Little Innovators 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

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 Attend 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

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.

When:  Thursday, November 8th  7:30-9:00 PM 

Cost:  $30 Members/$40 Non-Members

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.”



Selecting Toys and Games for Gifted Children

Below are links to articles/lists that may be helpful as you make decisions about selecting toys and games for your gifted child.

NAGC (most recent game suggestions)

Hoagies Gifted Game and Toy Lists (scroll down the page to see all categories)

Best Apps for Gifted Children

National Association of Counties (NACo) Recognizes HCPS Gifted Programs Collaborative Project

Gifted Program Spotlight

Patricia Griffin, Educational Specialist for Gifted Programs, Janet Nowlin, former Gifted Resource Teacher,  along with Wendy Martin of HCPS Operational Technology  were recognized at the October School Board Meeting for their roles in the award winning project  titled Maggie Walker Governor’s School: Remaking an Old-School Application Process.  

The team from Henrico was  recognized for creating an online  process that has  transformed a laborious paper and pencil application process for parents, students, and staff members who deal with over 1,200 paper applications for Maggie Walker annually.  Parents and students are now able to access the application  and complete the application process in a matter of minutes using a laptop, tablet, or phone.

The award was presented earlier this year by The National Association of Counties (NACo).  NACo unites America’s 3,069 county governments.  NACo presents awards for innovative programming in local governments annually.

Early College at Mary Baldwin University

The coed Early College offers the opportunity for bright 16- and 17-year-old students to skip their final years of high school and immerse themselves in college at MBU.  To learn more visit the  Mary Baldwin site.

Mary Baldwin Early College Information Link

Community Information Session Held at Islamic Center of Richmond

Gifted Program Spotlight

On Saturday October 13, Patty Griffin, Educational Specialist for Gifted Programs, Kevin Carr, Secondary Coordinator for Gifted Programs and Karen Wright, Gifted Resource Teacher for Gifted Programs, conducted a workshop for parents at the Islamic Center of Richmond.  Numerous parents and community members gathered to learn about the Gifted Identification Process and Gifted Programming options offered by Henrico County.  The afternoon featured a presentation and Q & A session.  Parents left the session with a better understanding of both the process for identification and the services that are offered in HCPS.