Gifted Program

PEGS

The Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students (PEGS) program identifies and serves exceptionally gifted students in a full-time academic environment appropriate for their unique needs.

Who May Apply?

Students who meet all three of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  1. Reside in the Grandview, Hickman Mills or Center School Districts in Jackson County, MO.
  2. Entering grades 2-6 or chronological ages for those grades.
  3. An intelligence Quotient at or above 140 on the WISC-III, WISC-IV, WISC-V, or Stanford-Binet V. Selection criteria includes an additional cognitive measure, currently the Stanford-Binet Form L-M.

If you are interested in finding out more about the PEGS Program, you may contact one of the following coordinators.

Center School District

Grandview

Hickman Mills

Sally Newell (816) 349-3304
snewell@center.k12.mo.us
Sheryl Malloy (816) 316-5040
Sheryl.malloy@grandviewc4.net
Teresa Tanner (816) 316-8501
TERESAT@HICKMANMILLS.ORG
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PEGS Curriculum

PEGS Curriculum
The PEGS curriculum assures mastery of the basic knowledge and skills contained in the regular curriculum. In addition, PEGS provides an enhanced curriculum appropriate for exceptionally gifted students based on the following principles:

  • Acceleration through curriculum compacting in response to each student's instructional needs.
  • Advanced skills training in critical and creative thinking, research and content related skills.
  • A focus on creative production as an outgrowth of a student's intense interest in a topic or a passion to solve real-world problems.
  • Attention to the special affective needs of the exceptionally gifted child.
  • Special mentorship for students with business and professional experts.
  • Integration of PEGS students with regular education students for fine arts and physical education activities, lunch and recess.

PEGS Selection

A matrix including a cognitive measure, classroom performance, and other indicators of exceptionally gifted students is used to identify students who are eligible for PEGS. A full-scale score of 150 on the Stanford-Binet (selected by the PEGS Advisory Board and approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) is necessary for admittance into the program.

PEGS Transportation

Parents are responsible for their child's transportation to and from school.

What Happens after Elementary School

When students finish the 5th grade in the self-contained PEGS classes at Red Bridge Elementary School, they have the option to move to PEGS at Center Middle School or return to their home districts.

ALPS

The Advanced Learning Program (ALPs) services students in grades K-5. A Gifted Facilitator works with students on an individual basis. The program provides enriched and extended educational experiences.

The ALPs program strives to fulfill the following objectives:

  • To stimulate student interest in subjects beyond the realm of regular classroom study through reading, writing, independent research, hands-on activities, and experimentation.
  • To incorporate practice of higher level thinking skills and to provide problem solving opportunities in all lessons.
  • To provide lessons that incorporate activities that address Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) goals and objectives.
  • To recognize and attend to the affective needs of the gifted student.

Contact Beth Bix, Gifted Facilitator, at 816-612-4213 or bbix@center.k12.mo.us.

Eligibility Requirements for Grades K-3

I. Screening
Students in grades K-2 will be screened at the 90th percentile or above level on the Terra Nova Multiple Assessment and/or teacher or parent referral.

II.
Assessment
1. Students must score at the 95th percentile on the TONI-3 or Kaufman Brief.
2.Parent/Guardian completion of the Primary Program Parent Survey.

III.
Other
Students in third grade who were identified at the K-2 levels will be administered the WISC-IV and the GATES Performance Checklist.A re-evaluation will occur at the end of grade three to determine appropriateness of continuing in the ALPs program.Re-evaluation will consist of reviewing assessment information as well as performance in the classroom and ALPs program.

Students whose initial screening for the program is in their third grade year will follow grades 4-12 eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Requirements for Grades 4-5

I.Screening
Students must score at or above the 90th percentile on at least two subtests of the Terra Nova Multiple Assessment, or they must score Advanced in either Math or Communication Arts on the MAP.

II.Formal Assessment
Cognitive(WISC-IV, Stanford Binet, TONI-3, Ravens)
Must score at the 95th percentile
Educational Achievement(Terra Nova Multiple Assessment, Woodcock-Johnson, PIAT, PSAT, PLAN)
Must score at the 95th percentile on two subtests of the Terra Nova Multiple Assessment or other academic performance measures.
Performance Checklist(GATES, GES-2)
GATES – Standard Score of 100+ in Intellectual and Academic
GES – Standard Score of 13+ in Intellectual and Academic Aptitude
Creativity
Torrance Test of Creativity only utilized when needed to meet 3 of 4 areas.Two subtests must be at the 95th percentile.

III.Re-evaluations will occur at the end of grades 5 and 8 to determine appropriateness of continuing in the ALPs program.Re-evaluation will consist of reviewing assessment information and performance in the classroom and ALPs program.

Referral-Assessment Procedures for Grades K-3

I.Referral-Screening

1. ALPs facilitator completes referral form for students who have been referred.
2. Building screening team consisting of building principal, counselor, classroom teacher, ALPs facilitator and others as necessary will review additional screening data to determine need for an assessment.Additional data to be reviewed will include some or all of the following:
§ Work samples
§ Grades
§ Terra Nova Multiple Assessment
§ Any previous testing
§ Teacher observation

II. Assessment

1. ALPs facilitator contacts parent to advise for need of evaluation to be given.
2. The ALPs facilitator sends to the parent the Notice and Consent for Evaluation, Primary Parent survey and the letter to parent of eligibility requirements.Completed form is returned to ALPs facilitator who notifies the building counselor.
3. Counselor administers the cognitive measure (TONI-3 or Kaufman Brief) Assessment completed in 45 days.
4. Counselor provides cognitive assessment results to ALPs facilitator.
5.ALPs facilitator completes Referral-Screening-Assessment-Evaluation form.
6. Building team reviews assessment results to determine eligibility for program participation.
7. Questioned eligibility is reviewed by district level ALPs team.
8. ALPs facilitator will notify parent and building team if student does or does not meet eligibility.Conferences will be set to explain the program to the student and parents prior to entry into program.
9. ALPs facilitator will place the completed Referral-Screening-Assessment-Evaluation form, the Notice and Consent for Evaluation and test protocols in the ALPs file folder and place in the student cumulative file.

III. Continuation in the ALPs 4-12 Program
Third grade ALPs students must go through a formal evaluation process to determine eligibility for the ALPs 4-12 program.

Referral Assessment Procedures for Grades 4-5

I. Referral-Screening

1.Principals, counselors, teachers, ALPs facilitators and parents may initiate a referral.
2.Parents initiating referral will be assisted by the building counselor.
3.Building screening team consisting of building principal, counselor, classroom teacher, ALPs facilitator and others as necessary will review screening data to determine need for an assessment.Data to be reviewed will include some or all of the following:work samples, grades, Terra Nova Multiple Assessment, MAP, any previous testing, teacher observation.Assessment instruments will be determined by the team based on student need.

II.Assessment

1. ALPs facilitator contacts parent to advise of need for evaluation.
2. Notice and Consent for Evaluation sent home to parent by ALPs facilitator with letter to parent explaining eligibility requirements for the ALPs program.Completed form is returned to ALPs facilitator who notifies counselor.
3. Counselor administers cognitive assessment; ALPs facilitator oversees administration and scoring of academic and performance measures.Assessment completed in 45 days.
4. Counselor provides cognitive assessment results to ALPs facilitator.
5. ALPs facilitator completes Referral-Screening-Assessment-Evaluation form.
6. Building team reviews assessment results and determines eligibility of students who clearly meet requirements.
7. District level ALPs team reviews assessment results and determines eligibility for students who would qualify only with an override of criteria.
8. ALPs facilitator will notify parent and building team if student does or does not meet eligibility.Conferences will be set to explain the program to the student and parents prior to entry into program.
9. ALPs facilitator will place the completed Referral-Screening-Assessment-Evaluation form, the Notice and Consent for Evaluation and test protocols in the ALPs file folder and place in the student cumulative file.

III. Re-evaluation
Student performance will be re-evaluated at the end of grades 5 and 8 before transitioning to the middle and high school.A review of previous and current assessment data as well as classroom performance will be reviewed by the building screening team to determine continuation in the program.The ALPs facilitator will set up a conference with the parent to review re-evaluation and continuation status.

Transition for Grades 5 - 9

Grade 5 to 6
1. After completion of re-evaluation conferences, elementary ALPs facilitators will schedule a time to meet with the middle school facilitator to discuss student programming needs. (May)
2. Elementary ALPs facilitators will provide a caseload roster for fifth graders going to sixth grade to give to the sixth grade ALPs facilitator.

Grade 8 to 9
1. After completion of re-evaluation conferences, the middle school ALPs facilitator will schedule a time to meet with the high school facilitator to discuss student programming needs.
2. Middle school ALPs facilitator will provide a caseload roster for eighth grade students moving to ninth grade and give to high school facilitators.

GIFTED STUDENTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL

Gifted students at Center High School are serviced through English classes for 9-11th grade. Some students enter 9th grade as state identified gifted and other students are identified during their freshman and sophomore years based on current assessments such as the PLAN tests.

The students have the opportunity to take AP English and UMKC English their senior year. The gifted facilitator works with seniors on college planning, scholarships, and essays during a resource hour. The facilitator writes recommendations as either the classroom teacher or a college advisor. The gifted facilitator also helps students in class selection and placement when necessary.

The gifted program monitors the PSAT and the ACT process for each of the gifted students. The program also oversees the nomination process to the Missouri Scholars Academy and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and helps students find other summer opportunities by working closely with the guidance department and classroom teachers.

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