• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    1. What does TARGET mean? TARGET stands for Tyler ISD’s Academic Resources for the Gifted and Educationally Talented.
    2. Why do students go to TARGET? Students go to TARGET because they have been referred, screened, tested and have qualified to receive Gifted Services.
    3. Why is this program necessary? The TARGET program provides extra enrichment in research, problem solving, creativity and higher order thinking skills.  It gives students a chance to collaborate with their gifted peers from across Tyler ISD and an opportunity for support and learning about their giftedness from a GT certified teacher.
    4. What day does my child attend TARGET?
      • Monday Caldwell, Jack & Peete
      • Tuesday Austin, Birdwell, Griffin, Owens & Ramey
      • Wednesday Bell, Bonner, Clarkston, Douglas & Rice
      • Thursday Dixie, Jones, Orr & Woods
    5. What is the referral process? Anyone can refer a student for consideration into the TARGET program by completing the referral documentation, then a parent must sign and agree. We gather data from multiple sources and then a team of three GT Specialists meet together to review the data to determine if the student needs services.
    6. What tests are given? The students are tested using a variety of evaluation instruments in achievement, aptitude/intelligence and creativity.
    7. When do students go to TARGET? Students will go to TARGET one day a week from 8:15-2:15 for about 30 weeks of the year.
    8. Can my child bring a snack? Students may bring a small healthy snack. Please do not send chips, cookies, candy or cola type drinks. Some classes have students with severe peanut allergies. Peanut products (Peanut butter, Reece’s Peanut butter Cups, Peanut butter crackers) will not be allowed in the classroom.
    9. Is lunch provided? Lunch is provided or students bring may bring a lunch from home. We need an accurate lunch count each day before 9am because our lunches are catered from another elementary site and delivered. The TARGET menu is different from the home campus menu. Students do not need to bring money for their lunches to TARGET. We will charge their campus accounts and if they are on free or reduced lunch, this will also apply at TARGET.
    10. Is transportation provided? Transportation is provided from the home campus to TARGET and back. Students board a TISD school bus that has a certified driver.
    11. How do I know what is happening at TARGET? We love for our parents to be involved and stay up to date on the exciting projects the kids are doing here! We hope you will join us for parent events, such as Author's Tea and open house, come and eat lunch with your child, read the newsletters and Remind messages that come home and look for updates and information on our website, Facebook & Twitter.  
    12. Is there a parent organization? Not at this time.
    13. How do I contact the teachers? You can call the school at 903-262-3498 during conference time from 2:15-3:00 and after school until 4:00, or call during the school day to leave a message. You can also email the teacher by going to our faculty and staff page and finding your child's teacher.
    14. How can I help? Check with your child’s teacher for a list of needed supplies, event help and field trips.
    15. Are there state standards for this type of program? Yes, there are state standards that you can look at by going to http://www.txgifted.org
    16. What do I do if my child has special needs? Please make sure a current medical form is on file with the nurse. Also, make the nurse/teacher aware of any new medications, allergies, medical issues, emergency care or special learning needs.
    17. How do I check my child out of school for an appointment? Students may be checked out the parent/guardian listed on their registration information in the computer. The office will ask for your identification and verify that in the computer. The parent will be asked to sign the student out and call the home campus if the student will not be returning for the day. All students should be picked up or dropped off through the office.
    18. How does my child receive services when not at TARGET? Students are in a classroom with a teacher who has received the 30 hours of GT Foundation Training. Teachers on the home campus continue to accelerate a GT student’s learning through access to advanced reading/math materials, individual research projects/projects based on the student’s interests or research that allows for greater breadth and depth of classroom curriculum.
    19. How does my child receive services when not at TARGET? Students are in a classroom with a teacher who has received the 30 hours of GT Foundation Training. Teachers on the home campus continue to accelerate a GT student’s learning through access to advanced reading/math materials, individual research projects/projects based on the student’s interests or research that allows for greater breadth and depth of classroom curriculum.
    20. My child is falling behind at school.  May they stay behind on their TARGET day to make up missing work and get tutored for the STAAR Test? According to a new 2013 law, House Bill 5, students may not miss more than 10% (3 days) of their gifted instruction for remediation for grades, tests or STAAR preparation. If they miss at all, written parent consent should be sent to TARGET and the home campus.