GRO

GRO Teacher: Mrs. Dominique Keena

Contact: [email protected]

Website: Mrs. Keena's GRO website


What is GRO?

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools gifted program is called Gifted Reach Out, known as GRO.  It serves the identified population of gifted students in grades one through five.  This enrichment pullout program offers students the chance to interact with peers of similar ability, while remaining a part of the regular classroom setting. Once admitted into the program, the students meet with the GRO teacher for small group instruction.  These groups provide the opportunity for the gifted child to interact with, stimulate and be stimulated by his/her peers, while enjoying individual or small group attention. 

GRO encourages independent learning, research, and individual product development.  Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills are stressed.  Students are challenged to become consumers and producers of knowledge. Students are exposed to new subjects with the intent to broaden their interests and enhance their present grade level core curriculum based upon student interest. The GRO program provides enrichment for students who have demonstrated high academic abilities. The work is above grade level and is rigorous. Students are expected to fulfill their regular classroom and GRO proficiencies during the year.

Please note, starting in the 2022-2023 school year, grade 1 GRO students will begin a 45 minute per week pull out program starting in January to complete a half year of GRO. Additionally, students in kindergarten will be observed for gifted qualities that include multiple criteria described in our Identification tab. GRO teachers will share findings from these observations with the homeroom teacher and offer support as needed.

Link to District GRO Information 

 

 

Testing for the Gifted Reach Out Program

December Testing:

  • Testing for the new 1st grade pullout program will be held in December 2022.  Parents/guardians  may request to have their child tested for GRO during December 2022. The parent/guardian needs to provide a written request for testing to their child's classroom teacher by November 16, 2022 to be considered for this testing session.

 

  • Parents/guardians of  2nd-5th grade students new to the district may request to have their child tested for GRO during December 2022. The parent/guardian needs to provide a written request for testing to their child's classroom teacher by November 16, 2022 to be considered for this testing session.

May/June Testing:

Testing for eligible students in grades 1-4 begins in May/June for entrance into the program beginning September of the following school year. In conjunction with GRO testing, multiple measures will be considered in determining placement into the GRO program. Central office will provide the test results via the Parent Portal in Genesis during the summer break.

 

  • Parents of first through fourth grade children who are interested in having their child tested for the district’s gifted program (GRO) for the following school year should send a written request to their child’s classroom teacher by the middle of April of each school year.  

 

** Parents of students new to the district that were previously in a gifted and talented program in another school district are tested throughout the year based upon confirmation of prior enrollment in a gifted program from the student’s former school.

 

Parents of the Gifted & Talented

The PGT is a parent volunteer organization that meets bi-monthly to:

  • PROMOTE the pursuit of excellence by children and youth in educational and social environments.

  • FACILITATE exchange of information and ideas among parents, teachers and administrators.

  • ACT as an advocate for the special needs of the Gifted and Talented Students before the Board of Education and other relevant groups.


For more information about the PGT please click this 

https://pgtparsippany.wixsite.com/home


This year the membership registration will only be done electronically through this sign-up.  The registration fee ($25 per family) helps pay for PGT programming and supplies.  It is also used towards the scholarships that we give out every year to two HS graduating GRO students in the spring.  

Membership Signup Link-

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094CA9A922A2F85-pgt20222023


Questions about the PGT? 

Please Email at: [email protected]

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