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Eight Sebring McKinley Junior High School students attended the Youngstown State English Festival on Friday, April 12, 2019. Paolo DeMaria, Ohio Department of Education's Superintendent of Public Instruction, observes an interactive read aloud in Mrs. Kandel's class. Paolo DeMaria, Ohio Department of Education's Superintendent of Public Instruction, watches an eighth-grade robotics class. Jake Arbitter, Haley Jackson, and Savanna Rowe were the speakers for the seventh edition of the "All-Star Alumni Series" Sebring McKinley High School was one of 14 local schools to be represented at the 10th annual JA Titan Business Challenge. Mahoning Valley Historical Society visited B.L. Miller for its Suitcase Presentation. Sebring McKinley High School's nine newest members of the National Honor Society: Jacob Hunter, Miles Shoffner, Noah Dennis, Camden Green, Zane Peterson, Hannah Warner, Chasity Smarr, Brenna Soules, and Joseph Clark. B.L. Miller Elementary hosted Family Fun Night, where students experienced STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) activities with loved ones. High school students unveil how much money was raised during February to provide #HopeForBrenden. The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 visited B.L. Miller Elementary School to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. Shawn and Mary Jackson returned to Sebring High School for the "All-Star Alumi Series" on Thursday, February 21, 2019. These B.L. Miller Elementary 4-6 students won awards for the school's art show on Thursday, February 14, 2019. These B.L. Miller Elementary K-3 students won awards for the school's art show on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Freshman Mary Quinn won the 10th Annual Danielle Scott Memorial Poetry Contest, which is sponsored by The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. B.L. Miller Elementary kindergarten students celebrated the 100th day of school by creating their own shirts. The elementary girls basketball players were recognized during a high school girls basketball game. Sebring Local School District presented certificates to school board members for School Board Recognition Month. The 2019 Sebring McKinley High School Winter Homecoming Court: Kendra Shields, Aebigayle D'Ostroph, Devyn Reggi, Isabelle Jackson, Kyleisha Jays, Keyarra Nelson Great job by the B.L. Miller Elementary School spelling bee participants. Jay Zheng was the winner. 2017 Sebring McKinley graduates Madeline Kreitzer, Danielle Porter, Kyle Youmans, and Brandon Dare returned for the 5th edition of the "All-Star Alumni Series." Spanish IV created piñatas to celebrate Christmas, which is a tradition in Mexico. B.L. Miller Elementary second-graders interviewed for jobs at the North Pole. B.L. Miller Elementary hosted "Jingle &  Mingle" to help families improve kindergarten students’ reading skills at home. Mrs. Laure's annual Christmas food drive enters its 24th year. WKBN and The Alliance Review stopped by to highlight it. B.L. Miller Elementary students touring the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French took the time to meet B.L. Elementary School students on their tour of the Ohio Supreme Court. Justice French is a Sebring alumna. Mr. Linko was recognized by the Alliance Chamber of Commerce. Sebring's Drama Department performed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Michelle Vacca B.L. Miller Elementary School's Annual Veterans Day Program B.L. Miller Elementary's Annual Harvest Party Congratulations to the 2018 Homecoming Court: Jocelyn McMillen, Gabrielle Lozoya, Addison Brendlinger, Hannah Warner, Skye Somerville, and Riley Newell. Sebring McKinley Junior High School offers robotics. Sebring McKinley Jr./Sr. High School's "All-Star Alumni Series" Purple & Gold Day during Spirit Week at B.L. Miller Elementary Kindergarten students enjoying Spirit Week Sebring McKinley has a talented and passionate staff, who are dedicated to the students they teach. Sebring Local Schools are 1 to 1 in technology, meaning each student has his/her own Chromebook. Students in Mrs. Walsh's kindergarten class eat their breakfast and work on a project. Positive messages can be seen throughout the walls inside both school buildings. Sebring Administration Building BL Miller School Entrance BL Miller Main Hallway McKinley Main Entrance McKinley Main Hallway

Gifted

Toni Viscounte
Sebring Superintendent

330-938-6165
tviscounte@sebring.k12.oh.us

How does Sebring Local Schools spend their Gifted Educational Funding Dollars?

  • The district receives $40,654.82.  The following is the breakdown of how the dollars are spent:
  • $2,752.09 must be spent on gifted identification.  The district purchased Web-based measure of Academic Progress (MAP) for reading, math, and science for grades.  We also purchased Web-based MAP for primary for grades.  These test are on the chart of approved assessments
  • $18,685 is to be allocated for Gifted Coordination. Toni Viscounte is the district's Gifted Coordinator.  
  • $17,937 is to be allocated toward a Gifted Intervention Specialist, Brandy Shatzer is the district's GIS.

District Policy for Identification and Service

Philosophy

It is believed that all students have varying potentials for achievement and that each student should be given opportunities for intellectual growth. In keeping with this belief, the Sebring Local School District has provided a gifted program for those students whose intellectual abilities and potential for achievement are outstanding.

The gifted program will include the same goals found in the regular classroom, but in a broader capacity. Emphasis will be placed on the intellectual growth of each student. Each student will be afforded the opportunities to find his/her own abilities and areas of interest, to experience the problems of these chosen areas, and to develop real solutions to these problems.

Definition

Giftedness consists of an interaction among four basic clusters of human traits - superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking, and visual and performing arts. Gifted children are those possessing or capable of developing this composite set of traits and applying them to any potentially valuable area of human performance.

Children who manifest or are capable of developing an interaction among the clusters require a wide variety of educational opportunities and services that are not typically provided through regular instructional programs.

Gifted and Talented Program Goals

Gifted students need to experience success at a level reflecting their abilities, as well as opportunities and encouragement to perceive and attain their potential for excellence. The following are the goals and objectives for the gifted:

To provide an advanced educational program that is flexible, diverse, comprehensive, and appropriate to enable the student to develop his/her abilities to the fullest potential.

To provide each student with opportunities to explore ideas and issues at his/her own pace and level.

To develop the skills of critical thinking, creative and productive thinking, research, problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership.

To promote self-motivation, self-direction, independence, task commitment, and responsibility in learning and project activities.

To utilize the larger community by permitting each student to use community resources, select and pursue topics of interest, and demonstrate expertise at a level beyond his/her chronological age.

To provide an educational program that will enhance the emotional and psychological well-being of each student.

To help each student develop into an intellectually and creatively capable, productive, and compassionate member of society.

To develop an understanding of the importance of diligence and perseverance for the achievement of a productive life.

To help each child gain a realistic and healthy concept of himself/herself - strengths, weaknesses, and potentials.

To strengthen each student's group dynamic skills by fostering cooperation, leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving.

To develop the research and organizational abilities of each student to enable him/her to become an independent and self-motivated learner.

To refine skills in utilizing and resources efficiently and effectively.

To provide opportunities and encouragement for the development of study skills.

To provide a positive atmosphere for the development of self-motivation.

To provide enrichment opportunities for all students.

To provide materials for exploration at a variety of cognitive levels.

To use enrichment experiences as springboards for more in-depth investigations for students who exhibit interest.

Toni Viscounte, Superintendent, Gifted Coordinator

Email: tviscounte@sebring.k12.oh.us

Sebring Local Schools  |  510 North 14th Street  |  Sebring, OH 44672
Phone:(330) 938-6165  |  Fax:(330) 938-4701