Gifted and Talented

Ms. Kay Willenbring
651-403-8032 | kay.willenbring@isd197.org 

High Performing/Gifted and Talented Students at Mendota Elementary School have access to:

GIFTED AND TALENTED PROJECT PULLOUT GROUPS

  • Multiage Setting Grades 3 and 4
  • Focus on Curriculum Enrichment Extension Projects 
  • Focus on Collaborative, Technology Integrated Learning
  • Students are Flexibly Grouped by Identification and Academic Readiness

ADVANCED CURRICULUM OPTIONS

  • Curriculum Enrichment Extension Projects
  • Cognitively Guided Math Learning Opportunities
  • Young Authors Conference
  • Word Masters 
  • Differentiated Learning Opportunities
    • Teachers Have Received Ongoing Differentiation Training Centered on the Text, Making Differentiation a Habit, by Diane Heacox
    • Teachers are Supported in Their Practice of Differentiation for High Performing Learners

CLUSTERING

  • Identified Students in Grades 3 and 4 are Clustered
    • Students Have Access to Academic Peers in the Regular Classroom Setting
    • Teachers of the Cluster Groups Can Plan More Intentionally for the Needs of Identified GT Students

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

  • iPad Cart
  • MacBook Carts
  • iPod Cart
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Student Response Systems
  • Computer Lab
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Google Apps for Education

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Continental Math League
  • F.I.R.S.T. Lego League Robotics
  • Geography Bee
  • Spelling Bee
  • Word Masters
  • PTA Enrichment Programming with 20+ class offerings per session
    • Junior Great Books
    • Music Lessons
    • Tech Cafe
    • Art and Design
    • Yoga
    • Orienteering