WELCOME to SIGNET CLASS!
The Prince William County Gifted Education Program began in 1976, and is referred to as SIGNET, an acronym for Schools Involved in Gifted Needs in Education Today. The students served by the Gifted Education Program at the middle school level are unique in both their abilities and achievements. The program recognizes and strives to provide for the diversity of the academic, interpersonal, and emotional needs of each student.
The inquiry based learning used in this course of study support increased levels of complexity, ensuring high-level learning, achievement, and integrity for every student through quality classroom instruction, authentic literacy, and academic and behavior support. The essential elements of the curriculum include study centers, small groups, and individual work, in order to foster the curiosity of each student to become a life-long learner, problem solver, critical thinker, and independent thinker.
The Student will explore and develop:
Different approaches to solving problems, Higher level thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
Originality, flexibility, fluency, and elaboration in student products
Curriculum based on the needs and interests of the students, Access to current information and/or innovative practices in fields of study, Interdisciplinary approaches to content areas, To provide an environment conducive to: Productive group and individual work in an intellectually risk-free setting by students demonstrating
Responsibility, Integrity, Discipline, Enthusiasm, Respect (R.I.D.E.R)
In class students will demonstrate R.I.D.E.R.:
Responsibility by completing and submitting work on time and abiding by all classroom expectations
Integrity by using their own knowledge responsibly and ethically
Discipline by being prepared and focused on achieving learning goals
Enthusiasm by striving to learn and achieve at high levels while engaging in all classroom activities
Respect by treating peers, adults, and property with courtesy and consideration
Mr. Burnworth and Mrs. McQueen
Learn, Achieve, Succeed, Contribute