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Welcome to Willow Creek!! My name is Tammy LaFountain and I am the Gifted and Talented Specialist.

 

This year I will begin my 23rd year of teaching in Tomball ISD. I have a Gifted and Talented Certification and have always taught GT and/or TAP students. I am also certified to teach ESL students and have enjoyed that as well.

 

I am looking forward to a year filled with inspiring, creative, and innovative learning experiences!

 

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GT Parent Engagement Night

TISD Gifted and Talented Services Information Night 

Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:00 pm-7:00 pm TISD Staff Development Center 1302 Keefer Street Tomball, TX 77375 

If your child is NOT currently receiving GT services, and you have any of these questions, plan to come and learn more! 

  • What are Gifted and Talented services in TISD? 
  • What is the recommendation for the assessment process? 
When do students begin receiving GT services?

Name the Rover Challenge!!

If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to name NASA’s next Mars rover. Submit your rover name and a short essay (maximum 150 words) to explain the reasons for your selected name. Be sure to review the RULES for all challenge details and entry requirements, including the privacy requirement of NO PERSONAL NAMES in your submission so that your entry may be posted in the public gallery. The Mars 2020 rover will seek signs of past microbial life, collect surface samples as the first leg of a potential Mars Sample Return campaign, and test technologies to produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere to prepare for future human missions. More background information about the Mars 2020 mission is provided in the education resources.  Click on the link to learn more!

GT Parent Engagement Nights Fall 2019

Parents are welcome to attend one night or both nights.  Each night provides information, tools, and strategies for supporting gifted children.  The focus will be ‘When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers’ ~ You will discover the tools to support gifted students’ social and emotional growth just as much as their intellectual and academic strengths.

GT Parent Information Night

 

This meeting is for current GT Parents or parents who want to know how to have their child tested.

Please join us at the Northpointe Intermediate Cafeteria on September 17, 2019 from 6:30-7:30. GT Specialists from Northpointe, Oakcrest, Willow Creek and Lakewood will be there to answer your questions and present information about the TISD Gifted Education Program. Parents from Willow Wood and Tomball Memorial are welcome to attend to learn how their child can be tested for GT. Hope to see you there!

New to TISD Fall Testing

Students New to Tomball I.S.D.

1st through 4th grade students who are new to TISD this school year are eligible to participate in the fall Gifted and Talented screening. Students transferring from GT programs in other school districts must meet TISD’s criteria for GT services. For more information, and to request GT screening for your student, please contact Tammy LaFountain at tammylafountain@tomballisd.net or 281-357-3080, extension 3515.  The deadline for requests is September 11, 2019. *If your child was enrolled in Tomball ISD last year, he/she is not eligible for fall testing. There will be another opportunity in the spring..

NOTE:  This does not apply to Kindergarten GT Screening.  There is no need to request Kindergarten screening since all Kindergarten students are automatically screened in the fall.

Spring GT Testing

Spring Testing (Grades 1-4)

Current TISD students

Spring GT Testing is for any current TISD students in grades 1-4, unless your child has been tested in the Fall/Kinder testing process.  If you would like to refer your student for testing, please email tammylafountain@tomballisd.net by the end of the referral window listed below. Students may not take part in this testing window if they went through any part of the testing process in the previous 12 months.

Important Dates

Referral Window: February 25, 2019 through March 8, 2019 (ALL nominations and Permission to Test forms MUST be received by March 8)

Testing Window: March 18, 2019 through April 19, 2019

*Any make-up testing will occur from April 22, 2019 through May 1, 2019.

Spring District Selection Committee Meeting: May 3, 2019

Results: All results will be reported via letter AFTER the date of the Spring DSC meeting.

*Parents should be aware that a student tested during this window may not be tested again until the spring of the next school year.

GT Kids Conference

 
CLICK ON THE TITLE TO REGISTER! Registration opens on Monday...and it is free!  It will fill up fast!
 
This is such an incredible event for your students to participate in.  It will be a Cardboard Challenge this year.  That means that the students will use creativity and ingenuity along with collaboration of other GT kids from all around the district to create something out of Cardboard!