Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Gifted Advisory Meeting

Happy New Year and welcome back to school.  I every one of you had a great holiday season with your family and friends.  The next Gifted Advisory meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 30.  This will be the Middle School Focus Night.  The Middle School resource teachers have planned a special evening where attendees will be able to rotate through a variety of student presentations.  The purpose of the event is for younger students to speak with current middle school students about their experience in the gifted program.  Please note that his event will take place in the High School Media Center at 6:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Let's Innovate Student Conference at the MSiC, 6-8

The Math Science Innovation Center will hold its 6-8 Let's Innovate Conference this January.  Math, science, and art come together in this creative conference to find innovative ways to understand and describe the world around us.
Discover how to express and explain nature through different media, including archaeology, fractal patterns, music, paper making, plant pigments, and much more!  All participants will create an origami microscope called a Foldscope® to visualize the microscopic world!

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: MathScience Innovation Center, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA 23223
Cost: $20 per student for materials 
Transportation: Buses will be available
Lunch: Provided for all students

For additional information, please contact the MathScience Innovation Center at (804)343-6525
Registration information is available at:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Gifted Advisory Dates

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year.  I look forward to another exciting year doing great things for kids.  As many of you know, the Gifted Advisory Committee changed its meeting time last year.  All meetings will now take place at 6:00 pm in the Colonial Heights Technical Center.  Please see the 2018-19 dates below.

  • Wednesday, October 17: High School Focus Night
  • Wednesday, January 30: Middle School Focus Night
  • March TBD
  • Tuesday, April 30: Elementary Focus Night

Friday, January 19, 2018

Colonial Heights Gifted Advisory

Happy New Year! The next Gifted Advisory meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 30.  This will be the High School Focus Night.  All meetings start at 7:00 pm and take place in the AV Room located in the Technical Center.

Monday, October 30, 2017

NASA-Related Programs for High School Students

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium would like to share the following information about the following FREE NASA-related programs for Virginia's high school students interested in STEM.
For 11th and 12th grade students, Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) and Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) programs are offered.
For 10th grade students, Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) program is offered.

For High School juniors and seniorsVirginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is an interactive online learning course with a space mission design and human space flight theme, culminating in a one-week residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for those students who qualify.  Offered at no cost to the student, VASTS consists of seven modules and a final project to be completed from November 2017 through May 2018 under the guidance of licensed master educators.  Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected to attend a Summer Academy where they interact with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists to design a human mission to Mars.   Students who successfully participate in VASTS can apply to earn 2 college credits for the online course and 2 additional credits for the Summer Academy
Please direct students or other faculty to the website for program information and application,   The deadline for student applications is November 12th, 2017.
For more information on this program, please contact:
Ian Cawthray
VASTS Education Program Coordinator
Or visit:

For High School juniors and seniorsVirginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) is an interactive, on-line Earth System Science Course featuring NASA scientific research and data. The course is offered for dual enrollment college credit (statewide through TNCC) for high school juniors and seniors in the Spring semester 2018. 
By combining detailed Earth System Science content with real world data analysis, students will be exposed to a rigorous course that will work across science disciplines to cultivate 21st Century Learning Skills.  The program will focus on preparing students for the rigors of college and careers while allowing them to develop strong science-based skills such as critical thinking and inquiry-based problem solving.  VESSS will have two components.  The first component is an online sixteen-week course running from December through April. The second component is a residential NASA Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center for students who perform well in the course. Students who successfully participate in VESSS can apply to earn 3 college credits for the online course and 1 additional credit for the Summer Academy
Please direct students or other faculty to the website for program information and application,  .  The deadline for student applications is November 12th, 2017.
For more information on this program, please contact:
Joyce Corriere
VESSS Education Program Coordinator
Or visit:

Friday, October 13, 2017

VA Summer Governor's Schools Information

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.
Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.

Student Nominations

Nominations may be made by teachers, school counselors, peers, or by the students themselves. A school or division selection committee chooses the nominees from each school or division and forwards the nominees to a state committee. Consideration is given to students’ academic records, test scores, extra-curricular activities, honors, and awards, creativity, original essays, and teacher recommendations. Students applying for the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Residential Governor’s School participate in a statewide adjudication where they audition or present portfolios for review before a pair of professionals in the specific arts field. Because of the limited number of residential placements available, not all students who are nominated by their schools can be accepted for participation.

2018 Academic Programs
  • Agriculture
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics, Science & Technology
  • Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Marine Science
2018 Visual & Performing Arts Programs
  • Dance
  • Instrumental Music
  • Vocal Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Application and resource materials are available at:

K-5 Saturday Enrichment at the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is pleased to announce the Saturday Enrichment Program for 2018. In coordination with the Curry School of Education Gifted Department, we are offering enrichment courses for gifted or high-ability, high-interest students in kindergarten through grade five.  Applications are posted online every year on October 15 at and are due by December 1, 2017 Please note that reduced tuition is available to any student qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.