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Gifted Education

Discovery Program
Gifted Education at Colonel Smith Middle School challenges students grades 6th-8th in their core classrooms as well as through weekly WIN time meetings with like minded peers, and an online Makerspace- The Imagination Zone 


How Our Program Works: 
Mrs. Westen BitmojiMrs. Westen, the gifted teacher, works with core classroom teachers to collaborate on enrichment as well as meets weekly with gifted students during their WIN time. 
Need Enrichment Now?  Try our Imagination Zone!
Imagination Zone
LightbulbIf you believe your student is gifted you may request that they be tested. Referrals are available at each school site and testing occurs three times a school year. Students may only be tested once per school year. Students may be referred by either a parent, themselves, or teacher in order to be considered for testing for the gifted program.
Next Gifted Testing Dates: 

✏️Spring Testing: 23-24 School Year: April 29th to May 16th. 

Specific dates for each school will be determined based on number of the number of referrals submitted. IMPORTANT REMINDER: The Referral Deadline is April 8th, 2024. 

✏️ Fall testing will occur between September and October


✏️ Winter Testing: Early January 

Please remember no student may be tested without parent permission.  Deadlines for referrals and parent permission slips for testing will be emailed to teachers prior to testing dates. 
Have Questions? Please Contact:
Nadia Westen, the District Gifted Teacher, works with each school site to ensure the gifted students are participating in project based learning, challenging students to increase skills in the 4C’s- collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Mrs. Westen has been teaching gifted education since 2013. Her philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way, one of the jobs of gifted education is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside them to maximize it.
Contact Information for Mrs. Westen