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Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way that the NYC Department of Education supports the needs of exceptional students.
Gifted & Talented programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction aligned to Common Core Learning Standards.
PS 230's G&T program is a nurturing and secure academic environment that supports the unique characteristics of our students.
We foster independence, empathy, and creativity by providing students with a variety of materials, experiences and challenges.
In order to encourage individual interests, we provide opportunities for students to practice and demonstrate hard work and exhibit the effort of working towards goals.
Our G&T students will leave our program with knowledge of themselves which will help them become informed and engaged citizens that understand the role they hold in the greater community.
Deadline to schedule your child's G&T test.
Gifted & Talented Tests will be administered
Score reports will be sent home.
Gifted & Talented Open Houses
Deadline for eligible students to apply to G&T programs.
This Open House will be offered via ZOOM
Please RSVP: Jill Reinier, Parent Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be a VIRTUAL meeting via ZOOM
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Gifted & Talented Open House
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Curriculum in the Gifted & Talented classrooms at PS 230 follow the same grade-level units as the general education classrooms, with modifications to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of the children in the program.
For information about the general curriculum at PS 230, please visit the grade-level pages -
For information about adaptations to the general education curriculum, please see the monthly newsletters posted on this page.
Bill Louden, The Science Guy
Class K-205 will have their first workshop with Bill Louden on December 2nd. Brainy Bill will take us on a colorful journey through topics of light and color. The students will learn to use pipettes like real scientists to mix the three primary colors into secondary colors. They will put their new skills to work to mix as many colors as their imaginations can come up with. The students will use prism glasses to demonstrate that white light contains all the colors of the rainbow. Finally, they will create a take-home rainbow. We are very excited!!!
We will have Pajama Day on December 20th. Please send your child to school wearing their favorite pajamas along with a favorite book. They will have an opportunity to share it with a friend.
Thank you so much for coming to our Multi-Cultural Thanksgiving Feast. The food that you brought was delicious and we really appreciated it. The children loved seeing you at school and sharing the meal with you!
K-205 Newsletter December 2019
K-205 Newsletter November 2019
1st Grade G&T Newsletter From Ms. Gorman - Dec. 2019
The children are about to write “All About” books. These are nonfiction research books and the children will be reading and writing about a topic using many of the nonfiction conventions we see in the books we are reading. First, they must think about topics and filled out a graphic organizer with all the things you know on one side and things you wondered about (questions) on the other. Then they do research in books about their topic. Each child will find a few books on her/his topic to read and gain additional information. Next, they take notes by writing a few key words to remember the facts learned from the books. The most important thing about research is putting the information you find into your own words when you write it down. Finally, the children will turn the facts into complex sentences. For example: Mice use their tails to help them balance. The students will also include an exciting introduction and conclusion to sum up their topic.
The children are visualizing everything that is happening in their fiction books. Visualizing is like making a movie in your head using your imagination to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch everything that is happening in the book. They are also noticing what the characters say and do and use that to figure out what type of character they are. For example: Jack does not want to leave the tree house without a plan, which shows that he is cautious.
Please ask your child about the main characters in his/her fiction books and what they learned about them from their actions. In nonfiction books the children are studying devices used to teach the reader such as: contents, index, glossary, headings, diagrams, captions, photos, labels, maps, and close up pictures. These features in nonfiction books help the reader understand new words and ideas because they provide more information and help make connections to things you already know. Please continue to ask your child how s/he figures out the meaning of new words s/he comes across during reading.
We will be studying word problems to figure out who has more and how much more. For example: Sam has 5 balls. Kate has 8 balls. Who has more? How much more? We will discuss several strategies for solving the problem: like drawing 5 circles next to 8 circles and visually seeing how many more there are. Or counting up from 5 to 8 or down from 8 to 5 finding the difference is 3. Finally, making an addition problem like 5 + ___ = 8 and the number that solves the problem is 3. The children will also study how to make story problems equal amounts on both sides. For instance: Min has 15 crackers and Jo has 9 crackers, how can we make their snacks equal? You can take 6 crackers away from Min, or ask the teacher to give Jo 6 more crackers, or have Min give Jo 3 of his crackers. All these solutions solve the problem of making it equal.
IMPORTANT: Please send in 1 plastic ice cube tray for each student to mix colors in art/Ms Brill.
Social Studies: Holidays and Traditions
Science: Explore the property of movement with respect to solids
Art: Painting landscapes and animals
Music & Movement: Creating holiday dances using stories and props
Gym: Working on team skills needed for basketball and soccer
Music: Using picture symbols for note reading while learning to play rhythm instruments
12/8: Barnes and Noble Fundraiser
12/9: Picture Retake Day
12/19: Multicultural Feast at 8:45 AM in room 315
12/23-1/1: No School, Winter Break
1st Grade G&T Newsletter - September 2019
Ms. Orefice's Class News - October 2019
In reading workshop, we will continue our non-fiction unit of study. We will continue discussing the concepts we learned for Stop and Jots and main idea from the yellow card in our reading baggie.
Most of the month will be spent working in our nonfiction book clubs. Students will be choosing topics they are interested in learning more about to work in a group. The group will create a poster displaying the most important information from the books that they read to teach the class about their topic.
At home, please continue to check in with your child and their reading. Taking turns reading to each other or taking a trip to the library for books on their interests is a great way to spend time together.
In writing workshop, students will continue working on informational writing. Students will use knowledge of topics they are experts on and create chapters in their writing. We will continue to include text features such as diagrams, labels, and captions to add details to our writing.
At home, encourage your child to write in twin sentences to help him/her elaborate within the writing piece. Twin sentences are two sentences that build on each other. For example: All dogs wear a leash. A leash is a rope or tie that goes around the dog’s neck to keep it close.
In math workshop, students will continue to work on 2D and 3D geometry and the foundational ideas about fractions.
We will then begin our, “How Many Stickers? How Many Cents?” unit. In this unit students will be focusing on the place value of 2-digit numbers and solving word problems within 100 or $1.00. Students will also be working on using strategies to show their work that include: decomposing, moving to a landmark number, and using the commutative and associative properties of addition.
At home, have your child explain their math thinking after solving any kind of math problems. How do they know they have found the correct answer?
This December, second grade will be studying the human, physical, and cultural characteristics of Native American communities in the Eastern Woodlands.
During the month of December, 2nd graders will review for and take the end of unit assessment for Unit 1. Students will begin the next unit of study: The Changes to Land Over Time. Students will understand the effects that wind and water have on land.
Group Games! Working on teamwork, sportsmanship and communication in a fun, fast paced environment always improving on our gross motor skill exercises.
12/6: Scholastic Book Order Due
12/8: Barnes and Nobel Book Fair
12/9: Picture Retake Day
12/10: Field Trip Money Due
12/13: Finn’s Show and Tell
12/17: Prospect Park Zoo Field Trip
12/20: Maeda’s Show and Tell
12/20: Pajama Day!!!
12/23 - 1/1: No School
Students in Ms. Sparks class analyzed literary texts
explained volume in mathematical diagrams
and studied ancient Incan culture
Many parents wonder how curriculum and expectations change in G&T classes.
Students in G&T classrooms are expected to master the same curriculum objectives as their General Education peers. As in all PS 230 classrooms, expectations and instructions are differentiated to allow each student to progress academically with attention given to individual strengths and areas in need of improvement.
Below, you will find samples of work from 1st graders completing the same assignment in a General Education classroom and a G&T classroom. Note the similarities in curriculum standards for non-fiction writing. Note also the differences in scaffolding (i.e. the templates that the students are provided), vocabulary and volume of work.