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GT Nominations for the 2016-17 school year will be accepted November 28 - December 16, 2016.  An informational meeting for parents considering nominating their students for the GT Program will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 6:00 - 6:30 pmat the Pine Tree Community Center.  Parents must complete the Nomination Form and return it to their child's campus office no later than Friday, December 16, 2016.  For any questions, please contact your child's campus office or Debbie Terry at (903) 295-5000.

Definition: Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted and Talented students are those who perform at or show the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area, possess an usual capacity for leadership, and/or excel in a specific academic field. Gifted and Talented students are also defined as those who excel in their ability to think, reason, judge, invent, or create to the degree that they need special facilities and/or educational services in order that they may have the opportunity to achieve their potential while making increased meaningful contributions to society.

Texas State Plan

The State Plan provides requirements for and guidance to districts as they meet the unique needs of the gifted/talented population in Texas.

Opportunities for Gifted Learners

Many enriching opportunities are available for Gifted and Talented students! Texas State Performance Projects Students have to opportunity to exercise voice and choice as they pursue cross curricular learning experiences and research projects of the Texas State Performance Projects.  Based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and skills, these projects may be independent or collaborative and focus on the foundational content areas of English language arts/reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.  As part of this exploration, students demonstrate their present knowledge gained, learning how to organize, synthesize, and present information to an audience.  For more information, please visit http://www.texaspsp.org/

Imagination Fair

In October, students in Grades 1-3 will attend the Imagination Fair, hosted by Region VII Educational Service Center in Kilgore.  The Imagination Fair, a student seminar designed specifically for Gifted/Talented students, provides students the opportunity to hear a professional story teller and to showcase their own storytelling talents!  Additionally, this seminar provides students an opportunity to apply critical thinking during a hands-on, problem solving portion of the seminar. 

Robotics

In November, 4th Grade Robotics Team members will have the opportunity to attend Region VII’s Intermediate Fall Robotics Competition.  In addition to showcasing their robots as well as their programming skills, students have the opportunity to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in a competitive environment.  Last year, our 4th grade team took home the First Place trophy!  

UIL A+ Academics

Students in grades 2-5 have the opportunity to participate in UIL Academic events.  To view the events applicable to your student’s grade level, please visit the UIL A+ Academics webpage.

Parent Resources

American Mensa is reaching out to the fastest growing segment of its membership – students under 18 years of age!  In addition to valuable resources, Mensa also offers games geared toward young students.  Click here to see what Mensa has to offer! G/T Newsletter

Check out our electronic newsletter!  Our 2nd graders, who are studying conservation of natural resources, thank you for going paperless!  

MISSION
The Pine Tree family champions the relentless pursuit of excellence through a compassionate and safe learning environment empowering all students to develop their unique passions and to make a positive impact in a global society.

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