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Shannon Raikes

 

Procedures for Gifted Referrals St. Johns County School District’s procedure of screening and testing students for gifted services has a designated identification period in order to ensure that all gifted students are identified prior to establishing classrooms and hiring teachers for the upcoming school year.The timeline for completing the referral and testing procedure is from September to April. As part of the procedure, all second grade students will be given a group screening test in November. Parents or teachers may refer other grade level students to the guidance counselor for individual screening. Parents may choose to have their student evaluated privately. Private evaluation reports must be submitted to the school guidance counselor by ????Gifted services are provided at all schools in the district and cluster sites are available for elementary and middle school students.Out-of-state transfer students who have been receiving gifted services in their previous state will need to be evaluated to determine eligibility for gifted services in Florida.

Important Gifted Referral Dates

Deadline to request gifted screening (submitted to guidance counselor) ………. 10/19/2012

Screening of all second graders (coordinated by guidance counselor) ..…. 11/13 to 11/16/2012

Deadline for submission of private evaluations to guidance counselors ……..…. 1/18/2013

All gifted evaluations completed ……………. 3/15/2013

District staff mails letters to parents with evaluation results ………….……… 4/5/2013

Response to Intervention/RtI RtI is a process that uses collaborative (RtI team) problem solving to plan and monitor intervention and educational support to students who fall behind in academics, or if the student has difficulty getting along with others or making appropriate choices. The goals is to prevent problems by intervening early. The RtI process has three tiers that build upon each other. Each tier provides more intensive levels of support for the student.

  • Tier 1-All students have access to curriculum, instruction, and behavior supports in the general education classroom.
  • Tier 2-Interventions are provided to small groups of students and includes additional targeted, supplemental instruction.
  • Tier 3-The school and parent/s develop and implement intensive interventions to meet the individual needs of the student.

Student progress is monitored continuously and results are used to make decisions about additional instruction and the effectiveness of the interventions. Parents are invited to be actively involved throughout the process.

SOAR Soar is a program for military families and the schools that serve them. Soar is an internet-based program for students in grades 3-12. Soar is a program that can assist students, parents and teachers: identify strengths and areas where students may need improvement, tailor instruction to address the specific needs of a student, and provide remediation and enrichment resources. The focus is on math and reading/language arts. Parents can monitor the progress of their child from anywhere in the world. To use this resource visit www.MilitaryStudent.org

Info to Share Florida Housing rental locator service has a website that links people with affordable and available rental housing throughout Florida. If you may be in need of this service, check out www.FloridaHousingSearch.org

Helpful Links

Help Guide for Children’s Health

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Check out this great reading resource website BookAdventure.com

KINSHIP CARE WARMLINE/FLORIDA KINSHIP CENTER A statewide, toll-free line that provides a listening ear and information and referral services for grandparents and other relatives raising children in Florida. This resource provides information about local, private and public resources such as community programs, financial assistance, child care, s concerns and more. Florida Toll-free number 1-800-640-6444 Out of the state of Florida 813-974-1328 email: [email protected] www.flkin.org

Information about all of Florida’s student assessments as well as new high school graduation requirements can be found at the following website www.fldoe.org/successmeasures/