Mesa’s Talented and Gifted Programming and Activities
The Talented and Gifted program at Mesa Elementary School includes academic and enrichment programs and support for the social and emotional needs of gifted students.  The TAG Educational Advisor is the primary advocate for students, communications, and programming in the school.  The TAG Advisor at Mesa is Marjori Todd who may be reached at marjori.todd@bvsd.org.
 
The academic programming for talented and gifted students includes:
  1. Classroom differentiation for grades KG through 5 that utilizes tiered instruction and flexible grouping provided by highly trained and skilled teachers.
  2. Year-long push-in and pull-out academic programs administered by support staff for grades 3 through 5.
  3. 6th grade math.
The social emotional programming and support for talented and gifted students and their families includes:
  1. Year-long push-in and pull-out programs administered by support staff for grades 3 through 5 that include stress reduction, group work, mindset, goal-setting, and other self-regulation and affective programming.
  2. Opportunities for parents to attend SENG groups and seminars available through BVSD and Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented (BVGT).
Students may also be involved in enrichment activities and clubs. Mesa offers a wide range of extra-curricular enrichment opportunities throughout the year including Math Olympiads, Chess Club, Junior Great Books, Geography Club, Destination Imagination, School Musical, and Science Fair.  For a full range of opportunities, please click hereInformation about local programs, quality resources, and classes about the characteristics of gifted students and specific parenting strategies is shared with families of TAG students and other interested parties.
 
 
District Level Talented and Gifted Programming, Policy, and Activities
BVSD schools provide programming for Talented and Gifted (TAG) students based on their identified needs and in accordance with district identification policy, which is based on a body of evidence.  Students may be identified as talented and gifted in one or more of the following areas:
  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities
Schools follow the BVSD Acceleration policy when making decisions about subject or grade level acceleration for students.  Some highly advanced gifted children may enter kindergarten or first grade early through the BVSD Early Access policy. 
 
The classroom teacher is the primary provider of advanced academic services to students.  Programming is documented in the student's Advanced Learning Plan (ALP).  Programming may include academic, enrichment, and affective (social emotional) supports and extensions. 
 
BVSD sponsors four district-wide enrichment activities.  These are open to students whether they are identified as talented and gifted or not.  More information is available at the links below:
The BVSD Advanced Academic Services office supports schools and stakeholders, offers professional development, and oversees school-based programming.  A wealth of information is available on the BVSD TAG Webpage. 
 
For additional information, please contact the BVSD Office of Advanced Academic Services or join the BVSD TAG Listserv - an email list open to all who are interested which provides information about opportunities for children and parents in the local area.  The Listserv also publishes the Gray Matters Newsletter and posts information about events that may be of interest to students and their parents/guardians.  To subscribe to the low-medium volume Listserv, email becky.whittenburg@bvsd.org with your request.
 
 
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