Westlake Elementary GATE Programs

      Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

      • The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program provides unique education 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 participate in an eBlock session during their school day, once a trimester GATE students participate in a specific class geared towards problem solving activities (K-2) and entrepreneurship skills (3-5).

        Westlake holds GATE parent meetings three times per school year. 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 who serves as GATE coordinator, who attends monthly meetings, shares information with the staff, and helps coordinate the GATE parent meetings.

        Talk to your child's teacher if you are interested in having your child tested for the GATE program. Parent permission to participate is on file in the front office. Once students are identified, they remain part of the GATE program.

        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.

        Upcoming Events
        Do you have a newly identified GATE student and wonder what this new world is all about?
        Join us for an informational meeting for new GATE parents.
        Details coming soon.

      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.


      Start-Up Kids

      • At Westlake Elementary, we have been partnering with local college professors to enhance and develop our GATE student’s “entrepreneurial” growth-mindsets. The Start-Up Kids program help them discover, create and grow entrepreneurial ideas by encouraging independent thinking, inspiring creativity, and enabling problem-solving skills that are necessary for a successful and fulfilling future. 

        GATE students in grades 3-5 will participate once a trimester in the program completing three modules: Explore, Create and Build. We are so very excited to have Start-Up Kids at our school. 


      School Enrichment

      • Math League

        Journal Club

        This is a companion to our Math League. Students work on writing portfolios in a bimonthly class. Classes will begin in early November and will meet on every other Monday in Room 30. Please contact Svetlana Redeva if you have any questions.


      GATE Lunch Bunch

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


      • 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