Talented & Gifted Talented & Gifted

 Tag at Casey

At Casey Middle School, TAG students receive advanced programming via differentiated activities and clustering of high-level students in the regular classroom. When acceleration is needed, a student is typically moved up a year for that particular subject, most often in math.   In addition to the regular grade-leveled math classes, we offer a 7th/8th compressed option, as well as advanced algebra.  For students who are accelerated beyond that point, Boulder High is just down the hill from us, and students' schedules are arranged so that they may take classes there, usually at the beginning or end of the day.  Additionally, most TAG students find our optional Bilingual program to be a challenging option, and we offer Japanese as well.

The TAG Educational Advisor spends time in the classrooms, conducting book groups, small group discussions, and writing and project mentoring.  Additionally, the TEA sponsors various academic clubs, such as Brain Bowl, Math Counts, and Math on a Sphere (see below for a more extensive list of activities offered at Casey).

The social emotional programming and support for talented and gifted students and their families include:

  • Counselors, school psychologists and social workers are always available for students and their parents. Services include one on one support, and groups for stress management, anger management, and friendship development.
  • A TAG shelf in the library with books for and about gifted children.

Students may also be involved in enrichment activities and clubs which allow them to develop their interests in arts, math, leadership, language and science.  These activities are open to all Casey children (there may be prerequisites or associated fees) and can include:

  • Math Counts, Spelling Bee, Brain Bowl, Math on a Sphere
  • Legislative Day
  • Science Fair
  • Talent Show, Jazz Band
  • Smart Girl Leadership Training, 360 Club, Peer Tutoring
  • Art Club, Book Club, Battle of the Books, Entrepreneurs' Club, Science Discovery, Technovation, Writers' Workshop, Yearbook

At Casey Middle School, the TAG Educational Advisor is one of many advocates for the students, and works with teachers and counselors to ensure appropriate programming.  Our advisor is Fariba Aidun, who may be reached at Fariba.Aidun@bvsd.org.​




https://contenthub.bvsd.org/taghttps://contenthub.bvsd.org/tag{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}The BVSD Gifted & Talented (GT) Office supports schools and stakeholders, offers professional development, and oversees school-based programming.  A wealth of information is available on the <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"></strong><a href="https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/academics/gifted-and-talented">BVSD GT Webpage.  </a><div><br><p>The Gifted & Talented Advisor (GTA) is the primary advocate for students, communications, and programming in the school. <br></p><p>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​BVSD schools provide programming for GT students based on their identified needs and in accordance with <strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><a href="https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/academics/gifted-and-talented#fs-panel-9643">district identification policy</a></strong> which is based on a body of evidence.   Students may be identified as Gifted & Talented in one or more of the following areas: </p><ul><li> ​General or specific intellectual ability​ </li><li> Specific academic aptitude </li><li> Creative or productive thinking​ </li><li> ​Leadership abilities </li><li><p>Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities<br></p></li></ul><p> Schools follow the<strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"> </strong><a href="https://www.bvsd.org/about/board-of-education/policies/policy/~board/i-policies/post/promotion-nonpromotion-and-acceleration-of-students-regulation"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">BVSD Acceleration policy</strong></a> when making decisions about subject or grade level acceleration for students.  Some highly advanced gifted children may enter kindergarten or first grade early through the<strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"> </strong><a href="https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/academics/gifted-and-talented#fs-panel-9758"><strong>BVSD Early Access policy. </strong> </a><br>The classroom teacher is the primary provider of advanced academic services to students. Programming is documented in the student's Advanced Learning <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Plan</span><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"> (ALP)</span><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"> or, at the secondary level,</span><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"> ​(</span><a href="https://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary/icap"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">ICAP​</span></a><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">)</strong>. Programming may include academic, enrichment,  and affective (social-emotional) supports and extensions.  </p><p>BVSD sponsors four district-wide enrichment activities.  These are open to students whether they are identified as GT or not.   <br>More information is available at the links below.<span style="text-align:center;line-height:1.6;">​​</span></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/academics/content-areas/science/science-fair"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>Corden Pharma Colorado Regional Science Fair </strong></span></a>(grades 6-12)​<br></li><li><a href="https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/academics/gifted-and-talented/destination-imagination"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>Destination Imagination - NOCO Canyon Region</strong></span></a> (grades k-12)<br></li><li><a href="https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/academics/gifted-and-talented/history-day"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>Boulder Regional History Day</strong></span> </a>(grades 6-12)<br></li><li><a href="https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/academics/gifted-and-talented/spelling-bee"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>Boulder Valley Regional Spelling Bee</strong></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"> </span>(grades 3-8)<br></li></ul><div>​<br></div></div>