The GATE Program
What is the GATE Program?
GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education.
The Cutten School District recognizes that gifted learners’ needs are highly complex and diverse and that it is important to provide services that not only challenge their special aptitudes but address their social and emotional needs as well.
GATE identified students at Cutten are served through a combination of classroom differentiation (which means adding breadth and depth to the regular curriculum), and a pull-out program taught by GATE teacher, Julie Van Sickle. The pull-out program provides an opportunity to work with other students with similar abilities. Lessons move quickly, are cross-curricular, and are designed around breadth, depth, and complexity.
How are students identified to participate in the GATE program at Cutten?
Students can be recommended for assessment for the GATE program by classroom teachers, parents/guardians, or other school staff when they are in the 4th grade or beyond. Assessment for GATE is completed in the Fall (generally in October or November). The assessment is given at Cutten and consists of eleven subtests. This assessment differs from most in that it is designed to measure not what the student has learned, but how the student learns. High scores on the assessment indicate giftedness – learning abilities far beyond those of chronological peers. Once a student qualifies for the GATE program they remain eligible throughout their stay at Cutten School. If you would like to request a student be assessed for the GATE program during the next testing window email Cutten GATE coordinator and teacher, Julie Van Sickle.
The National Association of Gifted Children provides this list of Traits of Giftedness
GATE Teacher: Julie Van Sickle email@example.com
GATE Student Projects 2020-2021
Due to the pandemic conditions GATE looked different for the 2020-2021 school year. Students got to choose from a list of projects to work together online with a group of peers interested in the same topic. Each week we would meet and develop ideas and expertise around the chosen challenge.
Below are some examples of the final projects for each challenge
Challenge: A Place to Visit Virtual Tour
Have you ever wanted to tell the world about the wonderful place that is Humboldt County? Have you ever wanted to show them the beauty of our redwood forest? Maybe you dream of visiting the far off islands of Tahiti and exploring its secret beaches. Well, here’s your chance. This challenge will let you showcase your tech skills, your understanding of geography, and your powers of persuasion as you design a virtual tour of your town, your county, or even a far off destination!
Venice, Italy by Emaleigh
Golden Gate Park by Ivan
Oahu, Hawaii Virtual Tour by Cade
San Diego Zoo by Zoey
A Place to Visit: Ireland by Kaiya
The Pyramids of Egypt by Zoe
Challenge: How Does Your Garden Grow?: Create a Garden!
Create a garden! Let your imagination grow with this challenge. Use materials you find around your home and in nature to design a model garden. What would you want to grow and what fits your local microclimate? What is sustainable? If you choose, start putting it into practice.
My Vegetable Garden by Iris
The Garden by Zaiden
Smith Family Garden by Zoe
My Backyard Dream by Natalie
Go Out and Garden by Peyton
Fooood Garden by Maya
Jonah´s Garden by Jonah
GATE Motocross Track by Vincent
Cade’s Garden by Cade
Challenge: Kid TalkX: Gifted talk to the Gifted
Do you have lots of great ideas? Is there something you wish another gifted student had shared with you? Share your experiences with other gifted students like you…create a TedTalk by a gifted student to a gifted student.
Anxiety Tips & Tricks by Kaiya
Dogs by Jonah
Challenge: GATE Kids Got Talent
Express your challenge! If you dream it, you can do it. Creativity has no limits: Feel It- Write It-Sing It- Be It. Express a challenge you or someone you know has risen to and met through composing a skit, song, art piece, story, poem, rap, model or another creative expression.
Flight of the Dragon by Jerome
Pondy by Levi
How I Overcame My Fear by Maya
Challenge: Unlock Your Own Adventure
Create a challenge to outsmart your peers. Design either a digital or real world version of an escape room. You get to pick the topic of your epic adventure.
Get that Shell Back by Natalie
A Horrid Vacation by Peyton
If you would like to try the escape room style puzzles below follow the instructions linked here.
Broken Machinery by Iris