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Information night Jan. 13 for West Middle School's Gifted Magnet program

       Two information meetings for District 11's Grades 6-8 Gifted Magnet program will be in January.
       One of those will be on the Westside, at West Middle School, 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. The other will be at Sabin Middle School two days later.
       Parents/guardians of future or present middle-schoolers in the Pikes Peak region are welcome to attend. Teachers in the program will host the event.
       Gifted Magnet is similar to District 11's SAIL (Student-Centered Academic Interdisciplinary Lab) program, which was offered at West starting in 1999. It is open to students who test as gifted in one or more subject areas.
       “The Gifted Magnet program curriculum is interdisciplinary and is built around the concepts of Discovery, Change, and Conflict,” according to a press release from Hillary Wessells, administrative assistant in D-11's Gifted & Talented Department. “The curriculum is highly rigorous, exceeds state content standards, and requires depth and complexity of thought.”
       For younger students with accelerated learning abilities, West Elementary offers the EAGLES (Exceptional Academic Gifted Learning Experience Site) program for grades 1-5, with hopes of expanding it to kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year, Wessells said.
       Gifted Magnet applications are available on the District 11 website d11.org. For more information or to schedule school visits, call 520-2464 for more information.
       Completed applications are due Feb. 27.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 1/2/15; Schools: West Middle School)

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