Gifted Referral Window Opens for Students in Grades K-2, 6, and 9-12 on January 3, 2019

The Gifted Identification Referral window for students in grades K-2, 6, and 9-12 opens on January 3, 2019.  HCPS identifies students in mathematics and/or language arts.  Contact the gifted education coordinator at your child’s school elementary school or the gifted resource teacher at your child’s middle school if you have questions about the referral process. Kevin Carr, Coordinator for Secondary Gifted Services, is the contact for all high school referrals.

All referrals for students in grades K,1, 2, and 6 must be submitted in writing to the gifted education coordinator (elementary level) or the gifted resource teacher (middle school level) between January 3, 2019 and January 18, 2019.

If you would like to refer a high school student, please contact Kevin Carr, Coordinator for Secondary Services. (

Referrals are accepted only during the referral window (January 3- January 18).

Student Panel Speaks at Gifted Advisory Meeting

Gifted Program Spotlight


   At the December 6th Gifted Education Advisory Council meeting, middle and high school students took part in a Student Panel where they were able to  discuss their personal views and perspectives on the HCPS Gifted Program.   The students provided insights into their experiences and offered suggestions for program improvement.   After their presentation, members of the student panel spent time answering questions from the council, community members, and HCPS staff.   


College Board Opportunity Scholarships

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships is a new program that guides students through the college planning process and offers them a chance to earn money for college while completing the key steps on their path to college.

The College Board is committing $5 million per year for the next five years to this new scholarship program.  Students across the United States starting with the class of 2020, will have the chance to earn scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000.  The program focuses on recognizing students who take six college-going actions during their junior and senior years that research show is essential college preparation.

Participating students will complete these six steps:

  1.  Build their college list (600 scholarships worth $500).
  2.  Practice for the SAT (1,500 scholarships worth $1,000).
  3.  Improve their SAT scores (150 scholarships worth $2,000).
  4.  Strengthen their college list (400 scholarships worth $500).
  5.  Fill out the FAFSA (800 scholarships worth $1,000).
  6.  Apply to college (500 scholarships worth $1,000).

Students who complete all six scholarship steps are eligible for a $40,000 scholarship.  Twenty-five students will be selected for this scholarship each year.

The program is open to all students regardless of GPA, test scores, and family income.  Learn more about how you can connect your child to these scholarships.

To learn more — Link to Scholarship information


Davidson Institute for Talent Development Scholarships

2019 Davidson Fellows $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 Scholarships

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development offers high-achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named a 2019 Davidson Fellow, an honor accompanied by a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. Applicants must submit an original piece of work that is recognized as significant by experts in the field and that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. The scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university. The deadline to apply is Feb. 13, 2019.

To learn more visit

Little Innovators (K-3) at the Math Science Center

Students and adults together explore the world of STEM  through design-and-build activities,hands-on experiments, and engaging, problem-solving challenges. Although the program is not designed specifically for gifted students, the topics covered may be of interest to your child.

Course titles include:  Coding, Number Ninjas, Winter Wonderland, Power of Play and We Botics for K-1 students.

Second and third grade workshop titles include: Build a Bot, Little Coders, Lunar Landers, Electronic Switchers, and Roaming Robots.

Dates: Saturday, January 12 or January 19, 2019
Snow Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Locations: Gayton Elementary School, 12481 Church Road, Richmond, VA 23233 or the  MathScience Innovation Center, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA  23223
Cost: $15 per class (includes 1 student and 1 adult)

 Program Brochure 


How Parents Play a Role in Supporting the Development of Successful Habits of the Mind

The introduction to the Habits of the Mind Parent Resource by Art Costa, Ed.D, Professor Emeritus at California State University begins…

The purpose of this article is to help parents understand and foster positive learning habits in their children–habits that will produce success in school, work and life.

Considerable research demonstrates that successful people in most any walk of life display certain characteristics or dispositions. I call them Habits of Mind.They are patterns of thinking and behaving in intelligent ways and are displayed when confronted with life’s dilemmas and problems. We want our children to develop those habits that lead them to become lifelong
learners, effective problem solvers and decision makers, able to communicate with a diverse population and to understand how to live successfully in a rapidly changing, high tech world. In this article 12 of those habits will be described. Strategies for how you, as parents, can help your child develop these habits, and ways to observe whether your child is getting better at
them will be suggested. This list is not meant to be complete. As we learn more about success habits, we will discover additional indicators of growth in children’s thinking abilities.


Read the entire Habits of the Mind article by clicking here.

Google Training for Elementary Resource Teachers

Gifted Program Spotlight      

Elementary Gifted Resource Teachers visited the Math Science Innovation Center to participate in the workshop, Living the G-Suite Dream: Teaching Math with Google Apps.  The session focused on how to use Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms to enhance math instruction.  Specific sample lessons and activities were shared.  Having this information will be helpful as resource teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to help design projects that support math instruction.


Do You Enjoy Spending Time Outdoors? Writing Contest for High School Students

The Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, Inc. (VOWA) is sponsoring a High School Writing Competition for 2018-19, our 26th Annual Competition. The goal of the competition is to reward high school students for excellence in communicating their personal experiences in the outdoors. The competition is open to all Virginia students in grades 9 through 12. Home-schooled students are welcomed to enter.

The theme of this year’s contest is: A Memorable Outdoor Experience. Any experience by the writer with hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, birding, or other outdoor activity should be the predominant subject matter. Athletic events or competitions are not an eligible subject matter

Prizes will be $300.00, $150.00, and $75.00 for first, second and third places.

High School Contest

Over 700 Community Members Attended Maggie Walker Information Sessions

Gifted Program Spotlight

Recently, Gifted Programs held three evening informational sessions for HCPS students and parents invited to apply to MLWGS.  Dr. Robert Lowerre, Director of Maggie Walker GS and Patricia Griffin, Gifted Specialists for HCPS conducted the sessions attended by over 250 students and parents each evening.  Former HCPS elementary and middle school students who are currently attending MLWGS also participated and answered questions from the audience.

SENGinar: Smart is Not Easy: What Grit and Growth Mindset Really Means for the Gifted Child

Registration for this SENGinar is closed.  Recorded SENGinars are available for sale from the SENG Store approximately one week after the live presentation.  If you are interested in purchasing this SENGinar or in learning about previously  offered SENGinars visit the SENG site.     

Click here for the SENGinar List of programs.

Scroll down to the bottom portion of the page.  


Gifted programs provide opportunities for gifted students to experience challenging tasks and to have opportunities to demonstrate persistence in order to be successful.    Everything in life is not easy but for many of our students mastering academic skills is fairly easy.

Learn why it is important for gifted children to learn how to work through challenging activities independently in this upcoming webinar from SENG.  This is an important topic or gifted students.

Seminar Summary from the SENG site.

“When smart kids find that everything comes easy, an essential aspect of self-development gets lost in the bargain: the development of persistence, self-discipline, and tolerance for failure. While these aspects are rarely discussed, Angela Duckworth’s seminal research on “grit” has much to say about gifted students, as does Carol Dweck’s research on “growth mindset.” Many assume that high IQ predicts success, but their research showed that passion and perseverance mattered a whole lot more – and on average, the smartest kids actually had the least grit.”