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Gifted Education

Gifted Education
Gifted Education at Colonel Smith Middle School challenges students grades 6th-8th in their core classrooms as well as during a gifted pull out session once a week on site.


What our Gifted Program Does: 
The Gifted Education Program at Colonel Smith Middle School offers hands-on experiences, where students learn through creativity, play, and collaboration. Students are grouped in pull out sessions by grade, to assure collaboration and communication with peers.
Project based learning for the 2019-2020 school year for the gifted pull out sessions include gifted students focusing on an interdisciplinary project based curriculum.
Throughout the year, Verbal, Nonverbal and Quantitative gifted students will work with Flocabulary to become global learners and review current events through This Week In Rap. Current Event knowledge strengthen reasoning and logical thinking skills that are essential to everyday tasks and real life situations.
Throughout the year, Gifted students will work with technology like Makey Makey  to develop and strengthen reasoning, technology skills, communication, and collaboration skills. 


Students will independently be given an opportunity to work on critical financial concepts for the 21st century using Everfi Vault Understanding Money Online Program.  Upon completion of the program students will earn a certificate and be able to define key financial concepts and terms, recognize the impact of financial decisions, apply critical thinking skills from financial simulations and interactive exercises.  

If 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 or teacher in order to be considered for the gifted program.

Next Gifted Testing Dates:

Testing Dates for the 2019/2020 School Year

October 7-10, 2019
January 6-8, 2020
May 4- 6, 2020

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. 
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 4Cā€™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.
Any Questions?
Please feel free to contact Nadia Westen at