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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 through an online Makerspace- The Imagination Zone (for the 2021-2022 school year).


What our Gifted Program Does: 
Mrs. Westen, the gifted teacher, will work with core classroom teachers to collaborate on enrichment for student's WIN time.  Imagination Zone will stay active and updated throughout the year.
Digital Makerspace


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:

Spring testing will occur in May 
Winter Testing: January 4th thru January 19th, 2023
Fall Testing will occur in September and October

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 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.
Any Questions?
Please feel free to contact Nadia Westen at [email protected]