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GATEway, the Rochester chapter of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT), is a non-profit advocacy group comprised of parents and interested community members. GATEway collaborates with I.S.D. #535 to support academic challenge, rigor, and depth for all students in the Rochester Public Schools. We are committed to improving education for gifted students as well as the entire student population. Rochester has a large number of gifted students. While gifted students are usually considered the top 3-5% nationally, in Rochester, 15-20% of the student population falls into this range. To serve their academic needs, these students need advanced classes beyond the standard curriculum, as well as other opportunities for challenge. GATEway is not a Rochester School District department or program.

GATEway meetings are held monthly starting in October. The group meets from12:30 to 3:00 PM in Room 26 of the Edison building.  Drop in as your schedule allows and feel free to bring a sack lunch.  Children may attend with a parent if they bring a quiet activity.  There are a number of events and activities sponsored by GATEway. For a complete listing and more information check the GATEway website at or call contact Dee Voldal at .!

Programs sponsored by GATEway:

September GATEway Fall Social, RCTC Heintz Center HA104
Join us to kick off the school year with a fun and informative program for the whole family! From 6:30 to 7:00 PM we will have a dessert potluck where families have the opportunity to meet each other and get acquainted. More information provided above.

November Annual MCGT Conference, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis
This conference is an opportunity to learn more about gifted education and parenting issues. Breakout sessions on a variety of topics are offered for the adults, while students in grades K-7 may attend fun classes especially for gifted children. Registration information will be included in the Sept/Oct issue of the Outlook newsletter and will be available on in September.

February GATEway Science Fair, Landow Atrium, Mayo Clinic Gonda Building
This fair is for students in grades 2-6. Look for more details on our website and in the winter Co mmunity Education brochure! Co-sponsored by the Mayo chapter of Sigma Xi.

May Family Program and Annual Election, date and location to be determined
The event will begin with a brief meeting to vote for the next year's officers and will end with an educational family program.

Watch your school newsletter and our website for announcements of additional programs offered throughout the year. GATEway wishes to thank RCTC, Mayo Clinic, and Rochester Public Schools for allowing us to use their facilities for our programs and meetings.
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