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Gifted & Talented

 

The mission of the Gifted and Talented Program at Boltz MS is to transform the potential of our gifted students through challenging and meaningful learning experiences so that the students may become creative producers and responsible problem solvers in the 21st century.

“Did You Know?”

Boltz GT Students Find Rigor and Social-Emotional Support Here

  • We have small affective groups for GT students who struggle with anxiety or organization? These groups are run by the GT Site Coordinator and an Academic Dean.
  • Our 8th grade GT students are taken on a high-school level college preview field trip?
  • GT students are able to attend CSU’s annual Engineering Days?
  • Phoenix Strings, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra at Boltz are “before school” select music groups that provide Boltz students a great chance for musical rigor.
  • STEM is alive and well at Boltz? Ask our students in Lego Robotics, students that use the Maker Space, students in Science Olympiad, students who are doing engineering challenges in science class that are related to roller coasters, seismographs, and more.
  • English classes around our building offer students choice so that they are reading novels of interest at their reading level? This happens in daily independent reading time and in leveled literature circle groups.
  • Boltz has a GT specific Advisory that allows them to explore what it means to be identified as Gifted, learn Social and Emotional Skills, complete on class work and homework collaboratively, and learn strategy games and play them together?
  • Our math department has accelerated pathways with compacting of curriculum? We offer pathways that allow for both grade skipping (within the math curriculum) without skipping standards.
  • The Boltz science department has a greenhouse? Our GT students have leadership opportunities in monitoring and adjusting variables in that greenhouse.
  • In our German and Spanish classes, the teachers work on using 90-95% of the target language in class?  With that, students are able to push themselves to understand partial or full sentences in the target language—not just individual words; differentiation is natural in this environment for learning.  
  • In classes all around our building our students are engaged in Socratic Seminars, Philosophical Chairs, and other AVID/college-ready strategies for learning?
  • Boltz GT students are able to pursue mini-mentorships with community members who work in professions they find interesting? 
  • Students in our English classes develop individualized writing goals which can push them beyond grade-level writing standards and rubrics?

Follow Your Passion

GT Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) at Boltz

Gifted and Talented (GT) students at Boltz Middle School work with GT staff, teachers, and parents to choose goals for their annual Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). ALP Goals are a directed way to guide our GT students to follow a passion, make a difference, and/or work towards a personal goal throughout the year.

An ALP is an opportunity driven experience. Therefore, students will get out of their ALP what they put into it. So, we ask that students choose their ALP goal with thought and care. We want them to pick something they are passionate about. The ALP isn’t about extra work, it is about taking advantage of provided opportunities for further growth here at Boltz. To encourage students to explore different options during their time here at Boltz, students may not repeat goals from year to year.

All of our ALP goal choices tie to one (or more) of the national 21st Century Skills. At Boltz, our whole staff works very hard to help guide all students towards attaining these 21st Century Skills to make sure we prepare them for high school, college, and the workplace.  

Gifted Identification in Poudre School District

The Gifted and Talented (GT) program in Poudre School District is committed to identifying and serving gifted learners. 

  • GT learners are students between five and 21 whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.
  • GT learners include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations.  Please visit the district link below to learn more regarding GT identification procedures in PSD.

Link to PSD Gifted and Talented page - https://www.psdschools.org/academics/gifted-and-talented

Boltz GT Contacts

Boltz Gifted and Talented Site Coordinator: Sierra Londenberg slondenberg@psdschools.org (970) 472-3756

Poudre School District Gifted and Talented Coordinator: Kirstan Morris kirstanm@psdschools.org

Poudre School District Secondary Identification Specialist: Beth Knees eknees@psdschools.org