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Mrs. Carter



SPICE stands for Special Programs in Creative Education.  The SPICE program has been in the Woodstock Public Schools for over thirty years.  WMS believes that academically gifted children frequently possess in varying degrees, characteristics which necessitate a differentiated curriculum.  SPICE attempts to meet the needs of students who have been identified as having above average ability, creativity, and task commitment, which contribute to gifted behavior.  Once a child is in the program they are reevaluated on a continuing basis.  SPICE is designed to provide enrichment activities to many children in the general population, as well as to target special needs of the academically gifted and creatively talented child.  This year, children with strengths in academic areas in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades have been placed in an enrichment language arts/reading class.  Capable students in the fifth grade may be pulled out to participate in SPICE activities once or twice each week. These classes are characterized by additional levels of inquiry and challenge.  In addition, strong mathematicians have been placed in an accelerated math program.  Once each week, Mrs. Carter visits these classes to provide support or challenge for those students who need it.

 The program also offers a variety of academic and creative challenges for all students during the lunch block or after school.   These may include Math club which supports Mathcounts and Math Olympiads; History Day; National Geographic Geography Bee; Creative Writing; Chess; and Public Speaking (run by a parent volunteer). 

 SPICE creative opportunities for talented students are also made available in the areas of Art (with Mrs. Pratt), Music (With Ms. Wood and Mr. Mulvihill)

 If you have questions about the academic program regarding your child, feel free to contact Mrs. Carter or your child’s teachers. 

 Mrs. Christine Carter



Identification Process for Giftedness


The following process was developed by teachers and administrators at Woodstock Public Schools.  It uses ability, achievement, and performance data to identify students for the state. Please refer to information from the state regulations:  ( http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2618&q=320938 )

Ability data will be taken from the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) taken in third grade. We look for scores in verbal, quantitative, or nonverbal areas that show a significant strength—one or two standard deviations above the mean.  Because this is a group test given roughly at age 8, there is no cut-off point if the child does not score well on this particular test. In addition, if students become Woodstock residents after third grade, or if there is a concern that the test does not reflect accurate information about a child's abilities, an individualized Slossen Intelligence Test may be given. 

Achievement data will be derived from the Connecticut state testing results.  We look for students scoring at the advanced level in at least one area, reading, writing, mathematics. Additional information is derived from other in-house testing:  Gates, Star, and teacher assessments. 

 Performance data is anecdotal in nature and will be generated by faculty members in the form of narratives, which will cite examples of extraordinary and/or creative learning or understanding, or a sustained interest in a topic by a student.  Information provided by parents may be included under this data source.   In addition, Renzulli Scales, giving quantitative measures of creativity, leadership, motivation, and learning, are administered in order to assess other strengths. 

 Parents will be notified as required using  procedures identified in Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-76d if their child is being considered for identification as gifted or talented.    A planning and placement team meeting is held annually to formally identify students. At this meeting, we examine the ability, achievement and performance data in order to determine elegibility for identification as gifted. Formal Identification will be made in grades five through eight.   Students who have at one point been identified as gifted and talented may lose that status if something changes in their achievement and performance.