Monroe-Woodbury CSD

EXceptional Pupils Adding New Dimensions!


Department Chair: Debra Garling:  460-6700 ext. 6764
Central Valley Elementary School - Room 402

Administrative assistant: Carolyn McAteer: 460-6700 ext. 6763
Central Valley Elementary School -Main Office

Elementary EXPAND Classes

Katie OppeltNorth Main Elementary460-6800
Nate PetersenPine Tree Elementary460-6900

Middle School EXPAND Classes

Mrs. Renee PearceGrades 6, 7, 8                   460-6400

PROGRAM Objectives

  • Develop skills and strategies for critical and creative thought.
  • Foster communication skills necessary for producing ideas.
  • Encourage students to think for themselves.
  • Expose students to research skills and explore resources for developing their own interests and expertise.
  • To enhance the understanding of personal needs as well as the needs of others.

Talent Development Overview

The ultimate goal of the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District is to identify the educational needs of each child in the system and to provide appropriate learning opportunities. In keeping with this goal, our Gifted and Talented programs view each student as having the potential for applying their abilities to developing their talent. Our aim is to continuously identify and successfully nurture these capabilities in our student body in order to:

  • Challenge children to achieve their educational potential. 
  • Encourage sharing one's talents with others.
  • Enhance self-esteem.

Identification Procedures

Students in grades 3-12 are identified for program invitation. Using the USOE (Federal) Marland definition of gifted/talented, we identify the areas of:  

  • Intellectual Ability
  • Specific Academic Achievement (both Math and Language Arts)
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Psychomotor/Kinesthetic

A variety of instruments are used to identify students for participation in the EXPAND programs. These may include combinations of any of the following: teacher, parent, peer or self-nomination; past accomplishment forms; standardized tests; portfolio review; behavioral scales; creativity tests; and observation/interviews. Matrices are used to determine eligibility in each area. An appeal process is available for students who demonstrate advanced talents, yet do not perform well on standardized tests.

"The  District  has  made  every  reasonable  attempt  to  ensure  that  our  Web  Pages are  educationally  sound  and  do  not  contain  links  to  questionable  material  or material that  can  be  deemed  in  violation  of  the  District's  Standards  and  Guidelines for  Web  Page  Publishing  Policy."  “Acceptable  Use  Agreement.”

The District has made every reasonable attempt to ensure that our Web Pages are educationally sound and do not contain links to questionable material or material that can be deemed in violation of the District's Standards and Guidelines for Web Page Publishing Policy.
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