Approximately 11.7% of CSMS population identified gifted in 2017-2018 school year (as of January 8, 2018)
Gifted Education at Colonel Smith Middle School challenges students 6th-8th in their core classrooms, honors classes, and during thier WIN time.
The Gifted Education Program at Colonel Smith Middle School offers hands-on experiences, where students learn through creatively and critical thinking.
Project based learning may occur during a students WIN time, where they are provided learning extensions or opportunities to strengthen their core classroom needs.
If you believe your student is gifted you may request that they be tested. Referrals are available at each school site and testing occurs three times a school year. Students may only be tested once per school year. Students may be referred by either a parent or teacher in order to be considered for the gifted program.
Nadia Westen, the District Gifted Teacher, works with each school site to ensure the gifted students are participating in project based learning, challenging students to increase skills in the 4C’s- collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Mrs. Westen has been teaching gifted education since 2013. Her philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way, one of the jobs of gifted education is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside them to maximize it.
Any Questions? Please feel free to contact Nadia Westen at email@example.comThe philosophy of the Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District is one that encourages and nurtures complex thinking and creativity within an inclusive environment that allows for optimal development. Our district supports a multi-dimensional teaching approach that provides an appropriate academic curriculum.