Program Overview

  • *Criteria for our new Enrichment Pull-Out program will be posted here in October as we will use current data as per the district assessment schedule. Please discuss placement with your current teacher. 

    CLICK HERE for Self-contained Program & Criteria in grades 4-5 only 

    CLICK HERE for Programs in grades K-5 for 2021-22

    CLICK HERE for Programs and Criteria in grades 6-8 at Pine Brook and MEMS  

    CLICK HERE for Enrichment Programs offered during our Summer School- 2021

    CLICK HERE for G&T websites and Student Enrichment websites

    CLICK HERE for Teacher and Supervisor contact information

    Programs that will not be altered for 2021-2022:

    • Personalized learning through WIN period ("What I need")
    • Differentiated instruction and personalized learning
    • Data-driven groupings in grades K-5
    • Accelerated/advanced courses in grades 6-8
    • Summer School Enrichment programs

    Updates to our current program:

    • Self-contained classes at Lafayette Mills will be eliminated
    • Pull-out Enrichment program in grades K-5 at all schools
      • 30-40 minute periods during WIN during the 6 day cycle
      • 3 Cycles based on school-wide data
        • Tentative dates- September-December; January-March; April-June 
    • Integration of competitions/contests in grades K-5 at all schools
    • Extension opportunities (pending individual building schedules)

    Selection Procedures: Students may be identified by the following criteria:

    • Behavioral Characteristics Survey from Teacher Observations
    • District Benchmark testing: DRA levels, Writing samples, LinkIt scores, Achieve 3000-Lexile Level, Mathematics Benchmark scores, Continental Math League, Dibels,  etc.
    • Grade 3: InView scores 
    • NJSLA scores
    • *All criteria will be posted on this website each cycle                                                        

    Gifted & Talented Characteristics: Throughout the school year, teachers observe students in their classroom based on the following:

    Grade 1 – 2

    The pupil.....

    • is self motivated
    • displays task commitment.
    • has an unusually good vocabulary.
    • has ideas which are often very original in one or more areas.
    • is alert, keenly observant; responds quickly.
    • has an unusually good memory.
    • has a long attention span.
    • recognizes, on his/her own, most, if not all words in grade appropriate books.
    • uses longer sentences orally and/or in written form.
    • reasons things out, thinks clearly, recognizes relationships, comprehends meanings.
    • is curious about many activities and places outside immediate environment and/or experiences.
    • is a leader in several kinds of activities; is able to influence others to work toward desirable goals.
    • seeks out new tasks and activities.
    • interprets stories or pictures in his/her own words

    Grades 3 -8

    The pupil…

    • is self motivated
    • is task committed (not easily distracted from the problem under consideration).
    • has the ability to apply, compare, create and judge in varied learning activities.
    • exhibits intellectual curiosity.
    • accepts challenges and exert the effort to solve them.
    • demonstrates originality.
    • is stimulated by non-traditional activities and assignments.
    • has a high capacity for listening to directions and responding to them.
    • has a range and intensity of interests.
    • learns by “figuring things out” more than by imitation and repetition.
    • completes assignments quickly and accurately and use free time to pursue additional purposeful activities.
    • carries through on prolonged projects.
    • evidence of a strong sense of responsibility.
    • has a positive attitude to learning and a genuine desire to succeed.
    • demonstrates pride in his/her work or achievement.
    • has the ability to organize.
    • conceptualizes and applies his/her learning to other situations.
    • exhibits non-disruptive behavior.
    • possesses a large storehouse of information beyond his/her age.

    Once entrance into the program has been approved, continued placement will be dependent on the above factors. 

     
    MERS District Appeal Policy- Parents, guardians, and/or students may appeal any final decision regarding selection or removal from the gifted program.  Appeals shall first be sent to Ms. Lindsay Singer, Supervisor of Gifted and Talented, at lindsaysinger@mersnj.us within 15 working days of receiving notification of the selection decision or the removal decision.  Ms. Singer will respond to the appeal no later than 15 working days after receipt of the appeal letter.  Please note, there may be a request for additional testing, data collection and/or an interview with the student, current teacher, and/or parents.

    In accordance with Policy 2464 (pending BOE approval), an individual who believes that the district has not complied with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-34 et seq. may file a complaint with the Board of Education. The Board shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject, or modify the district’s action in the matter. The individual may then file a petition of appeal of the Board’s written decision to the Commissioner of Education through the Office of Controversies and Disputes in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations. Policy 2464