Gifted and Talented

Gifted & Talented Education Program Identification Process

All students in Ridgway School District, regardless of socioeconomic, linguistic or cultural backgrounds and/or disabilities, have an equal opportunity to be screened for our Gifted & Talented Education Program.

For Early Access to Kindergarten or First Grade, a specific process is followed, including nomination forms from the Preschool and/or Kindergarten teachers; the student’s parents complete a social/emotional checklist; a classroom observation of the student’s social attributes is conducted by an Early Childhood Specialist; and the School Psychologist administers the WISC IV or WPPSI test for consideration of IQ and learning strengths/needs. The body of evidence results are discuss for formal evaluation by the Early Entry Committee team members consisting of the Elementary School Principal, School Counselor, GT Coordinator, and Grade Level Teachers, as well as the members of the team which gathered the student’s evidence.



Meet Mr. Hughes (GT Coordinator)

Mr. Hughes is in his first year as the GT coordinator for the Ridgway School District. Mr. Hughes has many years of successful teaching experience in a variety of subject areas.

GT Coordinator Contact Information

Dan Hughes, GT Coordinator, has an office in Room #137 at the Ridgway Elementary School, 1115 W. Clinton Street, Ridgway, CO 81432.  He may be reached by telephone at (970) 626-5468, extension 1137, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What's Happening

2014-2015 Battle of the Books

Grades 3-5 Reading List

Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan
Brittain, Bill The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree
Christopher, John The White Mountains
Christopher, Matt Ice Magic
Davies, Jacqueline Tricking the Tallyman
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie
Dowell, Frances Phineas L. MacGuire…Erupts!: The First Experiment
Fleischman, Sid By the Great Horn Spoon!
Fleming, Candace Boxes for Katje
Flournoy, Valerie The Patc Patchwork Quilt
Fritz, Jean The Great Little Madison
Fritz, Jean What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
George, Jean My Side of the Mountain
Gipson, Fred Old Yeller
Grabenstein, Chris Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Hahn, Mary Downing Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story
Hobbs, Valerie Sheep
Jacques, Brian Redwall
King-Smith, Dick Harry's Mad
L'Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time
Limbaugh, Rush Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Levine, Gail Carson Ella Enchanted
Lowry, Lois Number the Stars
Manes, Stephen Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days
Martin, Ann A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray
Palacio, R.J. Wonder
Paulsen, Gary Hatchet
Pennypacker, Sara Clementine
Porter, Connie Rose Meet Addy: An American Girl
Roberts, Willo Davis Scared Stiff
Ryan, Pam Munoz Esperanza Rising
Sachar, Louis There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Scieszka, Jon Knights of the Kitchen Table
Wells, Rosemary Lincoln & His Boys
Wiles, Deborah Love, Ruby Lavender
Winthrop, Elizabeth Castle in the Attic

2014-2015 Battle of the Books

Grades 6-8 Reading List

Alcott Eight Cousins
Anderson, Laurie Chains
Avi, Greg City of Orphans
Bauer Stand Tall
Bond A String in the Harp
Boyne, John Boy in Strip Pajamas
Curtis Bud, Not Buddy
Freedman, Russell Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker’s son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty
George On the Far Side of the Mountain
Giff Pictures of Hollis Woods
Hahn December Stillness
Hansen I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
Henkes Oliver’s Ocean
Hesse, Karen Out of the Dust
Hobbs, Will Jason’s Gold
Holm, Anne I Am David
Holm, Jennifer Our Only May Amelia
Holm, Jennifer Turtle in Paradise
Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker
Houston/Houston Farewell to Manzanar
Hunt The Lottery Rose
Lasky, Kathryn Guardians of Ga’hoole 02: The Journey
O’Reilly, Bill Kennedy’s Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Nation
Park A Single Shard
Paterson Jip, His Story
Riordan, Rick The Son of Neptune
Shahan, S. Death Mountain
Sloan, Holly Counting by 7”s
Soto Baseball in April
Snyder The Egypt Game
Steinbeck The Red Pony
Taylor, Mildred D. The Land
Tolen Surviving the Applewhites
Woodson Feathers
Wright The Dollhouse Murders
Zindel The Pigma



Elementary GT Students Build Robots - Trip Planned to Visit Surgical Robot at Montrose Memorial Hospital

GT Students in third through fifth grades are currently building three working robots during their lunchtime and lunch recess every other Wednesday and on Thursdays.  They are learning about robotics through short lessons and hands-on building activities, as well as building circuits and using Legos to build parts of a student-designed course for presenting the robots at the All-School Gathering in the Eagle's Nest and to the District School Board.  The date for presentation is still to be determined, depending on completion of the robots.  A field trip is planned for these students to visit the Montrose Memorial Hospital, don surgical attire, and watch MAX, the surgical robot, in action (without a real surgery, of course).  Students will also enjoy a healthy lunch at the hospital's savory cafeteria known as "The Grill."   Students are scheduled to leave the elementary school at 11:00 a.m. and return by 2:15 p.m. 

Battle of the Books - April 26, 2012 Five local area districts, which include Ouray, Telluride, Norwood, West End (Nucla & Naturita), and Ridgway, will compete in the first five-district Battle of the Books.  The America's Battle of the Books organization is a non-profit agency which promotes reading by providing participants with a book list and associated questions to be used in challenges.  Ridgway Elementary School has a six-person team consisting of students from third to fifth grades.  The Battle of the Books will be held in a round-robin fashion at the Wilkinson Library in Telluride and will begin at 9:00 a.m. and should conclude by 2:00 p.m.  Parents and visitors are welcome to attend!  Students and guests should plan on bringing a sack lunch, and root beer floats will be enjoyed by all after the final rounds and awards ceremony in afternoon. 

For Live Streaming, go to or  These are two different streams for the two different conference room locations at the Library.

Camp-In Field Trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science & the Denver Zoo - May 3-4, 2012

This exciting and unique opportunity is for GT students in third through fifth grades and has been provided through a grant awarded by the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation.  The program is designed to meet Colorado state standards in science, visual arts, and history.  Day One of the camp-in includes hands-on activities which will be geared for GT students, a trip to the planetarium, time to explore the entire museum, view an IMAX film, "Born to be Wild," and sleep amongst the museum displays.  Day Two is spent visiting the Denver Zoo as part of the program.  All of the activities at the museum, planetarium, and zoo will open up the minds of these learners and let them interact with the experience.  When the students return from this amazing field trip, they will come together again as a group and develop a Powerpoint presentation to be viewed by fellow students and parents, as well as the members of the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation as a follow-up closing report.  For further information on the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, please visit their website at

Helpful Resources - Check Them Out!

In Pennsylvania a hoagie is a sandwich......however in gifted speak, it's the following website:
Have fun checking it out!