Bulloch County Schools’ Gifted Services will conduct a spring review of children who are currently enrolled in first through eighth grades only, and who have been nominated for gifted services. The school district accepts nominations from teachers, parents, guardians, students, or peers for any enrolled students who meet the specifications for this window of consideration.
The nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, January 26, at 12 noon. All nominations must be submitted to the QUEST facilitator at each elementary or middle school during this time.
For your convenience, an online nomination form is available for each elementary and middle school on the school district’s website at www.bullochschools.org/gifted. Nominations received after the Spring 2022 nomination window closes may be nominated again for the Spring 2023 testing window.
After January 26, nominations are closed, each school’s eligibility team will review student data to determine if a formal evaluation for gifted services is required. A nomination does not guarantee a formal evaluation. Gifted Services are based on need. The review team must establish whether the evidence confirms the need for a formal evaluation.
Gifted Testing Window
If a school’s eligibility team identifies a child for formal evaluation, the child’s parents or guardians will receive a Permission to Test Form to sign and return to their child’s school. This form is required before gifted testing can begin.
Testing will begin after teams have taken time for the data review and the receipt of permission to test is received by the gifted teacher at the child’s home school. The school district will conduct gifted testing March 7 – April 1.
Online Talent Development Resources
The school district now offers parents and guardians an online resource to help develop the talents and skills of children. Primary Talent Development is an instructional model that provides all students opportunities to develop their talents and achieve their fullest potential. To use this resource visit www.bullochschools.org/talent.
Parents and guardians have the opportunity to enrich their child’s higher order thinking skills through attribute, questioning, and creative problem solving experiences that will nurture and challenge children. Thinking skills such as problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and spatial reasoning are extremely important. Through introduction and practice of these skills, children will be better prepared for all academic content areas as well as testing and assessments. Proficiency of these skills also builds confidence and benefits students socially and emotionally.
There are seven lessons families may utilize. The “Alike and Different” lesson should be divided into two sessions, as stated. These talent development lessons will definitely challenge children to think outside of the box and build higher order thinking skills. Tangram manipulatives for the “Musician Tangram Creations” are available at the Central Office for families to check out upon request by contacting Dr. Julie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.