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Gifted & Talent Development
You are in luck! Black Hawk Middle School is home to some of the hardest working, highest achieving students in the state! We have students that earn excellent grades, high test scores, win contests and learn new and fabulous things every year. It is amazing to watch their growth from sixth to eighth grade.
Students will have the opportunity to join various activities, clubs and groups to enrich their daily learning. They will also be challenged right in their regular and elective classes. We have something for everyone at Black Hawk Middle School.
A lot of students will find new hobbies, interests and learnings in their middle school years. They will also have an opportunity to meet new people and find new best friends. Their chances of success will only grow as they learn new things and get involved.
More specifics about how the GT program works at the middle school level in ISD 196 can be found at the end of this page.
Gifted and Talent Development
Phone: 651-683-6969, ext. 85524
The middle school gifted and talented (GT) experience is different from the elementary school GT experience, and that is intentional. Students in the middle school GT programs start by being "clustered" in classes. This provides the students with groupings or whole classes of learners of similar abilities. However, we appreciate and value the uniqueness of each child. These "clusters" provides the teachers with opportunites to challenge students through adjusted lesson plans and differentiating curriculum. In District 196, this is called Levels of Service. Our GT teachers are experts in their subject areas.
What the District 196 middle school GT programs excel at is offering students choices and opportunities. We have a variety of enrichment opportunities at Black Hawk Middle School, and the offerings only continue to grow. Enrichment opportunities are open to any student, they do not need to be a GT-identified student.
We have clubs for strong readers, writers and spellers, mathematicians, geographers, computer programmers, trivia buffs and artists, just to name a few.
Students choose what they want to be a part of and we believe that makes it much more enjoyable. That is part of growing up and maturing as a student is choosing what activities I want to participate in. Students receive passes from their GT coordinator to attend these opportunities, which usually take place during our Flex Time and do not take students out of class time. However, sometimes they might meet before, during or after school. We believe middle school is great time to expand curricular horizons and harness strengths as a leaner.
2021-22 Identification Process
District 196 will screen all 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students this school year. In addition to MAP math and MAP reading assessments, all 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in the winter. District 196 will collect data from MAP tests, CogAT tests and the HOPE teacher rating scale for gifted identification. Students already identified gifted in District 196 will remain identified. Letters will be mailed to the student's primary address if District 196 has determined a student will be identified gifted. District identification letters are planned to be mailed in late March 2022. Students do not need to be identified as gifted to participate in enrichment opportunities and to receive differentiated instruction for their advanced learning needs.