To all our Beville Signet families

Ongoing Learning Activities for Signet Students

During the COVID-19 School Closing

All our Signet students have access to their Signet Microsoft OneNote Notebook from any device at home.  There is no homework assigned from Signet class – our students complete all their work and research in the classroom.  However, students may feel free to complete any center of their choosing at home.  In the Beville Signet Centers 17-18 OneNote Notebook there are dozens of Centers to help stem boredom.  Through the Office 365 Clever ap your student can still access CodeHS to work on their JavaScript computer programming skills. I have the ability to monitor their progress in CodeHS from my computer! Also on Office 365 Clever is the Freckle ap. This is a series of math enhancement games and problems that go from Pre-School through Geometry. This ap can be very challenging.

I will be using your student’s Office 365 Teams ap to make available a number of links to subject enhancement sites. These sites have been recommended by the PWCS Gifted Education Office. When they are placed in Teams your student should receive a notification through their PWCS email account.

If students should complete a center, please have them email their work to me. I can either communicate with them through email or I could set up a video meeting with you and your student through the Office 365 Teams ap.

Please feel free to email should you require any additional resources or if we can be of any further help to you.  I will have virtual office hours during the normal school time. If you contact me I will get back to you as soon as possible.

We discussed in class that during these unprecedented times we all need to be good family members and good citizens by following recommended guidelines and making sure that we do not catch and spread COVID-19. I miss working with your students. They are wonderful young people and I look forward to seeing our 6th and 7th graders next year. For our 8th graders, I regret not being able to say goodbye in person. Good luck and study hard in High School!

Mr. H

HerbstDE@pwcs.edu




Overview:

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. 

Course Description:
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.
 
Yearly Objectives:
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.
To provide:
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.