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  • Enrichment Services Program

    Parent Handbook

    2012 - 2013

  • Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.-Albert Einstein

  • What is the purpose of G & T ?Formal answer: The purpose of Gifted and Talented education is to provide learning experiences that are not readily available within the regular classroom.

    Correct answer: G & T is about exercising the imagination and being open to the possibility that something we envision can come into being. It is about rigor. It teaches that through creativity and diligence we can have amazing experiences.

  • ESP Philosophy All of us have strengths; all of us have weaknesses. All of us have areas in which we thrive; all of us have areas where we struggle to keep up. All of us have talents. All of us have needs. The goal of E.S.P. is to find the gifts and strengths of our students and help them to go beyond the safe place and soar. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars. -Les Brown

  • The Program E.S.P. provides several programs for Central School. These include

    whole class instruction through the INC. program.

    small group instruction, or PEP classes, in given subjects.creative and artistic open door programs, open to all students.

  • The Program

    Inc.- 3rd Grade In Class Units The In Class Units provide an intense area of study focusing on the skills of one discipline, often while emphasizing the interest of another. Each third grade class meets for Inc.

    PEP- Pullout Enrichment Program: Grades 3, 4, 5 There are several PEP classes offered at Central School. PEPs are conducted at different times throughout the school year. Students are identified and then invited to participate in this program. Criteria for selection is based upon subject proficiency, teacher recommendations and available standardized data.

  • The Program E.S.P. P.I.C.An Enrichment Services Program Push In Class provides enrichment or expansion services to students without pulling them from their classes. It is a collaborative effort between myself and their teacher. Ms. Abends Math class participates in the PIC program.

    Open Door ProgramsThese classes are interest-based. They usually meet during lunch and recess. These are open door ESP groups. All are invited to participate. Students just need permission from parents and their teachers!

  • PEPpers meet for PEP- Pullout Enrichment Program classes

  • Math PEP

    Math PEP 3 is a place to take those math skillsstudents have mastered and meet the next challenge. Students solve complex word problemsand also create some of their own. Students createMath Quests for their final project.

    Math CAMP is Centrals Accelerated MathProgram. As a part of this program, I will work withMrs. Murphys and Mr. Sanders classes. Fourthgraders participate in the on the Math MavenMysteries program by Scholastic. Fifth gradersparticipate in the Daily Brains program This is not a pull-out but rather apush-in class. Students create Math Quests for theirfinal projects.

    Math PEP Materials:Thinker Math by Creative Publications Math Maven Mysteries from ScholasticThe Cup of Wishes 3rd Grade Math QuestThe Winchester Mystery House 4th Grade Math QuestLost in Space 5th Grade Math Quest

  • Language PEP 3, 4, & 5

    Language PEP is for students who demonstrateexcellence in analysis and readingcomprehension. Students use logic and interpretive skills to deconstruct language. Each grade is given a semester-long creative project.

    MaterialsLanguage PEP 3:Elliot Finds a Clue by Jim SukachThird Grade Detective / Superhero Unit by ESP

    Language PEP 4: Crime Scene Whodunits by Jim SukachAdvertising Unit by Challenge Publications and ESPNovel: To be determined by students

    Language PEP 5:Novel Writing Unit by ESP

  • Author, Author! Grades 3, 4, & 5

    Author, Author is for students who love to write.

    Students generate their own articles and creative pieces for different genres, culminating in the production of a literary magazine.

    Assignments cover multiple genres of literature, including memoir, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama, and short story. In addition to writing, students analyze famous examples of specific genres.

  • Debate Team 4 & 5 Debate Team is for students who demonstrate verbal skills, confidence, and research ability. Members of this PEP group research and debate topics related to Social Studies and current events. Working in two teams, students will prepare for and participate in two public debates.

    Students research each topic and find sources to support their arguments. I encourage parents to assist their children with internet searches. All research is documented and cited in their arguments.

  • Mad Scientists 4 & 5

    Mad Scientists is for students who show heightened interest in the sciences and demonstrate preparedness for activities beyond the scope of the classroom. Within this group, sub-groups focus upon specific interests of the students. Students are identified after the first semester.

    Resources include:

    101 Great Science Experiments by Neil ArdleyShowy Science by Hy KimESP designed labs

    And many, MANY MORE!

  • Art PEP

    Art PEP students work all year on contributions to In the Footprints of the Cougar, our school literary magazine, and The Main Idea, Central Schools newspaper. This includes many hours of work on their own time creating cartoons and other illustrations for the periodicals as well as taking photos of school events and Cougar Sightings. Many Art PEP students contribute their time and artistic skills to the design and painting of the sets for SALAD plays.

  • Open Door ClassesAll are welcome to participate. Students are also selected for special roles based upon ability and performance. In other wordsAll students may audition for and perform in the play, but not everyone will be a lead. All students may participate in The Main Idea, but not every student can be the chief editor.

  • The Main IdeaThis PEP group makes the news!

    There are three editions for the school year. Publications are divided by class number.Every student is given the opportunity to participate in our school newspaper. A team of fifth grade reporters and editors are selected to contribute to every paper.

    Important features: Team articlesFifth grade editorsFifth grade reportersPhotography Cartoons

  • SALAD: Student Acting League of Arts and DramaSALAD is a theatrical group that meets during lunch / recess time and occasionally after school. Students have the opportunity to participate in stage crew or as performers. In 2006: A Midsummer Nights Dream

    In 2007: A Midsummers Nightmare and The Tempest

    In 2008: Taming of the Shrew and The Shadow

    In 2009: The War of the Words, My Friend Irma, The Shadow and Broadways Best

    In 2010: The Pirates of Penzance and Winner Takes All!

    In 2011: Lights, Camera, Whoops! and Katrina, the Shrew In 2012: To a Muse and War of the Words Summer 2012: The Hidden One and A Midsummer Nights Dream

    In 2013: Cupids Bow and Winner Takes All!

  • Special News!In June 2011, S.A.L.A.D. (the Student Actors' League of Arts and Drama) was selected by the Character Education Partnership to serve as a model for others to replicate and integrate into their character education initiatives. S.A.L.A.D. is listed in the 2011 National Schools of Character book and featured on CEPs website, which is used by educators to search for ideas.

  • Common Parent Questions:1)How do I know that my child can handle the workload of the PEP class? Your child has been recommended by his/her previous and current teachers and identified as a child who is capable of handling a workload that exceeds that of his/her classmates. PEP provides a challenge for students who are currently excelling in the specified subject area.

    2)How does the work in the PEP classes differ from classroom instruction? In PEP I try to expand upon a specific subject rather than work ahead. Its not about moving up. Its about widening the base. Example: In Math, we take current concepts they should have mastered. Now, embed those mathematical concepts in complicated word problems. Its not just computation. Its translation and then computation.

  • Common Parent Questions: 3)Are there other workshops for gifted and talented students? There are no programs that I specifically endorse. However, there are opportunities for Saturday and summer programs. I frequently receive fliers for such programs. Please send an email to let me know if you are interested in these.

    4)Is there a grade given for these classes?I do not give grades. Nothing from PEP is listed on their report cards. Instead, you will receive a narrative evaluation twice during an academic year. I do mark their efforts and place grades on many of these assignments. However, they are for the purpose of showing a student the level of his / her success on a given assignment. They are not cumulative.

  • Common Parent Questions: 5) How often do PEP groups meet? Classes usually meets once every six days. Classes are regularly scheduled for a specific day (Day 1, Day 2, etc.). Some classes meet more than once per rotation.

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