About Our Department
QUEST (Quality Use of Exceptional Students’ Time)
The Smithville R-II School District is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of all students. This includes providing opportunities for students who exhibit exceptional cognitive and affective mental capacities. Because these students possess extraordinary abilities to think creatively and critically, the school district recognizes the individual needs of the academically gifted is best met by providing a differentiated learning environment. Such an environment will allow gifted students regular opportunities to interact with, and be stimulated by, their intellectual peers without being isolated from the regular school program. The Smithville R-II QUEST program is based upon continued commitment to foster the development of the unique potential of each student by providing acceleration and academic challenge.
In the Smithville School District, all students are screened for inclusion in the gifted program via cognitive skills and/or academic achievement tests in grades K, 2, 4 and 6. New students to the district may be screened in off-years if there is evidence to support it.
QUEST Parent Resources
The following agencies and groups provide information and support for gifted students. Feel free to contact them for ideas and information.
Davidson Institute for Talent Development www.davidsongifted.org
Edgate Special Education and Gifted Center www.edgateteam.net/sped_gifted/indexsped.htm
Gifted Association for Gifted Children (GAM) www.mogam.org
Hoagies Gifted Education Page www.hoagiesgifted.org
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) www.nagc.org
State Department Gifted Education Information http://dese.mo.gov/quality-schools/gifted-education
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) www.sengifted.org
The following books may be helpful when raising a gifted child.
Guiding the Gifted Child, by James T. Webb
How the Gifted Brain Learns, David A. Sousa
Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids, by Sally Yahnke Walker
When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers, by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle