Westlake Elementary GATE Programs

      Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

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        The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program provides unique educational opportunities for students who have been identified as gifted and talented. GATE students at Westlake are clustered into classes by grade-level, facilitating differentiated instruction and dynamic interaction among students. Focus is placed on the development of critical thinking skills and problem solving activities. Westlake students are able to participate in once a month GATE lunch bunches, which exposes students to a variety learning experiences with depth and complexity.  In addition, students can participate in Noetic Math, a nationwide math competition that develops students' problem-solving skills, encourages their interest in math, and inspires them to excel in math. 

        Westlake holds a GATE parents meeting once a year in September. Additionally, CVUSD has a GATE District Advisory Committee that meets once a month to discuss program goals and needs. A parent representative from Westlake attends these meetings and brings back information to share with parents. Westlake also has a teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Barber - 3rd grade, who serves as our GATE facilitator, who attends monthly meetings, shares information with the staff, helps coordinate the GATE lunch bunches, and the parents meetings. 

        Students are first assessed for GATE in the spring of their 2nd grade year.  Once identified, they are able to begin participating in the GATE lunch bunch meetings.  If you are new to Westlake Elementary and your child is in grades 3-5 you can fill out a referral to have your child  tested for the GATE program. The following link will take you to the referral form on the district website CVUSD GATE . Once students are identified, they remain part of the GATE program throughout the duration of their academics in CVUSD.

        Elementary Program Happenings
        Students are encouraged to participate in optional activities provided by the school, district (Fun Fridays), and local colleges and/or community events:
        "Solve It Day" sponsored by the District at different school locations.
        "Invention Convention" is a STEAM focused district program open to ALL students in 3rd - 5th grade.

        Noetic Math Challenge - April 10, 2024 - 2:45 in the MPR 

      Odyssey of the Mind

      • Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Teams bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. 

        At Westlake Elementary, all students and parents are welcome to participate in Odyssey of the Mind (OM). Passionate about expanding our students' learning potential, WLE is encouraging students and parents to utilize this opportunity for enhancing creativity and problem solving.

      Noetic Math

      • The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a semiannual problem solving contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math. During the contest, students are given 45 minutes to solve 20 problems. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to enrich their problem-solving experiences. The contest is for students in grades 2-5.


      GATE Lunch Bunch

      • Calling all GATE students to Lunch Bunch. Westlake Elementary will host special activities designed to engage the gifted child. 

        Some activities planned for 2023-2024 include:

        October - Ozobots go Trick or Treating

        November/December - Properties of SLIME - create and take home some slime and a recipe for holiday gifts

        January - Breakout Box - Unique problem solving activity

        February/March - Edible Water - In honor or World Water Day

        April - Zip Line Challenge

        May - End of the Year Pizza Party


      • GATE Parent Meeting

        Details coming soon!

        Odyssey of the Mind Parent Meeting

        Details coming soon!

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        Informative Websites

        www.cagifted.org - The California Association for the Gifted

        www.nagc.org - National Association for Gifted Children

        www.sengifted.org - Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

        www.giftedstudy.org - Summer Institute for the Gifted (The Summer Institute for the Gifted offers residential and day programs for gifted and talented students in grades K through 11.)

        www.tri-countygate.org - Tri-County GATE Council (The Tri-County GATE Council, a volunteer organization, is an affiliate of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG). It belongs to the Pacific Region of CAG, which includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.)

        www.cde.ca.gov/sp/gt/ - California Department of Education, Gifted and Talented Education

        www.gt-cybersource.org - Davidson Institute's GT-CyberSource

        www.hoagiesgifted.org - About Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

        Recommended Reading

        Living With Intensity by Susan Daniels

        Children: The Challenge by Dreikurs & Stolz

        Make Your Worrier a Warrior by Daniel Peters

        From Worrier to Warrior by Daniel Peters (written for children!)

        Smart Boys by Kerr & Cohn

        Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults by Webb & Amend

        A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by  Webb & Gore

        Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students by Christine Fonseca

        Five Levels of Gifted  by Deborah Ruf