Presentation on theme: "Mrs. Vickie Hallock - Department Coordinator"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome Parents and Students to the Middle School and High School Gifted Transition Meeting Mrs. Vickie Hallock - Department CoordinatorMrs. Lori Orihuel - Elementary Teacher of the GiftedMrs. Laura Stephan - Elementary Teacher of the GiftedMr. Jon Zimmerman - Elementary Teacher of the GiftedMrs. Amy D’Amico - Middle School Teacher of the GiftedMrs. Sallie Bookman - Facilitator of High School Gifted
3 Mrs. D’Amico’s Role Main teacher of Discover Classes Coordinate Discover classes taught by other teachers at both middle schoolsServe as an advocate for students to regular education teachers and Cultural Arts teachersServe as Gifted Resource Teacher to regular education teachers and Cultural Arts teachers
4 You have the right to choose your level of participation in the gifted program in the middle school.
5 Back to School Packet The Back to School Packet usually contains: Greeting letterGifted GuidelinesDiscover class offerings from Mrs. D’Amico and other teachers within each schoolSign-up sheetParent GIEP input formMiscellaneous information: blog, newsletter
6 Middle School Gifted Guidelines Program Guidelines for Middle School Gifted StudentsPlease read before making any class decisions.You have the option to participate in Discover classes. Please carefully consider the number of Discover classes you can handle based on the guidelines below. Choose the right balance for you -- enrichment opportunities vs. class work to complete. Mrs. D’Amico is available to help guide you.Avoid missing the same class more than once a cycle due to a Discover class. For example, if you choose a class that meets during English, avoid choosing another Discover class that meets during English on another cycle day.Minimize signing up for a Discover class during Cultural Arts classes since they do not meet frequently. It can be difficult to keep up with the instruction, homework and tests. Please do not chose a class or Cultural Arts class that only meets once a cycle. This is NOT an option.Slide 1 of 2
7 If you are involved in instrumental music at school, keep in mind that you will miss some classes for sectionals (small group instruction). This may influence how many classes you choose.You are expected to attend all Discover classes for which you sign up. See the teacher of the Discover class ahead of time if you feel you have a valid reason to miss. (This should be rare!) Your classroom teacher may also contact the Discover teacher to request an exception be made for a special event, speaker, etc.Ask your classroom teachers what work you need to make up. (This should only be new material/major assignments/quizzes/tests and projects.) Do this the day before the Discover class. Your teacher may not be able to give you the makeup work at that time, so make sure you determine a time to pick up the work, take a missed test, etc. On the day of your Discover class, you should be reporting to your classroom teacher first to show your pass then you can report to your Discover class.Please let Mrs. D’Amico and your classroom teachers know if you have are having trouble balancing the workload, and we will do our best to help you. Mrs. D’Amico will also be checking on your grades, talking with your classroom teachers, and discussing any concerns with you.Please talk to Mrs. D’Amico and your classroom teachers if you feel you need an exception to one of the above!08/11
8 GIEPGIEPs are written in the fall with input from parents, teachers and the student.
9 Math AccelerationMath does not have an individual goal in the GIEP due to the leveling of classes in middle school.
10 ActivitiesField trips as a small group and with the high school gifted studentsSpeakersCompetitions within Discover and in school clubs such as KMO, CML, AMC8 and NLALLunch BunchCareer Exploration
13 Mrs. Bookman’s Role: Advocate at the high school level Liaison between student and teachersMeet with counselor/student/parent for unique schedulingMeet with Freshmen in one-on-one 30 minute meetings (in mid-September)Meet with upper classmen at the request of student or in small groupsEncourage students to request meetings and advocate for themselvesno pull-outs, Model UN Advisor, Quiz Bowl coach, Gifted Seminar teacher2. enrichment/underachieving- roster to regular education teachers and discuss strengths/needs.
14 Discussion Items: Scheduling Clubs Academic opportunities Volunteerism honors/AP level classes, language options, doubling upMUN, Chess, TSA, Mock Trial RocketryNational History Day, Science Fair, JETS, NLAL testAfter School clubs at elementary level, elementary Math Bowl prep, Wetlands
15 Discussion continued Field Trips Local Colleges: * Millersville University* Franklin & Marshall* Susquehanna University* Seton Hill University* University of PennsylvaniaHigh school and middle school blended tripMU: Brossman Science Lectureship (sophmore/junior); Women in Math and Science (4 girls)Franklin and Marshall: research: science and anthropology; free class to a PM senior each semesterSusquehanna University: Writing Action DaysSeton Hall University: online language courses; dual enrollment through bended schools; Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, RussianUniversity of Penn: Model UN; National HS Model UN in NYC