Gifted at the Meadows

Nicholas Kimpan, Gifted Resource Teacher

nwkimpan@vbschools.com

Welcome to the Kempsville Meadows Elementary School Gifted Page.

2021 - 2022 is bringing many new challenges to Virginia Beach City Public Schools. We here at Kempsville Meadows Elementary School are so very proud of all our students and how they are adapting and complying with new procedures, policies and changes. These change have certainly created many challenges for gifted education; however, know that we are doing everything we can do ensure that all students are receiving education services commensurate with their abilities.

Hands-on Science learning is currently a hot topic in VBCPS, as in most schools in the country. It is very difficult to maintain a high level of sanitation in a hands-on setting, and we have adapted to some degree by using demonstrations as opposed to investigations. The Science Lab is being revamped to accommodate small groups in order to do scientific investigation and explore the design process in solving problems.

We will continue working with the fabulous stories in the Junior Great Books series, giving the students opportunities to explore rich text and shared inquiry. Additionally, we will be working more with Performance Tasks and Performance Based Assessments, allowing for more authenticity in the classroom.

I am very excited about Math this year and how we can incorporate programs like Red Bird and Khan Academy into the daily routines of Math.

And let's not forget about Social Studies. K - 3 will focus heavily on Citizenship this year, one of our 5 Cs, along with ancient civilizations and historic biographies. Forth and Fifth grades will explore Virginia Studies, including Jamestown, Virginia's Native American heritage, Colonial Virginia, the American Revolution and Civil War, and much more. Students will be using critical thinking skills and studying primary documents to determine cause and effect, historical importance and many other ideas. It is going to be an exciting year!