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Holly Springs Intermediate School

Gifted Program

The Holly Springs School District provides a program of enrichment for the intellectually gifted students in the second through sixth grades.  The students in the Holly Springs Gifted program attend these enrichment classes for 60 minutes, four days a week, for a total 240 minutes.   Second through sixth grade classes are taught by Amanda Reed.  Mrs. Reed holds a masters degree in Gifted Education.  Mass screenings of all 1st graders is conducted annually beginning in January.  Referrals for students  can be made by anyone .  This includes teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, peers, the students themselves, or any and all persons who have a reason to believe that the student may be intellectually gifted. 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Intellectually Gifted Program of the Holly Springs School District is to challenge  the Intellectually Gifted Students in the areas of communication, thinking  skills, creativity, metacognition, research, and self-directed learning.  The student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate mastery, understanding, and abilities at a much younger age and in greater depth and breadth than other students.  The Holly Springs School Gifted Program is intended to open the door of opportunity and challenge the students to do what others think cannot be done by students of their age, educational, or experiential levels.

Student Reassessment

A committee meets once a year to reassess each gifted student's continuation in the gifted program.  The committee includes the Gifted Instructor, Coordinator, as well as the Principal.  As stated in the Mississippi Department of Education Regulations, "Participating in the gifted program is an entitlement under the law; the student should remain in the program as long as they are being successful in the program.  Grades and/or success in the regular education program are the responsibility of the regular classroom teachers and should not be considered as a reason for removal from the gifted program."

What To Do If A Student Does not Meet Reassessment Qualifications.

The following resource list is available to all teachers. These materials are located in the Intermediate Gifted classroom and can be checked out by all staff.

Home Work and Class Work

Gifted students do not receive homework assigned in the Gifted classrooms.  On occasion students may need to conduct interviews or bring in materials from home in order to complete a project but as a rule the majority of gifted work will take place in the classroom.

Student Exiting Program

Should a parent want to remove their child from the gifted program, they must notify the gifted coordinator in writing.  However, once this is done, the child may not return to the gifted program for the remaining time in the semester.  Also, this removal may only happen once in a school year (August- May).

Classroom Options for High Ability Learners!

Revising the Gifted Rating Scale