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Gifted & Talented

Our School’s GT Coordinator(s) Contact Information

Name(s): Jessie Newsom and Rebecca Shoshensky 
Email(s): jessie.e.newsom@adams12.org and rebecca.shoshensky@adams12.org


When is GT testing in my school?

Universal Screening: In Adams 12 Five Star Schools, 2nd and 6th graders who are not already identified GT participate in the Universal Screening process for potential gifted and talented identification. Find more detailed information regarding Universal Screening in the Five Star District.

Important dates for the Universal Screening process at our school: 10/1 and 10/3

Parent/Staff/Student GT Recommendation: All students can participate in the GT identification process by submitting a complete body of evidence. Find more detailed information regarding the GT recommendation process in the Five Star District.

If you are interested in having your child be considered for the GT identification process you need to contact your GT Coordinator for school specific information.

Important dates for the GT Recommendation process at our school:  

Parent Recommendation Form due 11/1

Testing to take place on 12/9 and 12/10


Gifted & Talented Program Offerings

Advanced Curriculum & Extended Learning:  “The Vehicle”
Provides the depth and complexity needed to ensure meaningful academic growth
Our school offerings include: At Thornton Elementary School we provide several opportunities a year for field trips that celebrate different areas of giftedness.

Differentiated Learning Pathways:  “The Roadmap”
Provides an education at the appropriate level of readiness and challenge
Our school offerings include: ST Math, Leveled Guided Reading Groups, Waterford, Khan Academy, Raz Kids

Individualized Opportunities & Enrichment:  “The Customized Options”
Actively engages and motivates through interests and meaningful learning opportunities
Our school offerings include: Our school offerings include:  Students designated as Gifted and Talented have several opportunities a week to use our Makers Space Center.  This Center is part of our new extended library. Students use many different resources within the Makers Space to challenge their thinking and expand their creative opportunities within the school day. 

Social-Emotional Learning:  “The Destination”
Focuses on developing the whole child by balancing empowerment and accountability
Our school offerings include: Gifted learners at Thornton Elementary School have an opportunity to participate in a group geared towards supporting GT Learners with their Social Needs as well as increasing their opportunities to participate in challenging activities with like peers.  This group is led by the School Counselor.