Elementary Gifted & Talented Services

Hopkins Gifted & Talented Services are available at all six of our elementary schools, starting in kindergarten.

At each of our six elementary schools, a Gifted & Talented Coordinator offers comprehensive, individualized opportunities for our high-achieving students in kindergarten-grade 6. This gives Hopkins gifted students the opportunity to discover and nurture their potential in an environment that is both challenging and supportive.

Hopkins Gifted & Talented Services, in conjunction with other academic departments and classroom teachers, strives to meet the needs of its most capable students through a variety of services (read more about our levels of services). Gifted & Talented Services are provided to students both in the regular classroom and in the "pull-out" Gifted & Talented classroom. 

All teachers provide rigorous, challenging curriculum for each student every day. Classroom teachers are the first line in providing differentiated curriculum and opportunities for all students to grow at their own levels. The Gifted & Talented Services coordinators support classroom teachers by providing additional experiences and/or curriculum for students showing high potential and need for additional challenge.

The Gifted Services staff works in partnership with classroom teachers and oversees support staff to provide enriched Reading and Math activities designed to meet the needs of students who are reading and comprehending significantly above grade level.

 

Gifted & Talented Services at the Elementary Schools


Reading

  • Kindergarten: Students begin to receive service in January. Some lessons may be taught to the whole group and some taught to small groups on a pullout basis. Service is approximately 30 - 45 minutes per week using the PETS (Primary Education Thinking Skills) curriculum, which teaches both convergent and divergent thinking skills.
  • Grades 1 - 3: Students begin service generally in October for one hour per week. They work with more advanced lessons in the PETS curriculum, lessons from the Junior Great Books curriculum, and novel studies. In grades 2 and 3 students also experience the William and Mary Curriculum.
  • Grades 4 - 6: (Level II): Students begin service shortly after school starts. They complete a compacted basic reading program using Scott Foresman materials, as well as work with Junior Great Books materials, vocabulary development, and novel studies. An identified classroom teacher provides this service. (Level III): The Gifted and Talented Coordinator provides support to this group one hour a week, usually pulling out a small group of students for work in the William and Mary Curriculum.

Mathematics

  • Grades 1 - 3: Students begin service generally in October for one hour per week. They work with more advanced lessons in the PETS curriculum, William and Mary curriculum, as well as extra instruction in problem solving.
  • Grade 4: Students begin service within a few days of school starting and complete the EM (Everyday Math) curriculum for grade 5. Some lessons from the fourth grade EM curriculum are taught to insure that all standards are met. The teacher is a Gifted and Talented coordinator.
  • Grade 5: Students begin service within a few days of school starting and complete the sixth grade CMP (Connected Math) curriculum. The teacher is a Gifted and Talented coordinator.
  • Grade 6: Students begin service within a few days of school starting and complete the seventh grade CMP (Connected Math Project) curriculum. The teacher is a Gifted and Talented coordinator.

 

Contact Information

Elementary Gifted & Talented Coordinators:


Alice Smith: 
Doreen Carlson, MA • 952.988.4231

Eisenhower: Robyne Frober, M.Ed. • Coordinator • 952.988.4327

                   Scott Stillman 952.988.4237

Gatewood: Sara Lacey, BA, M.Ed. • Coordinator • 952.988.5248

Glen Lake: Mary Jo Merickel, MS • 952.988.5183

Meadowbrook: Kathleen Roller, M.Ed. • 952.988.5121 and Michelle Hetland • 952.988.4678

Tanglen: Lisa Becker, BA • 952.988.4888

District Coordinator: Susan Gruidl, M.A. • 952.988.4915