GATE

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The mission of the Rocklin Unified School District’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program is to identify gifted and high achieving students, including those from diverse racial, social-economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds and to provide high quality differentiated instructional opportunities for learning that meet the needs of these students’ unique abilities.

Program Description

The goal of the Rocklin Unified School District’s GATE Program is to provide differentiated learning opportunities during the regular school day for identified students. Differentiation is a process of modifying curriculum content and/or teaching methodologies used with the core curriculum so that students may learn at their own ability level and at their own pace. Strategies used may include but are not limited to flexible grouping, acceleration, in-depth study, complexity and novelty.

Referral Process
The referral process may be initiated at any time during the school year by a parent, a teacher, a peer or the student. Referral forms are available in each school office or by calling the GATE Coordinator at 630-3307. Testing occurs during the fall (for 2nd -12th graders) and the spring (for 1st graders). One final make-up session will be offered near the end of school year for students who miss the fall or spring session.

Formal Identification Process
The process for formal identification in the GATE Program includes evaluation of many different measures of a student’s ability or potential. Formal screening devices used include achievement tests such as the CAT6 or CST and cognitive ability tests such as the Raven Progressive Matrices Plus, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, or the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). If a student has been identified in a previous district using criteria that meets or exceeds the criteria used in the RUSD the student will be identified without further testing.

Identification Categories
Intellectual/High Achievement/Specific Academic Ability: General intellectual development is significantly advanced in relation to chronological peers. Student must score at or above the gifted range on a test measuring cognitive/intellectual ability plus at least one other measure (advanced on CST state achievement test, teacher/parent survey or other evidence of above grade level achievement).

GATE Advisory Committee
The District’s GATE Advisory Committee is composed of parents, teachers, and administrators. The committee meets regularly during the school year. The public is welcome to attend these meetings which are held at the Rocklin Unified School District Administration Office located at 2615 Sierra Meadows Drive. Contact the district office or district website for meeting dates.

Committee responsibilities include program evaluation; providing information on outreach activities to parents, students and the community; and advising the Board of Trustees on potential changes to the program.

Services Provided
Elementary School: Identified GATE students are clustered within the regular classroom at all sites and are provided differentiated instruction by teachers who are given specific training on meeting the unique needs of these students.

Self-Contained Program: Identified students are given the opportunity to attend self-contained GATE classrooms at Rocklin Elementary School in grades 2 through 6.

Middle School: Advanced opportunities are offered in the GATE Academies (KEY/QUEST at Granite Oaks and Discovery/ZENITH at Spring View) to identified GATE students in 7th and 8th grade.

High School: A variety of opportunities are offered to identified students including advanced classes in geometry and algebra II, a variety of honors and Advanced Placement classes, Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, the ability to challenge a class in order to move on to more challenging material, and dual enrollment at a local college.

Self-Contained Rocklin Elementary Additional Curriculum
Intellectual/High Achievement/Specific Academic Ability: General intellectual development is significantly advanced in relation to chronological peers. Student must score at or above the gifted range on a test measuring cognitive/intellectual ability plus at least one other measure (advanced on CST state achievement test, teacher/parent survey or other evidence of above grade level achievement).           

  • Foreign Language: Spanish
  • Math Olympiads Program
  • Destination Imagination
  • Junior Great Books
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RUSD GATE Coordinator
The GATE Coordinator, Jordan White, can be contacted at
Rocklin Unified School District Administration Office 916-630-3307.

STEM Lab

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Rocklin Elementary is home to one of the few FULLY FUNCTIONAL Science Laboratory aligned with NGSS. Each K-6 class gets a session for 45 minsper week in the lab. Our Program focuses on Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science, and Scientific Reasoning.

Physical Science

Through a comprehensive series of hands-on experiments and software based investigations, students discover for themselves physical science concepts. The wide range of activities include building circuits, bending light with prisms, investigating the pitch of sound and testing materials for their friction properties. Through the use of the Computer Aided Instruction containing high quality graphics, animations and full audio support, students are guided through their assignment. During the assignments students are asked to complete their worksheet and answer questions designed to track and assess their performance.

Life Science

Through a comprehensive series of hands-on experiments and software based investigations, students discover for themselves life science concepts. The wide range of activities include using a microscope to examine plant and animal life, an investigation into types of foods, looking at personal health and investigating what factors affect the growth of plants. Through the use of the Computer Aided Instruction containing high quality graphics, animations and full audio support, students are guided through their assignment. During the assignments students are asked to complete their worksheet and answer questions designed to track and assess their performance.

Earth Science

Through a comprehensive series of hands-on experiments and software based investigations, students discover for themselves earth science concepts. The wide range of activities include recording weather, investigating the formation of rocks, identifying how the features of animals suit them to their habitat and investigating planets in our solar system. Through the use of the Computer Aided Instruction containing high quality graphics, animations and full audio support, students are guided through their assignment. During the assignments students are asked to complete their worksheet and answer questions designed to track and assess their performance.

Scientific Reasoning

Through a comprehensive series of hands-on experiments and software based investigations, students discover for themselves scientific reasoning concepts. The wide range of activities include measuring light levels, exploring alternative energy, measuring density and investigating lifting machines. Through the use of the Computer Aided Instruction containing high quality graphics, animations and full audio support, students are guided through their assignment. During the assignments students are asked to complete their worksheet and answer questions designed to track and assess their performance.

Physical Education

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Welcome back to Rocklin Elementary. We are very excited to be here and are anticipating a fun and exciting year.

Physical Education classes are held twice a week for each class. Students will learn a variety of fitness skills, movement concepts, sport related skills, a variety of cooperative learning activities and rhythm and dance.

It is important that your student wears tennis shoes and appropriate clothes on PE days. Please remind your student which days they have PE. Safety comes first, and if your student is not in appropriate attire for the activity, they will sit out for their own safety. Shoes need to lace properly and be tied snug. Loose fitting shoes are not allowed. Velcro and zippered shoes are acceptable. All shoes need to have a closed heel. Please review these expectations with your student which will help them have a positive experience in PE.

We look forward to getting to know all of you and your student as we strive to become physically smart. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me here at the school.

We can be contacted at vbrown@rocklin.k12.ca.us

Let's have a great year!

Mrs. Brown
 
 
VAPA

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VAPA is a time when 1st through 6th grade students are instructed in the Visual Arts: ie. drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking; and the Performing Arts: music, dance, and theater.  The program is scheduled for a half day about once every three weeks, for a total of 12 times a year.
The Arts are identified as a core subject in the federal program, No Child Left Behind and strongly supported by the new Common Core State Standards initiative. 
 
Click here to learn about the Visual and Performing Arts Program here at Rocklin Elementary School.
 
 
Library

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The mission of the school library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information, enabling them to be literate life-long learners.

Click here to check out Rocklin Elementary's Library Catalog Search.

For access to the Encyclopedia Britannica Online click here.
 
For access to TrueFlix, click here
Username:  rocklines
Password:  trueflix

Want to know what book(s) your child has checked out? Click here. 

2 week Check-out Period

  • Limit 1 book at a time for grades K-1
  • Limit 2 books at a time for grades 2-6

Renewals are allowed if the child is actively reading; limited when there is a long reserve list. The book must be presented to renew. Parents can check out materials too!

 
Leadership Council

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Teacher Advisers:
Elizabeth Carr, 5th Grade
Lauren Schardin, 3rd Grade
Rebecca Orsini, Kindergarten