Gainesville City Schools

New Holland Elementary MPACT Program
Talent Development Specialist/MPACT Teacher:  Melissa Gasperecz

Talent Development Team:
Kalen Porter – 3rd Grade Teacher
Johnny Phillips:  Instructional Technology Specialist
A student who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative abilities, exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities.

To be eligible for gifted education services, a student must either:

A.      score at the 99th percentile (for grades K-2) or the 96th percentile (for grades 3-12) on a composite/full scale score or appropriate component score of a standardized mental ability test and meet one of the achievement criteria;


B.      qualify through a multiple-criteria assessment process by meeting the criteria in any three of the following four areas:
a.      Mental Ability 96th percentile
b.      Achievement 90th percentile
c.      Creativity 90th percentile
d.      Motivation 90th percentile
The testing process may be lengthy. We will contact you when all measures of testing are complete.
Any student who receives gifted education services shall continue to receive services, provided the student demonstrates satisfactory performance in gifted education classes, as described in the local board’s CONTINUATION POLICY.
What can a Parent do?
  • Read to your child and schedule regular trips to the library if possible.
  • Take family trips to interesting places.
  • Monitor TV viewing.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to participate in music, art, sports, etc., where available.
  • Allow your child to fail or at least be frustrated.  Many things come easy to gifted children and without the opportunity to struggle, gifted children can become lazy or complacent.
  • LOVE your child for him/her self—not for his/her brain.  Remember that gifted children are often gifted in only one area, and may even struggle in some areas.
  • Listen to your gifted child. Be sensitive to your child’s message in his words.
  • Remember that gifted children don’t have to be academically challenged every waking minute.
  • Discipline and developing a good work ethic is necessary.  HELP THEM WITH THEIR STUDY SKILLS!
  • Be aware of your child’s fears and anxieties.
  • Use incentives, but steer away from money.
  • Remember, the fine line between encouraging and pushing may make the difference between a happy and productive child and an unfulfilled, underachieving child.

Knows the answers
Is Interested
Has good ideas
Top group
Listens with interest
Learns with ease
6-8 repetitions for mastery
Enjoys peers
Copies accurately
Enjoys school
Is attentive

Asks the questions
Is highly curious and inquisitive
Has wild, silly ideas
Beyond the group
Shows strong feelings
Already knows
1-2 repetitions for master
Prefers adults
Creates a new design
Enjoys learning
Is mentally involved

Indicators for Gifted & Second Language Learners
  • Students acquire a second language rapidly.
  • Students make code switches easily (can think in both languages)
  • Students demonstrate advanced awareness of American expressions.
  • Student can translate orally at an advanced level.
  • Students use appropriate behaviors within both cultures.
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Locations Telephone Fax
School Board Office 770.536.5275 770.287.2019
508 Oak Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Centennial Arts Academy 770.287.2044 770.287.2047
852 Century Place, Gainesville, GA 30501
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy 770.532.7711 770.287.2011
1340 Enota Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501
Fair Street IB School 770.536.5295 770.287.2016
695 Fair Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Gainesville Exploration Academy 770.287.1223 770.535.3798
1145 McEver Road Extension, Gainesville, GA 30504
New Holland Core Knowledge Academy 770.287.1095 770.718.9935
170 Barn Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Gainesville Middle School 770.534.4237 770.287.2022
1581 Community Way, Gainesville, GA 30501
Gainesville High School 770.536.4441 770.287.2031
830 Century Place, Gainesville, GA 30501
Wood's Mill Academy 770.287.2021
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
The International Center 770.536.0081 770.536.6771
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
Wood's Mill Learning Academy 770.287.8751 770.287.8639
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
Daycare 770.287.2024 770.287.2025
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
Maintenance & Bus Shop 770.536.8312 770.287.2008
816 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501