Dear Parents, Community and CCUSD Staff,
We are thrilled to report that the CCUSD Elementary Gifted Program is up and running for our gifted and talented students in grades 3-6. Approximately 125 students are signed up for the first semester of the program. With the vision of our Governing Board who approved the staffing and the generous donations totaling $40,000 from our business partners that was spearheaded by our Bond Project Manager, Mr. Mark Rafferty, the CCUSD Gifted and Talented "Creative Inquiry" Program is a reality.
CCUSD elementary students who were identified as gifted/talented in any area (Verbal, Quantitative, Non-Verbal) are transported once per week with their grade level peers for a half day Creative Inquiry Class in the newly appointed Gifted Classroom at Sonoran Trails Middle School. Students will experience Authentic Learning through problem based learning and technology, along with competitions and field trips. Using their unique talents, the students will explore, develop or research their areas of interest and/or talent. Multiple opportunities will be provided for students to interact with their intellectual, artistic and creative peers.
Through the investigation, research and exploration of a real-world problem in an area of interest (math, biology, computer science, writing, art, medicine, etc.) students will design and create a product that provides a solution to a problem; explain the problem and suggest solutions; and, subsequently provide a plan to educate the public to increase awareness of their chosen problem. Two certified teachers will facilitate their process.
A huge thank you to the following business partners who provided donations to outfit the gifted classroom for exploration and creativity: CORE Construction, Chasse Building Team, Pueblo Mechanical, Progressive Roofing, Urban Energy Solutions, Wholesale Floors, D.L. Withers Construction, Fire Security Electronics & Communications, Riddle Painting, Regional Paving, ONE!Architecture, Facility Management Group and Corgan.
For more information on the Gifted and Talented "Creative Inquiry" Program for elementary gifted students, please contact Director of Academic Services and Assessment, Mr. Tom Espy at 480-575-2042.
I look forward to seeing you in our schools!
Debbi Burdick, Ed.D.