Welcome
Email: lamontkr@pwcs.edu

3/19/2020
I have been posting daily messages and activities on both Seesaw and Twitter (that Twitter feed can be seen from this page too, near the bottom).  I will be adding announcements under a new tab on the left called Daily Notes.  These Daily Notes will be dated, and will be the same as the information I am sending out through Seesaw directly.  If you have questions, please email me (lamontkr@pwcs.edu) or send me a Seesaw message, if you are in my class with Seesaw.  I hope you and your family are safe and healthy! 

3/13/2020
If your child is looking for fun and interesting things to do, check out my links on the side, or specifically https://guest.portaportal.com/mrslamont  There are many activities to check out for all grade levels (and I also have my 4th grade curriculum sites up there too from when I taught just 4th grade).  

K-3rd grade:
The START (Strategies for Teaching and Reaching for Talent) program offers gifted education services for identified students in kindergarten through third grade.  Students are identified based on specific academic aptitude in the areas of language and/or mathematics.  Because of their advanced academic abilities, gifted students need acceleration and enrichment, as well as opportunities for creative and critical thinking. The START goals are to challenge students to develop their skills in thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively.  Students are offered a variety of educational opportunities that extend and enrich the county curriculum and support the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs).


4th and 5th grade:
The SIGNET (Students Involved in Gifted Needs in Education Today) program offers gifted education services for identified students in fourth and fifth grades. Students are identified based on specific academic aptitude in the areas of language and/or mathematics. Because of their advanced academic abilities, gifted students need acceleration and enrichment, as well as opportunities for creative and critical thinking.  The SIGNET goals are to challenge students to develop their skills in thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively.  Students are offered a variety of educational opportunities that extend and enrich the county curriculum, support the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs), and encourage the exploration of areas of interest. 

Q & A about the Gifted Program:
Q: What do I need to do to see if my student qualifies for the gifted program?
A: Fill out the Referral Form located in the Files and Documents link on the left side of the page and return it to school.  You may also want to discuss your interest with your child's teacher, as they are part of the process.

Q: What is the process for determining if my child is gifted?
A: After permission is given, students complete a writing sample, a math packet, and testing with me (K-3 are given the K-BIT, 4-5 are given the CogAt and the Naglieri).  Parents also fill out a parent report (attached in the Files and Documents link), and teachers fill out a Teacher Report.  Also submitted are writing samples from class, and Report Card grades.  All of these are reviewed together in order to determine if students require additional challenges outside of the classroom.  

Q: My child is really strong in one area, but not another.  How will this impact placement?
A: When a child qualifies for services, they can qualify for math, language arts, or both areas.  However, this doesn't change the services they receive with me.  I do a variety of units with each grade level throughout the year: language arts, math, science and social studies.  

Q: After my child qualifies, how does this impact their daily schedule?
A: Students are seen on a pull-out basis.  K-3rd are seen for 45-90 minutes each week (depending on grade level).  Typically, I see my K-2nd grade on Mondays, and 3rd on Thursdays.  4th and 5th are seen for one day each week (minus specials, lunch, and recess).  While students are with me, instruction continues in their classroom, so it's important that they remember to ask if there's anything they need to make up when they return.  

More information can be found here:
https://pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=775904