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New Gifted and Talented Endorsement Series

 Greetings! You have arrived at Excel Academy’s GT (Gifted and Talented) page. Here you will find all sorts of resources. Please look around and see what’s happening in Excel's GT community!

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There have been many changes implemented this year at Excel Academy, including the GT department. We have added a Social/Emotional curriculum as well as a College and Career Readiness program for 7th and 8th graders. 

As your GT Specialist, Mrs. Puckett will be working with GT students in a variety of ways including; teaching middle school electives; working closely with gifted fifth grade students in reading; regularly meeting with all GT students (88 to be precise!); co-teaching Mrs. Ham’s GT ELA class; teaching the College and Career Readiness program in middle school; supplementing an advanced 7th grade math class, and much more!

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Puckett with any GT related questions. We look forward to working with you and your students! Image result for smart goals Your GT student is writing SMART goals this month. There are two types of goals, Academic and Affective. Please look for a worksheet coming home that will allow you to provide input as to your child's ALP goals.   

Thank you for your participation!



Time: 6:15 - 8:00 pm

Location: Jeffco Education Center's 5th floor Boardroom

1829 Denver West Drive #27

Golden, CO 80401


September 23, 2019

Topic: Affective Goals/Goal Setting, ALM/Affective/Habits of Mind, Executive Functioning,

Secondary - choosing college/post-secondary, Secondary - Next Level: Elementary

and Middle School, Gifted and Talented 101

November 18, 2019

Guest Speaker: Jenny Hecht

Topic: Building Resiliency

Who Am I and Why does it Matter - The Existential Dilemma

January 27, 2020

Topic: Social Emotional Needs of Gifted Children, Affective Goals/Goal Setting, Early Access,

Executive Functioning, Gifted and Talented 101

February 24, 2020

Topic: JAGC/GT Collaboration Panel

JAGC members, parents, GT Resource Teachers, SELCs and students

Only questions around general policies, procedures, GT learners will be addressed

by the panel.

Additional Information

- Cancellations will be posted on WWW.JEFFCOPUBLICSCHOOLS.ORG/GT

- Parents do not need to RSVP

- Babysitting is not available

- Age appropriate attendance is encouraged

Image result for resourcesLooking for Resources? Here are some helpful links for parents and students. Enjoy!

Jeffco's Page for GT students and families:

National Association for Gifted Children:

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted:

Byrdseed (a site created by Ian Byrd):

Hoagies' Gifted:

Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset:

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Affective Goals

Every year, all students write an Affective Goal to go along with their Academic, or SMART goal. Affective goals refer to personal growth that students would like to implement in their lives. The options for Affective Goals are limitless. For some students this may be that they want to work on coming to class with a positive attitude every day, completing and handing in assignments on time, adopting a growth mindset, learning to better appreciate others, or to develop positive relationships with others and many many more. Affective goals help us meet the developmental needs of the whole child.

It’s important to address gifted students’ needs so that they can be successful as individuals in the world and here in school. Every GT student will create an Affective Goal this year, ask your child about theirs!

Mrs. Puckett 

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And, we're expanding to a 7th AND 8th grade option starting 2019-2020!