S.P.A.R.K.S
Special People Achieving Rich Knowledge and Success

MISSION STATEMENT

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. is the Noxubee County School District's Intellectually Gifted Program, serving gifted students in second through sixth grades.  The classroom for the gifted program is located at the Central Office Administrative Complex.  The format of the gifted program is a one day per week, five hour pull-out program.  At the end of each gifted class, students are transported back to their respective schools.

Students enrolled in the gifted program are from Earl Nash Elementary, B.F. Liddell Elementary and Wilson Elementary schools.

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 be made throughout the school year by contacting the Teacher of the Gifted (contact information listed below) or a child's classroom teacher.

TEACHER

Melinda Brown is the current Teacher of the Gifted for the Noxubee County School District.  She has 29 years of teaching experience and has taught gifted education classes in Noxubee County for the past 14 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.



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
     2.  Creativity
     3.  Self-Directed Learning
     4.  Group Dynamics/Leadership
     5.  Communication
     6.  Research
     7.  Arts

RESOURCES:

Mississippi Association for Gifted Children - MAGC
http://magcweb.org/

National Association for Gifted Children - NAGC
http://www.nagc.org/

Hoagies Gifted Site
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/

NAEG Center for Gifted Education & Talent (website for parents)
http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/parents/parentws.html

Contact Information

Melinda Brown
Teacher of the Gifted
Noxubee County School District
P.O. Box 540
Macon, MS  39341
(662) 726-5049
mbrown@noxcnty.k12.ms.us