Mrs. Long
Gifted Reach Out Program (GRO) 

Welcome to a very large family of parents, students, teachers, and administrators who strive to ensure that students who demonstrate outstanding ability are helped to make the most of their unique talents and capabilities. This year will be full of hands on experiences that will be fun as well as challenging.

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GRO Philosophy:

The mission of our Gifted Reach-Out Program is to improve student achievement by supporting teaching and learning in the classroom. Differentiation of curriculum focuses on expanding, extending, and enhancing learning opportunities beyond the exploration level of the regular classroom curriculum.

Program Features: (Differentiated Instruction)

- Accelerated or advanced content
- More complex understandings of generalizations, principles, theories, and the structure of the content area
- Abstract concepts and thought processes or skills
- Appropriation of longer/shorter time span for learning
- Generating new information and/or products
- Transfer of learning to new/different disciplines, situations
- Development of personal growth and sophistication in attitudes, appreciations, feeling, and intuition
- Independence of thought and study




Parental Role:

The parents' role is to model the importance of education. At home, parents should continue to encourage the love of reading, develop an acceptance of responsibilities and the enjoyment of accomplishments. Teaching respect and self-worth are the keys to successful life-long experiences.

Testing for the Gifted Reach Out Program

Parents of 2nd-4th graders interested in having their child tested for the district’s gifted program (GRO) should send a written response no later than April 24, 2017 to their child’s classroom teacher. Testing for those eligible will begin in May/June for entrance into the program beginning September 2018. In conjunction with GRO testing, F&P, math benchmarks/progress reports, classroom work ethic scores will be considered. Central office will mail home the results during the summer break

The GRO program provides enrichment for students who have demonstrated high capabilities. The work presented is above grade level and is rigorous. Children are expected to fulfill their regular classroom and GRO proficiencies during the year.


Enjoy the year!


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