Eureka Union
School District

2017 Spelling Bee Oral Competitions!

We are pleased to announce the successful launch of our first ever Spelling Bee Oral Competitions!  The event brought together the top spellers (Grades 4-8) from our district for a competition.  The 6 winners from each grade level took the qualifying exams from Placer County Office of Education (PCOE).  PCOE will then select who will represent each district in the county for the County Wide Spelling Bee competition on March 9, 2017. 
Judging from the smiles of our winners from Grade 6, EUSD is ready and eager to bring home more trophies and awards soon!

2017 GATE News

Parents who wish to recommend their child for GATE testing needs to be aware of the following:
  • EUSD only administers the GATE qualifying exam to 3rd grade - 7th students.
  • EUSD uses the OLSAT (Otis Lennon School Ability Test), a cognitive abilities test that measures scholastic achievement across all ages.
  • The OLSAT will be administered for Grade 3 on Monday, February 6 at Maidu Elementary School and for Grades 4 - 7 on Saturday, February 25 at the EUSD District Office.
Parents are advised to contact their child's teacher or school site principal to request a GATE referral form or to obtain more information.  The final date to submit a GATE referral form to the district office is January 13, 2017.
The Eureka Union School District is committed to a challenging and appropriate educational experience for all students.  In the Eureka Union School District, students identified as the Gifted and Talented are those who are exceptional due to their greater than average intellectual ability.  GATE students typically display the following characteristics:
  • Learn quickly, faster than peers
  • Retain and recall information
  • Display interest in complex and abstract concepts
  • See patterns, relationships, connections
  • Display an extraordinary degree of intellectual curiosity
  • Generate creative ideas to find solutions to problems
  • Have a passion for one or more topics
  • Command advanced verbal and written vocabulary
  • Have an advanced sense of justice, morality, and fairness
  • Are independent in work and study
The Eureka Union School District GATE Advisory Committee hosted a presentation by Dr. Barbara Branch as an opportunity to gain greater insights into the ways in which gifted children think and learn and explore differentiated instruction to meet our students’ needs.

Dr. Barbara Branch is the Executive Director of the California Association of the Gifted. Her presentation has been designed especially and specifically for parents of gifted students. The presentation focused upon the following important concepts:
  • Exceptionalities of the gifted
  • How gifted children think and learn
  • What differentiated instruction provides for gifted children

GATE Documents


We believe that the innate abilities of gifted students must be developed and nurtured through participation in exciting and challenging instruction.  They require modified, differentiated curriculum in order to ensure their growth and success.  Differentiation for GATE students in the Eureka Union School District may include:
  • Modifying content (what students learn)
  • Modifying process (how students learn)
  • Modifying product (how students demonstrate their knowledge).  
Students may be placed in an advanced mathematics class or reading group, or may be provided extensions to the standard curriculum.  Curriculum for GATE students should emphasize critical and creative thinking skills.

GATE Teachers

All of the teachers in the Eureka Union School District have been trained to differentiate the needs of individual students, and many of our teachers hold a certificate in GATE instruction. This certificate represents 30 hours of professional training specific to the needs of our gifted learners.


Students are first eligible for nomination for the Gifted and Talented designation at the end of their third grade year.  Students may be nominated by teachers, administrators, or parents, or by virtue of the student’s performance on the CAASPP test.  Once a student is nominated, they are provided additional assessment opportunities to determine their eligibility for GATE designation.  For more information about the qualification criteria, and specific GATE activities, please reference the district’s GATE Handbook attached above.

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