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Gifted and Talented Services Vision and Mission

We envision schools where giftedness and high potential are recognized, valued, and nurtured in children from all backgrounds, and where these individuals develop their potential to become creative, well-adjusted, productive citizens.

Our Mission: 

  • Access to gifted identification pathways and talent building for students from all backgrounds
  • High quality programming with appropriate rigor and engagement, resulting in growth and achievement commensurate with the gifted student’s abilities and interests. 
  • Social emotional support that empowers students to self-advocate for their unique strengths and needs
  • Rigorous and targeted professional development that builds individual educator learning as well as district capacity to provide for the academic and social emotional needs of gifted and talented students
  • Family engagement and collaboration around gifted characteristics, supporting social and emotional needs, and appropriate academic challenge
Program Overview

The Gifted Education Department is responsible for the following:

  • Develop and support implementation of the District’s Program Plan for Gifted Education in the SVVSD
  • Provide training and support to staff that instruct gifted students
  • Offer opportunities for parents to partner with the SVVSD to improve programming and opportunities available to gifted students
  • Offer enrichment opportunities for advanced students in the SVVSD
  • Train and support staff to assure compliance with state law in regards to gifted education
  • Support buildings in identification, programming, and Advanced Learning Plan development through training and coaching
  • Manage and account for the Gifted Education grant funds received annually to fund gifted programming and services
  • Communicate with and report to the Colorado Department of Education on programming, services, and professional development related to gifted education.
Meet the Gifted and Talented Services Team
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Jennifer Mayer

Gifted Coordinator-Elementary and K-8

(303) 702-7808 mayer_jennifer@svvsd.org

Jaimarie Nelson
Jaimarie Nelson

Gifted Coordinator-Secondary and Charters

3037027808 nelson_jaimarie@svvsd.org

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Consuelo Moreno

Gifted & Talented Secretary

(303) 702-7808 moreno_consuelo@svvsd.org

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Marissa Squires

Gifted and Talented Secretary

3037027808 squires_marissa@svvsd.org

Programming for Academic Challenge

Definition of Gifted Children

The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) defines gifted children as:

Those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities 

ECEA12.01(16)

St. Vrain Valley School District formally identifies and provides programming and differentiation options in the specific academic aptitudes of reading, math, science, social studies, writing, and world languages. Programming in talent areas is dependent on the course/extracurricular offerings at each individual school. 

Mission and Vision

We envision schools where giftedness and high potential are recognized, valued, and nurtured in children from all backgrounds, and where these individuals develop their potential to become creative, well-adjusted, productive citizens.

Our Mission: 

  • Access to gifted identification pathways and talent building for students from all backgrounds
  • High quality programming with appropriate rigor and engagement, resulting in growth and achievement commensurate with the gifted student’s abilities and interests. 
  • Social emotional support that empowers students to self-advocate for their unique strengths and needs
  • Rigorous and targeted professional development that builds individual educator learning as well as district capacity to provide for the academic and social emotional needs of gifted and talented students
  • Family engagement and collaboration around gifted characteristics, supporting social and emotional needs, and appropriate academic challenge

Programming Overview

Gifted education services include a range and variety of services to address student needs, and may be delivered within the student’s regular classroom, through virtual learning, and specialized classes. Programming is linked to identified student strengths, with options and strategies matched to the identified academic and affective needs of students. Balanced programming means including the four components below in order to provide for the needs of gifted and talented students.

Structure (where programming occurs)

Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction

Affective Guidance/College Planning

Content Options

Programming is adaptable to the resources within different buildings. Programming components remain requirements of the gifted student’s general education.

Programming ultimately seeks development of the whole child so that gifted students become successful adults demonstrating self-esteem, self-efficacy and creative productivity.  Therefore, learner outcomes in three main areas serve as the program focus for all identified students.  It is our intention that gifted/talented students will:

  • Perform at advanced and distinguished levels in their strength areas
  • Acquire autonomous learning skills in order to become independent, lifelong learners.
  • Develop creative problem solving, questioning and presentation skills which can be applied to solving authentic problems in any field.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s programming, please contact your child’s teacher or school GT representative. District coordinators are available if you need additional assistance or support.

Parent Guide to Gifted Services
Guia para Padres Sobre Servicios para Dotados
School Contacts and Descriptions of Programming

Elementary SchoolsName Email Address 
AlpineBob Royroy_robert@svvsd.org
Black Rock Erin Blickblick_erin@svvsd.org
Blue Mountain Shannan Olsonolson_shannan@svvsd.org
BurlingtonJesse Sapirsapir_jesse@svvsd.org
CentennialDeb Evansevans_donnae@svvsd.org
CentralHillary Simonsonsimonson_hillary@svvsd.org
ColumbineDeb Evansevans_donnae@svvsd.org
Eagle Crest Lindsey Cheneycheney_lindsey@svvsd.org
ErieMadge Montgomerymontgomery_marjorie@svvsd.org
Fall River Robin Howardhoward_robin@svvsd.org
Grand ViewTonia Beardbeard_tonia@svvsd.org
HighlandsJolene Lewislewis_jolene@svvsd.org
HygieneAnna Carrcarr_anna@svvsd.org
Indian PeaksDebbie Kuskiekuskie_debra@svvsd.org
LegacyKristin Piercepierce_kristin@svvsd.org
Longmont EstatesJessica Shaffershaffer_jessica@svvsd.org 
LyonsJamie Meyersmeyers_jamie@svvsd.org
Main StreetBeth Laugherylaughery_elizabeth@svvsd.org
MeadAnn Schenkenbergerschenkenberger_ann@svvsd.org
Mountain ViewLisa Selleckselleck_lisa@svvsd.org
NiwotAudrey Lenger lenger_audrey@svvsd.org 
NorthridgeEmily Fiebigfiebig_emily@svvsd.org 
Prairie RidgeHeidi Cloudcloud_heidi@svvsd.org
Red HawkAmy Winstead-Powerswinsteadpowers_amy@svvsd.org 
Rocky MountainCasie Pihlakpihlak_casie@svvsd.org 
SanbornMaisie Phillipsphillips_maisie@svvsd.org
Middle SchoolsName Email Address 
AltonaKate Riddle – 6th
Jill Fischaber – 7th
Craig Atteberry – 8th
riddle_kate@svvsd.org
fischaber_jull@svvsd.org
attebarry_craig@svvsd.org
Coal RidgeKristie Mitchell- 6th/7th
Michael Stover- 7th/8th
mitchell_kristie@svvsd.org
stover_michael@svvsd.org
ErieStaci Lawrence – 6th
Sam Fenster – 7th
Claire Krugar – 8th
lawrence_staci@svvsd.org
fenster_Samantha@svvsd.org
kruger_claire@svvsd.org
Longs PeakKaren Olson olson_karen@svvsd.org 
LyonsKris Coniwayconiway_kristine@svvsd.org
MeadEric Salvasalva_eric@svvsd.org
SunsetJennifer Macios    macios_jennifer@svvsd.org
Trail Ridge Erin Elsenelsen_erin@svvsd.org
WestviewEvan Oldroyd-6th
Christy Kocjancic- 7th
Jenna Rude- 8th
oldroyd_evan@svvsd.org
kocjancic_christine@svvsd.org
rude_jenna@svvsd.org
K-8 SchoolsNameEmail Address 

Soaring Heights
Kate Nelson PK-5
Shane Farley 6-8
nelson_kathryn@svvsd.org
farley_shane@svvsd.org
Thunder Valley K-8Kelli Frostfrost_kelli@svvsd.org
Timberline PK-8Michelle Fayefaye_michelle@svvsd.org 
St. Vrain LaunchEd Virtual AcademyDawn Spencer K-5
Janet Wilson 6-12
spencer_dawn@svvsd.org
wilson_janet@svvsd.org
Charter SchoolsNameEmail Address
Carbon Valley Academy TBD
Twin Peaks Charter K-12Alissa Gutierrez K-2
Max Kleber 3-5
Maggie Sisk 6-8
Rachel Cook 9-12

gutierrez_alissa@svvsd.org
kleber_maxwell@svvsd.org
sisk_maggie@svvsd.org
cook_rachel@svvsd.org
St. Vrain Community MontessoriJessica Davidson Chervenakjdavidson@svcmontessori@org 
Flagstaff Academy Kahlie Benzkbenz@flagstaffacademy.org
Firestone Charter AcademyTBD
Aspen Ridge Prep School Perri Polasek (K-5)
Sara Britt Grein (6-8)
ppolasek@arprep.org
sbgrein@arprep.org
High School Name Email Address 
ErieBeth Lee
Jenifer Wehmeyer
lee_beth@svvsd.org
wehmeyer_jenifer@svvsd.org
FrederickChristina Smithsmith_christina@svvsd.org
LongmontMolly Johnson
Alicia Kassenbrock
johnson_molly@svvsd.org 
kassenbrock_alicia@svvsd.org
LyonsKris Coniwayconiway_kristine@svvsd.org
MeadChristine Engelenengelen_christine@svvsd.org
NiwotDiana Cartycarty_diana@svvsd.org
New MeridianAngie Wesselswessels_angela@svvsd.org
Silver CreekSusan Metzler      
Christina Tillery 
metzler_susan@svvsd.org
tillery_christina@svvsd.org
Skyline Michael Aragonaragon_michael@svvsd.org
St. Vrain Virtual High School Karen Ganngann_karen@svvsd.org
Timelines and Procedures

What is an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP)?

Exceptional Children’s Education Act Statute 22-20-103 12.01(2)

Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) outlines a legal, written record of gifted and talented programming utilized with each gifted child and considered in educational planning and/or decision making.

The ALP is required in Colorado for every identified child. The ALP is a planning guide for making instructional decisions, an accountability record, and a tool for monitoring students with outstanding potential. 

What are the components to an ALP plan?

  • ALP plans contain strength based, standards based goals in the student’s gifted  or interest areas.
  • ALP plans contain goals to support social and emotional development, including self advocacy.
  • A record of programming options, interventions, services and/or differentiation options designed to support students.
  • Progress monitoring designed to support data based decisions and reflection for students.

Monitoring:

  • The ALP is housed in a shared file system and historical data can be reviewed from year to year.
  • Students at the high school level follow student lead protocols to create an ALP that supports their college and career goals.
  • ALP plans are reviewed or created annually and updated as needed.
  • Progress toward ALP goals is monitored at individual school sites and communicated during conference and report card cycles. Adjustments to goals and programming options may occur during any progress reporting period.

Advanced Learning Plan Timeline

  • Each year Advanced Learning Plans are generated or reviewed. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their Advanced Learning Plan in preparation for their student driven plan in high school that directly supports their college and career goals.
  • Parents are encouraged to be part of the process and review goals with their children. The goal of the ALP is to drive differentiation and instruction as well as to document the trajectory of services and strategies used to support a learner.  
  • For previously identified students, collaboration starts in September and are completed in the fall. For new students, plans will be generated within 30 days of identification.
  • For specific questions or concerns regarding a student’s ALP, please contact the building GT representative.

Referral and Identification Procedure

SVVSD identifies students K-12 for Gifted Services.

These students usually:

  • Perform academically at least two years above grade level
  • Display readiness for very advanced or accelerated learning opportunities
  • Require additional academic challenges to support their continued educational growth
  • Demonstrate characteristics of unique creativity and higher level thinking

The purpose of the Identification process is to identify students who match Colorado’s definition of gifted/talented. The identification process begins with an opportunity for parents and/or teachers to refer students for Gifted Services. Once referred, Gifted Services will identify next steps to determine formal identification, continue to collect assessment data, or move a student to Program and Monitor status within 30 days. Once referrals are received, students are evaluated over a period of time. Performance in classroom settings, state testing data, standardized test scores, and behavioral rating scales are reviewed. Students may also take additional tests to help determine their ability or achievement during the identification process.  For students who have been previously tested, a full review of data is completed before next steps are determined. According to district policy, students can be tested twice in their academic career. Gifted Services will review external cognitive testing if it is provided by the parent or guardian.

Students qualify for gifted services when they have a body of evidence that scores in the 95th percentile as measured by tools provided by the Colorado Department of Education and the district Gifted Services Department. Typically, it includes cognitive, behavioral and achievement data. If a student qualifies for gifted education services, the parents/teachers will be notified and an Advanced Learning Plan will be developed to meet the child’s unique educational needs.

Parents, teachers and/or students can refer candidates for gifted identification consideration. Please contact the GT Representative in your building for a referral form to begin the process.

Portability

In accordance with Colorado state law, SVVSD accepts gifted identification portability from Colorado districts. Identification is reviewed to ensure it meets current state identification requirements. Review of records will take place within 45 days after the student is registered and is attending a school in the St. Vrain Valley School District.  If the identification is transferred,  parents and the student will be notified and an Advanced Learning Plan will be drafted within 60 school days. If identification does not meet state requirements, additional testing may be required.

For support with portability requests, please contact Connie Moreno at moreno_consuelo@svvsd.org

If your student was identified in another state, please provide gifted education records to our office for review.  It is our sincere hope to make the transfer of identification as streamlined as possible for families and educators.

Please be advised that while identification often transfers, programming may differ. Questions regarding programming should be directed to the school GT representative.

Dispute Resolution

Procedure for Disagreement: Identification

When a question or concern arises regarding the determination made after a review of the body of evidence for Gifted Services, the following progression takes place in order to finalize and validate the designation.

  1. The body of evidence is reviewed by the GT representatives in order to determine if an error was made within 30 days of contact by parents.
  2. If assessment scores are deemed accurate, data is reviewed with parents and the criteria for identification is clarified. Parents may seek outside testing which will be added to the body of evidence and an additional review by the District Coordinators will be requested.  Review of the outside testing will take place within 30 days of submission.
  3. The District Coordinators will review the body of evidence to determine if additional data (provided by parents) changes the designation or suggests more information is needed before a final determination is made. Every effort will be made to include the parents/teachers in this determination process.
  4. Once a complete body of evidence has been gathered and a decision reached by the District Coordinators, the designation will stand until further data is available and reviewed during the next annual GT nomination/evaluation cycle within the school.
  5. If parties neglect to reach a consensus after proceeding through the phases of the Dispute Resolution Procedure, the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services,may be contacted for review of the body of evidence and a final ruling on the gifted status of the student.

Procedure for Disagreement: Advanced Learning Plan and Programming

When a question or concern arises regarding the Advanced Learning Plan or programming for a gifted student, the following progression takes place in order to address the concern.

  1. Programming and Advanced Learning plans are the responsibility of each individual school. The first step should be to contact the teacher, GT Site Leader, and administrator to share concerns.  The majority of concerns are solved at this level.
  2. If consensus is not reached, or if additional support for the conversation is needed, please contact the GT Department. A response and necessary steps to address the concern will be initiated within 30 days.
  3. If parties neglect to reach a consensus after proceeding through the phases of the Dispute Resolution Procedure, the Executive Director of Student Services, or the Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement may be contacted for review of the body of evidence and a final decision.

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Jennifer Mayer

Gifted & Talented Coordinator- Elementary

Jaimarie Nelson

Gifted & Talented Coordinator - Secondary

Consuelo Moreno

Gifted & Talented Secretary

Marissa Squires

Gifted and Talented Secretary

St. Vrain Valley Schools