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GATE and Enrichment

~ ~ We need your help with our GATE program~~

GATE Testing Information

This year, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) for grades 3-7 will be administered on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The online registration window is August 13 - September 23, 2018. Any student in grades 3-4 may sign up to take the CogAT. For grades 5-7, only students new to our district may sign up to take the CogAT. The district GATE webpage contains more information and the registration link for the CogAT testing on November 3, 2018

G.A.T.E. at Quail Run Elementary

Gifted And Talented Education
The Gifted and Talented Program is integrated into the regular classroom. G.A.T.E. cluster classrooms are provided in grades 3 - 5.

Teachers at Quail Run provide differentiated instruction and possible extension activities for ALL students throughout the school day in a variety of subject areas.

A school/parent G.A.T.E. advisory committee assists in organizing additional enrichment activities.

Current Enrichment Activities

A Preview of Possible Enrichment Activities for 2017/2018


National Geography Bee

This is an educational program of the National Geographic Society, GeoBee is a nationwide geography competition for U.S. schools with any grades 4-8, designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography- grades 4/5.


Geography Class

This class is for the geography enthusiasts that cannot wait to begin studying for the GeographyBee Competition in the 4th and 5th grade. 3rd grade classes may be available if a parent volunteer is interested. If your student has the goal of being the State Champion or even a National Champion than he or she could start with this class.



National Spelling Bee 

3rd Grade through 5th Grade students will participate in an oral spelling bee held within the classroom.

Final Local Spelling Bee - Contra Costa County



Math Olympiads - 4th/5th grade math tournament team led by parent volunteer's. 3rd grade prep classes can be available with parent volunteer leadership.



Science Olympiad - A Science learning, creation, and teamwork opportunity for teams of 6 students from the same school.



Destination Imagination (Oct. to Mar.) Team tournaments where students solve challenges based on three essential skills: Teamwork, Creativity, and Problem Solving. This program provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages and fosters original and divergent thinking by working in teams. Participants learn teamwork, the appreciation of understanding others, and that a group is a more powerful thinking force than an individual- Grades 3-5. In March the students present their solutions at a regional tournament. (Meetings are outside of school)

Facilitated by -Sharon Kovalovsky- sharonkov@comcast.net



Gaming Club- Games, such as card, board, drawing, and more, are a perfect way to get kids to come together, have fun, be competitive, but also work on their social skills and problem-solving skills.

Students are more frequently not playing face-to-face with their peers and it is my hope that relationships can grow, confidence can be built, and fun and learning can be had through the Gaming Club.



The Boys Club -This after school club focuses on developing life skills and lessons focusing on a variety of character traits, including leadership and cooperation. The club also addresses the importance of healthy living through athletic games while stressing the importance of exercise. 


Girls Run Club


Makers Space Class- Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering! Currently, this class is open to 3rd and 4th graders but can be open to other grade levels with parent volunteerism.



Enrichment Program Opportunities

We are Seeking Community Support to Enhance and Facilitate these Possible Additional Enrichment Opportunities


High-Interest After-School Classes - These classes would be taught by the parent community and offered through out the year to the Quail Run community. Parents who are passionate about certain subjects, hobbies, interests, etc. can share their expertise with our students. (Examples: Cultural Awareness Classes, Photography, Arts and Crafts, Computer Programming, Game Design, Strategic Board Games, Chess Club, etc.) 

        Please think about a few of the following things and let us know:

  1. What materials / technology would you need Quail Run to help supply?
  2. How many students would you feel comfortable teaching?
  3. How long would each of your classes be? One hour for one day, two days, etc.?
  4. What would the end product/experience look like that you would like the students to take away when the class is over?
  5. Is there anything the students would need to bring with them?
  6. Would you desire other parent volunteers if possible to help?
  7. Are there any other requirements that you would need met in order to teach that class? Quail Run's G.A.T.E. Committee will do its best to help to support you.

Facilitated by - ____ParentVolunteers_____


Family Math Problem-Solving Night (TBD) Class designed to give the student an understanding of basic problem solving based on Odyssey of the Mind techniques.

Facilitated by - __Teacher and/or ParentVolunteer(s)__


GATE student Field Trips - Enriching field trips to destinations approved by administration may be possible with GATE parent donations. Parents, teachers, and/or students may make suggestions for specific educational and enriching locations / events / activities that the G.A.T.E. community at Quail Run would want to participate in. Of course these field trips would be dependent on scheduling, donations, and administration approval.

Quail Run GATE Leaders

Vanessa Cutler- Assistant Principal/GATE Coordinator vcutler@srvusd.net

Edward Jacobson- Teacher/GATE Coordinator ejacobson@srvusd.net

Nikhil Gupta- PTA and GATE Parent Rep nikhilguptas@gmail.com


GATE F.A.Q.s from the Quail Run Community

Recommended Readings

Making All Kids Smarter - By John DeLandtsheer - Recommended by Mr. Jacobson (G.A.T.E. Coordinator)

GATE Testing Information


CogAT Testing for Grades 3-4:  Students in grades 3 and 4 who have previously taken the grade 2 CogAT, or are new to SRVUSD may take the CogAT. Parents must register their child to take the test.  The CogAT testing date is Saturday, November 5, 2016. The online registration window is August 15 - September 25, 2016. To register Click Here



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