Dear Norris Middle School Families,
Welcome to Norris Middle School – home of Redbird Nation. My name is Katrina Jacobberger and I am the Gifted Facilitator at Norris Middle School. I look forward to working with you during the school year.
Norris Middle School has maintained an outstanding record of academic excellence. Students who attend Norris are well prepared to meet the academic rigors of high school. Our mission is to provide a rigorous academic experience that is based on research and best practices and enables all students to achieve their highest potential.
The goal of the Gifted and Talented program is to offer a differentiated rigorous curriculum by providing curricular and instructional adaptations that address the unique needs of high ability learners. At Norris Middle School, the program is organized to address these needs through a combination of the following methods:
o Advanced Classes
o Enrichment Activities and Clubs
Our Gifted and Talented Program at Norris is based on best practices. We want to support your high ability learner. We will be making sure our courses are differentiated. We will support staff through collaboration and professional development and by planning and providing opportunities for your child.
Should you have any questions throughout the year, please contact Katrina Jacobberger at531-299-8406 or Katrina.Jacobberger@ops.org . A strong partnership between school and home is vital to the success of our children. Thank you for supporting your child academically, which has resulted in their sterling success.
Norris Middle School
The goal of the Gifted and Talented program is to offer a differentiated rigorous curriculum by providing curricular and instructional adaptations that address the unique needs of high ability learners. At Norris, the program has been designed to reach high ability learners through the implementation of the following methods:
To be identified for GATE services a student must meet at least 3 of the 4 criteria listed below:
COGNITIVE – Top 5% at the school or national level on an intelligence/cognitive test
ACHIEVEMENT – Top 5% at the school, state or national level on a grade-level standardized or norm-referenced achievement test
MOTIVATION/PERFORMANCE – “A” or Advanced (ADV) in 60% or more courses on the most recent semester grade report OR Qualifying recommendation/involvement for Motivation as recorded on the Classroom Teacher Input Form OR Parent/Guardian/Student/Staff Referral
CREATIVITY/LEADERSHIP – Qualifying recommendation/involvement for Creativity or Leadership as recorded on the Classroom Teacher Input Form OR Parent/Student/Staff Referral
If you wish to refer a student for identification for Gifted and Talented Education services please complete a PGSS Referral on the district website here: OPS Gifted and Talented
Return the completed form via email or school mail to your GATE facilitator. Please note that a completed referral does not automatically meet one or all of the criteria for identification. Each student referral will be considered and have an eligibility worksheet started so that all available criteria can be reviewed. Newly identified students will be added to specialized instruction groups at the beginning of each quarter.
Thank you for your assistance as our department carefully works to implement equitable identification processes and procedures that will permanently identify high performing students for GATE services within the Omaha Public Schools, nurture their social/emotional development and enhance their curriculum experiences so these unique individuals may reach their fullest potential.
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Facilitator