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Author: Michelle Smart

STMS Open House & the New Highly Capable Program

0 Comments September 14, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! It looks like we won’t be able to get off this pandemic rollercoaster anytime soon, so our family is trying to learn how to roll with it. I attended the virtual open house for Summit Trail Middle School last week, where my 8th grade son is enrolled in the […]

Gifted Remote Learning Q&A

0 Comments August 24, 2020

Last week, I shared with PATH parents some Q&A from Chris Everett, Tahoma highly capable coordinator. Her answers are paraphrased here. Some concerns Tahoma has not been able to address yet, as they are prioritizing getting ready for the start of the school year. • I requested that my child be considered for the new […]

5 Thoughts to Help You Parent a Perfectionist

0 Comments June 29, 2020

I have a gifted perfectionist in my home. (Well, more than one, if I want to look in the mirror.) Parenting such a kiddo can be overwhelming, so when WAETAG (Washington Association for Educators of the Talented and Gifted) offered a webinar on the subject, I hurried to register. The speaker was Lisa Van Gemert, […]

Q&A with Chris Everett, Tahoma Highly Capable Coordinator

0 Comments May 18, 2020

I had a great phone conversation today with Chris Everett, Tahoma’s highly capable coordinator. I asked her some of the questions that I’ve been hearing from parents. Here are the questions, with my summaries of Chris’s answers: Q: What will school look like in the fall? A: Tahoma is waiting for guidance from the Washington […]

Feb. 11 School Board Report

0 Comments February 13, 2020

I attended the school board meeting earlier this week, and there were two agenda items involving the highly capable program. Awesome! The first agenda item was a first reading to revise “Policy and Procedure 2190 Highly Capable Programs.” Though mostly a routine business item, one point stood out to me. Tahoma School District (TSD) is […]

Insight from the Highly Capable Coordinator

0 Comments September 25, 2019

It feels so good to have someone who “gets” our gifted kids. Chris Everett, Tahoma School District (TSD) Highly Capable Coordinator, is one of those people. I recently met with her to touch base on several items regarding hi cap in the district. Here is a brief recap: • Middle school services. PATH’s advocacy last […]

PATH Board Member Earns a Gifted Education Degree

0 Comments September 1, 2019

I am thrilled to announce my graduation! Last month, I received a Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Education from Arizona State University. I am not a school district employee. Rather, I sought this degree for the knowledge to help my gifted son and others like him. I am hopeful that this degree […]

School Board Report – August 20, 2019

0 Comments August 21, 2019

The school board meeting this week was a collection of topics, focusing heavily on long-term budget planning. Board candidates Pete Miller and Katrina Montgomery were in attendance. Topics covered included: -A reflection on the district’s recent shift to e-flyers through the website PeachJar.com. A district-wide survey showed that parents overwhelmingly preferred email for their communication […]

School Board Report, July 30, 2019

0 Comments July 31, 2019

The school board met for a special meeting this week on Tuesday, July 30. Three school board candidates attended: Malia Hollowell, Pete Miller, and Lea Rigtrup. Katrina Montgomery was excused from the meeting to attend a school safety conference on behalf of the district. There was a public hearing scheduled about the budget for year […]

School Board Report-July 16, 2019

0 Comments July 18, 2019

The school board held a special meeting this week to go over budget details and the revised dress code. All five board members were there, and two of the candidates running for office were also there: Pete Miller and Jamie Fairbanks. BUDGET The budget discussion was an overview. Here is the draft budget for revenue […]