The University of Virginia offers a summer enrichment program for advanced learners. The program is designed upon best-practices for gifted instruction. There is a wide selection of fields to choose from and a specialist on the topic serves as a guide and mentor to the students. Children stay at the campus for the entire program. This is a wonderful opportunity to help nurture gifts and talents, but also to introduce children to the world of higher education and ignite a spark for the future. Tuition is $1300 with a $25 application fee. Limited financial aid is available. Flyers for the program will be coming home with students. Online applications are available at: http://curry.virginia.edu/sep .
Session 1: June 21-July 2
Session 2: July 5-16
Session 3: July 19-July 30
Each public school system in Virginia has a committee to evaluate gifted programming and provide input for the direction the program takes in the future. This committee is called a Gifted Advisory Committee. For our 2011-2016 goals, the committee decided to create a Differentiated Education Plan. We reviewed plans adopted by other counties and designed one that would best accommodate our students and program. Classroom teachers complete the form to indicate differentiation taking place in the classroom and student behaviors exhibited during class time. Then another portion focuses on student performance during Search class. These reports are for students in grades 3-5 and will go home once a semester (2nd and 4th nine weeks) in report cards.
2014 DEP 3-5 Semester 1 – 2
Winter break is quickly approaching! Even though we all enjoy a break, sometimes children become bored and search for activities to pass the time. Here are some of my favorite engineering activities from : http://www.planetsmarty.com/2014/06/12-amazing-engineering-projects-for-kids.html. Most require recycled materials that tend to be lying around the house during this time of the year. Click on the link below to check out some cool ideas! Happy engineering! 🙂
Engineer over Break Ideas