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).
SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
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.
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 between May 2nd to May May 19th 2022
Winter Testing for Smith will occur January 4th, 2022
Fall Testing for Smith will occur September 27th, 2021
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.
Please feel free to contact Nadia Westen at [email protected]