National Recognition for Moody Students-Lead2Feed-Lead4Change Service Learning

Congratulations to two of Moody’s  8th grade gifted elective teams who have received national recognition for their work with the Lead2Feed – Lead4Change Leadership and Service Learning initiative J

MMS Far Fetchers supported the local non-profit AARF: Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation, with the 3rd annual “Puppies In the Park” event held at Short Pump park.  This year, teams of students held a Pupcake War, offered face-painting and henna tattoos, set up lemonade and bake stands, sold homemade doggie toys, and held a kiddie carnival and doggie-got-talent event.

Supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond, the Hearts At Home team held a field day event at Deep Run Park to educate and advocate for their selected non-profit.  Students held a bake sale and raffle, sponsored field day events, and provided a get-well card making craft station for park visitors to enjoy.  A toiletry supply drive was also held here at Moody, where over 250 supplies were collected through 7th and 8th grade APL classes.

Both teams have each been awarded $500 for their selected non-profit partners, proving that students can make a positive difference in our community!  Please click on the link below to see the national press release regarding the Lead2Feed – Lead4Change program and to read more about the amazing work students are doing across the nation to promote leadership and service learning:

Fifteen Juniors/Seniors Selected to Participate in the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.

Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.   

Henrico County Public Schools is honored to announce that 15 of our high school students have been selected to participate in this highly competitive program.  The Visual and Performing Arts Program has ten students participating.  Two students will take part in the Humanities program.  HCPS has one student participating in the Math, Science, and Technology program as well as one student selected for the Medical and Health Science Mentorship.  

Many of the students went through similar challenges during the application process.  One of the students reflected on the process and shared the following statement:  

“To apply for the program, I worked with my school counselor to complete the forms necessary. As for the audition process, I consulted my private studies teacher about pieces of music to perfect for the adjudication, then proceeded to work on them until the audition. The audition itself was somewhat nerve-wracking; however, I made it through with flying colors. What I am most excited to do is to work with college professors that teach in the field of music, as I think it will assist in my growth as a musician and give me an advantage on my college applications.”

Another student spoke about the anticipation of the experience.   “While attending the residential program for four weeks, I hope to get exposed to the field of medicine and health sciences and to see it in action. I also hope to make various connections with new peers, the faculty, and the staff. I expect to learn new topics and material that I wouldn’t be able to learn without this program, and I am very excited to attend.”

Stock Market Champions

Gifted Program Spotlight 

The Stock Market Game is a comprehensive economics and personal finance education program for Grades 4 to 12.  Small student teams compete for awards by investing $100,000 in an online, virtual portfolio.   Student teams are provided online access to their own online investment portfolio.  Students research and apply their investment ideas in a real-world market environment.

Nuckols Farm had two teams from Mr. Wasserman’s class place in the Elementary Division on the regional level.  These teams earned a third place win ($112,562.15)  and a first place win ($114,457.45).

Click here. to learn more about the Stock Market Game.

Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center Offers Cooking and Other Youth Classes

Encourage your child to try something new this summer.  The Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center is offering several Confectionery  and Culinary camps and classes.

Cupcakes ( ages 6-15)

Chocolate Factory (ages 6-15)

Cake Decorating and Design (ages 7-15)

Culinary Camps (ages 7-14)

Whisk It Up! (ages 7-14)

Summer Cuisine Take Off (ages 7-14)

Cultural Summer Delight (ages 7-14)

Pizzeria Time (ages 2-5)

Fruitastic Kabobs (ages 2-5)

Yoga and Visual Arts classes are also being offered.

Click Here to learn more about the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center.



HCPS Summer Academy is Offering Two Classes for Gifted Elementary Students

Henrico County Public Schools is offering two sessions of enrichment classes this summer for elementary students.

Gifted Programs is offering Bridge Building during session 1 (July 8-July 18) for rising 4th and 5th grade identified gifted students.

Gifted Programs is offering Welcome to Dolphin Fest 2019! for Rising third and fourth grade identified gifted students.

Click Here for the Summer Academy Brochure and Application Information.


Gifted Education Advisory Council Needs New Members 2019-2020

The Henrico County Gifted Education Advisory Council needs new members for the 2019-2020 school year.

We are seeking to fill the following positions for the 2019-2022 term (3 years):

1 Parent Representative from the Brookland District

1 Parent Representative from the Fairfield District

1 Parent Representative from the Three Chopt District

1 Parent Representative from the Tuckahoe District

In addition, we have 2 (2 year terms)

1 Parent Representative from the Tuckahoe District

1 Parent Representative from the Tuckahoe District

1 Middle School Student Representative (grade 7 or 8 for a 1-year term)

1 Principal

If interested, please visit the HCPS Gifted Website ( to fill out an application located under the Gifted Advisory Council (Membership Information).    

 Applications are due by April 30th.  

Contact Gifted Programs at 652-3790 if you have any questions.

iD TECH Summer Camp Experience

iD Tech is a highly organized summer camp experience designed to provide opportunities for kids and teens of all skills levels to discover coding, machine learning, film, robotics, and game design.  Through a variety of experiences campers develop technology  skills.  The program originated in Silicon Valley and is now offered throughout the United States.

These camps are offered on the campus of the University of Richmond.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History–College of William and Mary for College Credit

The National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD) is proud to host the Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History at the College of William & Mary.

This unique program offers students an opportunity to live and study at the College of William & Mary for three weeks during the summer.  Students will earn 4 hours of transferable college credit studying early American history right where it happened.

What sets the program apart from your typical history class is that students will travel daily to the museums, battlefields, archaeological sites, homes, and places where history lives.  Talk with professional historians and curators.  Learn not only the history of America but also what’s being done to preserve it.  Participate in an active archaeological dig and get your hands dirty looking for 18th-century artifacts.

The National Institute of American History & Democracy’s Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History is open to high school students who will have completed at least their sophomore year of high school by the time the summer program begins.  This includes rising juniors, rising seniors, and rising college freshmen.

To learn more CLICK HERE

Summer Camps – Henrico Department of Recreation and Parks

Did you know that Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks offers a variety of specialized summer camps for students of all ages and ability levels?  These are not specifically for gifted students but many of the camps are focused on topics/activities  that may be of interest to your child.

Youth Camps are offered for students in a variety of age groups (6-7, 8-10, 8-9, etc.) Each class listing has information about age requirements.

Registration begins on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM.

To read detailed descriptions about each camp, CLICK HERE.

Camps for primary age students:

Three Lakes Nature Camp

Trail Blazers Camp

CenterStage Performing Arts Camp

Fighting Gravity Camp

Art Awakenings Camp

H2O Camp

G”ART”EN camp

Three Lakes Nature Discovery Camp

Camps for Upper Elementary and Middle School Age Students

Art & History Camp

Nature Skills Camp

CenterStage Performing Arts Camp

Concepts and Creations

Eco-Explorer Camp

Camps for Teens

Mystery Writing Camp

Teen Outdoor Adventure Camp

CenterStage Performing Arts Camp



Save the Date–Virginia Association for the Gifted Plans Sessions for Parents at the Fall Conference

The Virginia Association for the Gifted will host Dr. Mike Postma, President of SENG on Saturday, October 19th at the Richmond Marriott (500 East Broad Street).  Dr. Postma will deliver a keynote address to be followed by a series of break out conference sessions for parents and educators.  Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Parents are welcome to join the Virginia Association for the Gifted. The Virginia Association for the Gifted is comprised of a network of educators, parents, and community members, guided by current research, who work collaboratively to advocate for the needs of gifted and talented learners. The association provides resources, information, and professional development to improve the quality of education in the Commonwealth.

To join VAG click here.

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