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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE Announcements:




Don't miss out on Enrichment Academy. There are only two sessions this summer so space is limited! REGISTER HERE or with the QR code in the flyer.
Summer Enrichment Academy flyer
**Check out our video from Enrichment Academy 2023** Thank you Mr. Cheng! Enrichment Academy 2023 Video
  • Attention High Schoolers! Join us on May 8 for an after school field trip from 2:30-5:30 pm at La Tourangelle Community Garden in Woodland - busing will be provided. Learn about seasonal agriculture, pollinators, tour an olive oil mill, and cook in the garden with fresh garden produce! This field trip is for High School students and space is limited! For more information go the the QR code or registration link.   REGISTER HERE
Family Science Night on April 16, 2024
  • Join us on May 3 to see student art work creations displayed for our annual GATE Art Show. The event runs from 5:30-8 pm at the Historic Roth Building, 427 Main Street, Downtown Woodland. This event coincides with Woodland's First Friday Art Walk.
GATE Art Show - May 3 - Save the date


SAVE THE DATES for more Parent Nights!
  • May 8 with guest speaker Adrianne Go-Miller - please register here or with the QR code in the flyer
Note the time change -- our May 8th parent night will run from 6:30-7:30 pm!
GATE Virtual Parent Night flyer

2023-2024 GATE Teacher Training Series

GATE  Teacher Training Series 23-24 update
Look for all classes again next year:
Class #1: Teaching the Diverse Gifted Child - look for class #1 again next fall
Class #2: Differentiation I - Instructionally Responsive Classrooms - look for class #2 again next fall
Class #3: Differentiating Instruction II - Application to Core - look for class #3 again next fall
Class #4: Nature & Nurture of GATE Learners - March 15 & 16 - look for class #4 again next spring
Class #5: GATE Program Design & Administration - April 13 & 20 - look for class #5 again next spring
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)
  • Family Math Night at Gibson Elementary - another family fun event!
WJUSD’s GATE Program held its second Family Math Night of the year at Gibson Elementary School on January 23. Students and families from across the district were invited to the Build It! Festival, based on a curriculum from GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science). Ten stations were set up with challenges such as: Create-a-Shape, Dowel Designs, Polyhedra, Symmetry, Tangrams, and What Comes Next?  Students and families used pattern blocks, pattern templates, klikkos, mirrors, straws, and newspaper dowels, to get creative! A station was also set up for chess, a favorite at every math night.
  • Parent Night Resources

  • Cooking in the Garden Field Trip Highlights!

On November 8, 2023, students from Pioneer High, Woodland High, and Douglass Middle School loaded the bus and headed to La Tourangelle Community Garden. Students and staff got a tour of the garden and oil processing facility. Students also got to taste test walnut oil and "cake" a byproduct of the walnut oil extraction process. Students also gathered peppers, eggplant, herbs, and zinnias from the garden. The final part of the tour was cooking in the garden where students made fresh pasta and pesto sauce with basil from the garden. Students dined outside and were excited to experience the tour and hands-on activities. Look for more information on another Cooking in the Garden field trip next spring.
Cooking in the Garden tourWalnut oil tour
Cooking in the garden basil

Cooking in the Garden photo of table
  • Our First Family Math Night - Freeman Elementary Rocks!
WJUSD’s GATE-sponsored Family Math Nights started this year at Freeman Elementary School on October 25. Students and families were invited to play math games from the GEMS curriculum “Math Around the World.” High School volunteers assisted with the fun event. Both students and adults joined in and played the games which also included a station for chess. “The high school helpers were fantastic,” said Caroline Thompson, parent and WJUSD substitute teacher.
The math games from Math Around the World originated from many continents: NIM (Asia), KALAH (Africa), Tower of Hanoi (Europe), Shongo Networks (Africa), Magic Squares (Asia), Game Sticks (North America), and Games of Alignment (Africa). The challenging games require logic, strategy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Enrichment Academy - Summer 2023 - STEAMin' Success!

Check out our video from EA 2023 - thank you Mr. Cheng!

LAST YEAR'S Highlights:

  • GATE ART SHOW - MAY 5, 2023 - Huge Success!

Art Classes for 2023-2024 information coming soon!
More than 400 families and friends joined us on May 5 at the Historic Roth Building, Downtown Woodland, to view art projects from students across the district. Students showed off their creativity and originality through art classes including Color is Cool, Art Adventure, When Food Strikes Back, Origami, T-shirt Quilts, Amazing Poster Size Collage Animal Faces, Linocut  Printmaking, and Wild for Watercolors. Here are a few examples to enjoy!
Food Strikes BackSun-MoonAnimal Collage
2023-2024 Family Science Night Date - coming soon!
Families gathered on Wednesday, April 19th to explore hands-on science exhibits from the Explorit Science Center program, "Healthy Family, Healthy You." GATE liaison, April Guse, shares information on different rock types and Explorit educator, David Mues, describes how trees get their water.  More than 50 families attended!
Family Science Night station April 2023
Family Science Night Flyer
Family Science Night tree station
  • 2023


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.