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Talented and Gifted Welcome Letter

Dear Parent(s):

            I would 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 underserved populations.  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.         

 

            We recently 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 Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Computer Science and Dual Enrollment College Composition.  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

 

            The purpose of this resource 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 their 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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joseph A. Douglas

Coordinator of Gifted Education

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