• 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

    Sarah Haywood
    Gifted Education Coordinator/Grade 3 Teacher
    757-898-0389

    Vee Baggett
    Grades 1 and 2 Teacher
    757-898-0389

    Pam Schwalenberg
    Grade 4 Teacher
    757-898-0389

    Roberta Bockrath
    Grade 5 Teacher
    757-898-0389

    Kristin Spires
    Grades 3, 6 and 7 teacher
    757-898-0389

    JoAnn Hoff
    Secretary
    757-898-0389

     
    Gifted Education School Contacts
    Bethel Manor Elementary

    Sherry Cardocci, School Counselor

    Coventry ElementaryKristina Wallace, School Counselor
    Dare ElementaryLaTrese Martin, School Counselor
    Grafton Bethel ElementaryKristen Vlattas, School Counselor
    Magruder ElementaryKate Lubrano, School Counselor
    Mt. Vernon ElementaryDonna Adams, School Counselor
    Seaford ElementarySydney Downs, School Counselor
    Tabb ElementaryJen Richardson, School Counselor
    Waller Mill ElementaryKatie Gaylord, School Counselor
    Yorktown ElementaryDanielle Neubauer, School Counselor
    Grafton MiddleTiffany Grant, Counseling Director
    Queens Lake MiddleKeith Wright, ACC
    Tabb MiddleJeff Gaylord, ACC
    Yorktown MiddleDeb Ellis, ACC
    Bruton HighLynn Smith, Counseling Director
    Grafton HighMelissa Kashy, Counseling Director
    Tabb HighBrad Williams, Counseling Director
    York HighMichele 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 ElementaryKimberly Beauchan
    Coventry ElementaryLindsey Cook*
    Dare ElementaryBeth Brauner
    Grafton Bethel ElementaryChy Green*
    Magruder ElementaryMiki Fett*
    Mt. Vernon ElementaryDanielle Way
    Seaford ElementaryAngie Jones
    Tabb ElementaryAmy Speares*
    Waller Mill ElementaryKristin Downey
    Yorktown ElementaryJamel Oliver
    Grafton MiddleKristen Falk and Nashat Ahmad
    Queens Lake Middle and ChairpersonStacie Lohr
    Tabb MiddleNikiesha Virgil
    Yorktown MiddleEsmereld and Ed Durham*
    Bruton HighKimberly Silver-Perry
    Grafton HighSang-Hyon Chu*
    Tabb HighJennifer Williams*
    York HighMichelle Haskiell*
    Community Member 
    Coordinator of Gifted EducationSarah Haywood
    Coordinator of Career and Technical EducationSandy Hespe
    Coordinator of  Testing   and AccountabilityLeeza Beazlie
    Associate Director of K-12 Academic ServicesDr. Karen Cagle
    Contacts:  
    Director of IB ProgrammeKevin Valliant
    Director of Gov. SchoolVikki Wismer
    *   indicates new member