Dear Parent/Guardian of Joplin Schools’ Gifted Education Center,
As we head into the next school year, we wanted to take the time to remind our parents and guardians of Joplin Schools’ Gifted Education Center attendance policy. Our program is rapidly expanding and to ensure that the program remains robust, as well as providing a stable classroom environment, the following policy will be implemented.
Your child is a vital part of each day’s learning team and his/her presence contributes and amplifies to each group’s experience. Please note the procedures below that will be followed under the Gifted Center’s Attendance Policy. Gifted class is an educational intervention. Therefore, students are expected to attend gifted class each week unless they have an excused absence. Excused absences are determined by each elementary principal and include standardized testing, sickness, district planned grade level field trips, or a doctor’s appointment. Please check the Gifted Program’s calendar attached to the Joplin School’s Home Page for scheduling purposes. Classroom teachers need to convey excused absences to the gifted teacher on or before the student’s gifted day.
We teach a sequential curriculum that necessitates regular and meaningful attendance to the gifted classroom. Thank you for your support and sharing your child with us! Again, the policy is being implemented to ensure the highest quality experience for your child and for the program as a whole. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as this policy is implemented. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Gifted Education, Brian Olivera, or your child’s gifted education teacher, Ms. Hughes or Ms. Hembree.
Thank you for opportunity to enrich your child’s education!
Wendee Hughes, 2nd/3rd grade teacher
Miranda Hembree 4th/5th grade teacher
Bret Ingle, Director of Gifted Education