Gifted & Talented at Coyote Creek

Coyote Creek Gifted & Talented Facilitator: Jenn Bruns


Spring 2021 GT Information

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) 


As part of the DCSD Universal Screening process and our commitment to equitable identification for gifted programming, DCSD will administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) during the weeks of Feb. 8 - March 5, 2021. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. Please see below for specific information based on your child’s current grade. 


 2nd Grade Universal Screen

  • As part of this process, ALL students in 2nd grade who have not been identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of February 16th.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  

  • If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with more detailed information about this process. 


Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

  • If your child is in grades K, 1, 3, 4, 5 and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process.  

  • NOTE:  Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification. 

  • Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE

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  • Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.


6th Grade Universal Screen from November 2020 -  Makeups

  • Students who were not able to take the test in November will take the CogAT during this February window

  • Students who started the CogAT but were not able to finish will have the chance to take the portion(s) that was not completed during this February window. 



Families with students currently enrolled in eLearning will receive detailed information about their CogAT testing options and logistics directly from the DCSD District Team/eLearning Administration.  If you do not receive this information by Jan 22, 2021, please contact the DCSD Gifted Education Team at:   


Please see the following for additional information linked below:

2020 - 2021 Spring CogAT UNIVERSAL Screening Letter

CogAT Annual Testing  

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) 

As part of the Douglas County School District’s Universal Screening Process, ALL students in Grade 2 and Grade 6 will take the Cognitive Abilities test in February.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  Please see detailed information on Universal Screening for grades 2 and 6 here:  Universal Screening Information.  


Gifted Identification Referral Testing

Parent requests for CogAT testing for the 2019-2020 school year are now closed. Please contact Jenn Bruns with any questions at

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Meet Mrs. Bruns

Hello!  I am Jenn Bruns, your Gifted and Talented Facilitator!  I am thrilled to be a part of this community. This year I will work with students to develop ALP goals that are meaningful and appropriately challenging for each student.  I will support advanced learning in the regular classrooms, and provide accelerated and motivating challenges based on individual needs. We will complete some awesome STEM projects at school and I do not anticipate any homework.  Please join my Google Classroom if you have not done so already! 


Here’s a little about me:


I am a Colorado native, but I have also lived and taught 4th and 5th grade in Las Vegas, NV and Manassas, VA. I have been teaching since 2004; I’ve taught all grade levels K-6, including GT and Enrichment classes since 2007 in the Douglas County School District. This is my first year at Coyote Creek Elementary, and I am currently completing my Gifted and Talented certification through UNC.


  I have a beautiful family and am very proud of my twins Natalie and Nicholas; they were born in January 2012. They are beautiful 2nd graders this year, and keep me entertained and busy.  My son is a Gifted and Talented student, so I share in the parent side of GT as well. In April 2015, we welcomed the beautiful baby Ella, who is very busy preschooler. I am so blessed with amazing family! I have a loving wonderful husband, but our family wouldn't be complete without our gorgeous (although cranky) black cat named Paris, or our Golden Retriever named Fergus.   It's safe to say, we have a full house! I will share pictures of my family and I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and learning about your families, pets, etc. In my free time (what little there is...), I like to do yoga, run, shop, paint, scrapbook, or read a good book. I also enjoy traveling and photography when time allows!

For more information on GT at Coyote Creek, please contact Jenn Bruns at:

Douglas County School District Nondiscrimination Notice:

In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law.

Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public.

The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 303-387-0067. 

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.