Tuesday, October 28, 2014

William & Mary, Spring Saturday/Summer Enrichment Program

The Center for Gifted Education is pleased to announce the dates for our
spring Saturday/Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). The program will begin on
Saturday, February 21, 2015 and will run for five consecutive Saturday
sessions. Each session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 12:30 p.m.
SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based
learning for students enrolled in grades K–11. It is not meant to supplant the
regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing
able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science,
mathematics, humanities, and the arts.

The program’s brochure is accessible through the Center’s website at
http://cfge.wm.edu. If you have any questions or if there is anything we can
assist you with, please do not hesitate to contact the Precollegiate Learner
Program office at (757) 221-6198 or sep@wm.edu. We look forward to hosting
your child during our upcoming program.

Gifted Advisory Meeting, October 27

The Gifted Advisory meeting on October 27  featured a seven member panel of high school students who discussed opportunities for high ability students at Colonial Heights High School.  The student panel was exceptional, and  approximately fifty people attended.  Congratulations to Beth Knight who was elected Chair, Audrey Dubey who was elected Vice-Chair, and Kim Boyd who  was elected Secretary.  I look forward to working with each this and in the coming years.

I also want to remind you that Colonial Heights Public Schools will be participating in the AdvancED Accreditation Process this year.  Many parts of the review process will be conducted at each of the five schools in the division; however, one component of the review process is the Parent Survey.
Surveys are a means to systematically engage all our stakeholders in two-way communication. They provide school leaders and teachers a view into the thinking and perceptions of our stakeholders. Careful analysis of the results enriches understanding of areas of strength and effectiveness as well as those areas that possibly need improvement. The survey results will enable our school leaders to measure stakeholders’ attitudes and help target improvement strategies focused on student achievement as well as school and system effectiveness. 

If you have not completed the survey, you may do so at the following link: 


Your cooperation and support in completing the survey is greatly appreciated.

Monday, October 20, 2014

October Gifted Advisory Meeting

The first Gifted Advisory meeting of the school year will take place next Monday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 pm.  All meetings begin at 7:00 pm and take place in the AV Room at Colonial Heights Technical Center.  The focus of this meeting will be programs and opportunities for advanced students at Colonial Heights High School.

Many of you know that Colonial Heights is participating in the AdvancEd review process.  AdvancED is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits schools and school systems throughout the United States and internationally.  Part of the review process includes a parent review survey.  Please know that computers will be available for parents to complete the survey in the computer lab 30 minutes before and after the Gifted Advisory meeting next week.  Your participation and support of the review process is very much appreciated.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Saturday Enrichment Courses at the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is pleased to announce the Saturday Enrichment Program for 2015. In coordination with the Curry School of Education's Gifted Department, UVA is offering enrichment courses for gifted or high-ability, high-interest students in kindergarten through grade five. For over 30 years, UVA has presented courses that students have found  engaging, challenging, and stimulating – courses that broaden their academic interests, while introducing them to topics and professional fields they may never have known about. Applications are now online at http://curry.virginia.edu/sep and are due by December 1, 2014.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks high-achieving high school seniors with financial need for its College Scholarship Program, the largest undergraduate scholarship in the nation. Selected students receive college planning support, ongoing advising, and up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate institution. If you know students who stand out for their exceptional academic abilities and achievements, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others, please encourage them to visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s website to learn more. The application closes on November 4. http://hubs.ly/y06n4H0