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    Germantown Exceptionally Talented Students
    The GETS project is a pilot after school program designed to challenge
    our highest achieving students in grades four, five and six

    History

    In 2009 the GETS Committee began meeting bi-monthly to develop a program to provide additional enrichment to our top students. The Committee reviewed existing GCSD Board of Education Policy, previous GCSD programs that existed to challenge our highest achieving children and information about similar programs in New York and other states.  The Committee decided:

    1.   With the recent changes in curriculum and testing, students should not be pulled out of primary instruction; therefore the program will be implemented after school hours.
    2.   Programs already exist to challenge students in sports and music. We need programs to challenge students in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), Humanities (Reading / Writing) and Art.
    3.   The 2013 project will be a pilot for students in grades 4-6.
    4.   Developed the criteria used to select students (see below)
    5.   Parents receive an invitation letter and must give permission for their child to participate in the project.
    6.   Students, parents and advisors will be asked to complete a survey in April 2013 to provide the committee with feedback about the pilot.

    Criteria for Identification

    GETS Art

    • A group of judges reviewed third, fourth and fifth grade students’ art portfolios in June 2012. Twelve students’ were identified to be invited to join the GETS Art project based on this information.

    GETS Humanities

    • Report Card final ELA averages and NYS Assessment grades for the previous three year were gathered.
    • Fourth Graders – Students were invited if they had a total of two (or more) of the following: 4 on State ELA test and/or 95 (or higher) final ELA average on report card
    • Fifth Graders – Students were invited if they had a total of three (or more) of the following: 4 on State ELA test and/or 95 (or higher) final ELA average on report card
    • Sixth Graders - Students were invited if they had a total of four (or more) of the following: 4 on State ELA test and/or 95 (or higher) final ELA average on report card

     GETS STEM

    • Report Card final math averages and NYS Assessment grades for the previous three year were gathered.
    • Fourth Graders – Students were invited if they had a total of two (or more) of the following: 4 on State math test and/or 95 (or higher) final math average on report card
    • Fifth Graders – Students were invited if they had a total of three (or more) of the following: 4 on State math test and/or 95 (or higher) final math average on report card
    • Sixth Graders - Students were invited if they had a total of four (or more) of the following: 4 on State math test and/or 95 (or higher) final math average on report card

    Note:   Twenty students met the criteria for the GETS STEM project. Mr. Zollo agreed to run two STEM projects, one on Wednesdays and the other on Thursdays.

    Implementation Timeline and Advisor Information

    January – March 2013 Students meet once each week on Wednesdays or Thursdays with their GETS Project. Parents/Guardians will be invited to see their children’s work at the end of the GETS projects, date/time TBA. Advisors: GETS Art: Michael DelPozzo, GETS Humanities: Julann Peters and GETS STEM: Richard Zollo.