Welcome to the Virtual Gifted Classroom!!!
Holly Springs Intermediate School
The Mission of the Intellectually Gifted Program of the Holly Springs School District is to challenge the Intellectually Gifted Students in the areas of communication, thinking skills, creativity, metacognition, research, and self-directed learning. The student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate mastery, understanding, and abilities at a much younger age and in greater depth and breath than other students. The Holly Springs School Gifted Program is intended to open the door of opportunity and challenge the students to do what others think cannot be done by students of their age, educational, or experiential levels.
Definition: Intellectually gifted students are developmentally advanced in language and thought.
Their advanced language ability includes superior comprehension skills, a large working vocabulary and a large store of information about many topics. The child may grasp complex and abstract concepts and relationships that are normally learned at an older age.
Intellectually gifted students are identified by their incredible intellectual, creative and problem solving abilities. Gifted children often ask unforeseen questions, make unusual connections between ideas, overflow with creativity and show intensity and complexity in thinking. Intellectual giftedness may be displayed in various areas, including critical thinking, verbal and mathematical reasoning and advanced academic achievement.
- Type 1 - Mass Screening Referral
Mass screenings of all 1st graders is conducted annually beginning in January. A normed group measure of intelligence is used in the Mass Screening Referral Process.
- Type 2 - Individual Referral
These referrals can be made by anyone. This includes teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, peers, the students themselves, or any and all persons who have a reason to believe that the student may be intellectually gifted. Once the student is referred, the district personnel shall collect the data required to satisfy the referral criteria.
For students moving forward in the referral process, the next step in the process will consist of the collection of substantiated student data obtained from academic tests, parent and teacher observation surveys, student surveys, and student portfolio work samples. Alternative tests are used for students who are English Language Learners
Holly Springs Primary/Intermediate
Intellectually Gifted Program contacts:
Carolyn Bredosky,Gifted Teacher662-252-2183
During the 2023/2024 school year the Intermediate Gifted classes will be competing in the Future Problem Solvers International Program. They will complete competition booklets on four topics. The Junior team (6th grade) will have the possibility of being invited to the International Competition Bowl held during the summer of 2024 in Idaho. The Primary Gifted classes will also be learning the Future Problem Solving six-step approach to problem solving in their classes.
All curriculum in the gifted classrooms is different from the curriculum offered in the regular education classroom. The gifted curriculum is aligned with the Mississippi Department of Education Gifted Outcomes.