Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented contact:  Lisa Petrie  270-265-2506

 Welcome to the Todd County School District Gifted and Talented Website!  

Our Gifted and Talented (GT) Program services students in 4th-12th grades who have been formally identified in the areas of General Intellectual, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Creativity, Leadership, or Visual/Performing Arts which include Art, Music, Drama, and Dance. Primary students who exhibit potential for giftedness in these areas are serviced through our Primary Talent Pool (PTP). Administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, and GT teachers all work together to meet the creative, intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs of our gifted learners in accordance with 704 KAR 3:285. We continuously strive to provide our students with opportunities to think critically and creatively, problem solve, lead their peers, and practice the essential skills that are necessary to succeed in the 21st century. These essential skills include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Collaborating
  • Communicating
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Social Skills
  • Productivity
  • Leadership

We support, develop, and implement policies and practices that encourage 21st century skills and respond to the diverse gifts and talents in learners from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups.  Todd County Schools' Gifted and Talented team supports and engages in research and professional development, community outreach, advocacy, communication, and collaboration with all stakeholders to improve the quality of education for all learners.  By nurturing potential through challenging, meaningful and respectful learning experiences, we support creative producers, responsible problem solvers and autonomous learners in a global community.

 What is a Gifted Student?

"Gifted and talented children” means those persons between the ages of four and 21 whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. Gifted and talented students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas:

  • General or specific intellectual abilities
  • Specific academic aptitude 
  • Creative or productive thinking 
  • Leadership and human relations ability 
  • Visual arts, performing arts, spatial or musical abilities 
  • Psychomotor abilities
The 2019 Washington DC Trip was wonderful! See photos below:
Grade 2 NTE Wrote a Book with Mrs. Henderson 
NTE Kindergarten Writes a Book with Mrs. Henderson
NTE Geoboard Art with Mrs. Henderson
STE K-1 PTP Students Teach Their Peers 
Click here to find the lift of Newbery books.  How many have you read?
Print out this list to see how many you have read
Honor  -  The Rough Patch
Honor - Grand Canyon
Honor - Olivia
Winner - Rapunzel 
Honor - The Gardener
Honor - Harlem
Winner - Noah's Ark
Honor - Castle
Honor - Strega Nona
Winner - The Big Snow
Have you read:
From: What Your 4th Grader Needs to Know:
Several GT students asked to have a. chance to mentor 'kids like them'.  We brainstormed and decided to host a fund raiser for our BETA Club called Beta Buddies.  Students in Grades K - 6 were invited to attend an afternoon camp tough by our GT students in their areas of identification.  Student of all ages enjoyed the afternoon as you can see from the pictures and asked to have this a regular monthly event.  Plans have begun to make the March afternoon bigger and better than the others!
What's Going on in TC GT?
To refer a student in Grades K-3, please click on the   link below and fill out the sections (all subjects) that best apply:
Primary Talent Pool 
PTP LA only
PTP Math only
To refer a student in Grades 3-12, please click on each area and complete the form for the student
Language Arts
Social Studies
Student responses:
Teacher Presentation 
Maggie Gillium, junior at TCCHS, attended the leadership conference at Harvard in Boston, MA, in June, 2018.  Check out Maggie's presentation telling about her experience.
Do you have questions about PTP?
See the attached brochure by clicking here.
PTP Brochure
Seventh grade GT students were given information about the Duke TIP program early  in September.  If you would like to learn more about this program, check out the Duke TIP site here:
Parent notes sent home through Remind

Center for Gifted Students - WKU

Located on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky, The Center for Gifted Studies has been serving children who are gifted and talented, their educators, and their parents for more than thirty-five years. The Center provides exciting educational opportunities for gifted young people, rigorous professional development for teachers, and support for parents of gifted young people. Under the direction of Dr. Julia Roberts, The Center has become one of the preeminent advocates for gifted education in the United States.

Click here for more info

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE), officially organized in 1979, is a non-profit volunteer group of parents, teachers, administrators, other educators, and all citizens interested in promoting appropriate educational opportunities for gifted and talented youth in Kentucky.
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