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How we identify high ability students

 

Because young students change and grow, there are three times in the elementary experience that we formally identify students who have high ability: kindergarten, second grade and fifth grade.

The following documents outline the process.

Identifying students who are new to the Corporation  Please send recent achievement and aptitude test reports to your child's school so that the correct placement is made for your child. Principals are in charge of the placement of all students.

Placement of high ability students in elementary schools  All placement decisions are made by building principals. Identified high ability students will be placed with other identified high ability students. This allows students to be educated at their instructional level. All high ability students are serviced in neighborhood schools.

 

How we serve high ability students

 

Students that are identified as high ability in math will practice on- and off-grade level math standards in a variety of ways:  projects, centers, small groups and worksheets.

Students that are identified as high ability in language arts will be utilizing many enriching materials including the following materials:  Reading Street reading series, Lucy Calkins writing program, Junior Great Books, Problem Based Learning, leveled readers, Storyworks or Scope Magazines (grades 2-5) and the high ability units from the Indiana Department of Education.

Anne-Marie Reininga is the high ability coordinator for K-5 students. You can reach her at (574) 271-0055, option 5. Her e-mail address is areininga@phm.k12.in.us.

 


Saturday Enrichment 

 

Fall Enrichment Series

  • November 5,12 19
  • 8:00 AM-11:00 AM
  • Schmucker Middle School

 

Winter Enrichment Series

  • February 4,11 and 25
  • 8:00 AM-11:00 AM
  • Schmucker Middle School
 
 
Eligibility Requirements for participating in Saturday Enrichment (Grades 3-8)
Grades 3-Students who scored in at least the 90%ile on a second grade NWEA test
Grades 4- 6 – Students who received a Pass Plus (+) on the Spring 2016 English or Math ISTEP are  invited to attend
Grades 7 and 8 – Students who attended a Saturday Enrichment session during the last school year or requested an invitation for the winter session
 
Middle School Students and Invitations to Saturday Enrichment

Due to low middle school enrollment, we will be sending out fall enrichment invitations only to all qualifying sixth graders and seventh and eighth graders that participated in the enrichment sessions during the past school year. These invited students have the following options:
  • If they would like to enroll in fall enrichment, they need to complete the enrollment form and turn it into their school office. They will continue to receive invitations and will be enrolled in one of the fall classes.
  • If they are not interested in fall enrichment but would like to continue to receive invitations, then they check the box at the top of the enrollment form and turn the form into their school office.
  • If they are not interested in participating in future enrichment sessions, they do not return anything, and they will not receive invitations to future enrichment sessions.

 

Anne-Marie Reininga directs the Saturday Enrichment programs. She can be reached at (574) 271-0055, option 5, or by email at areininga@phm.k12.in.us