Talented & Gifted K-12

Vision, Mission, Beliefs

  • Winterset Community Schools
    Talented and Gifted Program Guide

    Program Guide Team Members
    Heather Comstock, K-6 TAG Consultant & Teacher
    Alissa Kerr, 7-12 TAG Consultant & Teacher
    Corey St. John, Director of Teaching & Learning

    Doug Hinrichs, Elementary Principal
    Kevin Oswald, Middle School Principal
    Joshua Heyer, Junior High Principal
    Kent Abrahamson, High School Principal
    Jeremy Hilbert, High School Asst. Principal
    Mr. Justin Gross, Superintendent

    District Mission Statement

    The mission of the Winterset Community School District is to continually improve
    the learning environment to empower all students to achieve personal excellence.

    District Vision Statement

    The   vision   of   the   Winterset   Community   School   District   is   to   be   renowned   for its progressive curriculum and innovative instructional practices. This vision is centered on creating an environment dedicated to empowering all students to achieve individual excellence. This excitement will be fostered by: State of the Art Facilities, Teaching and Learning, Advanced Technology, Community Partnerships, and Financial Stability.


    It is the policy of the Winterset Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status(for programs) in its educational programs and its employment  practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district's EquityCoordinator, 303 Wambold Dr., Winterset Iowa, (515) 462-­2718.


    Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program Process and Beliefs
    TAG Program Guide Development Process

    The Talented and Gifted Program was reviewed in the fall of 2015 and approved by the Board of Education on December 14, 2015. The primary purpose of this program review was to document District beliefs and practices of the program.  The review team used the Talented and Gifted Program Self-Audit process to focus on the seven minimum requirements for a TAG program according to Chapter 12 of the Iowa Administrative Code.  Input from parents and students gathered from the self-audit reflection process during 2014-15 and at parent meetings was also included in the review. Additional resources for the program review included the National Association for Gifted Children Programming Standards (2010) and the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa College of Education.

    TAG Program Mission Statement
    The mission of the Winterset Community Schools Talented and Gifted Program is to provide meaningful and life-long experiences that nurture and support the strengths and needs of all gifted learners.

    TAG Program Vision Statement
    Nurturing potential, one student at a time, through skills, talents, passions, and future career pathways.

    Definition of Talented and Gifted

    Iowa Code 257.44

    “Gifted and talented children” are those identified as possessing outstanding abilities who are capable of high performance. Gifted and talented children are children who require appropriate instruction and educational services commensurate with their abilities and needs beyond those provided by the regular school program. Gifted and talented children include those who demonstrate achievement or potential ability, or both, in any of the following areas or in combination: 1) general intellectual ability, 2) creative thinking, 3) leadership ability, 4) visual and performing arts ability, 5) specific ability aptitude.


    TAG Program Beliefs and Practices

    The District believes

    • Gifted learners learn best with appropriate rigor and relevance.
    • Gifted learners learn best when they are supported in the social/emotional domain to best develop and promote self-direction.
    • Gifted learners need opportunities to explore their skills, passions, talents, interests, and career pathways.

    To ensure that each child has equal opportunity to receive a suitable program of educational experiences, the District commits to the following:

    • Instruction in the core classroom is an integral and important element of a gifted student’s education.
    • Differentiation will occur in the core classroom to provide continuous levels of challenge for all students, including those with unique gifts and talents. 
    • In addition to the core classroom, a range of instructional settings will be available for specialized instruction that is integrated with the core curriculum and supportive of the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of gifted and talented students. 
    • Educational enrichment for gifted and talented students will provide opportunities to explore skills, passions, interests and career pathways, while stressing the development of independent and self-directed learners who continuously question, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information and ideas.
    • A Personal Education Plan (PEP) will be developed in collaboration with the student, parents, teachers, and school staff to meet the gifted learner’s needs.