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Nemo Vista Gifted and Talented




  Brandi Hill-Lewis K-12 Gifted and Talented Coordinator AP Coordinator 




Dear Parents,


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.  Wow, summer vacation was over fast! My name is Brandi Hill-Lewis and I have taken on the position of K-2 Enrichment Teacher and 3-12 Gifted and Talented  Coordinator. Some of you know me and some do not. I am here to do my best to provide a safe, engaging, and growth minded learning environment.

I will come into the K-2 students classroom for 30 minutes each week.  I will provide activities that foster creativity and higher order thinking skills.  Identified students in grades 3-8 will come to my classroom, located in the middle school, to participate in small group instruction with a focus on developing individual talents and interests. 9-12 students will participate in AP classes and I will be available during X period for group meetings and during lunch for any other needs. I will be available during my prep (12:31-1:11) for any questions from parents.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at blewis@nemo.k12.ar.us or 501-893-6494.  I look forward to a great year.

Best Regards,


Brandi Hill-Lewis




What does it mean to be Gifted:


Arkansas Department of Education Definition of Gifted:

Gifted and Talented children and youth are those of high potential or ability, whose learning characteristics and educational needs require qualitatively differentiated education experience and/or services.  Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development, will be evidenced through an interaction of above intellectual ability, task commitment and/or motivation, creative ability

Nemo Vista Gifted and Talented Program:

Gifted and Talented teacher will provide the following service to students:

K-2 Whole Group Enrichment 30 minutes per week

3-6 Pull out Service 150 minutes per week

7-8 Pull out Service 3 times per week for 40 minutes and AP English

9-12 AP classes and weekly X period student meetings


Gifted and Talented Curriculum Goals:

  1. Provide opportunities for students to pursue individual interests and develop talent.

  2. Provide support for the social and emotional needs of gifted students.

  3. Provide differentiation in content, process, and/or product.

  4. Provide opportunities for creativity, investigation of problems in depth, develop products (both digital and paper based), presentation skills, and higher order thinking skills.


Scope and Sequence


Gifted and Talented Referral Stages:


Stage 1 Referral: A student is referred for Gifted and Talented services.  A referral form can be found on the district website, in the elementary, middle school, and high school offices. Referral may be made at any time during the school year. Referral can be made by parents, teachers, principals, counselors, or community members.

Referral Form

Stage 2 Data Collection:  Data is collected from a variety of sources to aid in making decisions for selection of students who are in need of gifted and talented services. Parents will be notified by Gifted and Talented Coordinator of referral and permission to collected data forms must be signed by parent.  

Data Collection

Stage 3 Data Analysis and Placement: A committee of at least 5 members analyzes data to determine the best placement of the student. The process ensures blind screening, the committee members do not know the name of the student until after placement is determined.  Student placement decisions are based on a multiple criterion.  No single criterion or cut-off score is used to include or exclude a student. Placement meetings will be held in October and April.

Appeal Process:

Step 1: Request an initial meeting with the Gifted and Talented Coordinator at your child's school within 10 days of receiving the non-placement notification.

Step 2: If the decision is still unsatisfactory, a written formal appeal may be submitted.  Upon receipt of a formal notice of appeal, the GT Coordinator may collect additional information/data concerning the student. A district appeals committee of at least 5 professional educators, chaired by the GT Coordinator, will review the appeal.

​Step 3: The decision will be based on multiple criteria and communication regarding a decision will be made to the referring party in writing. The decision by the Appeals Committee is final.


**Procedures used in the identification process are non-discriminatory with respect to race, cultural or economic background, religion, national origin, sex or handicapping condition.





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