As Edmonds parent-teacher conferences loom, some important dates for highly capable students
With parent teacher conferences starting next week, this is the time we get the stories behind the stories that come home with our kids. Like what “sometimes” or “fine” means to your kid versus what they mean to their teacher. I know when we have our conference, we will be discussing the “visiting” that happens between my son and his neighbor. Believe it or not, this is also the time for some to think about the next school year.
Those interested in testing for The Highly Capable Program, provided by the Edmonds School District, are nearing the application deadline.
Per the Edmonds School District website, “The Highly Capable Program is intended to provide support for students identified as requiring services beyond the normal learning environment to be successful.” This may not just mean that the child is above grade level in all subjects; in fact, gifted expert and author Linda Kreger Silverman* says, “gifted children develop in an uneven manner.” There also may be other clues that your child may need a different pace in the classroom, the organization SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) explains, noting that “intensity, sensitivity, and overexcitability are primary characteristics of the highly gifted.”
If you are wondering if this program is right for your child, you can get great information at The “Grades K-7 Parents Information Night.” This parents-only meeting will be held Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m. at Terrace Park Elementary. You will have an opportunity to learn about the testing process and the Gifted Challenge (Grades 1-6) and Gifted Middle School (Grades 7-8) program. You will also get the chance to ask questions of the program’s facilitators, as well as current Challenge teachers. Terrace Park Elementary is located at 5409 228th St. S.W. in Mountlake Terrace, next to the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion.
If you are unable to make the information night, the Edmonds School District website offers some of the information you would find at the meeting, such as the deadline to turn in your application, test dates, and a list with some characteristics of highly capable, gifted and talented learners.
As far at the high school years are concerned, there are multiple options for advanced learning given on the District website including the STEM program at Mountlake Terrace High School, the International Baccalaureate Program at Edmonds-Woodway High School, and the “Running Start” program at your neighborhood school. The STEM Parent/Student Information Night is Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., at Mountlake Terrace High School in the theater. While the IB program information meeting has passed, the student application deadline isn’t until Nov. 29 at 2:30 p.m. If you are already in the Challenge Program at Brier Terrace Middle School you will be notified regarding your separate IB meeting.
*You have the chance to hear Linda Kreger Silverman speak at Terrace Park this Monday. Silverman, a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist who began studying the education of gifted children in 1961, is in town as the keynote speaker at the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted in Tacoma. The CPA, Challenge Parents Association, jumped at the chance to have Silverman visit and are “overjoyed” to have her present “Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual Spatial Learner” Monday, Oct. 21 at Terrace Park School. There will be a book signing at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation at 7 p.m., a $10 suggested donation will be collected at the door. Parents throughout the district are welcome; please email email@example.com with any questions.
– By Jen Marx