Ms. Andrea Love Art and Gifted Educator
I wanted to share my TAG students letters to Senator Rowden with you. Students learned about House Bills 112 and 136 and how to advocate for themselves and for other students around the state of Missouri. We will be attending the Gifted Association of Missouri GAM Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 26th. Students will leave on the bus at 7:35am and return for bus departure at their school.
Students will tour the Governs Mansion, will be introduced to the House & Senate Chambers, gather to view the three winners of the the Legislative Letter Contest, and eat lunch with Senator Rowden.
My heart is full from all of the wonderful letters students wrote to share the importance of having a gifted classroom. It was tough getting the letters completed with all of the snow days, but we succeed with the majority of the letters and had them sent out by the deadline. We do have a some missing in 2nd through 4th grade. The total TAG population is 39 students.
Students learned the importance of advocating for what is important to them along with writing a professional business letter to the Senator. Please read the House Bill information below and congratulate the students for their hard work.
Contest Description: The GAM 2019 Student Contest, Legislative Letter Contest, is a challenge to gifted students grades 3-8 in Missouri to write a letter of support for one of the GAM sponsored pieces of legislation in the 2019 session.
These are: HB 112 -- PROVISIONS FOR GIFTED EDUCATION Sponsored by Representative Chrissy Sommer This bill requires school districts to establish a state-approved gifted program if 3% or more of the students are determined to be gifted. Districts with average daily attendance of 350 or fewer students are not required to have a teacher certificated to teach gifted education, but any teacher providing gifted instruction without a gifted-teaching certificate must participate in six hours per year of professional development regarding gifted services.
HB 136 -- GIFTED CHILDREN Sponsored by Representative Chris Carter This bill requires school districts to establish special programs for gifted children when a sufficient number of children are determined to be gifted and their development requires programs or services beyond the level of those ordinarily provided in regular public school programs
William M. Schenck 1/18/19
6th Grade Student
Boonville School District
The Honorable Caleb Rowden
201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 433
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Dear Senator Rowden,
Hello, my name is William M. Schenck. I am a student in the Boonville Gifted program called TAG, or Talented and Gifted. I am very thankful for our gifted program because I have learned many things in the TAG program. For example, I have learned to code and have done a program to be safe on the internet.
To me the gifted program is important because it has had so much of an impact on my life. If it were not for the gifted program, I would not be where I am at today. I would most likely be sitting in class not being challenged and not learning as much as I think I should be. In the future, I would like to work as a computer engineer and I do not think that I would be able to do that without the gifted program
The House Bill HB 112 requires school districts to establish a gifted program if 3% or more of the school district are gifted. Also, the House Bill HB 136 states that the TAG program must go beyond what is normally taught in schools. The Gifted program at Boonville school district works beyond our core classes by challenging us and letting us learn more than the level of those ordinarily provided in regular public school programs.
In review, I am asking for your support for the gifted programs in all schools. I think that gifted students should have the opportunity to achieve and develop their skills necessary for the future they would wish to have. I believe that in supporting the Gifted House Bills 112 and 136, will impact the lives of countless children just like me in the state of Missouri.
Boonville Talented and Gifted Program