YCSD Gifted Education Information
Gifted Education Mission Statement:
The mission of the EXTEND gifted pull-out programs is to foster an excitement and love of learning through exposure to a variety of topics that differ from those of their age-level peers while requiring students to think creatively, integrate information, and work cooperatively to solve real life problems. Students should feel valued in a learning environment which both challenges and supports them to pursue excellence and develop a passion for lifelong learning.
The specific goals of the pull-out programs include:
- Developing independent learning skills,
- Critical thinking,
- Creative problem solving and decision making skills,
- Developing effective communication skills,
- Enhancing elementary and middle school basics using “real-life” learning by exposing students to a variety of topics to intellectually challenge them while they experience excitement and love of learning
Division Statement of Philosophy for Gifted Education:
The York County School Division is committed to a rigorous and innovative instructional program that fosters the highest level of excellence and recognizes the right of each student to receive intellectual challenge appropriate for his/her capabilities. The Division provides differentiated instructional services for intellectually gifted students from a variety of social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. The program, designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted learners from kindergarten through grade 12, allows students to develop more fully and appreciate their abilities and talents. In addition, the program encourages students to make meaningful contributions to society.
Gifted Education Services
The Gifted Education Identification/Placement Committee places eligible students in grades K-7 in the appropriate gifted education service option based on the student’s grade assignment. In addition to the pull-out services described below, identified students in grades 1-5 are placed in cluster groups at the home schools. Eligible students in grades 8-12 are encouraged to select from the available advanced secondary program options listed below.
Kindergarten Eight mini-seminar classes designed to provide enrichment in the areas of literature, history/social sciences, math, and science are conducted at the gifted education center.
Grades 1-5 Differentiated instruction through the EXTEND Program designed to provide enrichment and exploratory activities in all academic and related art areas is provided by means of a pull-out program conducted at the gifted education center.
Grades 6-7 Differentiated instruction through the EXTEND Program designed to provide enrichment and exploratory activities in the areas of history/social sciences and science is provided by a pullout program conducted at each middle school.
Grades 8-12 Eligible students in eighth through twelfth grade are encouraged to select from the available advanced secondary program options which include: The York County School Division Honors Program, Virtual Virginia online courses, the International Baccalaureate Programme, Advanced Placement courses, the School of the Arts, Summer Residential Governor’s School, and New Horizons Governor’s School for Science and Technology. In addition, concurrent dual enrollment in cooperation with local colleges, seminars, and enrichment activities are available to eligible students.
Gifted Education Contact Program Information
Gifted Education Coordinator/Grade 3 Teacher
Grades 1 and 2 Teacher
Grade 4 Teacher
Grade 5 Teacher
Grades 3, 6 and 7 teacher
Gifted Education School Contacts Bethel Manor Elementary
Sherry Cardocci, School Counselor
Coventry Elementary Kristina Wallace, School Counselor Dare Elementary LaTrese Martin, School Counselor Grafton Bethel Elementary Kristen Vlattas, School Counselor Magruder Elementary Kate Lubrano, School Counselor Mt. Vernon Elementary Donna Adams, School Counselor Seaford Elementary Sydney Downs, School Counselor Tabb Elementary Jen Richardson, School Counselor Waller Mill Elementary Katie Gaylord, School Counselor Yorktown Elementary Danielle Neubauer, School Counselor Grafton Middle Tiffany Grant, Counseling Director Queens Lake Middle Keith Wright, ACC Tabb Middle Jeff Gaylord, ACC Yorktown Middle Deb Ellis, ACC Bruton High Lynn Smith, Counseling Director Grafton High Melissa Kashy, Counseling Director Tabb High Brad Williams, Counseling Director York High Michele Williams, Counseling Director
Referral/Identification of Students for Gifted Education Services
Students may be referred for consideration for placement in gifted education programs by administrators, classroom and resource teachers, guidance counselors, and other professional staff members, as well as by parents, community members, peers, and students themselves. The Gifted Education Contact in each school coordinates referrals for that school. The criteria indicated below are used to identify students for gifted education:
- Standardized/Norm-Referenced Ability Tests - Students who qualify for gifted education generally score between the 95th-99th percentiles on these tests. If a referred student has not taken a standardized ability test, the Division administers one.
- Standardized/Norm-Referenced Achievement Tests - Students who qualify for gifted education generally score between the 95th-99th percentiles on these tests. If a referred student has not taken a standardized ability test, the Division administers one.
- Teacher Observation Reports - Students who qualify for gifted education demonstrate to a great extent specific behaviors associated with intellectually gifted learners. For students referred for gifted education, teachers complete a Teacher Observation Report, indicating observed examples of these characteristics.
- Parent Questionnaires - Students who qualify for gifted education demonstrate to a large degree specific behaviors associated with intellectually gifted learners. For students referred for gifted education, parents report examples of these behaviors on a form provided by the Division.
- Scholastic Records - Students eligible for gifted education typically perform well on academic work that is characterized as being "above grade level."
- Other Data - It is occasionally appropriate to conduct personal interviews with students who have been referred for gifted education. Teachers may also be asked to provide illustrative examples of student work .
The Gifted Education Advisory Committee (GEAC)
The Gifted Education Advisory Committee (GEAC) is comprised of elementary, middle, and high school parents; community representatives; the Gifted Education Coordinator; and two school division curriculum/instruction representatives. This committee serves in an advisory capacity in support of gifted education programs in the school division. The GEAC meets four times annually, and the meetings are open to the public. The committee chair is Stacie Lohr. Questions about the York County School Division gifted education services or the means by which students are identified for these programs should be directed to the Gifted Education Contact at your child's school.
Gifted Education Advisory Committee Bethel Manor Elementary Kimberly Beauchan Coventry Elementary Lindsey Cook* Dare Elementary Beth Brauner Grafton Bethel Elementary Chy Green* Magruder Elementary Miki Fett* Mt. Vernon Elementary Danielle Way Seaford Elementary Angie Jones Tabb Elementary Amy Speares* Waller Mill Elementary Kristin Downey Yorktown Elementary Jamel Oliver Grafton Middle Kristen Falk and Nashat Ahmad Queens Lake Middle and Chairperson Stacie Lohr Tabb Middle Nikiesha Virgil Yorktown Middle Esmereld and Ed Durham* Bruton High Kimberly Silver-Perry Grafton High Sang-Hyon Chu* Tabb High Jennifer Williams* York High Michelle Haskiell* Community Member Coordinator of Gifted Education Sarah Haywood Coordinator of Career and Technical Education Sandy Hespe Coordinator of Testing and Accountability Leeza Beazlie Associate Director of K-12 Academic Services Dr. Karen Cagle Contacts: Director of IB Programme Kevin Valliant Director of Gov. School Vikki Wismer * indicates new member