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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 2020-21 school year).


What our Gifted Program Does: 
Due to safety precautions following Covid-19 health concerns Gifted Pullout Services will not occur for the 2020-2021 school year. All other service methods in addition to a digital maker space, will continue.
Digital Makerspace
The Gifted Education Program at Colonel Smith Middle School offers hands-on experiences, where students learn through creativity, play, and collaboration. Students are generally grouped in pull out sessions by grade, to assure collaboration and communication with peers while 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. 


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 2020/21 School Year

September 21-30, 2020
January 4-13, 2021
May 4th, 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.
Any Questions?
Please feel free to contact Nadia Westen at