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WELCOME TO SGUSD GATE 2016-17!
 
 
 

 

 

 

ADVENTURES IN GATE

Our district GATE program has been revamped over the past year, and students are enjoying a variety of new offerings. The 5th grade class delved into mechanical engineering.  Highlights included designing catapults and powering their own roadsters with CO2 cartridges. 6th grade students participated in mock broadcasts and produced their own podcasts using state of the art technology at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Telemundo reporter/anchor Azucena Gomez also visited to discuss her experiences in the field. 7th grade studied water quality issues and participated in a day of investigations and simulations at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District and Olvera Street.

 

Stay tuned for our more about our spring sessions with 4th grade integrated science and art at Whittier Narrows Nature Center and 8th grade civil engineering at JPL.

 

2016-2017 GATE Qualification Process
The district's GATE qualification process for 2016-17 will be completed in early September 2016.  Letters confirming GATE qualification will be sent to families following receipt of the CAASPP scores on or about September 9, 2016.  

 

GATE Course Descriptions

Check the attachments below for a description of our course offerings for grades 4-8 this school year.
 
GATE Course Schedule and Registration Deadlines
Scroll down to the attachments below for course schedules and registration deadlines.
 
GATE Course Registration Packets

Parents of qualified GATE students will receive a course registration packet approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the first day of the GATE Saturday enrichment session  The course schedule and approximate mailing date for registration materials are listed in the GATE Course Schedule and Registration attachment below. Courses will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  

 
2016-2017 GATE Qualification Process
The district's GATE qualification process for 2016-17 were completed in early September 2016.  Letters confirming GATE qualification were sent to families on September 10, 2016.  If you have specific questions regarding the process, please contact Ms. Vargas at (626) 451-5485.
 
2016-2017 GATE Referrals
Third grade students may be referred at the end of the school year for GATE program consideration the following school year. There are three referral windows for students in grades 4-8 throughout the year:
  • December 1-15
  • March 15-30
  • May 20-June 5
 
Referrals are made by the student’s current teacher and may also be filed at the request of the parent. SGUSD's GATE program identifies the top 10% of incoming 4th-8th students district-wide using a combination of grades, the Gifted Rating Scale (GRS), and CAASPP-SBAC test scores.
 
High performance on the CAASPP does not guarantee GATE qualification. We are fortunate in San Gabriel to have many students exceed standards on the state CAASPP assessment. Please see statistics below for our current 5th grade students:
  • 24% of all SGUSD current 5th grade students exceeded standards in Math on the 2016 CAASPP. 
  • 36% of all SGUSD current 5th grade students exceeded standards in English Language Arts on the 2016 CAASPP. 
 
For further information, please contact Jennifer Vargas, GATE Coordinator.
(626) 451-5485
vargas_j@sgusd.k12.ca.us
 
What is GATE?
The San Gabriel Unified School District is proud to recognize the unique needs of students with extraordinary abilities through our program for Gifted and Talented Education or G.A.T.E.  The SGUSD GATE program identifies gifted and talented students and provides them with learning opportunities based on the principles that all students are to receive an education appropriate to their individual needs, capabilities, and interests.
 
GATE Program Models and Enrichment Activities
GATE students in SGUSD are served through a variety of program models and settings.  Curricular components are planned and organized as integrated differentiated learning experiences within the regular school day and may be augmented by extension activities related to the core curriculum. Elementary school GATE students receive differentiated instruction in the regular classroom based on their unique needs.  This may be achieved by using methods such as curriculum compacting, acceleration, or adding depth or complexity. At the secondary level, there are many opportunities for GATE students, such as Honors  and Advanced Placement (AP) classes, band, orchestra, mock trial, speech and debate, student government, and various school clubs. The SGUSD GATE program also includes extended learning activities for grades 4-8 related to the core curriculum.
 
Parent and Community Involvement
GATE enrichment activities are made possible by state funding and generous grants from the San Gabriel Education Foundation (SEF).  Parents and other community members may make tax-deductible contributions to SEF which can be earmarked for the district’s GATE programs.  Parents and community members are also welcome to attend the GATE Parent Meetings featuring information on GATE activities and programs, presentations by GATE students, and special guest speakers.  
 
For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ GATE pdf) page under Resources.