Gifted Education Program
The mission of the Noxubee County School District's Intellectually Gifted Program is to offer differentiated learning experiences to meet the special needs of the intellectually gifted learner.
S. P. A. R. K. S. Program
S.P.A.R.K.S. is the Noxubee County School District's Intellectually Gifted Program, serving gifted students in second through sixth grades. The format of the gifted program is a one day per week, five-hour pull-out program and the classroom for the gifted program is located at the Earl Nash Elementary School Annex.
A blanket screening of all first grade students in the Noxubee County School District is conducted each spring in an effort to identify potential gifted students. Referrals for the gifted program can also be made throughout the school year by contacting the Teacher of the Gifted or a child's classroom teacher.
Framework for the Gifted Curriculum
Meeting the characteristics and needs of the intellectually gifted learner requires differential treatments in curriculum and instructional patterns of delivery. Because the intellectually gifted learner has special needs in both cognitive and affective areas, so must the curriculum. In working with the Mississippi Department of Education's suggested outcomes, we implement the following framework:
1. Thinking Skills
3. Self-Directed Learning
4. Group Dynamics/Leadership
About the Teacher
Melinda Brown is the current Teacher of the Gifted for the Noxubee County School District. She has 34 years of teaching experience and has taught gifted education classes in Noxubee County for the past 19 years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University and a Master's Degree in Gifted Studies from Mississippi University for Women. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher.