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Gifted and Talented Education


Caldwell County School District's Gifted and Talented Program

Welcome to Caldwell County School District's Gifted and Talented Webpage! Our GT program services students in 4th-12th grades who have been formally identified in the areas of General Intellect, Creativity, Leadership, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, or Visual/Performing Arts which includes Art, Music, Drama, and Dance. Primary students who exhibit potential for giftedness in these areas are serviced through our Primary Talent Pool (PTP). 
Administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, and the GT resource teacher all work together to meet the creative, intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs of our gifted learners in accordance with 704 KAR 3:285. We strive to provide our students with opportunities to think critically and creatively, problem solve, lead their peers, and practice the essential skills that are necessary to succeed in the 21st century. The purpose of our program is to service approximately 15% of the student population whose abilities and talents are believed to be significantly more advanced than those of their age and peer group. The department takes into consideration students who may be underachieving, students with disabilities, and students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds.
Please do not hesitate to contact Gifted Services with any questions or concerns.

Gretchen Wetzel-District GT Coordinator

Lisa Trimble-District GT Teacher

What is gifted and talented?

"Gifted and Talented Children" means those persons between kindergarten and high school graduation whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. Gifted and talented students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue or any combination of these areas:
  • General Intellect
  • Leadership
  • Specific Academic Aptitude--Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, Science
  • Visual and Performing Arts--Art, Dance, Drama, Music (Vocal and/or Instrumental)
  • Creativity
The child who is gifted is part of a small percentage (2-4%) of every school population. The child generally achieves at least two standard deviations from the mean of standard tests of ability, works at two or more grade levels ahead of the age peers, and/or demonstrates deep understanding and skills in individualized performances. In addition to some common learning behaviors (questioning, researching, wondering, and making connections), many gifted learners share various social and emotional issues specifically related to their giftedness (peer acceptance, sensitivity, "out-of-the-box thinking").
Often bright students are thought to be gifted by their parents and teachers. Bright students tend to do their work neatly and on time, enjoy following instruction, and are top academic students. However, a truly gifted learner will demonstrate certain unique and intuitive characteristics.

New and Noteworthy

Constitution Week
September 17-23, 2018

Mrs. Trimble took a small group of gifted and talented students to the local radio station to speak on Constitution Week. For some of the students, this was their first opportunity to speak on the radio.

Girls 5th grade through high school are invited to this hands-on event to learn more about education choices in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
WPSD meteorologist Jennifer Rukavina will be the keynote speaker plus other speakers, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA)
The Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) is a 3-day experiential learning conference in which students participate directly in simulated international diplomacy. KUNA offers students the opportunity to experience the richness of cultures from around the world, develop empathy, and hone their critical thinking skills while engaging with a wide variety of perspectives and global issues.
CCMS students participated in the MS 3 conference and as ambassadors for the country of Jordan. While at the KUNA conference, CCMS students participated in the Parade of Nations and the Global Village Booth Fair. Students were also assigned to committees and summit groups where they heard resolutions from various schools representing nations who are members of the United Nations Assembly. 

Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA)
The Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) is a 3-day experiential learning program in which students serve as part of a model state government. KYA offers students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with their peers from around the Commonwealth.
CCHS's KYA delegates had the opportunity to say hello to Senator Dorsey Ridley during their visit to the state's Capitol Annex while attending the 2017 KYA conference. 

Stock Market Game

Fall 2017 Elementary/Middle District West KY Regional Winner

"Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies"