Gifted & Talented

Greetings! You have arrived at Excel Academy’s GT (Gifted and Talented) page. Here you will find all sorts of resources. Please look around and see what’s happening in Excel's GT community!

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Start Planning Now for the 2019 Jeffco Writing Challenge! *First place winners in each grade will win $100 *Second place winners will win a $25 Gift Card from Tattered Cover *Third place winners will win a $15 Gift Card from Tattered Cover The schools with the highest percentage of entries will also be winners: *1ST Place School Wins a $500.00 CASH PRIZE! *2ND Place School Wins a $300.00 CASH PRIZE! *3RD Place School Wins a $200.00 CASH PRIZE!

This year’s K-8 Prompt: If you could invent a machine that did anything, what kind of machine would you invent and why? In 500 words or less, share your thinking. Your written submission can be persuasive or creative, prose or poetry, and will be judged on the quality of writing, not on position or viewpoint.

The Jeffco Writing Challenge is open to all Jefferson County School students in K-12. Poetry, short stories, non-fiction or dramas are all welcome. Deadline for submissions is February 28. 2019 Please no paired grades submitted together. Each writer must do their own work! To submit your entry, fill out the Entry Form/Permission Slip at https://goo.gl/WivGCA Then, 1) send a printed copy of your story and 2) attach a copy of the permission slip/entry form completed online to: ENC-JWC Your child’s grade number P.O. Box 688 Golden, CO 80402

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 Jeffco’s Online GT Academy will provide a range of options for gifted students to be able to equitably access enriched/accelerated content with a cohort of like-minded learners. These courses will be taught by GT-endorsed and trained teachers and are only available for identified GT students who are seeking accelerated courses but may not be able to access them due to scheduling issues, transportation concerns, or other barriers.

We will offer classes in the following subjects in 2018-19:

  • Seventh-grade GT ELA
  • Seventh/eighth-grade GT Math (Pre-Algebra)
  • Seventh-grade GT Social Studies Seventh-grade ‘GT’ Science

Courses will be open to all qualified and approved Jeffco students currently on an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). Students will need to have an eligibility form completed and approved by their home school’s counselor or administrator. No students will be enrolled without the knowledge and approval of their home school.

Contact: Roger Dowd (questions on content) or Bernard Hohman (logistics/registration)

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Looking for Resources? Here are some helpful links for parents and students. Enjoy!

http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/programs/gifted_talented

https://www.nagc.org/

http://sengifted.org/

http://www.byrdseed.com/

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Affective Goals

Every year, all students write an Affective Goal to go along with their Academic, or SMART goal. Affective goals refer to personal growth that students would like to implement in their lives. The options for Affective Goals are limitless. For some students this may be that they want to work on coming to class with a positive attitude every day, completing and handing in assignments on time, adopting a growth mindset, learning to better appreciate others, or to develop positive relationships with others and many many more. Affective goals help us meet the developmental needs of the whole child.

It’s important to address gifted students’ needs so that they can be successful as individuals in the world and here in school. Every GT student will create‚Äč an Affective Goal this year, ask your child about theirs!

Mrs. Puckett 
M.Ed.


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Every month I host afternoon groups that explore some of the most common affective needs of gifted students. In small groups we discuss the harder side of being a GT student and come up with positive and healthy ways in dealing with some of these difficulties. Below is the schedule for 2018-19. Every child in grades 2-5 are scheduled to meet with me once a month. 
  • September- Perfectionism and Impostor Syndrome
  • October- Growth Mindset
  • November- Procrastination and Motivation
  • December- Gifted Girls
  • January- Communication
  • February- Facing Failure
  • March- Conflict
  • April- Powerful Emotions
  • May- Change

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Meet Mrs. Puckett

I am a Colorado native and have lived in Arvada for the past 19 years. My husband and I have two wonderful sons, Mason and Jack. Mason is a drummer and Jack is a Senior at Ralston Valley High School. I have a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Education.

I am extremely passionate and dedicated to serving the GT students here at Excel. It was through the experiences with my sons’ education that I found an underserved population of GT students who desperately needed and wanted to spread their wings and take their learning to a higher level. I am so fortunate to be the facilitator of that growth here at Excel. Although I primarily work with GT students I have met so many wonderful students here with a variety of abilities, but all with something important to share with the world.



Video Game Console Creator Camp: July 23rd – 27th
Clubhouse at Edgewater
This is your chance to discover the secrets of game development and launch your own game company. Campers will take a step-by-step approach and even make their own custom game controller to take home.