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Gifted and Talented

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GATE students at Stone Valley are clustered within CORE sections. Within those classes, teachers can differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of GATE students. Math is differentiated through placement in advanced math classes. Enrichment activities are provided both in and outside the classroom, which are available for all students, but highly encouraged for GATE students to participate in.

Stone Valley Middle School Enrichment Programs

Core GATE Cluster

GATE students at Stone Valley are clustered within CORE sections. Within those classes, teachers can differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of GATE students.

Forensic Science

In this elective class, emphasis is on understanding the underlying scientific theories of forensic science, with special emphasis on investigating skills such as hair analysis, DNA fingerprinting, and the casting of bite, tire, and shoe prints.

Jazz Band

This class is open to any 7th or 8th grade student who successfully completes a playing audition on saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drums, piano, electric car, or bass. This is a performing group that plays in many concerts and festivals throughout the year.

Math Olympiads

Math Olympiads is an exciting math program that brings interested students together to explore problem solving through challenging math problems each week in a fun, team oriented environment. Contact Mr. Sherwood

Media Graphics

The main goal of this elective class is to provide for school wide communication through a school news show that features announcements and clips of middle school life. In this hands-¬‐on class, students learn the basics of television production, use of camera equipment, script writing, editing video/video effects/video graphics, designing and organizing both live and recorded programs.

PTA Reflections

This is an art recognition and achievement program. Reflections challenges students to use their critical thinking skills as well as their creative talents to craft that supports a specific theme. Refer to the Peach Jar on the Stone Valley web page.

Geography Bee

Students compete and compare their knowledge of geography in this contest at the school level. Students move on to the district, county, and national levels.

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Important CogAT/GATE Information for Grades 6-7

This year, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Please note that the district is giving this test one month earlier this year. The online registration window is August 15 - September 25, 2016.  For grades 6-7, only students NEW to our district and have not previously taken a test for GATE-identification may sign up to take the CogAT.
Here is the link to the district GATE webpage which contains more information and registration link for the CogAT on November 5, 2016:
Please contact Sandy Kontilis ( with any questions

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San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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