Colonial Williamsburg’s D.O.G. Street Explorers Camp for Children Who Love History and/or Science

Exciting adventures await young history enthusiasts and curious adventurers alike at Colonial Williamsburg’s weekly summer day camps. Children ages 11 to 13 will explore STEAM-based activities such as gardening, archaeology, military life, soap-making, trade life, historic games and much more. All activities will engage our campers on how science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics were used in the 1700s, connecting the past to the future.

Click HERE to learn more about the summer camp.

Seventh Grade Students Compete in the Capitol Hill Challenge

Gifted Program Spotlight

The Fairfield Middle School Gifted Enrichment 7th grade students are participating in the Capitol Hill Challenge.  Each year invitations are sent to two schools in each Congressional District in the United States.  This year Nora Case, Gifted Resource Teacher, received an invitation for her students to participate.  As part of the challenge, students compete in a special edition of the Stock Market Game. The Stock Market Game is a simulation that teaches students how the stock market works.  It provides opportunities for students to build stock portfolios.

Teams that earn top scores will win a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with the member of Congress who represents their district.  Students will also attend an awards reception on Capitol Hill.  All of this is made possible through the SIFMA Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping students develop financial capability.

The Fairfield students are having a good time learning how the stock market works.  The team is currently ranked 621 out of 1183 participating teams.

Henrico Students Prepare to Participate in the 9th Annual Rubik’s Cube Competition-Virginia Regionals

Gifted Program Spotlight

The 9th Annual Rubik’s Cube Competition:  Virginia Regionals will be held on Thursday, March 28th at Holman Middle School. Students will compete on the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

The tournament consists of team and solo events.  Teams of eight will compete for the fastest time collectively to solve 25 Rubik’s Cubes.  Solo competitors will compete to solve one cube in the fastest time.

Teams from Shady Grove Elementary School (coached by Lisa Koprowski), Gayton Elementary School (coached by Kate Wershbale), Twin Hickory Elementary School (coached by Kate Wershbale), Greenwood Elementary School (coached by Shannon Wakefield), Kaechle Elementary School (coached by Kelly Becker), Nuckols Farm Elementary School (coached by Todd Wasserman), and Holman Middle School (coached by Alex Mullins) will compete in this year’s competitions.


Fourth Grade Student Qualifies to Participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee State Competition

Gifted Program Spotlight

Students at Shady Grove participated in The National Geographic GeoBee for the first time during the 2018-2019 school year. The National Geographic GeoBee  is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.  Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States compete in local competitions.

The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; school, state, and national. Schools conduct a GeoBee and name a school champion. The school champion takes a proctored online qualifying test and the top 100 ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school at the state level GeoBee competition. The Shady Grove winner (a fourth grade student) qualified for the state competition.  The Shady Grove  team is coached by Mrs. Cameron Smallwood.

Click here to learn more about the bee.

Rivers Edge Word Masters Team Places Sixth in the Nation

Gifted Program Spotlight

Fourth and fifth grade students at Rivers Edge Elementary School participated in the WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students. The fifth grade team scored an impressive 191 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing sixth in the nation!  This same team placed ninth in the nation in the first meet of the  year.   The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Mrs. Knapp and Mrs. Myers.

Three students received a perfect score.  This is a major accomplishment as  nationally, only 11 fourth graders and 68 fifth graders achieved this result. In addition seven fifth grade students were recognized for achieving outstanding results.  Congratulations to the Rivers Edge students.

Click here to learn about the WordMasters Program

Girls Go CyberStart

Girls Go CyberStart is an interactive series of digital challenges designed to introduce high school girls to the field of cyber security.  More than 6,600 high school girls played Girls Go CyberStart in 2018 and loved it!   There are three stages in the competition.  Students compete for a chance to win cash prizes and scholarships.

No prior experience is required as the program gradually builds a knowledge base, introducing students to topics like cryptography, web vulnerabilities, Python, Linux, and forensics.

This opportunity is for high school students in grades 9-12.

Click here to learn about CyberStart.

Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP)

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.9 million academically talented students in grades 4–12 since it was founded in 1980. Collaborating with educators and parents, TIP helps gifted students assess the extent of their academic abilities with above-grade-level testing, recognizes them for their achievements, and provides them with a variety of enrichment benefits as well as accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs. In addition, TIP is constantly conducting research into the educational, emotional, and social factors impacting the lives of gifted children, then sharing this research and related advice with our program staff, educators, parents, and the greater gifted community. Our services are designed to augment the efforts of regular schools, not replace them.

Learn about the TIP program, click here

Learn about eligibility requirements, click here.

Learn about Specific Opportunities for Students, click here.

Resource Teacher Receives Grant for Student Leadership Program

Gifted Program Spotlight

Congratulations to Susan HIngst and Yvette Dayne, Gifted Resource teachers, who recently completed intensive training to become certified facilitators for the Habitudes Growing Leaders Program.

The Habitudes Growing Leaders curriculum provides EPIC ways for students to learn from lessons that are Experiential, Participatory, Image-driven, and Connected to technology.

Susan Hingst, Gifted Resource Teacher at John Rolfe Middle School has received a Habitudes Growing Leaders Grant.  Ms. Hingst will be using the Habitudes curriculum and materials with her students this spring to provide opportunities for critical thinking and leadership skill development.


Virginia Women in History Student Essay Contest Grades 6-12

Virginia students in grades 6–12 are invited to honor outstanding women in Virginia history by participating in the Virginia Women in History student writing contest sponsored by the Library of Virginia and Encyclopedia Virginia. Four winning essays will be chosen, two from students in grades 6–8, and two from students in grades 9–12.


The Wall of Honor at the Virginia Women’s Monument on Capitol Square is meant to honor “the Women of Virginia for Their Contributions and Achievements” in all walks of life. If your community had its own Wall of Honor, who would you nominate (living or deceased)? How has that person made a difference in your life? Or in your neighborhood, community, or school? How does that person inspire you to make a difference?

Contest Rules

  • Submit your 400-word essay online by Friday, March 8, 2019, for a chance to win an Apple ipad and $250 for your school!
  • Each entrant must be a student in grade 6-12 at a public or private high school in Virginia.
  • There will be four winning essays: two from students in grade 6-8, and two from students in grades 9-12.
  • All entries must be original works that have not been published or submitted for publication anywhere else.
  • Entry should not exceed 400 words.
  • Entries become the property of the Library of Virginia and will not be returned.
  • The Library of Virginia reserves the right to use the winners’ names and entries for promotional purposes in all forms of media without notice, review, approval or compensation, except where prohibited by law.
  • Entry must be submitted below.


  • Deadline for entries is Friday, March 8, 2019.
  • Winners will be notified by March 22, 2019.
  • Winning essays will be posted to the Library of Virginia website by March 29, 2019.
  • Library of Virginia representatives will be available to honor each contest winner during a visit to his or her school.

 To enter the essay contest click here.

Research Resources Available On-Line for Henrico Students

Gifted children are inquisitive.

HCPS provides on line research resources accessible through CLEVER (a secure internet portal).  By logging onto a single site, students will find accurate and detailed answers to their questions.  Students may log onto  CLEVER  from home by entering  .  If your child does not know his/her password, please contact the classroom teacher.

The following resources are available on  CLEVER..

Britannica Image Quest–search for pictures and images–if your child wants to know what something looks like or if he/she simply needs images for a school project, the search should begin here.

Encyclopedia Britannica–This is an enhanced on-line  encyclopedia  containing leveled articles, pictures, and videos. Students type in the search word and are provided with  leveled articles (they can switch up to a higher level), pictures, and video when applicable.

Encyclopedia Virginia–offers detailed primary resources, pictures, virtual visits to historical sites all pertaining to the history of Virginia.

Gale Info Bits–is a research data base.  Students may select from a wide variety  of topics or they may complete a search query for a topic of interest.  Articles are available which may be read by the student or  read aloud to the student.  Pictures, maps, and charts are also included.

Gale Online Databases— a variety of data bases may be found within this link.   Students may search for the answers to their questions.  Students have the ability to search through multiple data bases at one time.

Henrico County Public Library Link–for easy access to the titles of books and materials available in the Henrico County Public Library system.  Books and materials may be ordered from any Henrico County Public Library to be picked up at your local branch.

Pebble Go–collection of non-fiction resources for our K-1 students. Beginning readers may read the text for themselves or may have the computer read to them.  This is a fun site with many pictures and simple text designed for inquisitive young readers.

World Almanac for Kids–offers a variety of interesting superlatives and lists similar to those found in the paper version.



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