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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE Announcements:



We are offering the following teacher trainings this summer:
Class #2: Differentiation I - Instructionally Responsive Classrooms - June 27 & 28
Class #3: Differentiating Instruction II - Application to Core - July 9, 10 & 11
See below for class descriptions. We still have space!



Enrichment Academy was another success! Look for photos coming soon!
Summer Enrichment Academy flyer

**Check out our video from Enrichment Academy 2023** 
Thank you Mr. Cheng! 
Enrichment Academy 2023 Video

COOKING IN THE GARDEN FIELD TRIP - another amazing adventure!
  • On May 8, High School students from Woodland and Pioneer attended a spring Cooking in the Garden Field Trip at La Tourangelle Community Garden. Students got a tour of the oil processing facility and learned about the different types of nut oils they process: hazelnut, walnut, pistachio and almond. Students also had a garden tour and then harvested carrots, radishes, herbs, and collected flowers. Students learned to make sauerkraut with a harvest of fresh cabbage. The field trip was sponsored by a partnership between Yolo Farm to Fork and the WJUSD GATE Program. 
Garden field trip tourLa Tourangelle Nut oilsCarrot harvest
GATE ART SHOW  -  Wow and Wow!
  • More than 100 WJUSD students displayed their artwork at the Annual GATE Art Show this spring. Seven art classes taught by WJUSD teachers were held in March and April resulting in amazing art pieces. The annual Art Show was held Friday, May 3 in Downtown Woodland at the Historic Roth Building, currently under renovation. More than 300 visitors viewed the art displayed and enjoyed an apple juice refreshment donated by Sugar Bee Apple, a sponsor of this year's California Honey Festival. Save the date for next year's art show, always the First Friday in May (5/2/25).
  • guests view art at the GATE art showGATE Art Show family
Student with art work at GATE art show



Class #1: Teaching the Diverse Gifted Child - September 20 & 21, 2024
Class #2: Differentiation I - Instructionally Responsive Classrooms - October 18 & 19, 2024
Class #3: Differentiating Instruction II - Application to Core - December 6, 7, 13, & 14, 2024
Class #4: Nature & Nurture of GATE Learners - March 15 & 16 - February 21 & 22, 2025
Class #5: GATE Program Design & Administration - April 13 & 20 - lApril 11 & 12, 2025

GATE Class Descriptions

All Classes are Virtual
ATTENTION GATE FAMILIES - The GATE Advisory Committee needs you!

Please consider joining our GATE Advisory Committee this year. We are working to review, reinvent, and revitalize our GATE Program and value your feedback. There will be 3-4 meetings during the school year via zoom. For more information, please contact DeAnn Tenhunfeld at




    Families from across the district joined us on Tuesday, April 16, for another fun GATE family event! Explorit Science was here with hands-on stations that explored life cycles, plants and animals, nutrition, the human body, fossils, rocks and crystals! Look for Family Science Night again next year!
  • Family Science Night stationInsect station at Family Science Night

Please check out the slide deck from GATE Information Night on Tuesday, March 26th. This event was for families new to the GATE program. If you were not able to attend and need more information about the GATE program, please reach out:
  • Family Math Night at Woodland Prairie Elementary - Games, Puzzles, Fun!

WJUSD's GATE Program held its third and final family math night of the year. Nearly fifty families attended and had a fun time playing games and solving puzzles. The Puzzle Play curriculum from AIMS was the basis of the stations that included: Stick Puzzles, Networks, Shapes, Soma Cubes, 8-digit Addition, Tangrams, Pentominoes, Single-player and Multi-player games, Chess, and Klikkos. Look for more math nights again next year!
  • WJUSD Annual Geography Bee - February 28th

The GeoBee was another success! Congratulations to the winners - 1st place Colson Martin from Sci-Tech, 2nd place Khang Le from Spring Lake, and 3rd place Sambhav Khadka from Woodland Prairie. Great job everyone!
2024 Geography Bee winners at Pioneer High School
Pictured - front row (l-r): Khang Le, Sambhav Khadka, Colson Martin; back row (l-r): Rodrigo Gomez Lepe (judge and 2020 GeoBee winner), Jon Guse (judge), Jeremy Smith (GeoBee teacher), Scott Clary (host), Dennis Silva (judge), and DeAnn Tenhunfeld (judge and district GATE coordinator)
2022-2023 PARENT NIGHTS & Presentations:
*Virtual GATE Parent Night #1 featured guest speaker Melissa Lawson: GATE resources shared by our guest speaker are here.
*Virtual GATE Parent Night #2 featured guest speaker Kari Lofing: GATE Parent Night Presentation
*Virtual GATE Parent Night #3 featured guest speaker, Jessica Friedman: GATE NIGHT: Curiosity and Investigation


*GATE Testing - Universal testing for third grade students takes place each fall. Students in grades 4-6 that are new to the district or were previously absent when tested in third grade will also be tested in the fall. Check with your GATE site liaison for the schedule.
*Student GATE Testing Referral Form - Please complete this form to refer a student in grade 4-12 for GATE testing or retesting. This form is for parents, teachers, and administrators to refer students that they believe could qualify for GATE or are new to the district. Students in junior high and high school will be tested by referral and appointment only. Students may be tested more than once but only tested once per year.


GATE General Information
The purpose of the GATE program is to provide challenging curriculum and instruction for students who are capable of achieving at a level significantly beyond that of their grade level. Each year a short test called the Raven Progressive Matrices is given to every third grade student in the district to determine whether the student may be eligible for this program. Absent students are able to take a make up test in January. Students that are new to the district, in grades 4-8, are also tested. Parents are notified in writing if their child is determined to be GATE eligible. 

GATE identified students, in grades 4-8, are invited to participate in after school GATE enrichment classes. Annually we host a Geography Bee, Art classes, and the summer Enrichment Academy.  Eligible students will receive an invitation for each enrichment program along with instructions on how to sign up. For more information, contact April Guse at

For a list of GATE resources, please visit the California Department of Education's GATE website.
Additional resources: (Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page) (California Association for the Gifted) (National Association for Gifted Children) (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)  (Ian Byrd's webpage with GATE resources)
For information about district GATE programs, please contact:
DeAnn Tenhunfeld, District Expanded Learning and GATE TOSA (530)406-3252 Email
For school site services, please contact your school site Principal or GATE liaison.