Gifted And Talented Education
Gifted and Talented Education
Grades 4, 5 and 6


Mrs. Heather Oros 
Teacher of the Gifted
Activities Director 
Mr. Michael D. Penn
Teacher of the Gifted
STEAM Coordinator

(E-mail is infinitely better than telephone for us, but if you must...)
Voice Mail:    (412) 492-1200 x 3659 (Oros) or x 3665 (Penn) 

GATE Class Schedule for 2019-2020

4th Grade

DAYS 1, 2, 3

5th Grade

DAYS 2, 3, 4

6th Grade

DAYS 1,4, 5


DAY 6 

Pringles Challenge Video 2018-19


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SAES Advanced Math Stock Market Activity

Currently in GATE Class

Mr. Penn was selected to go to Antarctica in the winter of 2018.   One of Five Educators Selected
You can review his adventure through the following archived links:
Students will be working on an independent task focusing on the classification of animals and translating the description into Latin.  The animal poster and descriptions were due by Feb. 5th. Students who did not finish will be coming in during their lunch period to finish up this task.   
We began reading the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell in GATE.  Some to the book will be read outside of the GATE classroom due to a school-wide activity impacting a few days of our GATE class.  Please refer to the calendar (link  below) which is given to you to help monitor the requirements of what needs to be done independently (read chapters 4-7 and comprehension questions).
Enrichment Opportunities: 
Students who are interested in the Peer Mentoring Book Club with the High School GATE students need to sign up in the GATE classroom.  This enrichment opportunity will take place during school hours on March 12th and March 26th.  Sign ups are going on in the GATE classroom.
The High School Science Club and High School GATE students are hosting a Science Fair on Feb. 27th.  To learn more information about this Science Fair please pick up a packet in the GATE classroom.

 Attention 5th/6th Grade Students:


Geography Bee

 The Geography Bee took place on 12/19/20.  Great work to everyone who participated.  Congratulations to Chloe L. who won the competition. 



Great job to the 6th grade GATE Chess Team at the tournament which took place at Hampton Middle School in December of 2018.  Sign ups ended on 10/24/19 for 6th grade students interested in becoming our 6th grade team to compete this year.  We will soon begin bracket play to determine which students compete in this year's competion on December 12th.



JA Day on May 15, 2020




Shaler Area Elementary School will participate in Junior Achievement again this year. Junior Achievement (JA) is a youth development organization with the core purpose to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
We are asking for parent volunteers and people from the community to participate in volunteering their time for this event on May 15, 2020. If you would like to learn more about Junior Achievement or have questions about the specifics of this event, please contact Heather Oros at orosh@sasd.k12.pa.us  .

Link to Junior Achievement:

Book Orders for GATE Students


Scholastic Book Orders are due by 3/26/20.
Students can now order books at their reading level, either on line or by picking up a booklet within the GATE room.  If you are ordering online, please go to scholastic.com/bookclubs
Class Activation Code: H8VRW

Follow these steps in order to gain access to great reading.  Best of all, we earn a FREE book for the classroom library every time a parent places an order online. I will include these books as incentives within the GATE classroom.

It’s so simple! Here’s how it works:
SIGN UP at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. On the parent page, register by clicking click the “Don’t have a user name or password?” link. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code shown above. This unique code ensures that your order is sent to me.
SELECT the books you’d like to order—choose from thousands of titles—many more than in our monthly flyers.
SEND your order to me online by the due date and your child’s books will be delivered directly to my classroom. Ordering online is fast, easy, and secure.

Of course, you can still order using the form from the printed flyer. But why not see for yourself how convenient it is to order online?

Thank you,
Mrs. Oros

Lexile Information

 Students take the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) assessment a couple times throughout the year.  Students learn about their Lexile.  To find books at an independent reading level, a student should read books 100-150 below their Lexile score.  Additionally, if the student has a higher Lexile, the library may not have a lot of selection at that level.  As long as the GATE student is reading at the appropriate grade level Lexile and above that is fine.  We are currently trying to compile a list of books with a high text complexity and appropriate age appropriate content for students who have above 1100 Lexile.  Any questions, come ask us.  Trouble finding books, check out www.lexile.com to find books in the appropriate Lexile range.


IKS Titan Simulator

Throughout the year there might be different visitors from outside the district wanting to learn more about the IKS Titan Simulator. Students who are having GATE class at a time of a visit will assist with discussing the different positions within the simulator and model how everyone on the simulator needs to work together in order to be successful in problem solving.  



Quick Links

Activities Website

To view the daily announcements or other activities occurring within the building, please go to the Activities
Office Website.
If you have any questions about clubs, intramurals or other activities at
SAES please feel free to contact
Heather Oros                                              Activities Director      ext. 3531
Amy Bodenlos                                            Activities Secretary     ext. 3530

NHCO Projects

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