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EGUSD encourages the expansion of access into honors programs

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New EGUSD eligibility and selection criteria for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), as well as for honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, widen the entry for students interested in challenging themselves in programs and courses that help develop the “habits of mind” to support future college and career success. These new criteria aim to equitably and collaboratively engage students and their families to access rigorous instruction with support for intellectual, social and emotional needs. The revisions to the selection process and eligibility criteria were made to address concerns that under-represented students faced several barriers to access and to ensure that consistent practices existed among schools within the district. This new direction strengthens the District’s pursuit to “provide a learning community that challenges
students to realize their greatest potential.”

Last year, EGUSD established a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Planning Committee composed of parents, teachers, school leaders, and district administrators to review, research, and propose ways to expand GATE outreach, develop and evaluate equitable identification and selection criteria, and train staff.  With the nod of approval from the Office of Civil Rights this January, the expansion of GATE identification now has parents, teachers, and staff looking to include students who exhibit exceptional ability in creativity, leadership, visual and performing arts, academics, and cognition.

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Changes to the new GATE identification process will begin with staff training and by April 1, 2015, the District will work to ensure that this new method is uniformly implemented throughout the district and will provide outreach to families. Implementation of the new criteria for identification will continue into the 2015-2016 school year and formal GATE identification will begin in third grade and continue throughout high school.

In addition to GATE, EGUSD also reviewed and revised prerequisites and enrollment requirements for several honors/AP classes, both at the middle and high school levels.  A consistent selection process is being implemented at all EGUSD secondary schools.  Students will not need to complete a formal application or take placement tests – in most cases – to enroll in honors/AP classes. Click here to review the new prerequisites in the Middle School Course Catalog and Comprehensive High School Course Catalog. Enrollment in honors and AP courses help to prepare students for the rigors of college and may result in students earning college credit and potentially skipping college introductory courses if they do well on AP exams at the high school level.

At secondary school sites throughout the District, great strides are being made at increasing diversity in engaging programs that challenge students to be more creative, think critically, and solve problems. For example, at Katherine L. Albiani Middle School, counselors are taking the lead to personally contact qualified students and encourage them to try the honors classes. Counselors are also reaching out to parents to explain the advantages of enrolling in honors classes and answer any questions parents might have. Albiani Middle School exemplifies the leadership needed in schools and their efforts demonstrate the success of their outreach.  Recent African-American and Hispanic student enrollment rose in both Honors English and Social Science at the 7th and 8th grade levels.

At the northwest corner of the district, Valley High School re-invigorated its advocacy program to create an innovative method of student and staff engagement called Viking Time. Leadership at Valley brought together teachers, students, counselors, GEAR-UP representatives, and parents through School Site Council to carefully and thoughtfully plan Viking Time with the goal of matching students with the teachers they saw throughout the day. With this new framework in place that promoted relationship building, the team recruited Viking Time Leads who would teach teachers curriculum that included Viking Time Lessons to help educate all stakeholders in the importance of students’ success in honors/AP courses as a pathway to college. The success of the program has been palpable at Valley. Students and staff have given positive feedback about Viking Time and its lessons because teachers are no longer seeing just random students and can more effectively individualize information for students.

For additional information about the GATE program, or about honors or AP enrollment at particular schools, you are encouraged to contact the school’s principal.

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December 12, 2014 - Winners of the 2014/2015 No Excuses – Go to School Poster & Twitter Message Contests
October 29, 2014 - EGUSD’s Board of Education Community School Board Meetings
September 18, 2014 - EGUSD Introduces New Superintendent
July 16, 2014 - Year round elementary schools return for the 2014-15 school year
July 2, 2014 - EGUSD's 2014 Employees of the Year
April 24, 2014 - EGUSD’s Proposed Local Control Accountability Plan
March 13, 2014 - Winners selected for 9th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
February 7, 2014 - VHS Health TECH Academy launches community health worker training program

December 11, 2013 - Winners of the 2013/2014 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
November 6, 2013 - Florin High School math teacher named California Teacher of the Year; will represent California in national competition
October 9, 2013 - EGUSD schools to celebrate International Walk to School Day
October 4, 2013 - Map Your Future
September 4, 2013 - EGUSD’s Board of Education to hold Community Budget Meetings
August 15, 2013 - It’s back to school for traditional/modified traditional schools!
July 18, 2013 - Year-round elementary schools return for a great new year!
July 11, 2013 - Laguna Creek High School IB Programme graduates a stellar first class
June 12, 2013 - EGUSD’s 2013 Employees of the Year
May 9, 2013 - Valley High School receives statewide civic learning award
April 1, 2013 - Winners selected for 8th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 8, 2013 - Meet EGUSD’s School Namesakes
February 28, 2013 - Harriet Eddy Middle School collects over 10,000 pairs of jeans and pants for “Jeans for Teens”
January 10, 2013 - Career Academies & Pathways flourish at EGUSD

December 10, 2012 - Winners of the 2012/2013 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
November 5, 2012 - EGUSD student-led #UnfollowBullying campaign named a finalist in the 2012 Edublog Awards
October 4, 2012 - Solar Sunflower blossoms at Harriet G. Eddy Middle School
Sept. 27, 2012 - High school students gain “real world” job experience through ROP
August 17, 2012 - Modified Traditional and Traditional schools head back to school
July 24, 2012 - It’s Back to School for year-round elementary schools at EGUSD
July 10, 2012 - Summer school’s in session at EGUSD
June 4, 2012 - EGUSD’s 2012 Employees of the Year
May 15, 2012 - PGHS senior wins Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
March 15, 2012 - Winners selected for 7th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
February 15, 2012 - Honor societies recognize students academically and allow them to give back to others
January 13, 2012 - Healthy Start assists families throughout the district

Dec. 7, 2011 - Winners of the 2011/2012 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
Nov. 3, 2011 - Elk Grove Adult & Community Education
October 6, 2011 - EGUSD launches Energy Conservation Campaign for 2011/2012 school year
Sept. 6, 2011 - No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign returns for 6th year
August 24, 2011 - Back to School
August 1, 2001 - Cross Cultural Exchange
July 11, 2011 - EGUSD students enjoy a “smarter summer” thanks to $11.5 million grant
May 31, 2001 - Sheldon High School Animation and Game Design students draw their futures
May 11, 2011 - EGUSD’s 2011 Employees of the Year
April 29, 2011 - EGUSD Science Fair and Invention Convention
March 17, 2011 - Winners selected for 6th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
February 8, 2011 - Service Learning at EGUSD

November 29, 2010 - Winners of the 2010/2011 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
October 26, 2010 - Character Education at Elk Grove Unified
October 13, 2010 - EGUSD celebrates International Walk to School Day
September 27, 2010 - College/Career Planning and the EGUSD Student
September 8, 2010 - Culinary Arts Academy comes to COHS
August 17, 2010 - New Cosumnes River Elementary School opens
August 3, 2010 - Breakfast at Elk Grove Unified
July 19, 2010 - Year-round schools kick off new school year at Elk Grove Unified
July 7, 2010 - EGUSD Launches Virtual Academy
June 10, 2010 - Technology + education = fun at David Reese Elementary School
May 21, 2010 - PGHS senior wins Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
May 7, 2010 - EGUSD’s 2010 Employees of the Year
April 14, 2010 - Schools use creativity to motivate students for STAR testing
March 15, 2010 - Winners selected for 5th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
Feb. 26, 2010 - Students learn “Healthy Habits” at Jessie Baker School
Feb. 16, 2010 - Community board meetings back for a fourth year

Dec. 18, 2009 - Winners of the 2009/2010 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
Dec. 8, 2009 - EGUSD students find “Writing Partners” at Sac State
Oct. 29, 2009 - EGUSD elementary school students team up to help Salvation Army through Socktoberfest
Oct. 19, 2009 - Character Education at Elk Grove Unified
Oct. 7, 2009 - EGUSD celebrates Walk to School Day
Sept. 8, 2009 - The Work of Academic Excellence
Aug. 18, 2009 - All EGUSD Schools are back in session!
Aug. 11, 2009 - EGUSD and the Ford Motor Company train Californian teachers to bring 21st century workforce skills to the classroom
July 21, 2009 - Year-round elementary schools kick off 2009-2010 school year
June 12, 2009 - Time Capsule Sealing Ceremony concludes 50th Anniversary Celebration
June 4, 2009 - Sheldon High School senior wins Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
May 19, 2009 - Elk Grove Unified School District Becomes National Ford PAS Resource Hub
April 28, 2009 - Amazing talent can come in small packages
April 14, 2009 - Young science scholars and inventors shine at EGUSD Science and Invention Fair
March 25, 2009 - Winners selected for 4th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 12, 2009 - No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign
Feb. 17, 2009 - Harvest of the Month program teaches elementary students about the wonders of fruits and vegetables
Feb. 5, 2009 - Community board meetings return for a third year
Jan. 23, 2009 - EGUSD students see history through a veteran’s eyes
Jan. 13, 2009 - A, B, C in A-G – Chart Your Course to College

Dec. 18, 2008 - Winners honored for EGUSD/U.S. Attorney’s Office Internet Safety Video Contest
Dec. 01, 2008 - Winners of the 2008/2009 No Excuses – Go to School
Nov. 17, 2008 - Bright Lights, Big Talent
Oct. 24, 2008 - Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles visit Florin High School
Oct. 9, 2008 - EGUSD Walks to School
Oct. 2, 2008 - EGUSD’s Science Initiative
Sept. 19, 2008 - Stephanie Lopez-Cox returns to Elk Grove a “Golden Girl”
Sept. 10, 2008 - Valley High School Students Get a Start on College
Aug. 25, 2008 - Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School and Cosumnes Oaks High School Open
Aug. 14, 2008 - Incoming 7th graders take a “Jump Start” into their school year
Aug. 4, 2008 - EGUSD’s Math Initiative
July 14, 2008 - Parents and students grow and learn together at Partners Preschool
June 16, 2008 - EGUSD Goes Gold – Celebrating 50 Years of Educational Excellence
June 6, 2008 - Kaiser Permanente Rewards EGUSD Elementary students with perfect attendance with the gift of a two-wheel ride
May 30, 2008 - Sheldon High School Student Matthew King wins Elk Grove Auto Mall 2007/2008 Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
May 20, 2008 - Harriet Eddy Middle School student wins pair of round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines
May 21, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified and the Elk Grove Education Association Celebrate the Day of the Teacher
May 6, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified School District’s 2008 Employees of the Year
April 28, 2008 - Sacramento County Educators Host Budget Forum at State Capital
April 16, 2008 - EGUSD Launches New Attendance Campaign Videos
April 4, 2008 - Winners selected for 3rd Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 26, 2008 - Megaconference Jr. 2008 - Arthur C. Butler Students Take Their Voices to the World
March 17, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Joins Call to Fix Governor’s Proposed Budget
March 4, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Hosts Sacramento County Superintendents’ Press Conference on State Budget Cuts
Feb. 19, 2008 - 4th Annual High School Conference helps train the leaders of the future
Jan. 16, 2008 - Laguna Creek High School hosts ConnectEd Policy Site Visit
Jan. 02, 2008 - Senior Attendance Drive returns for second year

Dec. 12, 2007 - John Ehrhardt Elementary students combine academics and community service
Dec. 03, 2007 - EGUSD’s Commitment to Service Learning Honored
Nov. 15, 2007 - Winners announced for No Excuses – Go to School Rhyme & Poster Contests
Nov. 13, 2007 - Veterans Day celebrated at Elk Grove Unified
Oct. 23, 2007 - Time of Remembrance Project and Website
Oct. 15, 2007 - Markofer Elementary offers “Donuts for Dads/Muffins for Moms"
Oct. 3, 2007 - EGUSD elementary schools participate in Walk to School Day
Sept. 18, 2007 - Options abound on new College and Career website

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