Harlandale ISD to host GT Open Houses

Harlandale ISD to host GT Open Houses
Posted on 10/14/2019
Harlandale ISD to host GT Open Houses

Updated on 10/15/2029

Harlandale ISD will host seven open house-style information sessions in October for students in the Gifted and Talented (GT) program.

The sessions will provide an opportunity for GT stakeholders to learn about the characteristics of the program and ask any questions they may have regarding its services such as extracurricular activities and field trips.

The core purpose of HISD’s GT Program is to facilitate the ideal development of each student’s intellectual and creative gifts and talents. The instructional opportunities and various services aim to meet the unique needs of students with significantly advanced general intellectual ability and/or specific subject matter aptitude in language arts, science, social studies and/or mathematics.

“The GT Program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to pursue their interests, hone their 21st Century skills and participate in events/experiences that are not normally afforded to them during their instructional day,” Harlandale ISD STEM/GT Coordinator Meghan Guerrero said.

This school year, GT students will participate in a "Global Impact" project that they will present at the GT symposium on April 23, where family, educators and community members will get to learn about their project and share in the student's success and trials. Students will have the opportunity to attend field experiences related to the global topic they select. All-female middle-school GT students will have the opportunity to participate in a Girls Inc. Leadership Program throughout the school year.

Additional STEM-related experiences will be provided, including 8th-grade students attending CORE4 STEM Latina/Latino Day in November. Students are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as robotics, Space Club, UIL and Quiz Bowl.

“Each year, the GT Department is reevaluating the programs and services we provide our students to make sure we are always providing a rigorous, interest-driven, curriculum that capitalizes on the needs of gifted and talented students,” Guerreo added. “By attending these information sessions you get to see first-hand the work and opportunities available for these kids and provide feedback and insight.”

The following sessions for the middle school students currently in the GT program are listed below:

  • Harlandale MS on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
  • Kingsborough MS on Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
  • Terrell Wells MS on Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
  • Leal MS on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. in the school’s library.

The following sessions for the elementary school students currently in the GT program are listed below:

  • First and second grade on Oct. 22 at Carroll Bell Elementary from 5-6 p.m.
  • Third and fourth grade on Oct. 29 at Bellaire Elementary from 5-6 p.m.
  • Fifth grade on Oct. 28 at Schulze Elementary from 5-6 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the session at your child’s home campus, you are welcome to attend any of the other dates. For more information, please call HISD Elementary GT Facilitator Sonia Cuellar at 210-989-4487 or HISD Middle School GT Facilitator Charles Hernandez at 210-989-4368.

Correction: A previous version of this story included a session date in November. The article was updated to include the new date in October. 

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