In Fall 2019, PATH asked parents to write letters to the school board urging them to provide highly capable services at the middle school level. A number of PATH parents, and even one student, answered the call and we were able to bring a collection of letters to our meeting with interim Superintendent Mike Maryanski.
Superintendent Maryanski and Dawn Wakely, Sr. Director over Teaching & Learning, took immediate action and began building out a program plan, targeting phase 1 implementation in the 2020-21 school year. The initial offering will be an English-Language Arts / Social studies course for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Read the announcement on the district's website: Link to web page
In addition to simply providing services, Chris Everett, highly capable program coordinator, will be reopening the referral period for students at the middle school level who may be eligible for high cap but have not yet been identified. The referral form can be found here: Link to Referral Form
These developments are a huge milestone and are exactly the reason PATH was created in the first place.
Below is a copy of the email sent by the Tahoma Communications Office:
New middle school Highly Capable ELA/SS
Dear families of students in grades 5, 6 and 7,
Summit Trail and Maple View Middle School will offer a new class to support highly capable students in the academic areas of English-Language Arts and Social Studies in grades 6, 7, and 8. These classes will provide a more rigorous and integrated approach to the Language Arts and Social Studies disciplines.
Current and past Tahoma Discovery students are eligible for this program. Students may also be referred to this program by parents/guardians and/or teachers of current students in grades 5, 6, and 7. We are recommending that students who scored in the top 5 percent on SBAC and district assessments consider submitting a referral form, which is available here. The referral window closes March 13, 2020.
Tahoma Communications Office