Gifted and Talented

Building the Best for Every Student

GT Parent Information Night; Tuesday Sept. 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Information will be presented about testing, Meridian's GT programming, Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs).  Your child does not have to be identified GT to attend this meeting, if you are interested in finding out more about gifted and talented services, please join us, or the Prezi that will be used is available through the link below.

Gifted and alented students are clustered in multiple classrooms at Meridian, based on their area or areas of strength.  Individual student needs are met through differentiation within the regular education classroom by employing a variety of strategies.

2nd Grade Universal Screener

A new resource for Adams 12 Five Star Schools will help educators readily identify gifted students districtwide. Between September 2nd and October 2nd, all second-graders will participate in a new 30-minute screening process known as the Naglieri Non-verbal Abilities Test (NNAT-2).  For more information please see the attachments at the bottom of this page, or visit the parent webpage on the Universal Screener

Where can I learn more about GT identification and programming at meridian?

When is GT testing at Meridian?

  • All 2nd Graders will be taking the NNAT Universal Screener prior to fall conference.  
  • CogAT testing for all other students will be done in November 8th & 9th, 2016
  • If you are interested in having your child tested for Gifted and Talented, please discuss this with your child's teacher.

If I need more information about GT, who do i contact?

  • As the primary souce of GT programming, your child's classroom teacher is your first point of contact
  • If you have further questions, contact Stephani Hardon, the building GT Coordinator

What opportunities are available for parents of gifted students?

  • GT Parent Meetings; 9/20/16, 
  • GT emails and notifications
  • GT Laison to the district GT Parent Group, please email Mrs. Hardon if you are interested,

Summer Enrichment Opportunities:

None of these programs are expressly endorsed by Meridian Elementary or Adams12 Five Star Schools, rather they are offered as possible opportunities to enrich your child's summer break.

Additional resources provided in the Attachments section, pulled together by the Boulder Valley School District.

Opportunities Specifically For Gifted And Talented Students

  • University of Northern Colorado: The Center for the Education and Study of Gifted, Talented, Creative Learners offers three summer programs for children and youth

  • Center for Bright Kids, Colorado School of Mines

  • Dawson School Summer Camp, Andrew Dawson college-prepatory school

General Interest Camps, Not Specifically For Gifted And Talented Students

  • Boulder Valley School District Lifelong Learning Camps: a wide variety of camps with a variety of themes and areas of interest.

STEM Focused Opportunities

  • University of Colorado Science Discovery: large variety of science based camps and classes 

  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science: a variety of programming at the museum

  • Play Well: Lego-inspired Engineering Workshops

  • Home Depot: Hands-on creative projects, first Saturday of every month

  • Lowe's Build and Grow

Art Focused Opportunities

  • The Art Underground: Creative workshops in Louisville

Language Arts And Theatrical Focused Opportunities

  • Colorado Writing Project Young Writers Camp (new post)

  • Backstory Theatre: Theatrical workshops for kids

  • Regis University Summer Reading Program

  • Lighthouse Writers: opportunities for young writers to learn more about the craft of writing and publishing their work

  • Shepherd Valley Waldorf School:  Storycamp, creative summer camp for 7-13 year olds

Outdoor Adventure Focused Opportunities

  • Colorado Mountain Ranch: Outdoor adventure

  • Cheley Colorado Camp: Outdoor adventure camp for older elementary students