The Gifted Department will resume the eligibility process during the month of September for students who were referred for an evaluation last spring. The plan is to complete the process by early October and notify parents/guardians of eligibility decisions by mid-October. New students found eligible for gifted services will begin classes starting the week of October 19.
LCPS Gifted Eligibility Statement:
When schools closed in March due to COVID-19, gifted resource teachers across the division had finished approximately half of the gifted evaluation process -- collecting student work samples, teacher observations, and ability testing information. Based upon guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) as well as extensive conversations with supervisors of gifted education from across the state, the LCPS Gifted Department made the decision to put the process on hold until students returned to school. The Gifted Department will resume the eligibility process during the month of September for students who were referred for an evaluation last spring. The plan is to complete the process by early October and notify parents/guardians of eligibility decisions by mid-October. Some students may be asked to meet with their gifted resource teacher in person at school to complete any missing work samples or testing. New students found eligible for gifted services will begin classes starting the week of October 19.
FUTURA for identified 5th graders will begin their lessons with Mr. Zierk the week of October 19th. These 90 minute lessons will be conducted synchronously.
Please contact Mr. Chris Zierk for questions about the program format.
4th grade FUTURA students have not been identified. The evaluation process is projected to be completed by mid-October.
If your child did not complete the portfolio and/or testing component, you will be contacted to arrange for an in-person meeting at Waxpool Elementary.
Distance Learning for Gifted Learners
SEARCH (Grades K-3): GT classes will be conducted on a bi-weekly basis. The lessons will range from 30 minutes (kindergarten) to 45 minutes (Grades 1-3). Third grade GT classes will be taught synchronously. Grades K-2 GT classes will be taught asynchronously.
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students
The LCPS gifted education identification process and timeline has been impacted by the closure of schools due to COVID-19. Based upon guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), LCPS gifted evaluations are planned to resume in the fall or when students return to school. More information about the adjusted gifted eligibility process and timeline will be shared once the return date for students is established when we get closer to the start of school. (7.15.20)
SEARCH (Grades K-3) Gifted resource teachers will utilize their face-to-face time with students to conduct third grade GT lessons. The lessons will focus on the SEARCH curriculum. During third grade GT time, portfolio lessons will be conducted that are part of the gifted eligibility process. Face-to-face time will also be used to work with EDGE students in small groups. Distance learning will focus on K-2 GT lessons. These lessons will be conducted asynchronously.
FUTURA (Grades 4-5) Gifted resource teachers will provide a combination of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning opportunities for identified gifted learners. FUTURA students will not take buses to gifted centers, but rather will receive gifted services via synchronous and asynchronous activities on their distance learning days.
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Last Modified on September 11, 2020