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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Several Parent Seminars will be held throughout the school year. All flyers are located on the GT Parent website and are in both English and Spanish.

January 9, 2018

January 29, 2018

February 26, 2018

Seminar for parents of GT students:
with IAN BYRD 
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 Rapidly developing technologies have empowered the creative, quirky, and obsessed (sound like anyone you know?) to use those traits to create their own careers. Gifted and talented students have the potential to make their own paths while earning a living doing something they love. We'll explore some case studies and look at new tools for communicating, publishing, and even getting paid. Ian Byrd, one of the leading new voices in the field of gifted education and creativity, will be speaking. Ian is the author of the website, which has a wealth of resources, articles and video clips on a variety of GT-related topics, including resources specifically for parents. Monday, February 26, 2018 6:30 - 8:00 pm Jeffco Education Center - 5th Floor Board Room 1829 Denver
West Dr. Golden, CO 80401 Parents of gifted children need access to a variety of GT-related topics, including resources specifically for parents.


SPARKS GT Summer Camp Dates CHANGED TO June 18-29, 2018!
Save the date of June 18 - 29, 2018 for SPARKS summer camp!
Due to district-wide facility availability issues beyond our control, we are changing the normal time frame of our SPARKS GT Summer Camp for 2018.  We apologize for any inconveniences, but we are committed to offering the same level of high quality enrichment experiences for gifted learners in Jeffco!
Location:  Golden High School
Registration:  Opens on February 1, 2018 and closes March 30, 2018 at 4 pm.
Registration sign-up can be accessed here beginning February 1, 2018.  (The SPARKS page is currently under construction.)
Please direct SPARKS questions to
We look forward to seeing your student at SPARKS 2018!


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WRITERS: The 2018 Jeffco Writing Challenge is open to all Jeffco students.

You can win up to $100 and Excel can also win $500 if we have the most submissions! Middle school students should see Mrs. Herring or Mrs. P for more information. There are also flyers posted throughout the building and on the table in the foyer.

Good luck!


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Affective Goals

This year each student is creating an Affective Goal to go along with their Academic, or SMART goals. 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 peers 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 has created an Affective Goal this year, ask your child about theirs!

Mrs. Puckett  



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

Jeffco GT:

 National Association for Gifted Children:

Supporting Social Needs of the Gifted:

Ian Byrd on Being Gifted:

Growth Mindset and Carol Dweck:

Jeffco GT

GT Self and Social Skills Society

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 2017-18. Ask your student what they've been learning!
  • September     Perfectionism and Impostor Syndrome
  • October          Growth Mindset
  • November      Procrastination and Motivation
  • December      Gifted Girls
  • January          Communication
  • February        Acceptance and Friendship
  • March             Conflict
  • April                Powerful Emotions
  • May                 Anxiety

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Challenges and Passion Project Pics

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Passion Projects

Passion Projects are a wonderful way to dive into something you’re really interested in and would like to further investigate. Here are what some of our students did last year:

  • Build a prototype of a merry-go-round powered by wind that would be dedicated to using the proceeds to benefit wild life
  • Create a self-watering (contained) terrarium
  • Write a newsletter for the classroom
  • Make a stop-motion film about the Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Design a videogame
  • Make a video on cubing (Rubik’s)
  • Learn French phrases
  • Write a poem in Japanese
  • Create a hybrid game-show using 3 different models
  • Learn more about types of poetry and write your own

AND many, many more! Interested students need to fill out a Passion Project Proposal and share it with Mrs. Puckett and her/his parents for approval.

What’s YOUR passion?


Meet Mrs. Puckett

I am a Colorado native and have lived in Arvada for the past 18 years.My husband and I have two wonderful sons, Mason and Jack. Mason is a student at the University of Colorado (my alma mater!) and Jack is a junior at Ralston Valley High School. I have a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Education with endorsements in both Special Education and Gifted 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.