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Welcome to the home page for the USD 261 Middle School Gifted & Talented Program!
We are excited about the opportunities that we have for our middle school students.  Please explore our programming and extracurricular below to learn more about our program, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Jamie Houser
Gifted Facilitator
Haysville Middle School
Haysville West Middle School
Gifted Lab
6th grade students are encouraged to enroll in two semesters of Gifted Lab.  In this class, students learn skills that help them to be successful in middle school.  Students complete units on study skills and units that address the unique social/emotional needs of gifted students.  Students will also have the opportunity to pursue their interests and passions through independent study projects and using VPL (Virtual Prescriptive Learning).
7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to enroll in at least one semester of Gifted Lab.  In this class, students will have the opportunity to pursue their interests and passions through a variety of individual and group projects.
Advanced Computers
Advanced computers is offered only to gifted students.  In the 6th grade class, students study a variety of topics including spreadsheet design and ACID Music composition.  In 7th and 8th grade, students complete projects using database and webpage design, and others.  Each level of advanced computers is a one-semester-long class.
Advanced Math
6th grade gifted/honors math is offered to those students identified by their 5th grade teachers and based on assessment scores and classroom performance as needing acceleration and/or enrichment in math.  Students in 6th grade gifted/honors math complete the curriculum for 7th grade general math and pre-algebra, and are ready for algebra at the conclusion of the class.
In 7th and 8th grade, students continue the math sequence they began in sixth grade.  Following 6th grade gifted/honors math, students take algebra and then geometry.  Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, students will have the opportunity to take geometry at the middle school. 
High School Classes
HMS & HWMS Students who demonstrate the need and eligibility requirements for high school level courses may consider taking those courses at Campus High School.  Gifted students who successfully complete high school courses while in the middle school receive high school credit for those classes as outlined in the individual student's IEP.