Roseville Community Schools Gifted and Talented program returns

By: Maria Allard | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 8, 2021

 Fountain Elementary School fifth grade students Joshua Lewis and Giovanni Calleja work on their “Balloons Over Broadway” project.

Fountain Elementary School fifth grade students Joshua Lewis and Giovanni Calleja work on their “Balloons Over Broadway” project.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

 Fourth grade student Benjamin Flieger shares information about his project with teacher Sheryl Vitale.

Fourth grade student Benjamin Flieger shares information about his project with teacher Sheryl Vitale.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

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ROSEVILLE — Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Roseville Community Schools officials did not offer the elementary school Gifted and Talented Program during the 2020-21 school year.

But the program has been brought back this year, with 115 students eager to learn. The class meets once a week at Kment Elementary School.

This year, the program has a strong focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — STEAM. Program teacher Sheryl Vitale believes the STEAM curriculum is important for students because it engages their minds and equips them with the four C’s: critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration skills. There will also be an emphasis on the engineering design process, which is a series of steps that engineers follow to find a solution to a problem.

“STEAM provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning,” she said in a prepared statement. “It makes learning ‘real’ and gives kids the opportunity to connect the content they’re studying to the application of that content in authentic and relevant ways. I want them to develop a growth mindset, be resilient, have perseverance, and be able to take risks, to be comfortable with productive failure.”

The Gifted and Talented curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 students. The standards were developed by states to improve science education for all students.

According to school officials, Roseville’s Gifted and Talented Program began in the 1970s. It is for students in grades three to five throughout the district who are eligible for accelerated learning. Students qualify for the program based on a number of different criteria, including state assessment scores, iReady scores, grades, attendance and teacher recommendations.

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