Gifted and Talented

The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) requires all school districts in Colorado to identify and serve students between ages five and twenty-one, whose aptitude or competencies are exceptional or developmentally advanced and require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.

To appropriately identify these students, the district works in compliance with the Colorado Department of Education to implement a specific process which uses both quantitative and qualitative data and a body of evidence to determine eligibility and create Advanced Learning Plans (ALP) for students who qualify.

For information regarding Re-3J programming, processes, and GT resources see below:
Weld Re-3J Gifted and Talented Parent Handbook 
Spanish Weld Re-3J Gifted and Talented Parent Handbook


Those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

  1. ·    General or specific intellectual ability 
  2. ·    Specific academic aptitude
  3. ·    Creative or productive thinking
  4. ·    Leadership abilities
  5. ·    Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities 

Other Important Links:

Whether your student has been identified as gifted for years or she received her initial Advanced Learning Plan this year, every parent and guardian of a gifted child needs resources. Here are a couple dates and links you will want in your back pocket:

Timelines for GT identification referrals and new students who have transferred into our district:

·       Timeline structure for identification teams in each building consisting of no fewer than 3 people, one having expertise in the area of gifted identification, meet on a monthly basis to assure that all referrals are reviewed within 30 days.  

·       New students transferring into our districts with an ALP will have that ALP reviewed within 45 days of enrollment into the district and added to the roster as appropriate. We will communicate this with parents within 60 days of enrollment.  If transferring information is incomplete, all efforts will be made to gather previous data as well as create a body of evidence to determine eligibility for GT services or inclusion in the talent pool. 

Identification process for underachievers and twice exceptional learners:

1.  NNAT screening (non-verbal assessment) for all 2nd and 6th grade students

2.  Nomination Form including; 12 Nonbiased Traits, positive and Negative manifestations, focus on behaviors/observations, Traits for HispanicELD gifted 

3.  Building liaisons have information regarding appropriate testing material, screening data, state and district assessment information and observational forms to make informed decisions about underachieving and twice exceptional students

4.  Information, including appropriate assessments, regarding students that are acquiring English is taken into consideration in the process of determining eligibility

For more information on Gifted and Talented Services in Weld Re-3J, nomination forms (also available in Spanish), identification process or Advanced Learning Plans please contact your school's Gifted and Talented Liaison.

Hoff Elementary- Carrie Hassebrock, 
Hudson Elementary- Dawnee Raskin,
Lochbuie Elementary-  Jessica Dreher,
Meadow Ridge Elementary-  Rhonda Ricker,
Weld Central Middle School-  Deanna Damour,
Weld Central High School-  Cassandra Barfoot, and Dennis Allen, 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

RE-3J offers many extra-curricular activities for students at all grade levels. Each school is unique in its programming and the list below is not representative of all schools. Please check with individual buildings in order to find out more information regarding enrichment and extracurricular opportunities.

Elementary: Band, Choir, Spelling Bee, Student Council, Art Club, Lego Club, Movement Club, Origami Club, Science Club, Odyssey of the Mind, Drama Club, Running Club, Lighthouse Team, Yearbook Team, and Cooking Club.

 Secondary: Brain Bowl, Student Council, Science Club and Science Fair, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, Speech and Debate, Theatre/Drama Club, Video Game/TSA, Diversity Club, Yearbook, Creative Writing Club, Future Farmers of America(FFA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)



When a Review Team decision regarding GT identification is questioned, these steps (in order) will be followed by district GT liaisons: 1) review the body of evidence for accuracy; 2)  review data with parents and clarify    identification criteria; 3) determine if additional data is needed and can be provided; 4) make a final decision for the current school year; 5) refer the next level of appeal to the Director of Student Readiness and Special Education.





Weld County School District RE-3J

1101 4th Avenue
Hudson, CO 80642