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Washoe County School District (WCSD)

Washoe County School District Logo The Washoe County School District (WCSD) operates 94 schools spread throughout the county, including the Reno/Sparks area in Northern Nevada. The district has a total enrollment of more than 63,000 students in grades K-12.

The district provides a Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) Program to students in
grades 2-12, including an elementary program for grades 2-6, middle school program, high school internship program, and classes for highly gifted students in grades 3-6. The district also has an active Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC).

Superintendent Pedro Martinez's Action Plan »
A document that will guide my priorities through the 2013-2014 school year and is in support of WCSD's strategic plan Envision WCSD 2015 - Investing In Our Future.


The mission of the Washoe County School District Gifted and Talented Education Program is to provide our gifted and talented students differentiated instruction that is commensurate with their exceptional abilities through a spectrum of curricular and instructional gifted services and opportunities.

The District will provide programs for gifted and talented students to work together under the guidance of trained teachers in an atmosphere that is intellectually and academically rigorous, fosters creativity, and provides emotional support.

WCSD GATE Program Contact Information
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: (view .pdf map)
University of Nevada, Reno
William Raggio Bldg
Learning Resource Center (LRC- 1st floor, 1st door to the right)
1664 N Virginia St
Reno, NV 89557

WCSD Gifted & Talented
P.O. Box 30425
Reno, NV 89520

Telephone: 775-682-5549
Fax: 775-682-5546


GTAC serves as an advisory body to the Washoe County School District. GTAC includes parents, teachers, administrators, and community representatives organized to represent the interests of gifted and talented students in the WCSD and to make recommendations regarding district services and programming for GT students.

GTAC members attend regularly scheduled monthly meetings. The Council strives to be representative of all geographical areas and reflect the diverse ethnicities of the Washoe County School District.

View the 2007 Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program Strategic Plan.
First Monday of each month at 7:00pm

West Conference Rooom
WCSD Administration Building
425 E. Ninth Street, Reno

Andrea Hughs-Baird
September 2, 2013 (Minutes)
October 7, 2013 (Minutes)
November 4, 2013 (Minutes)
December 2, 2014 (Minutes)
February 3, 2014 (cancelled)
March 3, 2014 (Minutes)
April 14, 2014 (Minutes)
May 12, 2014 (Minutes)
June 2, 2014 (Agenda)
Non-Council members are welcome. Meetings are open to all


2012-2013 Agenda and Minutes »
September 10, 2012 (Minutes)
October 1, 2012 (Minutes)
November 5, 2012 (Minutes)
December 3, 2012 (Minutes)
February 4, 2013 (Minutes)
March 4, 2013 (Minutes)
April 1, 2013 (Agenda)
May 6, 2013 (Agenda)
June 3, 2013 (Agenda)

GATE Boosters: Fundraising Committee

The GATE program has grown tremendously in the last 5 years. There are many more options and many more participating students. Unfortunately, the funding has stayed the same. We are looking to raise money to continue to improve the program through additional classroom materials.

To join the GATE Fundraising Committee, please email Leah Crosby at

If you would like to make a donation to the GATE Program, please mail a tax-deductible donation to the WCSD GATE Program (Tax ID # 88-6000919), please mail a check to:
P.O. Box 30425
Reno, NV 89520

2013-2014 Fundraising Events

We are currently trying to raise funds to purchase enough computers for each child in our contained classrooms.
November 6, 2013 Dining 4 Dollars @ Famous Dave's »
UPDATE: Raised $310! Thank you for supporting the GATE Program!

Join us for some award-winning BBQ!

10% of all pre-tax sales (not including gift cards or alcohol) will be donated to Washoe County School District's Gifted and Talented Program.

Famous Dave's RENO
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
11:00am - 9:00pm
4925 Kietzke Lane, Reno
(Flyer must be presented to server)

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December 13, 2013 Barnes and Noble Bookfair »
UPDATE: Total raised for in-store and online is $1,029.10. Thank you all for your support of the WCSD GATE Program!
UPDATE: Raised $970 on December 13th!
The ONLINE Bookfair ends Wednesday, December 18th. Go to and use Bookfair ID: #11210747

Please join us for the at Barnes & Noble on December 13th for the Barnes and Noble Bookfair, 9am-close. Online sales open from the 13th-18th of December with our Bookfair ID.
Volunteers Needed: We still need volunteers to sit at the GATE table in 1-hour shifts at Barnes and Noble during our Bookfair! If you can help, please sign up at
David Michael Slater will be at BN from 3 to 9pm with Book #4 in his Sacred Books series: The Book of All Things which is now available at Barnes and Noble. He will be doing multiple readings during this time and, of course, signing books!

Barnes and Noble is also hosting GATE Staff Appreciation Tea from 4-5:30pm. Come have tea or coffee with your GATE teacher, director, and friends in the cafe!! Cafe purchases also benefit the GATE Program!

Also, a PJ Party from 7-9pm! Come in your pjs for stories and popcorn while your parents shop!

Barnes & Noble Bookfair
Friday, December 13, 2013
9:00am - 10:00pm
Barnes & Noble- 5555 S. Virginia Street, Reno

(Flyer must be presented at checkout)
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Scheduled Events:
  • 3:00pm-9:00pm- In-Store Book Signing by Distinguished Author and Pine MS GT Teacher David Slater
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm- Staff Appreciation Tea
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm- Bring your children in pajamas for stories and popcorn while you shop!
If you cannot attend the bookfair at Barnes & Noble on December 13th, please visit and shop online on December 13th through December 18th. Out of town family members can also support GATE during these dates!
Please enter the Bookfair ID #11210747 during checkout.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair Online
December 13, 2013 - December 18, 2013
Bookfair ID: #11210747
February 8, 2014 LEGENDS Grill, Sports & Spirits »
UPDATE: The event raised $920 for the GATE Program! Thank you for everyone who came out to support the GATE Program! Also big thanks to Legend's for hosting the event and giving 20% of total sales for the day!

Legends is hosting a fundraiser for The WCSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program.

Support the Washoe County School District Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Programs at Legends Grill, Sports, & Spirits in Reno, NV (next to Whole Foods) on February 8, 2014 all day, starting at 8am!

In an effort to raise funds for classroom technology, WCSD GATE Boosters and Legends Grill invite you to breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Legends Grill, Sports & Spirits on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 8am - 10pm. Legends will donate 20% of the total bill when customers present a flyer or mention GATE to their server.

LEGENDS Grill, Sports & Spirits
Saturday, February 8, 2014
8:00am - 10:00pm
6015 S. Virginia Street, Reno

(Present flyer to server)
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May 14, 2014 Yogurt Beach »
UPDATE: The event raised $700 for the GATE Program! Thank you for everyone who came out to support the GATE Program!

Yogurt Beach is proud to be hosting an all-day fundraiser benefitting WCSD GATE Program. All you need to do is mention your support for our program when you make your purchase.

Yogurt Beach @ all 3 locations
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mayberry Landing (3882 Mayberry Drive, Suite B)
Sparks Crossing (113 Los Altos Parkway, Suite 100)
Village at Double Diamond (748 South Meadows Parkway, Suite A-5)

GT Parent Connection- WCSD Gifted and Talented Event
May 31, 2014 Family STEM Day »
UPDATE: The STEM event on May 31st was a blast! Attendees were able to work with robots, build and test rockets, build puff mobiles, and towers out of spaghetti. They also exercised their brains on fun math problems and tangrams, and learned the science behind natural gas explosions. Some members of the community even came to speak to Wally Funk about her experiences in the Mercury 13 program. We are still calculating the total profit from this event, but it was definitely a success!

We would like to thank the UNR School of Engineering, the Northern Nevada Children's Museum, Sage Ridge, Bricks 4 Kidz, NV Energy and our fabulous group of GATE Teachers (Matt Oates, Tim Robinson, Rena Huntington, Erin Wilkinson, Laura Balsley, Bett Korinek, Sue Gonyou, Garrett Moss, Jackie Ramerez, Reggie Cruz and Mona Melton) for providing STEM activities at the event.

We would also like to thank everyone who donated prizes for the student drawing! We had over 50 prizes to give out to students who sold more than 2 books of raffle tickets! Students should receive their prizes soon!

Please join us in the big gym at Wooster HS on May 31st from 12-2 for a Family STEM event. The event will be open to the public and entry will be free!

We will have interactive STEM lessons for the whole family and food vendors such as Bodawg's Food Truck, and Lazy Sundae Food Truck. Grassroots will also be giving away free books!

Around 1pm we will be holding a cash raffle. Buy your tickets that day or in advance from a GATE student to win one of four cash prizes up to $3,000!!
Need not be present to win cash prizes. Prizes will be the stated amounts when at least $8,000 is raised from the raffle. Otherwise prizes will be adjusted proportionally to equal 50% of money raised.

Family STEM Day
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Noon - 2:00pm
Wooster High School GYM

1331 East Plumb Lane, Reno
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GATE is on!

You can use this site to support WCSD GATE programs as you shop through the year! There is no extra cost to you, only more money for GATE! Here's how you can help:
  • Use when you search the internet - they will donate a penny to us every time you search
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4790 Caughlin Parkway #406, Reno, NV 89519
(775) 835-1054 phone

4790 Caughlin Parkway #406
Reno, NV 89519

(775) 835-1054 phone

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