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Gifted

NEWTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

 

The Newton County School District is responsible for ensuring that gifted education program (GEP) regulations, standards, and specific requirements for gifted education in the State of Mississippi are followed and effectively implemented, as well as to ensure that high-quality, researched-based curriculum and instructional practices are utilized with gifted learners. The District offers an intellectually gifted education program for grades 2-6 as mandated by the State of Mississippi. The District serves intellectually gifted students in grades 7-8 and academically gifted students in grades 9-12 based on the availability of program funding.
 

The purpose of the intellectually gifted and academically gifted programs is to identify and serve such students in a uniquely qualitatively differentiated program not available in the regular classroom. Gifted education programs shall be in addition to and different from the regular program of instruction provided by the District’s schools. The State of Mississippi defines “intellectually gifted children” as those children and youth who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of intelligence as documented through the identification process. The State of Mississippi defines “academically gifted children” as those children and youth who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of academic ability as documented through the identification process.

The statutory basis and support for gifted education is found in three (3) documents: the Mississippi Gifted Education Act of 1989, Mississippi Code Section 37-23-171 through 37-23-181; the Standards for Gifted Education Programs in Mississippi (2004); and the Mississippi Department of Education’s Regulations for Gifted Education Programs in Mississippi (2006).

The District’s board-approved Instructional Management Plan (IMP) guides District and school administrators, GEP teachers, students, and parents participating in the gifted education program(s). By law, participating intellectually gifted education students are required to receive gifted services by a properly gifted-endorsed teacher in a resource room for a minimum of five (5) hours per week. Academically gifted education courses offered in grades 9-12 are approved by the Mississippi Department of Education as listed in its document, Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi. Teachers of academically gifted education courses shall have a valid teaching license in the appropriate secondary area and the gifted education endorsement. The academically gifted education course shall satisfy time requirements for a Carnegie unit course. Refer to the complete IMP document for additional regulations, policies, and procedures which govern implementation of the gifted education programs of the District.

 

 

 

SOURCE: Newton County School District

 

LEGAL SOURCE: Miss. Code Sec. 37-23-171 through 181

 

DATE: June 11, 2012

 

Mission Statement
Mission Statement
To provide an enrichment program of individualized, purposeful activities that challenge and develop students' full potential.  These activities will encourage discovery of new strengths, interests, and abilities; and build the students' capability to effectively use all of their knowledge and experiences in any situation.
Primary Outcome
To develop student meta-cognition (an awareness of or understanding of ones own thinking processes more effectively) through the implementation of the six major outcome categories.
Organizations
Newton County Gifted Program is affiliated with the following organizations:

East Central Talented and Gifted Association
Newton County TAG is a member of the East Central Talented and Gifted Association.  ECTAG is an organization of schools from Newton, Neshoba, Leake, and Scott counties.  This organization provides the opportunity for gifted students to participate in creative and intellectual competitions in both individual and group formats. Students are encouraged to showcase abilities and to interact with peers.  Teachers from member schools meet biannually to share instructional techniques and enrichment activities and to evaluate competitions.

Mississippi Association for Gifted Children
All Newton County TAG teachers are members of MAGC.  Also, a Newton county TAG Parent Affiliate Group has been established to help advocate for our gifted children.
Contacts
+ Hill, Melisa
+ Keith, Pam
+ Sibley, Brooke
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