GATE, etc.

    This page will be the one-stop shopping site for the various programs and activities that I coordinate, including the GATE classes at both schools and the Kindergarten STEM class at Central.

    This page will also offer information on trips and after-school competitions, such as Battle of the Books and Battle of the Minds.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at bnutt@gmrsd.com.

    Any official complaints about the district's GATE program must be submitted via the Gifted and Talented Education Formal Complaint Form.



         PLEASE NOTE: Because of the current circumstances, GATE will be conducted remotely for at least the first part of the 2020-2021 school year.

         GATE classes will have virtual meetings once weekly.  Students will be assigned ongoing projects that they will do independently.  Each GATE class has its own Google Classroom, and students are expected to check for announcements and materials to assist them in their activities.  A student is suggested to work on GATE activities for about 45 minutes a week.

        Please let me know if you have any questions.


    Mission Statement


    The GATE (gifted and talented enrichment) program is committed to providing enrichment opportunities to all students.  The GATE class is typically a pull-out class reserved only for those students in Grades 3 through 8 who have been identified as truly gifted (placed among the top 2% of all students in their age cohort) and as academically high-achieving.  However, the GATE instructor will also be available to provide push-in enrichment activities in all grade levels and for all subjects.


    GATE Selection Process

    In keeping with national and state standards, the Great Meadows Regional School District employs multiple measures to determine a student's qualification for the GATE program.

    These measures include, but are not limited to, the following:

    * Teacher recommendations and observations

    * Classroom behavior and performance

    * CogAT (Cognative Ability Test) results

    * Any other assessments of ability, achievement, and/or creativity


    The CogATs will be administered each year in September at the earliest opportunity.

    Geenrally, the GATE class is limited to a maximum of about 15% of the population of the grade in the district.


        NOTE: The CogAT tests will be adminstered remotely starting the week of October 5.  Students will be assigned particular times in the afternoon when they make log in and take the tests.

    K-2 STEM

    Temporarily shelved until we return to all in-person schooling.


    3rd Grade GATE

    Once selected, the students will learn about animals and be introduced to the basics of research.


    4th Grade GATE

    In place of invention research, the students are charged to actually invent a product that can actually be used in home or in school.


    5th Grade GATE

    The students will research a real-life hero and explore what qualiities make up a hero.  In addition, the students are planning to do a Shark Tank-like presentation for a service or a product that they will develop.


    6th Grade GATE

    Students are beginning the year with a STEM unit related to chemistry and the periodic table.  Students will also be participating the NJ State Bar Foundation Law Fair mock trial competition, which is due at the end of January 2021.


    7th Grade GATE

    Students begin by researching musicians of the present and the past and the time periods when musicians were popular.  This activity combines music and social history.


    8th Grade GATE

    Students will be taking part in the Finance Park financial literacy program by Junior Achievement of New Jersey.  Students are also encouraged to work throughout the year on an independent "passion project" to explore a subject important to them or to research careers that might interest them.  The independent project will be ongoing throughout the year.



    Through the Warren County Consortium for Student Enrichment, students in Great Meadows schools are part of several competitions and group activities.

    Because of the pandemic, almost all the activities normally scheduled for the first half of the year will be conducted virtually.


    Battle of the Minds

    A team competition in which students cooperatively answer questions on a variety of subjects, including language arts, math, science, social studies, the fine arts, and general knowledge.  Details are forthcoming.


    Battle of the Books

    A team competition in which students read and answer questions about 10 books from a prepared list.  Details are forthcoming.


    Book list - Grade 5/6 Battle of the Books





    To be determined

    (This page last updated: September 22, 2020)