like to welcome you and your child to the Colonial Heights Public
School's programs for the gifted.In conjunction with our new Local Plan for
the Education of the Gifted, the division has made a number of improvements to
our K-12 program.
Programs at the elementary level
continue the effort to identify and develop high ability learners from
traditionally underservedpopulations.The goal of the
PROMISE Program in grades K-2 is to identify students from all demographic backgrounds
who have the potential of being formally identified gifted in grade 3.The PROMISE Program works with these children
to further develop their cognitive abilities.We are particularly excited about the recent effort to cluster group
students at the elementary level so that classroom and resource teachers are
better able to differentiate instruction to meet all students' needs.
added higher level courses at the middle and high schools.An elective class is now available to middle
school students who want to learn about Lego robotics, Future Problem Solving
(FPS), videography, and creative writing.Additionally, an expanded course catalog at the high school now includes
Advanced Placement (AP) United States History, AP Environmental Science, World
Affairs, World Religion, Dual Enrollment Fitness and Music Appreciation, as
well as full-year Calculus.In addition
to providing opportunities to explore their individual abilities and interests,
the addition of these courses provide high ability students with a
differentiated curriculum that is as expansive as it is rigorous and relevant
to the twenty-first century.
of these intent resources is to provide parents with more information about
these changes, as well as the traditional programs for identified gifted
students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.In addition to summarizing the division's
philosophy and goals for gifted education, I have included a parent resource
section that will help you to provide academic, social, and emotional support
for your child at home.
It is our
hope that your child will find his/her participation in the gifted program full
of rich experiences that will inspire love of learning—both in and outside of
the classroom and throughout life.If
you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child's gifted
resource teacher, school principal, or me.It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome those of you who are new and
those of you who are returning to our program.