based study trips.
Students participate in community and school services. Basic research skills are introduced, and students have the opportunity to investigate their own interest areas. This environment offers students a unique setting in which to grow and learn academically, socially, and emotionally. They are introduced to critical thinking/problem solving games and have opportunities to create their own based on topics of study.
Junior High (6-8)
Gifted students in junior high are challenged daily through a variety of means, including classroom opportunities that allow them to explore their opportunities as unique citizens of Connally Junior High. They focus on higher level thinking skills daily in advanced courses in ELAR, math, science, and United States history. Students participate in across grade level activities including community and school services, as well as, project based learning activity opportunities. They are provided with opportunities to research areas of interests and build projects around these interests.
High School (9-12)
Gifted students in high school are served through Pre-AP and AP classes (with differentiation) in the following subject areas:
- English I and II (Pre-AP), English III and IV (AP)
- Biology and Chemistry (both Pre-AP and AP)
- Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Cal (Pre-AP); Calculus (AP)
- Other AP courses are available on an individual basis.
GT students are also served through advanced elective classes in Art, Debate, Theater, and Journalism. Many GT students choose to compete in these and other activities in Academic UIL competitions.
GT students can take dual credit courses at through MCC in U.S. History, English Composition, Government, and Economics. Students may take additional MCC courses on an individual basis.
Students can also take dual credit courses through TSTC in dozens of career pathways, with the opportunity to attain certification in a career technology before graduating high school.