Buffalo Gap High School
2018-2019 Gifted and Talented Program
Philosophy - Augusta County Public Schools believes that gifted students possess outstanding talents and abilities that require curriculum and instruction to meet their educational needs. We are committed to meeting these needs through acceleration and enrichment by differentiating for these students.
School Coordinator: Amanda Seldomridge
School Committee: Ian Marshall, Sara Urry, Jacqueline Patteson, Delaney Corker, Kajsa Averill, Rob Maxwell, and Beth Metcalfe
County Supervisor: Angela Deitz
Gifted Education Resources:
2018-19 School Events:
-Friday, October 5th during Bison Return/Library - 3D Pen Workshop: Come create using our 3D pens. Sign up with Mrs. Seldomridge.
-Tuesday, October 16th at 1:00 - Mrs. Whitesell will be here at Gap to speak to students who are interested in attending the SVGS. Please sign up with Mrs. Ashby in Guidance. There are also Spend-a-Day options available.
-Friday, November 9th during Bison Return/Library - Come sit in on a presentation from the Sentara RMH Radiology Team. They will discuss this possible career path.
-Friday, November 16th during Bison Return/Library - Solar Energy Presentation: Come hear Joe Moore, Vice President of Operations for Altenergy and BGHS alum, speak about his career path and the future of solar energy. *Weather cancelled this event, but it will be rescheduled for the spring semester.
- Friday, November 30th - Field Trip to Washington, D.C. to the African American and Native American Museums: Mrs. Shields and Mrs. Click will be chaperoning an AP/G&T trip to Washington.
-January 11, 2019 during Bison Return/Library - VA Wildlife Center Presentation: Come explore the workings of the wildlife hospital, meet some of the non-releasable former patients, and discover how the Wildlife Center is carrying out its mission of conservation.
-February 8, 2019 in February 2019 during Bison Return/Auditorium - Fight Choreography Theater Workshop: Learn how to create realistic fight scenes with Mrs. Patteson and her husband.
-February 13, 2019 during 1st block/Gym - Drone Presentation: Come watch BRCC Instructor Mark Fitzgerald fly a drone and discuss industry applications and possible career paths.
-March 7, 2019 - SVGS 25th Anniversary Reception: The Shenandoah Valley Governor's School will host an open house on Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 5:30-8:15 p.m. The event will offer a variety of performances, readings, art exhibits and demonstrations, science presentations and poster sesions, senior project displays and class demonstrations. This is a great evening for those not familiar with SVGS to learn more about the school and for SVGS family and friends to celebrate our students' work!
-March 15, 2019/Art Room - Stained Glass Workshop: Come make something beautiful with Ms. Corker.
-TBD in March 2019 during 1st & 2nd blocks/JMU STEM Center Field Trip: Come join us for an interactive lab experience on the JMU campus. Field trip form required.
-TBD in March and April 2019: Special Effects Stage Makeup Workshop: Ever wonder how films can make everyday normal stars look old? Or look like a supernatural super villain? Or even an animated character? Come to the Special Effects Stage Makeup Workshop. It will be led by drama teacher, Mrs. Patteson. Come and make yourself into an entirely different person!!
-TBD in March and April 2019 during Bison Return/BGHS Grounds - Drone & Rocket Flight Workshops: Learn to fly our newly purchased DJI drone or craft a model rocket to launch with Mr. Maxwell, Mr. Alexander, and Mr. Hemminger.
-Library Makerspace - Each month there will be a new "make and take" offering.
-UVA Summer Enrichment Program: http://curry.virginia.edu/sep
Session 1: June 16-27, 2019
Session 2: June 30 - July 11, 2019
Session 3: July 14-25, 2019
*Applications will be available on December 15th and will be due on February 15, 2019.
-Expanding Your Horizons (Math & Science Conference for Girls) at JMU: http://www.jmu.edu/mathstat/eyh/
Saturday, March 16, 2019: Conference will be open to girls in grades 6-9. Registration will open in February.
-UVA Society for Women Engineers High School Visitation Program: https://www.virginiaswe.org/hsv
Fall date: Saturday, November 17th / Applications must be completed by Saturday, October 22nd
-Summer High School Residential Flight Academy: http://vsgc-net.odu.edu/pathways-flight-academies/
-National Youth Science Camp: https://nysf.smapply.io/ Applications due February 28, 2019
One week programs offered at Liberty and Averett Univerities. Applications due January 25, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is "gifted and talented" (G&T)?
Gifted and talented is used to describe students who “perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment” (US Department of Education, 1993). Their talents may be academic, artistic, athletic, or social. While BGHS recognizes that all students exhibit talents, the Augusta County School District determines how students are identified as gifted. These gifted students are eligible for differentiated instruction such as an accelerated curriculum or extracurricular enrichment experiences.
2. What does Virginia require public schools to provide to gifted students?
Each district must have a Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted. This plan describes the areas of giftedness the school division will serve, an operational definition of giftedness, procedures used to identify gifted students, plans for professional development of teachers and curriculum, and involvement of parents and community.
3. How is my student identified as gifted at BGHS?
Students are identified through a screening process or by referral. At BGHS, most gifted students were identified through a screening process in elementary or middle school. For students who are new to the school district or who have not been identified as gifted previously, a referral is necessary. For details on the referral process, contact Mrs. Seldomridge.
4. In what specific areas does BGHS identify gifted students?
Augusta County recognizes two areas of giftedness, general intellectual aptitude and visual and/or performing arts aptitude. General intellectual aptitude includes language arts, mathematics, and science. In the arts, a student is identified as gifted in instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, and/or visual arts. Students may be identified for their aptitude in more than one area or discipline.
5. How many BGHS studenst are identified as gifted?
There are 78 students at BGHS who are identified as gifted, representing approximately 16% of the school population.
6. What are gifted students required to do?
There are no requirements for gifted students at BGHS. Instead, students should view their identification as an opportunity to take advantage of resources made available through G&T programs at the school and in the school district. Depending upon the specific area of giftedness, these G&T programs may include advanced coursework and/or extracurricular activities.
7. How can I support G&T programs at BGHS?
We will gladly accept donations of time and money. Please contact Mrs. Seldomridge for more information.