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Gifted Services nominations accepted Jan. 2-24, 2024

Beginning on Jan. 2, 2024, Bulloch County Schools will accept nominations of students in grades 1 to 8, to be considered for Gifted Services. This spring semester review of nominees provides a time for teachers, parents, guardians, students, or peers to nominate any student who meets the criteria for this window of consideration.

All nominations must be submitted to the QUEST facilitator at each elementary or middle school by 2 p.m. on January 24. For your convenience, an online nomination form is available for each elementary and middle school on the school district's Gifted Services Website at www.bullochschools.org/gifted.

After 2 p.m. on January 24, nominations will be closed for this review period, and each school's eligibility team will begin to review student data to determine if a formal evaluation for gifted services is required. A nomination does not guarantee a formal evaluation. Gifted Services are based on need. The review team must establish whether the evidence confirms the need for a formal evaluation.

If a student is to be evaluated, the child's parents or guardians will receive a Permission to Test Form to sign and return to the school. This form is required before testing can begin.

Testing will begin after teams have taken time for the data review and the receipt of permission to test is received by the gifted teacher at the child's home school. The school district will conduct testing March 4 through March 29.

Online Talent Development Resources

The school district offers parents an online resource to help develop the talent and skills of children. It is available at www.bullochschools.org/talent or here.

Primary Talent Development is an instructional model that provides all students opportunities to develop their talents and achieve their fullest potential. Parents and guardians have the opportunity to enrich their child’s higher order thinking skills through attribute, questioning, and creative problem solving experiences that will nurture and challenge children. Thinking skills such as problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and spatial reasoning are extremely important. Through introduction and practice of these skills, children will be better prepared for all academic content areas as well as testing and assessments. Proficiency of these skills also builds confidence and benefits students socially and emotionally.

On the Talent Development webpage there are seven lessons families may utilize. The Alike and Different lesson should be divided into two sessions, as stated. These talent development lessons will definitely challenge children to think outside of the box and build higher order thinking skills.

Tangram manipulatives for the Musician Tangram Creations are available at the Central Office for families to check out upon request by contacting Julie Wilson, Ed.D, by email at jhwilson@bullochschools.org or by telephone at 912.212.8882.