• Highland Elementary School
    Academically Gifted K-2 Nurturing Program

    Kindergarten
    In Kindergarten, each student will be assessed using Harnett County Schools behavior assessment and must be above level on the MCLASS assessments. Teachers will tally the score and develop nurturing groups.  Teachers will work with the identified group biweekly.  During this time students will perform a greater probe on the existing class themes.  This will be explored through a high-level book study. This project will lead to a technology based presentation to their class.  In mathematics, students will create and instruct the class in real world math problems based on current standards their class is using. The presentations will involve identified students using “hands-on” manipulatives to instruct their peers who are not identified. The group will integrate and extend learning for mastered skills into the other academic disciplines of science and social studies within the math and reading presentations.

    First Grade
    In first grade, each student will be assessed using Harnett County Schools behavior assessment and must be above grade level on the MCLASS assessments. Teachers will tally scores and develop nurturing groups. Teachers will meet with the identified groups biweekly.  Students will participate in a higher-level book study extending ideas that have been explored in class.  Students will then create a question/answer presentation for the class using some form of digital media.  A final project based on the presentation may be assigned to the identified group.  Students will create and solve real world math problems.  These problems will be based on current mathematical standards that have been mastered.  The identified group will create a digital mathematics activity for the class to use.  Mathematical skills and metacognitive reasoning will be developed.

    Second Grade
    In second grade, each student will be assessed using Harnett County Schools behavior assessment and must be above level on the MCLASS assessments.  Teachers will tally scores and develop nurturing groups.  Teachers will meet with the identified groups biweekly.  Students will research, create, and develop a presentation to their peers who were not identified.  During the process students will use Bloom’s taxonomy question stems to develop and expand ideas that have been mastered in class.  This presentation will incorporate technology with important critical thinking skills.  In mathematics, the students will create a hands-on mathematical lesson to their peers.  This lesson will contain a use of some digital media and some ever-important problem-solving skills.  Through this process will expand and refine skills in areas of existing mastery.

    *   K-2 students who show a need for nurturing and meet the above criteria may be added to the group.  Students who are struggling with the rigorous activates may be removed from the group.