Sweet Home School District (SHSD) is committed to an educational program that recognizes, identifies and serves the unique needs of talented and gifted (TAG) students. Our district seeks to align with research-based best practices pertaining to TAG, providing services to TAG students in the general education setting using skillful differentiation strategies and other methods of providing greater depth, complexity, challenge and enrichment.
In compliance with the Oregon TAG OARs for gifted education, Sweet Home School District focuses its services on meeting the student’s instructional level and rate of learning every day in the classroom across the curriculum. Classroom teachers assess students’ rate and level in all subject areas and modify the instruction to provide appropriate content challenge and instructional pacing.
By definition, students identified as TAG are those whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special services to meet their educational needs. In SHSD, students may be identified TAG in the following areas: academic talent in reading, academic talent in math, intellectual giftedness. Students who have been identified as TAG in one or more of the aforementioned areas are provided with differentiated instructional services and/or programs designed to address their strengths and needs, which includes offering choices that include a range of depth and complexity as well as meeting students where they are in the learning process to achieve maximum growth (and depth) in learning which is specific to their assessed rate and level of learning.
As a whole, Sweet Home School District is committed to an educational program that recognizes the unique value, needs, and talents of the individual student. Curriculum and instruction designed to meet the rate and level of learning for TAG students are an integral part of this commitment. Involvement and advocacy are the shared responsibility of educators and families of TAG learners to work toward outcomes commensurate with these students’ abilities, providing productive struggle and advancing the student in learning progress and growth.
For more information please see the SHSD TAG Plan, linked below.
Student Services Director – Brian Brands
TAG Coordinator – Amanda Sciscioli
Holley TAG Liaison/School Counselor – Amanda Sciscioli
Foster TAG Liaison/School Counselor – Michael Stevenson
Oak Heights TAG Liaison/School Counselor – Melinda Stocking
Hawthorne TAG Liaison/School Counselor – Julie Harvey
Sweet Home Junior High TAG Liaison/School Counselor – Tiffany Jacobs
Sweet Home High School TAG Liaison/School Counselor – Haley May & Lisa Malabago
Forms & Documents
- TAG Brochure
- TAG Student Referral Form
- TAG School Personnel Nomination
- TAG Family Nomination
- TAG Family Input Form
- Consent to Test & Serve
- Characteristics of English Learners with High Abilities, Gifts and Talents
- Elementary PEP